Filestack Adds Video Encoding to its File Processing Workflows

The online video space just got a whole lot more interesting thanks to the recent battle between Meerkat and Periscope. While the focus may be on the flaws and pros of each service, there is one glaring factor that operators should be taking note of – the almost instant acceptance and use of both apps.

Video consumption and distribution is at an all-time high. Over six billion hours of video are viewed every month on YouTube, while Facebook claims that more than one billion videos are viewed each day on its platform.

Reflecting this video trend, Filepicker has added video transcoding as their latest file conversion solution. As with its image file process, Filepicker takes pride in helping our customers simplify complex workflows with this new service allowing users to easily get video files encoded and so facilitating greater end-user access and distribution.

Benefits of having videos transcoded:

  1. Simplifies workflow
  2. Reduces transfer costs
  3. Fast and reliable
  4. Video outputs are compatible with multiple devices
  5. Provides end users with high quality video which enhances customer experience

Compatibility is the biggest issue for developers. End users have their files spread across a number of devices and consume videos across a number of distribution channels.

All major video standards, such as H.265 for UltraHD/4K, have to be supported but integrating such solutions can be a tedious, time-consuming and costly. And this is why Filepicker launched this new API to offer a simple and flexible solution to operators.

How it works:

Once a video is uploaded to Filepicker, users can transcode it by calling (it) video_convert. As well as ‘regular’ videos, the tool can capture live webcam recordings and ingest source files – all of which can be transcoded in the one place.

The Filepicker video transcoding api supports converting from and to any of the following formats (presets):

  • h264
  • h264.hi
  • h265
  • webm
  • webm.hi
  • ogg
  • ogg.hi
  • hss

So, what features should you look for when choosing video transcoding offerings?

  1. Full support for Apple iOS HLS, Microsoft HSS and MPEG Dash
  2. Secure streaming with AES-128 encryption
  3. Adaptive bitrate encoding for optimum customer experience

It should also be optimized for high volume transcoding and have more CPUs to match workflows. Pricing for such features can vary with Filepicker offering to lock in prices for the first six months of service provision.

Go check out the documentation, and for a demonstration, contact us!


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