Synamedia, the world’s largest independent video software provider, has announced new automation capabilities for its Virtual Digital Content Manager (DCM) with Smart Rate Control that will save operators up to 50% of bandwidth and storage costs. Using machine-learning (ML) and Stream Video Quality™, Synamedia’s patented light weight and real-time quality metric technology, the solution automatically scales based on bandwidth requirements to minimize costs while providing consistently high video quality and without impacting the encoding computional complexity. Smart Rate Control (SCR) has debuted at The 2019 NAB Show.
This new video processing technology automates the time-consuming activity of setting the quality level and cap bitrate by leveraging ML techniques. It can operate on the individual bitrate profile level, thus does not assume that two channels behave the same nor that the content of a channel is equally complex over the course of time, thereby providing greater flexibility and scale capabilities.
Currently, standard Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) solutions leverage output profiles that are set to constant bit rates with varying picture quality. This can often result in more bandwidth usage than is required due to varying quality level targets, such as switching from a high impact football game to a more static interview. Synamedia’s Virtual DCM with Smart Rate Control and Automation scales as needed according to bandwidth requirements, minimizing distribution and storage costs while ensuring that the expected high-quality viewer experience will not be compromised.
Synamedia’s Virtual DCM with Smart Rate Control and Automation sets target quality levels and bitrate caps per the ABR bitrate profile for each channel in a network. It also automatically makes adjustments when needed, thus eliminating deployment time, increasing bitrate efficiency, and uncovering new routes to cost savings. It also supports both H.264 and H.265 coding and is future-proofed for future codecs.
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