Crystal clear encoding with
Best-in-class video processing
10-bit encoding engine and fine-tuning compression combine to allow you to generate pristine picture quality. Brilliant "true to the original" results for simple transcoding jobs as well as more complex encoding jobs such as standards conversion. In addition bumpers, trailers and watermarks can also be added to enhance and protect your video content.
Extensive control of codec and filtration parameters, along with a real-time preview, gives you complete hands-on control. The ability to fine-tune the video, with frame-by-frame video preview, allows you to quickly and easily adjust your encoding and preprocessing settings.
Fully configurable pre-processing filters & control
High quality filters including motion compensated deinterlacing and frame-rate conversion enable complex standards conversion. Filters also include black and white restoration, HSV and gamma correction, noise removal, image sharpening for video, and normalize, balance, fade in/out for audio.
All the formats you need
Need formats? You've got 'em.
For every screen you care about
Extensive format support
Episode supports the widest range of formats in its class including all the major input output formats for web, streaming, VOD, production, broadcast and more. Whatever your encoding needs may be, Episode can handle them. New in version 7.0, Episode adds support for formats including
New! JPEG2000, DNxHD, DNxHR and DVCPro HD, as well as built-in support for 4K. See a complete list of supported formats.
Pro Audio Option
For $395, add encode and decode support for:
Dolby Digital (AC3) – contains up to six discrete channels of sound.
AAC* HE – High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding, a lossy data compression scheme for digital audio defined as a MPEG-4 Audio profile in ISO/IEC 14496-3.
AAC* LC – Low Complexity Advanced Audio Coding optimized for low-bitrate applications such as streaming audio.
AMR – Adaptive Multi-Rate audio codec, an audio data compression scheme optimized for speech coding.
*AAC support is now included in Episode 7
Hundreds of presets
Start with an encoding preset. We have hundreds to choose from, including presets for Apple devices, streaming, broadcast applications and many, many more. These preset templates are designed to make your videos look spectacular with just a click. But don't worry – each one has parameters that you can adjust further if you want more fine-tuning controls.
Closed caption support
Episode enables caption insertion with encoding and pass-through options, and supports CEA-608 and CEA-708 captioning standards as well as MCC and SCC caption formats. With federal regulations mandating captioning, this will enable post-production workflows to handle embedded captions easily.
Multi-bitrate streaming support
Multi-bitrate streaming improves a viewer's experience by letting users deliver videos in the resolution and bit rate that best matches viewers’ connection speeds. With version 6.5, users will be able to easily encode and create packages for Apple HLS (HTTP Live Streaming), Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and MPEG-DASH with a click of a button.
Image sequence support
Image sequences are now available directly from the Episode UI, which provides an easy way to manage thousands of frames for 3D animation and compositing for visual effects. Users can step through the sequence frame by frame with the highest possible quality. It’s also possible to add multiple files from different sequences for multiple encode tasks.
New! 4K video support
For built-in support for 4K video, including presets.
and so much more
Episode gives you high volume batch encoding, highly customized control of your media, and everything in between. Sometimes you have media that needs some extra special attention. With Episode, you can fine-tune the codec and filtration parameters to your heart’s content. Each codec has hundreds of options to choose from and adjust. This, along with a real-time preview, gives you complete hands-on control of all your media.
In file-based workflows, automated and shared transcoding are a must and Episode can easily be configured to automatically pick up and deliver files to local folders, network shares and FTP servers. Episode can also be easily integrated into larger workflows with an easy to use API.
Cluster machines to share encoding loads
Collaboration and clustering are at the core of Episode's design. Easily join multiple machines together, both Mac and PC, and share encoding work among workstations. There is no need for costly add-ons or IT assistance. Episode's built-in file sharing system makes offloading work from one machine to another a snap. Simply prep your encoding work, send it off to the cluster and get it back when it's done.
Free API available for all versions
Episode is easy to integrate into your workflow with its free, easy to use API. Includes both a Command Line interface and an XML RPC interface. Find code samples and documentation in the resources section.
3rd party Integration
Episode integrates with a growing number of third party applications and systems. For creative facilities, Episode allows editors and artists to easily offload encoding tasks to other systems or to centralize functions on an encoding cluster. Integrations include Autodesk Smoke and Flame, axle video media management, Levels Beyond and Adobe Premiere Pro.
Support for multi-track audio
The Audio Channel Configurator gives you the flexibility to map channels of audio either to standard input/output formats or customized to the audio channels for your encode—all combined in one area.
Episode also lets you enhance and change your media. Clean up noisy video, increase lightness, brightness or contrast; add bumpers, trailers, watermarks; overlay timecode; add closed captions, or even perform advanced conversions such as NTSC-PAL standards conversion and telecine insertion and removal. Episode includes streamlined, professional controls that let you have complete control over your media.
Fits your work environment
Equally at home on a laptop, in the field, or working as part of a cluster of dedicated machines, Episode can be reconfigured quickly and easily to meet the needs of the day, or the hour. Episode's unique one-click clustering and file sharing capabilities make "prep and submit" encoding workflows easy.
Rockin' fast processing that
makes the most of your hardware
Unlimited batch processing
Prioritize encoding and add files and settings to the batch while running; create bookmarks to source folders.
Episode's multi-threaded encoding engine is capable of utilizing the full power of multi-core workstations. In high volume workflows, Episode Pro and Episode Engine can speed up encoding even more by allowing multiple jobs to be processed in parallel. Episode Pro enables two concurrent jobs; Episode Engine supports an unlimited number of parallel jobs, optimizing the processing power of multi-core machines.
Easy to use interface
Episode's visual workflow builder simplifies the encoding process and helps identify functions being performed and the status of work in progress.
Split and Stitch
When encoding speed is critical, Episode can meet the demand with its unique Split-and-Stitch® distributed encoding. Split-and-Stitch technology, available in Episode Engine, enables distributed and segmented encoding for any supported format, taking advantage of all available CPU power. Whether on a single workstation or across a cluster of machines, Split-and-Stitch is able to achieve truly remarkable encoding speeds.
Episode. Uncompromising quality, speed and control
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