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Configuring Transcoder Parameters

Transcoder Settings include the Encoder (processor), Format (video compression standard), Video Bitrate and Resolution, KLV Metadata pass-through, Frame Rate, GOP size, Audio Bitrate, Stream Shaping, and Output Pacing. Optional advanced settings are available to fine-tune Stream Shaping.  The parameters vary depending on the Encoder and Format selected.


If the Resolution fields are left blank or unchanged in the Transcoders section, the resolution of the source stream will remain intact in the outbound stream. However, the GOP Size and Bitrate are set to a default value based on the resolution.

KLV Options

With KLV (Key Length Value) input, you can also configure the transcoder to reduce the KLV data rate by frame-decimating the KLV metadata and/or filtering out data fields from MISB 0601 UAS KLV metadata. This is useful to lower the amount of bandwidth consumed by metadata and thereby allow higher video bitrates within bandwidth-constrained ISR workflows. 

  • KLV Rate Decimation causes Kraken to ingest KLV metadata at one KLV frame rate and decimate it to another rate. You select the factor (1:N, N=1..60), and then (N-1/N) metadata frames are dropped and only 1/N frames are passed through to the Output Stream. (See "KLV Decimation" under Transcoder Settings)
  • KLV Tag Filtering filters out selected data fields from MISB 0601 UAS KLV metadata. You select either a 0601 minimum UAS metadata set or a 0601 minimum security set, or you can define a custom set by removing tags for fields deemed not relevant to your operation. (See Filtering UAS KLV Metadata Tags)


KLV metadata insertion and KLV decimation/filtering are mutually exclusive. If metadata insertion is specified, it will override KLV tag filtering.

To view and configure Transcoder parameters:

  1. From the Transcoders List view, click the 
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    Add button or click any line in the table.
  2. On the Transcoders Detail View, type in a unique name for the transcoder.
  3. (Optional) To enable hardware acceleration on qualified hardware (such as QSV-capable processors or NVIDIA GPUs), select the Encoder type.
  4. Select or enter values in the fields to define the transcoder (i.e., to change in the outbound stream), for example, the Format, Video Bitrate, or Resolution. For details, see Transcoder Settings.
  5. To pass through KLV data, check the KLV Metadata checkbox.
  6. To enable audio on the outbound stream, check the Audio checkbox.

  7. Select or enter values for the Advanced Parameters. For details, see Advanced Parameters in Transcoder Settings.
  8. (Optional) If Transport Stream Shaping is enabled (under Advanced Parameters), you can define additional parameters, as shown in the following example. For details, see Advanced Shaping Settings.
  9. To configure KLV Rate Decimation, select By Factor for Decimation and then select the factor from the drop-down list. See “Decimation” (under "KLV Decimation Settings") in Transcoder Settings.
  10. To configure UAS KLV Tag Filtering or UAS KLV Security Tag Filtering, see Filtering UAS KLV Metadata Tags
  11. To apply your changes, click Apply.

The new transcoder is added to the Transcoders List.

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