Sapphire HEVC is a broadcast quality H.265 Encoder, offering exceptional compression ratios on video resolutions up to 4K UHD. The Sapphire Encoder can be easily integrated into existing contribution links, SNG trucks or flyaway systems to provide a cost-effective upgrade to the latest encoding technology.
Sapphire HEVC is a feature-rich family of professional broadcast encoders and decoders. Sapphire employs the latest HEVC compression engines, offering significant bitrate savings over traditional H.264 solutions thus reducing bandwidth costs. HEVC standards also support the new 4K UHD formats required for contribution.
Latency is critical in many broadcast applications and the Sapphire encoder is built to minimise delay without compromising quality. In Ultra-low latency mode, the 60ms end- to-end delay (70ms in 4K) makes the Sapphire solution suitable for all live events.
The Sapphire Codec range offers HD HEVC and H.264 encoding as standard and is software upgradeable (via licence key) to 4x HD encode (up to 1080p) and 4K UHD.
Sapphire’s unique QuadSync mode encodes 4x non-synchronous HD signals of differing formats (frame-rate must be the same) and at the decode side, outputs them converted to a single production format and fully synchronised.
Each input can support 2 stereo pairs of embedded audio. Compressed streams are available as IP or on DVB_ASI outputs for interoperability.
The Encoder connects to existing transmission equipment via a single ASI co-ax cable for easy upgrade.
- Up to 50% bit-rate reduction compared with H.264
- Transmission of 4x simultaneous HD signals up to 1080p50/59 (QuadSync mode)
- Transmission of true 4K UHD signals with HDR
- Ultra-low Latency for live applications
- IP and DVB-ASI in/out
- Legacy H.264 and MPEG2 Encoding also supported*