Live Encoder

Powerful, real-time AVC/HEVC video encoding for adaptive streaming in up to 8K 10-bit

Real-time video encoding for every screen size

Live streaming at a professional level doesn’t need to be complicated. MainConcept® Live Encoder is a powerful all-in-one encoding engine designed to simplify common broadcast and OTT video workflows. With renowned MainConcept HEVC and AVC codecs built in, our intuitive user-interface allows you to package content for multiscreen delivery, using common input sources, in real-time.   

With MainConcept Live Encoder, you can set up a live workflow to ingest, prepare, and stream audio-visual content that is compatible with every type of consumer device. It doesn’t matter if you are delivering video directly to a CDN or to an online video platform via RTMP, MainConcept Live Encoder ensures your live video is delivered reliably and in the highest possible quality.

With Live Encoder, you get:

Hardware acceleration for HEVC & AVC codecs

Parallel live HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 encoding on a single, cost-efficient desktop CPU, using Intel GPU technology for enhanced performance with Intel Core and Xeon E3 processors with a dedicated graphics unit. MainConcept HEVC Hybrid GPU acceleration is built in, giving you the best of both hardware and software encoding. And, if you use dedicated NVIDIA RTX boards, you get up to 2.5x better performance.

Live adaptive bitrate encoding to DASH & HLS

Live encoding to Apple HLS (both AVC and HEVC), DASH-264 (8-bit) and DASH-265 (8-bit/10-bit) in up to 8K resolution. Includes packaging as well as manifest and hybrid playlist generation. HLS creation is fully compliant with the latest updates to iOS and macOS, directly from Apple for enhanced resolution at lower bitrates. Encoding different quality layers and resolutions can be packaged in parallel for both DASH and HLS in a single job.

Flexible deployment via Web application & REST API 

The intuitive web-based interface offers easy configuration and management of MainConcept Live Encoder, with full access to all available presets and output formats. The XML-based public REST API provides quick and simple integration into existing workflow systems for external control.

  • Highlights
  • Input
  • Encoding
  • Processing
  • Output
  • Configuration

Highlights

  • Proven performance, used for over 50,000 live events every year
  • Apple HLS and MPEG-DASH compliant
  • Common SDI and IP input sources
  • Real-time multiscreen encoding, with packaging and playlist generation
  • Live archiving to disk or Amazon S3
  • Up to 8K 10-bit resolution, with HDR10 support
  • Hybrid hardware & software encoding modes
  • Supported on Windows or Linux

Input

  • SDI capturing
  • IP streams: UDP (MPEG-2/H.264 in MPEG TS), HTTP, RTMP, authenticated RTSP (in TS)
  • Hardware AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 decoding for IP ingest using Intel Quick Sync Video technology for dedicated Intel Core Processors
  • Optimized low-latency streaming
  • Video: AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265, MPEG-2, VC-1
  • Audio: AAC, MPEG Audio Layer 1/2, MP3

Encoding

  • Live encoding to HLS (AVC/AAC) up to 1080p (8-bit), incl. playlist and packaging
  • Live encoding to HLS (HEVC/AAC) up to 8K (8-bit/10- bit), incl. playlist and packaging
  • Live encoding to DASH-264 (AVC/AAC) up to 1080p (8- bit), incl. MPD and packaging
  • Live encoding to DASH-265 (HEVC/AAC) up to 8K (8-bit/10-bit), incl. MPD and packaging
  • Parallel packaging of MPEG-DASH and HLS
  • Simultaneous encoding of 8 MPEG-DASH or HLS quality layers

Processing

  • HDR-10 passthrough
  • Closed Caption (EIA-608 & EIA-708)
  • Ad-Insertion (SCTE-35 & SCTE-104)
  • Logo insertion
  • Slate insertion for lost signals
  • Loudness normalization (CALM-Act/EBU R128)
  • Video/Audio Processing Tools
  • Deinterlacing, framerate conversion, scaling
  • Channel mapping

Output

  • Archive live streams to disk as MP4, or to Amazon S3 file storage
  • IP streams: RTMP, UDP, RTP, RTSP, HTTP
  • CDN Support: Akamai, Amazon CloudFront
  • Apple HLS AES-128 common encryption

Configuration

  • User Rights Management for administration and monitoring
  • REST API
  • SNMP Traps API
  • Redundancy Management (1+1, N+M)
  • Combined scheduler for encoding and publishing
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