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Buyer’s Brief: Encoding & Transcoding

If you’re managing video across numerous platforms, you’ll need to consider your options for encoding and transcoding as you prepare media for distribution to multiple screens.


Io 4K

AJA’s Io 4K mobile capture and output hardware with Thunderbolt 2 pass-through support offers a full range of professional video and audio connectivity with support for the latest 4K/Ultra HD devices and HFR workflows up to 4K 50p/60p, handling an array of formats including 4K/Ultra HD/HD/SD over 3G-SDI and HDMI. When paired with a laptop running Wirecast or vMix live switching and streaming software, the multichannel box can input up to four live HD video channels or a single 4K channel into the computer, feeding the software for camera switching and encoding an output stream to a content delivery network (CDN), streaming server or alternate destination.  



ATEME is a leading vendor of pure-software encoding solutions, highlighted by its TITAN software family that can run on any commercial off-the-shelf server, in any environment, removing all infrastructure constraints. ATEME’s “building block” approach provides even more flexibility as software modules can be combined as needed: any input/output, any codec, any resolution, from an encoder to a video headend in a box. Two key products within the TITAN range include TITAN Mux, a virtualized multifunction software stream processor, and TITAN Edge, an integrated receiver/decoder/transcoder that combines decoding, encoding, multiplexing, time-shifting, advertising and packaging functionalities. TITAN Edge is the all-in-one solution that simplifies network architecture and workflows, reducing link opex and support costs.

Axis Communications

AXIS M7011

The single-channel AXIS M7011 video encoder offers easy and cost-effective integration of analog CCTV cameras into an IP-based video surveillance system. AXIS M7011 provides excellent H.264 video compression performance in a small package, without any limitation of the number of individually configured video streams. The video encoder is suitable for all analog camera types, both fixed and pan/tilt/zoom cameras. Featuring Power over Ethernet (PoE), the same Ethernet cable is used for both data and power, making installation flexible and easy. The video encoder also features a card slot for edge storage with microSD cards or NAS (network attached storage). 


Re/Vue Pro

The Re/Vue Pro compact lossless encoding and streaming solution is equipped with a DisplayPort digital interface to support higher stream resolutions of up to 4K x 2K. It supports both DVI and DisplayPort connectivity and offers lossless capture and streaming of resolutions of 4096 x 2160 at 60 Hz via DisplayPort and up to 2048 x 2160 at 60 Hz via DVI. Industry-leading compression ratios of 8,000:1 to 30,000:1 minimize required storage for large volume image data. Mission-critical redundancy is provided by dual Ethernet outputs and two external power supplies.

Live Streaming, a trusted provider of cloud-based video-on-demand workflows in media and entertainment, has expanded its services to include live transcoding capabilities for OTT live linear and live event workflows. Cable programmers, broadcasters and video service providers now have access to a single-point solution for world-class file-based and live streaming, all integrated through a single API.’s Live Event product is the first in the market to offer unlimited processing per month commercial model. 

Marshall Electronics


The VS-SW-100 consists of 24 PSE/PoE+ ports with an additional two SFP uplink ports with real-time management and measurement displays. Specifically designed for use with IP cameras, encoders and decoders, the VS-SW-100 can concurrently supply up to 30 watts of power per port (PoE+), enabling up to 24 simultaneous PTZ IP cameras from one source in only 1 RU.


AG 9000

The Sencore AG 9000 distribution monitoring decoder provides HEVC 4K decoding for monitoring real-time linear distribution video feeds. Based on ASIC technology, the AG 9000 provides low power usage, reasonable cost and high density. The card can be used in any Ross openGear frame and up to 20 channels can be deployed in 2 RU, saving rackspace in typically tight NOC and video wall situations. Delivering either full resolution, full bandwidth 2160p 10-bit output via HDMI 2.0 or downconverted 1080p 50/60 video via 3G-SDI, the AG 9000 decodes video services up to 80 Mb/s to baseband for confidence monitoring or lab playback.  


Eolementhe v2

The French-based company Videomenthe has just released the latest version of Eolementhe, its cloud-based platform for assets processing. Eolementhe’s user-friendly interface permits the automation of the entire workflow of media content owners with simple drags and drops. This multi-provider environment automatizes transcoding, QC, loudness and other actions from a single API. As a cloud-based portal, Eolementhe allows the streamlining of operations from anywhere and secure content delivery. Eolementhe is a cost-effective all-in-one solution with a scalable service. Videomenthe offers a pay-as-you-go pricing model, allowing media companies or freelancers to extend their workflow in a cloud-based solution.