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Amazon Elastic Transcoder vs Fastly: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon Elastic Transcoder as "Media transcoding in the cloud using Amazon EC2". Convert or transcode media files from their source format into versions that will playback on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs. Create a transcoding “job” specifying the location of your source media file and how you want it transcoded. Amazon Elastic Transcoder also provides transcoding presets for popular output formats. All these features are available via service API, AWS SDKs and the AWS Management Console. On the other hand, Fastly is detailed as "We're redefining content delivery". Fastly's real-time content delivery network gives you total control over your content, unprecedented access to performance analytics, and the ability to instantly update content in 150 milliseconds.

Amazon Elastic Transcoder and Fastly are primarily classified as "Media Transcoding" and "Content Delivery Network" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Amazon Elastic Transcoder are:

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder runs your transcoding jobs using the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Built to work with content you store in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
  • Automatically receive status of your transcoding jobs via Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS)
  • Query the status of transcoding jobs.

On the other hand, Fastly provides the following key features:

  • static content delivery
  • event-driven content delivery
  • Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA)

According to the StackShare community, Fastly has a broader approval, being mentioned in 96 company stacks & 11 developers stacks; compared to Amazon Elastic Transcoder, which is listed in 28 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon Elastic Transcoder?

Convert or transcode media files from their source format into versions that will playback on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs. Create a transcoding “job” specifying the location of your source media file and how you want it transcoded. Amazon Elastic Transcoder also provides transcoding presets for popular output formats. All these features are available via service API, AWS SDKs and the AWS Management Console.

What is Fastly?

Fastly's real-time content delivery network gives you total control over your content, unprecedented access to performance analytics, and the ability to instantly update content in 150 milliseconds.
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        What are some alternatives to Amazon Elastic Transcoder and Fastly?
        AWS Elemental MediaConvert
        AWS Elemental MediaConvert is a file-based video transcoding service with broadcast-grade features. It allows you to easily create video-on-demand (VOD) content for broadcast and multiscreen delivery at scale.
        Zencoder
        Zencoder downloads the video and converts it to as many formats as you need. Every output is encoded concurrently, with virtually no waiting—whether you do one or one hundred. Zencoder then uploads the resulting videos to a server, CDN, an S3 bucket, or wherever you dictate in your API call.
        Cloudflare Stream
        Cloudflare Stream makes integrating high-quality streaming video into a web or mobile application easy. Using a single, integrated workflow through a robust API or drag and drop UI, application owners can focus on creating the best video experience.
        GStreamer
        It is a library for constructing graphs of media-handling components. The applications it supports range from simple Ogg/Vorbis playback, audio/video streaming to complex audio (mixing) and video (non-linear editing) processing.
        Kurento
        It is a WebRTC media server and a set of client APIs making simple the development of advanced video applications for WWW and smartphone platforms. Media Server features include group communications, transcoding and more.
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        Decisions about Amazon Elastic Transcoder and Fastly
        Alex Wendland
        Alex Wendland
        CTO at Luminopia · | 9 upvotes · 15.6K views
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        Amazon S3
        Amazon S3
        Zencoder
        Zencoder
        Amazon Elastic Transcoder
        Amazon Elastic Transcoder
        #VideoStreaming
        #MediaTranscoding

        We were looking for a versatile #MediaTranscoding service for #video to convert TV shows and movies from large content providers into web #VideoStreaming formats. These content providers gave us files ranging from Apple ProRes to h.264, with file sizes from 1 GB to 100 GB, and we needed a tool that could cope with all of it. We looked at Amazon Elastic Transcoder and Zencoder, and eventually chose @Zencoder because it had support for every format we needed, good handling of sound channel remapping, and a clear UI with fast processing times. We automated our usage with it by writing a simple Python script to interact with it's API, and hosted the input and output AV files on Amazon S3, which it could easily talk to. So far we've converted 15 TB representing several thousand files using the service and are quite happy!

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        Justin Dorfman
        Justin Dorfman
        Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 30.6K views
        Fastly
        Fastly
        Grunt
        Grunt
        jQuery
        jQuery
        Bootstrap
        Bootstrap
        Jekyll
        Jekyll
        Let's Encrypt
        Let's Encrypt
        Netlify
        Netlify
        GitHub Pages
        GitHub Pages
        MaxCDN
        MaxCDN
        #CDN
        #GoogleFonts
        #StaticSiteGenerators
        #Webperf

        When my SSL cert MaxCDN was expiring on my personal site I decided it was a good time to revamp some things. Since GitHub Services is depreciated I can no longer have #CDN cache purges automated among other things. So I decided on the following: GitHub Pages, Netlify, Let's Encrypt and Jekyll. Staying the same was Bootstrap, jQuery, Grunt & #GoogleFonts.

        What's awesome about GitHub Pages is that it has a #CDN (Fastly) built-in and anytime you push to master, it purges the cache instantaneously without you have to do anything special. Netlify is magic, I highly recommend it to anyone using #StaticSiteGenerators.

        For the most part, everything went smoothly. The only things I had issues with were the following:

        • If you want to point www to GitHub Pages you need to rename the repo to www
        • If you edit something in the _config.yml you need to restart bundle exec jekyll s or changes won't show
        • I had to disable the Grunt htmlmin module. I replaced it with Jekyll layout that compresses HTML for #webperf

        Last but certainly not least, I made a donation to Let's Encrypt. If you use their service consider doing it too: https://letsencrypt.org/donate/

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        Reviews of Amazon Elastic Transcoder and Fastly
        Review ofFastlyFastly

        In addition to having a great service, a powerful API and a perfect uptime the one thing that's really awesome about Fastly is their support. They respond really fast, are very knowledgeable, and do everything they can to help you with your problem (and that includes 1-to-1 chat on irc, skype/hangout call, etc.). Such a great experience.

        Review ofFastlyFastly

        Incredible. Lets us cache dynamic pages. Makes other CDNs feel like unwieldy beasts. Support is second to none.

        How developers use Amazon Elastic Transcoder and Fastly
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        AWS Elastic Transcoder has helped us scale the thousands of video application uploads we get a month.

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        Transcoding video into lower resolutions

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        Great pick-and-go transcoder

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