Often, when we think of increases in quality (whether that is software, video, errors, etc), we think that’s an incremental gain. Meaning, quality is a continuous curve that additional effort or planning will get you more of.
In the case of online live video, that’s not entirely true. There is a fairly important jump between the quality of encoding within a software context (eg: on your laptop) and with the addition of hardware processing (eg: with rVibe’s appliance). To get from decent, but not fantastic quality to really good or great quality, it requires a substantial change in process and technology. Of course, than may change in years to come, but for now it’s true.
And this is the rub: not everything can be done with moderate quality video. For example – if you need to see something on screen that has a lot of detail and motion – like a medical device, or a computing part, or surgery, you have to have hardware based encoding to have it be effective. Otherwise it’s just lost in the mush of lower processing based live video – and that is plain yucky.
Quality is not always incremental – sometimes it has to be a certain level to just plain work – and sometimes, achieving that level takes a big step in technology.
Which of course, is where rVibe comes in.