Brightcove has filed a patent for techniques that optimize the encoding of media streaming, specifically video content. The patent describes the creation of “dynamic profiles” that determine the encoding bit rate and other settings for optimal quality. The method involves conducting probe encodings to determine the appropriate parameters for a final encoding, resulting in a profile that indicates how the source content should be encoded to a different electronic format. GlobalData’s report on Brightcove gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Dynamic profile optimization for video encoding

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Brightcove Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230308704A1) describes a method for optimizing the encoding of source content, particularly videos, from one electronic format to another. The method involves several steps carried out by a computer system.

Firstly, the computer system obtains the source content, which is a video in a first electronic format. Then, it determines encoding parameters for at least one probe encoding. This step involves experimenting with different encoding settings to find the most efficient and effective ones.

Next, the computer system conducts the probe encoding, applying the determined encoding parameters to the source content. The results from this probe encoding are then used to determine encoding parameters for the final encoding. This step takes into account the performance and quality achieved during the probe encoding to optimize the encoding process further.

Finally, the computer system generates a profile for encoding the source content. This profile serves as a guide for encoding the source content to a second electronic format. It includes information that indicates how the source content should be encoded and also includes the encoding parameters for the final encoding.

Overall, this patent presents a method for optimizing the encoding of source content, specifically videos, by using probe encodings and generating a profile that guides the encoding process. By experimenting with different encoding parameters and considering the results obtained, the method aims to improve the efficiency and quality of the final encoding. This innovation could potentially benefit various industries that rely on video encoding, such as media and entertainment, streaming services, and video production.

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