November 16, 2011 - 12:00am

Sencore’s recent presentation at the SCTE show was designed to help operators through the challenges of normalizing video content from a variety of sources and to describe the system architecture needed for multi-screen video technology. If you missed the live presentation you can still read the white paper entitled Leveraging video transcoding in headend and hub architectures and learn more about the 3 use cases examined. This paper goes in depth about the best utilization of video transcoding techniques both in content normalization for the last mile and in improving bandwidth efficiency in the distribution network.

The full paper can be found here: http://www.sencore.com/resources/

Paper preview:

Professional broadcasters today face an ever growing array of new technologies, distribution options, format choices, and new and changing standards. Content providers have many choices for distributing digital video via satellite, over the air, and through IP networks. New technologies such as H.264 compression and DVB-S2 modulation offer enticing ways to reduce operating costs, increase quality, or offer new services to subscribers. In addition, the switch from analog to digital video topologies and adoption of high definition services creates the transitional need to simultaneously integrate new equipment while supporting legacy devices and services from end to end in the delivery chain.

The result is that today’s video distribution infrastructures carry compressed video as high definition or standard definition, encoded with different compression algorithms, and bundled with various types of audio and ancillary data services. Service providers must receive this variety of content and normalize it for delivery to the last mile network. Video transcoding devices are being used in headend and hub architectures to solve the challenges of multiple formats within the distribution network, to normalize signals to the requirements of the last mile network, and to increase the efficiency of network bandwidth utilization. The correct application of video transcoding in these different applications requires a deep knowledge of the technologies involved. This presents a challenge for headend engineers as they are required to become experts in multiple standards and codecs in order to configure these new devices for optimal operation in the network. 

For more information or for questions about this presentation contact us at W.Jones@Sencore.com today.

Sencore’s recent presentation at the SCTE show was designed to help operators through the challenges of normalizing video content from a variety of sources and to describe the system architecture needed for multi-screen video technology. If you missed the live presentation you can still read the white paper entitled Leveraging video transcoding in headend and hub architectures and learn more about the 3 use cases examined. This paper goes in depth about the best utilization of video transcoding techniques both in content normalization for the last mile and in improving bandwidth efficiency in the distribution network.