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Encoding On-Demand Content with Azure Media Services

This topic is part of the Media Services Video-on-Demand Workflow.

Overview

Media Services supports the following encoders:

The following section compares encoding capabilities of both encoders.

By default each Media Services account can have one active encoding task at a time. You can reserve encoding units that allow you to have multiple encoding tasks running concurrently, one for each encoding reserved unit you purchase. For information about scaling encoding units, see the following Portal and .NET topics.

[AZURE.INCLUDE media-services-selector-scale-encoding-units]

Azure Media Encoder

Formats Supported by the Media Services Encoder – Discusses the file and stream formats supported by Azure Media Encoder.

Azure Media Encoder is configured using one of the encoder preset strings described here. You can also get the actual Azure Media Encoder preset files here.

Encode with Azure Media Encoder using Azure Management Portal, .NET, or REST API.

[AZURE.INCLUDE media-services-selector-encode]

Other related topics

Dynamic Packaging – Describes how to encode to adaptive bitrate MP4s and dynamically serve Smooth Streaming, Apple HLS, or MPEG-DASH.

Controlling Media Service Encoder Output Filenames– Describes the file naming convention used by Azure Media Encoder and how to modify the output file names.

Encoding your media with Dolby Digital Plus – Describes how to encode audio tracks using Dolby Digital Plus encoding.

Media Encoder Premium Workflow (public preview)

Note Media Encoder Premium Workflow media processor discussed in this topic is not available in China.

Formats Supported by Media Encoder Premium Workflow – Discusses file formats and codecs supported by Media Encoder Premium Workflow.

Media Encoder Premium Workflow is configured using complex workflows. Workflow files could be created using the Workflow Designer tool.

You can get the default workflow files here. The folder also contains the description of these files.

Encode with Media Encoder Premium Workflow using .NET. For more information, see Advanced encoding with Media Encoder Premium Workflow.

Compare Encoders

This section compares the encoding capabilities of Azure Media Encoder and Media Encoder Premium Workflow.

Input formats

Input Container/File Formats

Input Container/File Formats Media Encoder Premium Workflow Azure Media Encoder
Adobe® Flash® F4V Yes No
MXF/SMPTE 377M Yes Limited
GXF Yes No
MPEG-2 Transport Streams Yes Yes
MPEG-2 Program Streams Yes Yes
MPEG-4/MP4 Yes Yes
Windows Media/ASF Yes Yes
AVI (Uncompressed 8bit/10bit) Yes Yes
3GPP/3GPP2 No Yes
Smooth Streaming File Format (PIFF 1.3) No Yes

Input Video Codecs

Input Video Codecs Media Encoder Premium Workflow Azure Media Encoder
AVC 8-bit/10-bit, up to 4:2:2, including AVCIntra Yes Only 8bit 4:2:0
Avid DNxHD (in MXF) Yes No
DVCPro/DVCProHD (in MXF) Yes No
JPEG2000 Yes No
MPEG-2 (up to 422 Profile and High Level; including variants such as XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM IMX, CableLabs® and D10) Yes Up to 422 Profile
MPEG-1 Yes Yes
Windows Media Video/VC-1 Yes Yes
Canopus HQ/HQX No Yes

Input Audio Codecs

Input Audio Codecs Media Encoder Premium Workflow Azure Media Encoder
AES (SMPTE 331M and 302M, AES3-2003) Yes No
Dolby® E Yes No
Dolby® Digital (AC3) Yes Yes
Dolby® Digital Plus (E-AC3) Yes No
AAC (AAC-LC, AAC-HE, and AAC-HEv2; up to 5.1) Yes Yes
MPEG Layer 2 Yes Yes
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3) Yes Yes
Windows Media Audio Yes Yes
WAV/PCM Yes Yes

Output formats

Output Container/File Formats

Output Container/File Formats Media Encoder Premium Workflow Azure Media Encoder
Adobe® Flash® F4V Yes No
MXF (OP1a, XDCAM and AS02) Yes No
DPP (including AS11) Yes No
GXF Yes No
MPEG-4/MP4 Yes Yes
Windows Media/ASF Yes Yes
AVI (Uncompressed 8bit/10bit) Yes No
Smooth Streaming File Format (PIFF 1.3) Yes Yes

Output Video Codecs

Output Video Codecs Media Encoder Premium Workflow Azure Media Encoder
AVC (H.264; 8-bit; up to High Profile, Level 5.2; 4K Ultra HD; AVC Intra) Yes Only 8bit 4:2:0 up to 1080p
Avid DNxHD (in MXF) Yes No
DVCPro/DVCProHD (in MXF) Yes No
MPEG-2 (up to 422 Profile and High Level; including variants such as XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM IMX, CableLabs® and D10) Yes No
MPEG-1 Yes No
Windows Media Video/VC-1 Yes Yes
JPEG thumbnail creation Yes Yes

Output Audio Codecs

Output Audio Codecs Media Encoder Premium Workflow Azure Media Encoder
AES (SMPTE 331M and 302M, AES3-2003) Yes No
Dolby® Digital (AC3) Yes Yes
Dolby® Digital Plus (E-AC3) up to 7.1 Yes Up to 5.1
AAC (AAC-LC, AAC-HE, and AAC-HEv2; up to 5.1) Yes Yes
MPEG Layer 2 Yes No
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3) Yes No
Windows Media Audio Yes Yes

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