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Jeremy Garchow
The end of an Episode
on Aug 24, 2016 at 6:33:10 pm
Last Edited By Jeremy Garchow on Aug 24, 2016 at 6:35:30 pm

Maybe this has been discussed elsewhere, but I haven't seen it.

Telestream Episode is moving towards EOL status: https://marketing.telestream.net/acton/media/5268/episode?sid=TV2:Phk33jr0q


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Craig Seeman
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 24, 2016 at 6:48:36 pm

It's Telestream Vantage or Telestream Cloud encoding service.
I've been using Episode since it was Popwire CompressionMaster.
I don't doubt Adobe Media Encoder and Apple Compressor has had an impact.



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Ryan Holmes
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 28, 2016 at 1:57:18 am

[Craig Seeman] "It's Telestream Vantage or Telestream Cloud encoding service."

I'm very curious to see if Telestream Cloud can work as a SaaS. Adobe Media Encoder works, in part, because it's a part of the whole package. I wonder if there's enough of a market for Telestream to support the R&D, maintenance, and support for Telestream Cloud when it flips solely to a SaaS offering with month-to-month payments - https://cloud.telestream.net/episode

Ryan Holmes
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Darren Roark
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 25, 2016 at 3:26:04 am

This points to the trend as to why localized computing power will become less important sooner than later and portability will be of more importance than sheer rendering capability.


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Craig Seeman
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 25, 2016 at 4:51:21 am

In fact today's Telestream Press Release

Telestream Targets Market Shift as Media and Entertainment Industry Deploys Cloud Workflows
http://www.telestream.net/company/press/2016-08-24-TelestreamCloud.htm



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Andy Field
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 25, 2016 at 5:52:42 pm

Used Episode several years ago....but Adobe's Media Encoder comes with the rest of the software....it's fast intuitive and does virtually everything Episode did - without the extra software cost (except native WMV encoding - does anyone use that any more?)

Andy Field
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Craig Seeman
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 25, 2016 at 5:56:31 pm

Episode has some very deep controls such as, depending on the codec, control of GOP structure but most people don't need that level of control. Episode's strength is tweaking some problematic encodes but, these days, many of those problems are solved with simply throwing more bits (higher data rate) at it.



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Oliver Peters
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 27, 2016 at 12:09:31 am

FWIW - there's still Sorenson Squeeze.

- Oliver

Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
Orlando, FL
http://www.oliverpeters.com


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James Culbertson
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 27, 2016 at 3:37:58 am

I still miss Equilibrium's Debabelizer.


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Erik Lindahl
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 27, 2016 at 8:41:47 am

Very sad to see Episode exit the show. We've been using it since the Popwire-days when it didn't even have solid output of QuickTime.

I'll have to meet with Telestream at IBC to see if their offerings are valid replacements. I have a very hard time seeing that's the case for us.

What other options are out there?

- Sorensson Squeeze will get another look for sure given recent versions from my PoV have been pretty dodgy.

- Adobe Media Encoder we use but it's limited.

- Apple Compressor was garbage last time I checked but will investigate again.


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Walter Soyka
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 27, 2016 at 11:54:35 am

[Andy Field] "Used Episode several years ago....but Adobe's Media Encoder comes with the rest of the software....it's fast intuitive and does virtually everything Episode did - without the extra software cost"

I really liked Episode's workflow system. I've always found batches of files a bit unwieldy in a list view.

Walter Soyka
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Jack McGee
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 29, 2016 at 2:15:01 pm

We use two Episode machines in a cluster. There is one watch folder and it outputs to one folder, no matter which machine picks up the job. We don't have to wonder which machines has less jobs queued when we submit it.

I can run Adobe Media Encoder on multiple machines, but no way to cluster intelligently. If Media Encoder had that feature we would switch now.



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Craig Seeman
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 29, 2016 at 8:27:35 pm

Apple Compressor supports Clustering. Would there be a viable solution there?



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Jack McGee
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 29, 2016 at 8:43:31 pm

We are a Windows house. No Macs here.



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Craig Seeman
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 29, 2016 at 9:04:01 pm

Sorenson Squeeze Server possibly? Although I don't have any personal experience with it.

I don't doubt that one of the motives behind the push to Cloud encoding (including Telestream Cloud) is that you can leverage computer resources on the backend (cloud side) rather than potential local limitations.



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Jack McGee
Re: The end of an Episode
on Aug 29, 2016 at 9:06:34 pm

I don't know, I am thinking just putting one instance of Media Encoder on network. With GPU processing, it might do more anyway than two Episode machines.



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