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Elegant interface and powerful features are designed for the video professional

January 27, 2005, San Francisco, CA --Sunnyside Software announces the release of RayCaster 1.0, 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 is available for electronic download at for an introductory price of $379; the special price expires on February 28, 2005. The price goes to $399 after the introductory period.  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.

“Professional webcasting software must offer confidence and flexibility,” comments Nate Caplin, Webcasting & Streaming Media Manager, American Electric Power. “RayCaster's interface provides detailed preview and status information at a glance, and its ability to run multiple encoders from the same DV source means we can output multiple versions of a live remote webcast event with a single notebook computer, or use just two computers to provide redundant failover for up to five different versions of a webcast.”

Ben Waggoner, founder of Ben Waggoner Digital and author of CMP's Compression for Great Digital Video, notes, “Professionals and enthusiasts alike will appreciate RayCaster’s flexibility and elegance. Among its unique features are its support of multiple instances of the encoder, so it can make, say, a legacy stream for older players and a 2003 Server stream for modern players.”

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 30 years of combined experience in digital media development, implementation and documentation.