How do I get charged for creating thumbnail images?

If you generate thumbnails as part of a regular encoding job, as in the sample here, then there is no additional charge for generating thumbnail images. If, however, you submit an encoding task which generates only thumbnails (i.e. output has no video or audio), then each image in the output asset is counted as one second (1/60 of a minute).

Media Services

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  • Both edges of the input video must fit within the supported input resolution of each meter. For example, a 600 x 481 video exceeds the maximum 640 x 480 resolution of S1 by virtue of both edges being greater than 480 and so would be subject to S2 metering.

  • Yes, you can purchase multiple streaming units for content streaming.

  • It depends on the current state of a channel. Possible values include:

    • Stopped. This is the initial state of the channel after its creation. In this state, the channel properties can be updated but streaming is not allowed.
    • Starting. The channel is being started. No updates or streaming are allowed during this state. If an error occurs, the channel returns to the "Stopped" state.
    • Running. The channel is capable of processing live streams.
    • Stopping. The channel is being stopped. No updates or streaming are allowed during this state.
    • Deleting. The channel is being deleted. No updates or streaming are allowed during this state. The following table shows how channel states map to the billing mode. |Channel state|Portal UI indicators|Billed?| |---|---|---| |Starting|Starting|No (transient state)| |Running|Ready (no running programs) or Streaming (at least one running program)|Yes| |Stopping|Stopping|No (transient state)| |Stopped|Stopped|No|
  • No, you will only get charged based on output minutes, plus the number of media reserved units. See the example below for more details.

  • You are charged based on the highest number of streaming units which are provisioned each day. In this example, you will be charged for four streaming units for that day.

  • Yes, you can scale the number of media reserved units in your account. While there are default limits in the Azure Portal, for example a maximum of 25 S2 media reserved units, these are soft limits. You can contact us if you need higher limits.