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Appeared on: Thursday, December 09, 2004
Nero brings MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 to the masses with latest Nero Digital update

New Nero Recode 2.2 now includes incredible high quality MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoding, moving video technology to unparalleled new levels in Nero and Nero Digital.

Ahead Software, leaders in digital media technology, today announced that its brand new MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec is now fully integrated in Nero Recode 2.2, currently part of the Nero 6 digital media suite. With this inclusion, AVC/H.264 becomes a central part of the wider Nero Digital MPEG-4 technology, delivering a new dimension in superior audio and video compression.

Already adopted as a mandatory codec for next generation HD-DVD and Blu-ray standards, AVC/H.264 is set to have a major impact in the future of video broadcasting and content distribution. Jointly developed by the Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the MPEG committee of ISO/IEC, AVC/H.264 has huge compression efficiency over MPEG-2, while at the same time integrating effortlessly into the existing MPEG-4 architecture of Nero Digital.

Nero Digital is a complete Audio/Video codec solution, based on the MPEG-4 standard, but engineered to a level that breaks all previously seen quality and speed barriers. In keeping full compatibility with MPEG-4, Nero Digital proves that not all mp4 video codec?s and mp4/AAC codec?s are equal, going way beyond the limits of other such competitive approaches. By having both audio and video in the codec offerings, Nero Digital represents one of the very few ?all in one? solutions in the World of A/V compression.

Nero Recode 2.2 allows for the direct importing of most video file formats, and non-protected DVD?s for encoding or transcoding into Nero Digital. A range of MPEG-4 profiles are supported, including AVC/H.264 highlights such as Cinema, Portable, Mobile, Standard, and HDTV, for the ultimate in video quality creation. New CE devices supporting these profiles are expected in mid 2005.

?By bringing AVC/H.264 encoding into applications such as Nero Recode 2.2, any user can experience the video future today?, says Jim Corbett of Ahead Software AG, ?With upcoming industry support for AVC/H.264 in next generation DVD and broadcast standards, we can be sure that Nero Digital will be ideally positioned to become the World?s leading MPEG-4 solution.?

Nero Digital, co-developed by Ahead and Ateme, is the first complete MPEG-4 audio and video solution for home entertainment and CE devices.

Free update available to all current Nero 6 users online at www.nero.com. For more information on Nero Digital, visit www.nerodigital.com.

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