The key points of the major computing models available
today can be summarized as follows:
On-prem dedicated computing
º Usually offers the
º You have immediate
control and visibility
of the systems
º No costs for accessing
º Best for a capex
business model—fixed running costs
º System is scaled for peak load periods, can be
under-utilized at other times
º Several weeks required to provision added capacity
º Real estate, power, A/C, etc. required for servers
Virtual Machines in your data center
º Elastic scaling for
º Pay for software when
you need it
º Use the servers for
other tasks when they
are not needed
º VM servers usually not as fast as dedicated GPU
º Needs system management to control costs
º Variable running costs, can be hard to predict
Public Cloud SaaS
º Usage based
what you produce.
º No infrastructure
º Instant scalability
º Comparing price of different providers can be complex
º Workflow onboarding required
º Variable running costs
If cloud-based SaaS transcoding is best for you there a few
other points to consider:
a. The Moving Costs
There are costs for moving your media from one platform
to another. Egress costs for Amazon S3, for example, start
at $0.09 per GB. A two-hour movie in XDCAMHD video is
around 45 GB—that’s $4.05 each time you use the asset.
For large-scale archive migration projects this can be a
substantial part of your cost calculations.
b. Price Comparisons
Cloud transcoding providers use a variety of price models,
so it is not easy to compare costs.
Here are a few examples:
• Charges based on data volume—in some cases the
source file is counted, in others only the output file sizes
• Charges for reserved machines or software instances.
• Subscription for a number of software instances running
on cloud IaaS. You pay for the machines separately.
• Charges based on minutes of content created, with
multipliers for resolutions and complexity.
Telestream believes that media customers think in terms
of content duration, so all of the charges for Telestream Cloud
services—simple transcoding, advanced workflows, QA,
and speech-to-text—are based on the duration of content
encoded or processed.
c. Reporting Tools
Some SaaS providers can provide detailed cost reports
showing the charges for every asset processed, while others
(typically those that provide reserved machine or license
instances) cannot give granular reports. If cost analysis is
important for your business, ask about this before choosing
Telestream offers software for media processing,
transcoding, and QC, with workflow orchestration that
enables you to use any combination of infrastructure and
payment models to suit your business and operational needs.
Telestream provides world-class live and on-demand digital
video tools and workflow solutions that allow consumers and
businesses to transform video on the desktop and across
the enterprise. Many of the world’s most demanding media
and entertainment companies as well as a growing number
of users in a broad range of business environments, rely on
Telestream products to streamline operations, reach broader
audiences, generate more revenue from, and ensure the
quality of their media. Telestream products span the entire
digital media lifecycle, including video capture and ingest;
live and on-demand encoding and transcoding; captioning;
playback and inspection, delivery, and live streaming;
automation and orchestration; with its iQ product line,
Telestream enables the monitoring and management of quality
service and experience over any network.