​JVC Debuts HEVC Hardware Encoder

The ProHD BR-EN900 encoder features an all-hardware compression chip encoding HEVC (H.265) up to 1080p60 with 10-bit 4:2:2 sampling. It costs $5,990 and will ship in June.

Dual encoding capabilities allow simultaneous H.265 and H.264 streaming to different destinations, such as hardware decoders and CDNs.

“Our cameras feature built-in encoders, but customers often need to stream the output of a switcher in multi-camera remote production applications,” explained Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC. “The BR-EN900 can deliver contribution-quality HD video over bonded LTE, Wi-Fi, or WAN without compromising the image quality, even at very low bit rates using the high-efficiency H.265 codec.”

The BR-EN900 includes 3G-SDI, DVI, HDMI, and composite inputs, plus support for analog and digital audio (embedded and discrete). The compact encoder can be integrated into mobile production vehicles and transport cases. It also features Zixi error correction technology, which assures error-free video delivery over the Internet and can tolerate network congestion, high jitter, and packet loss.

“When combined with JVC’s BR-DE900 decoder, which decodes both H.265 nd H.264 streams, the BR-EN900 delivers HEVC video quality and up to 50 percent bandwidth savings compared to H.264,” he added. “Both units are transport infrastructure agnostic, so they work over WAN/LAN, LTE and satellite connections.”

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