TotalCode Professional

Professional encoding for Digital Delivery, DVD and Blu-ray® Disc

TotalCode Professional is one of the world's most comprehensive professional video encoding solutions for digital delivery, DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Used by leading Hollywood production facilities, TotalCode Professional features stunning cinematic-quality encoding; support for next-generation Blu-ray Disc video codecs; unparalleled parameter control and stream legalization; built-in video processing from Image Systems; advanced segment-based re-encoding; exclusive ExpressQC™ and StreamData™ encoding technologies; and network distributed multi-stream encoding.

Simply put, TotalCode Professional is the encoding solution your business simply can't afford to be without. Built as a scalable platform that can grow with your business, TotalCode Professional offers unsurpassed visual quality, detailed control, and powerful plug-in enhancements. An easy-to-use interface plus a highly efficient workflow make TotalCode Professional an ideal encoder for even the most demanding production environments.

TotalCode Professional is a mastering-level encoding system designed to meet the stringent image-quality demands of major motion picture studios and high-end compression and authoring facilities. The solution is optimized for the low bit rates required for digital delivery while maintaining the pristine visual quality that studios demand.

TotalCode Professional

Digital Delivery, Rovi Entertainment Store and DivX Plus Encoding
Create stunning encodes for popular digital delivery storefronts, including Rovi- and DivX-powered online stores. TotalCode Professional features comprehensive support for digital delivery, Rovi Entertainment Store and DivX Plus encoding all within TotalCode Professional's powerful user interface.

The Professional's Choice for DVD and Blu-ray Disc Encoding
TotalCode Professional is a widely used encoder for DVD and Blu-ray Disc, adopted as the gold standard encoder by top compression and authoring facilities around the globe and used for high-profile feature film titles.

Advanced Segment Encoding
TotalCode Professional's ability to retroactively optimize selected segments is a huge time-saver, allowing you to fine-tune completed encodes without re-encoding an entire program. You can even create and compare multiple versions of any segment using TotalCode Professional's multi-take segment auditioning tools. Segment-based control is available for key parameters such as bit rate and quantization, as well as for the DVO filter set.

Cinematic-Quality Encoding
TotalCode Professional's clarity and brilliance brings motion pictures alive on the screen, delivering a no-compromise cinematic experience wherever your Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, or digital delivery encodes are played.

Blu-ray 3D Support
Encode Blu-ray 3D compliant MVC (Multi-view Coding) streams, for use on Blu-ray 3D titles, that will dazzle your clients. TotalCode Professional's Blu-ray 3D encoding capabilities include comprehensive input support, advanced segment re-encoding, independent left/right eye controls, and built-in 3D preview, so you can view your encode on an external 3D display instantly.

Server-distributed Remote Encoding
With TotalCode's server-distributed encoding, TotalCode Professional lets you harness the power of multiple workstations to maximize throughput and efficiency. A single TotalCode Professional station can be used as a master controller for up to eight networked systems, enabling simultaneous encoding of up to nine video streams.

Comprehensive Codec Support
TotalCode Professional provides comprehensive support for next-generation HD video codecs used for Blu-ray, including AVC (H.264), MVC (Blu-ray 3D), VC-1 and MPEG-2. For DVD, TotalCode Professional encodes Standard Definition MPEG-2, and it storefronts, digital storefronts including Rovi-powered entertainment stores and DivX Plus encoding.

Efficient Multi-format Output Workflow
Output to a range of format templates in one operation. TotalCode Professional includes templates for the standard Rovi Entertainment Store and DivX Plus profiles and also enables users to define their own custom templates for additional digital storefronts. With the templates in place, you can set up a batch of multi-format encodes in a matter of seconds.

Built-in Format Legalization
With TotalCode Professional's unique stream legalization technology, the parameters you set are checked to help ensure that your encode settings are consistent with your specified target format. This feature supports compliance with Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, Rovi Entertainment Store and DivX Plus stream profiles. Since the encodes you create will be legal, you can focus on quality without worrying about costly mistakes.

Built-in DVO Filters from Image Systems
Pre-processing your high definition source is key to optimizing your finished encode. Offering built-in access to the DVO mastering toolset from Image Systems, TotalCode Professional gives you the pre-filtering tools you need to achieve outstanding encodes. DVO is so good it's even been recognized with a prestigious Emmy Award in Engineering from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Ease and Control
TotalCode Professional gives compressionists the best of both worlds. Optimized presets deliver high quality encodes without the need for nitty-gritty tweaking, while extensive access to low-level parameters offers control over the finest details. You can also save your favorite encode settings as custom presets for future use, and the parameter change log shows you the changes and their impact on related settings.

Universal Input Support
Designed for seamless integration into existing facility workflows, TotalCode Professional accepts commonly used file formats, including QuickTime®, QuickTime reference, AVI, AVISynth Scripts, MPEG-2 TS and DPX image sequences.

A Scalable Solution That Grows With Your Business
TotalCode Professional is easy to expand as your business needs change, so today's requirements aren't tomorrow's limitations. Available in several versions that incorporate the same core technology, TotalCode Professional lets you add powerful functionality while keeping your familiar intuitive environment.

THX Media Director™ Support
TotalCode Professional includes extensive THX Media Director metadata in your DVD and Blu-ray encodes. THX Media Director defines content descriptors that are passed on to playback devices.


Rovi TotalCode Professional is available in the following configurations:

  • TotalCode Professional (DVD)
  • TotalCode Professional (DVD & Blu-ray)
  • TotalCode Professional (Digital Delivery)

Video Codec and Format Support

  • AVC (H.264) Baseline/Main/High Profiles, Levels 3, 3.1, 3.2, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 5 and 5.1
  • VC-1 Advanced Profile, Levels 2 and 3
  • MPEG-2 Main Profile, Main and High levels
  • MVC (Multi-view Coding) for Blu-ray 3D
  • Rovi Entertainment Store (Adaptive Streaming & Download)*
  • DivX Plus*

Audio Codec Support

  • DTS® Master Audio Suite (standalone application)
  • DTS Express*
  • Dolby® Digital Plus*
  • AAC (Advanced Audio Codec)*
  • WMA (Windows Media Audio)*

Encoding Modes

  • One- and two-pass bit rate- controlled VBR
  • One-pass CBR

Pre-processing and Mastering

  • DVO Grain - Film grain filtering and management
  • DVO Aperture - Aperture (sharpness) correction
  • DVO Regrain - Add grain to material
  • DVO Brickwall - Advanced low-passfiltering
  • DVO Alias - Filtering for out-of-bandfrequencies in interlaced material
  • DVO Dust - Dust and scratchremoval
  • Full resolution preview of filtersettings
  • Cropping - Crop to true aspect ratiofor digital delivery*

Encoding Tools

  • Network-distributed encoding (systems available separately)
  • Output Format Templates - Quickly create templates and projects that allow you to setup multiple output formats from a single source
  • Full preset editors providing complete parameter access for all supported codecs and formats
  • Instantly recallable preset editors for all parameters
  • Detailed encode progress display, including current speed and expected completion time
  • Batch encoding - queue multiple encoding sessions
  • Express session creation - instantly generate new sessions from separate source files using the
    current session as a template
  • Multi-input source sessions - encodea single movie from multiple sourcefiles
  • Embedding of source timecode inencoded files
  • Import chapter points directly fromCSV or StreamDataTM files
  • Flexible chapter timecode entrybased from zero or any given source timecode reference

Movie Timeline

  • Bit rate track
  • Independent bit rate displays forstereoscopic 3D encodes
  • Decoder buffer fill rate graph
  • Frame by frame picture structuretrack (I, P and B)
  • Custom entry point location track
  • PSNR track
  • Quantization track
  • Audio playback track
  • Windowed and GOP averaging viewsfor all tracks
  • Target Bit BudgetTM with MB used/remaining display
  • Source timecode/movie timecodedisplay modes
  • Mean bit rate displays for movie andsegments

Source/Encode QC Tools

  • HD-SDI playback of source and movie (requires supported graphics card)
  • 3D preview and QC including left/ right eye toggle (supported display hardware required)
  • Instant toggle between synchronized source and encoded movie
  • Sync mode playback - slave encoded movie to source file for instant comparison
  • QC loop mode - Automatic alternating replay of a selected section of the source and movie
  • Varispeed playback for source and movie files
  • Audio playback
  • Transport controls for source andencoded file

Advanced Segment Re-encoding

  • Edit in-point, out-point and segment duration
  • Segment edit tab with parameter values
  • Independent bit rate controls for MVC Base and Dependent streams (Blu-ray 3D)
  • Absolute and relative bit rate editing via simple click-drag control
  • Access to wide number of key encoding parameters
  • DVO mastering tools available for segment changes
  • Mark new I-frames during segment editing
  • Multi-take segment management and auditioning
  • ExpressQCTM - Automatic segment marking based on quality metric (PSNR)

Parameter Legalization Tools

  • Blu-ray Disc Primary
  • Blu-ray Disc Secondary
  • Blu-ray Disc 3D
  • DVD-Video
  • Rovi Entertainment Store AdaptiveStreaming
  • Rovi Entertainment Store Download
  • DivX Plus

Frame Rates

  • 59.94
  • 50
  • 29.97
  • 25
  • 24
  • 23.98
  • 3:2 pull-down insertion

Input Formats

  • QuickTime® (.qt and .mov)
  • AVI (.avi)
  • AVISynth script
  • DPX image sequences (RGB 10-bit)
  • Planar YUV (.yuv)
  • WAV (standalone DTS Master Audio Suite Application)
  • CSV (chapter point list)
  • StreamDataTM (chapter point list)

Export Formats*

  • Rovi Entertainment Store (Download and Adaptive Streaming)
  • DivX Plus
  • Windows Media (ASF)
  • MKV
  • MP4

* Included with TotalCode Professional (Digital Delivery) only


Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows® XP Professional Service Pack 3 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (all Editions, 32- and 64-bit versions)
  • Windows operating systems (above) also supported on Apple hardware using Bootcamp

Minimum System Requirements

  • Dual-Core 2GHz processor (multiple processors/cores and higher clock-speeds recommended)
  • Microsoft® Windows Media Player 10 Series
  • Apple® QuickTime® 7.7.1 or later
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
  • Monitor with 1920x1200 resolution (dual monitor recommended) and 32-bit color support
  • 800 MB of hard drive space on system drive for Sonic application and related files
  • USB port for security dongle

Recommended Graphics Adapters

  • nVidia GeForce 8800 GT

Note: Newer nVidia GeForce boards with 512 MB (or more) memory should also deliver satisfactory playback performance.

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