Getting started with Windows Azure Media Services

This blog shows you how to request for Windows Azure Media Services Preview and create an account through Windows Azure portal.

Sign up for the preview

1. Go to and obtain a free-trail account or login with your own account.

2. Go to and that’s where you could request for feature preview. 

3. Click on Try it now showed in the picture above. After clicking it, you will see the following screen. Currently we offer three-months free trail and you could click on complete if you want to give it a try.

4. Now,try to log in to, you will see Media Service Icon in the left corner. Usually you get approved instantly. If you have any problem with the approval, please email We will get you approved as soon as possible.

Use Preview Portal for Media Services 

Now, I assume you have gotten your account approved for using media services. After logging in, you will see the following screen with Media Services Icon on the left bottom corner.

1. Click on Create a media service in the page and it will bring up a page with media services selected. You could also click on the plus icon in the left bottom corner of the page.

2. Fill in the name (with only lower-case characters and numbers). You could also choose Region, currently we have West US, East US, East Asia, SoutheastAsia, North Europe and West Europe available. Lastly, create a storage account. You could either use a existing storage account or create a new one. After filling in all the details, click on Quick Create.

3. Media Services will get created within a few seconds, with a existing storage account. It may take up to 10 minutes if you are creating a new storage account. You could monitor the creation process by checking out status bar in the bottom of the page.

4. Once the service gets created, you could see it in the portal.

5. Click on your media service and it brings up the dashboard. Dashboard basically shows how you use your storage account with media assets in it. For the first time, you need to configure your storage to be monitored in order to see data usage in dashboard.

6. Click on configure page will bring up your linked storage account configuration page. Turn on the monitoring showed below and remember to click on Save button.

7. Now go back to Media service dashboard and you will see storage account is getting monitored. Because I don’t have anything encoded in the storage account, so the curve is 0. But once you start uploading asset, you will see the curve changes.

8. Lastly, I want to point out a very useful button – Manage Keys. By clicking on Manage Keys button in the bottom of dashboard, you could see the key values and use them for connecting media services programmaticly.

If you have any questions, feel free to post on our forum: And you could directly email me as well.

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