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RealNetworks and Envivio team up on mobile MPEG-4

RealNetworks and MPEG-4 specialist Envivio are to develop and sell a media encoder aimed at the mobile phone industry.

The product, Helix Mobile Producer powered by Envivio, will allow mobile phone operators and content providers to create audio and video files that can be played on mobile handsets. It is due out in the first quarter of next year.

The product will offer live and on-demand encoding and support standards, such as MPEG-4, that have the approval of the Third Generation Partnership Project and the Third Generation Partnership Project 2 - groups setting standards for third-generation mobile telephony.

MPEG-4 is a multimedia coding standard. It succeeds MPEG-2 and will first be used on the Internet. MPEG-4 promises a much better picture at lower bit rates than is common today and is expected to be used in many devices, including TV set-top boxes and mobile phones.

Envivio was spun out of France Télécom in 1999. Last year it introduced its first MPEG-4 application suite and sells mainly to the broadcast, cable network, and content developer markets. RealNetworks is best known for its PC media player software.

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