Cisco® Transcode Manager (CTM) expands the revenue potential of content delivered to any device. Whether setting up a workflow to deliver IP video to a set-top box, PC, or mobile device - as a progressive download or as adaptive bitrate (ABR) over HTTP - Cisco can help you maximize your return on investment (ROI). Cisco Transcode Manager can simplify your workflow and eliminate the bottlenecks, starting with ingestion, encoding, and encryption and ending with quality check, packaging, and delivery to storage and a Content Delivery Network (CDN).
When a video file is ready to be transcoded from one format to another, Cisco Transcode Manager Encode Node performs the job. First, the Encode Node decodes the incoming source file. It then makes new assets that are ready for playback on any television, PC, or mobile device. Advanced parameters tell the encoding engine which video, audio, and wrapper format to use, as well as what quality settings and profiles are desired. All the popular file codecs, including HTTP adaptive bitrate (ABR) formats, are supported.
The Encode Node is required for file-based transcoding with Cisco Transcode Manager. Adding Encode Nodes increases the capacity of the platform to simultaneously output files.
Features and Benefits
The Encode Node:
• Offers multiple output formats, including H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, TS, and ABR
• Provides the highest quality mobile, web, standard-definition and high-definition encodes from file sources
• Is a licensed component of Cisco Transcode Manager; one is required per physical server
• Scales easily with no downtime
• Is fully licensed for all codecs and features
• Is not required for a Digital Rights Management (DRM)-only workflow
Platform Support and Compatibility
Cisco Transcode Manager is optimized for use on Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS™), such as on the B200 M2 blade server. This provides customers with a single system that encompasses:
• Network: Unified fabric
• Compute: Industry-standard x86
• Storage: Access options
• Virtualization optimized
• Unified management model
• Dynamic resource provisioning
• Efficient scale
• Lower cost with fewer servers, switches, adapters, and cables
• Lower power consumption
• Fewer points of management
License requirements for Cisco Transcode Manager vary by node, as outlined in Table 1.
Table 1. License Requirements
Unlicensed, but required initially for setup and to operate CTM; can be bypassed by the CTM Server API
Required for all installations: one license per server or blade
Required for transcoding
Required for pre-encode analysis and decision logic
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