Frequently Asked Questions

Encoders

Our unique edge lies in our AI-driven video compression technology. Our state-of-the-art Content-Adaptive Encoding (CAE) Intelligent Optimization technology integrates advanced machine learning, image processing, and image enhancement, all controlled by a quality assessment mechanism aligned with subjective standards. Our solution supports various applications, including premium VOD, live broadcast streaming, and ultra-low latency RTC.

Visionular’s Aurora encoders, developed by world-renowned video codec experts, excel in delivering exceptional visual quality at lower bitrates and faster encoding speeds. Benefits include:

  • Enhanced Visual Quality: Our encoders offer an improved perceptual visual experience with more detailed and aesthetically pleasing images.
  • Reduced Operational Costs: Expect over 50% bitrate savings leading to significant reductions in storage and CDN expenses.
  • Lower Cloud Encoding Costs: Our efficient encoders allow running multiple parallel jobs on a single machine, drastically cutting cloud encoding infrastructure costs.

Visionular offers advanced H.264/AVC, HEVC, and AV1 encoders tailored for diverse applications such as UGC, PGC, RTC, e-Learning, Sports Streaming, and Live Shopping. Our encoders are designed to outperform competitors and open-source alternatives, delivering 30-50% smaller video files, enhanced speeds, and superior video quality.

Open-source encoders require specialized technical knowledge for optimal configuration. At Visionular, our experts finely tune the Aurora encoders to meet your specific needs, simplifying the process for you.

Our encoders can be utilized in multiple ways:

  • SDKs: Ideal for those already using FFmpeg or GStreamer, our SDKs seamlessly integrate into your existing setup.
  • AuroraCloud: This comprehensive, fully-managed SaaS platform caters to all your encoding needs for VoD, Live, and RTC scenarios.

Aurora encoders support various rate control modes like VBR, CBR, CRF, and CRF+VBV. These modes cater to a broad spectrum of applications, prioritizing either strict bitrate control or video quality. If you’re unsure about the best mode for your needs, we’re here to help with personalized advice.

Our encoder pricing is based on a per-minute model, varying with the resolution of the video encoded. For instance, HD encoding is charged at double the rate of SD, and UHD at quadruple the SD rate.

AuroraCloud VOD

AuroraCloud, a SaaS platform powered by Visionular’s Aurora encoders, reduces file bitrates by 30-50% without compromising perceptual quality. It produces fully standards-compliant files playable across all devices. AuroraCloud is an investment that pays off in user retention and operational cost savings, regardless of your business model.

AuroraCloud is accessible through:

  • A user-friendly web console.
  • Well-documented REST-APIs for seamless workflow integration.
  • AWS Triggered Events for automated operation.

 Absolutely. Our REST APIs offer full functionality of AuroraCloud and come with Postman collections for easy integration. Visit our documentation for detailed guidance.

Sure! Visit our API documentation to get detailed information. Our engineers are available to discuss specific use-cases or provide deeper insights.

AuroraCloud incorporates our suite of Aurora encoders – Aurora4, Aurora5, and Aurora1 – supporting H.264/AVC, HEVC, and AV1 video coding standards.

We support HLS and MPEG-DASH streaming protocols, utilizing fMP4 and TS container formats for MPEG-DASH and HLS, respectively.

Yes, we provide DRM solutions including Apple FairPlay Streaming (HLS), Google Widevine (DASH), Microsoft PlayReady, and Clear Key, with AES-128 and SAMPLE-AES encryption methods.

Definitely. AuroraCloud’s versatile template feature allows you to tailor bitrates, resolutions, and encoder settings to your requirements.

Yes, AuroraCloud is compatible with major cloud providers and easily integrates with your storage and CDN solutions.

Currently, we do not offer these services, but they are in development. Sign up for updates on this upcoming feature.

Yes, AuroraCloud enables both text and image-based watermarking. You can also overlay images and logos on your videos, specifying their position via our web console or APIs.

Pricing for AuroraCloud is based on the output minute, depending on the resolution of each output, with HD and UHD priced at multiples of the SD rate.

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Yes – with our proprietary split-and-stitch transcoding technology, we can transcode your hour-long videos into multiple bitrates in a matter of a few minutes.
AuroraCloud is also highly scalable that allows you to submit several transcoding jobs in parallel – perfect for the highly demanding nature of the video industry.

AuroraCloud Live

AuroraCloud Live is a cloud-based live streaming platform designed for smooth, high-quality, low-latency delivery of live events to large audiences. Key features include customized ABR ladders, bandwidth reduction of 25-50%, and scalability to accommodate millions of viewers.

AuroraCloud Live is operated via our UI or our easy-to-use REST APIs, which cover a range of functionalities from stream management to metadata handling. Our APIs are well-documented and come with Postman collections for straightforward integration.

AuroraCloud Live supports RTMP, RTMPS, SRT inputs, and provides outputs in Legacy HLS, Low-Latency HLS, and WHEP formats, catering to a variety of latency requirements.

Supported codecs include H.264/AVC and H.265 for video and AAC for audio.

Yes, AuroraCloud Live is ideal for real-time, low-latency streaming, supporting both RTC and LL-HLS, including WHEP for browser-based content.

Yes, AuroraCloud Live can work with SCTE-35 markers for HLS outputs, compatible with various ad-insertion providers.

AuroraCloud Live offers live audio-to-text conversion, embedded CC passthrough, and conversion to subtitles, enhancing accessibility and viewer engagement.

Absolutely. AuroraCloud Live supports streaming with multiple audio tracks and is capable of audio-only live streaming.

Yes, AuroraCloud is compatible with major cloud providers and easily integrates with your storage and CDN solutions.

Yes, we provide both text and image-based watermarking, as well as secure streaming through signed playback URLs using JWTs.

AuroraCloud Live pricing includes CDN delivery and encoding charges per minute of input, with additional costs based on minute of output viewed by users.

Our AuroraCloud Live API documentation is available here, providing comprehensive information on integrating and utilizing our live streaming platform.

AuroraImage

In addition to standard JPG and PNG formats, we support advanced image coding standards like AVIF and HEIF. Visionular’s image encoders can achieve file size reductions of 30-50% compared to open-source options.

 AuroraImage redefines efficiency in image compression. Deploying AuroraImage in your workflow can result in a 30-50% reduction in image file sizes, leading to:

  • Substantial savings in storage costs.
  • Faster image loading times.
  • Increased user engagement on your platform.
  • Reduced churn, driving more sales and prolonged user interaction.

53% of visits are likely to be abandoned if pages take longer than 3 seconds to load (according to Google). And, large, slow-loading images are one of the biggest culprits of slow websites. 

  • E-commerce, sports, and UGC websites, laden with hefty images, often fall prey to slow loading times. 
  • Eliminate churn and abandonment with AuroraImage – the most advanced image compression software. 
  • With images compressed up to 50% more efficiently than competitors, you can expect enhanced engagement, swift-loading websites, and significantly reduced abandonment rates.

AuroraEnhancer (PseudoHDR, Upscaling, etc.)

 Beyond encoding, video processing involves vital preparatory steps. Visionular’s AI-driven image enhancement tools optimize source content intelligently before encoding. 

Our AI communicates with the encoder to consider any pre-encode enhancements, resulting in optimized video output. To explore our enhancement products, including Super Resolution, Image Quality Repair, Smart Tone Mapping, and Frame-Rate Conversion, visit our product pages.