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How Does Video Encoding Work?

Video encoding plays an important part in live streaming. It’s the process of converting a raw video signal from a camera into a compressed digital format for efficient delivery across the internet. The encoder might be integrated directly into a camera, or even take the form of computer software or a mobile app.

Often, the encoder as a studio tool is used to both apply a codec that compresses the video signal and implement a protocol to transport that stream over the internet.

While this process often includes audio and video encoding, we’ll focus on the video aspect for simplicity.