Telestream has released Episode Series 4.2, a suite of media encoding applications for Mac that focus on new media distribution needs, such as web, mobile, podcast, DVD and IPTV.

Episode Series 4.2 introduces VC-1, HDV and surround-sound support. It also brings Compression Engine into the Episode product family, completing Telestream's transition of Popwire products to Telestream. When configured on a cluster of Xserves, the ultra-fast Episode Engine enables real-time HD encoding.

"Our recent acquisition of Popwire allows us the opportunity to bring craft encoding to the desktop and the workgroup encoding market," said David Heppe, president of Telestream.

Episode Series 4.2 also brings WMA Pro audio, HDV and IMX encoding to professional users. A new ATSC A/52 compliant audio codec adds support for 5.1 audio encoding. Additional features include a channel mapping filter for surround sound, the ability to add bumpers and trailers to encoded clips, and Apple help.

For server-based workgroup applications, Episode Engine now includes a filter that changes the field order of the video, plus simultaneous monitoring of multiple Episode Engine servers, and the ability to cancel, abort or reprioritise jobs in the monitor queue.

Importantly, Episode Engine also offers best-in-class encoding speeds on Apple's new Intel Xserves. Episode Engine is the only server-based encoding solution for Intel Xserves that offers native SD and HD encoding of all QuickTime formats plus Flash 8, Windows Media, H.264, MPEG-1/2 and much more.

Episode Series desktop encoding applications cost from $395 and are available through Telestream's Flip4Mac website. Telestream's server-based Episode Engine workgroup applications, which cost from $6,500, are sold through Telestream's direct sales and worldwide resellers.

The software is available as a free upgrade for existing customers.