Scalable 4K Capture & Encode Server

PanoTek's CES-1200 H.264 encode server is a scalable version of the same technology found in the CES-400 appliance. This model offers up to 12 ports of hdmi capture and encode in a 2U industrial rack-mount chassis. As with the CES-400, a high degree of control over stream parameters is provided, including transport protocol, resolution, frame rate and GOP structure. Multiple streams may be generated from the same capture signal, each having its own unique stream parameters.

PanoTek's CES-1200 H.264 encode unit is a powerful new appliance-style solution for capturing and encoding up to 12 channels of digital video and audio at up to 4K resolution. A high degree of control over stream parameters is provided, including transport protocol, resolution, frame rate and GOP structure. Significantly, it is possible to generate multiple streams from each source signal, with each stream having its own unique stream parameters.

Simultaneous quad 4K/UHD and Full HD capture, encode, stream, and record from a single server. Benefit from up to 4K/UHD 4:4:4 sub-sampling support plus H.264 capability for high end encoding—all using standard 1 Gigabit Ethernet networks.

Powerful software supports multi-protocol and multi-bitrate streaming, Chroma sub-sampling, picture-in-picture (PIP) and quadrant composite options, and more. The multi Chroma sub-sampling feature delivers 4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:0, and 4:0:0 options, to best balance quality and bandwidth demands. Our technology promises unprecedented quality, without necessarily needing a dedicated distribution network; we use existing infrastructure and expand its capabilities.


Multi-Appliance Support


Supported Video Input Formats

12 x HDMI (Type A)


Color Space Capture

RGB and YUV 8- and 10-bit support
Color space conversion support

Chroma Sub-Sampling

4:4:4 (8-bit)
4:2:2 (8-bit)
4:2:0 (8-bit and 10-bit)
4:0:0 (8-bit and 10-bit)

Video Input

12 x HDMI (Type A) with audio support

Video Output

12 x HDMI (Type A) with audio support

Audio Input

12 x HDMI digital LPCM two-channel stereo audio

Audio Output

12 x HDMI digital LPCM two-channel stereo audio

Maximum Capture Resolution

6x 3840x2160 @60Hz
6x 4096x2160 @60Hz1
12x 3840x2160 @30Hz
12x 4096x2160 @30Hz

Support for Custom Resolutions

Project dependent; please contact PanoTek for details


Video Encoding Formats (Codecs)

H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC)

Maximum Encoding Capability2

6x 3840x2160 @60Hz 4:2:0
6x 4096x2160 @60Hz 4:2:0
12x 3840x2160 @30Hz 4:2:0
12x 4096x2160 @30Hz 4:2:0
9x 1920x1200 @60Hz 4:4:4
9x 1920x1080 @60Hz 4:4:4
3x 3840x2160 @30Hz 4:4:4

Encoding Profiles

Baseline (BP)
Main (MP)
High (HiP)
High 10 (Hi10P)
High 4:2:2 (Hi422P)
High 4:4:4 predictive profile separate plane (Hi444PP)
CAVLC 4:4:4 intra (44)

Encoding Level

Up to 5.2

Bitrate Range

50 Kbps to 120 Mbps3
15 Mbps (default)

Rate Control

Favor quality (optimize for desktop or latency)
Adjustable GOP size

Audio Encoding Format (Codec)


Audio Sample Frequency

32 kHz
44.1 kHz
48 kHz

Audio Bit Rates

Up to 576 Kbps (AAC-LC)
Up to 288 Kbps (AAC-HEv1)
Up to 144 Kbps (AAC-HEv2)

Video Compositing

Yes, fixed formats including PIP, PBP, quadrant




Recording File Format



Customizable prefix (optional)


Automatic in filename

Recording Programmability

Start date and time
Maximum file length
File frequency

Recording Locations

Shared network drive or NAS

Networking Connectivity

Network Connector

3 x RJ45 with status LED indicators for control and stream.
(One port per group of four capture ports)

Network Standard

100/1,000 base-T Ethernet
Auto speed
Half/full duplex
Unicast, multi-unicast, multicast

Streaming Protocols

RTSP/RTCP/RTP (all required)

IP Addressing

IPv4 support
DHCP (default)/static IP address support


Form Factor

2RU rack mount EIA RS-310C standard


Three 80mm intake fans @ 67cfm ea, mid mounted
PSU rear exhaust fans

Product Dimensions
(Length x Height x Width)

457 mm x 89 mm x 483 mm

Chassis Weight

10.8 kg (23.8 lbs)
Includes chassis, motherboard, power supply only. Final system weight is a function of the specific system configuration.

Power Supply

Dual 650W micro-redundant, rear access, platinum certified
Input: 110 - 240V AC

Power Cords Included

US, EU, UK, Aus/NZ


Operating Temperature Range

5 to 40 °C

Operating Humidity Range

10% to 80% non-condensing

EMC/EMI Device Class

Class A

EMC/EMI Certifications

AS/NZS CISPR 22:2009 + A1 (2010)

Environmental Certifications

China RoHS


Supported Operating Systems

Microsoft® Windows® 10 (64-bit)
Server® 2012 R2
Windows 8.1 (32-bit)
Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2012
Windows 7 (32-bit)
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2008 R2

Software Included

PowerStream Plus (free download)
Compatible with PanoTek CES-400
Network discovery
Multi-encoding and recording management
Multi-protocol management
Frame rate management
Resolution control
Administrator and user credential management
Scaling management
SNMP support



3 years (return to base)

Part number

1Requires specific source timings; contact PanoTek for more details.
2Each encoding capability is independent of the others listed, and excludes any additional processing such as compositing, scaling, etc. Content can affect results.
3Maximum operational bitrate per stream is dependent on number of streams and features enabled.

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