Windows Azure Media Services

Android HLS playback via Azure media services

This blog shows you how to generate Http Live Streaming (HLS) version 3 via Azure Media Services, which is a new feature we recently added, in order to support HLS playback in a wider range of Android devices. According to Google, Android platform supports Http/Https Live streaming playback, with the following restrictions:

  • • MPEG-2 TS media files only
  • • Protocol version 4 (Android 4.4 Kitkat)
  • • Protocol version 3 (Android 4.0 and above)
  • • Protocol version 2 (Android 3.x)
  • • Not supported before Android 3.0

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Useful resources for Windows Azure Media Services

This blog provides some information and links to learn Windows Azure Media Services and I hope you found it useful.

If you are new to Windows Azure Media Services, here is how you could get started:

  • • Read the major features and scenarios through Windows Azure website
  • • .NET tutorial for getting started with Media services (link)
  • • Please ask questions on Windows Azure Media Services Forum (link)
  • • Pricing detail for Windows Azure Media Services (link)

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Announcing Windows Azure Media Services .NET SDK Extensions Version 2.0

I am excited to announce that our Windows Azure Media services Extension SDK version 2.0 just released! If you were using the first version of extension SDK, please pay attention because this version includes a few breaking changes – we had a round of redesign for our existing extension APIs.

What is extension SDK?

This extension SDK is a great initiative by developer Mariano Conveti from our partner Southworks. This SDK extension library contains a set of extension methods and helpers for the Windows Azure Media Services SDK for .NET. You could get the source code from Github repository or install Nuget package to start using it. Read more here

Introducing Extensions for Windows Azure Media Services .NET SDK

I am excited to introduce this great open source project – Extensions for Windows Azure Media Services by Mariano Converti from Southworks. Microsoft has been working with Southworks for many projects and as mentioned by Mariano in his blog, the motivation for this project is that “I wanted to have it <SDK> available in a more consumable and reusable way instead of having to search/copy/paste/tweak the code every time.”

This SDK extension library contains a set of extension methods and helpers for the Windows Azure Media Services SDK for .NET. Here are some major functions such as: Read more here

Breaking changes for Windows Azure Media Services .NET SDK GA

On Dec 14th 2012, we update our .NET SDK to and you could download the latest SDK here. And starting from yesterday (Jan 14th, 2013), we drop the support for older version of .NET SDK, which we released in Preview. In another word, our server no longer recognizes some of your old APIs. If you find your older version of .NET SDK no longer works, don’t panic! Please read through this blog and see whether you could fix the code. 

If you still can’t find a clue, please bring your question to Windows Azure Media Services Forum and we will try our best to help you. Read more here

Introducing Windows Azure Media Services .NET SDK NuGet package

Official Windows Azure Media Services Nuget package is here: Media Services Nuget Page. And you could search it by windowsazure.mediaservices. NuGet is a Visual Studio extension that makes it easy to add, remove, and update libraries and tools in Visual Studio projects that use the .NET Framework. If you have no idea what Nuget is, go and check out this overview.

Media services .NET SDK works with .NET 4.0 framework and it includes the following three components: Read More Here

Microsoft Media Platform Player Framework for windows 8 – closed caption support

This blog is for demoing how to add closed caption for video by using Microsoft Media Platform Player Framework (MMPPF). MMPPF supports both Plain text and Timed Text closed caption.

This sample is build with Windows 8 RTM and Player framework preview 5, using Visual Studio 2012 RTM.

1. Open Visual studio 2012, Select File -> New -> Project…, Choose under JavaScript -> Blank App. Continue read here

What is Windows Azure Media Services

I am a program manager currently working on Windows Azure Media Services(WAMS) team. This blog is my first tempt for trying to explain what WAMS is. We released Windows Azure Media Services Preview in June 2012. Currently we offer a 90 days free trail period for developers. If you are a Azure subscriber, you have up to 1 TB encoding volume per month. And if you are on Azure 90 days free subscription plan, you will have up to 20 GB data in your storage account. You could check out this blog – how to sign up for Windows Azure Media Services. Continue Reading

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