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Buyer’s Brief: Encoding & Transcoding

If you’re managing video across numerous platforms, you’ll need to consider your options for encoding and transcoding as you prepare media for distribution to multiple screens.

AJA Video


AJA HELO is an H.264 streaming and recording device that allows users to stream video signals directly to web content delivery networks (CDN) at the same time they are encoding and recording H.264 files to either SD cards, USB storage or network-based storage. HELO offers both 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs, the power to handle up to 1080p 60 recording formats and a simple web-based UI for easy configuration. Key features include standalone HD/SD H.264 streaming and recording, H.264 streaming and recording bit rates up to 20 Mb/s, embedded audio support, and a second USB port to configure a static/dynamic IP address or make firmware updates. HELO will be available soon for $1,295. 


Dalet AmberFin

IMF use is climbing, and the need for systems that can create, import, manage and export IMF bundles is skyrocketing. The latest version of the Dalet AmberFin media processing platform includes the ability to generate, QC (including Netflix Photon) and deliver IMF packages in an automated and scalable way. The upcoming release of Dalet AmberFin adds ProRes 444, DNxHR and H.264 10-bit support on transcode output up to 4K, rounding out the support of all the major 4K formats for postproduction and delivery (ProRes, DNxHR, XAVC 4K, J2K, HEVC, H.264). 


Ministreamer HD-SDI/IP

Measuring 5.5” long and 4.88” wide, the Ministreamer HD-SDI/IP is a single-channel H.264/AVC encoder/live streamer with a latency of 150 milliseconds. It ingests SDI/HD-SDI video inputs and supports multiple simultaneous IP outputs. It encodes a single stream at 0.1 to 60 Mb/s at resolutions up to 1080p30/1080i60. It can record and stream simultaneously, saving data on its built-in 32 GB solid-state drive or on USB-attached storage. The system supports standard protocols including UDP and RTP with unicast or multicast, and wrappers such as HLS (for output to mobile devices), RTMP and DASH. An HDMI input version is also available. The portable Linux-based encoder features remote management from anywhere via the public internet. 



LU600 is a portable transmission unit for global newsgathering and live sports and events coverage. It delivers high video quality and bit rate (up to 20 Mb/s), file transfer speeds up to 80 Mb/s, minimal latency (0.5 seconds) and a high-speed bonded internet capability of up to 100 Mb/s. The LU600 is field-upgradable to H.265 HEVC. Tailored to the needs of mobile journalists and weighing about 2.2 pounds, the LU600 includes LiveU’s integral LRT (LiveU Reliable Transport) protocol for optimized video performance using adaptive bit rate and forward error correction technology. LRT enables reliable, low delay live video streaming over non-guaranteed IP networks. 


Maevex 6100

The Maevex 6100 quad encoder card delivers 4K/UHD and Full HD multichannel capture, encoding, streaming and recording. Built on H.264, this plug-and-play solution fits seamlessly into existing infrastructures and interoperates with any device on the network, ensuring high-density content distribution and system scalability. Delivering quad 4K input capture, the Maevex 6100 also offers multiple encodes, variable bit rates and a broad choice of protocols, allowing simultaneous streaming and recording of four or more channels. The flexible communication and powerful reach offered by the Maevex 6100 card—and included Matrox PowerStream Plus network management software—make the technology ideal for use in enterprise, government, education, digital signage or anywhere AV-over-IP is required.  NewTek and Wowza

NewTek and Wowza


From NewTek and Wowza Media Systems, MediaDS is a real-time media encoding and live streaming video delivery system. The hardware and software solution merges NewTek’s live production technology with Wowza streaming software in a 1 RU footprint. The result is an end-to-end streaming solution that allows producers to launch their own multichannel content networks from their production site and deliver a live video stream directly to viewers. For enhanced scalability, producers can also create a virtual CDN or edge network by connecting multiple MediaDS units together—either through a local area network or remotely over IP.  

TVU Networks

MLink TE4500

MLink TE4500 is an H.265/HEVC and 4K encoding solution for live video transmission. This rack-mount encoder transmits video using HEVC video compression but also incorporates TVU265-enhanced HEVC, Smart VBR encoding and Inverse StatMux Plus advanced IP video technology. The MLink TE4500 delivers the same high-quality picture that’s currently available with TVU’s cellular IP-based live video transmitters, but with more efficient compression, requiring less data transmission. The MLink TE4500 is fully compatible with TVU’s family of rack-mount IP-based transceiver video decoders. The MLink TE4500 and TVU transceivers operate within TVU’s cloud-based ecosystem platform for centralized video content management and control that supports not just TVU solutions and services but SDI and IP video sources as well. 



VITEC’s MGW Ace is a 100 percent hardware-based portable HEVC encoding and streaming appliance. Boasting a real-time H.265 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 hardware compression chip, the device enables broadcast-quality video streams up to 1080p. It features a wide range of input options; a secondary MPEG-4 H.264 chip expands setup options, supporting any legacy decoder. The video encoder can support a diverse and demanding set of field-based content requirements. Ideal for temporary installations such as live broadcasts looking to accommodate off-site point-to-point HD video contributions, sports channels streaming from stadiums and outdoor venues, or within secure applications, the MGW Ace is engineered to satisfy today’s increasing demand for capturing high-quality real-time content anytime, anywhere.


Cloud Encoding Service

Founded by a group of developers who co-wrote the MPEG-DASH standard, Bitmovin comes from a strong grounding in adaptive video technology and built its encoding service with the cloud in mind. This “cloud first” approach creates a number of advantages for video workflow, including speed, reliability and scalability. Bitmovin’s Cloud Encoding Service can spin up multiple encoding instances within seconds of an input file being uploaded, and by using the full potential of cloud infrastructure, it can scale quickly to enormous capacity. This removes any chance of bottlenecks slowing the encoding queue. Bitmovin’s solution is multi-cloud enabled and can be configured to move jobs to a different cloud in the case of a network disruption. 

EIZO Rugged Solutions

Tyton VS2

Tyton VS2 is a low-latency, high-efficiency H.265 (HEVC) video encoder with dual 3G-SDI inputs. This ruggedized video encoding and streaming solution is designed to serve video transmission needs in harsh field environments. The MIL-STD-810G and IP67 compliant Tyton VS2 is capable of capturing two 3G-SDI inputs simultaneously and encoding them using the H.265 (HEVC) or H.264 (AVC) video encoding standards. Both video inputs can be internally split and routed to each of the product’s eight built-in dynamic encoding engines (1080p60 encoding utilizes two engines and HD utilizes a single engine), each individually configurable to different bit rates. Each of the Tyton VS2’s eight dynamic encoding cores can individually be configured to encode to H.264 or H.265 standards using software API settings, allowing true future-proofing of existing installations looking to utilize H.265 in the future. The Tyton VS2 also features an internal video (3G-SDI) bypass and overcomes the need for an external video splitter.

Live Transcoding, a cloud-based video processing service for the media and entertainment market, has introduced a live transcoding service powered by technology from Harmonic. Broadcasters, cable programmers and over-the-top video service providers can now leverage’s cloud platform along with Harmonic’s VOS Cloud media processing solution to deliver high-quality live video experiences to customers around the globe. Via a single API integration, video providers have access to a unique platform boasting the industry’s largest capability set for VOD and live video workflows, all under one roof. 

Minnetonka Audio


Minnetonka Audio offers a full suite of encoder and decoder products to fit within today’s varied workflows, including its SurCode Dolby Digital Plus for Avid and SurCode Dolby E for Adobe Premiere Pro CC. As Dolby-certified products, the decoded and encoded audio files from both solutions are compatible with all Dolby Digital branded software or hardware encoders and decoders. Minnetonka’s SurCode Dolby Digital Plus for Avid is the first solution to bring Dolby Digital Plus to the Avid platform. When working with legacy content, SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus also provides encoding and decoding of Dolby Digital AC-3 files. Minnetonka’s SurCode Dolby E for Adobe Premiere Pro CC allows users to work with Dolby encoded files in the industry’s most popular editing software and is included at no additional charge in the SurCode for Dolby E Bundle and Master Suite. 

Osprey Video

Talon G1H

The Osprey Video Talon G1H can ingest one source and stream or record to up to three destinations in multiple resolutions and bit rates. The unit supports frame alignment for seamless MBR streaming. Output formats include RTMP, RTP, UDP and save to file in resolutions up to 1080p60. The Talon G1H combines professional features like closed caption support and professional audio options with one-touch start/stop encoding for the ultimate combination of reliability and ease of use. Talon G1H’s small size and fanless, low power consumption design makes ideal for 24/7/365 streaming and recording applications. Talon G1H is currently available for $1,190. 



mRes, Pronology’s standalone multi-resolution encoder, provides even greater flexibility to today’s multi-frame rate and multi-codec production environments by providing access to multiple formats instantaneously for any given production that requires different codecs, wrappers and resolutions. This uncompressed recording architecture allows mRes to provide various file formats without any loss of quality or signal degradation because each copy is created from the original uncompressed file. mRes is controlled by Pronology’s new clip controller application, which allows the encoder to be operated with a simple-to-deploy, easy-to-use standalone control application. mRes integrates with most storage systems, such as Avid ISIS and Small Tree. It also integrates with various NLE systems, including Avid, Apple and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, supporting growing clips for edit-while-capture workflows. 



Eolementhe is a cloud-based tool to create media workflows and deliver processed media. Within this automated multi-provider environment, a complete workflow is available into a single interface: transcoding, quality control, audio level correction and analysis, and manual or automatic delivery of the technical and editorial metadata. Latest features include automatic delivery of files to Object Storage platforms, workflow stop and go during QC, sharing of workflow templates, and dynamic pre-filled forms permitting to manage RTB formats and standards. 


TITAN Live + Intel VCA

ATEME recently announced the availability of its new high video quality and high density transcoding solution, the result of its work alongside computer giant Intel. The solution combines the power of ATEME’s TITAN Live video compression platform with the integrated CPU and graphics capabilities of Intel’s Visual Compute Accelerator (VCA) card. This enables ATEME to increase channel density by more than 10 times over platforms without Intel graphics capabilities. This is proof of ATEME’s groundbreaking work in the video compression field, and showcases the company’s willingness to collaborate with others to advance technology in the industry. Speaking about the collaboration with Intel, Michel Artieres, CEO of ATEME, says, “This solution redefines the broadcast industry density standard. It is a complete live and file video headend in a box, offering significant OPEX and CAPEX savings.”