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  1. What is a codec?
  2. What do I need to be aware of when choosing a codec?
  3. What codec should I edit with?
  4. How do I convert from one codec to another?
  5. How do I get the best look for _______ ?

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Often users conflate the term “encoding” with “transcoding“.  Encoding is taking a raw video signal, usually analog (e.g. tape-based material) and capturing into a digitally compressed format.  This includes SDI – even if the signal coming across the SDI line is already compressed.  Think of using the capture tool in your NLE or capture card – this is “encoding“.

Transcoding is file-to-file based, that is, converting from one digitally compressed file into another.  Using tools like Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder, Handbrake, etc. are examples of transcoders.


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