Following the trend for video editing hardware and software companies to move into the DVD arena, Canopus has announced the MVR-1000 MPEG encoding solution, which also includes basic authoring tools. The MVR-1000 can encode MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video for CD, DVD or network transmission. It combines Panasonic’s MN85560 MPEG-2 encoder chip with Canopus’ own MPEG audio encoding technology. It supports both Main Profile at Main Level (MP@ML) MPEG-2 and I-frame only encoding – and includes facilities for VBR (variable bit rate) encoding between 1Mbps to 15Mbps. The card includes composite and s-video inputs. It features software that allows complete control over the MPEG compression process, according to Canopus. The video and audio can be previewed before and during compression. The MVR-1000 ships with Sonic DVDit! SE for basic DVD authoring. It will ship in late February for £575 plus VAT.