1U Encoder

This encoder is used primarily on point to point unreliable internet connections , it offers simplicity and ease of use. With enhanced bonding algorithms the Quicklink 1U Encoder also offers flexibility and 24/7 operation resilience. Satellite Optimisation and Adaptive Mode on our advanced software ensures that the encoder offers reliability and robust performance by compensating for any satellite degradation. Ideal for SNG truck mounting and due to its shallow footprint, this encoder can be installed into the shallowest 19”racks.  HEVC field upgradeable, the encoder integrates seamlessly with the full range of existing Quicklink systems and solutions.


Key Features

  • Fixed SD/HD Encoder
  • Ideal for remote bureaus or SNG’s
  • 1 touch operation and controllable remotely
  • 128Kb up to 12Mb
  • Includes inbuilt bonding
  • Built-in IFB
  • 4 channel audio encoding
  • IFB return audio even when not transmitting
  • Includes iWatch App for additional connection speed and signal monitoring


Product Summary

Native Bonding included: With enhanced bonding algorithms, the Quicklink 1U Encoder offers flexibility and resilience with the bonding capability of 3G/4G technology via the 4 USB ports. The advanced bonding technology is inbuilt within the software thus offering a very cost effective versatile bonding solution

Easy setup: One touch operation. Set up and operation could not be easier – simply use the front panel touchscreen and with one button press you could be streaming live. SD/HD SDI and HDMI inputs are detected automatically.

Direct Remote Access: The 1U encoder can be accessed directly via the desktop interface or remote accessed directly via mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows tablets. On location live preview of video is available for confidence monitoring.

Stable, reliable and versatile: Superior quality stable transmissions are achieved with ease.

Low latency IFB of 75 ms ensures a professional broadcast experience.

Satellite Optimised: Optimisation and Adaptive Mode on our advanced software ensures that the 1U encoder offers reliability and robust performance by compensating for any satellite degradation.

Performance and Reliability: Faster optimisation of bandwidth and adaptive Forward Error Correction algorithms ensures a robust performance on all connected network types.

Future Proof: HEVC Software Field is upgradable.

Guaranteed bandwidth in remote areas: The Quicklink 1U Encoder optimises both satellite and cellular networks for live broadcasting.



The Quicklink iStats App allows you to monitor your Quicklink video encoders wherever you are, in an instant, in real time. Synchronise the app with your encoders and continuously track their statuses and performance. The Quicklink iStats App stays on alert and guarantees you peace of mind!

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  • Connection speed and signal strength monitoring
  • On and Off air transmission updates. Your apple device will vibrate if the video streaming is interrupted
  • Talkback status
  • Source information

How does it work?

Connect your Apple device to your Quicklink Encoder’s Wi-Fi. Once the connection is set-up, you are ready to go. Your Mobile Data can be disabled if required. You will instantaneously  and automatically receive the encoder’s status data on your Apple device screen.

If you wish to monitor another Quicklink Encoder, select the new encoder’s Wi-Fi connection.

Pricing and Availability

  • Quicklink iStats is available on the App Store free of charge
  • iStats requires iOS 9.2 or later
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple watches

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  • Bonds all multiple network connections
  • HEVC Software Field upgradable
  • Reliable performance with Adaptive Forward error corrections algorithms
  • SD/HD SDI and HDMI inputs
  • Low latency IFB 75 ms
  • Inmarsat GX Integration, optimisation
  • CIF to full HD resolution
  • Auto detection of input sources
  • 15 secs boot time
  • Shallow depth, ideal for VSAT in vehicle
  • Quick Restart feature on power failure
  • Bandwidth-smoothing for optimal network performance and packet re-ordering feature
  • Remote control from mobile devices, all web browsers supported

The Quicklink 1U Encoder FAQ

1. What is point to point?

A transmission from a single point encoder to a single point Playout Server both of which are Quicklink products.


2. Can I use the encoder with another company server?

Yes. To use the Quicklink 1U encoder you need to stream to a QMM server then this standards based RTSP stream can be decoded by any Standards based decoder.


3. Does the encoder work with Ka?

Yes. The Quicklink 1U encoder is optimised for the Ka Band Network. The encoder was developed with hundreds of hours of Ka testing. The Optimisation and Adaptive Mode on our advanced software ensures that this encoder offers reliability and robust performance by automatically compensating for any satellite degradation.


4. What is adaptive data rate?

When sending video over IP format, the video quality will adapt to the speed of the connection. The higher the speed, the better the quality of video. Faster Optimisation of bandwidth and adaptive Forward Error Correction algorithms ensures a robust performance on all connected network types.


5. What is H.264, H.265/HEVC? What is the difference? Is the encoder compatible?

  • H.264 is a codec, which is a method of compressing video data for transmission. For example if you try to transmit every pixel of every frame without some form of compression it would result in a large amount of data. H.264 is the broadcast standard for this.
  • H.265/HEVC provides more compression, at the same level of video output quality. For example if you have the equivalent video output quality for H.264 and H.265/HEVC, you will use less bandwidth with H265/HEVC as the data is more compressed.
  • H.265/HEVC is available as a software upgrade on this encoder.


6. How easy is it to use the Quicklink 1U encoder?

Once configured, a single button press will transmit to your selected destination using your input settings. The encoder can also be configured to auto transmit on startup , thereby no user interaction is needed to go live.


7. What types of Quicklink 1U Encoder are there?

There is currently one version.


8. Does the Quicklink 1U Encoder have different inputs?

The inputs are SD/HDSDI and HDMI.


9. What are the advantages of using the encoder in the field?

The encoder is easy to use with a single button press to start the transmission. The unit can also be configured to auto transmit on startup. The Quicklink 1U Encoder can be mounted in a rack within a SNG truck and can transmit in high quality using the SD/HDSDI or HDMI source. Faster optimisation of bandwidth and adaptive Forward Error Correction algorithms ensures a robust performance on all connected network types.


10. Can I use more than one Quicklink 1U Encoder?

Yes, depending on your decoding requirements.


CPU  Intel Processor
Memory  8Gb
Rear I/O Ports  2 x RJ45 LAN ports for connection to satellite (Thuraya /Inmarsat BGAN / Ka-SAT etc.), 4 x USB 3.0 ports for plugin to 3G/4G dongles ,DisplayPort, HDMI out, 3.5mm I/O Audio.
Additional Options  External Wi-Fi via 3rd party extenders
Hard Drive  Solid state
SDI video input  1 x 10 bit HD/SD (BNC)
Support video formats  525i NTSC, 625i PAL, 720HD and 1080HD via BNC connector
Resolutions  Various from QCIF (176×144) to SD (PAL or NTSC) to HD 720P 1080P, 1080i
Video MPEG-4 Video part 10 (AVC/H.264), Baseline, Main and High Profile & Priority enhancement
Talkback 1 X Analogue 3.5mm Jack Audio IFB / Talkback connectors
Audio Codec AAC audio from 16 Kbits to 320 Kbit/s
Video Codec H.264 video codec
Supported Video Formats HD / SD Format Support 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC, 525/23.98 NTSC 720HD and 1080HD
SDI Compliance SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M, ITU-R BT.656 and ITU-R BT.601
Video Sampling 4:2:2
Colour Precision 4:2:2 10 bit
Colour Space 4:2:2 YUV
Power requirement  input 100 ~240V
Operation temperature 0 to +55oC
Network Connection  2 x Gigabit Ethernet

The UK general elections of 2015 took place this month in order to elect the 56th Parliament of the United Kingdom. Voting took place in all 650 parliamentary constituencies of the United Kingdom. SNG Broadcast based in Manchester was tasked to transmit high quality, low latency broadcasting of the ongoing live interviews and debates back to TV2 Denmark.

Using the Quicklink 1U Encoder, TV2 Denmark were able to produce for the first time a multi lingual news broadcast both in Danish and English for the UK elections. Spanning over 3 days, constant live broadcasts were transmitted with excellent quality over the Ka Band Network. Paul Bridgeman from SNG Broadcast explains;

“I used SD quality running over a 6MB line, in the adaptive mode to squeeze as much bandwidth as possible. The quality was really good and this would be comparable to any Ku service.”

One of the main valuable features for TV2 Denmark is that the Quicklink 1U Encoder has constant audio return communication (IFB). Paul Bridgeman from SNG Broadcast explains;

“This was very useful for our reporter and she relied on this heavily. The reporter was able to listen to her own language on the news channel over the comms to see what was happening around the UK. This was really valuable because it did not involve her being on the phone constantly to the newsroom and wondering what was going on”

During the 2015 elections SNG Broadcast were able to follow David Milliband and the Labour bus outside the Leeds City Museum, sending live footage back to TV2 Denmark via the satellite truck. On other days there was a permanent setup at Doncaster Racecourse, with a fibre link going to the election stage, which enabled multiple lives to be transmitted all night back to the main TV2 Denmark news channel.

The Quicklink 1U Encoder offers cost effective bonding combined with simplicity and ease of use. With enhanced bonding algorithms the 1U Encoder offers flexibility and resilience. Satellite optimisation and an intuitive adaptive mode on the advanced software ensures that the encoder offers reliability and robust performance by compensating for any satellite degradation.

About Quicklink

The Quicklink 1U Encoder is part of the live hardware broadcast range from Quicklink. Speak to a member of the sales team +44 1792 720880 or email sales@quicklink.tv