Vitec MGW ACE Hardware Encoder

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MGW ACE Hardware Encoder



H.264 H.265 High Efficiency Video CodingMGW Ace is the world’s first H.265 & H.264 hardware encoder in a professional-grade, low footprint, compact streaming appliance. With real-time 100% hardware HEVC compression, MGW Ace enables users to stream broadcast quality 1080p video with up to 50% bandwidth savings compared to today’s H.264 standards.
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From live News Broadcasting in the field, Point-to-Point contribution of HD video, live streaming from or within Sports Venues to distribution of mission-critical Military Imagery – MGW Ace makes it more efficient than ever to deliver the highest quality IPTV streams over satellite links, private networks and over the internet.

MGW Ace features a wide range of inputs including HD-SDI, SDI, HDMI, DVI and Composite, user-intuitive web management software with full control of all H.265 compression settings. A secondary hardware based MPEG4-H.264 chip offers the ability to stream H.264 video in parallel to the network-efficient HEVC to support legacy systems.

The portable HEVC encoder features low power consumption compared to software-based HEVC encoders running on large multi-CPU servers. MGW Ace makes it possible to take next generation HEVC encoding from the server rooms into the field for Broadcast applications with easy integration to transport cases, TV trucks, portable cases, vehicles and aircraft.

MGW Ace is the most advanced Situational Awareness video streaming system. With KLV / STANAG military metadata support, MGW Ace enables Government and Military entities to dramatically reduce network bandwidth utilization while delivering higher video quality for any Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission.


  • Satellite News Gathering and Field Broadcasting
  • Streaming Situational Awareness and FMV content across LANs and WANs
  • Point-to-Point video contribution with low delay
  • Intelligence Security and Surveillance (ISR) video from ground and airborne vehicles
  • Full HD 1080p monitoring and Command and Control
  • Encoding and multicasting High-Res HDMI / DVI / Computer sources
  • Sharing PC Screen views over IP with local and remote users
  • Streaming Full Motion Video to Desktop, TV and Mobile Devices over bandwidth-limited pipes


Video Inputs Audio Inputs
  • 1 x 3G/HD-SDI/SD-SDI/Composite CVBS (SMPTE 259M-C, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 274M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 424M, SMPTE 425M)
  • 1 x HDMI v1.3 (support for HDCP and non-HDCP protected sources)
  • 1 x DVI-I (analog & digital)
  • Input Resolutions / frame rates:
    • 1920x1080p @ 85, 75, 60, 59.94, 50, 30, 29.97, 25, 23.976 Hz
    • 1920x1080i @ 60, 59.94, 50 Hz
    • 1600x1200p @ 85, 60, 50 Hz
    • 1400x1050p @ 60 Hz
    • 1400xx900p @ 60, 50 Hz
    • 1366x768p @ 60, 50 Hz
    • 1280x800p @ 60, 50 Hz
    • 1280x1024p @ 60, 50 Hz
    • 1280x768p @ 60, 50 Hz
    • 1024x768p @ 60, 50 Hz
    • 1280x720p @ 60, 59.94, 50, 30, 29.97, 25 Hz
    • 800x600p @ 60, 50 Hz
    • 720x480p @ 59.94 Hz
    • 720x480i @ 59.94 Hz
    • 720x576p @ 50 Hz
    • 720x576i @ 50 Hz
  • 1 x SDI Embedded audio
  • 1 x HDMI Embedded audio
  • 1 x Analog unbalanced stereo audio, AC-coupled (RCA Female)
  • 1 x Balanced analog stereo audio (XLR)
Video Output – HEVC (H.265) Video Output – MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • MPEG-H HEVC (ISO/IEC 23008-2)
  • Modes:
    • Main Profile Level 4.1 (4:2:0 8-bits)
    • Main 4:2:2 Profile Level 4.1 (4:2:0 and 4:2:2 8-bits)
  • Bit Rate: 100 Kbps – 30Mbps
  • Frame Rate: 10-60 fps.
  • Down sampling modes: quarter, third, half, three quarters
  • Bit Rate Regulation Modes: Constant (CBR), Variable (VBR)
  • Output Resolutions: Configurable from CIF up to 1920×1080
  • Encoding Latency: 75 Milliseconds
  • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (ISO\IEC 14496-10 MPEG-4 AVC – Rec. ITU-T H.264)
  • Modes:
    • Baseline Profile L3
    • Main Profile L3 and L4
    • High Profile L4 and L4.2
  • Bit Rate: 100 Kbps – 14 Mbps
  • Frame Rate: 5-60 fps.
  • Down sampling modes: fifth, quarter, third, half, three quarters
  • Bit Rate Regulation Modes: Constant (CBR), Variable (VBR)
  • Output Resolutions: Configurable from CIF up to 1920×1080
  • Encoding Latency: 65 milliseconds (TurboVideo™ mode)
Audio Output Network Protocols
  • MPEG-4 AAC-LC (ISO/IEC 14496-3), MPEG-1 L2
  • Stereo and mono modes
  • Bit Rate: 32Kbps – 256Kbps in Stereo, 16Kbps – 128Kbps in Mono
  • Sampling Rate: 16 kHz – 48 kHz
  • Output Streams:
    • UDP TS
    • RTP TS
    • RTSP
    • RTP TS with ProMPEG forward Error Correction (SMPTE 2022)
  • Peripheral:
Management Security
  • Secure Web based remote management interface (HTTPS)
  • Dashboard with dynamically updating I/O signal detection and streaming stats
  • SSH interface with “get/set” or XML API for integration with 3rd party control software
  • Autostart mode recovers saved configuration after power cycle
  • Remote firmware and software upgrade capability via browser and command line
  • System and channel event logging
  • Hardware push-button for restoring unit to factory settings
  • Real-time AES encryption for video, audio and metadata. Interoperability with EZ TV and FITIS systems
  • Password-protected HTTPS and CLI control interfaces
Metadata Environmental
  • CoT over serial RS-232, KLV over IP, KLV over SDI (VANC per SMPTE 336M)
  • UAS Datalink Local Metadata Set (MISB STD 0601.5, STD 0902)
  • Time Stamping and Transport of Compressed Motion Imagery and Metadata (MISB STD 0604.2)
  • Cursor on Target (CoT) Conversions to Key-Length-Value (KLV) Metadata (MISB EG 0805)
  • Security Metadata Universal and Local Sets for Digital Motion Imagery (MISB STD 0102.8)
  • STANAG 4609 output stream over UDP/IP
  • Operating Temperatures: -20º C to +50º C (-4º F to 122º F)
  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
  • EMC Standards: FCC part 15 class B and CE
  • Designed to meet MIL-STD-810 and MIL STD-461 Criteria
  • Power: 28VDC, 45W Max
  • MTBF: Ground – 3.70 years. Airborne – 7.3 years (As per MIL-HDBK-217F)
Physical Advanced Features
  • Dimensions: 2.55″ H x 7.71″ W x 7.83″ D (65mm H x 196mm W x 199mm D)
  • Weight: 4.85lb (2.2Kg)
  • Enclosure: Industrial-grade
  • Status LED’s for power, network activity, Temperature and Fan Errors, streaming and video source indications
  • Mounting holes for seamless installation in vehicles / onto flat surfaces
  • Encode and stream single source in multiple formats (HEVC and H.264) to one or more destinations
  • Hardware based resolution and frame rate scaling
  • Motion-adaptive adjustment of bit-rate utilization during static scenes
  • ProMPEG Forward Error Correction
  • Automatically adjust encoding format when input source changes while streaming

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