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Built on modern technology and leveraging years of experience in 1-RU and modular real-time compression and video technology, the 3480 encoder series takes video quality in H.264 and MPEG-2 compression to a whole new level with no compromises on video quality and density.

The 3480 encoder series is built on a highly flexible platform that allows the core video processing engine to change in a factory-installed modular fashion to maintain your investment well into the future. Hybrid hardware/software architecture is used to optimize flexibility and performance and density.

The 3480 encoder platform is flexible enough to house both HD and SD with SDI inputs, as well as H.264 and MPEG-2 video codecs, alongside a wide array of audio processing technologies and codecs, including integrated IntelliGain real-time loudness measurement and correction technology. Channel configurations include up to four SD (in either H.264 or MPEG-2), and up to four HD signals (720p or 1080i, or a mix). When coupled with the 3480 STC (stat mux controller), the 3480 encoder channels participate in real-time stat mux pools, both in MPEG-2 and H.264 to produce variable bitrate streams.

MXP on Blade ServersTypical Applications:

  • Terrestrial ATSC: Up to Multi Transmitter in a box. Internal, External MPEG2 SD, HD Statistical Multiplexing, ATSC Table Insertion, Audio conding control & high video quality
  • IPTV, multicast to the home, typically utilizing H.264 codecs with constant bit rate (CBR) or capped variable bit rate (VBR) and IP multicast networks. Includes Picture in Picture (PIP) generation as a software option
  • DTH Satellite with stat muxed streams, including hybrid SD/HD, MPEG-2/H.264 stat mux pools
  • Cable IPTV over broadband, bonded RF carriers. Typically H.264 multicast, and stat muxed
  • Cable or Satellite DTH networks with MPEG-2 delivery to a mixed population of legacy set top boxes and modern ones
  • High video quality enabled by advanced filtering, compression tools, and stat mux algorithms
  • High density with four SD's or four HD's per 1RU device
  • Works in conjunction with the Evertz® IP-based stat mux controller for variable bitrate (VBR) stream generation to maximize video quality within constrained bandwidth delivery networks. Includes stream prioritization to reflect business requirements
  • High availability with N+M service-level redundancy support via the proven VistaLINK® network management system from Evertz®
  • Enhanced Table insertion: External or Internal, Spooling or Injestion, ATSC PSIP, DVB PSI, DVB SI.
  • Ad insertion support with SCTE-104 to SCTE-35 conversion

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SDI Inputs
Number of Inputs4
StandardsSMPTE ST 259 (SD-SDI) or
Impedance75Ω unbalanced
Input Level800 mVpp nominal
Return Loss> = 15dB, 5 to 1.4GHz
Systems1080i, 720p, SD (525, 625)
AudioEmbedded (SMPTE ST 299-1) , up to 4 groups (16 channels). PCM or Dolby® Digital or E. 48kHz sample frequency, 20-bit resolution
Audio/Video Processing
VideoSkin tone detection
Adaptive GOP, driven by scene change detection
Motion Compensated Temporal Filter (MCTF)
Input deblocking filter
Scene change detection
Fade detection
Frame synchronization, built-in (contact Evertz®)
AudioEvertz IntelliGain® loudness control for ITU-1770-based measurement and correction as per ATSC A/85 and EBU R128 standards (contact Evertz®)
Video Output Formats
EncodingH.264 full resolution: Main / High, up to Level 4.1 (SD and HD)
H.264 PIPBaseline / Main, Up to Level 2.0
MPEG-2Main Profile @ Main Level (SD), Main Profile @ High Level (HD)
Resolutions/Scan1920 / 1440 / 1280 x 1080i 25 / 29.97
1280 / 960 / 640 x 720p 50 / 59.94
720 / 704 / 640 / 544 / 528 /480 / 352 x 480i 29.97 / 576i 25
PIP416x240, 352x288, 352x240, 192x192, 128x128, 128x96, 96x96
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
AFD and WSS signaling
Bitrate RangeFull resolution: 1 -30 Mbps
PIP200 -1000 kbps
Chroma4:2:0 (H.264 and MPEG-2)
4:2:2 (MPEG-2)
Bitrate ControlCBR
Capped VBR
Target VBR
Stat Mux VBR (IP based closed loop statistical multiplexing control via control port)
Audio Output Formats
Encoding Support
Bitrate RangeAAC-LC (64kbps -640kbps), 1+1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 2/1, 3/1, 2/2, 3/2
HE-AAC v1/v2 (32kbps -256kbps), 1/0 (C), 2/0 (L, R), 2/0 PS (C), 2/1 (L, R, S), 3/0 (L, R, C), 2/2 (L, R, Ls, Rs), 3/1 (L, R, C, S), 3/2 (L, R, C, Ls, Rs), 3/2L (L, R, C, Ls, Rs, LFE)
MPEG-1 Layer II, mono, stereo
Dolby® Digital (AC-3) (96kbps -640kbps), 1+1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 2/1, 3/1, 2/2, 3/2
Dolby® E encoder, various modes
Dolby® Pulse (AAC-based), 1/0 (C), 2/0 (L, R), 2/0 PS (C), 2/1 (L, R, S), 3/0 (L, R, C), 2/2 (L, R, Ls, Rs), 3/1 (L, R, C, S), 3/2 (L, R, C, Ls, Rs), 3/2L (L, R, C, Ls, Rs, LFE)
Dolby® Digital Plus (upcoming, contact Evertz®)
Sampling48kHz (contact Evertz® for additional rates)
PassthroughDolby® Digital (AC-3)
Dolby® E encoder
System, Ancillary
VANCCEA 608 from Line 21
SMPTE 334-1 Closed Captions (SCTE-20, SCTE-21, SCTE-128??), CEA 708
SMPTE 2016-3 AFD and Bar Data
SMPTE 2031 Teletext
OP47 Teletext subtitles
Ethernet ProtocolGigabit Ethernet 802.3z
IP Ports2 independent ports
Forward Error CorrectionAs per SMPTE-2022
IP EncapsulationMPEG TS over UDP/IP/Ethernet
7 TS packets per IP datagram
Transport StreamCompliant MPEG2 TS
ATSC PSIP SpoolingPAT, PMT, MGT, TVCT and more
ATSC PSIP InjectionIntegrated with 3rd party Table Spoolers
DVB SI, PSI Table SpoolingPAT, PMT, SDT, NIT
Management & Control
LocalFully featured front panel control
ProtocolSNMP, MIBs available
ApplicationVistaLINK® network management system or stand-alone application (Windows)
Input Voltage Range100-264V AC
Line Frequency47-63Hz
Power SuppliesDual, load sharing
Power Consumption≤ 500 watts
Dimensions1.75"H x 19"W x 29 ¾"D
CoolingFront to rear and rear-side
Operating Temperature50°F (10°C) - 104°F (40°C)
Store Temperature-40°F (-40°C) - 158°F (70°C)
Operating relative humidity8% to 90% non-condensing
Non-operative Humidity5% to 95% non-condensing
Electromagnetic complianceFCC Part15 Class A, CE Mark (EN 55022 Class A)
SafetyUL, CUL Canada EN 60950/IEC, 60950-compliant, TUV Germany, ROHS 5/6 - Directive 2002/EC

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NotesFor complete list of models please contact Evertz
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