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Product Line: Cisco D9900 Series
Product Type: Digital Content Manager Transcoder
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Product Description

The DCM-COP-MK1 CISCO supports video input coding formats of MPEG-2 MP@ML (SD) and MPEG-2 MP@HL (HD), and outputs in formats including H.264 MP@L3, H.264 HP@L3, and H.264 HP@L4, accommodating resolutions up to 1080i/29.97 for HD. It enables video transcoding for up to 16 SD streams or 4 HD streams per card, alongside audio transcoding capabilities supporting up to 32 stereo pairs per card, with input formats such as MPEG-1 Layer II and AC-3. This device offers 10 configurable ports per card, operates over a temperature range of 0°C – +50°C, and is designed for a 2RU space with dimensions of 19 in. width and 21.8 in. depth, ensuring compatibility with standard rack units and efficient space utilization.

FAQs for the DCM-COP-MK1

  • What video input coding formats are supported?
    The device supports MPEG-2 MP@ML (SD) and MPEG-2 MP@HL (HD) video input coding formats.
  • How many HD streams can be transcoded per card?
    Up to 4 HD streams can be transcoded per card.
  • What are the video resolution options available?
    Video resolutions include SD: 525i/29.97 and 625i/50, HD: 720p/59.94, 1080i/29.97, 720p/50, and 1080i/25.
  • Can the card handle Picture-in-Picture (PIP) encoding?
    Yes, the card supports PIP encoding in H.264 main profile with picture sizes of 96 x 96, 128 x 96, 176 x 144, or 192 x 192.
  • What are the audio input coding formats?
    The device accepts MPEG-1 Layer II and AC-3 audio input coding formats.
  • What is the chassis Compact Flash size requirement?
    A 16 GB Compact Flash is required for the chassis.
  • Describe the video output coding formats available.
    Video output coding formats include H.264 MP@L3, H.264 HP@L3, and H.264 HP@L4.
  • What type of connectors does the card use?
    The card uses BNC-type connectors.
  • What are the environmental operating conditions?
    Operating temperature ranges from 0°C – +50°C / +32°F – +122°F, with humidity between 5% – 95% (non-condensing), and altitude from -200 – 10,000 feet (-61 – 3048 m).
  • What is the power supply requirement for the device?
    AC input voltage is 100 – 240 VAC with a normal service voltage range of 90 – 254 VAC. DC input voltage nominal range is -48 – -60 VDC, with a normal service voltage range of -38 – -58 VDC.

Product Review

The CISCO DCM-COP-MK1 excels in video and audio transcoding capabilities, supporting a variety of formats like MPEG-2 and H.264 for video, as well as MPEG-1 Layer II and AC-3 for audio, making it versatile for different broadcasting needs. However, its capacity to transcode up to 16 SD or 4 HD streams per card may limit large-scale operations seeking higher density processing. Additionally, its design for a 2RU space with front-to-back cooling allows for efficient stacking in racks, but the requirement for a 16 GB Compact Flash and specific environmental conditions might restrict its deployment in varied operational settings.


The CISCO DCM-COP-MK1 is a versatile and efficient solution for professional broadcasting environments, delivering high-quality video and audio transcoding capabilities. This product is designed to cater to the demanding needs of modern broadcast networks, offering a wide range of video and audio coding formats along with advanced features for optimal performance. In terms of video capabilities, the DCM-COP-MK1 supports input coding formats of MPEG-2 MP@ML (SD) and MPEG-2 MP@HL (HD), ensuring compatibility with standard and high-definition content. For output, it utilizes the efficient H.264 MP@L3, H.264 HP@L3, and H.264 HP@L4 coding formats, providing flexible options for various broadcasting needs. The device is capable of handling video resolutions ranging from SD standards like 525i/29.97 and 625i/50 to HD formats including 720p/59.94, 1080i/29.97, 720p/50, and 1080i/25. It supports both Constant Bit Rate (CBR) and Variable Bit Rate (VBR) modes, offering up to 16 SD streams or 4 HD streams per card for video transcoding. For audio, the DCM-COP-MK1 accepts MPEG-1 Layer II and AC-3 input coding formats, with output options including pass-through for MPEG-1 Layer II, AC-3, among others, and transcoding to HE-AAC. It can transcode up to 32 stereo pairs per card, ensuring high audio quality alongside the video. The device also features Picture-in-Picture (PIP) encoding in the H.264 main profile, with PIP picture sizes of 96x96, 128x96, 176x144, or 192x192, enhancing viewing experiences by allowing simultaneous display of multiple video sources. Key hardware specifications include: - A chassis compact flash size of 16 GB. - Ten ports per card, configurable as either input or output, using BNC-type connectors with 75 ohms impedance. - An Asynchronous Serial Interface (ASI) for reliable data transmission. - Auto detection of 188 / 204 byte packets, supporting both SPTS and MPTS syntax according to ISO/IEC 13818. The unit is designed for durability and reliability under various environmental conditions, with an operating temperature range of 0°C to +50°C and storage temperature from -40°C to +70°C. Humidity tolerance is specified at 5% to 95% non-condensing, and it can operate at altitudes from -200 to 10,000 feet. Power requirements are flexible, with AC input voltage ranging from 90 to 254 VAC and DC input voltage options accommodating -38 to -58 VDC, ensuring the device can be deployed in a variety of power environments. Physically, the unit measures 2RU in height (3.48 inches / 88 mm), 19 inches (483 mm) in width, and 21.8 inches (554 mm) in depth, with a fully loaded weight of 28.3 lbs (12.8 kg). Its design includes front-to-back, forced air cooling, allowing for stackable unit configurations without overheating risks. HTML bullet points summarizing key features: -
  • Supports a wide range of video and audio coding formats, including H.264 and MPEG-2 for video, and MPEG-1 Layer II, AC-3, and HE-AAC for audio.
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  • Capable of video transcoding for up to 16 SD or 4 HD streams and audio transcoding for up to 32 stereo pairs per card.
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  • Designed for reliability with a wide operating temperature range, flexible power input options, and efficient cooling.
  • The CISCO DCM-COP-MK1 stands out as a comprehensive solution for broadcast environments requiring high standards of video and audio processing.


    Part Number and ManufacturerCISCO DCM-COP-MK1
    Input Video CompressionMPEG-2 MP@ML (Standard Definition), MPEG-2 MP@HL (High Definition)
    Output Video CompressionH.264 MP@L3, H.264 HP@L3, H.264 HP@L4
    Supported Video ResolutionsStandard Definition: 525i/29.97, 625i/50; High Definition: 720p/59.94, 1080i/29.97, 720p/50, 1080i/25
    Video Encoding ModesConstant Bit Rate (CBR), Variable Bit Rate (VBR)
    Video Transcoding CapabilityMaximum 16 SD channels or 4 HD channels per card
    Input Audio CompressionMPEG-1 Layer II, AC-3
    Output Audio CompressionMPEG-1 Layer II, AC-3 (pass-through), HE-AAC (transcoding)
    Audio Transcoding CapabilityUp to 32 stereo channels per card
    PIP Compression StandardH.264 Main Profile
    PIP Resolution Options96x96, 128x96, 176x144, 192x192
    Minimum Flash Storage16GB Compact Flash
    Card Port Count10, configurable as either input or output
    Port Connector TypeBNC
    Signal Impedance75 ohms
    Data InterfaceAsynchronous Serial Interface (ASI)
    Auto Packet RecognitionSupports 188/204 byte packets
    Data Rate Range0.1 Mbps to 213 Mbps
    Stream TypesSingle Program Transport Stream (SPTS), Multiple Program Transport Stream (MPTS)
    Operational Temperature Range0°C to +50°C / +32°F to +122°F
    Storage Temperature Range-40°C to +70°C / -40°F to +158°F
    Humidity Tolerance5% to 95%, non-condensing
    Operational Altitude Range-200 to 10,000 feet (-61 to 3048 meters)
    AC Power SpecificationsNominal: 100-240 VAC, Operational Range: 90-254 VAC, Frequency: 47-63 Hz
    DC Power SpecificationsNominal Range: -48 to -60 VDC, Operational Range: -38 to -58 VDC
    Physical DimensionsHeight: 2RU (3.48 inches/88 mm), Width: 19 inches/483 mm, Depth: 21.8 inches/554 mm
    Weight (When Fully Equipped)28.3 pounds / 12.8 kilograms
    Cooling SystemFront to back forced air, stackable units

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