Using Microservices and Containers for Video Encoding

Leveraging microservices and containers to create an advanced, scalable and powerful video encoding service. Video encoding is a complex and compute intensive task which is well suited to leverage the cloud thanks to its ability to quickly scale compute intensive operations. In other words, you can get massive computing power that scales very quickly to […]

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Apple joins AV1 codec consortium. What does it mean for you?

Apple surprised the video ecosystem Thursday by announcing it has joined the Alliance for Open Media, the consortium standardizing the next generation video codec AV1. At Bitmovin we were pleasantly surprised by this announcement since Apple was one of the major voices missing from the discussion — until now! And it wasn’t just us, other […]

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5 Reasons to Consider Ensemble Squeeze

Ensemble Video is a video platform that facilitates the upload and conversion of a massive array of video and audio formats. Ensemble Video can transcode from virtually any media format to standard media formats used today, to ensure delivery to variety of devices. We do this using tools like Sorenson Squeeze and Zencoder.

Recently we began offering Ensemble Squeeze to our customers and prospects. Ensemble Squeeze is a fully integrated encoding solution from Sorenson Media, designed for Ensemble customers. Ensemble Squeeze is virtually identical to Sorenson Squeeze server, except that it will only output MP4/MP3. If you are a self-hosted customer that is using ProMedia Carbon Coder by Harmonic or if you never purchased an encoding solution you should consider purchasing Ensemble Squeeze.

5 Reasons to Consider Ensemble Squeeze

#1 – End of Life for Rhozet/ProMedia Carbon Coder by Harmonic

Ensemble Video will no longer support ProMedia Carbon Coder by Harmonic  (Rhozet Carbon Coder) after December 31, 2017.

#2 – Great Features

The Ensemble Squeeze encoding solution runs on a virtual machine (VM) and supports ABR transcoding, high quality MP4/MP3 outputs, preset configuration, watch folders and so much more! Please refer to page 3 of the Ensemble Video Server Recommendations document for more information.

#3 – Low Cost

The Ensemble Squeeze encoding solution pricing is simple. Even better, the first-year cost of Ensemble Squeeze is over 50% less than Rhozet ProMedia Carbon Coder and the full version of Sorenson Squeeze Server.

#4 – Incredible Partner Support

Ensemble Video partnered with Sorenson Media for over three years and we are convinced they are a perfect partner for Ensemble Video and our customers.

#5 – Free Trial

Want to kick the tires? We can arrange a free 30-day trial of Ensemble Squeeze at any time. Just reach out and we’ll get the process started!

What Doesn’t Ensemble Squeeze Do?

One of the most common questions we get is “What don’t you get with Ensemble Squeeze?” This is a great question, there are a couple differences between Ensemble Squeeze and Sorenson Squeeze Server.

  1. Ensemble Squeeze DOES NOT support clustered Sorenson Squeeze servers (encoding farms). If you need to cluster Sorenson Squeeze Servers to encode a high volume of content, you should look into the full version of Sorenson Squeeze Server (we can help you make this decision and purchase).
  2. Ensemble Squeeze DOES NOT come with a free version of Sorenson Squeeze Desktop. This allows you to edit the encoding presets that Ensemble Video and Ensemble Squeeze use to encode content.
  3. Ensemble Squeeze DOES NOT output files other than MP4/H.264 and MP3. This should not be an issue for Ensemble customers as those file types are fully compatible with our HTML5 player and streaming methods. With that said, Ensemble Squeeze can ingest/accept countless formats such as, .MOV, .MP4, .AVI, .FLV, etc. To review the support input formats, please refer to the Squeeze Server Support Formats document.


Is There a Price Difference?

Finally, the most common question we get is, “Is there a price difference?” The answer is yes. The good news is Ensemble Squeeze costs less. Here is a simple pricing comparison of Ensemble Squeeze and Sorenson Squeeze.

Ensemble Squeeze Pricing

Year 1: $2,500
Year 2+: $500

Sorenson Squeeze Pricing

Year 1: $5,900
Year 2+: $900

As you can see Ensemble Squeeze is a fully integrated encoding solution from Sorenson Media and it works seamlessly with Ensemble Video. Please keep in mind Ensemble Squeeze was designed specifically for Ensemble customers and it is virtually identical to Sorenson Squeeze server. If you are a self-hosted customer or prospect, please contact us to schedule a demo or request a free trial!

An Easy to Use, Affordable Live Streaming Encoder

The Videon Greylock HD H.264 encoder/decoder is full featured, easy to use, affordable, and produces very good quality output for live streaming workflows. If you are in the market for a portable or fixed live encoder that can send a stream to your Ensemble Video streaming server, the Videon Greylock HD should be on your short list.

Videon Greylock brings affordable encoding workflows without sacrificing quality.

One thing we really like about the Videon Greylock is you don’t have to pay exorbitant prices to get a professional-grade product. Supporting resolutions up to 1080p60, this encoder/decoder gives you high definition H.264 video encode with the added bonus of built-in decode capability. Better yet, it’s easy to use, with a web UI and straightforward setup process. It took me less than 5 minutes to have the Greylock up and running. For Ensemble customers, you will be happy to know the Greylock supports RTMP streaming, with HDMI, SDI, and resolutions up to 1080p60. Finally, Intel silicon gives Greylock low power, small form factor, and high reliability. Designed specifically for applications where affordability is important, the Greylock fits into a variety of live streaming workflows.

The Basics

  • Easily live stream through Ensemble Video for schools, event venues, houses of worship, businesses and broadcasters.
  • Flexible connections with Ensemble Video and Wowza to move content from any source to many screens.
  • Energy efficient with a small form factor and easy-to-use user interface
  • Based on Intel® AtomTM CE5300 media processor.

How to Connect and Configure the Videon Greylock

The Greylock can be setup as an encoder, decoder, or both. Ensemble Video customers should use the Greylock as an encoder. Once your Greylock HD arrives, simply connect Greylock unit to video source and/or display, DHCP and multicast-enabled router, and power outlet. Connect computer to router. Verify that the source and/or display, computer, and router are on.


Run the Videon Discovery Application

Run the Videon Discovery Application (found on the sleek USB stick included and at to determine the Greylock unit’s IP address. You configure the unit from any browser that can connect to the Greylock; I used a Mac running on the same LAN.  Click “Open” to open the web user interface for the unit.


Setup Encoder Control

To set up the unit as an encoder, navigate to Encoder Control and click “Configure.” We should mention that you will use this interface to control ALL your Greylock unit and all other Videon devices on the network.


Configure Encoder

The browser-based interface is simple and logical, and you’ll perform most of the heavy lifting in the Encoder Configuration tab. Then enter and save your stream settings. Enter and save the stream settings. You can select the Video Input Type, Video Scaling, Latency Mode, Keyframe Interval and the Video Encoding Settings. These are the default settings below.


Configure Output

Because you’ll be streaming, you need to enter the Live Application URL and Stream Name, both are available in Ensemble Video.  Keep in mind you will copy and paste the Live Application and the Stream Name like this into the RTMP Output menu:


If you need help getting the Live Application URL and Stream Name from Ensemble Video, go to theLive Stream menu. You can either create a new Live Capture (or Live Stream) then go to the Manage Stream tab for your Live Capture (or Live Capture Stream). Once you are in the Ensemble Video Live Capture (or Live Stream) entry, you will find the RTMP URL and Stream Name in the Manage Content Tab. Still need help? Check out our Live Streaming Overview article on our support site.



Stream Away!

Once configured, you can start and stop encoding via the Output Configuration menu, making it simple for non-technical users to operate. Just toggle the RTMP Output to ON and click Apply.


Publish & View Your Live Stream

You are now ready to publish and view your Live Stream. Ensemble Video Live Streaming entries can be published to Video Portals, Learning Management Systems, Blogs, Webpages and Wikis using Ensemble Video embed codes, permalinks, social sharing hooks or built-in publishing features.


Keep in mind if you chose to use an Ensemble Video Live Capture entry, the recorded Live Stream will be available in your Media Library for on-demand publishing using Ensemble Video embed codes, permalinks, social sharing hooks or built-in publishing features.



About Videon

Working from their facility in State College, Pennsylvania, Videon’s employees develop, program and test modules and middleware that run media players and AV products worldwide. Our engineers and manufacturing team also design and build many of the devices that use our software. Through relationships with customers like Intel, Sony, Samsung and Lufthansa Technik, Videon creates products for a broad range of industries, from automotive to aviation and the global AV industry. Videon products include: Streaming media software, Media encoders/decoders, DVD and Blu-ray Disc players and many more.

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