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 configurations below 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 type general and advanced parameters can be defined:

General

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

  • Bitrate mode – the bitrate mode to be used.

  • Group of Pictures (GOP) – choose the Group of Picture (GOP) structure of the resulting stream from the drop-down list and define the GOP length in frames.

  • Length – the GOP length in frames.

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

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

  • Interlace coding mode – define the frame-coding rule (frame or field) in the current stream by selecting the corresponding option from the drop-down list.

Advanced

  • Encoding latency – the latency to be used for encoding.

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

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

  • Decoder buffer size – the video buffer size that defines the encoding delay between the input frames and the encoded stream.

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

HEVC Nvidia GPU Settings

HEVC Nvidia GPU Encoder

For this encoder type define the following parameters:

General

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

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

  • Group of Pictures (GOP) – choose the Group of Picture (GOP) structure of the resulting stream from the drop-down list and define the GOP length in frames.

  • Length – the GOP length in frames.

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

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

  • Interlace coding mode – define the frame-coding rule (frame or field) in the current stream by selecting the corresponding option from the drop-down list.

Advanced

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avid DNxHD Settings

Important
Capture SOLO Edition mode does not support Avid DNxHD codec.
Avid_DNxHD_Codec

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

  • HQ (8-bit 4:2:2)

  • SQ (8-bit 4:2:2);

H.264 Proxy Avid Settings

h264_proxy_avide_settings

For these encoder types define the following parameters:

  • 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.

Cinegy H.264 Encoder

h264_cinegy_encoder_settings

Here, general and advanced settings can be defined.

General

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

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

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

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

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

  • Interlace coding mode – define the frame-coding rule (frame or field) in the current stream by selecting the corresponding option from the drop-down list.

Advanced

  • Entropy coding mode – define the entropy coding mode (CAVLC or CABAC) setting the corresponding radio button. This option is available only for H.264 video encoder.

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

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

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

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

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, an Nvidia graphics card with NVENC accelerator is required. Please refer to the Cinegy Capture System Recommendations document for details.
H264 NVidia GPU profile

General and Advanced settings have to be defined for this encoder type. General settings are similar to those defined for Cinegy HMPEG-2 Encoder.

Advanced

  • GPU Device ID – the device to be used for GPU acceleration. Select the required 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.
  • NVIDIA Preset – the NVIDIA presets to automatically set all relevant encoding parameters. Select the required preset from the drop-down list.

  • Entropy coding mode – define the entropy coding mode (CAVLC or CABAC) setting the corresponding radio button. This option is available only for H.264 video encoder.

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

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

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

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

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 type 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.

XAVC Intra Settings

xavc_intra_encodong_settings

Select the required XAVC Intra class that will be used for encoding by choosing from the following options:

  • 300;

  • 480.

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 bitstreams 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 the audio input stream.

  • Channel mode – the channel audio mode used in the 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 wrapper parameters in the pop-up window. A set of parameters depends on the wrapper type you have selected.

Important
Multiple wrappers selection is disabled in Cinegy Capture SOLO mode.

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.