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The MainConcept Live Encoder (formerly NeuLion MC Encoder) is a production ready real-time multi-screen encoding platform on Windows and Linux for SDI and IP sources, including UDP, RTSP, RTMP and HTTP. Creating Apple HLS, DASH-264 and DASH-265 compliant adaptive streaming content up to 4K and different HDR flavours like HDR-10, PQ10 and HLG with multi-bitrate and multi-resolution quality layers, the MainConcept Live Encoder outputs complete packages including playlist files. The powerful production tool now also offers ready-to-use encoding presets for HEVC HLS, compliant with Apple’s recently published authoring guidelines, so it can combine HEVC/H.265 in fMP4 and AVC/H.264 in TS, including generation of hybrid HLS playlists.

The MainConcept Live Encoder allows parallel live HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 encoding on single cost-efficient desktop Intel® Core™ i7 and Xeon E3 CPUs with a dedicated Intel graphics unit. CDN upload support includes Akamai and Amazon CloudFront. For live archiving the encoder can write files to disk or Amazon S3 locations.

In addition, the MainConcept Live Encoder outputs IP streams via UDP as Transport Streams, and RTMP streams as MP4. Administration is done with the intuitive web interface or the REST API for integration in existing workflows. SNMP (Simple Network Monitoring Support) Traps allow monitoring the system with user notifications about events or errors. Built-in Redundancy Management provides 1+1 and N+M failover modes.


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Key Features


Hardware Encoding for both HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264

Parallel live HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 encoding on single cost-efficient desktop CPUs making use of Intel GPU technology for an enhanced performance experience using Intel Core™ and Xeon E3 processors with a dedicated graphics unit.


Live Adaptive Bitrate Stream Encoding to DASH & HLS

Live encoding to Apple HLS (AVC and HEVC), DASH-264 (8-bit) and DASH-265 (8-bit / 10-bit) compliance streams up to 4K, including packaging as well as manifest and hybrid playlist generation. HLS creation is now fully compliant with the latest updates to iOS and macOS from Apple for enhanced resolution at lower bitrates. A single job for encodings of different quality layers and resolutions can be packaged in parallel for both DASH and HLS.


Common Input & Output Options

Support for SDI and IP network streams input via UDP (MPEG-2 / H.264 in TS), authenticated RTSP (in TS), RTMP and HTTP. Encoding to IP streams using RTMP (in MP4), RTP, HTTP and UDP (in TS) for OTT delivery. Live streams can also be saved in AVC/H.264 (8-bit) and HEVC/H.265 (8-bit / 10-bit) as MP4 files for archiving.


Flexible Deployment via Web UI & REST API

The intuitive web-based interface offers easy configuration and administration of the 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 already available existing workflow systems for externally control of the distribution encoder.

MainConcept Live Encoder Data Sheet

Detailed information and feature set overview of the available packages and their included components.

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Licensable Products

MainConcept Live Encoder AVC/H.264 Complete live encoding solution for H.264, incl. Apple HLS and DASH-264 up to 1080p30 for Windows or Linux.
MainConcept Live Encoder AVC/HEVC HD Complete live encoding solution for both Apple HLS, H.264 and H.265, incl. DASH-264 and DASH-265 up to 1080p30 for Windows and Linux.
MainConcept Live Encoder AVC/HEVC 4K Complete live encoding solution for both Apple HLS, H.264 and H.265, incl. DASH-264, DASH-265 up to 4K60 10-bit for Windows and Linux.

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