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Leading the way in speed, quality and ease of use

Telestream’s Episode Encoder is a powerful, easy-to-use, cross-platform desktop media encoding application for Mac and PC. It offers the highest quality and fastest encoding for content repurposing and distribution to new media channels: Web, DVD and portable devices including iPod, iPhone and other mobile phones. Episode Encoder brings you ultimate encoding power, and a rich feature set to control your media.

Ultimate Quality and Format Support

Episode Encoder is the future-proof solution that offers extensive support for current and emerging video and audio file formats, including HD resolutions in and out. Optimized codecs, filters and extensive fine-tuning compression capabilities allow you to generate the highest-quality media files. Episode Encoder includes Flash 9 and Flash 8 (VP6s, VP6e), Windows Media, H.264, MPEG-1/-2/-4, VC-1, DV, 3GPP/2, M4A, MOV, other QuickTime codecs and more.



Episode Encoder Pro adds support for high-end professional formats, such as GXF, MXF (XDCam), H.264 High Profile, DVCPRO HD (with Apple’s Final Cut Pro), Transport Stream, mobile multi-bit rate and more.

Ease-of use

The intuitive user interface gives you complete hands-on control of the encoding process. Choose from a wide range of predefined encoding settings designed by experts, or create your own custom ones. With the powerful preview window you can analyze your settings results before encoding. Set up watch folders to let Episode Encoder automatically encode files that are dropped into them. On the Mac platform, integration* with Apple’s Compressor 3 allows jobs to be submitted directly from the Final Cut Pro timeline. This adds immediate access from Final Cut Pro to virtually every video file format available.



Episode Encoder is the scalable solution that grows with your media workflow needs. Scale up from Episode Encoder to Episode Encoder Pro and get advanced professional formats and increased capacity with unlimited batch processing. From either Episode Encoder or Episode Encoder Pro the upgrade path to Telestream’s Episode Engine* provides server-based solutions with faster, high-volume job processing for time-critical workflows.

Ingest using Telestream’s Pipeline


Capture video into Episode Encoder in real time with Telestream’s Pipeline in one single workflow. Pipeline is a network-based capture device that supports scheduled record of live feeds, log and capture from tape, or manual record. Material is ingested directly into the batch, ready to be encoded by Episode Encoder.



• Batch – process in the background; prioritize encoding and add files and settings to the batch while running; edit jobs; create MBR jobs; set CPU priority and memory usage; create bookmarks to source folders; copy and paste settings onto multiple sources. Limited to 25 jobs. (unlimited in Pro)

• Watch folder support – drop a file into a specified folder for automated encoding

• Preview – A/B comparison, auto-update, dynamic frame preview, bitrate analysis*, play functionality

• More than 500 professional settings templates – for ease-of-use. No compression knowledge needed.

• Settings manager – to create your custom settings • Support for up to 16 audio channels – channel mapping filter for 16 channels included.

• Scalable to Episode Engine* server-based solution

• Bumpers and trailers – add intro and outro movies to your content

• Picture-in-Picture – add a picture, animation or a movie as a watermark

• Support for metadata

• Closed captions – Pass-through of EIA-608 and EIA-708 in ATSC A/53, SCTE- 20 and VBI in-band Closed Captions when encoding MPEG-2 video; conversion of NTSC-CC types including VBI in-band to EIA-608 or SCTE-20

• Support for alpha channels

• Advanced deinterlace filters – produce the best possible progressive output even when the source material has been edited and cut

• Full field order handling

• 2-pass encoding – (H.264, WMV, MPEG2/4, H.263) for maximum quality

• Hinting (streaming) – according to IETF, ISMA and 3GPP

• Resizing and resampling algorithms – give the best quality for small-screen, low-bandwidth display devices and when upscaling from SD to HD

• Automatic input format detection – video codec, audio codec, color sampling, frame rate, pixel aspect, audio sampling

• Frame-rate conversion – NTSC to/from PAL: 3:2 pulldown, 2:3 pulldown

• Inverse telecine – even when the source material has been edited and cut

• Fully configurable advanced color preprocessing filters – (black and white restoration, HSV and gamma correction, noise removal, image sharpening…)

• Pipeline integration* – capture video directly to your encoding batch

• Advanced audio filtering – including normalize, balance, fade in/out...

Pro adds:

• Unlimited batch processing

• High-end professional formats

• Support for Flip4Mac MXF import components

Output Formats

Episode Encoder provides superior format support for Web, Mobile, Apple TV, iPod, PSP, DVD, IPTV and Broadcast. For example:

• Web: Flash 9 (H.264) Flash 8 (VP6s, VP6e) Windows Media 9 (VC-1, WMA Pro, WMV, Intellistream MBR) H.264 QuickTime formats

• Streaming / Mobile: 3GPP, 3GPP2, MP4 (MPEG-4, H264, AMR, AAC) Windows Media 9

• Apple TV: H.264 • iPod/iPhone: H.264, MPEG-4, AAC • IPTV: MPEG-2

• DVD and Blue-Ray: MPEG-2

• Audio only: AAC, MP3, WMA

Pro adds:

• Editing / Post Production: Apple ProRes 422*, DNX HD*

• IPTV/Video On Demand: MPEG-2 (CableLabs) transport streams, H.264 transport streams, VC-1

• Streaming / Mobile: MP4 (HE-AAC)

• Broadcast: Windows Media 9 (WMA Pro surround sound) GXF, MXF (XDCam), AMC Transport Streams (.ts), 3GPP multi bitrate





Latest News

Telestream NASCAR Project Wins IBC2012 Innovation Awards

Nevada City and San Jose, California, September 10, 2012 - Telestream®, a leading provider of video transcoding and workflow solutions, and Quantum, a global expert in data protection and big data management, today announced that the NASCAR video capture and replay project incorporating technology from both companies won the prestigious IBC2012 Innovation Award in the Content Management category. Telestream developed the video capture and replay system for NASCAR’s high-speed sports officiating. The award recognized NASCAR and its project partners, including Quantum for its StorNext data management software and CineSys for its disk storage.

“It is an honor for the NASCAR project to be recognized by the IBC,” said Barbara DeHart, vice president of marketing at Telestream. “The new race control system would not have been possible without the collective efforts of NASCARProductions, along with the Telestream, Quantum and CineSys teams. Together, we were able to bring high-quality capture and replay into the race-day operations of one of the most exciting sports around.”

In the fast-paced world of NASCAR racing, where broadcasts reach more than 150 countries, video also plays a key role in controlling NASCAR races. The new race control system is based on Telestream’s Pipeline HD hardware encoder and a new, high-performance, multi-clip Pipeline Replay application.  The scalable, file-based system provides instant capture and synchronous display of 18 high definition (HD) camera feeds, enabling instant access, search, and analysis of an entire race event.

“The instant replay system that Telestream has provided NASCAR this season has enabled our officials to perform their jobs in an even more efficient and time-sensitive manner,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition. “Having instant access to that many camera angles featuring such high-quality video has been a terrific addition to our race weekends.”

The race control system utilizes high-speed StorNext File System software from Quantum to provide simultaneous access of video content, including the ability to rewind and read while continuing to write from 18 HD cameras. CineSys provided on-site infrastructure, architecture, installation, and technical assistance.

”We are pleased to have been selected by Telestream to participate in this important project, and it is especially gratifying to be recognized in this prestigious award. StorNext’s robust file sharing software is fine-tuned to address the high-performance streaming needs that accompany higher resolution video. Because of our collaboration, these combined technologies are greatly improving the accuracy of race monitoring and enhancing the experience for millions of NASCAR fans,” said Janae Stow Lee, senior vice president, File System and Archive Product Group at Quantum.

The award was presented at the IBC2012 Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, September 9 at the RAI in Amsterdam. IBC is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. The Innovation Awards recognize collaboration and those who push the boundaries. Telestream is exhibiting at IBC in stand 7.D16, and Quantum is exhibiting in stand 7.G30.

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