Telestream (aka the "Flip4Mac" people) announced
the 4.2 release of its "Episode" compression software for Mac. Episode provides compression solutions for both the desktop (from $395) and for workgroups (from $6500) for media distribution on the web, podcasts, and DVD. Version 4.2 adds VC-1 HDV and 5.1 surround sound support, WMA Pro Audio and (on the proper machines) real-time HD encoding. The higher-end solutions offer field-order control plus multi-server job queuing and reprioritizing.