A Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Encoders

Considering a cloud encoder? My article, A Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Encoders, from the fabulous 2014 Streaming Media Sourcebook, is up on the Streaming Media webiste. Here’s the scintillating intro which tells what’s covered in the article. 

There are many instances where cloud encoding is both efficient and cost-effective. For example, if you’re working with files already saved to the cloud — perhaps for archival purposes, perhaps because you’re distributing content contributed by others — you avoid the upload time that is the Achilles’ heel of video on demand (VOD) cloud encoding. In addition, if you experience a spike in encoding demand, say to re-encode a library of content for distribution to a new device, cloud encoding is also a great option.

At the other end of the spectrum, many smaller producers encode in the cloud to avoid having to buy, install, and maintain an on-premise VOD encoder. All potential cloud users face the same question: how to choose from the many potential service providers. As you’ve probably guessed from the title and engaging intro, that’s what I’ll cover in this article. Specifically, I’ll cover which questions you need to ask before choosing a cloud encoding server for your VOD encodes.

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About Jan Ozer

I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks, and evaluate new encoders and codecs.

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