We are a boutique movie distribution company, and we do a fair amount of general and broadcast video transcoding here, mostly using Adobe Media Encoder and a legacy version of Harmonic Carbon. We are a Windows shop.
We have a project that will have us doing web transcodes for about 6000 hours of library footage. The output will be pretty vanilla: MP4, MPEG-DASH, HLS, WEBM using mostly H.264 codecs (and VP8/9 for WEBM).
None of our legacy workflows can handle the DASH/HLS adaptive containers, so we're looking for a new solution. I've played with a lot of the cloud providers (Bitmovin, Encoding.com, etc.) but they appear to be poor solutions because of 1) Cost and 2) Difficulty in moving our large source files to the cloud.
It seems what was a once a full market of transcoding software (Episode, Carbon, Digital Rapids, Sorenson) is now basically dead. We were evaluating a Sorenson Squeeze Server trial last week, and I saw today they're killing off the product on September 1. The Sorenson pricing was palatable for us ($5000/server).
I've looked the Elemental and Vantage appliances, but the pricing is insanity ($40k+).
We aren't super technical here, at least not technical enough to build out our own FFMPEG workflow to make it all happen (the MP4/WEBM files we could, but DASH/HLS seems over our heads). We do have ample on-prem hardware to attack this with (dozens of Xeon cores).