With MasonIP in Your Theatre, It’s Your Show

MasonIP front viewA funny thing happened while we were developing the MasonIP. Since our goal was to create the ultimate proofing tool for video professionals, we reached out to many pros, seeking their input on what features and functions were most important to them. Invariably, when we would tell them about the Mason, we’d hear: “I’d love to have something like that in my home theatre too.”

We couldn’t agree more. In fact, while we’ve been working on the Mason, some of us at Wired have been using them at home too. Once you’ve had this kind of access to your video collection, you’ll never want to go back to swapping discs.

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MediaPress MPEG Encoder – Faster and Better

MediaPress-with-cableWe hear it all the time: ‘DVD Studio Pro comes with an MPEG encoder; why would I need a Wired MediaPress?’ The answer is simple: higher quality MPEG-2 encoding from your tape sources in realtime.

With the widespread availability of software MPEG encoders, some people assume that there’s no longer a need for a hardware encoder. But if you’re encoding from tapes, you’ll still get the best quality and fastest results with a MediaPress encoder in your Macintosh. With a software encoder, you need to capture the footage into your computer before you can use the software encoder. CONTINUED »

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MasonIP FAQs and Updates

We’ve been getting quite a few questions about how the Mason works, so we’ll try to answer the top questions here. CONTINUED »

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MediaPress Specifications

Here’s the latest specifications for the MediaPress realtime MPEG encoders. CONTINUED »

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Our Decoder History…

supportWired has been making MPEG decoders since 1992. No, that’s not a mistake. 1992. Wired was one of the very first companies to ship a MPEG decoder for the computer marketplace. We called our line of decoders Mason. We started off with MasonI, then a NuBus MPEG1 hardware decoder. We then followed it up with a whole bunch of modified versions of the decoder. Some for general sale to the public, and some specifically for certain customers. CONTINUED »

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Our Encoder History…

supportIn 1992, Wired started shipping MPEG decoders. It was only natural then that we started to create a realtime MPEG encoder. And in 1994 Wired introduced our first realtime MPEG encoder, called Butane. It offered realtime MPEG1 encoding at various user-selectable datarates. It also had realtime MPEG audio encoding and realtime multiplexing into MPEG system streams! I know it doesn’t sound like much compared to today’s technology, but you must remember that back in 1994, cpu’s were not very fast. And to encode MPEG1 took hours and hours of processing. Wired circumvented all that with the Butane encoder.

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Back It Up, or Lose It

LockAs we prepare to launch our new line of high capacity network storage systems, we’re giving a lot of thought to data backup. The very idea of a 7TB storage system filled with data is enough to make a cautious person break out in a sweat.

The truth is, most computer users neglect to backup their data, and eventually they will lose some or all of it. It’s inevitable…highly complex electro mechanical devices storing trillions of bits of data that can be rendered unreadable by a microscopic failure. CONTINUED »

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MediaPress – Downloadable Datasheet

brochureHere’s a printable version of the MediaPress datasheet in PDF format.

download it here.

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Why We’re Fans of Fans

Silence is golden…normally we agree. But if that silence comes at the price of potential data loss and downtime, then we have to disagree.

Big FanThe Plain Truth

The reality is simple: a server like the TeraSpool has eight or ten or twelve 7200 rpm hard drives; that generates a lot of heat. Put them in a compact enclosure with a high performance processor and a couple gigabit ethernet cards and a graphics card and a one or two high speed raid controllers and you’re well on your way to building a very expensive space heater. CONTINUED »

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