Motama GmbH

CodecCaster

Application areas
  • Live transcoding and transrating of IPTV streams
  • Multi-bitrate and multi-screen for adaptive streaming
  • Bandwidth reduction for Internet/OTT streaming and wireless networks
  • Stream adaptation for set-top boxes, tablets, mobile phones
  • DVB compliant UDP streams and HLS output
  • VoD archives from live streams
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CodecCaster is a turn-key solution for real-time transcoding of IPTV streams. CodecCaster offers high-performance and high-quality IP-based format conversion and bitrate reduction for MPEG Transport Streams. CodecCaster fully supports transcoding and transrating to multiple bitrates for adaptive streaming for MPEG-2, AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265. Audio passthrough and audio transcoding to AAC is provided for MPEG audio and Dolby Digital Plus.

CodecCaster combines the full flexibility and encoding quality of a software-based solution with hardware-based acceleration. The number of streams to be transcoded in parallel is not artificially limited: All units can be freely configured with unlimited numbers of input streams and output profiles up to the system maximum.

Following examples show up to which numbers of input and output streams the systems can be loaded. Please refer to data sheets for full specifications of all benchmarks.

CodecCaster NG-1 NG-8
AVC/H.264 Output Streams
SD Transcoding MPEG-2 to H.264 28 224
HD Transrating H.264 to H.264 7 56
Multi-bitrate MPEG-2 to H.264 (3 Profiles) 16 x 3 = 48 128 x 3 = 384
HEVC/H.265 Output Streams
SD Transcoding MPEG-2 to H.265 4 32
HD Transcoding H.264 to H.265 1 8
Multi-bitrate MPEG-2 to H.265 (3 Profiles) 2 x 3 = 6 16 x 3 = 48
MPEG-2 Output Streams
HD Transcoding H.264 to MPEG-2 4 40
Or arbitrary other combinations of input streams and output profiles up to the system maximum.
CodecCaster 1000 8000
AVC/H.264 Output Streams
SD Transcoding MPEG-2 to H.264 10 80
HD Transrating H.264 to H.264 2 16
Multi-bitrate MPEG-2 to H.264 (3 Profiles) 5 x 3 = 15 40 x 3 = 120
HEVC/H.265 Output Streams
SD Transcoding MPEG-2 to H.265 4 32
MPEG-2 Output Streams
HD Transcoding H.264 to MPEG-2 4 40
Or arbitrary other combinations of input streams and output profiles up to the system maximum.

Additional options for stream adaptation, such as deinterlacing, video scaling, frame rate conversion, and audio volume and sample rate conversion allow for serving set-top boxes, tablets, mobile phones, and others.

CodecCaster generates DVB compliant UDP unicast or multicast streams and directly exports Internet/OTT streaming formats, such as HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). In addition, automated creation of media archives for Video-on-Demand and time-shifted TV is supported, either time-based or based on Electronic Program Guide (EPG) information.

DVB and Teletext subtitles can be included in transcoded streams (“burned-in”), which offers subtitles with 100% compatibility with all existing devices.

CodecCaster can be augmented with AdCaster, our solution for ad replacement and ad overlays.

New Appliances (2015 Edition)
CodecCaster NG-1 (1U)
CodecCaster NG-8 (3U)
Appliances
CodecCaster 1000 (1U)
CodecCaster 8000 (3U)
Software
CodecCaster Software
White Papers
Scalable Infrastructures supporting IPTV in Hospitality, Health Care, and Corporate Networks
Content Delivery Networks (CDN) for Live TV Streaming
Customized IPTV setups with TVCaster server appliances
Links
Server SDK
Videos

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