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Cognitive Services Pricing – Video Indexer

Use intelligence APIs to enable vision, speech, language and knowledge capabilities

Video Indexer enables you to extract, review, curate, customise, search and publish insights from your videos using AI for video technologies, powered by Azure Media Services. Video Indexer can be used above the demo experience threshold by connecting it with an Azure Media Services account.

Pricing details

The Cognitive Services Video Indexer provides up to 10 hours of free indexing to website users and up to 40 hours of free indexing to API users. Customer that need to process more content can do so by linking their existing Azure Media Services resource group to their Video Indexer account or creating a new Azure Media Services resource group. For the customers who choose to create a new resource group, we will create ten S3 media reserved units. Customers can modify the number of reserved units as needed.

When customers use Azure Media Services resource group to process additional content over the free limit, the following charges may apply

  • Audio/video analysis – charged based on the number of input minutes
  • Encoding – customers can choose between no encoding, single bit-rate or adaptive streaming based on requirements. Standard media encoding charges apply for this operation if used
  • Streaming – charged when video is streamed using the video player widget
  • Storage – Storage cost is incurred for files that are saved in your storage account linked to your Azure Media Services account
  • Network egress – charged when customers play the media or download insights (such as thumbnails extracted)
  • Media Reserved Units – customers pay for the number of reserved units available on their subscription

Support and SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support are included.
  • We guarantee that Cognitive Services running in the standard tier will be available at least 99.9 per cent of the time. No SLA is provided for the free trial. Read the SLA


  • Bing Search APIs are invoiced based on number of transactions (also known as API calls). These plans are pay-as-you-go and don’t incur additional costs for complex queries and more than 10 results (up to 50 results in most cases).

  • If you happen to exceed the mentioned number of transactions per second (TPS), your usage will be throttled to be within the mentioned limit. If your application needs to have higher TPS than the ones mentioned on this page, please get in touch with the Azure support team.

  • For billing purposes, a transaction is a successful Bing API call request (though there are caveats for DoS attacks). For logging and reporting purposes such as for the Bing Statistics Add-in, it is any Bing API call irrespective of whether it is successful or not.

  • You can change the tier of service at any time. Please make sure that you use appropriate keys in your API calls. If you are having enterprise agreement with Microsoft, please work with your account executive.


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