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Product Type: Modular Encoding Platform
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Product Description

The D9036-MMA-MKI offers versatile video encoding capabilities, supporting 1080i and 720p resolutions, along with HD AVC, SD AVC, MPEG-2 HD, and MPEG-2 SD formats, enhanced by De-blocking and Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF) for improved image quality. It features comprehensive audio support, including decoding up to eight Dolby® E signals, and encoding in multiple formats such as MPEG-1 LII, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and HE-AAC, with additional support for AAC-LC, ADTS, and LOAS/LATM variants. Connectivity and reliability are ensured through dual redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, SDI input compliance with SMPTE-292M, SMPTE-259M, SMPTE-296M, SMPTE-424M standards, and 16 Digital AES3 inputs per MMA module, supporting up to 64 embedded audio channels.

FAQs for the D9036-MMA-MKI

  • Does the device support both 1080i and 720p resolutions?
    Yes, the device supports 1080i and 720p video resolutions.
  • What types of video encoding can it handle?
    It can handle HD AVC, SD AVC, MPEG-2 HD, and MPEG-2 SD video encoding.
  • Is there any specific technology used for improving video quality?
    Yes, it includes De-blocking and Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF) support, along with SightPlus Advanced Filtering.
  • How does the device support closed captioning?
    It supports closed captioning via SMPTE-334M and ARIB standards, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of content.
  • What audio formats does it support?
    The device supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, AAC/HE-AAC, and Dolby-E audio pass-through, and is capable of decoding up to eight Dolby® E signals.
  • Can it encode multi-channel audio formats?
    Yes, it can encode stereo channels as well as Dolby 5.1 surround channels, offering versatile audio encoding capabilities.
  • What types of audio input does it support?
    It supports SD/HD-SDI embedded audio and includes 16 Digital AES3 per MMA module, with 64 embedded channels for comprehensive audio input options.
  • Does the device have redundancy for power supply?
    Yes, it features dual redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, ensuring continuous operation without interruption.
  • What are the specifications for the SDI input?
    The SDI input adheres to SMPTE-292M, SMPTE-259M, SMPTE-296M, SMPTE-424M standards, supporting various video formats and ensuring compatibility with professional video equipment.
  • How does it handle aspect ratio and AFD signaling?
    The device allows for manual setting or automated adjustment of aspect ratio and AFD signaling with SMPTE-2016, accommodating different broadcasting needs.

Product Review

The CISCO D9036-MMA-MKI excels in versatility, supporting a wide range of video encoding standards including HD AVC, SD AVC, MPEG-2 HD, and MPEG-2 SD, as well as both 1080i and 720p formats, catering to diverse broadcasting needs. It also offers advanced video processing features like De-blocking, Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering, and SightPlus Advanced Filtering, ensuring high-quality video output. However, its complexity and the need for technical expertise to fully leverage its capabilities may pose challenges for users without extensive networking and broadcast engineering backgrounds.


The CISCO D9036-MMA-MKI is a comprehensive encoding platform designed to meet the demands of modern broadcasting environments. It supports both high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) video encoding, with capabilities to handle formats including HD AVC, SD AVC, MPEG-2 HD, and MPEG-2 SD. This flexibility ensures that the platform can cater to a wide range of broadcasting needs, from HD television broadcasts to SD streaming services. One of the key features of the D9036-MMA-MKI is its support for 1080i and 720p resolutions, providing high-quality video output that meets the industry standards for HD broadcasting. The platform incorporates advanced video processing technologies, such as De-blocking and Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF), enhancing video quality by reducing artifacts and improving motion smoothness. Additionally, the SightPlus Advanced Filtering technology further refines the video output, ensuring crisp and clear images. Audio processing capabilities are equally impressive, with support for multiple audio formats including Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, AAC/HE-AAC, and Dolby-E. The platform can decode up to eight Dolby® E signals and is capable of encoding both stereo channels and Dolby 5.1 surround channels. The inclusion of HE-AAC support, with variants such as AAC-LC, ADTS, and LOAS/LATM, makes the D9036-MMA-MKI versatile in handling a wide array of audio broadcasting requirements.
  • Support for Closed Captioning via SMPTE-334M and ARIB Closed Caption ensures accessibility, enabling broadcasters to deliver content that is inclusive.
  • Dual redundant, hot-swappable power supplies enhance the reliability and uptime of the platform, crucial for 24/7 broadcasting operations.
  • SDI input compatibility with standards including SMPTE-292M, SMPTE-259M, SMPTE-296M, and SMPTE-424M, alongside support for various system frequencies and formats, ensures seamless integration into existing broadcasting infrastructures.
The hardware is designed with a focus on connectivity and integration. Inputs include 16 Digital AES3 per MMA module and 64 embedded channels, allowing for extensive audio input options. Outputs comprise 4 AES3 reference outputs per module, facilitating synchronization and reference signaling in complex setups. The platform also boasts a range of technical specifications to ensure signal integrity, including an impedance of 75 ohms unbalanced, input level of 800 mVpp nominal, and return loss specifications that guarantee high-quality signal transmission. With an aspect ratio support of 4:3 and 16:9 and AFD signaling options, the D9036-MMA-MKI allows for flexible video formatting, catering to both traditional and modern widescreen formats. This is complemented by manual and automated setting options with SMPTE-2016, providing broadcasters with the tools needed to deliver content that meets audience expectations. In summary, the CISCO D9036-MMA-MKI is a versatile encoding platform that supports a wide range of video and audio formats, combined with advanced processing technologies and reliable hardware specifications. It is designed to meet the rigorous demands of today's broadcasting and streaming services, ensuring high-quality content delivery across various platforms.


Part Number/Manufacturer CISCO D9036-MMA-MKI
Video Compatibility Supports 1080i, 720p, HD AVC, SD AVC, MPEG-2 HD, MPEG-2 SD formats
Video Processing Includes De-blocking, Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF), SightPlus Advanced Filtering
Closed Captioning Compatible with SMPTE-334M, ARIB standards for closed captioning; features Audio Mode Control
Audio Support Supports SD/HD-SDI embedded audio
Power Supply Dual redundant, hot-swappable units
Audio Encoding Supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, AAC/HE-AAC, Dolby-E pass-through; decodes up to eight Dolby® E signals; encodes stereo or Dolby 5.1 surround
Audio Formats Supports MPEG-1 LII, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, HE-AAC (AAC-LC, ADTS, LOAS/LATM)
SDI Input Standards Complies with SMPTE-292M, SMPTE-259M, SMPTE-296M, SMPTE-424M
Supported Systems Compatible with 1080i @ 29.97 Hz, 1080i @ 25 Hz, 720p @ 59.94 Hz, 720p @ 50 Hz, 625 @ 50 Hz, 525 @ 60 Hz
Impedance 75 ohms, unbalanced
Input Level Nominal 800 mVpp
Return Loss ≥ 15 dB from 5 to 1.485 GHz, ≥ 10 dB from 1.485 to 2.97 GHz
Connector Type BNC
Bit Rate 1.485 Gb/s ±10 ppm
Jitter Tolerance Conforms to SMPTE RP-184 standards
Aspect Ratios Supports both 4:3 and 16:9
AFD Signaling Can be manually set or automated via SMPTE-2016
Input Channels 16 Digital AES3 per MMA module, up to 64 embedded channels (selectable group or pair), Dolby metadata input
Output Channels 4 AES3 reference outputs per MMA module

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