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Next generation Cisco® AnyRes Live advanced, live standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) encoding solutions are redefining the online video experience. They offer best-in-class quality for live media delivery applications such as live sporting events and other web-streaming, broadband TV, IPTV, enterprise, education, or government video. This next-generation Cisco AnyRes Live encoder introduces increased output densities to support both SD and HD resolutions, delivering an exceptional live streaming experience on the latest end-user devices, including set-top boxes, smart TVs, gaming consoles, PCs, tablets, and mobile phones.

The robust, reliable Cisco AnyRes Live platform can stream in multiple formats to any device, including iPhone, iPad, feature phones, and smartphones. Cisco was the first to offer full support for, and continues to lead the market in, adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming, including Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) Smooth Streaming (HSS), and Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS). The Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300 can detect broadcast cue messages and translate critical ad metadata into ad markers appropriate for the Flash and Silverlight platforms as well as Apple iOS devices (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300 Workflow Example

Protect Your Infrastructure Investment

Cisco can help you protect your IP video infrastructure investment, even if you are streaming only in SD today. The Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300 provides the flexibility to support SD and HD from day one, with up to 16 discrete output resolutions and bit rates. As your streaming requirements change, this Cisco encoder is ready to deliver. Because it is multiformat from the start, you do not need to add appliances every time you add a format. The patent-pending Cisco AnyRes Live Core Software technology allows you to continue to upgrade your existing Cisco encoder with the latest and most innovative technologies.

Why Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300?

• Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300 offers full support for adaptive streaming, including Apple iPhone and iPad® streaming (HLS), Microsoft Smooth Streaming (HSS), and Adobe Dynamic Flash Streaming (HDS).

• This powerful and flexible platform can support a single SD or HD serial digital interface (SDI) source and output multiple formats from one appliance, while offering a range of SD and HD resolutions targeted at set-top boxes, smart TVs, gaming consoles, PCs, tablets, and mobile phones.

• Designed for easy setup and management, the web-based interface of the Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300 lets you control the encoder from any networked computer. Scheduling capabilities allow you to set up future one-time or recurring events, and an XML application programming interface (API) allows you, or third-party applications, to control the encoder with automated commands.

• To provide exceptional high-quality video, Cisco starts with a high-end video capture card, adds multiple preprocessing options and powerful Intel® Sandy Bridge eight-core processors, uses patent-pending dynamic complexity balancing, and exposes one of the most comprehensive lists of advanced compression settings. No other encoder allows you to customize your settings like this one.

• The Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300 supports multiple captioning and subtitling options, including open captions, closed captions, Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange (SAMI) captions, script streams, cue points, and Teletext. This flexibility gives you multiple ways to reach a broader base of users and meet government or corporate requirements.

Features of Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300

Table 1 provides the features and benefits of Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300.

Table 1. Features and Benefits of Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300



Latest Features

• Updated H.264 codec for market-leading video quality
• Adobe HDS, including Primetime Origin server support
• Nielsen ID3 support

Ultra-High Density

• Single SDI SD and HD input support
• Up to sixteen streams out
• Integrated linear time code (LTC) reader

Advertising and Monetization

• Automated ad insertion with play lists generated by playout servers
• Support for slate insertion to remove broadcast ads
• Capability to remonetize video with Internet ads for browser, mobile, and set-top box
• SCTE-104 support

Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR)

• Full support for ABR streaming:
• HTTP live streaming to iPhone and iPad
• Microsoft Smooth Streaming, including support for H.264 PlayReady digital rights management (DRM), supporting highly secure live publishing solutions
• Support for low-latency live Smooth Streaming and multilanguage Smooth Streaming
• Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming, including Closed Captioning, ad insertion and support for Primetime Origin server
• Added support for distribution format exchange profile (DFXP), providing industry- standard solutions for subtitling Smooth and Flash streams

Backup and Recovery

• Failover and redundancy options when paired with Linear Stream Manager(sold separately)
• Dual power supply's
• Automatic stream recovery following power loss

Specifications of Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300

Table 2 provides specifications of the Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300.

Table 2. Specifications of Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300



• NTSC and PAL


• HD-SDI: SMPTE 292/296 (BNC connector) and High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)


• SD-SDI: SMPTE 259 (BNC connector)
• Composite (through one locking BNC connector)
• Component (through three locking BNC connectors)
• S-Video (through two locking BNC connectors)


• Four stereo pairs over SDI embedded (BNC)
• Stereo balanced audio (through two locking XLR connectors)
• Audio Engineering Society and stereo through locking XLR


Windows Media

• Smooth Streaming to IIS server (H.264 and VC-1)
• H.264 PlayReady DRM including: BuyDRM, Vualto and Irdeto
• Windows Media 9 (WMV3): Simple and main profiles
• VC-1 (W VC1): Simple, main, and advanced profiles
• Windows Media Audio and Audio Professional
• VC-1 and Windows Media ASF file (.WMV)
• VC-1: Push or pull mode from encoder

H.264 Flash (Real Time Messaging Protocol [RTMP] and HDS)

• Dynamic Flash streaming to Flash Media server
• RTMP stream over TCP to Flash Media server
• HTTP Dynamic Streaming to Primetime Origin server
• H.264/AVC: Baseline, main, and high profiles
• AAC audio (low complexity, HE-AAC v1, and HE-AAC v2)

H.264 Multicast MPEG-2 Transport Stream

• Standard or adaptive transport stream
• Capability to start or stop archive while encoder is running
• SCTE-104 to SCTE-35 passthrough

H.264 iPhone and iPad

• H.264/AVC: Baseline, main, and high profiles
• AAC audio (low complexity, HE-AAC v1, and HE-AAC v2)
• Integrated iPhone segmenter: Streams transport stream segments directly to web server
• Stream with FTP, HTTP, File, or Webdav
• ID3 timed metadata and timed metadata time code
• AES encryption, Verimatrix(VCAS) and DRM: PLayReady and Irdeto

Third-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)

• H264 and AVC baseline
• AAC audio (low complexity, HE-AAC v1, and HE-AAC v2)
• H.263 profile 0,3: Levels 10, 20, 30, and 45
• AMR-NB audio
• Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP), and Session Description Protocol (SDP) output
• Raw RTP output

Control Processing

• Remote web-based GUI
• Customizable encoding templates
• Local user interface
• SNMPv2
• XML Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) messaging service


• Scaling
• Cropping
• De-interlacing
• Inverse telecine
• Adaptive image filtering



• UL 60950-1:No. 21CFR1040 Second Edition
• CAN/CSA - C22.2 no. 60950-1 Second Edition
• IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
• EN 60950-1 Second Edition
• ASINZS 60950-1
• GB4943 2001

EMC: Emission

• FCC (CFR 47, Part 15) Class A
• AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A
• CISPR2 2 Class A
• EN55022 Class A
• ICES003 Class A
• VCCI Class A
• EN61000-3-2
• EN61000-3-3
• KN22 Class A
• CNS 13438 Class A

Physical and Power

• Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.7 x 16.9 x 28.5 in. (4.32 x 43 x 72.4 cm) 1 rack unit (1RU)
• 650W power supply (optional redundant power supply available)
• AC input voltage range 90 to 264 VAC (self-ranging, 180 to 264 VAC nominal)
• AC input frequency range: 47 to 63 Hz (single phase, 50 to 60 Hz nominal)
• AC line input current (typical) 3.5A at 100 VAC and 1.68A at 208 VAC
• AC line input current (maximum 100% CPU load) 4.77A at 100 VAC and 2.29A at 208 VAC
• Connectivity: One 10BASE-T, 100BASE-T, and 1000BASE-T Ethernet and dual 1-Gbps Ethernet ports


• Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
• Non-operating (storage): -40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)


• Non-operating: 5 to 93% noncondensing
• Operating: 10 to 93% noncondensing

Hard Drives

• Two 300-GB front-accessible, hot-swappable, 2.5-inch SASIEC 60950-1 Second Edition

Front Panel Connector

• One KVM console connector (supplies 2 USB, 1 Video Graphics Array (VGA), and 1 serial connector)

Warranty Information

Warranty information is available on on the Product Warranties page.

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page or contact your Cisco representative. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center. For part numbers, refer to Table 3.

Table 3. Ordering Information

Product Description

Part Number

Cisco AnyRes Live - 8300 SD/HD SDI single input encoder


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Additional Information

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