Episode Reviewer`s Guide
Episode 7.0
®
Affordable transcoding for
individuals and workgroups
Multiformat encoding software with
uncompromising quality, speed and control.
The Episode Product Guide is designed to provide an overview of the features
and functions of Telestream’s Episode products. This guide also provides
product information, helpful encoding scenarios and other relevant information
to assist in the product review process. Please review this document along with
the associated Episode User Guide, which provides complete product details.
Telestream provides this guide for informational purposes only; it is not a
product specification. The information in this document is subject to change at
any time.
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CONTENTS
EPISODE OVERVIEW.................................................................................................................. 3
Episode ($495 USD) ................................................................................................................ 3
Episode Pro ($995 USD) ......................................................................................................... 3
Episode Engine ($4,995 USD) ................................................................................................ 3
KEY BENEFITS ........................................................................................................................... 4
FEATURES .................................................................................................................................. 5
Highest quality ........................................................................................................................ 5
All the formats you need......................................................................................................... 5
Flexible workflows .................................................................................................................. 6
Fast encoding speeds ............................................................................................................ 7
NEW IN EPISODE 7.0.................................................................................................................. 8
Now faster and better with added format support (*) ............................................................ 8
4K video support .................................................................................................................... 8
Named storage now available in the Episode UI ................................................................... 8
Manage your audio with the new Audio Channel Configurator............................................. 8
TYPICAL CUSTOMER WORKFLOW SCENARIOS .................................................................... 9
Web ......................................................................................................................................... 9
Mobile and Portable Devices ................................................................................................. 9
Broadcast and Professional ................................................................................................... 9
Cloud-based Transcoding Services ....................................................................................... 9
DVD Authoring and more........................................................................................................ 9
INPUT FORMATS...................................................................................................................... 10
OUTPUT FORMATS.................................................................................................................. 11
FEATURE CHART ..................................................................................................................... 12
TRIAL VERSION AVAILABLE .................................................................................................... 13
TECH SPECS ............................................................................................................................ 13
DOCUMENTATION & TUTORIALS ........................................................................................... 13
LOGO ........................................................................................................................................ 13
CONTACT INFORMATION ....................................................................................................... 14
COMPANY OVERVIEW............................................................................................................. 14
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EPISODE OVERVIEW
Episode multiformat encoding software provides the highest quality video transcoding for the
entire digital post-production workflow – from camera to delivery – with remarkable speed,
powerful controls and cross-platform scalability at an affordable price.
The ability to preserve your high quality content through the entire production workflow
through distribution to an ever-growing number of digital media formats can be both
challenging and time-consuming. Episode – available for PC and Mac– offers extensive video
and audio file format support, plus scalability, quality and ultra-fast encoding for distribution to
web, mobile devices, DVD, broadcast and more.
The Episode family of products includes Episode, Episode Pro and Episode Engine
Episode ($495 USD)
Episode is ideal for individuals who need to process one job at a time.
• Highest quality transcoding: picture-perfect quality at any resolution
• Extensive format support: new media, web, post-production, DVD/Blu-ray, as well as
4K video support
• Ease of use: intuitive graphical user interface and workflow builder
• Hands-on control: extensive set of presets and high-quality filters to fine tune media
encoding
• Built-in file-sharing: enables collaboration between machines, PC or Mac
• One-click clustering™: Create ad hoc clusters for sharing transcoding across
networked computers
• Delivery: FTP, SMB, automatic publishing to YouTube
• Unlimited batch processing
• Fully automated workflows
Episode Pro ($995 USD)
Episode Pro is perfect for individuals with professional needs or for workgroups.
Includes all Episode features PLUS:
• More format support: MXF, GXF, MPEG-2/4 Transport Streams, Image sequences,
JPEG2000, DNxHD, DNxHR & multi-bitrate streaming formats
• Parallel encoding: enables parallel encoding of two encoding jobs
Episode Engine ($4,995 USD)
Ideal for the high-volume, time-critical needs.
Episode Engine saturates multi-core machines or workgroup clusters with unlimited parallel
processing for high-volume throughput at maximum speed. Episode Engine is optimized for
performance and speed.
Includes all Episode Pro features PLUS:
• Distributed encoding: Telestream’s exclusive Split-and-Stitch® technology allows
Episode Engine to take full advantage of all available CPU power, whether on a single
machine or across multiple machines for truly remarkable speed
• Unlimited parallel encoding: with the power of parallel processing, Episode Engine can
create multiple output files simultaneously, saving valuable time.
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KEY BENEFITS
Affordable transcoding for workgroups
The scalability of Episode makes it a perfect choice for workgroups: a single software
application for both PCs and Macs that supports desktop to workstation, single user to multiuser environments. It’s easy and affordable to add encoding nodes or cluster machines for
faster encoding when needed.
Equally at home on a laptop, in the field, or working as part of a cluster of dedicated machines,
Episode can be configured quickly and easily to meet the needs of the day, or the hour.
Episode's unique one-click clustering and file sharing capabilities make "prep and submit"
encoding workflows easy.
Collaboration and clustering are at the core of Episode's design. Easily join multiple machines
together, both Mac and PC, and share encoding work among workstations. There is no need
for costly add-ons or IT assistance. Episode's built-in file sharing system makes offloading
work from one machine to another a snap. Simply prep your encoding work, send it off to the
cluster and get it back when it's done.
Highest Quality
Best-in-class video processing, a 10-bit encoding engine and fine-tuning compression
combine to allow you to generate pristine picture quality. Episode produces brilliant "true to the
original" results for simple transcoding jobs as well as more complex encoding jobs such as
standards conversion. In addition bumpers, trailers and watermarks can also be added to
enhance and protect your video content.
Unrivaled Speed
Episode's multi-threaded encoding engine is capable of utilizing the full power of multi-core
workstations. In high volume workflows, Episode Engine maximizes throughput with unlimited
simultaneous encodes. When encoding speed is critical, Episode can meet the demand with its
unique Split-and-Stitch® distributed encoding.
Split-and-Stitch technology, available in Episode Engine, enables distributed and segmented
encoding for any supported format, taking advantage of all available CPU power. Whether on a
single workstation or across a cluster of machines, Split-and-Stitch is able to achieve truly
remarkable encoding speeds.
Broadest Format Support
Episode supports the widest range of formats in its class. Episode transcodes to all major Web,
DVD authoring, mobile and portable device formats, including Flash 9, WM9, Web M, QT,
H.264, VC-1, 3GPP, MPEG-1/2/4, DVCPRO HD and more. Episode Pro adds transcoding to
high-end broadcast and professional formats such as MXF, GXF, MPEG transport streams,
DNxHR, DNxHD, JPEG2000 and more. The Pro Audio option that can be added to any of the
Episode family (Episode, Episode Pro or Episode Engine,) provides additional audio support for
AC3, AAC HE and AMR. Telestream provides frequent updates to ensure that Episode stays
current with evolving formats. Whatever your encoding needs may be, Episode can handle
them.
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Flexible Workflows
Episode was made with the creative professional in mind. Extensive control of codec and
filtration parameters, along with a real-time preview, gives you complete hands-on control. In
file-based workflows, automated and shared transcoding are a must and Episode can easily be
configured to automatically pick up and deliver files to network shares and FTP servers.
Episode can also be easily integrated into larger workflows via its command line and XML-RPC
interfaces.
FEATURES
Highest quality
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Best-in-class video processing
10-bit encoding engine and fine-tuning compression combine to allow you to generate
pristine picture quality. Brilliant "true to the original" results for simple transcoding jobs as
well as more complex encoding jobs such as standards conversion. In addition bumpers,
trailers and watermarks can also be added to enhance and protect your video content.
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Fine-tuning controls
Extensive control of codec and filtration parameters, along with a real-time preview,
gives you complete hands-on control. The ability to fine-tune the video, with frame-byframe video preview, allows you to quickly and easily adjust your encoding and
preprocessing settings.
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Fully configurable pre-processing filters & control
High quality filters including motion compensated deinterlacing and frame-rate
conversion enable complex standards conversion. Filters also include black and white
restoration, HSV and gamma correction, noise removal, image sharpening for video,
and normalize, balance, fade in/out for audio.
All the formats you need
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Extensive format support
Episode supports the widest range of formats in its class including all the major input
output formats for web, streaming, VOD, production, broadcast and more. Whatever
your encoding needs may be, Episode can handle them. New in version 7.0, Episode
adds support for formats including DNxHR, DNxHD, JPEG2000. See a complete list of
supported formats.
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Pro Audio Option
For $395, add encode and decode support for:
o Dolby Digital (AC3) – contains up to six discrete channels of sound.
o AAC HE – High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding, a lossy data compression
scheme for digital audio defined as a MPEG-4 Audio profile in ISO/IEC 14496-3.
o AAC LC – Low Complexity Advanced Audio Coding optimized for low-bitrate
applications such as streaming audio.
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AMR – Adaptive Multi-Rate audio codec, an audio data compression scheme
optimized for speech coding.
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Hundreds of presets
Episode has hundreds of presets to choose from, including presets for Apple devices,
streaming, broadcast applications and many, many more. These preset templates are
designed to make your videos look great with just a click. But, all the presets are
customizable and parameters that you can adjust further if you want more fine-tuning
controls.
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Closed caption support
Episode 6.5 enables caption insertion with encoding and pass-through options, and
supports CEA-608 and CEA-708 captioning standards as well as MCC and SCC
caption formats. With federal regulations mandating captioning, this will enable postproduction workflows to handle embedded captions easily.
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Multi-bitrate streaming support (Pro and Engine only)
Multi-bitrate streaming improves a viewer's experience by letting users deliver videos in
the resolution and bit rate that best matches viewers’ connection speeds. With version
6.5, users will be able to easily encode and create packages for Apple HLS (HTTP Live
Streaming), Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and MPEG-DASH with a click of a button.
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Image sequence support (Pro and Engine only)
Image sequences are now available directly from the Episode UI, which provides an
easy way to manage thousands of frames for 3D animation and compositing for visual
effects. Users can step through the sequence frame by frame with the highest possible
quality. It’s also possible to add multiple files from different sequences for multiple
encode tasks.
Flexible workflows
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Hands-on control
Each codec and preset has hundreds of options that can be adjusted for fine-tuning.
This, along with a real-time preview, gives editors complete hands-on control of all their
media.
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Automated workflows
In file-based workflows, automated and shared transcoding are a must and Episode
can easily be configured to automatically pick up and deliver files to local folders,
network shares and FTP servers. Episode can also be easily integrated into larger
workflows with an easy to use API.
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Enhancement Filters
Episode includes streamlined, professional enhancement filters for complete control.
Users can clean up noisy video, increase lightness, brightness or contrast; add
bumpers, trailers, watermarks; overlay timecode; add closed captions, or even perform
advanced conversions such as NTSC-PAL standards conversion and telecine insertion
and removal.
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3rd party Integration
Episode integrates with a growing number of third party applications and systems. For
creative facilities, Episode allows editors and artists to easily offload encoding tasks to
other systems or to centralize functions on an encoding cluster. Integrations include
Autodesk Smoke and Flame, axle video media management, Levels Beyond and Adobe
Premiere Pro.
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Support for multi-track audio
Featuring improved performance and stability, Episode 6.5 adds presets and filters to
easily map multi-track audio channels -- rearrange audio tracks, change speaker
assignments, and change audio formats and sample rates.
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Clustering
Easily join multiple machines together, both Mac and PC, and share encoding work
among workstations. Episode's includes a built-in file sharing system to make
offloading work from one machine to another easy.
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Free API available for all versions
Episode is easy to integrate into your workflow with its free, easy to use API. Includes
both a Command Line interface and an XML RPC interface. Find code samples and
documentation in the resources section.
Fast encoding speeds
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Unlimited batch processing
Prioritize encoding and add files and settings to the batch while running; create
bookmarks to source folders.
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Parallel encoding (Pro and Engine only)
Episode's multi-threaded encoding engine is capable of utilizing the full power of multicore workstations. In high volume workflows, Episode Pro and Episode Engine can
speed up encoding even more by allowing multiple jobs to be processed in parallel.
Episode Pro enables two concurrent jobs; Episode Engine supports an unlimited
number of parallel jobs, optimizing the processing power of multi-core machines.
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Split and Stitch (Engine only)
When encoding speed is critical, Episode can meet the demand with its unique Splitand-Stitch® distributed encoding. Split-and-Stitch technology, available in Episode
Engine, enables distributed and segmented encoding for any supported format, taking
advantage of all available CPU power. Whether on a single workstation or across a
cluster of machines, Split-and-Stitch is able to achieve truly remarkable encoding
speeds.
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Easy to use interface
Episode's visual workflow builder simplifies the encoding process and helps identify
functions being performed and the status of work in progress.
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NEW IN EPISODE 7.0
Now faster and better with added format support (*)
Episode 7 is faster and better than ever before. We have added encoding/transcoding
support for JPEG2000, DNxHD, DNxHR, and DVCPro HD. Using 64-bit technology,
Episode speeds up your encoding jobs so you are done even faster!
*64-bit support will be in all three license levels. Support for DNxHR, DNxHD and
JPEG2000 will be limited to Pro and Engine ONLY. DVC PRO HD will be in all license
levels.
4K video support
Now available with full built-in support for 4K video, including presets. (Standard, Pro,
Engine)
Named storage now available in the Episode UI
Previous versions of Episode required you to use Episode’s Command Line Interface to
“name the storage device.” Now, do that from directly within the Episode User Interface
making it easy for anyone to add a named storage system to Episode 7. (Standard, Pro,
Engine)]
Manage your audio with the new Audio Channel Configurator
The new Audio Channel Configurator feature gives you the flexibility to map channels of
audio either to standard input/output formats or customized the audio channels for your
encode…all combined into one area. (Standard, Pro, Engine)
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TYPICAL CUSTOMER WORKFLOW SCENARIOS
Web
A film production company uses Episode to batch encode an average of 30 two-minute films
each day from QuickTime to Flash for uploading to the web. The user selected Episode for its
breadth of input and output formats plus its ability to customize encoding settings.
A group of broadcasters capture stories from their newscasts and then use Episode to convert
them to Flash and Windows Media for delivery to web servers for viewing on the stations’
websites.
Mobile and Portable Devices
A mobile content delivery provider uses Episode to transcode content from broadcast and
cable television networks and major music labels to 3GPP, WMV, MPEG-4, AMR and AAC
formats for viewing by millions of users on mobile phones.
A major mobile services provider uses Episode for its ability to handle a wide range of input
sources and ability to deliver top quality video in a variety of output file formats for mobile
customers and end users.
Broadcast and Professional
A broadcast news team outfits its photographers, field producers and reporters with Episode
software loaded on laptops along with editing software – to allow them to shoot, edit and
create news clips from remote locations. Episode allows them to quickly and easily produce
high-quality output for broadcast, web and mobile viewing devices.
A post-production boutique, that provides creative services for television and film, uses
Episode to transcode and manage all the files that are repurposed for web, mobile and client
review. The workflow is primarily from ProRes to various flavors of H.264 for client review and
web, plus encoding to WMV and 3GP for mobile.
An editorial house uses Episode for its ability to meet the needs of its diverse clientele by
accepting any format and providing high-quality encoding to any format, including Flash, H.264,
MPEG-4 and more.
Cloud-based Transcoding Services
A media asset management platform provider selected Episode Engine as the transcoding
module for its cloud service platform. Episode Engine was chosen because of the breadth of
its format support, the ease of integrating Episode’s XML-based settings and command line
interface with its own systems, and because Episode Engine offers scalability with the service
provider’s clustered servers.
DVD Authoring and more
A production company, primarily involved in TV commercial production and corporate
documentary films, uses Episode to compress content to formats that can be used for client
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review and for final distribution via web or DVD. The user converts from a variety of editing
applications to MPEG-2 (for DVD), Windows Media and MPEG-4 (for web review), H264 (for
iphone/ipod review), and Flash (for final web distribution) as well as MP3.
A video compressionist uses Episode to transcode video for web streaming or download –
primarily from QuickTime (DV and ProRes) to Flash VP6, H.264 and occasionally to MPEG-4,
MPEG-2 and WMV. A favorite feature is Episode’s fast, high-quality H.264 compression and
motion-compensated deinterlacing.
A digital media enthusiast uses Episode for the production of personal movies. Using Final Cut
Express the user exports the finished movie using Apple Intermediate Codec (to eliminate
quality loss), then uses Episode to create a custom H.264 high profile encoding setting for
video and AAC for audio.
A Canadian university installed Episode on each computer in its new technical lab to train
students to become multimedia technicians in a real-life post-production/broadcast
environment. Episode is used to familiarize student with different formats and help them learn
media encoding.
INPUT FORMATS
Web:
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Flash 9 (H.264)
H.264
MPEG-1
QuickTime
Streaming / Mobile:
• 3GPP, 3GPP2,
MP4 (MPEG-4,
H.264, AAC)
• MP4
IPTV / Video On Demand:
• H.264, MPEG-2
Transport Streams
DVD and Blu-ray:
• VOB
Production:
• Autodesk Native
RGB
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AVC-Intra
AVI
Avid DNxHD®,
Avid DNxHR
DV, DVCPRO HD
HDV
HEVC1
IMX
JPEG2000
Motion JPEG2
ProRes
QuickTime
Sony XAVC1
XDCAM HD
Image Sequences:
• DPX
• TGA
• TIFF
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AIFF
Dolby AAC
Dolby AC-3
M4A
MP3
MPEG-2 Audio
PCM
WAVE
Broadcast:
• AES2
• BWF2
• GXF
• MPEG-2 Program
Streams
• MPEG-2 Transport
Streams
• MXF (OP1a, AS-11)
Audio only:
• AAC
• AC-3 (optional)
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OUTPUT FORMATS
Web:
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Flash 9 (H.264)
H.264
MPEG-1
QuickTime
WebM
Streaming / Mobile:
• 3GPP, 3GPP2,
MP4 (MPEG-4,
H.264, AAC)
• MP4
IPTV / Video On Demand:
• H.264, MPEG-2
Transport Streams2
Production:
• AVC-Intra (MXF2 &
MOV)
• AVI
• Avid DNxHD®,
Avid DNxHR
• DV (25, 50)
• DVCPro HD
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HDV2
HEVC1
IMX2
JPEG2000
Motion JPEG
ProRes3
QuickTime
Sony XAVC1
XDCAM HD2
Adaptive Bitrate:
• Apple HLS4
• Microsoft Smooth
Streaming4
Apple Devices:
Apple TV
• H.264
iPad, iPod, iPhone
• H.264, MPEG-4,
AAC
DVD and Blu-ray:
• H.264 Transport
Streams
• MPEG-2
Audio only:
• AAC
• AC-3 (optional)
• AIFF
• Dolby AAC
• Dolby AC-3
• M4A
• MP3
• MPEG-2 Audio
• OGG Vorbis
• PCM
• WAVE
Broadcast:
• AES2
• BWF2
• GXF2
• MPEG-2 Program
Streams
• MPEG-2 Transport
Streams
• MXF2 (OP1a, AS11, OPAtom)
Results may be limited due to memory restrictions.
Available in Episode Pro & Episode Engine
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Available on all Mac versions, and on Episode Engine for Windows on Windows Server 2012
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Available with Episode API
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FEATURE CHART
Episode
Episode
Pro
Episode
Engine
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X
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X
X
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Extensive format support up to super high resolutions for new
media, web, post-production, DVD/Blu-ray and more
X
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Caption support - CEA-608 and CEA-708 captioning standards
as well as MCC and SCC caption format support
X
X
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Support for HEVC, XAVC, VP9, and MXF AS-11. Plus support
for 4K video
Native ProRes encoding (Mac only for Episode/Episode Pro;
Mac & Windows for Engine)
X
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X
X
X
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Quality
Best in class video processing
Hands-on control of codec and filter settings, real time preview
High quality filters including motion compensated deinterlacing
and frame-rate conversion
Formats
Pro Audio option – $395
Option
Added support for professional formats (MXF, GXF, MPEG-2/4
Transport Streams, DNxHR, DNxHD, JPEG2000 & more)
X
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Multi-bitrate streaming support for Apple HLS, Microsoft
Smooth Streaming, MPEG DASH
X
X
Added support for Image Sequences
X
X
Flexible workflows
Choose from many professional templates or flexible custom
settings
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One-Click Clustering with built-in file sharing
X
X
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Monitors and Automatic file deployment
X
X
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New! Support for multi-track audio – presets and filters to
easily map multi-track audio channels
X
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Integrations: Autodesk Wiretap, axle video media management,
Levels Beyond, Adobe Premiere Pro
X
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2 Jobs
Unlimited
Speed
Unlimited batch processing
Parallel encoding
Split-and-Stitch® distributed encoding
Premium Support¹
Priority response, telephone support,
free software upgrades, Remote Access services
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$99/year
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$199/year
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$999/year
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*1st year Premium Support required and included in the purchase of Episode, Episode Pro and Episode
Engine
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TRIAL VERSION AVAILABLE
A free watermarked trial version of Episode is available that allows users to try Episode
products before they buy them. The trial version is fully functional and includes support for all
features and formats up to Episode Engine, although the encoded output file is watermarked.
For audio only files, the encoded files are limited to a length of 30 seconds or half the length of
the source file. More information is available at
http://www.telestream.net/episode/overview.htm.
TECH SPECS
Mac OS X
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Intel-based Mac
Mac OS X 10.10 and higher
Minimum 8 GB RAM
40 GB hard drive; approximately 300 MB for program installation
Online Help Browser Requirements: Safari
Windows
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Windows 10: 64-bit, 8 GB RAM, 40 GB hard drive, approximately 300 MB for program
installation or;
Windows 8.1: 1.5 GHz 64-bit, 8 GB RAM, 40 GB hard drive, approximately 300 MB for
program installation, or
Windows 7: 1.5 Ghz 64-bit, 8 GB RAM, 40 GB hard drive; approximately 300 MB for
program installation
Bonjour Print Services for Windows v2.0.2
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1
.NET Framework 4.0
Online Help Browser Requirements
o Internet Explorer: Version 8 or later
o Firefox: Version 6 or later
DOCUMENTATION & TUTORIALS
Getting Started
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View here: http://www.telestream.net/telestream-support/episode/activation.htm
User Guides
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Download here http://www.telestream.net/telestream-support/episode/help.htm
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LOGO
CONTACT INFORMATION
Product Information
http://www.telestream.net/episode/overview.htm
Contacts
MAIN/PRESS CONTACT
Lynn Elliott, Desktop Products Marketing
Phone: 530.470.2042 (California, USA)
Email: [email protected]
Reader Inquiries
Telestream Headquarters
Phone: 530.470.1300
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.telestream.net
COMPANY OVERVIEW
Telestream® provides world-class live and on-demand digital video tools and workflow
solutions that allow consumers and businesses to transform video on the desktop and across
the enterprise. Many of the world’s most demanding media and entertainment companies such
as CBS, BBC, CNN, FOX, CBC, Comcast, Direct TV, Time Warner, MTV, Discovery, and
Lifetime, as well as a growing number of users in a broad range of business environments, rely
on Telestream products to streamline operations, reach broader audiences and generate more
revenue from their media. These companies choose to work with Telestream as they know they
will get a trusted and highly skilled technical partner.
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Telestream products span the entire digital media lifecycle, including video capture and ingest;
live and on-demand encoding and transcoding; playout, delivery, and live streaming; as well as
management and automation of the entire workflow. The company also partners closely with
the industry’s leading digital media companies across the entire digital media lifecycle, from
consumer to enterprise. Telestream corporate headquarters are located in Nevada City,
California
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