Transcoding is a process of rendering original video file content and resizing it to different resolutions.
Though it sounds very technical at first, there’s no denying that it’s essential for streaming setups.
Encoding and Transcoding
Encoding and transcoding are different processes, but they’re related in a way that one precedes the other.
Raw video footage from cameras are encoded so they can be played on most devices. Streamers can typically choose the video quality, size, bitrate and compression depending on what they want. It’s worthy to note though, that H.264 and HEVC are some of the most common encoding standards around.
Transcoding is making sure that the stream can be viewed by most, if not all devices and internet connection speed. Therein lies its most essential function on the internet and the streaming industry in general.
Transcoding essentially allows anyone with a camera to start a live stream and have that stream readily accessible to watch on a smartphone, computer or TV.
A streamer is tasked with making the content as accessible to as many people as possible. The greater the audience number the more successful they become. This can be completed with the help of a live transcoder.
On a global platform, most households won’t have the internet speed to watch 4K videos. Some might not be able to play video in full HD. The experience might be marred by buffering and constant stuttering.
Live transcoding allows the video content to be viewed on just about any connection, from 360p to 2K if supported. All the work is done for the streamer so they can concentrate on creating good content.
IP camera streaming borrows from the same technology for surveillance and traffic camera purposes. Transcoding can make a single video available in many different formats and qualities.