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Sapphire HEVC

HEVC offers many advantages over H.264. HEVC compression offers significant bitrate savings over traditional H.264 solutions, this saves broadcasters money on storage and contribution bandwidth. HEVC also supports the new 4K UHD formats required for contribution. The additional efficiency of HEVC makes wireless transmission of 4K possible. Broadcasters need a simple and reliable HEVC codec to move their contribution systems forward, the Sapphire Codec from BWS is the ideal solution.

Latency is critical in many broadcast applications and the Sapphire Codec is built to minimise latency without compromising quality. The 60mS end to end latency in HD and 90mS in UHD makes the Sapphire solution suitable for all live events,

The Sapphire Codec system compresses a single 4K UHD input or up to 4 HD inputs in one unit. Each input can support 2 stereo pairs of embedded audio. Compressed streams are available as IP or on DVB_ASI for interoperability.

The Sapphire HEVC Codec is available in a compact 1/2 19” package ideal for flyaway, SNG or ENG applications, or in a Clip-On configuration where it can work as a complement to existing wireless camera solutions.

Sapphire now offers SRT (Secure Reliable Transport*) integration, bringing you the best-quality live video over the worst networks, including the public internet, for low latency IP streaming and decoding. This open-source video transport protocol and technology stack optimizes streaming performance across unpredictable networks with secure streams and easy firewall traversal.



  • High quality HEVC codec
  • Low Latency for live applications
  • Supports 4K UHD
  • Supports 4 simultaneous 1080 HD (2 as decoder)
  • IP and DVB-ASI out
  • DVB-ASI in
  • Options for 12G-SDI, SMPTE 2022-6
  • Compact chassis
  • Available in module format

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Sapphire HEVC Encoder User Manual v3_0

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