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To estimate the number of videos, viewing hours and storage needed for an Ensemble Video deployment, one must consider a number of variables. The variables to consider are number of videos being stored/managed,  video quality (total encoded bit rate), number of viewers, and duration of a view. Use these media streaming estimates to calculate streaming usage at your organization for:

VOD Single File Streaming & Storage

STORAGE (VOD):

Below are some examples of how much storage space is needed to manage a specific number of videos encoded at 1.5 Mbps (1,500 kbps).

  • 200GB – 745 videos (25 minutes each) or 310 hours of video
  • 500GB – 1,864 videos (25 minutes each) or 777 hours of video
  • 1TB – 3,728 videos (25 minutes each) or 1,553 hours of video
  • 2TB – 7,456 videos (25 minutes each) or 3,107 hours of video
STREAMING (VOD):

Below are some examples of how much streaming bandwidth would be used based on a number of viewers watching an entire 25-minute video at 1.5 Mbps.

  • One 25-minute video streamed to 25 viewers equates to 6.7 GB (0.0067 TB) of bandwidth.
  • One 25-minute video streamed to 1,000 viewers equates to 268 GB (0.268 TB) of bandwidth.
  • One 25-minute video streamed to 3,000 viewers equates to 804 GB (0.804 TB) of bandwidth.
  • One 25-minute video streamed to 6,000 viewers equates to 1,609 GB  (1.609 TB) of bandwidth.
DISCLAIMER

Not every video will be watched for the entire duration, a viewer may watch it more than once, another viewer may not watch more than 10 seconds. Point being, there are a lot of variables at play here and these are just estimates.

VOD ABR Storage & Streaming

Ensemble Video uses a streaming performance management technique for streaming video called adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming. Basically, Ensemble Video continually monitors viewer bandwidth and dynamically adjusts video quality based on available bandwidth.

STORAGE (VOD):

Below are some examples of how much storage space is needed to manage a specific number of videos that were encoded using an ABR encoding recipe: 796 kbps, 1.6 Mbps (1628 kbps) and 3 Mbps (3,000 kbps).

  • 200GB – 206 videos (25 minutes each) or 86 hours of video
  • 500GB – 515 videos (25 minutes each) or 215 hours of video
  • 1TB – 1,031 videos (25 minutes each) or 430 hours of video
  • 2TB – 2,062 videos (25 minutes each) or 859 hours of video
STREAMING (VOD):

Below are some examples of how much streaming bandwidth would be used based on a number of viewers watching an entire 25-minute video that was encoded using an ABR encoding recipe: 796 kbps, 1.6 Mbps (1628 kbps) and 3 Mbps (3,000 kbps). Note: we assume the viewer watch the 3 Mbps video for the entire duration for a worst case scenario.

  • One 25-minute video streamed to 25 viewers equates to 13 GB (0.013 TB) of bandwidth.
  • One 25-minute video streamed to 1,000 viewers equates to 536 GB  (0.536 TB) of bandwidth.
  • One 25-minute video streamed to 3,000 viewers equates to 1,609 GB  (1.609 TB) of bandwidth.
  • One 25-minute video streamed to 6,000 viewers equates to 3,219 GB (3.219 TB) of bandwidth.
DISCLAIMER

Because this in an ABR example, some viewers will watch the 796 kbps video, others will watch the 3 Mbps video, additionally, a viewer could watch 5 minutes of the 1628kbps file and 20 minutes of the 796 kbps file based on their available viewing bandwidth. Please keep in mind not every viewer will watch the entire duration of a video,  a viewer may watch it more than once, another viewer may not watch more than 10 seconds.  Point being, there are a lot of variables at play here and these are just estimates.

Live Streaming

Use these live streaming estimates to calculate the total requirement for monthly streaming quota and peak bandwidth based on an encoded streaming bit rate, concurrent viewers and duration for live streaming events.

STREAMING USAGE (LIVE):
  • 1 viewer watching your live stream for 1 hour = 1 viewer hour = 0.644 GB (0.000644 TB) of streaming
  • 100 viewers watch your live stream for 1 hour each = 100 viewer hours = 64 GB (0.064 TB) of streaming
  • 1,000 viewers watch your stream for 1 hour each = 1,000 viewer hours = 644 GB (0.644 TB) of streaming
  • 5,000 viewers watch your stream for 1 hour each = 5,000 viewer hours = 3,220 GB (3.22 TB) of streaming
  • 10,000 viewers watch your stream for 1 hour each = 10,000 viewer hours = 6,440 GB (6.44 TB) of streaming
DAILY LIVE STREAM EXAMPLE (News Broadcast, Morning Announcements, etc.)

Concurrent Viewers: 200

Video/Audio Quality: 1 Mbps (1,000 kbps)

Days per Month: 25

Peak Bandwidth Needed: 200 Mbps / 0.2 Gbps

Length: 10 Minutes

Length: 15 Minutes

Length: 20 Minutes

Total Streaming: 403 GB

Total Streaming: 605 GB

Total Streaming: 806 GB

ONE-TIME LIVE STREAM EXAMPLE (Graduation, Game, Meeting, Concert, etc.)

Video/Audio Quality: 1 Mbps (1,000 kbps)

Days per Month: 1

Average Length: 120 Minutes

Concurrent Viewers: 50

Concurrent Viewers: 100

Total Streaming: 43 GB

Peak Bandwidth: 43 Mbps / 0.04 Gbps

Total Streaming: 85 GB

Peak Bandwidth: 85 Mbps / .083 Gbps

Concurrent Viewers: 250

Concurrent Viewers: 500

Total Streaming: 214 GB

Peak Bandwidth: 214 Mbps / .21 Gbps

Total Streaming: 429 GB

Peak Bandwidth: 429 Mbps / 0.42 Gbps

Note:  These estimates are merely general information designed to try to help determine the range of what your actual streaming might be; estimates may vary from what your actually streaming activity turns out to be.