Providing the latest technical advances to extract every possible performance benefit for both H.264 and MPEG-2 compression is essential for professional broadcasting and its supporting business case. Whether adding new channels to existing multiplexes or providing genuine video quality improvements at low bitrates, the performance bar for many Tier 1 operators is constantly being reset, through necessity, to seek nothing less than the best possible performance.
Appear TV has developed a transcoding solution that represents the ‘state of the art’ in compression today. Based on all-new hardware, the Universal Transcoder combines the flexibility and programmability of a software solution with the clear efficiency and performance benefits that only hardware provides. The immense computational power of the platform runs all-new and highly evolved encoding algorithms, boosting performance to the limits for both H.264 and MPEG-2. This latest-generation transcoder platform has increased audio encoding capacity to make it one of the most powerful transcoder platforms on the market, enabling it to handle multiple audio channels including Dolby® Digital and Dolby® Digital Plus1) . Complementing the algorithmic improvements is an all new statistical multiplexing system supporting a 2nd generation multipass look-ahead architecture with lightning fast refresh rate.