Elemental Server

Elemental® Server is a video processing platform component that provides fast and reliable transcoding for pay TV operators, content owners and film studios. The software-based solution performs simultaneous, faster-than-real-time conversion of multiple video files to create mezzanine deliverables, traditional on-demand assets or adaptive bitrate outputs for delivery to TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Ideal for large-scale broadcast and multiscreen video applications, Elemental Server is easy to install, configure and integrate into existing workflows and operates seamlessly with Elemental® Cloud.

Experience the Benefits

High Performance
Accelerate video compression through the power of parallel processing. Create content for delivery via Adobe Flash, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, Apple HLS, MPEG-DASH, Ultraviolet, QuickTime or traditional broadcast formats. Reduce storage costs by creating mezzanine files formatted and ready for wrapping with a separate packager such as Elemental Stream.
Versatile Design
Unique software-defined video processing allows for rapid optimization and enhancement of existing video codecs such as VC-1, MPEG-2 and H.264 as well as support for new codecs such as HEVC / H.265. Stay on the leading edge with highly upgradable video infrastructure that provides evolving support for ad insertion, captioning, watermarking and other monetization methods.
Ease of Management
Control the Linux-based software through an intuitive web-based user interface or REST / XML APIs for quick and simple integration into existing workflows. Unified control and management of deployments with Elemental Conductor reduces setup time, simplifies maintenance tasks and allows for centralized upgrades of multiple software instances.
Flexible Deployment Models
Expand video processing as needed to flex with variable demand, whether on the ground, in virtual clusters or in the cloud. Integration with Elemental Cloud replicates the profiles, capabilities and formats used on premise so that video outputs are identical regardless of where they are processed.
Universal Input Support
Decode all common mezzanine, broadcast and editing formats with a platform that provides the best combination of speed and flexibility.
High Density Video Processing
Convert content with unprecedented speed and throughput. A unique software architecture provides maximum performance and scalability.
Uncompromised Video Quality
Deliver the highest quality encoding using codecs developed by Elemental including HEVC / H.265, H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2.
Produce Multiple Outputs
Create multiple resolution, bit rate and output formats targeting a variety of players and platforms. Wrap files in popular formats or retain content in a base container for downstream packaging in the future.
Advanced Audio Processing
Multichannel, multi-language and broad audio codec support serves all audiences. Combine independent audio channels with a single video stream to create unique outputs without additional processing cost. Support for audio normalization provides future proofing for requirements such as the CALM Act.
Reduce Management Overhead
Use REST / XML APIs, the web-based interface, or watch folders for tasks such as system setup, workflow integration, job queuing, scheduling and prioritization. Simplify operations by reducing the total number of instances in use and manage the platform through built-in tools or SNMP.
Scalable, Reliable Architecture
Scale clusters easily by combining multiple licenses in a shared job queue that automatically distributes encoding tasks. Deliver high reliability with a fully redundant job scheduler for automatic failover.
Monetize Multiscreen Content
Support for ESAM, Adobe Primetime and comment-based HLS methods provides the ability to work with numerous ad insertion platforms.
Secure Valuable Content
Track content with forensic watermarking from Civolution; create content for use with DRM solutions such as NDS and Widevine; protect content using traditional AES and SAMPLE-AES for HLS, PlayReady for HLS and Smooth Streaming or Adobe Access for HDS or HLS.


Highly Extensible
A software-defined architecture equates to a highly flexible and scalable platform that transforms high quality video into new revenue streams via turnkey, cloud-based and virtualized deployment models. Elemental Server uses a massively parallel architecture to achieve high-density transcoding. For large-scale applications where multiple encoding platforms are needed, Elemental Server offers increased outputs with a reduced hardware footprint.
Uncompromised Quality
Deliver the highest quality encoding with cutting-edge HEVC / H.265, AVC / H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 codecs developed by Elemental. Customized algorithms allow for efficient implementation of compute-intensive tasks, including motion adaptive deinterlacing, scene change detection, MPEG-2 deblocking, noise reduction, lanczos scaling and temporal filtering.
Complete Adaptive and Broadcast Support
Elemental Server generates assets for adaptive bit rate protocols, including Adobe Flash, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, Apple HLS and MPEG-DASH. In addition, Elemental Server integrates seamlessly into a broadcast workflow with support for digital content delivery systems and compatibility with third-party automation and playout equipment.
intuitive Control
An intuitive web-based interface allows operators to deploy and run Elemental Server immediately. Preconfigured settings are provided for the most common and popular output formats and REST/XML APIs allow for full system control and quick and easy integration into existing workflows.

Video & Audio Inputs

Video Codecs:

  • Apple ProRes 422 (up to HQ)
  • AVC / H.264 (Baseline, Main, High)
  • HEVC / H.265
  • MPEG-2 (4:2:0, 4:2:2)
  • VC-1 (Simple, Main Advanced)


  • AAC
  • AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • Dolby-E
  • E-AC-3 (Dolby Digital Plus)
  • MPEG-1 Layer 2
  • MP3
  • PCM (AIFF or WAV)
  • WMA

Input Stream Formats & Containers

  • ASI
  • Elementary Streams
  • GXF
  • MXF Op-1A
  • QuickTime Self-Contained (.mov)
  • SD, HD, 3G SDI with Upstream Router Control
  • Transport Stream File (.ts, .m2t)


  • 4K Ultra HD via IP
  • CEA-608/708 Closed Captions
  • OP-42 Subtitles
  • Standard and User-Defined Frame Rates
  • Standard and User-Defined Frame Geometry

Video & Audio Outputs


  • Apple ProRes 422 (up to HQ)
  • AVC / H.264 (Baseline, Main, High)
  • HEVC / H.265
  • MPEG-2 (4:2:0, 4:2:2)
  • VC-1 (Simple, Main Advanced)
  • Frame Capture to JPEG (Thumbnails)


  • AC-3 (Dolby Digital), AC-3 Passthrough
  • Dolby-E Passthrough
  • DTS Express
  • E-AC-3 (Dolby Digital Plus), E-AC-3 Passthrough
  • PCM (AIFF or WAV)
  • WMA2

Output Stream Formats & Containers

  • 3GP (3GPP)
  • Apple HLS
  • Adobe Media Server (RTMP / F4F / F4V)
  • Adobe HDS
  • CableLabs Compliant Option (MPEG-TS)
  • Elementary Streams
  • Microsoft Smooth Streaming (ISMV)
  • Microsoft Windows Media (WMV / ASF)
  • MP4
  • MPEG Transport Streams (.ts, .m2t)
  • MPEG-DASH (MP4 and ISO)
  • QuickTime Self-Contained (.mov)
  • Save as File to Local or Network Storage
  • TCP / IP
  • UDP Unicast or Multicast
  • Ultraviolet (CFF, UVU)

Output Stream Formats & Containers

  • Web-Based User Interface
  • Elemental Conductor Live
  • SNMP (Control and Status)
  • System Resource and Statistics Monitoring
  • Notifications and Alerts
  • Automated Load Balancing
  • Event Prioritization and Planning
  • Multiple Authentication Tiers
  • Video and Audio Preview

Video Processing

  • Adaptive Quantization
  • AFD-Driven Output Scaling
  • Anti-Aliasing Scaler
  • Deblocking Filter
  • Frame Rate Interpolation
  • Inverse Telecine Support
  • Caption Extraction and Passthrough
  • Lanczos Scaling
  • Logo Insertion
  • Look Ahead Rate Control
  • Motion Adaptive Deinterlacing
  • MPEG-2 Error Concealment
  • Noise Reduction
  • Scene Change Detection