Last month at the NewTeeVee conference, Beet.TV spoke with Sam Blackman, Elemental's CEO about the launch of Elemental Server, a new appliance for transcoding HD (and SD) video at "faster-than-real-time" rates and market implications for online video technology and products attempting to satiate the demand for video.
Elemental is pleased to announce the release of Elemental Accelerator 2.2.1 for Windows, an important update to its GPU-accelerated video processing plug-in for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS4. Release 2.2.1 contains bug fixes and updates as well as performance improvements that every Elemental Accelerator user will find essential.
For those who have not yet purchased Elemental Accelerator but who own a qualified NVIDIA Quadro FX card, a trial version of Elemental Accelerator is now available. You can download the trial version from either the Elemental or NVIDIA website and immediately test drive the performance gains available with GPU-accelerated video encoding.
If you are an existing Elemental Accelerator customer, be sure and visit the Elemental updates site to download and install release 2.2.1. Customers installing from a CD or web package for the first time can elect to update immediately after an initial install.
For users who already own Elemental Accelerator, you can easily upgrade to the newest version:
1. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
2. Navigate to the Export Settings dialog box
3. Select the More Info tab
4. Press the Check for updates button
This will automatically direct you to the Elemental Accelerator updates site.
Elemental Accelerator is made exclusively for NVIDIA Quadro GPUs. On the desktop, Elemental Accelerator works with the Quadro CX as well as the Quadro FX 5800, 4800, 3800, 3700 and 1800. On mobile platforms, Elemental Accelerator works with the Quadro FX 3800M, 2800M, 1800M, 3700M and 2700M. Elemental Accelerator is available for purchase as a standalone package from NVIDIA’s Adobe plug-in store or bundled with supported Quadro FX graphics cards from a variety of resellers.
Today should be an interesting day in San Francisco. I've been looking forward to NewTeeVee Live conference for a couple months now. I'll admit this is somewhat due to the fact that Elemental is featured as one of ten of GigaOM's "favorite startups," but also because the conference has a terrific lineup. The startups invited were asked to talk about what they think is the "Next Big Thing"; there should be some interesting responses! Elemental is the first company to present, and I'm very curious to hear what the following companies (including some of the most exciting companies in the space like Boxee, Ooyala and Inlet) predict.
Beyond the "Next Big Thing" portion, the schedule features a buffet of intriguing conversations with new media thought leaders and companies. I've been especially looking forward to hearing more about:
- what Quincy Smith (CBS Interactive) foresees as the big picture for getting traditional media online,
- what Hunter Walk (YouTube) predicts about building market space in uncharted waters (something we're very familiar with at Elemental),
- what Andy Mitchell (CNN) and Randi Zuckerberg (Facebook) have to say about the potential for merging the viral phenomena of online communities and online video.
GigaOM says the theme of the day will be TV Everywhere, the proposed authentication system around subscriber online access to premium TV content. This program has been percolating over the last year, including Comcast and Time Warner's pairing to pilot a test program over the past few months. The three-screen experience (TV, PC, mobile) definitely seems like a "next big thing" that's already becoming mainstream, at least according to the incoming customer requests for mobile device support. There should be a lot to learn today about TV Everywhere's prospects and limitations. Knowing GigaOM, there will be ample reporting all day, including webcasts from the conference floor, so be sure to follow the action on the web or on twitter (newteeveelive or elementaltech).