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Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform

STEP is capable of performing high-quality HD/SD MPEG-2 or H.264 encoding, HD/SD MPEG-2 to H.264 and H.264 to MPEG-2 transcoding, HD to SD downscaling, as well as creating Adaptive Bit-Rate live profiles supporting HTTP streaming protocols HLS, HDS and IIS for any-screen video delivery.

The STEP-1 is a 1RU integrated system to perform video processing in a scalable manner to meet the latest video requirements and migrate to next generation video network architecture. The STEP can support multiple video quality encoding bit-rates, multiple audio formats, and text scrolling. STEP is compatible with any industry media server, digital rights managed software, and can be easily integrated into CDN providers to deliver a solution based on customer needs.

Key Features

• SD/HD MPEG-2/MPEG-4 (H.264) to SD/HD MPEG-2/MPEG-4 (H.264) transcoding

• Adaptive stream (HLS/HDS/IIS) encoding and segmentation

• Motion compensated high-quality format conversion

• HD to SD conversion

• Multi-channel audio support

• Text scrolling support

• CALM/ALC support

• DVB subtitling support

Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform

STEP is capable of performing high-quality HD/SD MPEG-2 or H.264 encoding, HD/SD MPEG-2 to H.264 and H.264 to MPEG-2 transcoding, HD to SD downscaling, as well as creating Adaptive Bit-Rate live profiles supporting HTTP streaming protocols HLS, HDS and IIS for any-screen video delivery.

The STEP-2 is a 2RU integrated system to perform video processing in a scalable manner to meet the latest video requirements and migrate to next generation video network architecture. The STEP can support multiple video quality encoding bit-rates, multiple audio formats, and text scrolling. STEP is compatible with any industry media server, digital rights managed software, and can be easily integrated into CDN providers to deliver a solution based on customer needs.

Key Features

• SD/HD MPEG-2/MPEG-4 (H.264) to SD/HD MPEG-2/MPEG-4 (H.264) transcoding

• Adaptive stream (HLS/HDS/IIS) encoding and segmentation

• Motion compensated high-quality format conversion

• HD to SD conversion

• Multi-channel audio support

• Text scrolling support

• CALM/ALC support

• DVB subtitling support

High Definition Encoder - ASI Output

HDE-ASI (HD Encoder-SDI) accepts & auto-detects input streams in HD-SDI, SD-SDI, and analog NTSC formats, and delivers one HD/SD MPEG-2 encoded output in ASI format. Additionally, a multi-channel output in DVI format is available for preview and testing purposes. The standard audio program of the digital inputs is encoded in Dolby AC-3 format. Optional Dolby 5.1 is available. Remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Three available input modes: 1xHD(1080i), 1xHD(720p)+2xSD/NTSC, and 4xSD/NTSC
  • GUI-based monitoring and control menu via Web browser
  • Standard real-time Dolby AC-3 audio encoding
  • Optional real-time Dolby 5.1 audio encoding
  • Multi-channel preview via front-panel DVI interface
  • Supports Static PSIP configuration
  • Supports Closed Captioning

MPEG-2 HD Encoder

HDE-2H/2S-QAM (MPEG-2 HD Encoder – 2xHDMI/2xHD-SDI/4xComponent – 4xQAM) accepts up to four (4) high-definition (HD) programs from any of the following inputs: 2xHDMI (unencrypted), 2xHD-SDI, and 4xComponent. MPEG-2 encoded outputs are available in the following formats simultaneously: 4xQAM, 4xGigE (1000Base-T Ethernet), and 4xASI. To improve transport efficiency, the encoder allows operator to (i) assign one (1) or two (2) programs to each QAM output channel, and (ii) to individually turn on/off each of the four (4) adjacent QAM output channels. The encoder supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding, and Closed Captioning (EIA-608 and EIA-708). It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface. A front-panel RF test point allows for monitoring/testing of the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a front-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Accepts up to four (4) programs from any of the following inputs: 2xHDMI (unencrypted), 2xHD-SDI, and 4xComponent
  • Simultaneously delivers the following outputs: 4xQAM, 4xGigE, and 4xASI
  • Multiplexes up to four (4) input programs in any of the following output combinations:(i) 1:1 (1 program per QAM channel)(ii) 2:1 (2 programs per QAM channel, not exceeding 38.8Mbps)
  • Each of the four (4) QAM channels can (i) contain 1 or 2 programs, and (ii) be turned on/off individually
  • Provides +52 dBmV QAM output level for four (4) combined channels (+60 dBmV for 1 QAM)
  • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers
  • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608 and EIA-708
  • Equipped with EAS interface (Analog Video + L/R Audio)
  • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
  • Supports user-defined PSIP configuration

MPEG-2 HD Encoder

HDE-4S-QAM (MPEG-2 HD Encoder – 4xHD-SDI/4xComponent – 4xQAM) accepts up to four (4) high-definition (HD) programs from any of the following inputs: 4xHD-SDI, and 4xComponent. MPEG-2 encoded outputs are available in the following formats simultaneously: 4xQAM, 4xGigE (1000Base-T Ethernet), and 4xASI. To improve transport efficiency, the encoder allows operator to (i) assign one (1) or two (2) programs to each QAM output channel, and (ii) to individually turn on/off each of the four (4) adjacent QAM output channels. The encoder supports Dolby® Digital and Closed Captioning (EIA-608 and EIA-708). It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface. A front-panel RF test point allows for monitoring/testing of the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a front-panel 10/100BaseT Ethernet connection.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Accepts up to four (4) programs from any of the following inputs: 4xHD-SDI, and 4xComponent
  • Simultaneously delivers the following outputs: 4xQAM, 4xGigE, and 4xASI
  • Multiplexes up to four (4) input programs in any of the following output combinations:(i) 1:1 (1 program per QAM channel)(ii) 2:1 (2 programs per QAM channel, not exceeding 38.8Mbps)
  • Each of the four (4) QAM channels can (i) contain 1 or 2 programs, and (ii) be turned on/off individually
  • Provides +52 dBmV QAM output level for four (4) combined channels (+60 dBmV for 1 QAM)
  • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers
  • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608 and EIA-708
  • Equipped with EAS interface (Analog Video + L/R Audio)
  • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
  • Supports user-defined PSIP configuration
  • MPEG-2 HD Encoder

    HDE-CHV-QAM (MPEG-2 HD Encoder) – 1xComponent/HDMI/VGA/Composite – 1xQAM) accepts one (1) high-definition (HD) program from any of the following inputs: 1xComponent, 1xHDMI (unencrypted), 1xVGA, and 1xComposite. MPEG-2 encoded outputs are available in the following formats simultaneously: 1xQAM, 1xASI, and 1xIP (10/100Base-T Ethernet). The QAM RF output is frequency agile over the entire CATV frequency range of 54-1002 MHz (channels 2-158) with an output level of +40 dBmV. The encoder supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding, and Closed Captioning (EIA-608). Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a front-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection. A rear-panel VGA output port is available for loop-through applications.

    FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Accepts one (1) program from any of the following inputs: 1xComponent, 1xHDMI (unencrypted), 1xVGA, and 1xComposite
  • Simultaneously delivers the following outputs: 1xQAM, 1xASI, and 1xIP
  • Provides +40 dBmV QAM RF output level
  • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers
  • Compact design permits installation of up to 3 Encoder modules in 1RU
  • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
  • Supports user-defined PSIP configuration
  • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608
  • MPEG-2 HD Encoder

    HDE-CSV-QAM (MPEG-2 HD Encoder – 1xComponent/HD-SDI/HDMI/VGA/Composite – 1xQAM) accepts one (1) high-definition (HD) program from any of the following inputs: 1xComponent, 1xHD-SDI, 1xHDMI (unencrypted), 1xVGA, and 1xComposite. MPEG-2 encoded outputs are available in the following formats simultaneously: 1xQAM, 1xASI, and 1xIP (10/100Base-T Ethernet). The QAM RF output is frequency agile over the entire CATV frequency range of 54-1002 MHz (channels 2-158) with an output level of +40 dBmV. The encoder supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding, and Closed Captioning (EIA-608 and EIA-708). Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a front-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection. A rear-panel VGA output port is available for loop-through applications.

    FEATURES AND BENEFITS
  • Accepts one (1) program from any of the following inputs: 1xComponent, 1xHD-SDI, 1xHDMI (unencrypted), 1xVGA, and 1xComposite
  • Simultaneously delivers the following outputs: 1xQAM, 1xASI, and 1xIP
  • Provides +40 dBmV QAM RF output level
  • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers
  • Compact design permits installation of up to 3 Encoder modules in 1RU
  • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
  • Supports user-defined PSIP configuration
  • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608 and EIA-708
  • MPEG-2 HD Encoder

    HDE-8C-QAM (MPEG-2 HD Encoder: 8xComponent/Composite to 4xQAM) accepts up to eight analog programs from any of the following inputs: 8xComponent and 8xComposite. The encoder is equipped with a spare input (9th input) to replace any one of the primary eight inputs in the event of a failure.

    The encoder digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes each input into a high-definition stream, multiplexes the resulting eight streams, and then modulates them onto four adjacent QAM channels in the 54-1002 MHz range (CATV 2-158). Any one of the four QAM outputs is also available in ASI format.

    The encoder supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding, and Closed Captioning (EIA-608) for each of the eight encoded programs. It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface consisting of a composite video and L/R audio program input. EAS triggering is via a 5-12 VDC input or dry contact closure available from most EAS receivers. A front-panel RF test point allows for monitoring/testing of the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a rear-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection.

    FEATURES AND BENEFITS

    • Accepts up to 8 programs from any of the following inputs: 8xComponent and 8xComposite
    • Supports additional 1 spare input to replace a failed input
    • Digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes, and multiplexes up to 8 inputs into 4 QAM output channels (2 programs per QAM channel)
    • Provides any 1 of the 4 QAM output streams in ASI format
    • Configurable to ITU-T J.83 Annex A and B digital QAM formats
    • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers
    • Provides a front-panel RF test point (at 20 dB below primary QAM output)
    • Equipped with EAS interface (Analog Video + L/R Audio) and triggering compatible with all EAS receivers
    • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
    • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608 for each of the 8 encoded programs
    • Supports user-defined PSIP configuration

    MPEG-2 HD/SD Encoder / Multiplexer

    HDE-2S-IP (MPEG-2 HD/SD Encoder Multiplexer - 2xHD-SDI or 8xSD-SDI/NTSC to IP/2xASI) accepts two (2) high definition (HD) programs from HD-SDI inputs or up to eight (8) standard definition (SD) programs across the SDI and/or NTSC inputs. MPEG-2 encoded outputs are multiplexed into one Multi Program Transport Stream (MPTS), which is available in the following formats simultaneously: 1xIP (100/1000 BaseT) and 2xASI. The encoder supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding for (16) analog stereo audio pairs (L+R) which in addition to primary and secondary audio programs also provide a third pair for the Audio Descriptor Service, an additional narration track for blind and visually impaired, as mandated by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). Ad insertion SCTE 35 compliant queuing messages are detected for each program from either the multiple audio Cue Tone inputs or an insertion contact closure (operator selectable). A baseband audio analog encoding capability table is provided on the following page for easy reference. In addition to the baseband audio analog encoding capability audio programs that are already encoded and present on the SDI inputs may be multiplexed with the respective output (pass-through) without utilizing the baseband audio analog encoding resource. The encoder also supports Closed Captioning (EIA-608, and EIA-708), and Emergency Alert System (EAS). A front-panel DVI port is available for real-time monitoring of active programs during operation. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a rear-panel SFP port (10/100BaseT).

    FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Accepts up to (2) HD or (8) SD programs from the following inputs: 2xHD-SDI, 6xSD-SDI, and/or 6xNTSC.
  • Simultaneously delivers the following outputs: 2xASI (mirrored) and 1xIP (100/1000 BaseT)
  • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control using standard web browsers via 10/100 BaseT SFP module (included)
  • Provides audio encoding for Primary Audio, SAP (Secondary Audio Program), & Audio Descriptor Service
  • Provides user-selectable audio level adjustment of +/- 6 dB in 0.5 dB increments on all analog audio inputs through GUI interface
  • Detects ad messaging via SCTE 35 activated by either multiple Cue Tone Audio inputs or upon contact closures (user selectable)
  • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608 and EIA-708
  • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
  • Supports Emergency Alert System (EAS)
  • Supports user-defined static PSIP configuration
  • Supports compressed digital audio pass through for all SDI inputs
  • Supports fixed VBR and Stat-Mux video encoding
  • Professional Series MPEG-2 HD/SD Encoder

    HDE-HVC-PRO (Professional Series MPEG-2 HD/SD Encoder) is especially designed to deliver superior motion optimization for programming such as fast-paced live sporting events and is configurable in either HD or SD mode via its web interface.

    When operating in HD Mode, the encoder accepts one (1) program from any one of the following inputs: 1xHDMI (unencrypted), 1xVGA or 1xComponent. In SD Mode the encoder accepts up to four (4) standard-definition (SD) input programs in NTSC baseband Audio/Video format. Each AV input program is digitized, MPEG-2 encoded, and then multiplexed into one Multi-Program Transport Stream (MPTS). The output (in either HD or SD Mode) is available in the following formats simultaneously: 1xQAM, 1xASI, and 1xIP (GigE; HD-SPTS, SD-MPTS).

    The encoder supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding, and Closed Captioning (EIA-608). It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface. A front-panel RF test point allows for monitoring/testing of the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a rear-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection.

    FEATURES AND BENEFITS

    • HD Mode:
      • Accepts one (1) program from any of the following inputs: 1xHDMI (unencrypted), 1xVGA, 1xComponent, and 1xComposite
    • SD Mode:
      • Accepts up to four (4) programs in NTSC baseband A/V format
      • Digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes, & multiplexes up to four programs into one MPTS
    • Simultaneously delivers the following outputs: 1xQAM, 1xASI, and 1xIP (GigE; HD-SPTS, SD-MPTS)
    • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers
    • Provides a front-panel RF test point (at 20 dB below primary QAM output)
    • Configurable to ITU-T J.83 Annex A and B digital QAM formats
    • Equipped with EAS interface (Analog Video + L/R Audio)
    • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
    • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608
    • Supports user-defined PSIP configuration
    • Low Latency (250 msec)

    Media Player & HD Encoder

    The MPHDE-50 is a network media player and a versatile single channel encoder combined in a 1RU assembly. It consists of a Drake model DNP-50 Android-based player coupled with a Blonder Tongue model HDE-CSV-QAM HD MPEG-2 encoder. The HDMI connection between the media player and the encoder is provided and both units are powered by a single 12 VDC power supply integrated in the chassis. 120 VAC line powering is a standard and -48 VDC power is optional. The media player’s two USB ports are provided on the front panel and its 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port is presented on the rear panel.

    FEATURES

    Media Player Section:
    • Enhanced bit rate for 1080i output
    • Android-based Operating System
    • Networked controlled API
    • 10/100/1000T-base Ethernet port for remote management
    • API for native applications
    • 4 GB Flash internal memory
    • SD Card port for additional storage/memory
    Signage Key Points:
    • Video Playback: MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (H.264)
    • Image File Playback: PNG and JPEG
    • Calendar
    • Clock
    • RSS News
    • Twitter Feed
    • Web Page Integration
    Encoder Section:

    The MPHDE-50 provides system operators an efficient and convenient solution to deliver and manage custom HD video content for a variety of applications.

    • Simultaneously delivers the following outputs: 1xQAM, 1xASI, and 1x IP
    • Provides +40 dBmV QAM RF output levels
    • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers
    • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
    • Supports user-defined PSIP configuration
    • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608 and EIA-708

    MPEG-2 HD ENCODER

    HDE-8C-QAM (MPEG-2 HD Encoder: 8xComponent/Composite to 4xQAM/8xIP) accepts up to eight analog programs from any of the following inputs: 8xComponent and 8xComposite. The encoder is equipped with a spare input (9th input) to replace any one of the primary eight inputs in the event of a failure.

    The encoder digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes each input into a high-definition stream, multiplexes the resulting eight streams, and then modulates them onto four adjacent QAM channels in the 54-1002 MHz range (CATV 2-158). Any one of the four QAM outputs is also available in ASI format.

    The encoder supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding, and Closed Captioning (EIA-608) for each of the eight encoded programs. It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface consisting of a composite video and L/R audio program input. EAS triggering is via a 5-12 VDC input or dry contact closure available from most EAS receivers. A front-panel RF test point allows for monitoring/testing of the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a rear-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection.

    FEATURES AND BENEFITS

    • Accepts up to 8 programs from any of the following inputs: 8xComponent and 8xComposite
    • Supports additional 1 spare input to replace a failed input
    • Digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes, and multiplexes up to 8 inputs into 4 QAM output channels (2 programs per QAM channel)
    • Provides any 1 of the 4 QAM output streams in ASI format
    • Configurable to ITU-T J.83 Annex A and B digital QAM formats
    • Provides 8 SPTS IP outputs
    • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers
    • Provides a front-panel RF test point (at 20 dB below primary QAM output)
    • Equipped with EAS interface (Analog Video + L/R Audio) and triggering compatible with all EAS receivers
    • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
    • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608 for each of the 8 encoded programs
    • Supports user-defined PSIP configuration

    MPEG-2 HD ENCODER with Opt. 2

    HDE-8C-QAM w/Opt 2 (MPEG-2 HD Encoder: 8xComponent/Composite to 4xQAM) accepts up to eight analog programs from any of the following inputs: 8xComponent and 8xComposite. The encoder is equipped with a spare input (9th input) to replace any one of the primary eight inputs in the event of a failure.

    The encoder digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes each input into a high-definition stream, multiplexes the resulting eight streams, and then modulates them onto four adjacent watermarked QAM channels in the 54-1002 MHz range (CATV 2-158). Any one of the four QAM outputs is also available in ASI format.

    The encoder supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding, and Closed Captioning (EIA-608) for each of the eight encoded programs. It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface consisting of a composite video and L/R audio program input. EAS triggering is via a 5-12 VDC input or dry contact closure available from most EAS receivers. A front-panel RF test point allows for monitoring/testing of the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a rear-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection.

    The encoder accepts eight analog programs from DIRECTV Network’s H25-100 satellite receivers. In the event of a failure on any one of the primary eight receivers, the HDE-8C-QAM w/Opt 2 will automatically switch over to the spare receiver to maintain the program stream. Remote monitoring and control of up to nine DIRECTV Network’s H25-100 satellite receivers is provided through UPnP protocol using a standard Web browser via a rear-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection.

    FEATURES AND BENEFITS

    • Accepts up to 8 programs from any of the following inputs: 8xComponent and 8xComposite
    • Supports additional 1 spare input to replace a failed input
    • Digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes, and multiplexes up to 8 inputs into 4 QAM output channels (2 programs per QAM channel)
    • Provides any 1 of the 4 QAM output streams in ASI format
    • Configurable to ITU-T J.83 Annex A and B digital QAM formats
    • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers
    • Provides a front-panel RF test point (at 20 dB below primary QAM output)
    • Equipped with EAS interface (Analog Video + L/R Audio) and triggering compatible with all EAS receivers
    • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
    • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608 for each of the 8 encoded programs
    • Supports user-defined PSIP configuration

    Single Channel HD Encoder

    The HDE-1C-QAM (MPEG-2 HD Encoder – 1xComponent/Composite – 1xQAM) accepts one (1) high-definition (HD) program from a component input or (1) standard definition (SD) from a composite video input. MPEG-2 encoded outputs are available in QAM (1x) format. The QAM RF output is frequency agile over the entire CATV frequency range of 5-1002 MHz (channels T7-T14, 2-158) with an output level of +40 dBmV. The encoder also has a Delayed Audio output feature to provide proper lip-syncing when external audio amplifiers are used in the system.

    The encoder supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding and Closed Captioning (EIA-608). Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a front-panel 100/1000 Ethernet connection.

    FEATURES AND BENEFITS

    • Accepts one (1) program from any of the following inputs: 1xComponent or 1xComposite
    • Delivers the following outputs: 1xQAM
    • Provides +40 dBmV QAM RF output level
    • Provides comprehensive GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers
    • Compact design permits installation of up to 3 Encoder modules in 1RU
    • Supports Real-time Dolby® Digital audio encoding
    • Supports user-defined PSIP configuration
    • Supports Closed Captioning EIA-608
    • Full QAM output channel coverage from 5 to 1002 MHz (T7 to 158)
    • Delayed Digital Audio Output feature for external audio applications
    • Optional Analog Delayed Audio Output for public address system interface