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March 2021

Mar 16

General availability: Media Services adds new "StandBy" mode for Live Events to speed up start times from warm state

NOW AVAILABLE

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
  • Features
Mar 16

General availability: Media Services introduces new security features

NOW AVAILABLE

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.

  • Media Services
  • Security
  • Features
Mar 12

General availability: Azure Media Services – HEVC encoding support in Standard Encoder

NOW AVAILABLE

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.

  • Media Services
  • Features

February 2021

Feb 23

Update your Azure Media Services REST API and SDKs to v3 by 29 February 2024

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.

  • Media Services
  • Retirements

June 2020

Jun 11

Live Video Analytics now in public preview

IN PREVIEW

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.

  • Media Services
  • Azure IoT Edge
  • Services
  • Features
Jun 10

Azure Media Services now supports Live Transcription preview in additional regions

IN PREVIEW

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.

  • Media Services
  • Features

May 2020

May 20

Azure Media Services is now available in Switzerland and Germany

NOW AVAILABLE

Announcing the general availability of Media Services in Switzerland (North and West) and Germany (North, West Central) regions.

  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer
  • Services
  • Features
  • Regions & Datacenters

February 2020

Feb 24

We are retiring Azure Media Analytics preview processors on June 1, 2020

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.

  • Media Services
  • Retirements

November 2019

Nov 18

Azure Media Services now supports Live Transcription in preview

IN PREVIEW

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.

  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer
  • Services
  • Features

October 2019

Oct 3

Azure Media Indexer is being retired

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.

  • Media Services
  • Retirements

September 2019

Sep 18

Public Preview - Video Indexer Multilingual identification and transcription

IN PREVIEW

Automatic spoken language identification leverages machine learning technology to identify the different languages used in a media asset.

  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer
  • Services
  • Features
Sep 18

Public Preview - Video Indexer Animated Character Detection

IN PREVIEW

Azure Media Services Video Indexer supports detection, grouping, and recognition of characters in animated content.

  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer
  • Services
  • Features
Sep 4

Legacy media encoders are being retired on November 30, 2019

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
  • Retirements

August 2019

Aug 6

Media Services is now available in both South Africa regions

NOW AVAILABLE

Media Services is now available in South Africa North and South Africa West regions

  • Media Services
  • Regions & Datacenters

June 2019

Jun 12

Premium Live Encoder now supports streaming at 1080p and 30 frames per second

NOW AVAILABLE

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.

  • Live and On-Demand Streaming
  • Video Indexer
  • Media Services
  • Features
Jun 4

Media Services is now available in Korea Region

NOW AVAILABLE

Media Services is now available in Korea Central and Korea South.

  • Media Services
  • Regions & Datacenters

May 2019

May 6

Premium Live Encoder now supports streaming at 1080p and 30 fps

NOW AVAILABLE

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.

  • Live and On-Demand Streaming
  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer
  • Features

December 2018

Dec 19

Retirement of Media Hyperlapse (in preview) on March 29, 2019

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.

  • Media Services
  • Services

October 2018

Oct 31

Now available: Azure Media Services v3 API

NOW AVAILABLE

Several enhancements have been made to Media Services, including the availability of the new Azure Media Services API and updates to Azure Media Player.

  • Media Services
  • Azure Media Player
  • Services

September 2018

Sep 25

Now available: Azure Media Services' Video Indexer

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Media Services’ AI-based media metadata extraction service is now generally available.

  • Azure Machine Learning
  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer
  • Services

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