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Bitcodin is now known as the Bitmovin Encoding Service

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January 2nd, 2016

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Bitcodin, the Cloud-based TranscodingService is now know as the Bitmovin Encoding Service.

In 2016, we at Bitmovin made some changes to the way we communicate. If you are on this page, then chances are you know our encoding service as Bitcodin, the cloud-based transcoding service.

We now refer to this service as the Bitmovin Encoding Service.

Why the change from Bitcodin to Bitmovin?

Our company has always been called Bitmovin. In 2014 and 2015 we launched two products. Bitcodin, our cloud encoding service, and Dash Player, our HTML5 Adaptive Streaming Player. At the same time we launched two new websites; bitcodin.com and dash-player.com.

To simplify our message we have merged both products and websites into our main brand, Bitmovin.

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Rather than the two separate product websites, you can now find our products on our product pages:

So What is the Difference Between “Encoding” and “Transcoding”?

There is actually very little difference between the two terms and they are used interchangeably when discussing adaptive video. We have chosen to use the term “encoding” simply because it is less confusing and seems to be what most people use.

Encoding is what we do when we create adaptive video files. We take your input file, which might be an .mp4 or .avi, (read more about the supported input formats), and we use it to encode MPEG-DASH or HLS files, which come out as a set of adaptive videos (one for each of the resolutions you wish to support), and a manifest file that allows the adaptive streaming player to find the correct video files. This encoded output is the video that your visitor watches.

Transcoding is basically the same thing, but it specifically refers to the act of encoding a file that has already been encoded. For example, a very common transcoding would be from an .mp4 to MPEG-DASH. Because .mp4 is actually already an encoded file, the more accurate technical term is “transcoding”, but the term “encoding” is still accurate.

Apart from that, and a new logo, nothing has changed.

  • we still offer a hugely scalable cloud encoding service capable of encoding at faster than 100x real time
  • our APIs are still the best on the market and are updated and improved regularly
  • we can encode your chosen DRM solution or even multiple DRM solutions into your video outputs
  • we can encode your Virtual Reality and 360° video
  • we can encode in MPEG-DASH or HLS

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