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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.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Per-Title Encoding

Video encoding began as a one-dimensional data rate adjustment that reflected the simple reality that all videos encode differently is now a complex analysis that incorporates frame rate, resolution, color gamut, and dynamic ranges, as well as delivery network and device-related data, along with video quality metrics.

Review: Moscow State University Video Quality Measurement Tool

If you're serious about experimenting with different codecs and/or encoding parameters, MSU's Video Quality Measurement Tool is an essential tool, and version 13 brings some welcome improvements.

Buyers' Guide to VOD Encoders

What's the best solution for your video on-demand encoding needs? That depends, but this guide will help you figure out which questions to ask.

Navigating a Multi-Codec World

AVC led to format consolidation, but we've seen more fragmentation in recent years. Fortunately, the huge critical mass around AOMedia might lead to a simpler future.

Spotlights

Product Spotlight: Magewell Ultra Encode

Supporting multiple encoding formats and a wide array of delivery protocols, Magewell's Ultra Encode family of universal live media encoders offers video professionals and systems integrators a flexible and affordable encoding solution for applications ranging from live streaming and remote contribution to IP-based production workflows.

Margins in Streaming Market Will Erode in 2021; Diversification is Key

CEO Interview: Richard Oesterricher, Streaming Global

Streaming Global aims to solve three of the online video industry's biggest pain points: high delivery costs, lack of reliable scalability, and too-long latencies

CEO Interview: Claudio Lisman, Primestream

Primestream's Media IO and Xchange Media Cloud work together to create an IP Network Operations Center for live production and editing using any streaming protocol

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Defend Your Video Encoding Choices with Data

If you're charged with configuring your encoding ladder, there are a few datapoints you should have nailed. The most important is the VMAF score of the top rung of your encoding ladder.

In Search of Better Encoding Quality for WebRTC

Suffice it to say that Web­RTC is finally out of kindergarten and moving into the elementary grades. Which grade exactly? Well, that likely depends on which web browser you're using and which server technology or platform your Web­RTC implementation uses.

New Rules of Codec Development

The game has changed for new codecs entering the market.

It's Time to Retire PSNR

Peak signal-to-noise ratio is poor predictor of subjective video quality. So why are PSNR comparisons used in almost all codec comparisons?

Encoding/Transcoding Companies and Suppliers