Posted On: Jul 23, 2021

AWS Elemental MediaConvert has added support for creating AVC-Intra, VC3, and XAVC mezzanine formats carried in the MXF container. Often referred to as “intermediate“ or “editing“ file formats, these lightly compressed video codecs balance quality and performance by providing visually lossless compression, lightweight decoding requirements, and native editing and playback support in non-linear editing tools.

Mezzanine formats are designed to be easy to decode in both hardware and software based tools, and to provide visually lossless compression of video frames. These traits remove the requirement to generate proxy files for editing purposes and allow content to be natively imported into non-linear video editors, played back on the timeline, and have effects rendered directly in the editing interface.

Mezzanine formats are also used for broadcast play-out and archive applications, and media supply chain material exchanges. These video codecs are resistant to the generational loss typically found in more compressed formats, which makes them well suited for distribution in cases where content is re-compressed for final delivery.

To create AVC-Intra, XAVC, or VC3 outputs, you configure an MXF file group output and select the appropriate MXF Profile for the format you intend to create. Additional details about configuring your MXF job can be found in the MediaConvert documentation. AVC-Intra, XAVC, and VC3 are billed in the MediaConvert Professional tier. For details on pricing, please visit the MediaConvert pricing page.

With MediaConvert, audio and video providers can easily and reliably transcode on-demand content for broadcast and multiscreen delivery. You can build workflows to generate high-quality video outputs in minutes instead of weeks or months. MediaConvert is easy to use with a pay-as-you-go pricing model, offering a high degree of availability, reliability, and scalability.

To learn more, please visit the MediaConvert product page.