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Encoding and Packaging

Updated: September 19, 2014

In order to deliver digital video over the internet you must compress the media. Digital video files are quite large and may be too big to deliver over the internet or for your customers’ devices to display properly. Encoding is the process of compressing video and audio so your customers can view your media.

Once a video has been encoded it can be placed into different file containers. The process of placing encoded media into a container is called packaging. For example, you can take an MP4 file and convert it into Smooth Streaming or HLS content by using the Azure Media Packager.

The following blog explains the difference between encoding and packaging: Encoding versus Packaging.

This section contains topics that describe the encoding and packaging with Media Services.

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