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APT adds flexible new codec to WorldCast range

test 3 April 2007

BELFAST: APT has chosen this year’s NAB show to showcase its WorldCast IP codec range, including latest addition WorldCast Eclipse. Described as “the most flexible of all our products”, the WorldCast Eclipse is a multi-interface, multi-algorithm audio codec for the broadcast sector, reports David Davies.

Features of the new codec include flexible networking (unicast, multicast), interoperability via SIP, delivery via a broadcast-grade DSP-based platform with synchronous back-up (via X.21/V.35 or ISDN), multi-algorithm options and alarms. Intended to provide a sophisticated platform for broadcasters interested in moving over to IP operation, the new product also arrives with the Codec Management System (CMS) software.

“We have launched the WorldCast Eclipse in response to a very real need in the market for a professional IP audio codec that enables broadcasters to take advantage of the benefits of IP audio networking without sacrificing the quality and reliability that they enjoy in the synchronous world,” APT’s commercial director, Jon McClintock, tells PSN-e. “As the most flexible of all our products, the WorldCast Eclipse is proving exceptionally popular and hundreds of units have already been sold worldwide.”

APT is set to showcase the WorldCast Horizon (said to offer broadcast-grade audio quality over IP) and the WorldCast Meridian (a multi-algorithm audio codec with both IP and X.21/V.35 interfaces) at NAB. The company will also be issuing a new booklet, entitled A Practical Guide to IP Audio Networking, which provides an overview of IP networks, their implications for real-time audio transfer, and recommendations for those specifying both networks and equipment for audio-over-IP broadcasting.


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