The Appear TV Universal Transcoder is a fully integrated, hardware-based system capable of simultaneously preparing multiple signals from any input source in any format for distribution to multiple devices. Appear TV’s new Universal Transcoder provides a common HW platform that can handle any transcoding needs that a professional operator may have. The Universal Transcoder is capable of transcoding both linear broadcast and multiscreen services. Changing between linear broadcast and multiscreen is handled by reconfiguring the SW/firmware on the module.
In Broadcast mode, the Universal Transcoder supports full decoding and re-encoding of content to make sure optimal quality is maintained throughout the transcode process. The transcoder module is able to transcode AVC to MPEG-2, MPEG-2 to MPEG-2, MPEG-2 to AVC, and AVC to AVC. The transcoder module supports transcoding densities of up to 4 HD or 16 SD services per module, with flexible resource allocation to make the following HD and SD combination modes possible: