Azure Media Indexer is being retired

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2019

In September 2018, we announced the general availability of Azure Video Indexer. This service is built on the capabilities of Azure Media Analytics, Azure Search, and Cognitive Services; and 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. As part of the service we integrate with Microsoft a centralized speech-to-text model that is dramatically more advanced then the Indexer speech-to-text model.  

Because Video Indexer capabilities replace and provide more capabilities and advancements in speech-to-text, languages, translations, speaker identification, and more, we are retiring:

  • The legacy Azure Media Indexer v1 on October 1, 2020.
  • The Azure Media Indexer v2 Preview on January 1, 2020.

How does this affect me?

After the retirement dates above, applications that you have developed using Media Indexer may begin experiencing errors or failed job submissions.

What actions should I take?

If you require a solution that provides any of the following, then you will need to update your applications to use the Azure Video Indexer capabilities through the Video Indexer v2 REST API or the Audio Analyzer preset in the Azure Media Services v3 API, before the retirement date:

  • speech-to-text
  • closed captioning
  • topic inferencing
  • acoustic events
  • speaker statistics
  • keyword and brand extraction
  • translation
  • or anything else from our full list of insights

If you only need speech-to-text capabilities then you will need to update your applications to use the Cognitive Service Speech API.  

If you are in our Azure Government cloud, these replacement options will be available in the coming months. 

Learn more about the retirement of Azure Media Services Indexer.

  • Media Services
  • Retirements