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Azure Video Analyzer pricing

An AI service for quickly building video analytics solutions

With Azure Video Analyzer, developers can quickly build an AI-powered video analytics solution to extract actionable insights from videos, whether stored or streaming. Azure Video Analyzer brings together the capabilities of Live Video Analytics and Video Indexer in one place.

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Video Analyzer for Media (formerly Video Indexer)

Video Analyzer for Media (formerly Video Indexer) allows you to extract, review, curate, customise, search and publish insights in a single job from your audio and video files using AI for video technologies, powered by Azure Media Services. See the full list of Video Analyzer for Media features

Video Analyzer for Media can be used with two types of accounts:

Free trial account: up to 10 hours of free indexing for website users, and up to 40 hours of free indexing for API users.

Paid unlimited account: for larger-scale indexing, create a new Video Indexer account connected to a paid Microsoft Azure subscription.

Pricing is based on the duration of the input file. Indexing is charged for audio analysis, video analysis or both.

Audio analysis is available in two bundles of features at different price points. The standard Audio Analyzer preset provides a richer set of metadata using a predefined set of AI-based audio analysis models, including speech transcription, speaker indexing, speech sentiment analysis, and keywords and formatted output captions or subtitles. The Basic Audio Analyzer preset provides a low-cost option to only extract speech transcription, and format output captions and subtitles. The Basic Audio Analyzer will produce two separate meters on your bill, including a line for transcription and a separate line for caption and subtitle formatting.

Not available Caption and subtitle generation input content minutes1 Media transcription input content minutes1 Audio Analysis input content minutes1 Video analysis input content minutes1
Price per input minute $- $- $- $-
1Rounded by second with a minimum of 15 seconds.

Azure Video AnalyzerPreview (formerly Live Video Analytics)

Azure Video Analyzer enables you to capture, record and analyse live video streams using AI provided by Microsoft or built by your own team. This enables you to build cloud plus edge IoT solutions that combine video analytics with data from other sensors to power real-time business decisions. Learn more.

Video Analyzer on IoT Edge

Video Analyzer on IoT Edge (formerly Live Video Analytics on IoT Edge) enables you to run your video analytics pipelines on devices with Azure IoT Edge. Create your video analytics pipelines and deploy them to devices running Azure IoT Edge through Azure IoT Hub. Video Analyzer on IoT Edge extends all the benefits of its unique video analytics technology from the cloud down to devices. It enables you to manage and analyse multiple video streams by leveraging various AI models on IoT gateway devices.

Not available Live Video Analysis on Edge Basic1 2
Price per day $-
1Availability varies by region 2Billing is pro rata per minute of video processed per stream. Billing starts once the video pipeline has been activated, whether or not there is video flowing through (e.g. camera is disconnected). Billing stops when the pipeline is explicitly deactivated.

Video Analyzer in the Cloud

Video Analyzer cloud service enables you to capture, record and watch videos from cameras that are connected to the cloud either directly, or through a gateway device. Define your topology – a configuration or template for how videos from cameras are to be captured and recorded, and then create resources (video pipelines) in the cloud for each camera. Pricing is based on the bandwidth (in megabits per second or Mbps) capacity that you allocate for each camera.

Meter Rate
Live video topology S1 minutes1 Free in preview
Live video topology additional capacity S1 Mbps minutes1 Free in preview
1Availability varies by region

Video streaming from Cloud

You can use Video Analyzer cloud service to stream video that has been recorded. You can also watch video from cameras that are connected to the cloud either directly, or through a gateway device.

When you watch video, you will incur egress charges.

Scenario Meter Rate (per GB)
Watch recorded content Video Streaming Basic1 2 $-
Watch video from cameras Video Streaming Standard1 3 Pricing to be announced 1 December 2021

1Availability varies by region

2Video is streamed in HLS or DASH protocol as required by your playback device.

3Video is streamed in RTSP protocol – supported on Windows, Linux and macOS, as well as on Android.

Video exporting from Cloud

You can use Video Analyzer cloud service to export a desired portion of a video that has been recorded. The resultant MP4 file can, for example, be moved to a long-term archive location, or shared externally with other business units. When you export video, you will be billed based on the properties of the resultant MP4 file.

Not available Video exporting1 2
Price per content base minute Pricing to be announced 1 December 2021

1Availability varies by region

2Billing is prorated per second. For example 15 seconds counts as 0.25 minutes.

Content base multipliers

Multipliers based on the resolution and frame rate of the exported file are used to determine content base minutes.

SD 1 10 minutes of SD output counts as 10 minutes
HD 2 10 minutes of HD output counts as 20 minutes
4K 4 10 minutes of 4K output counts as 40 minutes
8K 8 10 minutes of 8K output counts as 80 minutes
Audio 0.25 4 minutes of audio output counts as 1 minute
<= 30 frames/second 1 10 minutes of <=30 frames/sec output counts as 10 minutes
30 frames/sec and <=60 frames/sec 1.25 10 minutes of > 30 and <=60 frames/sec output counts as 12.5 minutes
60 frames/sec and <=90 frames/sec 1.5 10 minutes of > 60 and <=90 frames/sec output counts as 15 minutes
Each such 30 frames/sec increment Additional 0.25 10 minutes of > 90 and <= 120 frames/sec output counts as 17.5 minutes, 10 minutes of > 120 and <= 150 frames/sec output counts as 20 minutes etc.

Example: You have captured video from a camera that produces 4K video at 90 frames per second. You export a 10 minute portion of that video. The content base minutes for this export is 10 minutes * 4 (multiplier for 4K) * 1.5 (multiplier for 90 frames/sec) = 60.

Resolution thresholds3

SD is an output less than 960x540 resolution.

HD is an output greater than or equal to 960x540, less than or equal to 1920x1080 resolution.

4K is an output greater than 1920x1080, less than or equal to 3840x2160 resolution.

8K is an output greater than 3840x2160, up to and including 8192x4320 resolution.

3Resolutions thresholds are based on the product of the width * height. We do not distinguish between landscape and portrait orientation.

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