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General availability: Media Services adds new "StandBy" mode for Live Events to speed up start times from warm state
Media Services Live Events now support a lower-cost "StandBy" mode to allow you to pre-allocate live streaming at a lower cost. You can now use the new standby mode to transition quickly to a "Running" state faster than starting from cold creation and reduces your operational costs.
Media Services introduces new security features available in the 2020-05-01 version of the Azure Media Services API allowing you to now bring your own encryption keys, and configure trusted storage using System Managed Identities.
You can now use High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) or H.265 in the Standard Encoder. This new feature is available for Content Aware encoding, Adaptive Bitrate encoding, and creating your own custom transforms. Using HEVC along with supported decoding devices will provide you with the ability to deliver streaming content at reduced bitrates while maintaining the same video quality compared to H.264/AVC. This in turn will help reduce overall delivery costs through a CDN, and allow your viewers to receive higher quality streams on constrained networks.
Target retirement date: February 29, 2024
We’ll be retiring version 2 of the Azure Media Services API and the associated client SDKs on 29 February 2024.
Live Video Analytics is a platform to capture, record, and analyze live video and publish the results (video and/or video analytics), enabling intelligent video applications.
Live transcription is a new feature of Azure Media Services v3 APIs, wherein you can enhance the streams delivered to viewers with machine-generated text that is transcribed from spoken words in the audio feed. This feature was first announced in Nov 2019 and we are now making this available in additional regions.
Announcing the general availability of Media Services in Switzerland (North and West) and Germany (North, West Central) regions.
Target retirement date: June 01, 2020
We’ve made significant investments to Video Optical Character Recognition, Face Detector, and Content Moderator, as a part of the general availability of Azure Media Services: Video Indexer.
Azure Media Services provides a platform which you can use to ingest, transcode, and dynamically package and encrypt your live video for delivery. Live Transcriptions is a new feature in the Azure Media Services v3 APIs, wherein you can enhance the streams delivered to your viewers with machine-generated text that is transcribed from spoken words in the audio feed.
Target retirement date: January 01, 2023
A year ago we announced the general availability of Azure Video Indexer, which is built on the capabilities of Azure Media Analytics, Azure Search, and Cognitive Services. This enables you to extract a rich set of machine learning insights based on multiple channels of your media files, all integrated together in one call and on a shared timeline.
Automatic spoken language identification leverages machine learning technology to identify the different languages used in a media asset.
Azure Media Services Video Indexer supports detection, grouping, and recognition of characters in animated content.
Target retirement date: November 30, 2019
We've been making steady improvements to the robustness, reliability, performance, price and capabilities of the encoding features of Azure Media Services.
Media Services is now available in South Africa North and South Africa West regions
The Premium Live Encoder for Azure Media Services now allows you to live encode streaming content at a resolution of 1080p and up to 30 frames per second.
Media Services is now available in Korea Central and Korea South.
The Premium Live Encoder for Azure Media Services now allows you to live-encode streaming content at a resolution of 1080p and up to 30 frames per second.
Target availability: Q1 2019
Starting December 19, 2018, we will no longer make changes or improvements to the Media Hyperlapse feature of Azure Media Services.
Several enhancements have been made to Media Services, including the availability of the new Azure Media Services API and updates to Azure Media Player.
Azure Media Services’ AI-based media metadata extraction service is now generally available.
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