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Cobalt Enriches Encoders and Decoders with Unique Features

Cobalt Digital, designer and manufacturer of devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear initiative, has announced that several of its solutions have been enhanced with unique features. The solutions, Cobalt’s broadcast-grade 9992 encoder and decoder family 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 requirements of today’s broadcasters and provide an ideal platform for transitioning to state-of-the-art encoding and decoding capabilities.

9992-ENC encoder now includes a built-in frame synchroniser

Cobalt’s 9992-ENC is a software-defined encoder expandable up to four channels and upgradable with HEVC video encoding technology for a dramatic compression efficiency improvement over previous video compression standards, while also supporting existing MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC.

The 9992-ENC series now includes a built-in frame synchroniser that ensures the encoder keeps on running, either with a flat field or the last good frame, even If the input video goes away. This eliminates downstream glitches due to input signal issues, such as unsynchronised video switches. This feature is provided at no additional cost through a firmware upgrade.

“Cobalt is always listening to our 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 incorporate a frame synchroniser directly into our popular 9992-ENC encoder, and we’ve made it available at no additional cost to our customers.”

Dolby AC-4 support incorporated into 9992-DEC decoder

Cobalt’s 9992-DEC is a software-defined multi-standard decoder that supports MPEG-2, AVC (H.264) and HEVC (H.265) with resolution up to 4K and offering a full complement of audio decoding capabilities.

The 9992-DEC series is adding support for Dolby AC-4 decoding and pass-through (available soon). If there are multiple presentations, the user can select which one to decode; if there is an associated channel, the user can determine how it mixes the main presentation. The 9992-DEC offers an ideal choice for monitoring as it includes a Dolby AC-4 metadata display.

Dolby-E decoding support included in Cobalt 9992-DEC decoder

The 9992-DEC series is adding support for Dolby-E decoding (available soon). The card can take a Dolby‑E stream, simultaneously decode all programs, and output them as SDI embedded channels. A metadata display is also provided.

“On the audio front, we’ve added support for Dolby AC-4 and Dolby E into our 9992 decoder series, developments that makes it truly unique in the industry,” added Shaw.”


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