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The essentials of video transcoding enabling acquisition, interoperability, and distribution in digital media

Written by Warren Kelly | Published in
First published: 01-06-2014
Size1.33 MB
Create DateDecember 4, 2014
Last UpdatedJuly 27, 2015

It’s been more than three decades now since digital media emerged from the lab into real world applications, igniting a communications revolution that continues to play out today. First up was the compact disc, featuring compression-free LPCM digital audio that was designed to fully reconstruct the source at playback.

With digital video on the other hand, it was clear from the outset that most recording, storage, and playback situations wouldn’t have the data capacity required to describe a series of images with complete accuracy and so the race was on to develop compression/decompression algorithms (codecs) that could adequately capture a video source while requiring as little data bandwidth as possible.

The intention of this white paper is to provide an overview of the transcoding basics you’ll need to know in order to make informed decisions about implementing transcoding in your workflow. This involves explaining the elements of the various types of digital media files used for different purposes, how transcoding works upon those elements, what challenges might arise in moving from one format to another, and which workflows are most effective for transcoding.

The Essentials of Video Transcoding Enabling Acquisition, Interoperability, and Distribution in Digital Media

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