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Easy-to-Use Video Compression Cluster Technology Updated

Pooch Clusters Support QuickTime HD H.264 Compression

San Francisco, CA, USA - Apple WWDC - June 11, 2007 - Dauger Research, Inc., announces version 1.2 of the Pooch QuickTime Exporter plug-in, providing the fastest way to generate high-definition H.264 compressed movies from desktop video editing applications with Mac hardware. Directing clusters, managed by the patented Pooch (Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic application) and Pooch Pro clustering software, has never been easier to do from applications like iMovie and Final Cut Pro. It's idea for video podcasters, online educators, or other video enthusiasts who want to distribute content online with fast turnaround.

"We see this new version of the Pooch QuickTime Exporter as an example of how mainstream users can use cluster computing", said Dr. Dean Dauger, President of Dauger Research, Inc. "Pooch clustering technologies gives users the easiest way to apply clustering. The compression speed now possible with the Pooch QuickTime Exporter is the best H.264 compression performance accomplished with general-purpose hardware, all via a modern user interface. Users can encode HD content for the Apple TV faster than they ever could before."


New features of the Pooch QuickTime Exporter include compression presets specifically for the Apple TV and iPod and deinterlacing of source content for progressive displays. It shows its best speed advantage when compressing with multiple codecs and, its newest feature, multiple size movies simultaneously, ideal for targeting many device types from one source. The Pooch QuickTime Exporter is a Universal parallel code, meaning it can use mixed clusters of multi-"Core" Intel- and PowerPC-based Macintoshes and uses the Message-Passing Interface (MPI) supercomputing-industry standard. See the Pooch QuickTime Exporter web site for more details.

Dauger Research makes v1.2 of the Pooch QuickTime Exporter available today. The plug-in is bundled for free with newly purchased Pooch or Pooch Pro software, while current Pooch users may download the plug-in immediately to begin compressing video on their clusters. See the Pooch web site for pricing, including academic pricing, and a trial version of the clustering software.

The Pooch QuickTime Exporter requires Intel- or PowerPC-based Macintoshes and/or Xserves with 2 GB of installed RAM running Mac OS X 10.4 or later and/or Mac OS X Server 10.4 or later and Pooch or Pooch Pro or PCM v1.7 or later and networked with 100BaseT switched Ethernet or faster (Gigabit for HD) for the demanding needs of video.


At WWDC 2007, Dauger Research will be available at the Scientific Poster Session on Tuesday, June 12, on the second floor of Moscone West to discuss this new technology, among others. Further details are available online. We encourage online viewers to sign the online petition to encourage other developers to further clustering to the mainstream.

Profiled and honored on national television by the William Shatner-hosted "Keeping America Strong" show, Dauger Research, Inc. makes high-performance computation and visualization easy to use and accessible to users. Our award-winning team, to better accomplish our scientific goals, reinvented the cluster computer in 1998, pioneering easy-to-use, high-performance clusters. Dauger Research, Inc., is committed to bridging the divides between the scientifically and technically complex and the mainstream.  

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