Are you new to the world of video streaming or broadcast? Are you confused about the differences between video encoding and transcoding? With so much terminology, it’s easy for beginners to get confused and overwhelmed especially when it comes to important words in video streaming like video encoding, decoding, and transcoding. That’s why we started the video encoding basics series of blog posts to explain in simple terms, the basic principles that underlie what we do here at Haivision.
Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” So, in this post, we’re going back to basics with an answer to a commonly asked question: what are the differences between video encoding and decoding? We’ll also answer the question “what is transcoding?”, and discuss how it’s different from both video encoding and decoding.