There is a lot of buzz today in the online video community about Amazon’s recent entry into the cloud video transcoding space. Of course, this is nothing entirely new for Amazon Web Services; popular cloud encoding services have run on Amazon EC2 infrastructure for years now. With Elastic Transcode, Amazon takes a step up the cloud stack, offering a Software-as-a-Service that competes directly with GridVid.me, Zencoder, and other popular cloud video encoding services.
Competition is great for customers and the industry in general, and we welcome Amazon to the market. We are also glad to see that Amazon followed our lead and introduced their product with pricing almost as low as ours. The message to customers is clear: You don’t have to spend a lot of money on encoding.
With this blog post, I want to take a finer look at Amazon’s Elastic Transcode service and how a few key features compare to other cloud video encoding services, like GridVid.me.