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Accelerated encoding power speeds the Streaming Professional’s Task
Retail Price Now $399

April 11, 2005, San Francisco, CA --Sunnyside Software announces the release of RayCaster 1.1, featuring accelerated performance and improved interface. To celebrate the release, the retail price of RayCaster has been lowered to $399. The 1.1 release can be tried now via a 7-day demo downloadable from

Improvements to RayCaster 1.1 include:
•    More efficient encoding and better performance in the case of CPU overloads
•    Elimination of a color conversion step to preserve image fidelity
•    Unattended encoding recovery with a simple command
•    Built-in still slides

“We fixed some bugs and polished the UI for 1.1, but the real improvement is the enhanced performance,” noted CEO and chief developer David Mojdehi. “RayCaster 1.1’s improved efficiency allows for more complex encodes while demanding less of your hardware.”

RayCaster is a live audio/video encoder that employs up to five simultaneous, real-time Windows® Media™ encoders to reach the broadest audience possible with a high level of failover protection. RayCaster simultaneously archives high-quality footage to disk and provides a powerful interface to streamline the webcast process.

RayCaster 1.1 is available via electronic download at for $399.  A physical copy can be purchased for an additional $15.00 shipping/handling fee. RayCaster is the debut product from Sunnyside Software, a San Francisco-based startup founded by veterans of the digital video industry.

Designed for the serious webcaster, RayCaster’s elegant interface allows instant customization of video and audio parameters of all encoders, which can be started and stopped together with one click.

Named for a neighborhood in San Francisco, Sunnyside Software was incorporated in 2004 to develop and market products to the extant and potential streaming market. The principals have over 20 years of combined experience in digital media development, implementation and documentation.