Release of cloud services to manage media contents

The beginning of this year 2013 is full of news in the transcoding cloud world. The two main platforms announced the release of their own solutions :

I made some posts to introduce Azure Media Services (part 1, part 2) available after May  2012. Here is a quick overview to compare those different services.

Platform Models

Here is a quick overview of each platform models.

Amazon Elastic Transcoding

elastic_transcode_platform

Azure Media Services

Media Services Architecture

Functionnalities

This table exposes the differents features supported by each solutions.

Azure Media ServicesElastic Transcoding
APIRESTREST
Web consoleYesYes
Input Audio CodecAC-3
AAC
MP3
WMA
AAC
Input Video CodecH.264
MPEG,MPEG2
VC-1
WMV
H.264
MPEG-2
3GP
Input StorageAzure Storage ServiceS3
Input FormatFLV, MP4
MPEG,MPEG-2
3GP
AVI
VOB
ISMV,WMV
ASF
FLV
MP4
MPEG-2
3GP
AVI
Output Audio CodecWMA
AAC
AAC
Output Video CodecVC1
H.264
H.264
Output FormatMP4
Smooth Streaming
HTTP Live Streaming
MP4
DRM supportPlayReady
DeliveryAzure Storage Service
Azure CDN
S3
CloudFront
NotificationsYes

Both solutions give the opportunity to create our own presets but there are also some generic presets available : for iDevices, for mobiles, generic profiles for SD and HD.

Pricing

Each cloud company applies its own pricing, not based on the same parameters.

Amazon Elastic Transcoding

On Amazon side, the price is based on output content duration. You have two prices :

  • for Standard resolution (less than 720p) : 0,072€ per minute
  • for HD (more than 720p) : cost of SD x 2 per minute

windowsazureMicrosoft, on the other side, applies on Azure Media Service a pricing on encoded GigaBytes processed. They count input and output datas. The pricing begins at 1,99$ by GigaBytes up to 5TeraBytes / Month. It reduces when you use more the service. This prices don’t include the storage on Amazon S3 or Azure Storage.

To choose the good one, you need to make a table to compare, it depends of your usage. I will try soon to expose one or more architectures based on those two services to manage video assets. So keep in touch ;-)

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