White Papers
Frost and Sullivan White Paper: Achieving Operational Freedom in Digital Media Workflows - April 2012
The explosion of 'video everywhere' across a vast array of video-enabled devices creates both new opportunities and ongoing challenges for media organizations. What are the main workflow challenges, requirements and business goals of top-tier media companies? And what advances and innovations are needed to enable the operational freedom in their digital media workflows to let them to focus on their core business — content — rather than the technology that supports it? Global analyst firm Frost & Sullivan conducted an extensive survey of media & entertainment companies to find the answers and provide a deeper understanding of this evolving market. This paper presents the results of this research, and concludes with a look at how the benefits of Digital Rapids' Kayak platform align to address these market needs.

Improving the Internet TV and Mobile Video Experience: An Adaptive Streaming Overview - December 2010
When delivering video over the Web or to mobile devices, the unpredictable nature of viewers' network connections is a key challenge to ensuring consistent, high-quality viewing experiences. Adaptive streaming technologies set out to solve this problem, enabling higher-quality video with television-like continuity and reliability on the Web and mobile devices -- even under drastically changing network connectivity and playback conditions. This white paper provides an overview of adaptive streaming technologies, and looks at best practices for encoding for adaptive streaming.

Application Brief: Hardware-Based Preprocessing -- Motion-Adaptive De-Interlacing - April 2010
The key to delivering consistently high quality compressed video is properly preparing the source video before handing it off to the codecs for compression. Our unique hardware-based video preprocessing technology is built on our many years of experience in the broadcast and post production markets. De-interlacing is a critical function of preprocessing interlaced source video for ultimate viewing on progressive displays.

Simultaneous Multi-Format Encoding for Efficient Content Repurposing - May 2009
Distributing content to multiple viewing platforms is commonplace for almost all content and rights owners in today's increasingly fragmented media environment. The expanding breadth of viewing devices is accompanied by divergence in the encoding formats and parameters required for optimal presentation quality and device compatibility. When repurposing content for multiple viewing platforms, the efficiency of the encoders and surrounding workflow have a significant impact on productivity, costs, the viewer experience and the timely availability of content. This paper looks at methods of concurrent multi-format encoding and their benefits.

Critical Building Blocks in Sophisticated Workflows for Internet TV Success - June 2008
The systems you choose for media ingest, encoding, transcoding and live streaming are critical points in Internet TV workflows that can have substantial impact on quality, productivity, profitability and the viewer experience. Meanwhile, the ability of these systems to integrate with a media organization’s existing business systems affects not only the effort required for initial deployment, but also the ultimate complexity and efficiency in day-to-day use. This paper looks at important considerations in choosing such systems, workflow integration, and a case study of a major broadcaster.