Is Your Encoder Fit for Multiplatform Purpose? Comprimato Has a View

Software and cloud solutions are the only way to make broadcast production cost effective, argues Jiri Matela, CEO of Comprimato, a Czech Republic-based developer which claims to have the fastest J2K encoding solution on the market.

Broadcast Bridge:  What should customers with multi platform distribution needs be looking for in an encoder?

Jiri Matela:  As multiplatform broadcasters are looking to re-equip their encoding and decoding solutions, they should be moving more towards software processing. This allows broadcasters to more easily develop their video workflows and make them ready for processing in the cloud which helps reduce costs and provide easier upgrades to new video technologies for a better viewing experience. To summarise, from my perspective, broadcasters need to favour software processing and solutions based on IP networks.

Broadcast Bridge:  Is a software solution always the answer?

JM:  Software and cloud solutions are the only way to make broadcast production cost effective. Hardware solutions, on the other hand, can provide super low latency (10ms) and tend to fit better for certain embedded applications. Software is, however, becoming equally important and can do what hardware does today. Comprimato is a software codec and it can process video in real-time with 16ms latency. We also have software JPEG2000 projects that scale up to 8K with 120 FPS.

Broadcast Bridge:  How should customers budget for the lifecycle of an encode/decode solution?

JM:  When customers are implementing an encode/decode solution, they need to absolutely be confident about the solution they are selecting. If it’s a hardware solution they cannot easily reprogramme it if the technology trend changes. Software solutions are more readily available and can be easily acquired compared to hardware solutions. Particularly when you need more power for peak seasons, scalability and flexibility of these solutions needs to be taking into consideration. For this a software solution is more appropriate.

Jiri Matela

Jiri Matela

Broadcast Bridge: How are you addressing the market?

JM:  Comprimato is the fastest, standard compliant, JPEG2000 software encoder and decoder enabling faster than real-time compression in video processing devices. Comprimato’s unique JPEG2000 software codec leverages the supercomputing power of GPUs and CPUs to speed up video and image compression. In combination with the video processing GStreamer framework, we provide a one-stop-shop solution for any broadcast technology vendor. Comprimato's codec helps save infrastructure costs by 70%, while reducing development cycles by 50% and enabling new revenue streams such as Ultra HD video in real-time, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and High Frame Rate (HFR) video.

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