SOURCE: Zencoder


November 10, 2011 15:38 ET

Zencoder and Aspera Team Up to Support Encoding of Large Video Files in the Cloud

Zencoder Extends Performance Advantage, Video Providers Now Able to Transfer Files to the Cloud at up to 700 Mbps

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - Zencoder, the performance leader in cloud-based video encoding, today announced that they have added support for Aspera's fasp™ high-speed transport technology to enable content providers to quickly and securely transfer large files to the cloud for transcoding.

"We want to make cloud-based transcoding a practical solution for large content providers, and by supporting Aspera's high-speed file transfer technology, we're reducing the pain around moving high-bitrate content over the wide area network," said Jon Dahl, CEO and co-founder of Zencoder. "Content providers with multi-gigabyte video, such as broadcasters and movie studios, can now harness the speed and scalability of transcoding video in the cloud with Zencoder."

While the scalability of the cloud is perfectly suited for processing-intensive jobs such as video transcoding, bandwidth constraints can make it a challenge to get video into and out of the cloud. With Aspera integrated into the Zencoder platform, video providers can now send video content to the cloud for transcoding at up to 700 Mbps. Once a file is in the Zencoder platform, it can be transcoded faster-than-real-time into several outputs formats simultaneously, creating massive efficiencies when compared to traditional transcoding methods.

"Aspera is excited to become an integral component of Zencoder. Our companies are both passionate about delivering the best possible performance to our customers," said Bhavik Vyas, Director of Technology Partnerships at Aspera. "By integrating with our patented high-speed fasp transport protocol, the Zencoder encoding platform becomes accessible to a global user base of professional content providers who are looking to use the cloud for game-changing efficiency and productivity gains."

Zencoder is the performance leader in cloud-based video transcoding. The Zencoder platform delivers a 99.9% encoding success rate, supports the greatest number of input video formats in the industry, and offers the fastest video transcoding available in the cloud. Using a simple REST API, Zencoder's customers can easily access highly scalable, professional-quality video and audio encoding technology without expensive upfront hardware investments or ongoing maintenance fees. Zencoder works with hundreds of customers worldwide, including PBS Television, TwitVid, Posterous, College Humor and Yammer.

Zencoder was recently featured in a series of benchmarks released by CloudHarmony showing that Zencoder is up to 10X faster than competitive cloud-based video encoding platforms, and was the only provider that encoded 1080p video faster than real-time. Read more on Zencoder's blog:

About Aspera, Inc.
Aspera is the creator of next-generation transport technologies that move the world's digital assets at maximum speed regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions. Based on its patented fasp™ protocol, Aspera software fully utilizes existing infrastructures to deliver the fastest, most predictable file transfer experience. Aspera's core technology delivers unprecedented control over bandwidth, complete security and uncompromising reliability. More than 1,200 organizations across a variety of industries on six continents rely on Aspera software for the business-critical transport of their digital assets. Please visit for more information.

About Zencoder
Zencoder ( is the performance leader in reliable, fast, high-quality cloud-based video encoding and transcoding. Founded in 2010, its products enable content providers to quickly deploy Internet video to consumers on virtually any Internet connected device. The team's technology vision dates back to 2008 when the team pioneered cloud-based encoding as a service with On2 Technologies (now Google). Zencoder was founded by Jon Dahl, Brandon Arbini, and Steve Heffernan, a team of engineers intent on removing the complexities of putting video online and committed to making scalable, high-performance video encoding available to developers and businesses everywhere. Zencoder is the creator of one of the web's most popular open source HTML5 video player, VideoJS which is available for free download here:

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