BRIGHTCOVE ZENCODER

VIDEO ENCODING SPEED YOU HAVE TO SEE TO BELIEVE

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Fast. Reliable. And ready for anything.

Zencoder is the cloud-based video encoding platform for anyone who wants to create and deliver content for audiences around the world. With extremely fast transcoding, industry-leading reliability, unmatched input file compatibility, and output support for all connected devices, Zencoder puts the power of on-demand video in your hands, whether you’re sharing to viewers on their phones, on the web – or in their living rooms.

  • Fast encoding in the cloud — including 4K, UHD, and HEVC files
  • Enterprise reliability — 99.99% uptime with a 99.99% success rate
  • Unmatched file compatibility — support for the broadest range of input and output formats
  • Quicker ROI — no upfront investment; pay only for what you use

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More quality for less money.

Our Context Aware Encoding capability, an Emmy® Award winning technology, delivers improved compression and adaptive bitrate streaming. You don’t have to think about it. Your viewers get a flawless performance, and you win with dramatically reduced bandwidth, storage, and encoding costs. Available with annual contract.

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Integrate in hours, not weeks.

It’s true — you can start encoding immediately, and seamlessly integrate your application with our fast and scalable encoding platform in a matter of hours. A well-documented API, easy-to-use API request builder, integration libraries, and world-class support streamline your process and provide an elegant and extendable solution.

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FREE TEST JOBS

Test jobs are free with outputs limited to 5 seconds. This allows you to test and integrate without being charged.

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TRANSMUXING (SAVE 75%)

Transmuxing existing H.264 files for HLS or MPEG-DASH delivery counts as 1/4 regular minutes.

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AUDIO-ONLY

Audio-only minutes (audio to audio, or video to audio) count as 1/4 regular minutes.

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STANDARD-DEFINITION (SD)

Each SD minute (output frame size under 1280x720) counts as 1 regular minute.

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HIGH-DEFINITION (HD)

Each HD minute (output frame size of 1280x720 to 2048x1080) counts as 2 regular minutes.

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ULTRA HIGH-DEFINITION (UHD)

Each UHD minute (output frame size above 2048x1080 and up to 4096x2160) counts as 4 regular minutes.

Additional information

HOW ARE FILE TRANSCODING MINUTES CALCULATED?
Minutes refers to the length in minutes of an output video. So if you encode the full length of a 10 minute video, your total minutes is 10. If you are using multiple outputs and encode your video into 2 different formats, your total minutes for that encoding job is 20.

ABOUT FRAMERATES
SD and HD outputs are limited to 240 fps (frames per second). UHD outputs are limited to 60 fps. Input frame rates are not limited, so you can have a 4K 1000 fps file as an input, but it will be limited to 240 fps as an SD or HD output, and 60 fps as a UHD output.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I USE MORE MINUTES THAN ARE INCLUDED IN MY PLAN?
Minutes beyond those included in the plan will be charged at the rates listed above. For your protection, each package also has a monthly maximum. If you exceed this value in a given month, the account will be suspended until you upgrade to a higher plan or contact support.

Zencoder supported formats



Input formats
Container Format
  • TS
  • ISOBMFF MP4 (mp4, m4a, m4v, f4v, f4a, m4b, m4r, f4b, mov, 3gp)
  • MXF
  • ASF
  • AVI
  • WEBM
  • ISOBMFF MOV
  • FLV
Audio Codecs
  • AC3
  • MPEG-4 AAC
  • MPEG-4 HE-AAC
  • MPEG-4 HE-AAC v2
  • MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3)
  • MPEG-1 Layer I,II
  • AMR - WB
  • AMR
  • QCELP
  • Uncompressed (PCM, WAV)
  • Lossless audio(ALAC, FLAC)
  • Windows Media Audio(WMA 1-3)
  • Vorbis
Video Codecs
  • MPEG-2
  • H.264/AVC
  • H.265/HEVC
  • JPEG 2000
  • VC-1
  • VC-3/DNxHD
  • H.263
  • MPEG-4 Visual
  • CINEPAK
  • MPEG-1
  • DV/DVCPRO
  • ProRes
  • VP6
  • VP8
  • VP9
Audio Formats
  • stereo
  • multi-channel
  • 96kHz+
Video Formats
  • Interlaced
  • HD
  • HDR
  • Dolby Vision (only passthrough)
Closed Captions
  • CEA-608 (separated track)
  • A/53 (embedded)
  • SCTE-128 (embedded)
Output formats
Container Format
  • TS
  • ISOBMFF (MP4)
  • FLASH
  • MOV
  • WebM
Audio Codecs
  • AAC
  • ARM
  • MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3)
  • Vorbis
  • Opus
Video Codecs
  • H.264/AVC
  • H.265/HEVC
  • VP9
  • VP8
  • AV1
Audio Formats
  • stereo
  • multi-channel (up to 8.1)
  • 96kHz+
Streaming formats
  • HLS
  • DASH
  • Smooth
Closed Captions
  • CEA-608/708
  • WebVTT
  • SCC
Encryption and DRM (only encryption service)
  • Playready
  • Widevine Modular
  • Fairplay
  • CENC
  • AES-128

Features and benefits

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Free test jobs

Test jobs are free with outputs limited to 5 seconds. That way, you can test and integrate without being charged.

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Auto captioning

Captions are generated by automatically transcribing speech in the audio track to a VTT, SCC, or DFXP file.

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No file size limits

Simply pay by minutes of output.

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Little to no queue times

And no limit on the number of concurrent jobs.

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Email and chat support

Experts are available to answer all your questions.

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