Canopus has announced version 2 of ProCoder, its Windows based video transcoding tool. The new version will be revealed at NAB later this month.

Enhancements include watch folders, a wizard interface and a batch manager tool. ProCoder 2.0 has also expanded its format compatibility to include HD and MPEG-4.

Targeted at professional video, DVD production and Internet content creation, ProCoder supports video formats such as DivX, QuickTime and Windows Media, and features Canopus's DV codec and MPEG technologies.

In the latest version, video files placed in a designated watch folder will be automatically encoded. The watch folder can be on a network, giving access to ProCoder from any platform. The Batch Manager can be used to monitor, pause, remove or restart transcoding jobs. Canopus claims that the Wizard interface will simplify the transcoding process.

HD resolutions of 720p and 1080i are fully supported, Canopus claims, and ProCoder can transcode between HD and SD, and between HD-compatible formats, including MPEG, DivX, Windows Media High Definition Video (WMV HD) and QuickTime. ProCoder 2.0 will also encode MPEG-4 files with QuickTime or DivX Pro.

Additionally, ProCoder 2.0 will combine separate audio and video tracks into a single file, will preserve closed captioning information and can use Canopus EDIUS or Adobe Premiere timeline markers to automatically create DVD chapter points when encoding MPEG-2 files for DVD.

ProCoder 2.0 will be available by the end of the month, priced at £289 plus VAT. Users who purchased ProCoder after September 11, 2003 will get a free upgrade to 2.0, other users can upgrade for £79 plus VAT.