NAB 2019: New JVC Hardware Encoder Delivers Real-Time HEVC Compression for Bandwidth Savings

WAYNE, NJ (April 4, 2019) – JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, today announced the ProHD BR-EN900 encoder designed for studio and remote production, ENG, live streaming from sports venues, and point-to-point HD video contribution. Powered by an all-hardware compression chip, the portable BR-EN900 provides broadcast-quality HEVC (H.265) encoding up to 1080p60 with 10-bit 4:2:2 sampling.

Dual encoding capabilities allow simultaneous H.265 and H.264 streaming to different destinations, such as hardware decoders and CDNs. The HEVC codec reduces bandwidth requirements and the associated costs when streaming over cellular, satellite, and broadband networks.

“Our cameras feature built-in encoders, but customers often need to stream the output of a switcher in multi-camera remote production applications,” explained Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering. “The BR-EN900 can deliver contribution-quality HD video over bonded LTE, Wi-Fi, or WAN without compromising the image quality, even at very low bit rates using the high-efficiency H.265 codec.”

Designed for any video environment, the BR-EN900 includes 3G-SDI, DVI, HDMI, and composite inputs, plus support for analog and digital audio (embedded and discrete). The compact encoder is easy to integrate into mobile production vehicles and transport cases. It also features Zixi™ error correction technology, which assures error-free video delivery over the Internet and can tolerate network congestion, high jitter, and packet loss.

When combined with JVC’s BR-DE900 decoder, which decodes both H.265 and H.264 streams, the BR-EN900 delivers best-in-class HEVC video quality and up to 50 percent bandwidth savings compared to H.264. Both units are transport infrastructure agnostic, so they work over WAN/LAN, LTE and satellite connections.

JVC will demonstrate the new encoder at the 2019 NAB Show (Booth C4415), which runs April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev. The BR-EN900 has an MSRP of $5,990 and will ship in June.

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Video is a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation. The company is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video equipment, as well as D-ILA front projection systems. For more information, visit JVC’s website at or call (800) 582‑5825.

Mark J. Pescatore
Content Director, SCN

Mark J. Pescatore, Ph.D., is the content director of Systems Contractor News. He has been writing about Pro AV industry for more than 20 years. Previously, he spent more than eight years as the editor of Government Video magazine. During his career, he's produced and hosted two podcasts focused on the professional video marketplace, taught more than a dozen college communication courses, co-authored the book Working with HDV, and co-edited two editions of The Guide to Digital Television