How can I start recording H.264 video?

If you have an older SnapStream installation, your new recordings are probably captured by default in the MPEG-2 Transport Stream format. Video files will contain MPEG-2 format video and commonly have the extension .TP or .TS.

Newer SnapStream systems may record in the H.264 Transport Stream format. Video files will have H.264 video with a .TP or .TS extension. This is a more efficient format that produces visual quality comparable to that of MPEG-2 at a lower bitrate. H.264 video also has better compatibility with modern web browsers and third-party software. Among other benefits, H.264 video can be played in the SnapStream interface without the use of a web browser plugin.

The best way to convert from MPEG-2 recording to H.264 recording will depend on your current TV source. See the options below for more information. 

 

If your TV source is: HDTV via custom QAM (i.e., digital cable or satellite receivers with QAM encoders)

Your best option is: Replace your QAM encoders with SnapStream component-input encoders. SnapStream encoders will stream H.264 video over IP to your SnapStream system. 

Alternatively, SnapStream Enterprise customers have the option of transcoding recordings on the fly to H.264. The MPEG-2 versions of the recordings can then be kept or discarded. 

 

If your TV source is: Standard-definition TV from digital cable or satellite receivers via composite video or S-video

Your best option is: Add SnapStream encoders to convert the analog signal from your cable or satellite boxes to digital IPTV. You may also need to purchase an upgrade to your license to record from digital sources. 

Alternatively, SnapStream Enterprise customers have the option of transcoding recordings on the fly to H.264. The MPEG-2 versions of the recordings can then be kept or discarded. 

 

If your TV source is: Analog cable (i.e., no set-top box), clear QAM from digital in-house cable, or a digital antenna (ATSC)

Your best option is: On-the-fly transcoding to convert incoming MPEG-2 recordings to H.264. This option is only available to SnapStream Enterprise customers.  

SnapStream also offers an H.264 encoding device that accepts RF input. However, depending on your recording configuration, some limitations may apply. Alternatively, in some cases, it may be possible for SnapStream to work with the provider of your cable signal to make changes to the format of the video. Contact your account manager to discuss your options.

 

If your TV source is: IPTV

Your best option is: On-the-fly transcoding to convert incoming MPEG-2 recordings to H.264. This option is only available to SnapStream Enterprise customers. 

In some cases, it may be possible for SnapStream to work with the provider of your IPTV signal to make changes to the format of the video. Contact us to discuss.

 

If you don't see your TV source listed here, or if you aren't sure what type of signal you have, contact us and we'll be happy to discuss your options. 

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