Easy Telestream Cloud integration with LiveSync

What is LiveSync?

We have just added a new, easier way to integrate with Telestream Cloud. With LiveSync all you need to do is specify additional AWS S3 source bucket for new or existing factory and we take care of the rest. Anytime you add a new file to it we will encode it automatically to all output profiles assigned to the factory.

LiveSync allows you to batch process videos without having to write any code or make API requests. It also comes with an option to back-synchronize files you might already have in your source bucket. Once you set up a factory and define output parameters exactly as you need them, with one click you can encode all previously existing files in source bucket. Once the files are encoded they will be delivered to your selected storage. We strongly recommend you make sure your output is exactly as you need it before enabling back synchronization.

It’s up to you to decide when to use LiveSync – either when creating a new factory or changing factory settings at any time.

It’s currently available on AWS only but we’re working on Google Cloud Storage implementation as well.

How to get started?

When creating a factory, select S3 as your storage option and identify your S3 source bucket. It can’t be the same bucket as the output bucket and has to use the same credentials to access it. Alternatively, you can turn on LiveSync in Factory Settings for any factory you’ve already created.

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Enabling LiveSync while adding new factory

We will need your Access Key and Secret Key only once a to let Telestream Cloud user access the S3 bucket. We don’t store the keys. Once configured, we will use AWS events to monitor the bucket, ingest and encode any new media files placed in it. The easiest integration ever.

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Telestream Debuts Telestream Cloud, High Quality SaaS (software-as-a-service) for Video Encoding in the Cloud

Nevada City, California, April 7, 2016At NAB 2016 on booth SL 4525, Telestream, a global market leader in video transcoding and workflow automation solutions, will debut Telestream Cloud, a video encoding SaaS (software as a service) ideally suited to meet the needs of video production and post production professionals.  Telestream Cloud features support for the popular Apple ProRes video format, and extends the reach of encoding capabilities to a wider audience seeking Telestream quality encoding, while offering cloud-encoding scalability for current users.

Telestream Cloud LogoTelestream’s Cloud service offers high quality video transcoding for all formats and codecs, and dynamically scales in response to customer requirements. The service utilizes an easy yet powerful API to automate and integrate into customer workflows. File transfer and encoding times are optimized from any location since Telestream Cloud leverages multiple cloud service providers including Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services and Rackspace.

Telestream Introduces ProRes Support to Telestream Cloud

Telestream’s cloud-based transcoding service provides users with a fast, intuitive and highly cost-effective means to start producing ProRes output. For media that resides in the cloud and is destined for OTT distribution, Telestream Cloud takes a fraction of the time to commission and operate compared with an on-premises approach. Telestream Cloud pricing is structured as pay-as you-go monthly subscriptions for quick scaling as your workflow changes with no upfront expenses.

Telestream Cloud features certified ProRes presets to deliver high quality video files that conform to Apple standards and ensures trouble free, cost efficient post-production on Apple’s Final Cut Pro platform, as well as other popular editing software packages. Telestream Cloud supports Apple ProRes 422 Proxy, LT, SQ, HQ with resolutions up to 4K.

“Since its introduction, ProRes has revolutionized the post market, fundamentally changing the toolkit available to the widest audience of pro editors, and has become a standard mezzanine format for many media workflows,” commented Barbara DeHart, VP Desktop and Cloud Businesses at Telestream. “Now, Telestream is providing new impetus to this revolution, providing confidence of error free encoded files that unauthorized implementations might produce. Our elegant Cloud infrastructure offers all users a low-cost means of producing high quality ProRes files for their media workflows.”

Telestream Cloud Product Sheet

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Panda’s new clothes

The neglected child…

New user interface for our web application has been long overdue. We focused so hard on improving Panda core features that we neglected the UI. A bit. Today is the day to make it up to you. New, updated and better Panda UI has arrived.

You’re probably very well aware that old UI was okay-ish but far from perfect. We decided to take it easy and choose evolution instead of revolution. Changing users habits and workflows is always sensitive and tricky business. That’s why we think it makes more sense to introduce changes gradually.

 

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Video list view

 

 

Our main goal for first roll out was to deliver cleaner, simpler UI that makes a better use of screen space. Based on your feedback we added small changes for those of you that transcode large volumes. We’ve added simplified list view for videos and profiles to make it easier to browse them. We unified the application behavior, to make sure configuration of key Panda features is always done the same way.

 

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Profiles list view

 

 

Front-end piece of the app is now based on well known and proven AngularJS framework.

What’s next?

Expect more changes in the coming weeks. We’re working on better, more detailed encoding analytics. That’s one of more requested improvements and we’re happy to oblige.

Current console will get overhaul as well to make it more useful. Brand new piece of Panda – Live Transcoding –  will be getting it’s own piece of UI (it’s in beta now). And of course, there’ll be a number of small tweaks improvements that at first may go unnoticed but will make your work with Panda both, easier and more fun.

We would love to hear what you think. What could have been done better? Did we miss something?

Stay tuned!

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All profiles are equal…

…. but some profiles are more equal than others. At least they might be to you. We do realize that Panda is basically all about video transcoding and its core tasks are pretty much the same for most of you. However, good services should be customizable so they can fit specific user requirements.

If your business relies on specific output files more heavily than others you may want them to be encoded first. Until now you could do this by setting priority on your encoding clouds and sending more important files to the one with high priority.

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Setting priority on encoding cloud

 

This solution while generally good, had a limitation if you wanted to have specific profile encoded before others. Let’s say you need high quality MP4(H.264) encoded as your primary profile while the smaller, lower quality MP4s could follow later on. It required you to upload files twice to two different encoding clouds. Definitely not fun, as one of our clients pointed out.

We had to do something about it. And we did. Couple days later and now also profiles can have a priority setting of High, Normal and Low so you can control the order in which the jobs for specific profiles are processed.

 

Setting priority on encoding profile
Setting priority on encoding profile

Your Panda workflow just got even more flexible.

Have a nice weekend!

 

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Panda gets more secure with AES-128 encryption for HLS

Yay, it’s Friday afternoon! Here’s something short before you go and enjoy your weekend.

We have just added in Panda an ability to provide our customers with encryption of the HLS protocol. This means improved transmission security and that you get to control who can view your videos. We help you encrypt your videos either by generating a 128-bit key along with initialization vector or using a key provided by you.

In short – we encrypt all the segments of your video found in an associated HLS variant playlist. You will be able to choose a URL which contains your secret key to decrypt them with your media player. HLS Variant and HLS Variant audio profiles will now contain Encryption section to help you set everything up in seconds.

To make sure the secret key from URL is properly protected, you will need to authorize the media player to obtain the key using your web authentication service.

You can find out more on our documentation page

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