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HEVC encoder speeds UHD contribution

The new AQORD HEVC encoder has been launched by Digigram, in a bid to reduce the cost of high-volume data transport.

The HEVC encoder fits into a 19-inch short-depth chassis in 1RU, the same form factor as a standard contribution encoder. The appliance ingests video from SDI inputs, encodes one raw UHD video signal or up to four simultaneous raw HD video signals using HEVC, then streams the encoded VoIP to the broadcaster’s production base.

While the unit is intended for use in point-to-point broadcast contribution, its combination of size and functionality also makes it valuable for contribution applications in OB vans, said the company.

Additionally, functional improvements and interface enhancements have been brought to the AQORD and AQILIM IP video product ranges with the release of a new V7 software update for each.

One highlight of the V7 software release for the AQILIM multiscreen/OTT range gives users the flexibility to perform independent audio and video encoding, a capability that allows encoded audio to be muxed using one or more separate containers. Digigram said this allows AQILIM users to do more with their existing systems, because independent audio encoding simplifies and accelerates the preparation and streaming of video along with many different language tracks.

The new V7 software release for Digigram’s AQORD encoding/decoding products for broadcast contribution applications includes a new dual streaming feature that enables the use of two contribution links (SDSL, fibre, IP, satellite, and so on) to protect video transmission against IP packet drops or failed links. In other cases, the dual-streaming capability allows users to employ the AQORD unit for both encoding and decoding.