What is Format Conversion through transcoding?

Transcoding means conversion of files from one format to another. There are two types of transcoding - full transcoding and remuxing. With full transcoding, the file is completely re-coded into the new format. Remuxing keeps one or more existing streams (for example, video) and simply copies it into a new format. Remuxing is a lot quicker and less CPU-intensive, but full transcoding produces the most compatible results.

How is transcoding used in KooRaRoo Media?

Transcoding is carried out automatically by KooRaRoo Media when it detects a file that is not compatible with your device. To determine whether a file is compatible or not, a device definition is used that lists all known file formats that the device can play. Anything not listed will get transcoded. Device definitions are updated when new firmware comes out and new devices are added all the time as well. It is important to select the correct device profile for your device, but most devices can be auto-detected, so you don't have to worry about this. Another way to use the transcoder in KooRaRoo is to manually transcode files. This is done from within KooRaRoo's GUI (graphical user interface, or the main application window). Some files may be considered as native for the device, but they may have something particular in their encoding that prevents the hardware decoder in your player from playing them. In this case manual transcoding helps, as you can transcode the file from within KRR and this new transcoded file will be used for your device, so the file will play properly. Manual transcoding also allows you to select which video and audio stream you wish to transcode, so if there are multiple audio streams (for example), you can choose which language you'd like the resulting file to have.

Why is transcoding important?

Transcoding is important to have because there are a lot of music, photo and video formats, but most DLNA devices only support a small handful of those. For example, new digital photo cameras can take pictures in RAW format, allowing you to edit them later, but how would you view them in RAW format on your TV or other DLNA device? This is where transcoding will help you, because KooRaRoo Media will automatically, on-the-fly, convert these to a picture format compatible with your device. No manual format conversion is required. You can have your music collection stored as high-quality FLAC files, but most DLNA devices do not support FLAC directly. Again - KooRaRoo will save the day and convert your music files with the highest possible quality to a format supported by your device. The world of video formats is the most complex, because video files are basically containers that can have many different streams (channels) inside and each of those streams could be a video stream, an audio stream or a subtitle stream. Even the most popular formats, such as AVI (or DivX) and MPEG can be encoded in a way that makes them incompatible with hardware decoders (hardware decoders are what's built-in your DLNA devices). New camcorder models will let you take beautiful, high-definition home videos, but these videos may not play on your device as well, even if they are the same brand. You also may find some videos on the Web or elsewhere that are encoded in less common formats that are not supported either. As you can see, there are many possibilities for things to go wrong in terms of compatibility between your files and your device, but the good news is that you don't have to worry about this or worry about manual conversion of files - KooRaRoo Media will take care of it all for you behind the scenes.

How can KooRaRoo Media help me with transcoding?

KooRaRoo Media can help you with transcoding files in many ways. First of all, there is no additional software or codecs to install, so your system can be kept clean. Everything you need comes as part of KooRaRoo's installation. Second, KooRaRoo is smart enough to recognize your device and it knows what your device supports, so files generated by KooRaRoo Media will play on your device, as opposed to files that you can generate manually using third-party tools. Third, transcoding is done on-the-fly, so you don't have to start it in advance and then go back to your TV to start watching videos or photos or listening to music. Fourth, KooRaRoo Media will clean up older, unused transcoded files automatically, so your drive is kept clean and you have enough disk space for future transcoding. Fifth, you can choose video and audio streams, so if you have videos with many audio languages, you can actually watch it in the language that you understand, not the one that just comes first in a file. Sixth, it's all automatic, so you don't have to do a thing - just enjoy your media!

Should I use KooRaRoo Media's transcoding?

It is a good idea to use KooRaRoo Media's transcoding features rather than relying on a solution that doesn't transcode or transcodes poorly for a number of reasons. Imagine coming back from that dream vacation and having your friends or relatives over and eager to watch those latest and greatest videos you took! You copy your files to a USB stick, plug it into your TV and find out that files do not play. Of course you can go to your computer and manually convert them to some format that you hope works using some tools that you hope generate correct files. But manual media conversion is complex, Or, take the easy way out - use KooRaRoo Media! It will automatically perform the conversion for you and because it's fined-tuned for your DLNA device, it'll produce a file that will play on your device! There is no guesswork, no additional software to install, no worries! Transcoding is done on-the-fly, so all you have to do on your TV (in front of your guests) is browse to your vacation's videos (which will be organized by year and month and any other criteria you choose) and start streaming - it's that easy!

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