Kraken Series

All-In-One Video Encoding, Transcoding and Routing for ISR Communications


Kraken is a software-based video transport solution for real-time encoding and transcoding. Designed for mission-critical applications, Kraken optimizes the quality and transport of full-motion video streams with embedded KLV metadata.

Kraken ensures compatibility when compliance with legacy standards is essential. Capable of ingesting video data in a broad range of common streaming formats, Kraken efficiently converts streams to H.265/HEVC or H.264/AVC for low latency transmission, with settings suitable for downstream networks or video distribution systems.

Leveraging next generation computational resources, Kraken provides the highest picture quality from available bandwidth for low latency backhaul of situational awareness and C4ISR video.


Kraken is designed to work in a wide range of ISR video workflows. Supporting HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2 and MPEG-2, Kraken can ingest video from numerous motion imagery sources and formats simultaneously, regardless of platform, while preserving synchronized metadata for use in Command & Control (C2) and Common Operating Picture (COP) systems.

Helping with beyond line of sight applications where bandwidth is especially constrained, Kraken can encode and transcode multiple video streams with HEVC compression, reducing bandwidth consumption by up to 50% compared to H.264 for significant reductions in bitrate while maintaining image quality.


Kraken allows you to deliver substantially increased full HD video quality over satellite and other constrained networks. Optimized for 1080p and 720p applications, Kraken receives high bitrate H.264 streams, which it then transcodes to HEVC for transport and reconverts from HEVC to H.264 for onward distribution through less constrained exploitation ecosystems.


For military ISR full-motion video (FMV) applications, Kraken provides low latency transcoding for metadata-rich airborne and ground applications, delivering video to multiple devices at any point in the DoD ISR FMV architecture.

Kraken redistributes high bandwidth digital video broadcasts over local area networks for viewing on desktops, soft-players and set-top boxes. Kraken can function as a stream router, converting between transport protocols including SRT, UDP, RTSP and RTMP as well as between unicast and multicast. This facilitates interoperability across complex workflows spanning multiple networks where each network requires a specific transport protocol.


In the world of ISR, systems are designed to collect, process, and disseminate information. Many FMV applications bundle additional information with video streams in the form of metadata, typically in STANAG and MISB compliant Key-Length-Value (KLV) format.

Kraken is specifically optimized for the task of disseminating information in a format that adheres to defense standards in downstream networks, exploitation systems, and viewers, with the lowest possible delay, while preserving and enhancing metadata with frame accurate synchronization.


Kraken Server

Designed for high performance live HD video transcoding in ground control centers, the Kraken Server optimizes tames mission-critical video streams for  backhaul via satellite or constrained datalinks for enterprise distribution and delivery to mobile devices.

Kraken Edge

A compact, all-in-one FMV encoder/transcoder for bandwidth constrained applications with size and weight limitations. Kraken Edge leverages next generation codecs to process multiple streams simultaneously while achieving the highest picture quality from available bandwidth.

Kraken VM

Enables deployment on existing defense systems, such as tactical communication kits, when additional transcoding is required. Capable of leveraging hardware acceleration resources and baseband ingest, Kraken VM provides backhaul encoding and transcoding in any ISR workflow.

Kraken on Microsoft Azure

Kraken is available as a cloud option BYOL (Bring Your Own License) on Microsoft Azure. Kraken uses Microsoft’s global network of cloud regions and the public internet to distribute high-quality and encrypted full-motion video to multiple destinations.


From tactical communication kits to centralized data centers, Kraken VM gives users the capability to deploy a complete low latency encoding and transcoding solution on their existing systems. Users with existing hardware can easily deploy Kraken as a VM, providing a robust video routing and transcode capability, without any increase in size, weight, and power. Haivision has certified Kraken installation on hardware from several strategic partners, including ADDC, CUBIC, Klas, MilDef, PacStar, and Sub U Systems.


Secure Reliable Transport

The Kraken supports Haivision’s SRT (Secure Reliable Transport), a technology that optimizes live video distribution across unpredictable networks, like the internet, by assuring quality-of-service when faced with packet loss, congestion, jitter, latency, and fluctuating bandwidth.

Leveraging SRT, the Kraken is ideal for transporting high-quality, low latency and secure live video across public and private networks, and offers significant operational flexibility and cost savings compared to satellite or custom network infrastructures.