Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. So, in this post, we’re going back to basics with an answer to a commonly asked question: what are the differences between video encoding, decoding, and transcoding?
What is Video Encoding?
- Broadcast – for backhaul, live remote interviews, return feeds, and remote production
- Enterprise – for internet streaming of your all-hands meetings, remote contribution, as IPTV, and digital signage
- Defense – for mission critical Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications
Software encoders can be installed on standard off the shelf hardware or as virtual machines (VM) in data centers or cloud platforms. Although software can be a great option for file-based encoding of video content, they don’t offer ultra low latency levels comparable to dedicated hardware encoders and therefore not suitable for most live broadcast contribution applications.
What is Video Decoding?
What is Video Transcoding?
Explore the Basics and Beyond of Video Encoding
The Essential Guide to Low Latency Video Streaming is a comprehensive resource, exploring the fundamentals of video encoding, latency, protocols, and more.