Shrunk down in size, but not in performance, MediaPress will encode MPEG1 or MPEG2 video in realtime along with stereo audio in PCM or MPEG audio format. MediaPress utilizes the latest MPEG compression technology to achieve realtime compression without the high price of other encoding systems. The MediaPress Application software is an easy to use recording application that allows you to capture and compress both the video and audio signals. You can create video streams, audio streams, or system streams. These streams are fully MPEG compliant and will playback on any system on any platform that can play MPEG streams. The software is as easy to use as a typical VCR: * Open the application. * Select name of file and where to save it * Select recording parameters (bit rate, source input, MPEG1 or MPEG2, etc.) * Click PREVIEW to check out the quality of your parameter settings * Hit the RECORD button ; now you're digitizing and compressing in realtime * Hit the STOP or PAUSE button to halt your encoding process * Now you have an MPEG file of your video and audio. It's that easy to create MPEG files. For those technically proficient, there is available a Software Developer's Kit (SDK) that includes full technical documentation, API documents, and sample source code.For the PowerMacintosh, simple editing of MPEG files is available with the MasonEdit application that ships will all MasonX decoder boards. You can do simple editing of any MPEG system stream by selecting IN and OUT points and then saving the edited portion to disk.Bitrate settings are variable from 1Mbit/sec to 15Mbits/sec. You can turn on Variable Bit Rate (VBR) and set a maximum bitrate for the stream. You can set up the frame pattern, either I frame only, IP, IPB, or IPBB. It even supports P-only. Under Options you can set for MPEG1 or MPEG2, along with other settings like Sequence Header locations.Under the Picture Settings you can adjust the video input controls to compensate for shortcomings with your video source. Video source selection (Composite or S-Video), and video formats (NTSC or PAL), including image sizes (240x160 - 720x576), can also be adjusted here. Video input filtering can also be enabled from this window.In the Audio Settings you can adjust all the parameters related to audio encoding. MediaPress supports both MPEG audio and PCM audio encoding at 32KHz up to 96KHz sampling.