SOURCE: Envivio


April 02, 2015 08:00 ET

Envivio Muse: New Video Compression Takes Traditional TV Quality 'Up!' a Notch

Using New 'Up!' Compression Mode, Envivio Muse 4.0 Improves Video Quality, Saves Bandwidth, and Future-Proofs Operations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - April 02, 2015) - Taking traditional broadcast TV quality 'Up!' a notch, Envivio (NASDAQ: ENVI) today announced its latest version of Envivio Muse™ video compression software for video service providers worldwide.

With the advent of Envivio Muse 4.0, traditional live TV programs that are delivered to consumers over IPTV broadcast networks, cable and satellite can now look better than ever before. Technically speaking, with its new 'Up!' compression mode, Muse 4.0 strives to perfect the latest video quality standards like MPEG-2 and H.264. Muse also improves the statistical rate control of variable bit-rate (VBR) data streams for broadcast video; allows for seamless video switching between sources at a scheduled time; and drastically reduces redundancy time.

Video distributors around the world will be able to take advantage of a range of new features. Operators including Zon Multimedia, Chelikam Networks India, Millicom Paraguay, Slovak Telecom, Telefonica Chile, Vodafone New Zealand, and others already use Envivio Muse for their main TV program distribution in SD (Standard Definition) or HD (High Definition). The new Envivio Muse prepares operators for 4K Ultra HD TV and can save critical network bandwidth, streamline ad replacement or content black-out workflows and future proof investment toward a single facility to manage all multi-screen video operations.

Partners for Muse 4.0 include Intel, Dolby and all the major security vendors including Nagra and Verimatrix.

"This level of quality and depth of support is unique in the industry. In this new version of Muse, we focused our efforts on satellite and cable distribution. We reviewed every aspect of the solution from the ground up," said Boris Felts, Envivio vice president, products and solutions. Felts added, "Our new compression mode "Up!" applies more computing power towards video quality for today's most demanding operations."

"As a result, in recent independent customer trials, we have demonstrated that for the same quality, Muse 4.0 used up to 15 percent less bandwidth in H.264 than other well-known hardware encoders. Not only can this provide significant and immediate savings for video distributors who can leverage their existing transponders to carry more channels than before, it also can bring continuous quality enhancements, give them future compatibility with HEVC and the capacity to manage all screens under one head-end," he added. 

Specific Upgrades to Envivio Muse in version 4.0 include:

  • Video compression and preprocessing improvements in MPEG-2, AVC and HEVC with:
    • "Up!" a new mode allowing a better control over some of the advanced video parameters to attain higher video quality;
    • Improved preprocessing spatial filters;
    • A new spatio-temporal complexity analysis module to adjust the encoding parameters in real-time; and
    • Specific treatment for static areas.

The improvements bring 10 percent video quality improvements on average and up to 25 percent for some sequences.

  • Specific enhancements brought for the operations:
    • Live stream switching: seamless video switching between sources at a scheduled time. Distributors can now streamline their ad replacement or content black-out workflows; and
    • Fast redundancy: redundancy times between failures have been drastically reduced for the most critical applications.

About Muse Live. Muse Live delivers 24×7 TV services over satellite, cable, managed and unmanaged IP networks, for any screen including the main screen. Muse compresses live SD or HD TV signals into any format and resolution while maintaining outstanding video quality.

With support for advanced services such as ad insertion, content protection and rich end-user experiences such as picture-in-picture, alternative audio language, closed captions, DVB-subtitles, and DVB-teletext, Muse is ideal for any real-time broadcast application.

About Envivio

Envivio (NASDAQ: ENVI) is a global market leader and innovator of video software solutions that are trusted by video service providers and content companies worldwide to power stunning video quality and captivating, personalized experiences to their millions of viewers on their main screen as well as any device, over any network. Leveraging its pioneering and technically superior virtualized video delivery solutions, Envivio enables video operators of any size to increase revenues and reduce costs while uniquely providing the best-in-class quality, reliability, efficiency, and scalability to support the new age of video anywhere.  Envivio is headquartered in San Francisco, California with offices worldwide in France, China and Singapore. Visit for more information, or connect with us on LinkedIn.  

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about the anticipated benefits and features of Envivio's products. Actual results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, the risk that, Envivio's products do not operate as intended or do not receive market acceptance, capital spending in our target markets decreases or is delayed, we are unable to maintain profitability, our relationship with our channel partners is disrupted, as well as other risks that are detailed from time to time in Envivio's SEC reports, which can be found at Envivio is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Information contained in our website is not incorporated by reference in, or made part of this press release.

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Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Linda Haugsted
    Bob Gold & Associates