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Early system on Ferut computer. Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959).


(1) To convert from one format to another. It implies conversion between very distinct kinds of data, such as from speech into text or from analog video into digital frames. Sometimes the term is used as nothing more than a fancier synonym for "convert." See transpiler.

(2) To convert from one compressed audio or video format to another; for example, from MP3 to Ogg Vorbis. Converting lossy formats, such as MP3, to another lossy format may degrade quality considerably. See FLAC, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis.

(3) To convert from one video color format to another; for example, from composite video to component video. Modern A/V receivers transcode video in order to accommodate a mix of analog and video sources.
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Stellar Inflight Selects Digital Rapids Transcode Manager
Transcode four simultaneous HD broadcasted channels to enable consumption on portable devices using DLNA and HLS protocols Increase storage capacity on a hard-disk drive by up to 15x Process Broadcast, Over-The-Top, User-Generated, and DVR content for live viewing and storage Convert media content at 4x realtime for HD and 16x realtime for SD for sync-and-go applications USB transcoder adapters that support up to 4 HD to HD channels in wall-powered or bus-powered configurations
It also supports pre-defined transcoding presets that make it easy to transcode video for smartphones, tablets, web browsers and other devices.
With highly scalable cloud- and server-based encoding solutions and desktop applications, Sorenson Media empowers the enterprise and video professionals to easily and cost-effectively encode, transcode, manage and deliver the highest-quality video online and to mobile devices.
In addition to Terra's use of Digital Rapids Transcode Manager in the production of content for the company's branded online news portal, Terra has used the system for a variety of projects including multiscreen on-demand coverage of last year's London Olympic Games.
Vantage Transcode simplifies media conversion in multiformat production, editing, MAM, and distribution environments.
The new Kayak Engines also expand Transcode Manager's extensive capabilities with new format support - including the UltraViolet (TM) Common File Format (CFF) - and new processing features such as Dolby[sup.
Leveraging our new Kayak application foundation, Transcode Manager provides these customers with a powerful, future-proof transcoding platform that addresses these needs and can easily adapt with the evolving media landscape.
Any-to-Any": Transcodes any combination of MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC, HD, SD, and numerous audio codecs, including HD to SD down-conversion
It will be simple for customers to transcode from many formats, such as the ability to transcode MPEG2s to FLVs for Web delivery or FLVs to h.
With the addition of Sorenson Spark, RipCode customers will be able to seamlessly transcode and deliver the largest installed base of online video across multiple platforms, including mobile devices, the Web and Internet television.
In contrast, network-aware, transactional solutions transcode content automatically and in real time, regardless of where content is located, while also automatically factoring in the capabilities of receiving devices and available bandwidth for respective viewing sessions.