–  2HD/SD-SDI inputs, low latency 2 ASI outputs
 – Video encoding: 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p30
 – Up to 8 audio stereo channels: AAC, HE-AAC, MPEG-1 Layer II
 – Up to 2x 5.1 Dolby Digital audio channels
– Built-in multiplexer

  • Description
  • Specifications
  • Ordering Info


A low-latency audio/video encoder taking zero CPU cycles. Ideal for compressing an HD-SDI signal to H.264 or MPEG-2 Video.
The hardware is based on field-proven Magnum encoding technology.


  • Real-time H.264 or MPEG-2 video encoder for HD and SD formats, and with multi-channel AAC, AC-3 and MP1LII audio encoder.
  • Audio/video input taken from two HD-SDI for encoding the output of a graphics card.
  • Includes a transport-stream multiplexer with low-latency ASI output. The TS is also available on PCIe for reading by a PC application.


  • General-purpose H.264 program encoder for real-time encoding of  HD-SDI signals
  • Encoding and tunneling multiple TV services over IP

Block Diagram

The encoder input is taken from two HD-SDI ports. The A/V signal is split into a video part and maximally 8 audio pairs. An audio crosspoint switch connects these audio pairs to any of the 8 audio encoders. The DTA-2182 can also extract Dolby metadata in RDD6 format from the SDI input signal.

The audio, video and closed captions are encoded and multiplexed using a Magnum encoder. The resulting transport stream is connected in hardware to an ASI output port, providing low latency. The transport stream is also routed to the PCIe bus, so that applications can read and process or forward the encoded transport stream, for example to IP.

Creating an Application for the DTA-2182

The DTA-2182 can be used out of the box with DtEnc, see below (Windows only). Creating a custom application for the DTA-2182, either on Windows or on Linux, is easy with the DekTec SDK (DTAPI).   A dedicated DTAPI Reference document is available, containing a description of the Audio-Video Encoding Classes and a tutorial with examples on how to use them.

DtEnc – Controlling the Encoder

DtEnc is a free Windows application for controlling the encoding parameters of the DTA-2182, and for monitoring the input- and encoder status. The main parameters that can be set are the audio- and video-encoding parameters. The screenshots below will give you an impression of the parameters that can be set and monitored with DtEnc.







Key Characteristics

Video encoding      H.264/AVC
MPEG-2 Video
Video bitrate      256kbps to 80Mbps
Sample format      8-bit 4:2:0
Latency      150 to 650ms
Audio encoding      Dolby Digital (AC-3)
MPEG-1 Layer II
Audio channels      Up to 8x stereo or 2x 5.1
Ancillary data      Closed captions, AFD/BAR, VITC

Inputs and Outputs

A/V input      2 HD/SD-SDI – 75-Ω BNC

TS output      DVB-ASI – 75-Ω BNC
PCI Express      PCIe x1 +EXT25W

      Requires power supply connection through 6-pin PCIe power connector

Profiles and Levels

H.264/AVC     High, Main, Constrained
Level: 3, 3.1, 3.2, 4, 4.1
MPEG-2 Video      High, Main, Simple
Level: High, High 1440, Main

PC Support

Windows 2k8/2k12/2k16,
7, 8/10

Linux  ≥2.6, 3.x, 4.x

Processor       Core i5 minimum

       Or equivalent AMD CPU


DtEnc      Windows application to set encoding parameters and check input & encoder status
SDK      Create your own Windows or Linux application with audio/video encoding via the  DTA-2182

Ordering Info


DTA-2182  –  Dual H.264 / MPEG-2 HD/SD video encoder, without audio encoding

DTA-2182-MPA2  –  Dual H.264 / MPEG-2 HD/SD video encoder, with one stereo pair (MPEG-1 Layer II) audio encoding

DTA-2182-AAC2  –  Dual H.264 / MPEG-2 HD/SD video encoder, with one stereo pair (AAC) audio encoding

DTA-2182-AG  –   Dual H.264 / MPEG-2 HD/SD video encoder, with AC3, AAC and/or MP1LII audio encoding for any number of channels.

DTA-2182-DD4  –  Dual H.264 / MPEG-2 HD/SD video encoder, with two stereo Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio encoding

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