Cinema Craft 3D Encoder for Blu-ray (MVC)

Cinema Craft HDe Encoder


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Cinema Craft® MVC Encoder

MVC (Multiview Video Coding) is the technology used in encoding 3D stereoscopic (Base & Dependent) video content, captured from multiple cameras, for 3D Blu-ray releases. It is backward-compatible, allowing older 2D devices and software to decode a stereoscopic video stream by rejecting the second (Dependent) view. Cinema Craft MVC is the premiere encoding engine used by Hollywood for 3D Blu-ray delivery.

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 3DMX AVC/H.264 Encoder

Do you need high productivity? Cinema Craft 3DMX Encoder is a Multi-Instance version of the popular Cinema Craft MVC 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 MVC 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 MVC application
  • Reference encoders used by Hollywood and leading studios
  • Simultaneous multi-session processing capability (MX)
  • 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
  • Faster than realtime MVC encoding
  • 3D stereoscopic (MVC) capability
  • Progressive – 1080p/720p
  • Preview results before executing
  • Feature filled, intuitive, user-friendly GUI
  • Specialized filters & flexible settings
  • Multiple function & shortcut keys
  • Single or multiple input files & segments
  • Separate Base & Dependent settings
  • Single & multi-pass (up to-99) constant & variable bitrate
  • Single stream & batch encoding
  • Accurate segment re-encoding
  • Sourcefile replacement after encode
  • Accurate stream synchronization
  • Variable MVC decoding speed up to 50x
  • 0.5x - 8x magnification for precise viewing
  • Spatial & temporal scaling
  • Single or A-B split-screen playback
  • 24x7 telephone and remote support


Cinema Craft HDe Encodes



Software - Version 2.1

H.264/MVC Video ITU-T Rec.H264, ISO/IEC14496-10 High Profile Level 4.1
Input files configuration 2 files (Separate Left/Right)
Output files configuration 2 files (Separate Base/Dependent)
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/MVC Video Video Elementary Streams
Filtered Planar 420
Decoded Planar 420
Frame size Input 1920x1080/1280x720
Output Depends on input format
Frame rate 1920x1080 23.976p
1280x720 59.94p/50p
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 60Mbps (Base + Dependent)
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
Pre-filtering and Preview Multi-function filters are available including Noise Reduction, Banding Reduction, Texture/Spike, and Linear filters. Preview function enables setting of filters with instant visual confirmation of the effect.
Replace Enables insertion of another file
Decoding Evaluate image quality with our high-performance software decoder
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