Codec Settings

Setup_button

Some video encoders have additional settings. Press the "Setup" button next to the corresponding codec to specify its parameters in the pop-up window. Alternatively, double-click the video encoder you need to set up. A set of parameters depends on the encoder type selected.

Caution
The below configurations are optional and are intended for specific codec setup. Make sure all proper codecs are set up correctly, otherwise unexpected errors may occur.

Cinegy MPEG-2 Encoder Settings

Cinegy MPEG-2 Encoder

For this encoder types define the following parameters:

  • Bitrate (Kbps) – the target video stream bitrate.

  • Min bitrate (Kbps) – the minimum bitrate of the video stream to be used for encoding.

  • Average bitrate (Kbps) – the target video stream average bitrate.

  • Blocks per slice number – the number of macroblocks in each slice to be used for encoding.

  • Blur filter coefficient – the blur filter coefficient to be used for encoding.

  • Latency – the latency to be used for encoding.

  • Intra DC precision – the Intra DC precision of the compressed blocks.

  • Layer – the video layer to be used for encoding.

  • Motion estimation – the motion estimation quality to be used for encoding.

  • Motion parameter – the motion parameter value.

  • Quant. scaling parameter – the quantization parameter used for scaling the quantization matrices.

  • Sequence header period – the frequency of Sequence header generation, in frames.

  • VBV buffer size – the Video Buffer Verifier (VBV) buffer size that defines the encoding delay between the input frames and the encoded stream.

  • Chroma format – the chroma format to be used for encoding.

  • Interlace type – the field order of video frame to be used for encoding.

  • Intra VLC format – the intra VLC format.

  • Macroblock scan pattern – the automatic detection of the coefficient scan pattern for the blocks.

  • Macroblock structure – the macroblock-coding rule.

  • Picture structure – the picture structure to be used for encoding.

  • MPEG-2 profile and level – the MPEG-2 profile and level.

  • Quantization function – the quantization function to be used for encoding.

  • Quant. matrix at a picture level – the quantization matrix at a picture level.

  • Coefficients scale type – the VLC coefficients scale type.

  • Rate control mode – the rate control mode of the video stream.

  • Frame size – the frame size in pixels horizontally (width) and vertically (height).

  • Display size – the display size in pixels horizontally (width) and vertically (height).

  • Group of Pictures (GOP) – the GOP length in frames.

  • Color coefficients – the color coefficients to be present in a bitstream during encoding:

    • Color primaries – the chromaticity coordinates of the source primaries;

    • Matrix coefficients – the coefficient of deriving the luminance and chrominance signals from the RGB primaries;

    • Transfer character. – the opto-electronic transfer characteristics of the source to be used for encoding.

  • Close all GOPs – enables/disables making all Group of Pictures (GOP) closed.

  • Disable scene detection – enables/disables automatic scene detection.

  • Fixed GOP structure – enables/disables the defined Group of Pictures (GOP) structure preserving of the resulting stream.

  • Low delay mode – enables/disables the low delay mode.

  • Suppress sequence end code – enables/disables putting the Sequence end code after the last coded picture.

HEVC Nvidia GPU Settings

HEVC Nvidia GPU Encoder

For this encoder types define the following parameters:

  • Device ID – the device to be used for GPU acceleration. Select the needed device from the drop-down list.

    Note
    GPU acceleration is only available for specific Nvidia GPU encoders. For proper hardware performance, Nvidia graphics card with NVENC accelerator is required.
  • NVENC preset – the HVENC presets to automatically set all relevant encoding parameters. Select the needed preset from the drop-down list.

  • Bitrate – the compression settings in Kbps to be used for encoding.

  • Min bitrate – the minimum compression settings in Kbps to be used for encoding.

  • Average bitrate – the average compression settings in Kbps to be used for encoding.

  • Coded picture buffer size – the coded picture buffer size.

  • IDR period – the Instantaneous Decoding Refresh (IDR) period for a video stream to be used for encoding.

  • Initial CPB level – the initial Coded Picture Buffer (CPB) fullness.

  • Level – the profile level to be used for encoding.

  • Bitrate depth chroma – the bit depth of the chroma samples.

  • Number of ref. frames – the maximum number of reference pictures to be used for encoding.

  • Group of Pictures (GOP) – the GOP length in frames.

  • Quantization parameters – the quantization parameters of the encoder.

  • Number of slices – the number of slices per frame/field to be used for encoding.

  • Chroma QP offset – the offset from the luma QP value for chroma components.

  • Seq. header period – the frequency of Sequence header generation, in frames.

  • Chroma format – the chroma format to be used for encoding.

  • Picture structure – the picture structure to be used for encoding.

  • HEVC profile – the HEVC profile to be used for encoding.

  • Bitrate mode – the VBR (variable bitrate), CBR (constant bitrate), or CQ (constrained quality) mode.

  • Interlace type – the field order of video frame to be used for encoding.

  • Macroblock structure – the macroblock-coding rule.

  • Color coefficients – the color coefficients to be present in a bitstream during encoding:

    • Color primaries – the chromaticity coordinates of the source primaries;

    • Matrix coefficients – the coefficient of deriving the luminance and chrominance signals from the RGB primaries;

    • Transfer character. – the opto-electronic transfer characteristics of the source to be used for encoding.

  • Frame size – the frame size in pixels horizontally (width) and vertically (height).

  • Put access unit delim. – flags encoder to put the AUD before every frame/field in the bitstream.

  • Put seq. endcode – enables/disables putting the Sequence end code after the last coded picture.

Avid DNxHD Settings

Avid_DNxHD_Codec

Use the drop-down menu to select the compression settings in Mbs that will be used for the Avid DNxHD encoding. The available options are:

  • 120/145;

  • 185/220.

Cinegy H.264 Encoder / H.264 Proxy Avid Settings

Note
To offload H.264 video encoding from the host CPU, it is recommended to use the H.264 Nvidia GPU video codec. For proper hardware performance, Nvidia graphics card with NVENC accelerator is required. Please refer to the Cinegy Capture System Recommendations document for details.
H264_Baseline_profile

The configuration for Cinegy H.264 Encoder and H.264 Proxy Avid profiles is similar. For these encoder types define the following parameters:

  • Profile – the H.264 profile type to be used for encoding. Select the needed profile type from the drop-down list.

    Note
    The "Profile" option is available only for the Cinegy H.264 Encoder type. It comprises a number of profiles defined by the H.264 standard.
  • Bitrate – the compression settings in Kbps to be used for encoding.

  • Average bitrate – the average compression settings in Kbps to be used for encoding.

  • Frame size – the frame size in pixels horizontally (width) and vertically (height).

  • Group of Pictures (GOP) – the GOP length in frames.

  • Rate mode – the VBR (variable bitrate), CBR (constant bitrate), or CQ (constrained quality) mode.

H.264 Nvidia GPU

Note
To offload H.264 video encoding from the host CPU, it is recommended to use the H.264 Nvidia GPU video codec. For proper hardware performance, Nvidia graphics card with NVENC accelerator is required. Please refer to the Cinegy Capture System Recommendations document for details.
H264 NVidia GPU profile

For this encoder types define the following parameters:

  • Device ID – the device to be used for GPU acceleration. Select the needed device from the drop-down list.

    Note
    GPU acceleration is only available for specific Nvidia GPU encoders. For proper hardware performance, Nvidia graphics card with NVENC accelerator is required.
  • Bitrate – the compression settings in Kbps to be used for encoding.

  • Average bitrate – the average compression settings in Kbps to be used for encoding.

  • Frame size – the frame size in pixels horizontally (width) and vertically (height).

  • GOP – the GOP (Group of Pictures) length in frames.

  • Rate mode – the VBR (variable bitrate), CBR (constant bitrate), or CQ (constrained quality) mode.

DV Settings

DV_Codec

Select the required subtype that will be used for DV encoding:

  • DVSD;

  • DV25;

  • DV50.

IMX Settings

IMX_Codec

For this encoder types define the following parameters:

  • Bitrate – the compression settings in Mbps to be used for encoding.

  • Color coefficients – the color coefficients to be present in a bitstream during encoding:

    • Color primaries – the chromaticity coordinates of the source primaries;

    • Matrix coefficients – the coefficient of deriving the luminance and chrominance signals from the RGB primaries;

    • Transfer characteristics – the opto-electronic transfer characteristics of the source to be used for encoding.

  • Quantization function – the quantization parameter used for scaling the quantization matrices.

MPEG-2 XDCAM EX 35 Mbit Settings

MPEG2_XDCAM_EX_35

This profile is read-only.

MPEG-2 XDCAM HD Settings

MPEG2_XDCAM_HD

Select the required subtype mode that will be used for MPEG-2 XDCAM HD encoding:

  • VBR 18 Mbit;

  • CBR 25 Mbit;

  • CBR 35 Mbit.

MPEG-2 XDCAM HD 50 4:2:2 Settings

MPEG2_XDCAM_HD_50

This profile is read-only.

Apple ProRes 422 Encoder Settings

Apple_Prores

Select the required subtype mode that will be used for Apple ProRes encoding:

  • ProRes 422;

  • ProRes 422 HQ;

  • ProRes 422 LT;

  • ProRes 422 Proxy.

AVC-Intra Settings

AVC-Intra Codec

Select the required AVC-Intra class that will be used for encoding:

  • 50;

  • 100.

AVC-Ultra 4K Intra Settings

AVC-Ultra Codec

Select the required AVC-Ultra 4K Intra class that will be used for encoding.

Cinegy Daniel2 Encoder Settings

Note
This encoder type is supported for progressive HD and UHD TV formats only.

The settings window comprises two tabs: Main and Advanced.

Main Tab

Daniel2_settings

On the "Main" tab, define the following parameters:

  • Frame size – the frame size in pixels horizontally (width) and vertically (height).

  • Chroma format – the chroma subsampling type to be used for encoding. The following types are available for choosing:

    • 4:2:2/4:2:2:0;

    • RGBA.

  • Bit depth – use the drop-down list to choose whether 8-, 10- or 12-bit Capture Engine bitsreams to be encoded.

  • Bitrate – the compression settings in Mbps to be used for encoding.

  • Rate control mode – choose either VBR (variable bitrate), CBR (constant bitrate), or CQ (constrained quality) mode by selecting the corresponding options from the drop-down list.

Advanced Tab

Daniel2_advanced_settings

On the "Advanced" tab, define the following parameters:

  • Picture orientation – specify the picture orientation to be applied for encoded video. The available options are:

    • Default;

    • Flip Vertical;

    • Flip Horizontal;

    • Rotated 180 degrees;

    • Rotated 90 degrees;

    • Rotated 270 degrees;

    • Total

  • Color coefficients – the color coefficients to be present in a bitstream during encoding:

    • Color primaries – the chromaticity coordinates of the source primaries;

    • Matrix coefficients – the coefficient of deriving the luminance and chrominance signals from the RGB primaries;

    • Transfer characteristics – the opto-electronic transfer characteristics of the source to be used for encoding.

  • Quant scale – the quantization parameter used for scaling the quantization matrices.

  • Coding method – choose the method to be used for encoding.

  • Group of Pictures (GOP) – the GOP structure of the resulting stream. Use the drop-down list to specify the numeric value for M and N parameters. M parameter identifies the distance between two anchor frames (I or IP); N defines the distance between two full images (I-frames).

  • Num. of single encoders – the number of single encoders to be used in the encoding process. The recommended value equals the quantity of logical CPUs.

Smooth Streaming Settings

SSF

This profile is read-only.

MPEG Audio Settings

MPEG Audio Codec

For this encoder types define the following parameters:

  • Bitrate – the target audio stream bitrate.

  • Sample rate – the target audio stream sample rate (frequency).

  • Layer – the audio layer used in audio input stream.

  • Channel mode – the channel audio mode used in audio input stream.

  • Emphasis – the emphasis method used for audio encoding.

  • Copyrighted flag – enables/disables indicating that the audio data is copyrighted.

  • Error protection – enables/disables error protection.

  • Original flag – enables/disables the original indication that specifies whether this audio is from the original source and not a copy.

Wrapper Settings

Some wrappers have additional settings. Press the "Setup" button next to the corresponding wrapper or simply double-click its name. You will be prompted to specify their parameters in the pop-up window. A set of parameters depends on the wrapper type you have selected.

MXF OP1A Output Settings

MXF_OP1A_output

Select the required subtype that will be used for MXF OP1A output:

  • Generic;

  • AS03;

  • AS11.

MXF OPAtom Output Settings

MXF_OPAtom_output

For this wrapper type tick off the "Use Avid folder structure" checkbox to limit the Avid media files folders creation to the specified Avid media folder only. Otherwise, leave this option unchecked.

Wave Output Settings

Wave_output

Select either mono or stereo output mode to be used for encoding.

MOV Output Settings

MOV_output_settings

Choose either mono or stereo output mode to be used for encoding. Clips will have mono or stereo audio tracks depending on the audio channel type used for capturing.

Note
Refer to the Audio Channel Configuration for more information on configuring audio channel type.

Selecting the mono output mode captures two separate mono audio tracks to the clip’s media file. If Dolby 5.1 channel type is configured, selecting the mono output mode captures six separate mono audio tracks to the clip’s media file.

MP4 Output Settings

MP_warpper

Select either mono or stereo output mode to be used for encoding. The configuration is similar to MOV output settings.