HyperCast Transcoding

HyperCast transcoding at a glance

Transcoding performance diagram

HyperCast technical specifications

Input 32 x 4K. Output 600+ streams on demand

Live-feed or file based video, HyperCast pumps through a bandwidth that previously required a rack full of equipment from our competitors. HyperCast is the new standard for video transcoding.

Balancing power and performance

Easily configurable; compute and transcode acceleration lets you dial-up the optimal balance of storage requirements, power, and performance for your needs. Full Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) capabilities makes HyperCast ideal for Internet, Telco, Cable and Satellite video service providers.

Wire speed from external storage

When coupled with HyperDrive®, SoftIron’s dedicated Ceph SDS appliances, you can unleash the full potential of Ceph and reach true wire-speed performance for your media center. You need it, your audience expects it.

The future of OTT broadcasting

Discover how HyperCast and HyperDrive radically improve your media center capacity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is HyperCast™ suitable for live video broadcasts?
    There are many instances of user-generated content where live broadcast is a key requirement. In this scenario, typically a single source of content is viewed by multiple users simultaneously such as a music concert, athletic events, etc. Users will often use their own device, such as a smartphone, for viewing. For many of these events, especially sports games, viewers want active control over the viewing experience such as the ability to pause, rewind, and replay. For long duration events, these VCR-like controls are best implemented via event caching at the source encoding site or within edge servers. For these types of live video broadcasts, HyperCast can be configured with small storage capacity and high transcode performance for a cost optimal solution.
  • Is HyperCast™ suitable for live video communications?
    In today’s world, multi-party video conferencing using applications like Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, is becoming increasingly common. These communication sessions typically use all-compute platforms such as PCs, tablets, and smartphones. In many instances, mobile users may also join these video calls with unpredictable network availability. It’s crucial to simultaneously handle input streams from multiple participants and distribute them to different device types across many network topologies. This implies the need for concurrent, multi-stream transcoding and creating output streams with multiple bit rates and resolutions. HyperCast can be configured with transcoder banks, without any storage, for this type of scenario. For video communication service providers such as Skype, Zoom, or Uber Conference, a storage-less version of HyperCast with critically needed multi-stream transcode performance is a low cost solution.
  • Is HyperCast™ suitable for on-demand video distribution?
    Mass video consumption is increasingly performed whenever and wherever consumers’ choose, such as using a streaming video service like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. In this situation, the source content is stored and delivered on demand to the user. The content is typically viewed by thousands of users simultaneously, though never in a synchronized fashion, as it would be for broadcast TV. For this application, HyperCast is configured with the highest capacity and augmented with the necessary transcoding performance for multi-stream delivery. In addition to allocating storage to the source content, some storage can also be allocated to a transcoded output stream to optimize transcode capacity when users are consuming the same content in an unsynchronized fashion. This involves implementing caching schemes for the transcoded streams during typically ‘active’ consumption periods.