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NAB Show 2016 – What’s new with Azure Media Services?

We’ve had a very busy year on the Azure Media Services team creating a number of new services, launching new features, and improving the service based on our direct customer feedback. This year at NAB our team flooded the Azure blog with details on all of the great new features. I’ll post an individual blog and comment about each of these new features over the next few weeks, and get into some of the details. To start out, I’ll recap …

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Azure Premium Encoder Workflow Designer Training Videos

Back in April at the NAB Show we launched the Azure Premium Encoder. I wrote a post on this new encoder after we launched with some of the high level details about it’s capabilities.  One of the key differentiators of this new Encoder is the Workflow Designer tool that we offer for you to use freely when building your workflows for the new Premium Encoder.  This tool is really amazing and has tons of features to build out complex “blueprints” …

Hyperlapse for Azure Media Services

Why am I showing you the Tower Bridge? Well, it is a cool bridge… but it’s mostly because I’m in London working with customers this week and it will make a lot more sense in a few moments when you read down to my “demo” of Hyperlapse for Azure Media Services. A few weeks back at the NAB show I was discussing with a few friends the new trend of giant nets surrounding a number of exhibitor booths.  This seemed like …

Start using Azure Media Player Today

Today at the NAB show we announced a brand new player framework called the “Azure Media Player”.  A brand new, free player solution built to playback media content from Microsoft Azure Media Services.  Azure Media Player has the ability to reach a wide variety of browsers and devices with simple HTML and JavaScript code. Azure Media Player is easy to set up and use in your web pages and blogs. It only takes a few minutes to get playback of media …

How Azure Media Services Earned CDSA Security Certification

Yesterday, I announced how extremely proud I am that Azure Media Services has recently been awarded certification by a CDSA-appointed external auditor. We are the only media platform in the market that has achieved CDSA certification on our encoding platform services. The CPS certification provides a standards-based method of assuring our customers – and yours – that the intellectual property rights of media assets stored, encoded, managed, and distributed from within Azure are safe and secure. Further, if you build …

Live Encoding Preview

Today at NAB 2015, the Media Services team announced live encoding in the cloud is now available in Preview. With this new feature you can finally enable live transcoding in you Media Services live channels, allowing you to send in a single high bitrate stream instead of multi-bitrate encodings. This release also brings the following key capabilities to your live channels in the cloud: Live encoding of a single bitrate live feed into an adaptive bitrate stream Ability to ingest a …

Azure Media Services: First Cloud Media Service Awarded Certification by CDSA

After many years of work building out the services and compliance procedures to meet our initial goal of a “security first” architecture for our platform, I am extremely proud to announce that Microsoft Azure Media Services has been awarded certification by a CDSA-appointed external auditor. This initial certification status is valid for six months, after which further successful on-site audits will extend the certification for one-year periods. Azure Media Services is committed to continuing the CDSA audits, as well as …

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Introducing Azure Premium Encoder

A few weeks back we introduced a new encoder to Azure Media Services called Azure Media Encoder Premium. This new encoder complements our existing encoding services by offering more advanced features for the media and entertainment industry. This new encoder allows you to build out more professional cloud encoding workflows on our platform with support for more file formats and a new visual workflow designer tool. I’m really excited about the capabilities of the new Workflow Designer which allows you to graphically …