Encoding/Transcoding

Encoding and transcoding video is at the heart of online video, and Streaming Media offers deep dives into encoding parameters, bitrate ladders, per-title encoding, content/context-aware encoding, CBR, VBR, and ABR. Here you’ll find the latest news, reviews, tests, and analysis to help you stay on the top of your encoding/transcoding game.

Features

Buyers' Guide to Encoding Appliances 2019

Software encoding, especially in the cloud, is all the rage these days. So why stick with on-premises hardware? There are good reasons for keeping operations in-house.

How to Automate FFmpeg and Bento4 With Bash Scripts

With just a few beginner-level scripts, you can encode and package multiple filds to HLS and DASH output using open source tools.

Review: Teradek VidiU Go

I found the VidiU Go to be up to the Teradek standard of professional production gear, now for the mobile, bonded streaming audience.

Review: Videon’s Shavano 4K HEVC Video Encoder

If you're looking to add the capabilities of HEVC to your live streams, we recommend giving the Videon Shavano a test drive.

Spotlights

Product Spotlight: Teradek VidiU GO

Featuring the latest in 4G LTE bonding, VidiU Go is designed to deliver HD video reliably to your favorite live platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, etc.) in even the most challenging broadband locations.

Product Spotlight: NETINT Codensity T400 Video Transcoder

Codensity™ T400 Video Transcoders offer high quality, scalable encoding for live video streaming, through a unique combination of ASIC-based encoding densities and economics.

Product Spotlight: Magewell ProConvert

Magewell's Pro Convert hardware converters let users reliably bring traditional video signals into live, IP-based production infrastructures using NewTek's NDI® technology.

Product Spotlight: Makito X4 Video Encoder

The newly released Makito X4 is Haivision's next generation HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 encoder for ultra low latency streaming of live 4K and HD video over IP.

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Solutions Abound for High-Volume Live Video Cloud Transcoding

Streaming Media West provided a look at new options for demanding live cloud transcoding jobs. Here's a rundown for those who couldn't be there.

Creating a Recipe for Codec Success to Please All Palates

Looking back and the successes and misfires of H.264, HEVC, and VP9 show what the industry can expect from AV1 and VVC.

New Codecs Are Coming; Here's How to Evaluate Codec Evaluations

When comparing the video quality created by different codecs, consider the companies running the comparisons and the metrics they're offering.

Time to Start Testing: FFmpeg Turns 4.0 and Adds AV1 Support

AV1 delivers equivalent quality to HEVC, but with a lower data rate. For now, though, it's slow. A five-second clip took 23 hours and 46 minutes to encode.

Encoding/Transcoding Companies and Suppliers