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Cisco D9096 4:2:2 10-Bit AVC Encoder Data Sheet

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The Cisco® D9096 4:2:2 10-Bit AVC Encoder (Figure 1) is a new encoder designed for contribution applications that employ the latest 4:2:2 10-bit Advanced Video Coding (AVC) codec. The product is available in single- or dual-encoder configurations with IP and Asynchronous Serial Interface (ASI) output. The customer can choose between options for 8-bit or 10-bit chroma subsampling, 4 or 8 pairs of audio, 1080p60 input support, and optional discrete audio inputs.

Figure 1.      Cisco D9096 4:2:2: AVC Encoder

The Cisco D9096 also supports MPEG-2 and AVC-I codecs, making it a highly complementary product to the Cisco Digital Content Manager Gateway (DCM-G) for fixed-contribution applications that need to support a variety of codecs, bitrates, and use cases. The D9096 can encode video at up to 120 Mbps, which is suitable for the highest-bitrate-compressed applications.

Along with a high-quality and versatile video encoding engine, the D9096 offers a comprehensive audio encoding feature set, with support for Dolby E decoding, and Dolby Digital and Digital Plus encoding. The IP output allows the user to stream from any physical port, including the management port, and set up a variety of redundancy schemes.

The Cisco D9096 front panel has an alphanumeric keypad and assignable shortcut keys, which streamline operations when a web browser is not available. A thin film transistor (TFT) display on the front panel shows the input video and format. An intuitive web interface meets all operational expectations, and the Cisco ROSA® Video Services Manager (VSM) offers management, monitoring, and redundancy for the D9096.

Encoding Features

   Encoding of standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) MPEG-4 AVC, with 4:2:0 8-bit and 4:2:2 8- and 10-bit support

   AVC-I mode with support of up to 120 Mbps

   Encoding of standard-definition and high-definition MPEG-2 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 8-bit choma sub-sampling

   Flexible Group of Pictures (GOP) controls and settings

   Latency settings to adjust the tradeoff between latency and quality

   Best-in-class picture quality

Output Features

   Primary and redundant IP settings for each IP configuration

   Four separate IP configurations for streaming over multiple networks

   Streaming from any IP port (including management)

   User Datagram Protocol (UDP) or RTP with SMPTE-2022 CoP3 forward error correction (FEC) support

   High-density dual-channel configuration

   Standards-based ancillary data support for reliable interoperability

   SMPTE-2038 support to allow metadata flexibility

   Redundancy support through Cisco ROSA VSM

Audio Features

   Support for up to 16 audio inputs in SDI

   Passthrough and encoding (AAC, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Layer 2 support

   Configurable 32-384 kbps bitrate audio encoding

Ease of Use Features

   Customizable “quick access” settings areas in the web GUI

   TFT display on front panel for confidence monitoring

   Front-panel-assignable shortcut keys for ease of use

   Up to 128 profiles storable on the unit for quick reconfiguration

   Boot-up in less than 35 seconds


Table 1 lists specifications for the Cisco D9096 Encoder.

Table 1.       Product Specifications



Video Specifications

Video compression

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (4:2:0/4:2:2 8-bit, 4:2:0/4:2:2 10-bit), MPEG-2 (4:2:0/4:2:2 8-bit)

SD: 0.5 to 30Mbps; HD: 1 to 80Mbps

MPEG-4 AVC I frame-only mode up to 110Mbps

Resolutions and frame rates

1080i at 25, 29.97, 30 Hz/1080p at 23.97, 24, 25, 50, 59.94 Hz

720p at 50, 59.94, 60 Hz

576i at 25 Hz/480i at 29.97, 30 Hz

Video processing

CABAC, CAVLC, MBAFF, PAFF, Resize, and Noise Reduction filters

Fixed Group of Pictures (GOP), Adaptive GOP, Open GOP, Close GOP

Input format detection and autoconfiguration mode

Automatic I (intra)frame insertion and scene-cut detection

Multipass look-ahead CBR and Capped VBR, and logo insertion

Ancillary data, signaling, and digital program insertion (DPI)



SCTE35 insertion through SCTE104 triggers

Audio Specifications

Audio compression

MPEG-1 Layer 2

Dolby Digital E, DD, DD+, AC3, AC3+, PCM passthrough


Dolby Digital E decode and Dolby Digital (AC3) encode

Dolby Digital Plus (AC3+) encode

Support for up to 16 channels of audio

Output Specifications

Transport layer

MPEG-2 TS over UDP, unicast, and multicast streaming

MPEG-2 TS over RTP with SMPPTE-2022 CoP3 FEC

MPEG-2 TS over DVB-ASI (EN 50083-9)

ASI and IP streaming simultaneously

Conformance to standards: MPEG-2 TS, DVB, ATSC, and ISDB-Tb

BISS 0/1/E encryption

Input/Output Specifications

Video input




Audio input

Embedded in SDI (up to 8 pairs per video input)

AES-EBU input (up to 8 pairs with optional AES board)

Output interfaces

1 GbE port for out-of-band for management

2 GbE ports for service streaming

2 DVB-ASI outputs per video channel (75-ohm BNC connector)

Configuration and Management



Front panel with LCD menus and 17 keys for input and navigation

SNMP (MIB v2c) and ROSA VSM support

Physical and Environmental


Dimensions (1RU): 19 in. x 1.73 in. x 20.4 in. (482 mm x 44 mm x 519 mm)

Minimum weight: 14.1 lb. (6.4 kg)

Maximum weight: 17 lb. (7.3 kg)

Cooling airflow from front to back, and user-serviceable air filters

Redundant power supply: 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz

Typical consumption: 70W (single channel)

Operating temperature: 41° to 149° F (5° to 65° C)

Storage temperature: 32° to 158° F (-20° to 70° C)

Operating humidity: 5 to 90% (noncondensing)

Ordering Information

Table 2 lists ordering information for the Cisco D9096.

Table 2.       Ordering Information




D9096 single-channel 8-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder with 4 audio support


D9096 dual-channel 8-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder with 4 audio support


D9096 single-channel 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder support


D9096 dual-channel 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder support


D9096 single-channel 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder with 1080p60 support


D9096 dual-channel 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder with 1080p60 support


D9096 single-channel 8-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder with 4 audio support and discrete audio


D9096 dual-channel 8-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder with 4 audio support and discrete audio


D9096 single-channel 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder with discrete audio


D9096 dual-channel 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder with discrete audio


D9096 single-channel 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder with 1080p60 support with discrete audio


D9096 dual-channel 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC Encoder with 1080p60 support with discrete audio

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