Encoder suits web-based surveillance and traffic monitoring.

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Niagara® 8224 high-density analog media encoder is able to capture, stream, and archive audio and video simultaneously on 8 channels. Each channel can be configured independently to deliver multiple streams, in multiple viewing formats and bit rates, and each stream can be individually sized, scaled, and customized with bitmap overlays or closed-caption prerendering. Encoder accepts various video and audio inputs and includes Niagara SCX® Pro and SimulStream® software.

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ViewCast Introduces a High-Density, Eight-Channel Streaming Encoder; Ideal for Web-Based Surveillance & Traffic Monitoring Applications

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 9 / / - ViewCast® Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: VCST) , a leading global provider of next-generation streaming media technology, today announced the launch of the Niagara® 8224 high-density analog media encoder. The newest addition to ViewCast's high-performance Niagara streaming encoder family, the Niagara 8224 is an ideal solution for the needs of government and security/law enforcement operations through its ability to capture, stream and archive premium-quality audio and video simultaneously on eight fully independent channels.

With the Niagara 8224, users can encode and stream media in real-time, at multiple bit rates, in multiple formats and multiple resolutions for a variety of demanding multi-channel applications. It is also well suited for multi-channel audio applications with the ability to deliver eight stereo or 16 mono audio streams. Examples of markets that will benefit from this encoder include state and local governments for streaming of open meetings or remote viewing of multiple traffic and weather cameras; security, military, and law enforcement agencies for remote viewing of multiple surveillance cameras; and content delivery networks for more efficient broadcast of multiple music and radio programs.

The Niagara 8224 system accepts component, composite or Y/C (S-Video) analog video inputs for up to eight channels, and balanced and unbalanced stereo audio inputs. Each channel can be configured independently to deliver multiple streams in multiple viewing formats and multiple bit rates, and each stream can be individually sized, scaled, and customized with bitmap overlays (e.g. logos and graphics) and other features such as closed-caption pre-rendering. Encoding and streaming formats delivered by the Niagara 8224 include Windows Media®, RealVideo®, H.263, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, Adobe® Flash® capture-to-file, 3GPP/3GPP2 container format and uncompressed AVI capture-to-file.

Niagara 8224 systems come standard with two of ViewCast's most versatile control and management software applications, Niagara SCX® Pro and SimulStream®, both pre-configured and ready to use.

The Niagara 8224 will make its debut at the upcoming IBC2008 show in Amsterdam, September 12 through 16. In addition, IBC2008 will mark the first time ViewCast will demonstrate its new Niagara GoStream® SURF portable streaming appliance to a European audience. Powered by ViewCast's renowned Osprey(R) video capture technology, the GoStream SURF allows users to broadcast to the Web in multiple full-resolution streams in multiple formats and multiple bit rates - all simultaneously. The SURF's combination of power and portability gives users the flexibility to stream content from a controlled studio environment or an off-site location.

"The Niagara 8224 and the GoStream SURF are two of the most innovative and versatile encoding platforms on the market today, and they are both great examples of why ViewCast is a global leader in next generation streaming solutions," said Dave Stoner, president and chief executive officer of ViewCast.

To learn more about ViewCast video streaming solutions, visit IBC stand 7.J10 or http://www.viewcast.com/.

About ViewCast Corporation

ViewCast designs, manufactures and markets industry leading hardware and software solutions that enable users to capture, encode audio/video content for live video streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) delivery over IP and mobile networks. ViewCast products include the Niagara® Pro and portable Niagara GoStream® families - all powered by renowned Osprey® video capture technology. ViewCast's software, including Niagara SCX®, Niagara SCX SDK and Osprey SimulStream® provides remote system management, and enhances Osprey and Niagara hardware to configure multiple, simultaneous multi-format, multi bit rate, multi-resolution video streams. This array of tools empowers broadcasters, businesses, network service providers and government to expand their audience in the digital media market place. http://www.viewcast.com/

ViewCast®, Osprey®, Niagara®, Niagara SCX®, GoStream®, SimulStream®, and EZStream® are trademarks or registered trademarks of ViewCast Corporation or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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