Transcoding takes one file format, compresses it and transfers it to the format on which it is going to be viewed. This is usually done in cases where a target device does not support the format or has limited storage capacity that mandates a reduced file size, or to convert incompatible or obsolete data to a better-supported or modern format. One of the most common examples of transcoding is from MPEG2 to MPEG4 format and vice versa. How is a file compressed into a smaller size without any significant losses in quality? It can be a tricky process. The goal is to minimize loss in picture quality while still keeping the file size manageable. The codecs used for compression in video are typically H.264, a standard for providing high definition video at substantially lower bit rates. At Toner Cable, we have a large inventory of transcoders from leading manufacturers like Blonder Tongue, Drake, Pico Digital, Sencore and Wellav.
Blonder Tongue's AQT Agile 8VSB - QAM to QAM transcoder is one of our top selling transcoders. The AQT supports 8VSB/16VSB and digital cable (QAM 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256), and has agile QAM output of +40 dBmV. The AQT is modular unit and works with a chassis system (QTRC) allowing up to 8 modules in just 3RU, saving valuable rack space.
Another popular model just recently released by Blonder Tongue is the AQT8-IP ATSC/QAM Transcoder. This transcoder accepts 8 inputs of 8VSB/QAM and outputs 8 IP streams and also supports EAS. The AQT8-IP allows for a customized channel line-up utilizing IP streaming, making it the perfect choice for your digital media streaming needs.
The Blonder Tongue IPAT IP-ASI transcoder uses slightly different technology and is intended for bi-directional IP-ASI applications. The IPAT transcoder accepts MPEG2/4-encoded input streams in 1000Base-T Ethernet (GbE) and ASI formats simultaneously and transcodes it to ASI output while ASI input is transcoded to GbE output.
Whatever your application, Toner Cable has a transcoder to meet your needs.