Blonder Tongue announced the HDE-HVC-PRO, a new MPEG-2 SD/HD professional series encoder designed to deliver motion optimization for fast-paced programming, including live sports events. In addition, the company announced enhancements to its SDE-4AV-QAM MPEG-2 SD encoder, which enables operators to deliver more SD channels at lower bit rates. Both the HDE-HVC-PRO and SDE-4AV-QAM encoders bring increased levels of video quality and bandwidth efficiency to the broadcast, cable and hospitality markets.
Aimed at local distribution and retail applications, Blonder Tongue’s HDE-HVC-PRO encoder allows operators to accept SD and HD programming from a variety of sources and deliver video content streamed across a network. Using the encoder, operators can accept either one HD program from an unencrypted HDMI, VGA or component input, or up to four SD programs in NTSC baseband AV format. Each AV input program is digitized, MPEG-2 encoded and multiplexed into one multiprogram transport stream (MPTS), then simultaneously delivered as a single QAM, ASI or IP output.
The recent upgrade to Blonder Tongue’s SDE-4AV-QAM encoder offers enhancements to customers. The MPEG-2 SD encoder now features the same fast-motion estimation capabilities available in the company’s new HDE-4S-PRO encoder as well as improved SD performance. By encoding SD programs at lower bit rates, the SDE-4AV-QAM Blonder Tongue says it allows operators to deliver more SD channels per QAM without impacting video quality. This allows operators to cost-effectively expand their channel lineup and increase viewer satisfaction. With the optional HD-PRO software upgrade, the unit is configurable in either HD or SD mode via Web interface. Through a simple firmware update, existing customers can take advantage of the new motion optimization capabilities.
Both the HDE-HVC-PRO and SDE-4AV-QAM encoders support real-time Dolby Digital audio encoding. The details are here.