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NOVUS can be used in any applications where H.264 video encoding is required.

NOVUS is a highly reliable H264 hardware encoder that can be used by traditional broadcasters as well as professional end users alike. Broadcasters can encode incoming SDI and CVBS signals into H264 video for output to DVB-ASI and UDP/RTP IP.

End user professionals can utilize the many supported video streaming protocols for real time live video streaming. Supported live streaming protocols include RTMP, HTTP Direct Streaming, and HLS.

NOVUS supports the traditional UDP/RTP/SPMTE 2022 FEC protocols, as well as the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol for transmitting live video over the Internet. Using HTTP Live Streaming, the NOVUS can transmit broadcast-quality video to mobile phones (Apple and Android 4.0 supported), tablets, and a variety of consumer set-top boxes (such as the Amino A140 and the Roku Player).

RTMP support allows direct publishing of real-time, live content to Adobe® Media Servers or any other servers, web sites and CDNs with RTMP ingress, such as Justin.tv, UStream, LiveStream and Akamai.

Novus can transmit professional-quality real-time SD/HD content to Internet viewers, including some critical features not available in PC-based software encoders, such as ancillary data support (closed-captioning, AFD) and SD-SDI/HD-SDI video inputs with embedded audio support – all in broadcast-grade video quality.

SMPTE-2038 processing allows inserting generic ancillary data packets in the transport stream, with frame accuracy.

NOVUS has been tested to work with Akamai, Facebook, YouTube, Livestream, UStream, SnappyTV, DaCast and many other live streaming CDN’s.


  • 3G/HD/SD-SDI and Analog (Composite) inputs; input video auto-detection
  • Embedded and Analog Audio inputs
  • 2 IP streaming ports and 2 ASI outputs
  • UDP/RTP Unicast and Multicast streaming
  • Direct HTTP streaming, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)
  • RTMP streaming (compatible with Adobe Flash players)
  • ARQ support (optional)
  • Closed Captions SD and HD support
  • Separate IP ports for streaming and control
  • low latency

NOVUS - H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC HD/SD Encoder      NOVUS-2E block-diagram (dual-channel)



Available models:

Single-Channel Encoder

Dual-Channel  Encoder

Typical applications:

  • Contribution and Distribution
  • Professional Broadcasting
  • Video Distribution over IP backbones
  • IPTV headends
  • Monitoring
  • High-Quality OTT generation

The NOVUS is a feature-rich high performance broadcast single-channel or dual-channel H.264 MPEG-4 AVC HD/SD video encoder that delivers up to 2 individual or simulcast HD/SD channels in a standalone desktop chassis. The dual-channel model of NOVUS has built-in multiplexer and can output 2 individual or one multiplexed ASI and IP streams.

If desired, up to 3 units can be installed in a 1RU rack mount tray, providing 6-channel H.264 HD/ SD encoding.

The NOVUS has been designed to meet the demanding requirements of the IPTV, Telco, professional broadcast, enterprise video delivery, and streaming video markets. NOVUS encoder is equipped with the latest advances in video compression technology to deliver unsurpassed video quality at ultra low bitrates. Simultaneous support of DVB-ASI, broadcast video over IP,  RTMP and HTTP Live Streaming allows content to be freely distributed over virtually any video network.

Key Features

  • Single or Dual-Channel models: NOVUS-1E,  NOVUS-2E.
  • Video Inputs: support for Analog (Composite), SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI, software selectable.      Input video auto-detection.
  • Audio Inputs: unbalanced analog stereo L/R, SDI embedded digital stereo, balanced XLR (on request).   Optional support for up to 4 stereo pairs.
  • Outputs: 2 ASI ports and 2 Ethernet ports, supporting 100 Mb/s and 1 Gb/s operation.
  • Replication: each encoded stream can be replicated on both ASI ports and 4 times on each Ethernet port.
  • Support for UDP/RTP on Ethernet.
  • Support for Direct HTTP streaming and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS).
  • Support for RTMP streaming (compatible with Adobe Flash players): RTMP, RTMPS, RTMPE, RTMPT, RTMPTE, RTMPTS
  • Support for SMPTE 2022 FEC on Ethernet (optional).
  • Closed-Captioning support (both EIA-608 and EIA-708 captions).
  • AFD extraction and insertion support.
  • Audio Encoding support: MPEG-1 Layer II and AAC-LC (optional).
  • Support for pre-compressed Dolby AC-3 pass-through embedded in SDI inputs.
  • Built-in multiplexer for Dual-Channel model: each output can be configured to carry either encoder as a Single Program Transport Stream (SPTS), or both encoders as a Multi Program Transport Stream (MPTS).
  • RIST/ARQ – Automatic Repeat Request, Error Correction assigned for live video over IP / internet based on the Reliable Internet Streaming Transport (RIST) standard (optional)
  • Two internal test packet generators (which can be used to generate ASI or IP test streams).
  • Separate Ethernet ports for streaming and control.

NOVUS - H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC HD/SD Encoder

                                     NOVUS-1E  –  one channel activated
                                     NOVUS-2E  –  two channels activated



HD Video
– 3G-SDI (SMPTE 424M)
SD Video
– SD-SDI (SMPTE 259M) with EDH
– Analog (Composite) video (PAL/NTSC)
– SD-SDI 625 & 525 line standards
Connectors:  BNC 75 Ohm,
RCA (with BNC-to-RCA adapter)

– Embedded SDI (one stereo pair per video)
         – up to 4 stereo pairs (NOVUS-1E)
         – 2 stereo pairs per video (NOVUS-2E)
– Unbalanced Analog L/R,  RCA
– Balanced 600 Ohm XLR (on request)
– Dolby Digital AC3 pass through

Video Encoding

Settable bit rate
–   500kbps to 30Mbps
Single/Dual Channel HD Video

– MPEG-4 AVC High profile at level 4.2 (HP@L4.2)
– MPEG-4 AVC High profile at level 4.0 (HP@L4.0)
Single/Dual channel SD Video
– MPEG-4 AVC Main profile at level 3.0 (MP@L3.0)

Network Protocols

– UDP/IP (Unicast and Multicast)
– RTP/IP (Unicast and Multicast)
– SMPTE-2022 FEC (Pro-MPEG Cop3),  (optional)
– RTMP Streaming (compatible with Adobe Flash players)
– HTTP Live Streaming (HLS): populates an external web server through FTP or SFTP
– Built-in HTTP web server for small scale direct HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)
– Direct HTTP Streaming: encodes directly to an HTTP connection
– Automatically generates web pages with a video window for all supported modes (VLC plug in required)

Physical  & Power

– (W x D x H) 146 x 356 x 44mm
– Weight:  2,75 lbs (1.25 kg)
– Desktop or 1RU rack mountable tray available – 3 modules per tray
Fanless design
Power Consumption:
11 W maximum
Power Supply:
– Input 100-250 VAC 47-63Hz
– Built-in, self cooled, fanless

Video Resolutions

High Definition
– 1080 x 1920p:  60/50/23.98
– 1080 x 1920/1440i:  25/29.97/30/59.94/60/50
– 720 x 1280p/960:  25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
– 960 x 540:  25/29.97
Standard Definition
– 480 x 720/704/640/528:  29.97
– 720 x 480p:  25/29.97/30
– 640 x 360p:  25/29.97/50/59.94
– 576 x 720/704/640/528:   25
– 720 x 576p:  25
– 640 x 480p:  29.97
– 528 x 480p:  29.97
– 640 x 576p:  25
– 528 x 576p:  25
Lower Resolutions
– 480×270, 320×240, 320×180

 Audio Encoding

– MPEG-1 layer II, one stereo pair per video
         – up to 4 stereo pairs (NOVUS-1E)
         – 2 stereo pairs per video (NOVUS-2E)
– Dolby® Digital AC-3 pass-through
– MPEG-4 AAC-LC, one stereo pair per video –  optional
– Audio A/V lip sync adjustment , manual – up to 100 msec

Video Pre-processing

– Advanced adaptive spatial filtering
– Closed Captions CEA 608B & CEA-708C

Streaming Network Interface

– 2x 100/1000Base-T RJ-45 ports, auto-negotiate or fixed speed
– 2x DVB-ASI ports
– 213Mbit/s maximum ASI TS bit-rate per port

Management and Control

– 2x 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet (RJ-45)
– Configuration import/export
– Visual fault warning
– In-band and out-of-band control
– SNMP v1,v2
–  Accurate bit rate control
– Startup to streaming under 45 Sec

Environmental Conditions

Operating Temperature:   0°Cto 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Operating Humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)


– CE: CE marked in accordance with 89/336/EEC, 72/23/EEC and 1999/5/EEC Directive
– UL: UL approval
– US FCC: Part 15
– EMC:  EN55022, EN55024, EN6100-3-2
– RoHS: 2011/65/EU
– WEE:

Ordering Info

NOVUS-1E    –       Single-Channel H.264 SD encoder

NOVUS-2E    –       Dual-Channel H.264 SD encoder

Available options:

OPT-1080i   –  support for 720p and 1080i encoding
OPT-1080p   –  support for 720p, 1080i and 1080p encoding
OPT-FEC   – support for SMPTE 2022 FEC on Ethernet
OPT-AAC   – MPEG-4 AAC-LC audio encoding, one stereo pair per video
OPT-2AUD  –  support for 2 audio stereo pairs – 2 analog or 2 SDI embedded
OPT-4AUD  –  support for 4 audio stereo pairs (NOVUS-1E), the third and fourth pair can only be from SDI embedded audio
OPT-ARQ  –  support for RIST/ARQ
OPT-RACK  –  1RU rack mount tray (holds up to 3 NOVUS encoders)

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