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Pandoras Box Servers up to Version 4.5 ship with the Mainconcept MPEG Encoder that allows to transcode most AVI and Quicktime as well as WMV files to Mpeg1 or 2 in both SD, HD or custom resolution.

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An extensive help file is provided with the encoder. The easy steps to encode SD or

HD files are explained below.

SD - PAL/NTSC Encoding

To start encoding, please open the Mainconcept Encoder from the Start menu.

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Click on the “Open…” button in the video source section to load your source file that you want to encode. You may also drag and drop a file from a directory directly into this section.

Choose “MPEG2” as MPEG type and - depending on the format - choose NTSC or PAL. If your source file contains any audio that should be encoded, use Program (Audio and Video) or Elementary Video to encode Video only.

Then click on details to set up the advanced features of the encoder.

PLEASE NOTE:

FOR SYNCHRONIZED NETWORK PLAYBACK, ALL FILES MUST BE ENCODED AS ELEMENTARY VIDEO ONLY!

Then click on details to set up the advanced features of the encoder.

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In the detailed settings you will need to set the field encoding to “Progressive Frame”.

The video resolution can be set in width and height.

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In the Video Settings tab of the advanced menu make sure to set the frame rate aspect-ratio according to the source file.
It is important to set the bit rate type to constant bit rate and choose a bit rate between 6000-8000 kbp/s.

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Click on the “Advanced Video Settings” tab and make sure that both profile and level ID are set to main, all other parameters should be set to default.

Now return to the main menu by clicking “OK”.

To launch the encoder, click in the main user interface on “Convert”

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HD - PAL/NTSC Encoding

Compared to SD, the HD encoding requires both the profile and level ID to be set to high.

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With these settings, resolutions above 768x576 can be accessed and configured.

It is recommended to start further reading in the Mainconcept Encoder manual for more in-depth details.

PLEASE NOTE:

FOR SYNCHRONIZED NETWORK PLAYBACK, ALL FILES MUST BE ENCODED AS ELEMENTARY VIDEO ONLY!

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For HD playback, you may choose a constant bit rate of 10000-20000 kbp/s.

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Before you leave the advanced mode, check the target resolution as well as field

encoding and frame rate.