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Elecard Converter Studio
User Guide
Version 3.6
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Elecard Converter Studio User Guide
First edition: December 2006
Date modified: 11 September, 2013.
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CONTENTS
1. INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................................................... 4
1.1 PREFACE .............................................................................................................................................................................. 4
1.2 USING THIS GUIDE ............................................................................................................................................................... 4
1.3 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ...................................................................................................................................................... 4
1.4 LICENSING AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT .................................................................................................................................. 4
2. DESCRIBING ELECARD CONVERTER STUDIO ........................................................................................................... 6
2.1 CONVERTER STUDIO FEATURES ........................................................................................................................................... 6
2.2 SPECIFICATIONS ................................................................................................................................................................... 9
3. ELECARD CONVERTER STUDIO INTERFACE ............................................................................................................ 11
3.1 MAIN MENU........................................................................................................................................................................12
3.2 BATCH LIST PANEL .............................................................................................................................................................13
3.3 PROFILES PANEL .................................................................................................................................................................16
3.4 TASK PARAMETERS PANEL ..................................................................................................................................................18
3.5 PREVIEW PANEL ..................................................................................................................................................................19
3.6 MESSAGES PANEL ...............................................................................................................................................................20
3.7 CLUSTER PANEL ..................................................................................................................................................................21
3.8 WATCH FOLDER MODE........................................................................................................................................................24
3.9 STATISTICS PANEL ...............................................................................................................................................................26
4. ADDING FILES FOR CONVERSION ................................................................................................................................27
5. SAVING, APPLYING AND CHANGING TASK PARAMETERS ....................................................................................31
5.1 PROFILE APPLYING ..............................................................................................................................................................31
5.2 FAST PROFILE CHANGING ...................................................................................................................................................32
5.3 TASK PARAMETERS CHANGING ...........................................................................................................................................33
5.4 INPUT FILE INFORMATION ...................................................................................................................................................33
5.5 STREAM TYPE PARAMETERS ...............................................................................................................................................35
5.6 VIDEO ENCODING PARAMETERS .........................................................................................................................................38
5.7 PICTURE TRANSFORMATION ................................................................................................................................................40
5.8 LOGO AND ADVERTISEMENT INSERTION..............................................................................................................................47
5.9 AUDIO PARAMETERS ...........................................................................................................................................................49
5.10 CHAPTER POINTS ..............................................................................................................................................................50
6. ADVANCED ENCODING SETTINGS ................................................................................................................................52
6.1 AVC/H.264 VIDEO ENCODER ADVANCED SETTINGS ...........................................................................................................53
6.2 AVC/H.264 HARDWARE VIDEO ENCODER ADVANCED SETTINGS .......................................................................................58
6.3 MPEG-1/2 VIDEO ENCODER ADVANCED SETTINGS ............................................................................................................60
6.4 MPEG-4 VIDEO ENCODER ADVANCED SETTINGS ...............................................................................................................63
6.5 MPEG MULTIPLEXER ADVANCED SETTINGS ......................................................................................................................65
7. TOOLS.....................................................................................................................................................................................68
7.1 FEATURE VIEWER................................................................................................................................................................68
7.2 ADVERTISEMENT SCHEDULE EDITOR ..................................................................................................................................69
7.3 CONVERTER STUDIO SERVICE MANAGER ...........................................................................................................................70
7.4 BATCH LIST FILTER .............................................................................................................................................................72
7.5 CONVERTER STUDIO CONSOLE ...........................................................................................................................................74
8. CONVERTER STUDIO PREFERENCES...........................................................................................................................76
9. CLUSTER NODE INSTALLATION AND ADJUSTMENT...............................................................................................78
10. HOT KEYS............................................................................................................................................................................79
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1. Introduction
1.1 Preface
Elecard Converter Studio is intended for professional conversion of media files at high-speed with
high quality. The program converts video data into MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 ASP, AVC/H.264
(MPEG-4 Part 10), DV25, AVI Uncompressed and AVI HuffYUV formats. Audio data is
converted into MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer I/II, AAC and WAV formats.
1.2 Using This Guide
The guide is intended for users and developers. It describes all program functions, encoding
parameters and provides the instructions for its usage.
1.3 System Requirements
The Elecard Converter Studio program requires the following minimum system configuration:
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SSE-enhanced CPU (Intel® Pentium, Core2Duo, Xeon, AMD® Athlon, Opteron etc.)
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512 MB RAM
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Any VGA card (NVIDIA video adapter with the CUDA technology support is strongly
recommended)
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Windows® 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
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USB HASP HL key (for Pro/Pro HD versions only)
1.4 Licensing and Technical Support
Elecard Converter Studio is available as a shareware or as a registered product.
By installing, copying, or otherwise using the SOFTWARE PRODUCT or any UPDATES, you
agree to be bound by the terms of the "Elecard'' End-User License Agreement (''EULA''). This
EULA is a legal agreement between you (either an individual or a single entity) and Elecard for
the "Elecard" software product(s) accompanying this EULA, which include(s) computer software
and may include "online" or electronic documentation, associated media, and printed materials
(''SOFTWARE PRODUCT'').
For sales and licensing information, contact the Elecard Sales Department: sales@elecard.com
For technical support, contact the Elecard Technical Support Team: tsup@elecard.com
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2. Describing Elecard Converter Studio
2.1 Converter Studio Features
Elecard Converter Studio is the program (series of programs) that performs the format
conversion of media files at high-speed and with high quality. It supports the Watch Folder Mode
that provides automatically converting of files from specified folder and can be started as
Windows® service. The program allows user to use computing power of locally networked PCs
for common task list encoding (distributed computing).
Optimal encoding parameters can be selected from the preconfigured profiles. Profiles provide the
compatibility of created files with different devices such as DVD, SVCD, HDV, AVCHD®, BluRay, FLV, Sony PlayStation® Portable (Sony PSP®), Sony PlayStation3®, Apple iPod®, etc. You
can also create your own profile and save it for further use. The complete control over encoding
parameters and extra facilities allow you to solve professional tasks.
Elecard Converter Studio has the following features:
 Watch Folder mode. The program automatically scans the specified input folder and
converts new media files according to the selected profile.
 Work as Windows® service. Allows the Watch Folder mode start as Windows® service.
It is used only in Pro/Pro HD versions.
 Console application mode. The program can be started as console application that
supports both the single file converting and the Watch Folder mode.
 MPEG-2 Encoding. Widespread and high-quality encoding format. It allows you to create
DVD, HDV, and Blu-ray compatible files that can be used for further recording to discs and
other storages.
 Intel® Quick Sync Video. Allows encoding of AVC/H.264 streams using the Intel®
Quick Sync Video technology. It speeds up the encoding process even to 10 times.
 MPEG-4 ASP and AVC/H.264 Encoding. Foremost encoding format that is used in wide
application area from network broadcasting to encoding of FullHD video for HD-DVD and
Blu-ray storages.
 DV Encoding. Allows saving video into AVI DV format. It is a widely used format for
video editing. The format provides easy editing and the optimal proportion of encoding quality
to the output file size.
 Saving video to uncompressed or lossless format. Allows saving video to uncompressed
AVI or using lossless encoding (to make file size smaller).
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Two pass MPEG-2 and AVC/H.264 encoding. Allows encoding quality improvement.
 Fast first pass for two pass encoding. Allows encoding acceleration in two pass mode.
The total encoding time is reduced up to 30%.
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 MPEG-1/2 Layer I/II, AAC, LPCM and WAV PCM audio encoding. Support of
different audio formats allows selection of the optimal encoding format for every task.
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Work with DVD. Allows conversion of the whole DVD or only the selected parts.
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Advertisement insertion. Allows advertisements adding to a file during conversion.
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Specifying part for transcoding. Allows transcoding the specified part of the file.
 Chapter Points adding. Allows adding key frames to the specified positions during video
encoding in MPEG-2 format.
 Extended access to components settings. Allows complete control over encoding
parameters.
 Work with multichannel streams. Allows you to open multichannel stream, to select the
required tracks for work, and to create multichannel streams with individual settings for each
track. Work with MPEG multiplexer is adapted for multiprogram files creation. It is used only
in Pro/Pro HD versions.
 Stream Copy mode for video and audio. The mode of the original track transferring
from the input file to the output file without conversion. It accelerates the conversion process
and keeps the data quality.
 Multiplexing into AVI, FLV, MP4, 3GPP, AVCHD®, MPEG-1 SS, MPEG-2 PS/TS
and elementary streams saving. Provides wide application of the output files.
 MPEG streams indexing. Provides index files creation for encoded MPEG files. This
option is necessary for broadcasting.
 Set of preconfigured profiles for optimal encoding. Provides easy creation of files that
are compatible with different devices.
 Profiles creation, editing and saving. Provides creation and further use of the user
original profiles.
 Cluster encoding. Encoding of common task list using the computing power of locally
networked PCs (distributed computing).
Elecard Converter Studio is available as Elecard Converter Studio Mobile, Elecard Converter
Studio AVC HD, Elecard Converter Studio, Elecard Converter Studio Pro и Elecard Converter
Studio ProHD. Each version is intended for a certain range of tasks and provides respective
functionality. The table below specifies features that are available in the different Elecard
Converter Studio versions.
Table 1. Elecard Converter Studio and Elecard Converter Studio Pro/Pro HD Features
Features
Mobile
AVCHD
Consumer
Pro
ProHD
Supported Input Formats
MPEG-1/2
MPEG-4 ASP
AVC/H.264
HEVC/H.265
DV25
DVC Pro 50/100
DVD
MPEG-1 Layer 1/2/3
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2.2 Specifications
Elecard Converter Studio supports the following multiplexed output formats:
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MPEG-1 System Stream (ISO/IEC 13818-1)
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MPEG-2 Program Stream (ISO/IEC 13818-1)
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MPEG-2 Transport Stream (ISO/IEC 13818-1)
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AVCHD® streams
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MP4 ISO compatible files (ISO/IEC 14496-14)
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MP4 Sony PSP compatible files
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MP4 Apple iPod compatible files
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MP4 ISMA compatible files
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MP4 3GPP compatible files
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FLV compatible files
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AVI files
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Apple HLS
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ES Annex B Type II (ISO/IEC 11172-1)
Elecard Converter Studio supports the following output elementary stream formats:
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AVC/H.264 High Profile (ISO/IEC 14496-10)
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HEVC/H.265
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MPEG-4 ASP (ISO/IEC 14496-2)
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MPEG-1 (ISO/IEC 11172-2)
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MPEG-2 HL@HP (ISO/IEC 13818-2)
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DV25 (SMPTE 314M-1999)
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AAC (ISO/IEC 13818-7)
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MPEG-1/2 audio Layer I/II (ISO/IEC 11172-3, ISO/IEC 13818-3)
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LPCM
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WAV PCM
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AVI Uncompressed files
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HuffYUV AVI
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DVB subtitles
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Closed Captions EIA-608, EIA-708
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Teletext subtitles
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Elecard Converter Studio supports the following input formats:
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AVI Uncompressed files (RGB, YV12, YUY2)
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DV25, DV50, DV100, MPEG-4 SP/ASP (AVI, MOV files)
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AVS (Avisynth Script)
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MPEG-1/2 (MPEG PS/TS, VES, ES, XPL)
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MPEG-4 SP/ASP (MOV, MP4, MPEG PS/TS, VES, XPL)
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AVC/H.264 (MOV, MP4, MPEG PS/TS, VES, XPL)
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LPCM
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WAV PCM
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Dolby Digital
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MPEG-1 Audio Layer II
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MPEG-1 Audio Layer III
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AAC (Advanced Audio Codec)
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3. Elecard Converter Studio Interface
This section describes the Elecard Converter Studio GUI.
Figure 1.
Elecard Converter Studio – Main Window
 Batch List panel is the main program window that displays information about the tasks
that will be converted. It also enables to manage tasks, change their settings and launch
conversion process.
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Profiles panel contains the available profiles list with the brief description of their settings.
 Task Parameters panel allows quickly setting any task parameters and adding optional
filters if they are required.
 Messages panel displays various information when the converting process is started. In
particular, it displays warning messages if the encoder parameters or the other components are
set incorrectly.
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Preview panel allows viewing the input media file.
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Cluster panel displays the list of cluster nodes and allows the node control.

Watch Folder Mode panel allows task creation and control in the Watch Folder mode.
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
Statistics panel displays the encoding process information.
3.1 Main Menu
The program main menu provides convenient access to the frequently used commands. All of the
commands are divided into groups.
Figure 1.
Figure 2.
Figure 3.
Figure 4.
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Elecard Converter Studio – Main Menu
Elecard Converter Studio – Main Menu – File
Elecard Converter Studio – Main Menu – Batch List
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Figure 5.
Figure 6.
Elecard Converter Studio – Main Menu – Window
Elecard Converter Studio – Main Menu – Help
3.2 Batch List Panel
When you start Elecard Converter Studio for the first time, the Batch list is empty. Tasks will be
created after media files are added to the Batch list for conversion. Each task has the following
information: name, conversion profile, status and path of the output folder for the converted files.
Figure 1.
Elecard Converter Studio — Batch List Panel
Besides, the Batch List panel contains control buttons that are essential to manage tasks. They are
as follows:
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— Load Batch List. Click this button to load the earlier saved list of tasks. When a new
tasks list is loaded, the previous one is cleared.
— Save Batch List. Click this button to save the Batch list in order to open and use it later.
— Clear Batch List. Clears the Batch list.
— Delete Selected Task. Deletes the selected tasks from the Batch list.
— Fast Task Profile Changing. Allows quickly changing the conversion profile and the output
folder of the selected tasks. For more information see Section “Fast Profile Changing”.
— Add File(s) to Batch List. Click this button to add media files to the Batch list. Open files are
added to the Batch list. They have the Init waiting status. To prepare a task for conversion, apply a
profile to the task. After it, this task has the Waiting status. For more information see Section “Profile
Applying”.
— Add (Save) Task to Batch List. Allows saving the parameters of the changed task to the
Batch list.
— Change Task Parameters. Allows quickly and visually setting any task parameters and
adding optional filters if they are required. A task is changed on the Task Parameters panel. For more
information see Section “Task Parameters Changing”.
— Batch List Filter. Allows selection files for conversion according to the specified
parameters. For more information see Section “Batch List Filter”.
— Watch Folder Mode. Sets and starts the Watch Folder mode. For more information see
Section “Watch Folder Mode”.
— Run Batch List Encoding. Starts or stops the Batch list encoding.
The Go to text box is intended for search of the task in task list. The task that name contains the
typed string is highlighted in the task list. The buttons
move highlighting to the previous or
next task in the search list (tasks with names containing the typed string).
The Cluster node box specifies the node that task list must be displayed at the moment.
Many options are also available in the shortcut menu. The menu appears when the user clicks the
right mouse button on the Batch List panel.
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Figure 1.
Batch List — Shortcut Menu
 Add File(s) to Batch List... — adds media files to the Batch list. The task parameters
must be adjusted before the encoding process start. For more information see the Task
Parameters Changing section.
 Add File(s) to Batch List with profile... — adds media files to the Batch list with profile.
In this mode, when the file is opened, the encoding profile and output folder must be specified
in the appeared window. For more information see the Task Parameters Changing section.
 Fast Profile Changing... — allows fast changing of the encoding profile and output folder
for the group of selected files.
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Change Task Parameters — allows adjustment of the selected task parameters.

Run only selected task — runs only the task selected from the Batch list.

Set Task Status — disables the task or sets the Waiting status to the task.
 Scroll the Batch list to the current task — enable the Batch list scrolling to the current
task.
 Show Save Batch List dialog on exit — enables the Save Batch List dialog box
displaying on the program exit. If this option is disabled, the Batch list is saved automatically
to a temporary file.
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Auto load the last Batch list — enables automatic loading of the last opened Batch list.
 Delete Successfully Completed Task(s) — deletes all completed task(s) from the Batch
list. This option is disabled in the Watch Folder mode.
 Error information — displays the error information and possible ways to fix it. It
happens when task encoding cannot be started and the task has the Failed status.
3.3 Profiles Panel
The Profiles panel contains ready-for-use profiles. Each profile provides the optimal encoding
settings and allows creating files that are compatible with different devices such as DVD, SVCD,
HDV, Blu-Ray, Sony PlayStation® Portable (Sony PSP®), Sony PlayStation3®, Apple iPod® and
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etc. There is overall information about the encoding parameters of every profile: audio and video
format, bitrate and optional filters presence.
Figure 1.
Profiles Panel
There are control elements at the upper-left corner of the panel.
— Add New Profile. Allows saving the open task parameters as profile. After saving, the
profile appears in the profiles list and can be applied to other tasks.
— Delete Profile. Deletes a profile from the available profiles list. The profiles supplied with
the program are protected from deletion.
— Apply Profile to Task. Applies the selected profile to the task.
The shortcut menu is available in the Profiles panel. The menu contains the following commands:
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Use profile as default — sets the profile that will be applied to all of opened files.
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Import profile — imports the profile created and saved previously into the profile list.
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Export profile — exports a profile from the list.
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Figure 1.
Profiles – Shortcut Menu
In addition to the controls, there is the Speed/Quality slider. Some profiles allow speed/quality
ratio adjustment for encoding. Use the Fastest mode in order to adjust the maximum encoding
speed. And vice versa, the Highest mode provides the maximum quality. The optimal
speed/quality ratio is set with the Optimal mode.
Note: Speed/quality ratio should be adjusted before applying a profile.
3.4 Task Parameters Panel
The Task Parameters panel opens by double-clicking any task in the Batch List. This panel
allows quickly and visually changing the encoding and decoding parameters. The task parameters
are grouped as tabs by its features. Click the appropriate button to set the parameter group.
Figure 1.
Task Parameters Panel
— Input File Information displays general information about the current tracks in the task. For
more information see Section “Input File Information”.
— Stream Type Parameters allows selecting the output stream type and changing MPEG
multiplexer parameters. For more information see Section “Stream Type Parameters” and Section
“MPEG Multiplexer Advanced Settings”.
— Video Encoding Parameters allows setting video encoder parameters. Any parameters can be
individual for every track. For more information see Section “Video Encoding Parameters” and
Section “Advanced Encoding Settings”.
— Picture Transformation changes decoding parameters and applies appropriate
filters to the picture. For more information see Section “Picture Transformation Parameters”.
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— Logo and Advertisement Insertion overlays a static picture on the video during conversion
and inserts advertisement in the file. For more information see Section “Logo and Advertisement
Insertion”.
— Audio Encoding Parameters allows setting audio parameters and using optional filters for
work with audio streams. For more information see Section “Audio Encoding Parameters”.
3.5 Preview Panel
The Preview panel allows viewing the source video and controlling its playback. There are the
following control buttons on the panel:
Figure 1.
Preview Panel
— Play. Starts media file playback.
— Pause. Pauses media file playback.
— Next/Previous. Plays forward and backward frame by frame in the Pause mode.
— Slider. Quickly moves to the required file position.
— Specifies the beginning and the end of the part for encoding. Specifies the frame where the
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track encoding will be started, and the frame where the track encoding will be finished.
— Go to the beginning/end of the part for encoding. Sets current position to the first/last frame
of the part for encoding.
— Remove the encoding part boundaries. Disables the partial encoding mode. The selected track
will be converted entirely.
— Adds chapter points. Adds key frames to the specified positions during the encoding process.
For more information see Section “Add Chapter Points”.
In addition to the controls, file duration and current playback position are displayed on the
Preview panel.
You can right-click in the Preview panel to open the shortcut menu. The menu allows the user to
select video and audio channels for preview, to enable DVD, DVB, Teletext subtitles and Closed
Caption option, and to set the video window size.
Figure 1.
Preview Panel — Shortcut Menu
This menu allows scaling the preview window or spreading it up to the maximum size.
3.6 Messages Panel
The Messages panel displays various information when the converting process is started. In
particular, it displays warning messages if the encoder parameters or the other components are set
incorrectly. The program checks all task parameters when you edit a task and save it to the Batch
list, and sends warning messages if some errors are detected. Click the message text to display the
detailed information at the lower part of the window. If you are sure that the settings are correct
and want to stop checking and displaying messages, disable this option in the program settings.
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Figure 1.
Messages Panel
3.7 Cluster Panel
The Cluster panel allows Converter Studio to use computing power of locally networked PCs for
common task list encoding (distributed computing).
The cluster node works in one of the following modes:
 Independent Watch Folder. The nodes working in this mode perform folder monitoring
independently of one another and of main computer. Work folder, profile, and additional
settings are specified for each node.
 Controlled by main computer. In this mode the tasks from list are distributed among the
available nodes. Each node encodes its task using the specified profile and settings. The main
computer can be used for the nodes control and for encoding of tasks from the common list. It
is specified in the program settings.
Figure 1.
Cluster Panel
In the beginning of work the cluster note must be added to the list of available computers. To add
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node click the Add cluster node command from the shortcut menu (right-click opened) or click
the button
dialog.
. Set the selected node parameters on the appeared Cluster node parameters
Figure 2.
Table 1.
Cluster Node Parameters Dialog
Cluster Node Parameters Dialog Controls
Control
Description
Address
Port
Work mode
Spesifies the IP address of remote computer on which the Converter Studio
service is installed. The service installation and adjustment are described in
the Converter Studio Service Manager section.
Specifies the service control port.
Specifies the service work mode:

Independent Watch Folder. The nodes working in this mode
perform folder monitoring independently of one another and of main computer. Work
folder, profile, and additional settings are specified for each node.
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Controlled by main computer. In this mode the tasks from list are
distributed among the available nodes. Each node encodes its task using the specified
profile and settings. The main computer can be used for the nodes control and for
encoding of tasks from the common list. It is specified in the program settings.
Download files to
cluster node before
processing
If the option is selected, media-files are downloaded into a temporary folder on
the node hard disk before the task processing. Output files are also created in a
temporary folder located on the node HD. After the task completion the output
files will be copied from the temporary folder to the output folder.
The default path of temporary folders is 'C:\'. The path can be changed in the
config.xml file (located in the program folder).
Most of options are adjustable via the shortcut menu (right-click the Cluster window):
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Figure 1.
Cluster Shortcut Menu

Add cluster node — adds cluster node to the available nodes list.

Delete cluster node — deletes cluster node from the available nodes list. The same
operation can be done with the button

click.
Clear the list — clears the available nodes list. The same operation can be done with the
button
click.
 Skip the current task — allows the current task skipping on any node. Selet the node and
click the Skip the current task command.
 Download files to cluster node before processing — enables downloading of the input
files to the cluster node before task processing. Encoded data is stored to the file that is located
in the temporal folder of cluster node. After encoding is completed, the output files are copied
to the output folder.
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Work mode — selects the cluster node work mode.
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Enable cluster node/channel — turns on the cluster node/channel.
 Disable cluster node/channel — turns off the cluster node/channel. The node is displayed
in the available nodes/channels list but does not perform encoding.
 Autodetection of cluster nodes — allows automatic search for available cluster nodes.
The detected node is added to the list in off state. After addition the node must be tuned and
turned on using the shortcut menu.
 Synchronize with Statistics window — allows synchronization of the Statistics panel
information with the channel selected in the Cluster window.

Cluster node parameters — allows tuning of the cluster node displayed in the list. The
same operation can be done with the button
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will be displayed in the form corresponding to the selected work mode. The Watch Folder
mode is described in the Watch Folder Mode section.
3.8 Watch Folder Mode
The Watch Folder mode provides the automatic conversion of any media files that are located in a
folder or on a FTP server using the selected profile. If this mode is enabled, the program monitors
the folder or FTP serner content, creates tasks for every media file in Batch list and starts
encoding. During the conversion process, the folder monitoring is paused. Folder monitoring is
executed every 20 seconds and will continue until a new file appears in the specified folder.
Figure 1.
Watch Folder Panel
To start the Watch Folder mode click the
parameters in the open window.
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Tools – Watch Folder Mode
Figure 2.
The following table describes the Watch Folder Mode controls.
Table 1.
Watch Folder Mode Controls
Control
Enabled
Watch Subdirectories
Копировать с FTP
Input Folder
Output Folder
Копировать на FTP
Profile
Speed/Quality
Description
Enables/Disables the Watch Folder mode. In this mode the program
automatically scans the selected folder (or FTP server). If media files are
found in this folder, then the program creates task in the Batch list and
transcodes it with the selected profile.
Enables/Disables subdirectory search in the input folder.
Specifies the FTP server address for monitoring.
Specifies the input folder for monitoring.
Specifies the output folder for saving encoded files.
Specifies the FTP server address for saving encoded files.
Allows the user to select the most suitable profile from the profiles list. The
Profiles list contains the optimal parameters for encoding and provides the
creating of files that are compatible with different hardware devices.
Allows the adjustment of the encoding speed/quality ratio. The Fastest mode
is adjusted to the maximum encoding speed. And vice versa, the Highest
mode provides the maximum quality. The optimal speed/quality ratio is
provided with the Optimal mode.
To stop the Watch Folder mode, click the
button on the Batch List panel.
Note: Shutdown computer after encoding option is unavailable in the Watch Folder mode.
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3.9 Statistics Panel
The Statistics panel displays various information about the converting process. In particular, it
displays the currently encoded task name, the number of encoded frames, the encoding speed, the
remaining encoding time, disk free space. In the Streaming mode the CPU usage chart is depicted
as well.
The panel allows user to select the cluster node for statistical information displaying, to skip the
task encoding in the File mode, and to stop the encoding process.
Figure 1.
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Statistics Panel – File Mode
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4. Adding Files for Conversion
When you start working with Elecard Converter Studio, first open media files and add tasks for conversion.
There are some methods to add a new task:
 Click
the Add File(s) to Batch List button on the Batch List panel or click the right
mouse button to open the shortcut menu and select Add File(s) to Batch List….
Figure 1.
Batch List Panel – Add File(s) to Batch List
 Select required files for conversion in the appeared window. The task with the Init Waiting
status will be set for every file in the Batch list. It means that the profile for this task is not
specified and the task will not be converted. To apply a profile and change its settings see the
Saving, Applying and Changing Task Parameters section.
 On the File menu, click Open Media file… or press CTRL+O. Then select required file for
conversion in the appeared window.
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Figure 1.

File Menu
Change encoding parameters if it is necessary and save the task in the Batch list. Click the
Save to batch list button on the Task Parameters panel or click
the Save Task to Batch List
button on the Batch List panel. For more information about task settings see the Task Parameters
Changing section.
Another method to add a new task:
 On the File menu, click Open Media Files… or press CTRL+M to open the Open Media
File(s) dialog box.
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Figure 1.
Open Media File(s) Dialog Box
This method allows opening both a separate file and also a group of files by using different modes
of task setting. First, you should set a files list. So, click
button and select media files for
conversion in the open window. To clear the files list use
button.
The following table describes Open Media File(s) dialog box controls.
Table 1. Open Media File(s) Dialog Box Controls
Control
Mode
Description
Selects media files group mode:

Set of files − Each file will be added to the Batch list according to the
selected profile.

Multi-Source − File list will be created and then the group of files will
be encoded and multiplexed into the single file.

Single File − All files will be opened and recoded successively.
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Control
Add to Batch list
Use profile
Profile
Speed/Quality
Description
Adds tasks to Batch list automatically according to the selected mode.
Allows applying one profile to all tasks. If different settings are required for
encoding, then this option must be disabled and tasks should be set separately.
Allows the user to select the most suitable profile from the profiles list. The
Profiles panel contains the optimal parameters for encoding and provides
receiving files that are compatible with different hardware devices.
Allows the adjustment of the encoding speed/quality ratio. The Fastest mode is
adjusted to the maximum encoding speed. And vice versa, the Highest mode
provides the maximum quality. The optimal speed/quality ratio is provided with
the Optimal mode.
Note: Single File mode operates only with MPEG PS/TS/VES files. To work with the program
correctly, set the same parameters (resolution, audio and video format, frame rate, etc.) to all files in
the list.
Besides, the program allows working with DVD content. In this case the user can convert either a
part of a film, recorded on DVD, or the whole film. Perform the following steps:
1.
Select File/Open DVD… in the main program menu or press CTRL+D.
2.
Select the folder with DVD files in the open window. Then the Open DVD dialog box opens.
3.
Select the required DVD Titles for conversion. Unnecessary Chapters can be omitted.
Figure 1.
Open DVD Dialog Box
Note: In the Open DVD mode it is possible to work only with DVDs without CSS (Content
Scramble System) encryption.
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5. Saving, Applying and Changing Task
Parameters
The task has the Init waiting status if its profile is not specified. It means that the task will not be
executed.
Even if the task is ready for conversion, in some cases task parameters should be changed.
There are some methods to change task settings. These methods differ from each other in features
(from simple mode, when the ready profile is applied to the task, up to completely adjustable
mode, when all settings are available to the user).
5.1 Profile Applying
Use the Profiles panel when only a profile should be applied to the task. In this case select tasks in
the Batch List panel and drag the appropriate profile from the Profiles panel to the Batch List.
You can also drag the profile to the Task Parameters panel and apply it to the task that is selected
for editing.
Figure 1.
Batch List — Profile Applying
5.2 Fast Profile Changing
The program allows quickly changing the task profile and the output folder that is used for the
encoded files. Perform the following steps to change a profile:

Click
the Fast Profile Changing button or use the shortcut menu by clicking the right
mouse button on the Batch List panel.
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Figure 1.
Batch List – Fast Profile Changing

In the open dialog box you can change the profile, adjust the Speed/Quality ratio and specify
the output folder for saving of the encoded files.
Figure 1.
Fast Task Profile Changing Dialog Box
The following table describes Fast Task Profile Changing controls:
Table 1. Fast Task Profile Changing Dialog Box Controls
Control
Output Folder
Current Profile
Change Profile
Profile
Speed/Quality
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Description
Specifies the output folder for saving of encoded files.
Displays the information about the current task profile.
Allows you to apply the same profile to all tasks.
Allows you to select the most suitable profile from the profiles list. The Profiles
panel contains the optimal parameters for encoding and provides receiving files
that are compatible with different hardware devices.
Allows the adjustment of the encoding speed/quality ratio. The Fastest mode is
adjusted to the maximum encoding speed. And vice versa, the Highest mode
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Control
Description
provides the maximum quality. The optimal speed/quality ratio is provided with
the Optimal mode.
5.3 Task Parameters Changing
To change any task parameters (add filters, disable unused tracks, etc.) click
the Change
Task Parameters button. Then the Task Parameters panel opens. You can also double-click the
selected task in the Batch List panel to open this panel or use the shortcut menu by right-clicking
the task.
Figure 1.
Batch List – Task Parameters Changing
All parameters are grouped as controls by their functions in the Task Parameters panel.
5.4 Input File Information
Click
to open the Input File Information group. This group displays the path of the source
file and its name, stream type, file size and its duration.
In addition, there are three tabs. The Input tab contains general information (audio and video
format, frame rate, frame size, etc.) about all audio, video tracks and subtitles (DVD, DVB,
Teletext) available in the task that is selected for editing. The Output tab displays the output file
information (audio and video format, frame rate, frame size, etc.). The DVD tab displays
information about the selected title and DVD chapters.
Clear the check box against the appropriate track to disable it. To add a new audio/video track from
the media file to the Batch list, click
required file in the open window.
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Figure 1.
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Task Parameters – Output Tab
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Figure 3.
Task Parameters – DVD Tab
Note: Converter Studio provides support of subtitles during conversion of DVD files. When media
data is multiplexed into Transport Stream format, DVD subtitles are transformed to DVB subtitles.
Otherwise the encoded video can be overlaid with one selected subtitle track.
5.5 Stream Type Parameters
Click
button to open the Stream Type Parameters group. It allows changing the output
file parameters: stream type, compatibility, the number of encoding passes.
The user can also see the estimated output file size and, if it is necessary to change the output size,
encode to the target file size. By encoding file into the specified size the video bitrate is
automatically adjusted according to the file duration and its required size. The audio track bitrate
is set manually and remains unchanged. The "Encode to the target file size" mode is available only
for 3GPP, FLV, MP4, MPEG-1 SS, MPEG-2 PS or MPEG-2 VES formats.
Click
the Advanced button to open MPEG/MP4 multiplexer advanced
settings. For more information about MPEG multiplexer advanced parameters see Section 6,
“MPEG Multiplexer Advanced Settings”.
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Figure 1.
Task Parameters – Stream Type Parameters
The following table describes Stream Type Parameters controls.
Table 1. Task Parameters – Stream Type Parameters Controls
Control
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Control
Description
Stream Type
Allows selecting the output stream type. Depending on the selected stream type
some audio and video encoding formats can be unavailable.
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Elementary — output audio and/or video streams will be saved into
separate files without multiplexing.
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MPEG-1 Systemm — output streams will be multiplexed into System
Stream and will be saved into the single file.
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MPEG-2 Program — output streams will be multiplexed into Program
Stream and will be saved into the single file.
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MPEG-2 Transport — output streams will be multiplexed into Transport
Stream and will be saved into single file.
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3GPP - output streams will be multiplexed and saved into the single
3GPP file.
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FLV - output streams will be multiplexed and saved into the single FLV
Compatible
Number of Pass

streams.
Encode to target file
size
Output file size
Description
Indexing output file
Convert subpictures to
DVB stream
Encrypt Transport
Stream
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MP4 — output streams will be multiplexed and saved into the single
MP4 file.

AVI — output streams will be multiplexed and saved into the single AVI
file.

HLS – output streams will be multiplexed and saved into the sequence
of TransportStream files.
Provides compatibility of the created files with different playback devices.
Available values depend on the selected stream type. Some encoding parameters
can be unavailable or limited to assure receiving file compatibility.
For MP4 file are available the following values:
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ISMA — ISMA compatible file.
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Sony PSP — MP4 Sony PSP compatible file. The presence of an audio
track is obligatory in this mode. No support for multichannel streams.
Apple iPod — Apple iPod compatible file. No support for multichannel
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Specifies the number of encoding passes.

One pass — Fast one-pass mode. In this mode the bitrate varies onthe-fly, starting at the specified bitrate, increasing toward the specified
maximum in complex segments and decreasing toward the specified
minimum in less complex segments.

Two pass — Qualitative two-pass mode. In this mode the analysis pass
is performed before the encoding pass. The analysis pass determines
the best variable bitrate for the encoding pass. The actual bitrate varies
between the specified minimum and maximum values. The bitrate
increase and decrease are balanced to keep the average bitrate to the
specified value.
Allows encoding a file into the specified size that is selected from the standard
sizes list or it is specified by the user. The video bitrate will be automatically
adjusted according to the file duration and its target size. The audio track
bitrates is set manually and remains unchanged. The "Encode to target file size"
mode is available only for 3GPP, FLV, MP4, MPEG-1 SS, MPEG-2 PS or MPEG-2
VES formats.
Indicates the estimated output file size. Allows setting the required file size
during encoding in the "Encode to target file size" mode.
Allows user to add file description, if the encoded file is Sony PSP compatible.
Creates the index file after encoding (for VES\TS\PS only).
Allows conversion of DVD subtitles to DVB subtitles. The option is available only
for multiplexing into TS format. Otherwise the encoded video can be overlaid
with one selected subtitle track.
Allows encryption of Transport Stream.
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5.6 Video Encoding Parameters
Click
to open the Video Encoding Parameters group. It allows adjusting general settings
for video encoders. By selecting a track from the video list (if there is a list of tracks), you can
apply individual settings for every track.
Select the Use these settings for all video tracks check box if the open file has several video
tracks, and it is necessary to adjust the same settings for every track. So, select a first video track,
set all necessary parameters for it and select this check box. Then save the task.
Figure 2.
Task Parameters – Video Encoding Parameters
The following table describes Video Encoding Parameters controls.
Table 2. Task Parameters – Video Encoding Parameters Controls
Control
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Control
Description
Encoding Format
Specifies the video encoding format. The list of available video formats is formed
according to the selected stream type. There are individual settings for some







be
Profile and Level
formats. Click
the Advanced button to open
them.
MPEG-1 – MPEG-1 video
MPEG-2 – MPEG-2 video
MPEG-4 – MPEG-4 ASP video
AVC/H.264 – AVC/H.264 video
DV – DV25 video
AVI Uncompressed – uncompressed video
AVI HuffYUV – lossless encoded video (the appropriate encoder must
installed in the system)
Specifies the profile and level for the video output format. Profile and level
impose restrictions on video encoding parameters in order to guarantee
compatibility with hardware devices. Some settings can be unavailable in this
case.
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








For MPEG-2 video format the following profiles and levels are available:
Simple Profile/Main Level
Main Profile/Simple Level
Main Profile/Main Level
Main Profile/High1440 Level
Main Profile/High Level
High Profile/Main Level
High Profile/High1440 Level
High Profile/High Level
422 Profile/Main Level
422 Profile/High Level
422 Profile/Unspecified Level
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For MPEG-4 ASP video format the following profiles and levels are available:
Simple profile/Level 5
Advanced simple profile/Level 5
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Rate Control
Bitrate
GOP Length
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For AVC/H.264 video format the following profiles and levels are available:
Baseline profile/Level 5.1
Main profile/Level 5.1
High profile/Level 5.1
High422 profile/Level 5.1
Specifies the Rate Control mode. The following modes are available:

Variable Bitrate. The number of transmitted bits per unit time may vary
for the stream.

Constant Bitrate .The number of transmitted bits per unit time is
constant for the stream.

Constant Quantizer. The stream rate is not controlled as fixed
quantizers are set for every frame.
Specifies the video bitrate. The range of available bitrates exists for each
encoding format. Stream rate can be limited in some cases to assure file
compatibility with different hardware.
Specifies the maximum number of pictures in GOP (Group Of Pictures). Larger
GOPs provide better compression while smaller GOPs provide faster access by
positioning. Set the distance between reference frames no more than 12-15 to
receive files compatibility with hardware devices.
For MPEG-2 video format the following values are available:
0 - 100
For MPEG-4 and AVC/H.264 video format the following values are available:
0 - 300
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Control
B-frames
Frame Encoding Type
Description
Specifies the maximum number of B-frames which have bidirectional prediction
for encoding in GOP. B-frames significantly enhance video encoding quality. Use
two B-frames for MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 ASP encoding and three B-frames for
H.264 encoding.
For MPEG-2, MPEG-4 ASP and AVC/H.264 video formats the following values are
available:
0-3
Selects the video frame encoding type.
For MPEG-2 video format the following modes are available:

Progressive

Interlaced (adaptive)

Interlaced
For MPEG-4 ASP video format the following modes are available:

Progressive

Interlaced
For AVC/H.264 video format the following modes are available:

Progressive

Interlaced

MBAFF (adaptive)
The Progressive mode is optimized for encoding of video that contains only
progressive frames. Use another mode for interlaced video. If interlaced
encoding is not acceptable, the interlaced video can be converted into
progressive format using the deinterlacing operation.
Interlaced video can be encoded using the Interlaced and Interlaced
(adaptive) modes. The first one is optimized for video that contains only
interlaced frames. Adaptive mode provides the better encoding quality for
interlaced and mixed (interlaced and progressive frames) video.
Aspect Ratio
Speed/Quality
Specifies the output video aspect ratio.
Allows the adjustment of the encoding speed/quality ratio. The Fastest mode is
adjusted to the maximum encoding speed. And vice versa, the Highest mode
provides the maximum quality. The optimal speed/quality ratio is provided with
the Optimal mode.
5.7 Picture Transformation
Click one of the transformation
buttons to open the Picture Transformation
group. It allows using such optional filters as: denoising, color correction, deinterlacing, resizing,
frame rate conversion, etc. As in case with Video Encoder Parameters, you can also apply
individual settings for every track or apply the first track settings to all available tracks in the file.
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Figure 3.
Task Parameters – Picture Transformation 1
The following table describes Picture Transformation 1 controls:
Table 3. Task Parameters – Picture Transformation 1 Controls
Control
Resolution
HQ Chroma Upsampling
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Sets the output resolution mode during decoding:
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Full — Output video has original frame size
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Half horizontal — Output video frame width is reduced by half
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Half vertical — Output video frame height is reduced by half

Quarter — Output video frame width and height are reduced by half
When you select this option, the decoding process can be accelerated but
some small artifacts can appear on the picture.
This option is available for MPEG-2 and DV video decoding.
Improves the visual quality of the decoded video by using the better algorithm
of chroma component decoding. It is especially noticeable during decoding
video with color blends.
It is recommended to use only if video is converted to MPEG-2 4:2:2 or to AVI
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Control
Postprocessing
(deblocking)
Input picture type
Description
Uncompressed/HufYUV. See example below.
Removes the MPEG compression artifacts by using deblocking and deringing
filters. For MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 streams this option must be enabled. See example below.
According to the picture type all filters will be set for picture transformation in
order to provide maximum quality of the output stream. You can select a picture type:

Auto — Automatically defines a picture type

Progressive — A picture type is set into progressive mode

Interlaced — A picture type is set into interlaced mode. All frames
will be processed by fields
Teletext language
Denoising
Auto detect noise level
Noise level
Residual noise
Denoise chroma
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Allows selection of the teletext language for overlay during the transcoding
process.
Allows visual improvement of the picture by reducing high-frequency noise.
The denoising filter operates both in software and hardware mode on video
adapters supporting NVIDIA CUDA technology. Concurrent utilization of
several video cards makes it possible to boost the processing speed up to 33
times as compared to standard CPU performance.
Enables the automatic noise level detection. This option provides more
effective work of the denoising filter.
Specifies the noise level value, if the automatic noise detection is disabled.
The 2 value corresponds to the insignificant noise level, the 7 value
corresponds to the heavy noise. The optimal values – from 3 to 5.
Specifies the allowable residual noise level after the denoising process. The
lower residual noise level the higher denoising effect and lower processing
speed. The optimal values – from 0.2 to 0.4.
Allows both luma and chroma component denoising. This option provides
more effective work of the denoising filter.
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Figure 4.
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Picture Transformation – HQ Upsampling
Picture Transformation – Postprocessing (Deblocking)
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Figure 6.
Figure 7.
Picture Transformation – Denoising
Task Parameters – Picture Transformation 2
The following table describes Picture Transformation 2 controls.
Table 4. Task Parameters – Picture Transformation 2 Controls
Control
Color correction
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Enables adjustment of the following video charasteristics: brightness,
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Control
Deinterlacing
Description
contrast, saturation, hue, gamma.
Allows converting interlaced video into progressive.
Two deinterlacing modes are available:

High Speed — Uses the fast bicubic method. Deinterlacing does not
affect conversion speed.
High Quality — Uses the more qualitative adaptive method, but

deinterlacing speed is lower.
See examples below.
Double frame rate
Field order
Allows convertion of interlaced video into progressive format using the frame
rate doubling.
Allows user to specify the field order in the input video.
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Figure 9.
Task Parameters – Picture Transformation 2
Table 5. Task Parameters – Picture Transformation 3 Controls
Control
Description
Frame rate
Allows frame rate changing. The necessary frames will be added or removed
to/from the video stream.
Output picture type
Cropping
Allows user to set type of the output frame, if the frame rate is changed.
Resizing Method
Frame Size
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Allows cropping a frame from any side. Values must be set to the appropriate
fields in pixels.
Enables the filter and select the frame resizing method. Each method provides
different speed and quality. Some methods provide well-defined edges or
fuzzy edges.
Sets the output frame size. You can select the current frame size from the list
of presets or set arbitrary values.
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Control
Aspect Ratio/Method
Description
Controls aspect ratio change when video frame is resized.
5.8 Logo and Advertisement Insertion
Click
button to open the Logo and advertisement insertion group of parameters. These
parameters allow logo insertion and advertisement addition to the beginning or to the end of the
file during conversion. To insert logo into the video, select the required video track and select the
Insert logo check box. Then click
and select BMP file in the open window. To insert an
advertisement, select the Insert advertisement check box, click
and then select the schedule
file in the open window. For creating and editing the advertisement schedule file see Section
“Advertisement Schedule Editor”.
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Figure 10.
Task Parameters – Logo and Advertisement Insertion
The following table describes Logo and advertisement insertion controls.
Table 6.
Task Parameters – Logo and Advertisement Insertion Controls
Control
Description
Bitmap Path
X/Y
Use Transparent Color
Specifies the path of BMP file that is used as the overlaid logo.
Sets the logo position in the picture.
If BMP file with logo has not alpha channel, then transparent color can be set.
Schedule file
Click
button, put «eyedropper» on the required logo area, and click the
left mouse button.
Specifies the path of the advertisement schedule file.
Note: Only 24-bit and 32-bit BMP files are supported. Transparent color should not be set for 32-bit
BMP files with alpha channel.
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5.9 Audio Parameters
Click
button to open the Audio Parameters group of parameters. It allows the user to
select encoding format, to change settings and to set audio frequency and level. When one audio
track from the available tracks list is selected, you can set individual settings for it or apply the
first track settings to all presented audio tracks in the file.
Figure 11. Task Parameters – Audio Parameters
The following table describes Audio Parameters controls.
Table 7. Task Parameters – Audio Parameters Controls
Control
Encoding Format
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Specifies the output audio format. The list of available audio formats is formed
according to the selected stream type:

MPEG-1 — format that is used in DVD and SVCD standards and for
DVB broadcasting.
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Description
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
Channel Mode
AAC profile
Number of Channels
Stereo downmix mode
Bitrate
Resampling Frequency
Level Correction
MPEG-2 — format that is optimized for low bitrate audio streams.
AAC — format with stronger compression abilities and better quality
than the MPEG format.

WAV — uncompressed audio data in WAV file.

Stream copy — mode of the original track copying from the input file
to the output file without conversion.
Selects the encoding mode for stereo channels if the MPEG-1/2 encoder is
selected:

Mono — the left and right channels are mixed and encoded as mono.

Joint stereo — Joint stereo is a special stereo format for MPEG-1
Layer II audio. In this mode the information about sound volume
difference among channels is coded as balance signal. Encoding
quality is some better than in stereo mode.

Stereo — Encoding in common stereo mode.
Selects the profile for AAC audio encoder. AAC profile restricts bitrate and the
number of encoded channels.

AAC LC — Bitrate is limited by 320 Kbps level.

HE AAC — encoding mode that is more effective than AAC LC.
Allows user to select the number of audio channels to be encoded into output
stream, when Dolby Digital audio is decoded.
Specifies the downmix mode of Dolby Digital 5.1 stream to stereo format.
Specifies the audio stream bitrate. The range of available bitrates exists for
each format. Bitrate can be limited to assure file compatibility with different
hardware.
Allows output audio resampling. The selection of the output frequency from
the frequencies list is available.
Allows correcting of audio signal level to remove waveform envelope
distortions of the input audio data. The following parameters must be set:

Level – sets the required level of output signal (dB).

Gate – sets the noise threshold (dB). All sounds with level below the
threshold are considered as noise.

Attack – sets the response time to the signal level variation (ms).

Separate channels processing – enables independent processing
of each channel.
5.10 Chapter Points
This feature allows adding key frames to the specified positions during encoding. For MPEG
format it is possible to playback a file only from I-frame (key frame). Therefore, in some cases a
key frame presence in encoded stream is required. The key frames insertion is supported only for
MPEG-2 encoding.
To add a chapter point select the required frame in the Preview window and click the
button
or press the STAR key ('*') on the numeric keypad. The Add Chapter Points window appears.
Figure 12.
Task Parameters – Add Chapter Points
Click Add or Delete to insert or remove a chapter point. The Clear button allows clearing the
whole list of added points. When chapter point is selected from the list, the corresponding frame is
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displayed in the Preview window.
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6. Advanced Encoding Settings
The following section describes the advanced settings of encoders and MPEG multiplexer. Click
the Advanced button to open these settings. If you do not understand
the options that are described below, we urge you not to change them and rather use the
preconfigured profiles.
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6.1 AVC/H.264 Video Encoder Advanced Settings
Figure 13.
AVC/H.264 Video Encoder Advanced Settings – Page 1
The following table describes the first page of AVC/H.264 Video Encoder Advanced Settings
controls.
Table 8. AVC/H.264 Video Encoder Advanced Settings – Page 1
Control
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Control
Pulldown
B-frames mode
Scene Change Detection
Adaptive GOP
Max rate
Buffer size
Init Fullness
Adaptive quantization
mode
Strength
Transform size
Entropy coding
RD optimization
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Allows converting of video from 23.976 4 fps to 29.97 fps or 23.976 4 to
59.94 fps. The conversion is performed by adding special headers to the
stream. Therefore the number of frames is not changed in the stream.

No pulldown – Encoder ignores the presented pulldown headers and
forms new timestamps for every frame.

Auto mode – Encoder saves the information about pulldown headers
presence/absence in the input stream.

3:2i/2:3i – mode «i» composes the stream by fields «duplication». It is
designed for conversion of 24 into 30 fps.

3:2p/2:3p – mode «p» composes the stream by frames «duplication».
It is designed for conversion of 24 into 60 fps.
To convert 23.976 fps to 29.97 fps, select 3:2i pulldown and set fixed frame
rate to 29.97 fps. To convert 23.976 fps to 59.94 fps, select 3:2p pulldown
and set fixed frame rate to 59.94 fps.
Sets the B-frames encoding mode:

All disposable — B-frames do not contain information needed for
another frames decoding.

All reference - B-frames contain information needed for another frames
decoding. It provides higher quality of compressed video.

Hierarchical - allows encoder to use hierarchical structure of B-frames
encoding. It increases quality of compressed video. The B-frames
number must be set to 3.
Recommended only for progressive video encoding.
Enables the automatic insertion of I-frames (reference frames), when new
scenes are detected. If this option is enabled, the encoded stream quality
and positioning precision are improved. Some options will be inaccessible if
the scene change detection mode (SCD) is disabled. Recommended for
permanent use.
Enables/disables adaptive B-frames placement. When video complexity is
very high, the encoder decreases B-frames count to increase encoding
quality. Recommended for permanent use.
Specifies the hypothetic rate of the encoded data streaming. It is
recommended to set high bitrate value (2-3 times greater than average
stream bitrate). Is relevant only to the variable bitrate (VBR) mode.
Specifies the video buffer size.
Specifies the initial CPB removal delay. Recommended value is 67500 (90000
clock units per 1 second).
Selects the adaptive quantization mode. The adaptive block quantization
improves visual video quality. Macroblocks will have different quantizers
according to the selected algorithm. The following modes are available:

Do not use – Adaptive quantization is not used

Complexity – Is based on macroblock complexity analysis

Complexity and Luminance – Is based on macroblock complexity amd
luminance analysis
Specifies the variation range of quantizers.
Selects dimension of DCT transformation. Sometimes higher DCT dimension
provides better macroblock encoding and higher compression (for example
for HD video with massive details). The automatic selection is recommended.
Selects entropy (lossless) compression methods:

CAVLC – basic compression method of video stream

CABAC – more effective (about 15-20%) but needs more CPU
resources when encoding and decoding
The CABAC method is recommended.
Selects the model of resource optimization for more effective compression:

SAD – quick (is based on sum of absolute differences).

SATD — slightly slow (is based on sum of absolute transformed
differences).

RDO - high-quality and high-effective model of resource optimization
(rate-distortion optimization).
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Chroma format
Selects the chroma format for video encoding:

Monochrome – video encoding without chroma component.

4:2:0 – chroma format with half horizontal and vertical color
resolutions. The most commonly used and set as delault chroma
format (including the Blu-ray Disc format).
Search range
Use subblock search
Number of reference
frames
Field order
Slice count
Deblock mode
Alpha offset
Beta offset
Video format
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4:2:2 – chroma format allowable only in High Profile 422.
Specifies the maximum motion vector length when searching for blocks shift
in the previous/next frames. The value 255 is recommended for SD and 511
– for HD.
Specifies whether to use sub-block (block size less than 16x16) search in
motion estimation or not. The sub-block search extends the accuracy of
motion prediction. Recommended for use.
Sets the number of reference frames that are used by searching blocks shifts.
The recommended value is 3 or 4.
Specifies the order of fields in the encoded video stream.
Specifies the number of independent slices. When this value is set equal to
the number of physical (or virtual) CPUs (on multi-CPU computers), the
encoding process can be slightly accelerated. Auto mode (value equals 0) is
recommended to use.
Enables deblock postprocessing. It essentially increases visual quality of
encoded video (especially for low bitrates). Two modes are supported:

Picture – standard deblocking mode.

Slice – is relevant for encoding video into several slices. In this case
each slice is processed independently. It increases encoding speed. But
quality at the slice boundaries may be decreased.
Specifies the deblocking strength (how much the defined macroblocks will be
softened).
Specifies the deblocking threshold (the strict selection of blocking by filter).
Allows writing of the video format information into the stream.
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Figure 14.
AVC/H.264 Video Encoder Advanced Settings – Page 2
The following table describes the second page of AVC/H.264 Video Encoder Advanced Settings
controls.
Table 9. AVC/H.264 Video Encoder Advanced Settings – Page 2
Control
Use of specified mode in
I/P/B frame
Use out of picture MV
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Enables/disables use of the spacial prediction modes for I, P, B frames.
Enables/disables use in the motion predicion process of motion vectors over
picture boundaries.
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Control
Cb/Cr chroma qp offset
Quantizer for I/P/B slice
in CQ mode
Fix source/output frame
rate
Use Aspect Ratio
Sample Aspect Ratio
Write HRD parameters
Write Access Unit
Delimiter
Write End of Sequence
Write Closed Captions
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Specifies the quantization offset for Cb and Cr chroma components.
Spesifies the quantizers for I-frames (reference frames), P-frames (predicted
frames) and B-frames (bidirectional predicted frames) in the CQ (Constant
Quantizer) mode.
Allows fixing the input and output frame rate values (for instance, when the
value specified in header is incorrect).
Specifies the method of aspect ratio setting. The following methods are
available:

picture aspect ratio

sample aspect ratio
Sets one of standard aspect ratio or specifies the custom aspect ratio.
Enables/disables the HRD model parameters writing into the encoded stream.
The HRD model maintenance is mandatory for the encoded stream
compatibility with various devices. And encoder tries to maintain the model,
even though the option is disabled.
Enables/disables the Access Unit delimiters (not obligatory) writing into the
encoded stream.
Enables/disables the Sequence End Code writing into the encoded stream.
Enables/disables the Closed Captions keeping (if CC are contained in the
input MPEG-2 or AVC/H.264 stream) in the output AVC/H.264 stream.
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6.2 AVC/H.264 Hardware Video Encoder Advanced Settings
Figure 15.
AVC/H.264 Hardware Video Encoder Advanced Settings
Table 10.
AVC/H.264 Hardware Video Encoder Advanced Settings
Control
Field order
Slice count
Pulldown
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Specifies the order of fields in the encoded video stream.
Specifies the number of independent slices. When this value is set equal to
the number of physical (or virtual) CPUs (on multi-CPU computers), the
encoding process can be slightly accelerated. Auto mode (value equals 0) is
recommended to use.
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Control
Scene Change Detection
Entropy coding
RD optimization
Number of reference
frames
Max rate
Buffer size
Init Fullness
Fix source/output frame
rate
Use Aspect Ratio
Sample Aspect Ratio
Write HRD parameters
Write Access Unit
Delimiter
Write End of Sequence
Write Closed Captions
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59.94 fps. The conversion is performed by adding special headers to the
stream. Therefore the number of frames is not changed in the stream.

No pulldown – Encoder ignores the presented pulldown headers and
forms new timestamps for every frame.

Auto mode – Encoder saves the information about pulldown headers
presence/absence in the input stream.

3:2i/2:3i – mode «i» composes the stream by fields «duplication». It is
designed for conversion of 24 into 30 fps.

3:2p/2:3p – mode «p» composes the stream by frames «duplication».
It is designed for conversion of 24 into 60 fps.
To convert 23.976 fps to 29.97 fps, select 3:2i pulldown and set fixed frame
rate to 29.97 fps. To convert 23.976 fps to 59.94 fps, select 3:2p pulldown
and set fixed frame rate to 59.94 fps.
Enables the automatic insertion of I-frames (reference frames), when new
scenes are detected. If this option is enabled, the encoded stream quality
and positioning precision are improved. Some options will be inaccessible if
the scene change detection mode (SCD) is disabled. Recommended for
permanent use.
Selects entropy (lossless) compression methods:

CAVLC – basic compression method of video stream

CABAC – more effective (about 15-20%) but needs more CPU
resources when encoding and decoding
The CABAC method is recommended.
Selects the model of resource optimization for more effective compression:

SAD – quick (is based on sum of absolute differences).

RDO - high-quality and high-effective model of resource optimization
(rate-distortion optimization).
Sets the number of reference frames that are used by searching blocks shifts.
The recommended value is 3 or 4.
Specifies the hypothetic rate of the encoded data streaming. It is
recommended to set high bitrate value (2-3 times greater than average
stream bitrate). Is relevant only to the variable bitrate (VBR) mode.
Specifies the video buffer size.
Specifies the initial CPB removal delay. Recommended value is 67500 (90000
clock units per 1 second).
Allows fixing the input and output frame rate values (for instance, when the
value specified in header is incorrect).
Specifies the method of aspect ratio setting. The following methods are
available:

picture aspect ratio

sample aspect ratio
Sets one of standard aspect ratio or specifies the custom aspect ratio.
Enables/disables the HRD model parameters writing into the encoded stream.
The HRD model maintenance is mandatory for the encoded stream
compatibility with various devices. And encoder tries to maintain the model,
even though the option is disabled.
Enables/disables the Access Unit delimiters (not obligatory) writing into the
encoded stream.
Enables/disables the Sequence End Code writing into the encoded stream.
Enables/disables the Closed Captions keeping (if CC are contained in the
input MPEG-2 or AVC/H.264 stream) in the output AVC/H.264 stream.
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6.3 MPEG-1/2 Video Encoder Advanced Settings
Figure 16.
MPEG-1/2 Video Encoder Advanced Settings
The following table describes MPEG-2 Video Encoder Advanced Settings controls.
Table 11.
MPEG-1/2 Video Encoder Advanced Settings Controls
Control
Intra DC Precision
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Specifies the effective precision of DC coefficients in intra coded macroblocks.

8 bits — base value for MPEG-1 video encoding

9/10 bits — it is recommended for MPEG-2 video encoding
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Control
Chroma Format
Description

11 bits — it is used only for MPEG-2 HL/HP encoding
The 10-bits precision is recommended to use.
Specifies the resolution of chrominance data.

4:2:0 — Half resolution in both dimensions (the most popular and
default for all presets including DVD)
Quantization Type
Scan Type
Intra VLC
Picture structure
Frame Sequence
Top Field First
Pulldown
Frame Rate
Scene Change Detection
Closed GOP
Adaptive GOP
VBV Size
Max rate
GOP header time
Start time
Closed Caption

4:2:2 — Valid for the MPEG-2 High and 4:2:2 Profiles only
Specifies the quantization scale type that is used for DCT coefficients quantization:

Linear — it is used by default for MPEG-1.

Non-linear — it is used by default for MPEG-2.
Specifies the scan pattern that defines the decoding order of variable length
coded DCT coefficients.

Alternate scan — it is considered to be better for interlaced video.

Zig-Zag scan — it suits better for progressive video.
Specifies which of the two variable length coding (VLC) tables is used for the
intra coded blocks:

Table 0 — it is used by default

Table 1 — it is optimized for MPEG-2 encoding with 0.3 - 0.6 bit/pixel.
Specifies the picture structure when interlaced video is encoded.
Specifies whether the frame sequence in MPEG-2 stream is interlaced
or progressive.
Specifies which of the two fields of the interlaced frame comes earlier - the
top (odd) field or the bottom (even) one.
Allows converting video with 24 fps to 30 fps. This conversion is performed
with special headers that are added to the stream. That is why the number of
frames is not changed in the stream.
Specifies the frame rate of the source file. Must be set before the
Pulldown mode activation.
Specifies the scene changing detection (SCD) algorithm. This flag
causes the Encoder to insert I-frames when new scenes are detected.
If this option is enabled (recommended), the encoded stream quality
and positioning precision are improved.
Enables the closed GOPs usage. If the feature is enabled, every frame is
located inside the GOP. It allows correct B-frame decoding during arbitrary
access to the stream data. The encoded video quality may become slightly
worse.
Enables the adaptive GOP structure. When the video complexity is very high,
the encoder decreases number of B-frames to increase the encoding quality.
Recommended for permanent use.
Specifies size of VBV buffer. If this parameter is equal to zero, the encoder
automatically calculates the required buffer size.
Specifies the maximum stream bitrate. It is set only in variable stream rate
mode.
Specifies the calculation method for the GOP header timestamps.
Specifies the first frame time (if timestamp values are calculated from the
frame number) or time shift relative to the PTS (if timestamp values are
calculated using the frame PTSs).
Enables the saving of closed caption data while transcoding from MPEG-2 and
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 streams into MPEG-2.
Pad Skipped Frames
Allows the encoder to detect gaps in the frame time stamps and
Write sequence_header in
Every GOP
Specifies whether the sequence_header is inserted into every GOP or just
once at the beginning of the stream. Note that this option must be enabled
for VCD, SVCD and DVD encoding.
Specifies whether the sequence_extension should be in every GOP. Some
devices have problems with playing SVCDs that are encoded with sequence
extensions.
insert the skipped frames (by duplication).
Write sequence_extension
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Control
Write
picture_display_extension
Write sequence_end_code
Description
Specifies whether the picture_display_extension should be in the video
stream.
Specifies whether the sequence_end_code should be added at the end of
the stream.
6.4 MPEG-4 Video Encoder Advanced Settings
Figure 17.
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The following table describes MPEG-4 Video Encoder Advanced Settings controls.
Table 12.
MPEG-4 ASP Video Encoder Advanced Settings Controls
Control
Scene change detection
Adaptive GOP
Max rate
Buffer size
Skip frames for VBV
compliance
Field order
Quantizer for I/P/B slice
in CQ mode
Quantization mode
Adaptive motion
estimation
Chroma motion
estimation
Use 4MV
Alternative vertical scan
Short header
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Enables/disables the scene change detection (SCD) mode. This feature causes
the Encoder to insert I-frames when new scenes are detected. If this option is
enabled (recommended), the encoded stream quality and positioning precision
are improved.
Enables/disables the adaptive GOP structure. When the video complexity is
very high, the encoder decreases number of B-frames to increase the encoding quality. Recommended for permanent use.
Specifies the maximal stream bitrate. Relevant only to the variable bitrate
(VBR) mode.
Specifies the video buffer size. If the value is equal to zero then the encoder
automatically calculates the required buffer size.
Enables the encoder to respect VBV buffer underflow restriction by producing
fake frame all block of which are skipped. Reduces quality while maintaining
VBV compliance. It is recommended to select this option, when encoded video
is intended for playback on particular devices (VBV model maintenance is
obligatory) or for network broadcasting (fixed bandwidth).
Specifies the order of fields in the encoded video stream.
Spesifies the quantizers for I-frames (reference frames), P-frames (predicted
frames) and B-frames (bidirectional predicted frames) in the CQ (Constant
Quantizer) mode.
Specifies the quantization scale type. During compression process the discrete
cosine transformation (DCT) is performed on video data. The DCT coefficients
are maked more coarse using division. The divisor is named quantizer.

H263 – fixed (constant) quantizer. The same quantizer is used for all
coefficients.

MPEG – non-linear quantizer. Higher frequencies (are responsible for
fine details) are usually quantized more coarsely (fewer values
allowed) than lower frequencies. It provides higher compression, while
video quality is degraded insignificantly.
Allows the encoder to improve output video quality, when interlaced stream is
encoded. The encoder checks which motion estimation mode (frame or field)
is more effective for each macro-block. The checking procedure decreases the
encoding speed. This option is useful, when quality is more significant than
speed. It is recommended to use for encoding of interlaced video with both
static (progressive mode provides better result) and dynamic (interlaced mode
is more suitable) scenes.
Enables the encoder to calculate motion vectors using the chromatic
components of picture. The more informative chromatic fields allow the more
efficient motion estimation. This option is useful, when quality is more
significant than speed.
Enables usage of blocks less than 16x16 in the motion estimation process. It
insreases the motion prediction accuracy. Recommended for use.
Enables the encoder to use alternative vertical scan instead of standard zigzag
scan. Provides more efficient grouping of video data before DCT and (as a
result) improves the quantization efficiency. This option is useful for pictures
with significant correlation of vertically aligned components (such as grouped
fields of interlaced video). It increases probability of long sequences of equal
quantized coefficients and consequently provides better compression. Does not
affect the encoding speed. It is recommended to use in interlaced video
encoding.
Provides compatibility of MPEG-4 Visual with the ITU-T H.263 video coding
standard. A lot of MPEG-4 specific features ( for example, B-frames) will be
disabled. Produced video stream will contain the H.263 FOURCC mark.
It is recommended to select this option, when encoded video is intended for
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Control
Description
playback on devices that support only H.263 standard (for example 3gp video
for iPod or mobile phones).
Enables insertion of VBV parameters into the encoded stream. Format of
MPEG-4 sequence header allows declaration of the VBV model parameters
(VBV buffer size, average bitrate) used in the video encoding process. The
parameters declaration is optional.
Enables insertion of GOV headers into the encoded stream. MPEG-4 video
stream can be devided into Groups Of VOPs (GOV). Every GOV starts with Iframe that optionally contains GOV and VOL headers. GOV header contains
the time stamp of group beginning and the group structure information. GOV
is named 'open' if it contains B-frames referring to frames from neighbour
groups. It is recommended to insert GOV headers into MPEG-4 video intended
for further editing.
Insert VBV parameters
Use GOV headers
VOL header for every IFrame
Enables insertion of VOL headers for every I-frame. The VOL header contains
the main parameters of encoded video stream that are needed for successful
video decoding. VOL headers repeated in the stream allow the video stream
decoding from any position (not only from the beginning). It is
recommended to insert VOL headers into MPEG-4 video intended for network
broadcasting. It is may be needed to turn the option off only when video
with very low bitrate and small GOV is encoded (VOL headers before every Iframe waste the low bitrate reserve taking it away from video data).
Custom aspect ratio
Allows the non-standard aspect ratio setting.
6.5 MPEG Multiplexer Advanced Settings
The MPEG multiplexer advanced settings allow the user both to adjust the multiplexing process
and to create multiprogram streams.
Figure 18.
Multiplexing Advanced Settings
Stream ID, Stream PES ID, Correct bitrate, Language and Shift are set separately for every
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track. Click the required parameter and type the value.
Other parameters are common for the whole stream.
The following table describes controls of the Multiplexing Advanced Settings dialog.
Table 13.
Multiplexing Advanced Settings Controls
Control
Transport Stream ID
PCR Interval
Use Padding
Required Bitrate
Stream ID
Stream PES ID
Correct Bitrate
Language
Shift (ms)
Description
This is a 16-bit field. It identifies the transport stream among other streams
over the network. The value is defined by the user (ISO/IEC 13818-1).
This option is available only for Transport Stream. Allows the user to specify
the time distance between two consecutive Program Clock Reference stamps.
Allows the stream expanding with padding packets to provide the specified
constant bitrate.
Sets the total bitrate of transport stream. If this value is not specified, the
stream bitrate is calculated as sum of bitrates of all multiplexed streams.
This is a 13-bit field that indicates the type of the packet payload data.
Specifies the type and number of elementary stream in Program Stream. In
Transport Stream it may be set to any valid value that correctly describes the
elementary stream type (defined in table 2-19 ISO/IEC 13818-1). In Transport
Stream elementary stream types are defined in Program Specific Information
(page 44 ISO/IEC 13818-1).
This option allows the user to specify the stream real bitrate, if the stream
declared bitrate is not correct.
Specifies language of audio or subtitle tracks.
Specifies time shift of the track beginning. Is used for elimination of
synchronization problems.
For multiprogram stream creation click multiplexing area to open the shortcut menu and select the
Create program command. By using this menu you can also delete or change the program
parameters.
To set Program number and Program id use the Program Parameters window. This window is
displayed when the program parameters are created or changed.
Figure 19.
Program Parameters
The following table describes Program Parameters controls.
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Table 14.
Program Parameters Controls
Control
Program Number
Program PMT ID
Description
This is a 13-bit field. It specifies the PID in Transport Stream. The value is
defined by the user and is selected from the available value list in accordance
with Table 2-4 (ISO/IEC 13818-1).
This is a 16-bit field. It specifies the program to which the program_map_PID
is applicable. If this is set to 0x0000, then the following PID reference will be
the network PID. For all other cases, the value of this field is defined by the
user. This field will not accept any single value more than once within one
version of the program association table. The program number may be used
as a designation for a broadcast channel, for example. (ISO/IEC 13818-1).
Note: A language code can be specified in the Language column. The code standard values are
described at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-2_codes
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7. Tools
7.1 Feature Viewer
All program features are realized with additional models that are enabled automatically. This tool
allows the user to view the program features and the relevant module states. To open Feature
Viewer press CTRL + F or select Tools/ Feature Viewer in the main menu.
Figure 20.
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Tools - Feature Viewer
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7.2 Advertisement Schedule Editor
Advertisement Schedule Editor allows the user to create a schedule file that contains information
about the advertisement inserting order into the conversion task. The schedule can describe
several advertisement trailers which must be shown at the specified time. To start Schedule
Editor press CTRL+R key combination or click Advertisement schedule editor on the Tools
menu. Set the required parameters in the Advertisement Schedule Editor window.
Figure 21.
Tools – Advertisement Schedule Editor
First, add files that must be further inserted as advertisement trailers. Click
and select an
advertisement file. Specify the inserting position (in seconds) for each advertisement trailer.
Figure 22.
Tools – Advertisement Parameters
Note: Advertisement files are supported only in AVI Uncompressed format. Audio must be in PCM
format. The advertisement parameters (frame rate and resolution) must be the same as the converted
video parameters. Otherwise, the advertisement trailer will be skipped.
7.3 Converter Studio Service Manager
Elecard Converter Studio allows the user to start the Watch Folder mode as Windows® service
without GUI. For it during the program installation you should register the Converter Studio
Service in the system, create special shortcuts for the service start and stop. The Converter Studio
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service can be used both in the local Watch Folder mode and in the network service control mode
(cluster node creation).
To use the service in the local Watch Folder mode, start Converter Studio, select the Converter
Studio Service... command from the Tools menu, set the required parameters in the open window
and close the program.
To start the service, click Start->All Programs->Elecard ->Elecard Converter Studio->Service>Start Service.
To stop the service, click Start->All Programs->Elecard ->Elecard Converter Studio->Stop
Converter Studio Service.
The service system parameters are available for adjustment via Contrl Panel->Administrative
Tools->Services.
Figure 23.
Converter Studio Service Manager
The following table describes Converter Studio Service Manager controls.
Table 15.
Converter Studio Service Manager Controls
Control
Description
User
Specifies the user.
Watch Subdirectories
Enables subdirectories search in the input folder.
Input Folder
Output Folder
Profile
Specifies the input folder for monitoring.
Specifies the output folder for saving encoded files.
Allows the user to select the most suitable profile from the list. The Profile set
contains the optimal parameters for encoding and provides creating of files
that are compatible with different hardware devices.
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Control
Description
Speed/Quality
Allows the adjustment of the encoding speed/quality ratio. The Fastest mode
is adjusted to the maximum encoding speed. And vice versa, the Highest
mode provides the maximum quality. The optimal speed/quality ratio is
provided with the Optimal mode.
Overwrite Existing Output
Files
Allows overwriting the existing files without confirmation when converting is
over.
For the correct work of Converter Studio Service as the cluster node it is necessary to add the
service to the Windows firewall exceptions. Start Control Panel->Windows Firewall, select the
Exceptions tab, and click the Add Program... button. Add program 'C:\Program
Files\Elecard\Elecard Converter Studio ProHD\csService.exe'.
Note: The simultaneous work of the Converter Studio Service and the program is not allowed.
7.4 Batch List Filter
The Batch list filter allows selecting files for conversion according to the specified parameters.
The filter is a very useful tool when the program works in the Watch Folder mode and there is no
need to convert all files in the folder.
To set the Batch list filter click
on the Batch List panel. You can also press CTRL+ALT+F
key combination or click Batch List Filter on the Tools menu. Set the required parameters in the
Batch List Filter window.
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Figure 24.
Tools – Batch List Filter
The following table describes the Batch List Filter controls.
Table 16.
Tools – Batch List Filter Controls
Control
Use Batch List Filter
File Size
Frame Size
Stream Type
Video Format
Audio Format
Description
Enables/Disables the Batch list filter according to the specified parameters.
Sets the Batch list filter according to the specified file size, in KB.
Sets the Batch list filter according to the specified video frame size. The filter
compares this size with one of standard sizes.
Sets the Batch list filter according to the stream type.
Sets the Batch list filter according to the video format.
Sets the Batch list filter according to the audio format.
7.5 Converter Studio Console
Converter Studio can be started as console application that supports both the single file
converting and the Watch Folder mode. More than one consoles can be started simultaneously.
The console binary file is located in the program installation folder. To start the console
application, click Start->Run... and type 'CMD'. In the open window type 'С:\Program
Files\Elecard\Elecard Converter Studio ProHD\csConsole.exe'.
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Figure 25.
Tools – Console Converter Studio
Command line allows the work mode selection and parameter settings. The command line format
is following:
csConsole.exe /mode -i “file” -o “file” -p “profile” [/additional
parameters]
where
/mode – Sets the application work mode:
/single – Single File mode
/watch – Watch Folder mode
-i «file» – Sets the path of input file in the Single File mode or the path of source folder in the
Watch Folder mode.
-iftp «path» – Sets the path to input FTP server in the Watch Folder mode.
-o «file» – Sets the path of output file in the Single File mode or the path of destination folder in
the Watch Folder mode.
-oftp «path» – Sets the path to output FTP server in the Watch Folder mode.
-p «profile» – Sets the name of profile.
-speedquality «name» – Specifies the speed mode of encoding with the selected profile. If the
parameter is not specified, the encoding is performed with the maximal quality and consequently
with the lowest speed .
/subdir — Enables scanning of subfolders in the source folder.
/overwrite — Allows overwriting of existing files.
-index_ext «name»— Specifies the default extension for index filename.
-prefix «name» — Specifies the output filename prefix (is added automatically).
-profile — Displays all available profiles.
/debug — Turns on the program debug logging.
/simple_log — Disables the statistical data logging during the encoding process.
To display the list of available profiles, start the console application with the /profiles parameter.
Command line samples:
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csConsole.exe /single -i "С:\input.mpg" -o "С:\output.mp4" -p "Sony
PSP" -speedquality "Optimal" -prefix "enc_" /overwrite
csConsole.exe /watch -i "С:\media_in" -o "С:\media_out" -p "Sony PSP" speedquality "Optimal" -prefix "enc_" /overwrite /subdir
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8. Converter Studio Preferences
To change the Elecard Converter Studio preferences, select Preferences in the program main
menu.
Figure 26.
Converter Studio Preferences
The following table describes Preferences controls.
Table 17.
Converter Studio Preferences Controls
Control
Use default Folder
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Allows the default output folder specification.
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Control
Index File Name Extension
Indexing Input Files
Priority
Resources
Output File Name Prefix
Overwrite Existing Output Files
Shutdown computer after
encoding
Sound after encoding
Show Hints
Show Save Batch List Dialog on
Exit
Auto Loading of Last Batch List
Confirm Rewriting of Tasks
Check the Encoder Settings
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Description
Specifies the default index file name extension.
Creates the index file before opening MPEG files. The indexing is used
to determine the valid file duration and to improve positioning
precision. It is preferable to enable this option by encoding the
selected parts of the file and by the Chapter Points setting.
Sets the converting process priority.
Specifies the resources for task execution:
 This computer — local task execution. Cluster is not used.
 Cluster nodes — remote task execution.удаленное
выполнение задач. The tasks from list are distributed among
the available nodes. The main computer is used only for the
nodes control.
 This computer and cluster nodes — distributed computing.
The tasks from list are distributed among the available
computers (cluster nodes and the main computer).
Sets an additional prefix that is automatically added to the name of the
output file.
Allows the existing files overwriting without confirmation.
Allows the computer shutdown, when all of the tasks from task list are
completed.
Enables beep notification of the task list completion.
Allows the hints displaying for all GUI elements.
Enables opening the Save Batch List dialog to save the Batch list in
case the Batch list was changed and not saved.
Enables the loading of the saved Batch list when Converter Studio is
started. If this option is disabled, the initial Batch list is empty.
If this option is enabled the program sends the warning message in
case the task already exists in the Batch list.
Allows checking encoder preferences and sending a message with
detail description in case of errors.
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9. Cluster Node Installation and
Adjustment
When the program is installed, the Converter Studio Service is registered in the system and the
service control shortcuts are created. For the correct work of Converter Studio Service as the
cluster node it is necessary to add the service to the Windows firewall exceptions. Start Control
Panel->Windows Firewall, select the Exceptions tab, and click the Add Program... button. Add
program 'C:\Program Files\Elecard\Elecard Converter Studio ProHD\csService.exe'.
Adjust the service system parameters via Contrl Panel->Administrative Tools->Services.
To start the service, click Start->All Programs->Elecard ->Elecard Converter Studio->Service>Start Service.
To stop the service, click Start->All Programs->Elecard ->Elecard Converter Studio->Stop
Converter Studio Service.
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10. Hot Keys
Table 18.
Key Combination
CTRL+O
CTRL+M
CTRL+D
CTRL+ALT+S
CTRL+SHIFT+S
CTRL+ALT+O
CTRL+ALT+X
CTRL+ALT+С
CTRL+W
CTRL+S
CTRL+R
CTRL+ALT+F
CTRL+F
CTRL+I
CTRL+P
CTRL+A
F1
F5
F6
F7
F8
F9
F11
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Hot Keys
Command
Open Media File..
Open Media Files...
Open DVD...
Save Batch List
Save Batch List as...
Load Batch List
Clear Batch List
Delete Completed Task(s)
Watch Folder Mode
Converter Studio Service
Advertisement Schedule Editor
Batch List filter
Features Viewer
Index the media file of the current task
Preferences...
Select all tasks in the Batch List
Converter Studio Help
Display Preview panel
Display Batch List panel
Display Profiles panel
Display Messages panel
Display Cluster panel
Display Statistics panel
Set the start position for the transcoding process
Set the stop position for the transcoding process
Add Chapter Point
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