PLANO, Texas, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ViewCast Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: VCST) today announced that its Osprey family of streaming media video capture cards were selected as the top encoding hardware products in Streaming Media magazine's first annual 2007 Readers' Choice Awards. ViewCast's Niagara SCX stream control extension software was first runner up in the encoding software category.
Approximately 120 products from 92 companies were in the running for the Readers' Choice Awards, and more than 3,000 readers of Streaming Media magazine and StreamingMedia.com logged their votes. Winners will receive their awards at a reception to be held in conjunction with Streaming Media Magazine's 2007 Streaming Media West show on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 , at the Grande Ballroom of the St. Clair Hotel in San Jose , Calif. The awards reception will be open to full conference attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and the press.
As the top Streaming Media Readers' Choice in the encoding hardware category, Osprey streaming media cards are the de facto standard for capturing and digitizing full-motion video. Osprey Video products have enabled many companies to deliver on key applications like IPTV, mobile streaming, Webcasting, and more recently, videoblogging. The Osprey product family consists of: the Osprey Entry Level Series, ideal for security and surveillance applications and videoblogging; the Osprey Pro Series, offering multichannel audio/video capture and high-quality balanced audio for Webcasting, editing, and mobile streaming; and the Osprey Studio Series, studio-level video capture boards that capture analog and digital video, offer hardware decode, and introduce broadcast-quality video for any application including Internet broadcasting, studio backhaul, and streaming.
ViewCast's Niagara SCX streaming media management software was the runner-up winner in the encoding software category. With Niagara SCX, users can set up and control streaming systems throughout an enterprise or over the Internet with a single interface for multiple encoding and streaming formats. Supported formats include uncompressed AVI capture to file, Flash(R) capture to file and Windows Media(R) and RealVideo(R) capture to file and stream. Niagara SCX Pro features the same capture to file and streaming CODEC support as Niagara SCX, while adding MPEG-4 file and live streaming capability.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to acknowledge not just the winners of these awards but the continued growth and vitality of the streaming media industry," said Streaming Media Editor Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen. "The winners exemplify technological and business innovation, as well as outstanding customer service and brand messaging. I think the fact that the winners were chosen by end users makes them all the more meaningful."
ViewCast President Dave Stoner commented: "We are pleased to receive these awards, because they are the results of ViewCast's ongoing research and development to keep pace with continual advances in technology. We feel we can maintain our competitive advantage by continuing to anticipate the technical needs of the streaming markets and thereby consistently meet the need for ever-higher levels of performance that streaming providers demand, especially for live and on-demand streaming."
ViewCast develops video and audio communication products for delivering content dynamically via a variety of network types and protocols. These products include Osprey(R) Video capture cards and Niagara(R) video encoders/servers featuring Niagara SCX(R) encoder management software. ViewCast products address the video capture, processing, and delivery requirements for a broad range of applications and markets. More information is available on the company's Web site at http://www.viewcast.com.