Cinema Craft Lite Encoder for Blu-ray (AVC)

Cinema Craft HDe Encoder


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Cinema Craft® HD LE Encoder

This option is a "Limited Edition" of the full-featured Cinema Craft HD AVC/H.264 Encoder, providing fewer filtering, fine-tuning and quality control capabilities. Its Segment Re-encode functions, accuracy and speed still make LE ideal for processing most commercial Blu-ray titles.

Version 2 introduces Multi-Format Native Ingest capability. In a world of more complex and expanding formats, the new line of Cinema Craft encoders are designed to fit perfectly into your workflow!

Cinema Craft LEMX AVC/H.264 Encoder

Do you need high productivity? Cinema Craft LEMX Encoder is a Multi-Instance version of the popular Cinema Craft HD LE Encoder. For the most demanding studios, MX enables multiple encoder sessions to exist simultaneously for editing, QC and encoding.

Qualified studios are invited to arrange an evaluation. Contact us today!


Cinema Craft AVC/H.264 Encoder Comparison
Version 1
Version 2
(2013 -)
Version 3
(2014 -)
  discontinued current new
Ingest Format      
AVI x x x
Quicktime x x x
HVD x x x
Planar 420 x x x
Apple ProRes HQ/422   x x
Avid DNxHD   x x
Canopus Lossless   x x
RAW   x x
YUV   x x
DPX   x x
XDCAM   x x
MXF   x x
Volume Productivity      
Multi-Instance     x
SandyBridge/IvyBridge optimized   x x
Win 7/8.1/Server 2012 optimized   x x
Upgrades Available      
    V1 to V2 V2 to V3


Upgrading from Version 1

The original Cinema Craft Version 1 Blu-ray encoder is no longer supported. For a limited time, you are eligible for an upgrade at a discounted price. For more information about upgrading, follow the links at the bottom of the Encoder Comparison table.



  • Verified BD Specification compliant
  • Stand-alone H.264 application
  • Reference encoders used by Hollywood and leading studios
  • Performance optimized for Intel Xeon multi-core processors
  • Multi-format ingest capability (ProRes, DNxHD, RAW, Canopus Lossless, YUV, HDV, MOV, AVI, Avisynth, DPX, MXF)
  • Windows 7/8.1 Professional & Server 2008/2012 (64-bit operating systems only)
  • Integrated with leading mastering applications through API
  • 3rd-Party integration & support
  • Faster than realtime H.264 encoding
  • Side-by-side 3D and frame sequential capability
  • Interlaced & progressive – 1080/720/480/576
  • Feature filled, intuitive, user-friendly GUI
  • Multiple function & shortcut keys
  • Single or multiple input files & segments
  • Single & multi-pass (up to-99) constant & variable bitrate
  • Single stream & batch encoding
  • Accurate segment re-encoding
  • Sourcefile replacement after encode
  • 0.5x - 8x magnification for precise viewing
  • Spatial & temporal scaling
  • 24x7 telephone and remote support


Cinema Craft HDe Encodes



Software - Version 2.1

H.264/AVC Video ITU-T Rec.H264, ISO/IEC14496-10 High Profile Level 4.1/3.2 (CABAC only)
Input format AVI Y/C 4:2:2 10-bit/8-bit Uncompressed
QuickTime Y/C 4:2:2 10-bit Uncompressed (V210)
ProRes/HQ/422 Y/C 4:2:2 10-bit
DNxHD Y/C 4:2:2 10-bit
Canopus Lossless Y/C 4:2:2 10-bit
RAW Y/C 4:2:2 10-bit Uncompressed
HVD Y/C 4:2:2 10-bit Uncompressed
Note: this format used in Abekas W8D series
Planar 420 Y/C 4:2:0 8-bit Uncompressed (no header)
Output file(s) H.264/AVC Video Video Elementary Streams
Filtered Planar 420
Decoded Planar 420
Frame size Input 1920x1080/1280x720/720x480/720x576
Output Depends on input format
Frame rate 1920x1080
1280x720 24/50/60p
Encoding mode CBR Single pass/Multi pass (up to 99)
VBR Single pass/Multi pass (up to 99)
Encoding speed Quality/Normal/Fast
Bit rate Up to 40Mbps
Virtual Multi-Pass Encoding ™ Performs multiple quantization passes during a single pass
Advanced Adaptive GOP Structure ™ Automatically optimizes the best GOP structure for each GOP
I-frame insertion Automatically inserts an I-frame at the scene change
Specify or change any frame to/from an I-frame
Bit allocation in VBR Ability to see bitrate fluctuations or quantization scale on the graph
and optimize the structure of each GOP
Segment Re-Encoding Re-encodes only the segment you specify
Replace Enables insertion of another file
Batch encoding Batch encode all of the entries in a list



Video Playback Kit
for Blackmagic Design
Optional kit for display on external monitor through HDMI or HD-SDI using Blackmagic Design Decklink Extreme 3D or 4K card


System Requirements


CPU 2x Intel Xeon 5600 or E5-2600 v2 series processors
Memory 12-64GB of DDR3, PC1866 REG ECC
System HDD 256-500GB (SATA III, SAS or SSD)
Storage HDD 2x RAID 5 internal, SAN/NAS (8/10/16GBit) or fibre (8GB/s)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7/8.1 Professional 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 64-bit