Build workflows for the creation, management, and distribution of media with Windows Azure Media Services. Media Services offer the flexibility, scalability, and reliability of a cloud platform to handle high quality media experiences for a global audience. Some common uses of Media Services include:
End to End Workflows
Build comprehensive media workflows entirely in the cloud. From uploading media to distributing content, Media Services provide a range of pre-built, ready-to-use, first- and third-party services that can be combined to meet your specific needs. Capabilities include upload, storage, encoding, format conversion, content protection, and delivery.
Easily integrate Media Services with tools and processes you already use. For example, encode content on-site then upload to Media Services for transcoding into multiple formats and deliver through a third-party CDN. Media Services can be called individually via standard REST API’s for easy integration with external applications and services.
Cloud Support for Windows, Xbox, iOS, and Android
Creating, managing and delivering media across multiple devices has never been easier. Media Services provide everything you need to deliver content to a variety of devices, from Xbox and Windows PCs, to MacOS, iOS and Android.
Capabilities and Benefits of Media Services
Media Services includes cloud-based versions of many existing technologies from the Microsoft Media Platformand our media partners. Whether enhancing existing solutions or creating new workflows, you can easily combine and manage Media Services to create custom workflows that fit every need:
Ingest: Upload your media assets to Media Services storage using standard HTTP transfers or built-in third-party agents for faster UDP transfers with added security.
Encoding: Work with a range of standard codecs and formats, including industry-leading Smooth Streaming, HTTP Live Streaming, MPEG-DASH and Flash. You can choose the Windows Azure Media Encoder or a built-in third-party encoder.
Format Conversion: Convert entire libraries or individual streams with total control over input and output.
Content Protection: Easily encrypt live or on-demand video and audio with standard MPEG Common Encryption and Microsoft PlayReady, the industry’s most accepted DRM for premium content. Add watermarking to your media for an extra layer of protection.
On-Demand Streaming: Seamlessly deliver content via Windows Azure CDN or a third-party delivery network. Automatically scale to deliver high quality video experiences around the globe.
Live Streaming: Easily create and publish live streaming channels, encoding with Media Services or pushing from an external feed. Take advantage of built-in features like server-side DVR and instant replay.
For more information on these services and how to build solutions around them, visit the Windows Azure Developer Center.
Pricing and Metering for Media Services
The upcoming preview of Windows Azure Media Services will be available at no cost (charges for associated Windows Azure features like Storage, Egress, and CDN may apply).Next Step