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Vanguard Video Licenses Its H.264 Video Codec SDK to Microsoft Azure

Vanguard Video, a leader in broadcast quality video compression technology since 2004, announced today a multi-year agreement with Microsoft Corp. to add their V.264 SDK to Microsoft Azure Media Services creating high-quality, high-performance video cloud encoding services. V.264 is Vanguard Video’s proprietary software implementation of the H.264 standard.

“Microsoft Azure Media Services provides a comprehensive toolset of ready-to-use services for cloud-based digital video creation and distribution,” said Sudheer Sirivara, Director, Microsoft Azure Media Services. “The V.264 SDK adds high-quality, high-performance video encoding capabilities to Media Services customers, and we are very pleased to be working with Vanguard Video.”

“We are excited to be part of Microsoft Azure Media Services,” said Raul Diaz, CEO of Vanguard Video. “Cloud-based services are now an integral part of creating and delivering high-quality video, and we have used our more than 10 years of H.264 experience to develop a codec architecture optimized for the cloud.”

Vanguard Video’s fourth generation video codec, V.264, is a software development library that offers the ability to integrate H.264 video compression and processing technology into a wide array of applications. The patented, multi-threaded compression technology enables the highest quality video at the lowest possible bandwidth and is flexible enough to produce reliable output for broadcast quality video streaming applications as well as high-resolution transcoding solutions. V.264 supports a number of platforms including Windows (32/64), Linux (32/64), Mac OS X, x86, and ARM.

About Vanguard Video

Founded in 1995, Vanguard Video is a supplier of professional, broadcast quality H.265/HEVC and H.264 codec SDKs to top tier customers around the world. Vanguard Video offers unparalleled performance and quality in video compression technology for various industry markets including device and handset manufacturers, mobile platform providers, manufacturers of professional broadcast equipment, application service providers, network operators, software and services integrators, and cloud streaming services. Vanguard Video codecs support a wide range of platforms including software implementations for x86 and ARM microprocessors, OpenCL acceleration for GPUs, and IP Cores for FPGA devices.

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