New encoders and decoders provide professional-grade support for compressed audio and video
Summary of the press release:
- 9992-ENC is a software-defined encoder expandable up to four channels and scalable with HEVC video encoding technology
- Built-in frame synchronizer ensures that the encoder continues to operate, either with a flat field or with the last good frame
- 9992-DEC is a software-defined multi-standard decoder that supports MPEG-2, AVC and HEVC with resolution up to 4K
Original press release:
Cobalt enriches encoders and decoders with unique features
Built-in picture synchronizer and support for Dolby AC-4 and Dolby-E provide unmatched flexibility and add professional-grade support for compressed formats
Champaign, IL – April 22, 2021—Digital Cobalt®, designer and manufacturer of award-winning cutting-edge devices for live video production and master control, and founding partner of the openGear® initiative, announced that several of its solutions have been enhanced with unique features. Cobalt’s 9992 broadcast-grade solutions, family of encoders and decoders are industry-standard openGear® card modules that already provide professional-grade support for compressed audio and video. The cards are designed to meet the stringent demands of today’s broadcasters and provide an ideal platform for the transition to advanced encoding and decoding capabilities.
The 9992-ENC encoder now includes a built-in frame synchronizer
Cobalt 9992-ENC is a scalable up to four-channel scalable software-defined encoder with HEVC video encoding technology for a dramatic improvement in compression efficiency over previous video compression standards, while also supporting formats Legacy MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC.
The 9992-ENC series now includes a built-in frame synchronizer which ensures that the encoder continues to operate, either with a flat field or the last good frame, even if the input video disappears. This eliminates downstream issues due to input signal issues, such as unsynchronized video switches. This functionality is provided at no additional cost via a firmware upgrade.
“Cobalt is always listening to its customers and responding to their needs with upgrades, enhancements and often new products,” said Chris Shaw, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Cobalt. “Saving money and space are two of the most common requests we hear today, and so it was a logical step to integrate a frame synchronizer directly into our popular 9992-ENC encoder, and we Made it available at no additional cost to our customers. “
Dolby AC-4 support built into the 9992-DEC decoder
9992-DEC of Cobalt is a software-defined multistandard decoder that supports MPEG-2, AVC (H.264) and HEVC (H.265) with resolution up to 4K and offering a full range of audio decoding capabilities.
The 9992-DEC series adds support for Dolby AC-4 decoding and pass-through (coming soon). If there are several presentations, the user can select the one to decode; if there is an associated channel, the user can determine how they mix the main presentation. The 9992-DEC offers an ideal choice for monitoring as it includes a Dolby AC-4 metadata display.
Support for Dolby-E decoding included in Cobalt 9992-DEC decoder
The 9992-DEC series adds support for Dolby-E decoding (coming soon). The card can take a Dolby-E stream, simultaneously decode all the programs and play them back as embedded SDI channels. A metadata display is also provided.
“On the audio front, we’ve added Dolby AC-4 and Dolby E support to our 9992 set-top box series, developments that make it truly unique in the industry,” Shaw added.
About Cobalt Digital
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning, cutting-edge devices that help live video production and master customers’ transition to IP, 4K, HDR, the cloud and beyond. As a founding partner of the openGear® initiative and a proud member of SMPTE, Cobalt also offers a cutting-edge interoperability platform that simplifies technology adoption. Distributed through a global network of resellers, system integrators and other partners, Cobalt Digital products are backed by a five-year warranty. Learn more about www.cobaltdigital.com.
Chris Shaw, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
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