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Appeared on: Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Nero Digital set to become the next standard in audio and video compression

Ahead Software to preview complete MPEG-4 audio and video solution encompassing full ISO/14496-2/3 compatibility, and state-of- the-art audio, High Efficiency AAC in MPEG (aacPlus). Nero Digital, possibly the most complete MPEG-4 audio and video compression technology available to date, are set to preview at the forthcoming NAB exhibition.

Designed for optimum compatibility with the ISO/14496-2/3 MPEG-4 standard, the Nero Digital MP4 A/V codec's will have the utmost quality video coding algorithms and full High Efficiency AAC in MPEG audio.

With DVD quality at only 20% of the space, Nero Digital video codec supports the most popular simple and advanced MPEG-4 visual profiles, and is fully compatible with all MPEG-4 implementations.

The Nero Digital audio codec is built on Ahead's proven proficiency in AAC technology but goes much further with significant efficiency and quality enhancements. Now set to become a key core component of MPEG-4, High Efficiency AAC in MPEG audio, is an incomparable bandwidth extension technique allowing bit rates to be considerably reduced with no definable quality loss.

Nero Digital is the result of extensive co-development by Ahead Software and one of the World leaders in video and signal processing, Ateme of France. The audio/video codec will be available for download during Q2 2003 with turnkey solutions for Consumer Electronics manufacturers in the same time.

"It's great to see Nero Digital joining the growing amount of products that provide cutting-edge technology building on the interoperable, open standard MPEG-4 standard," said Rob Koenen, President of the MPEG-4 Industry forum.

"Nero Digital will be the World's first complete end to end MPEG-4 solution to include MPEG-4 High Efficiency AAC profile," says Ivan Dimkovic, the MPEG-4 Project leader at Ahead Software. "With its unbeatable video and audio encoding power, we are confident that Nero Digital will be best positioned to become 'the' technology leader in the ever increasing MPEG-4 market."


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