Telestream Episode Pro 6.0 and later is a multi-purpose transcoder capable of making constant mux rate Transport Stream, as well as running on Windows and Mac OS X. Its a fast transcoder that includes many features, including the ability to preserve or transcode some forms of Closed Captioning between the source file and the destination.
Episode Pro includes presets that are similar to the CableLabs® VOD standards for SD and HD, under the Transport Stream folder of built-in presets. These are a good starting point, however, a few small changes will make them even more versatile. Below are two recommended parts of the included presets to change, so that you can see how some of the features in Episode Pro work.
Episode does have a few limitations you should be aware of:
If you are ready to load the profiles described below and go, begin by clicking one of the download links below for your version of Episode and your preferred Video and Audio Codecs:
For Episode 7.1.x
To have the *.epitask available as a User Preset under Encoders, just place them into the Episode 6TasksEncodings folder in your Documents library. Episode stores your saved epitask files and other user presets in your Documents library in a folder named Episode 6.
Follow these steps to unzip the epitask files and place them in the appropriate folder:
You can also import the *.epitask files another way, by using the Import option from the File menu:
Basically, you may want to change two parts of the built-in preset:
In the Encoder editor, click on Audio Encoder in the Format section to reveal the options for the audio encoder and to change the drop-down box of options. The preset will default to MPEG-1 Layer II but if you purchased and installed the Pro Audio add-on for Episode Pro, you can select AC-3 (A/52). Select AC-3 from the drop down, and with Audio Encoder selected, change the bit rate from 256 Kbps to 192 Kbps.
In its default settings, the Resize filter attached to the preset will handle source content that is 4:3, and output 4:3 in the 528 x 480 three quarters resolution used by the CableLabs® VOD SD specification. However, if your source content is 16:9 and you want Episode Pro to letterbox, then scale the resultant 4:3 image, you need to make two small changes. To edit the settings of the Resize filter, click on it in the list of filters under the Video section.
You can now save this preset as a User Preset by selecting Save As… in the Encoder editor.
TelVue support is available to help setup your workflows and to walk you through the basics of using Episode.
If you are experiencing technical difficulties with Telestream Episode or if you have other inquiries, Telestream offers Premium support for one year after your Episode purchase date along with free regular support thereafter. Simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your problem/inquiry and their Technical Support can help you.
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