What is a video encoder?

In layman’s terms, an encoder is used by creators to compress large videos to occupy ‘less space’. It may be in the form of software or hardware.

Apart from compression, a video encoder also enables you to share your screen, broadcast your gameplay, use external video and audio hardware and manage multiple microphones and cameras. Furthermore, you can also add various tracks and special effects to your videos.

Creators should do their due diligence before investing in an encoder. It is important to know all features of the encoder because one does not want to find themselves in a rather awkward position of waiting for 239,987 years to get their video compressed.

How to stream on YouTube using video encoder?

Some video encoders allow you to set up scenes, layouts and shots. They are, essentially, the templates for your video. Shots are single takes and several shots make up a scene. Layouts, on the other hand, refer to the positioning of visual elements like videos and images.

These allow you to manage other assets that you would want to show on your screen. These media assets are called sources.

Anything you want to display on your screen is a source. This may include your webcam, screen capture (for instance, the game you are streaming), graphics and so on and so forth.

To add source, click on the ‘+’ icon and choose the media asset you want to add. Subsequently, you can choose where that source appears on your screen.

While some encoders automatically add the audio of the game you’re streaming or the microphone’s audio, some don’t. Therefore, it is advisable to add your audio and test it to ensure that the audio is not echoey, too loud or too muffled.

After adding your sources and testing audio, test the entire end product to ensure that the viewers have a polished experience.

Learn more about using video encoders for streaming.

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