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Know Everything about Video Streaming Transcoder

Transcoder

A video streaming transncoder can be handy if you are staging a live event and you want viewers to be able to watch it as it occurs. It can be a cost-effective way to produce a live event since it does not require any special hardware. You can run it on any third-party hardware that you already have. A real-time transcoding/encoding solution comes with a powerful software product that lets service providers and broadcasters deliver services with different features in high resolutions. Some of the best video streaming encoders can showcase content in ultra high-definition 4K.

Video streaming transcoders are usually divided into the following categories: hardware, big-iron, portable, software, production, and on-camera. A high-end video streaming encoder supports adaptive streaming technologies like Apple HLS and video formats like MPEG-2 Video, H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC. It may also have additional real-time video editing functionality like resize, frame rate conversion, audio resampling, logo rendering.

When choosing a transcoder, be sure to consider how fast and efficient it can convert data from its original format to another. Software encoders are among the most cost-effective options even for small businesses due to its lower costs, customization options, and flexibility.

Some of the main features you can expect from a video streaming encoder are as follows:

  • Multi-bitrate encoding is supported for adaptive streaming, such as Apple HTTP live streaming.
  • It lets you make changes online: increase or decrease the amount of channels, transcoding quality and other preferences, even when you do not upgrade your hardware and delivery channels.
  • Support of hardware acceleration is very important. It lets you use GPU power to spee up transcoding process.
  • Computing resources are effectively utilized to significantly reduce expenses for head-end IPTV hardware.
  • The server can be configured with a user-friendly web interface.
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