Cobalt Digital Releases Next-Generation HEVC Professional 4K and Multichannel HD/SD Encoder Series

Cobalt will launch the company’s new 9992-ENC-4K-HEVC H.265 streaming encoder for openGear at NAB 2018.

These new Cobalt Digital 9992-ENC series of HEVC/H.265/MM:EG-5-ready encoders represent the state-of-the-art both in 4K/HD baseband video processing and in compression technology in one highly upgradeable, future-proof platform. 

The 9992-ENC-4K-HEVC encoder, represents the super-set of the company's new encoding platform’s capabilities. It takes advantage of the hardware’s quad 3G-SDI and 12G-SDI inputs by accepting a full 3840x2160 signal at up to 60 frames per second and then encoding the signal to HEVC for output over IP and or DVB-ASI.

The encoder card can be upgraded in the field all the way from 4:2:0 8 bit to 4:2:2 10 bit, and the base openGear card design accepts multiple hardware expansion modules. A user’s investment is protected when it comes to fiber and SMPTE ST 2110 SDI over IP I/O and emerging audio processing requirements such as 22.2-channel encoding.

In addition to the highly capable 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI input stage of the product, the output stage supports simultaneous output over DVB-ASI via a rich set of streaming IP protocols including Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Automatic Repeat ReQuest (ARQ) packet-loss protection schemes. Each encoding path handles up to 16 channels of embedded audio and supports all common audio codecs including MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC (all flavors), Dolby 2.0, and 5.1 AC-3, as well as pass-through of pre-encoded Dolby. The encoder features a low-latency mode, and sub-frame, ultra-low-latency performance is possible when the encoder is paired with Cobalt’s companion 9992-DEC decoders.

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