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Inlet Technologies Joins AV2P at SATIS 2005 in Paris


Partners Will Demonstrate Fathom Professional Encoding Solution for Next-Generation Content.

Paris, France, October 19, 2005 — Inlet Technologies, a leading provider of professional encoding solutions for next-generation content distribution, today announced that it will join channel partner AV2P at SATIS, the premier French event for professionals in the image and sound industries. AV2P is one of France’s main broadcast video equipment distributors and is now a dealer of choice for Inlet’s Fathom real-time encoding solution for Windows Media.

Together at SATIS, Inlet and AV2P will demonstrate the latest release of Fathom. Introduced at IBC 2004, Fathom was the first real-time encoding solution for Windows Media Video HD content. Designed to improve post production workflow, Fathom combines a hardware encoding engine with analysis software to deliver smaller file sizes, better quality output, and greatly reduced processing time.

Today’s Fathom 2.1 adds additional efficiency-enhancing features such as MediaCat™, for concatenating content from multiple tapes for encoding into a single project. It also includes Semaphore - an innovative software analysis tool that improves the Quality Control process and gives content creators, compressionists and video engineers more mastery over their encoding projects.

“Inlet has quickly grown to a leadership position in the US Windows Media market, with its cutting edge encoding technology and validation from great customers and partners such as Microsoft Studios, Modern VideoFilm and others,” said Patrick Arnoux, general manager, AV2P. “We are excited about playing a key role in helping Inlet leverage that success to improve encoding efficiency and quality for digital media professionals throughout France.”

“While we have made significant inroads into the European marketplace through participation in IBC and other events, we must rely on premier partners such as AV2P to seriously establish credibility with leading European film and video professionals, post-production facilities and broadcast companies,” explained Neal Page, Inlet CEO.

Inlet and AV2P will demonstrate Fathom at exhibit # 28. SATIS began Tuesday, October 18th and runs through Thursday, October 20th. SATIS 2005 is paying tribute to careers in production, technical directors (TV / radio), and more HD than ever. The event offers opportunities to meet audiovisual market professionals, discover and test leading products, get training and improve knowledge and skills through exhibitor workshops. More information about SATIS can be found at

About Fathom 2.1

Inlet continues to work closely with customers to deliver break-through advancements for professional encoding in the Windows Media Video and the SMPTE VC-1 format. New features now available in Fathom 2.1 include MediaCat, ALE/FLEX file import and custom I-frame control.

MediaCat tape concatenation provides easy management of projects received on multiple tapes with multi-time code content. This new feature greatly simplifies the encoding process for complex video content. With MediaCat, multiple sources can be encoded and output as a single file, in one-pass, two-pass or segment encoding modes.

Advanced ALE/FLEX file support was added to streamline the time-intensive, manual process of synchronizing encodes with both source and Flex files. Fathom 2.1 is also the first encoding solution to offer custom I-frame controls for Windows Media, to allow the user to insert DVD chapter points properly and precisely position I-frames.

Also included in Fathom 2.1, Semaphore uses frame-by-frame statistics within the QC environment to ensure that the encoding project has met quality thresholds, project specifications and/or compliance standards. In addition, Semaphore allows customers to develop custom encoding parameters based on real-world data.

The end result is improved Speed, Quality and Control of next-generation encoding:

• With real-time hardware encoding, Fathom can trim hundreds of hours from the production cycle, helping encoders meet production deadlines, without sacrificing quality.

• Fathom’s advanced capabilities helps digital media professionals deliver the high-quality, visually distinctive results their clients demand.

• Unique features such as Semaphore, Seen by Scene and MediaCat provide visibility into the encoding process, and enable precise adjustments to improve final output.

About AV2P

AV2P specializes in importing and distributing broadcast and video equipment. Its product range covers consumer to professional markets. The company has 10 years of experience in this market and is able to provide complex and complete broadcast systems adapted to very specific needs. AV2P’s strength resides in its capability to anticipate market evolutions and to adapt its product range accordingly, thereby providing the best tools available to fulfill market needs. For more information, visit

About Inlet Technologies

Inlet Technologies provides real-time encoding solutions for video engineers and post production professionals working in the Windows Media SMPTE VC-1 format. With advanced encoding products such as Fathom and Semaphore, Inlet’s break-through technology reduces file sizes, speeds processing time and improves output quality.

Inlet elevates the science of encoding to the artistic level required for next-generation applications like HD DVD, Blu-Ray, video-on-demand, digital signage, dailies, and more. Inlet’s flagship product, Fathom, was recently selected as one of millimeter magazine’s NAB 2005 Pick Hits. Fathom integrates a hardware engine with analysis tools to deliver speed, quality and control, optimizing production results while accommodating real-world deadlines.

Inlet is based in Raleigh, NC. For more information, visit


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