Behind the scenes of the beloved Netflix streaming service and content, there are many technology innovations in media processing. Packaging has always been an important step in media processing. After content ingestion, inspection and encoding, the packaging step encapsulates encoded video and audio in codec agnostic container formats and provides features such as audio video synchronization, random access and DRM protection. Our previous tech blog Packaging award-winning shows with award-winning technology detailed our packaging technology deployed on the streaming side.
As Netflix becomes a producer of award winning content, the studio and content creation needs are also pushing the envelope of technology advancements. As an example, cloud-based post-production editing and collaboration pipelines demand a complex set of functionalities, including the generation and hosting of high quality proxy content. Supporting those workflows poses new challenges to our packaging service.
Apple ProRes encoded video and PCM audio with Quicktime container are one of the most popular formats in professional post-production editing. The ProRes codec family provides great editing performance and image quality. ProRes 422 HQ offers visually lossless preservation of the highest quality professional HD video and is a great video format choice for high quality editing proxy.