Encoding and transcoding both represent ways of converting files between formats, however, there is a distinct difference. Encoding, by definition, takes analog source content (like an old VHS tape) and converts it to a digital format (like and AVI file). So it is converting the file for storage or transmission. On the other hand, transcoding takes an initial digital format and converts it to a different digital format, as is the case when you take your previously created AVI file and convert it to an adaptive bitrate format such as used by Viostream. The main goal of transcoding is to gain compatibility.
For Viostream encoding and transcoding are important processes for ingesting and sharing videos throughout the network. Viostream uses encoding processes so our users can feed into the platform almost any kind of video format, and it is using transcoding protocols as well, so videos can be shared to any device in any format.
Check out our Supported format page to learn more about supported codecs and containers.