IBM Watson Media's Certified Encoders

The IBM Watson Media platform supports RTMP ingest and is designed to work with industry-leading third party encoders. Not all RTMP capable encoders will work with IBM Watson Media, so it is strongly recommended to use one of the certified encoders listed below to have maximum quality and reliability for your stream on IBM Watson Media.

NewTek TriCaster

The NewTek TriCaster is the world's leading all-in-one, integrated live production system. Connect multiple cameras and audio and add graphics, video playback, titles and more. Multiple simultaneous outputs let you project, record, and stream. 

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Compatible cameras
  • Component / composite analog sources
  • HDMI Cameras
  • SDI Cameras
More info


The Teradek VidiU is a portable HD h.264 / AAC encoder with HDMI input and capability to stream at resolutions up to 1080p. Broadcast over ethernet or WiFi, or connect an optional 4G USB adapter, use the internal battery and camera mount for truly portable streaming. 

Learn more about Teradek products

Compatible cameras
  • HDMI Cameras
  • SDI Cameras (Cube only)

Matrox Monarch H.264 encoders

Matrox Monarch™ H.264 encoders are simple-to-use streaming and recording appliances that can easily capture HDMI or SDI camera signals. Equipped with up to two powerful encoding engines, the Monarch LCS, Monarch HDX, and Monarch HD appliance provide independently encoded streams, each at bitrates customizable to your unique needs. The Monarch HDX offers stream-embedded closed captioning, enabling IBM Watson Media users to provide fully accessible video by simply adding the HDX to their existing production workflows.

Learn more about Matrox Monarch Streaming and Recording Appliances

Compatible cameras
  • HDMI Cameras
  • SDI Cameras

Elemental Live encoders

Elemental® Live is a video processing system that merges the benefits of massively parallel hardware with the flexibility and forward compatibility of intelligent software. Elemental Live executes simultaneous processing and encoding of multiple adaptive bit rate outputs, delivering the high-quality, high-efficiency performance required for streaming live video. A single Elemental Live system can perform the work of more than four CPU-only encoders.

Learn more about Elemental Technologies

Compatible cameras
  • SDI Cameras
More info


Harmonic is the industry's leading provider of encoding, stream processing and video networking solutions for superior-quality broadcast and multiscreen applications.

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Wowza Media Systems

Wowza software and services let you capture and stream live events directly from any encoder or IP camera. Share your live stream with your viewers or archive it for later viewing.

Learn more about Wowza Media Systems

Other RTMP encoders

Almost any RTMP encoder should work with IBM Watson Media. Additional encoders and documentation are provided as is below, though.

Brand Model Type More Info
Telestream Wirecast Software Streaming with Wirecast
Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder Software Streaming with Adobe FMLE
Cisco Cisco AnyRes Live Hardware Cisco AnyRes Live 8300 Data Sheet
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