Cambria FTC

Scalable Transcoding Software for Professional Video Distribution

Cambria FTC imports and exports widely used professional digital video formats, including H.264, MPEG-2, DNxHD and HEVC.

EXCEPTIONAL VIDEO QUALITY

  • Use high-quality codecs such as x264
  • NTT-AT H.264
  • NTT-ATT HEVC
  • Pegasys MPEG-2
  • Avid DNxHD

  • Superior motion adaptive deinterlacer, smart frame rate converter, video resolution scaler
  • Automatic scaling mode for optimal output quality

  • Lossless video and audio pass-through
  • 10-bit support for most video formats and filters



SUPERIOR TRANSCODING SPEED

  • Faster-than-real-time encoding speed for H.264
  • Video and audio pass-through support while trimming or changing container

  • Optimized deinterlacer, frame rate converter, video resolution scaler for faster processing time

  • Growing source file support – transcode while source is copying or being moved



FLEXIBLE WORKFLOW SOLUTION

  • Automatic target setting based on source file settings, such as same as source for resolution, frame rate, and interlacing aspect ratio

  • Change encoding settings based on source file properties
  • Separate out multiple audio tracks from video

  • REST API support
  • Watch Folder support



Engine Features

Deinterlacing, Scaling, Frame Rate Conversion – Cambria FTC performs high-quality, multiframe, motion-adaptive deinterlacing. It can adjust playback speed with audio pitch correction when necessary, as in 24p to 50i conversion. Its content-adaptive frame conversion minimizes stuttering, and an automatic scaling algorithm helps produce optimal visual quality.

A Future-proof Engine – Cambria FTC already supports 8K, 12-bit, and HDR. It also supports 64-bit processing for major codecs.

Video/Audio Rewrapping and Pass-through – Change containers and trim without re-encoding; pass-through AC-3 audio while preserving metadata; or normalize audio without touching the video.

Automatic Target Setting – Cambria FTC can automatically set target settings based on properties of the source file, such as automatically preserving the resolution, frame rate, interlacing, and aspect ratio of the original.

Timecode Support – Segment sources based on embedded timecode.

Handles Audio and Captions – The Multitrack Engine handles each audio and metadata track as its own entity. Normalize each audio track separately and add multiple closed caption files for different languages.

Source-adaptive Bitrate Ladder - Automatically adjust the bitrate ladder used for DASH, HLS, or Smooth Streaming based on the encoding complexity of the source video.



Workflow Features

Scriptable Workflows – Cambria FTC helps create intelligent workflows by supporting scripts that automatically set transcoding options (for encoding, filters, etc.) based on the properties of the source.

Example workflows:

  • Encode to same resolution as the source, and adjust bitrate based on resolution.
  • Encode to same frame rate as the source, or exactly half the frame rate if greater than 30 fps.
  • Don’t encode to any MPEG DASH resolution greater than source resolution.
  • Pass through audio if source contains AC-3 data. Otherwise, encode source to AC-3.
  • Burn in subtitle text file to matching source files by same base file names.

Watch Folder – The Cambria Watch Folder automates batch transcoding jobs. Define your presets for a Watch Folder and simply drop a file on it to start converting automatically. The Watch Folder also supports post-conversion tasks such as FTP/network retrieval and notification via email.

Multi-file Workflows – Watch Folders can be configured to look for a group of files, for example, an MP4, XML, and PNG file with the same base filename. Using a workflow script, you could combine these assets automatically. Two examples:

  • Transcode an MP4 file adding a PNG overlay, use the XML file to define in/out source timecode, and transform other attributes into output metadata XML.
  • Specify groups and scripts to combine video with additional languages in separate WAV files and closed caption files.

Source Analysis and Preset Creation – Inspect the properties of a video file and generate an encoding preset. Resolution, codecs, bitrate, and other information such as Transport Stream PIDs and repeat rates are set to generate a file matching the analysis report.

Growing File Support – When using certain video formats, Watch Folders can begin transcoding while the source file is being written or captured to disk.

Modern REST API – Transcoding jobs and resources can be easily controlled through an API. Cambria FTC’s REST architecture is similar to popular APIs such as Facebook or Twitter and is familiar to developers.

Urgent Job – Label a time-sensitive job in the queue as urgent, and each Cambria FTC workstation will open an extra slot for transcoding. Urgent jobs run at a higher priority for processing power, effectively pulling CPU resources away from other operations without the need to manually pause and later resume other jobs.



Video and audio filters

Audio Normalizer – Cambria FTC includes an audio normalizer for EBU R128 compliance.

Black Frame/Color Bar Removal Filter – Allows users to automatically remove black frames and color bars during transcoding.

Third-party Plug-in Filter – Cambria FTC allows third-party software makers to integrate plug-ins with a simple SDK. Plug-ins only process the video frames; decoding, encoding, and muxing is done by Cambria FTC. The WPF user interface for plug-ins makes them look and feel like a native software function.

EZTitle Subtitles Plug-in – The EZTitle plug-in works seamlessly within Cambria FTC. Burn in or embed closed captions in EIA608, EIA708, DVB, or teletext format. Embed multiple languages as separate caption tracks as well.

Audio Speed Adjustment – Speed up video playback while preserving audio pitch to squeeze in more commercials.

Property Changer – Users have the ability to overwrite the aspect ratio, frame mode, and frame rate of source files.

Black Segment Remover – Automatically removes the black segment included in a source file while transcoding.

Color Bars Remover – Automatically removes color bars included in source file while transcoding.

Other Filters – Colors Control, Color Range Adjustment, 601/709 Correction, Denoiser, Temporal, Logo, Text Burn-in, Teletext Burn-in, DVB Subtitle Burn-in, XML ttilter, DVD Subtitle Burn-in, Subtitle Burn-in, Closed Caption Burn-in, SST, Timecode Burn-in, Timecode Overwrite, DVD Makers, Volume Adjustment, Audio Surround to Stereo, Audio Compressor, Audio Delay



Import File Formats

INPUT FORMAT

CONTAINER

VIDEO CODEC

AUDIO CODEC

Flash Video F4V H.264 MPEG-2 AAC
Linear PCM
Generic MP4 MP4
H.264 MPEG-2 AAC
Linear PCM
HEVC MPEG-2 AAC
Linear PCM
Generic TS MPEG-2 TS
H.264 MPEG-2 AAC
MPEG-1 Layer 2
AES3
Linear PCM
MPEG-2 MPEG-2 AAC
MPEG-1 Layer 2
AES3
Linear PCM
HEVC MPEG-2 AAC
MPEG-1 Layer 2
AES3
Linear PCM
Generic PS  
MPEG-2 PS
 
 
 
MPEG-1 PS
 
MPEG-2
 
MPEG-2 AAC
MPEG-1 Layer 2
MPEG-1 MPEG-1 AAC
MPEG-1 Layer 2
DVD VOD MPEG-2 Linear PCM
HDV MPEG-2 TS MPEG-2 MPEG-2 Layer 2
Capella Intermediate INTERIM
Uncompressed Linear PCM
H.264 Linear PCM
Panasonic P2 MXF
DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD Linear PCM
AVCI 50, AVCI 100 Linear PCM
IEC DV25 Linear PCM
MOV MOV
DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD Linear PCM
AAC
Uncompressed Linear PCM
AAC
DV25 Linear PCM
AAC
ProRes 422 Linear PCM
AAC
HEVC Linear PCM
AAC
Sony XDCAM MXF
DVCAM (DV25) Linear PCM
IMX (MPEG-2) Linear PCM
MPEG-2 HD Linear PCM
AVCHD MPEG-2 TS H.264 Linear PCM
AVI AVI
Grass Valley HQ Linear PCM
Microsoft DV Linear PCM
Uncompessed Linear PCM
Windows Media WMV Windows Media Video Windows Media Video
Sony XDCAM-EX MP4 MPEG-2 Linear PCM
MKV MKV H.264 MPEG-2 AAC
RealMedia Variable Bitrate RMVB RealVideo RealAudio
Sony XAVC MXF XAVC H.264, Intra/Long GOP Linear PCM
Avid DNxHD MXF, MOV DNxHD Linear PCM
JPEG2000 MP4, MOV, MXF JPEG2000 Linear PCM
MPEG-2 AAC

INPUT FORMAT

IMAGE FORMAT

Still Image DPX, TIFF, TGA, BMP, JPG

Export File Formats

*options

OUTPUT FORMAT

CONTAINER

VIDEO CODEC

AUDIO CODEC

Generic TS MPEG-2 TS H.264
H.264 (x264)* (inc 4k)
MPEG-2
HEVC (inc 4k/8k)
Passthrough
AAC
MPEG
AES3
AC-3*
Linear PCM
Passthrough
Generic PS MPEG-2 PS
 
 
MPEG-1 PS
 
 
MPEG-2
Passthrough
 
MPEG
Passthrough
Linear PCM
MPEG-1
 
 
MPEG
Passthrough
 
Elementary Streams Elementary Streams H.264
H.264 (x264)* (inc4k)
DVCPROHD
DV
MPEG-2 IMX
MPEG-2
MPEG-1
Uncompressed Video
AVC-Intra

HEVC* (inc 4k/8k)
Passthrough
AAC
AC-3*
MPEG
Passthrough
Linear PCM
Generic MP4 MP4 H.264
H.264 (x264)* (inc4k)
MPEG-2 IMX

HEVC* (inc 4k/8k)
Passthrough
DNxHD*
MPEG-2
MPEG-2 XDCAM HD
AAC
Passthrough
Linear PCM
Flash Video F4V H.264
H.264 (x264)* (inc4k)
Passthrough
ACC
Passthrough
Linear PCM
MOV MOV H.264
H.264 (x264)* (inc4k)
HEVC* (inc 4k/8k)
MPEG-2 IMX
MPEG-2
DVCPRO HD
DV
Uncompressed Video
ProRes
DNxHD*
Passthrough
Linear PCM
Windows Media WMV Windows Media Video Windows Media Video
Canopus HQ AVI1 AVI Canopus HQ Linear PCM
ProRes MOV ProRes Linear PCM

OUTPUT FORMAT

IMAGE FORMAT

Still Image TIFF, PNG, BMP, JPG

OPTIONAL Export File Formats

*options

OUTPUT FORMAT

CONTAINER

VIDEO CODEC

AUDIO CODEC

Broadcast Export Package **Required to purchase x264 license and x264 4:2:2 10bit license
Sony XDCAM MXF XDCAM
DVCAM
MPEG-2 IMX
MPEG-2 HD (4:2:0, 4:2:2)
Passthrough
Linear PCM
Sony XAVC MXF AVC-Intra
Require x264 10-bit license*
Linear PCM
Avid DNxHD MP4, MOV, MXF DNxHD Linear PCM
JPG2000 MMXF, ES JPG2000 Linear PCM
Streaming Output Package
HTTP Streaming Multiple MPEG-2 TS H.264 (x264)
HEVC
AAC
MPEG-DASH Multiple MP4 H.264 (x264)
HEVC
Multiple Audio Streams
Microsoft Smooth Streaming Multiple MP4 H.264 (x264) Multiple Audio Streams

1. Separate module installation necessary for Grass Valley HQ file export

test / benchmark machine

CPU 2x Intel Xeon CPU E5-2640 v3 @ 2.60GHz
Memory 64 GB RAM
Operating System Windows Server 2012 R2
System Drive Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
Capella File Convert Version v3.4

H.264 SPEED VS. QUALITY

Source is MPEG-2 TS 1080p30
Target Codec
Avg. CPU Utilization Encoding speed
H.264 1080p30 (Fast Settings)
72% 4.74x RT
H.264 1080p30 (Balanced Settings)
62% 3.51x RT
H.264 1080p30 (High Quality Settings)
64% 3.18x RT

Basic

Source is MPEG-2 TS 1080p30
Target Codec
Avg. CPU Utilization Encoding speed
MP4 H.264 1080p30 *
64% 3.18x RT
Flash Video H.264 FLV 1080p30 *
64% 3.18x RT
QuickTime H.264 MOV 1080p30 *
64% 3.18x RT
MPEG-2 PS 1080p30
42% 4.74x RT
ProRes MOV 1080p30
66% 4.25x RT

Broadcast

Source is MPEG-2 TS 1080p29.97
Target Codec
Avg. CPU Utilization Encoding speed
Sony XDCAM HD MXF 1080i29.97
40% 4.10x RT
Sony XAVC AVC-Intra 100 MXF 1080i29.97
31% 1.47x RT
Avid DNxHD 220 MXF 1080i29.97
26% 4.84x RT

Streaming

Source is MPEG-2 TS 1080p30
Target Codec
Avg. CPU Utilization Encoding speed
HLS Streaming H.264 (1080/720/480/240)
95% 2.03x RT
MPEG-DASH, H.264 (1080/720/480/240)
95% 2.02x RT
Microsoft Smooth Streaming (1080/720/480/240)
95% 2.03x RT

HEVC

Source is ProRes 422 2160p30
Target Codec
Avg. CPU Utilization Encoding speed
HEVC TS 1080p30
42% 0.56x RT
HEVC TS 4Kp30
68% 0.25x RT

PASSTHROUGH VIDEO AND PASSTHROUGH AUDIO

Source is MPEG-2 TS 1080p30 (H.264)
Target Codec
Avg. CPU Utilization Encoding speed
MP4 H.264 1080p30
4% 30.25x RT

PASSTHROUGH VIDEO / NORMALIZE AUDIO

Source is ProRes 1080p30
Target Codec
Avg. CPU Utilization Encoding speed
ProRes MOV 1080p30
4% 21.82x RT

SOURCES

HD; MPEG-2 TS; MPEG-2 Video 50 Mbps, 1920x1080, 30fps, 16:9, Progressive
HD; MPEG-2 TS; MPEG-2 Video 50 Mbps , 1920x1080, 29.97fps, 16:9, Interlaced
HD; MPEG-2 TS; H.264 Video 8 Mbps, 1920x1080, 30fps, 16:9, Progressive
HD; ProRes 422 HQ; ProRes, 1920x1080, 30fps, 16:9, Progressive
4K; ProRes 422 HQ; ProRes, 3840x2160, 30fps, 16:9, Progressive
4K; ProRes 422 Standard; ProRes, 3840x2160, 60fps, 16:9, Progress

*Sources and Targets read and written to the same hard drive (Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB)

*Broadcast Targets tested with interlaced 29.97fps sources

*CPU Utilization is the measure of the approximate CPU load during a single transcoding job.Cambria File Convert can run multiple transcoding jobs concurrently. Multiple jobs that havelower CPU Utilization can be run concurrently to improve overall transcoding throughput.

*Encoding speed is measured as a factor of real-time (RT). Example: A measurement of 3.00x RT means that the transcoding job will process 3x faster than real-time, a 30 minute source will take 10 minutes to finish encoding to the target.

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