Choosing the Right Transcoding Solution
by Jordan Friedman,
Over the years, thePlatform has partnered with many leading transcoding solution providers to create seamless integrations between our Remote Media Processor (RMP)* and their respective technologies. The top quality and breadth of our partnerships strengthens our overall solution and gives our customers a lot of options. That’s where things get tricky. With every option available, how do you know which solution is right for you?
Choosing the right transcoding solution can be challenging because each one has their specific areas of expertise. For example, some started out in the broadcast environment and later moved toward web/mobile workflows. Others provide a low-end entry for their more sophisticated (and higher quality) hardware encoders, while others moved from a singular focus on baseband signal acquisition to offering a fairly robust transcoding solution.
How Do You Differentiate the Providers?
Transcoding solutions differentiate themselves by the following criteria:
• Output Quality
• Performance / Speed
• Centralized Management
• Workflow/Partner Integration
• API Flexibility
It’s important to note that the aforementioned criteria are listed in no particular order. The qualities most important to your business depend entirely on your unique requirements.
There Are No Bad Choices
Here’s the good news: We don’t think you can go wrong with any of our great transcoding partners. At the end of the day, they all provide high quality video. You just need to evaluate them all against your particular business requirements and the six criteria listed above.
While the output may be the same across all technologies, there may be specific areas where one performs better than others. Examples may include: enhanced hardware-based de-interlacing, advanced motion compensated standards conversion, or even a slightly more sophisticated closed-caption/subtitle workflow options.
Here’s a look at our Transcoding Solution partners:
Digital Rapids’ Transcode Manager software combines outstanding quality, intelligent automation, rich format support, exceptional performance and seamless scalability for transforming high volumes of media between acquisition, production, archive and distribution formats.
Elemental™ Server is a file-based video processing system that provides fast, high-quality video transcoding for multi-screen video applications. The system merges the performance benefits of massively parallel hardware with the flexibility and forward compatibility of intelligent software, giving unmatched price/performance for video compression.
RadiantGrid provides robust, fault-tolerant, and high-performing grid transcoding within their content assembly engines for faster than real-time transcoding speeds. Use RadiantGrid transcoding services to transcode your broadcast-ready, editing, and post-production content to end-user output formats such as H.264, VC-1, and Flash, or mezzanine formats such as MPEG-2, Avid DNxHD, or DVCPRO-HD.
Rhozet’s Carbon Coder is file-based transcoding software that facilitates the conversion of media to the largest array of acquisition, editing, broadcast, Web and mobile formats available. The system scales to precisely match initial requirements and grows to support an automated multi-node transcoding farm under the control of Carbon Server or Rhozet Workflow System (WFS).
Telestream’s FlipFactory provides extensive video and audio format support and deep system integration, enabling greater flexibility and reliability for more customers worldwide than any other enterprise-class workflow automation or server-based video transcoding product on the market.
*RMP also includes a generic plugin that can invoke most encoding engines that have a Windows command-line interface. Learn more about RMP and its plugin model, click here.
Jordan Friedman, Sr. Manager, Business Development
August 3, 2011