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Things to Consider When Buying Video Encoders and Decoders
Encoding and decoding devices are important to a live performance or other production, and these all-in-one tools are high-tech and easy to operate, not to mention very valuable because, without them, you simply can’t livestream or record any of your events. When you’re trying to find the best video encoder/decoder for your needs, you’ll need to know a little bit about them first, but this is a lot easier to do than you might think.
While each encoder/decoder will be a little different, there are still some features that most of them have, and below are a few things to consider before you decide which one to buy.
Encoding/decoding machines can run anywhere from around $360 to roughly $2,500, but most people can find one that meets their needs without having to go up to the highest-priced one. The good news is that if you decide to go all out and spend a lot of money, you’ll get an excellent encoder/decoder. It also means you don’t have to spend a lot just to get one that works well.
Many manufacturers make encoders/decoders, including BirdDog, LiveU, Roland, and Matrox Monarch, to name a few. It’s easy to get details on any of them if you start online and in fact, it’s a good idea to check them out before you buy any of their products. All of these companies have great reputations when it comes to their electronic items, but it’s still a good idea to do some research on them before purchasing anything.
Weight and Size
The reason this is so important is that companies often end up transporting their electronic items from location to location, especially if they do remote broadcasts occasionally. Many encoding/decoding devices weigh less than two pounds, meaning you can easily pick it up and set it up as many times as you like without it being inconvenient or cumbersome for you.
Encoding/decoding devices need to be strong because they usually get handled a lot by many different people. Many of today’s encoders and decoders are housed in cases made out of aircraft-grade aluminum, which means they can take an awful lot of abuse and still keep on going. Of course, it’s always best not to be too rough with any of your electronics, but it’s still good to know that most of them are built to last regardless of how they’re treated by their owners.