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PESA Unveils its Latest Encoder, the ‘H.264E’

An HD encoder module for professionals who want to encode SDI, HD-SDI or HDMI and stream real-time high quality video signals over an IP-based transport.

PESA, a producer of high-quality audio and video routing and signal processing solutions, has introduced its latest encoder, the PRO H.264E, says Dan Holland, PESA’s vice president of product marketing.

The H.264E is a high definition (HD) encoder module for professionals who want to encode “serial digital interface” (SDI), HD-SDI or “high-definition multimedia interface” (HDMI) and stream real time high quality video signals over an Internet protocol (IP) based transport, Holland said.

The H.264E is a three-rack unit model that allows up to eight of modules in the system, he says. With eight modules, video can “loop through here,” into the router, coming out, transmitted to the encoder, and loop back out as an uncompressed video, he said. The video can also run over networks and stream out and “be shared with others.”

“It’s (the H.264E) a nice little combined system for streaming, and HD, SDI type video signals,” Holland said.

The H.264E embedded setup software allows users to configure the encoder through a web browser or through a direct serial port interface, PESA says in a written statement. The H.264E allows for the capture of full motion, full-resolution video feeds directly from a HD video camera or router output to share video and audio through Internet protocol networks, PESA said.

Based on its “Visionary Solutions” technology platform, the PESA PRO H.264E encodes HDMI/DVI-D, HD-SDI or SD-SDI inputs up to 1080i60 in an H.264 stream (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC) for high-quality video at lower bandwidths. Audio compression is either AAC or MPEG-1 Layer 2 with up to 48kHz sample rate. It has balanced and unbalanced audio inputs and volume control plus RS-232 and RS-422 control, accessed via an RJ-45 receptacle. This compact encoder streams at 4 to 20 Mbps throughput and is offered as a single channel module; or for larger systems, up to 8 channels can be installed into a 3RU chassis, the company says.