From the desk of: Sam C. Chan

Video Conversion Costs

November 7, 2006

This is a quick reference for those of you considering hosting of video media and require conversions.

Typical costs listed here for general reference only.
Actual cost depends on your particular situation & exact requirements.

Video is very demanding, and the slightest drop in quality and performance is very noticeable and affect the viewers' experience significantly. A lot of care must be put into optimizing the media. Beyond storage size, bandwidth & traffic, file format conversions; there are many highly technical aspects to consider. These are fall beyond the scope of this document. I'll list a few common factors here:

  • Video resolution
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Frame Rate
  • Video & Audio Codec
  • Video Bit Rate
  • Audio Sampling Rate
  • Audio Channels
  • Audio Bit Rate
  • Source Material Format consideration (film/NTSC/PAL)
  • Padding, Cropping, Stretching, Pan & Scan
  • Audio Dynamic Range & Loudness compensation/re-encoding
  • Player Requirements considerations


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