Digital media

From global distribution of premium video content to engaging with and educating your employees and connecting and interacting with your customers, use the power of media to transform your business. Quickly build and deploy video solutions, scale as needed and deliver videos to any location, at any time, on any device.

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Carlo de Marchis, Chief Product Officer, Deltatre

Create a distinct personal element with videos to increase engagement

Whether it’s your digital marketing campaign, e-commerce site, a classroom or customer service portal, use the power of videos to build a vivid experience and drive engagement.

ClickView
“Teachers can seamlessly switch to any length of video that supports their lesson plan, even just a minute’s worth, to stimulate students’ interest in the subject and engage them even more. After all, student engagement is the secret to improving academic achievement.”

Evan Clark, Founder and CEO

Connect with your audience in any location, at any time, on any device

Whether they’re looking for information or entertainment, deliver the videos that customers want, when they want it, on any popular device. Regardless of where they are in the world, regardless of connection speeds, your customer will be delighted with high quality video playback.

Rakuten Showtime
“No matter how rich your content may be, it won’t provide value to users if they can’t view it conveniently. Subscribers use our services through various devices, including TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets and gaming devices. By using Microsoft Azure, we were able to develop a distribution platform that delivers the content that you want to view, whenever you want to view it.”

Osamu Hamada, Operating Manager, Systems Division

Gather actionable intelligence from your media

Your media is a treasure trove of information. Use cutting-edge machine learning to unearth it. Enable new forms of content discovery by extracting spoken words, characters and emotions. Process video and audio feeds automatically and improve your operations.

Veritone
“From voice fingerprinting to facial recognition and video object detection, Azure provides the speed, reliability and security that our customers demand to gain insight and maximise intelligence from the world’s untapped media resources.”

James Williams, Chief Technology Officer

Gain business agility with a comprehensive media platform

Get to market faster and reap the benefits of getting customer feedback. Comprehensive and reliable media and cloud services enable you to iterate quickly and adopt an agile approach.

RTL Nederland
“We want to deploy new features as fast as we can, and we don’t want to lag behind our competitors. Azure offers a rich toolset to deploy new services and features quickly. It enables us to be agile, achieve continuous improvement and be quicker to market than our competitors.”

Jan Paul Dekker, Manager of Digital Productions

Scale as needed

As your marketing campaign takes off or your video goes viral, use the cloud to scale as needed and pay as you go. With more regions than AWS and Google combined, expand to new geographies seamlessly.

brainsonic
“We needed on-demand scalability and a fast time-to-market, so we wanted most of the solution to be based on a PaaS platform. At the same time, we also needed to support multiple technology environments, including Windows and Linux. So Microsoft Azure made sense.”

Julien Fauvel, Vice President

Select media solutions from a growing list of partners

Find media solutions from partners in the Azure Marketplace to accelerate your time to market

Aspera Server On Demand Aspera, Inc, an IBM company
Telurio AIM Imagine Communications

Solution architectures

Video on Demand Digital Media Solution ArchitectureTokenTokenLicense/KeyLicense/KeyAzure BlobStorageStreamingEndpointMulti-Protocol Dynamic Packaging/Multi-DRMAzure Encoder(Standard orPremium)Azure Media Playerin BrowserAzure Media Playerin Mobile AppCloud DRMLicense/KeyDelivery ServerAzure CDNMezzanineVideo Files
Video-on-demand digital media

A basic video-on-demand solution that gives you the capability to stream recorded video content, such as films, news clips, sports segments, training videos and customer support tutorials to any video-capable endpoint device, mobile application or desktop browser. Video files are uploaded to Azure Blob Storage, encoded to a multi-bit rate standard format, then distributed via all major adaptive bit-rate streaming protocols (HLS, MPEG-DASH, Smooth) to the Azure Media Player client.

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Live Streaming Digital Media Solution ArchitectureTokenTokenLicense/KeyLicense/KeyChannelLive SourceCloud DRM License/Key Delivery ServeStreamingEndpointMulti-ProtocolDynamicPackaging/Multi-DRMAzure CDNAzure BlobStoragePreviewMonitoringAzure Media Playerin BrowserAzure Media Playerin Mobile AppAzure LiveEncoder3rd Party On-PremisesLive EncoderProgram
Live-streaming digital media

A live streaming solution allows you to capture video in real time and broadcast it to consumers in real time, such as streaming interviews, conferences and sporting events online. Through this solution, video is captured by a video camera and sent to a channel input endpoint. The channel receives the live input stream and makes it available for streaming through a streaming endpoint to a web browser or mobile app. The channel also provides a preview monitoring endpoint to preview and validate your stream before further processing and delivery. The channel can also record and store the ingested content in order to be streamed later (video on demand).

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Speech to Text Digital Media Solution ArchitectureTTML, WebVTTKeywordsAzure BlobStorageStreamingEndpointMulti-ProtocolDynamicPackaging/Multi-DRMWeb AppsAzure CDNSourceA/V FilesAzure MediaIndexer/OCR Media ProcessorAzure SearchAzure Media PlayerAzure Encoder(Standard orPremium)
Keyword search/speech-to-text/OCR digital media

A speech-to-text solution allows you to identify speech in static video files so you can manage it as standard content, such as allowing employees to search within training videos for spoken words or phrases, and then enabling them to quickly navigate to the specific moment in the video. This solution allows you to upload static videos to an Azure website. The Azure Media Indexer uses the Speech API to index the speech within the videos and stores it in SQL Azure. You can search for words or phrases by using Azure Web Apps and retrieve a list of results. Selecting a result enables you to see where in the video the word or phrase is mentioned.

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