Azure Media Services enables SaaS clients to deliver content globally on any virtual device using cloud computing. AMS offers services such as live or on-demand streaming, encoding, transcriptions, audio and video indexing and content protection. AMS transcodes media files in limited formats and renditions. If a client uses AMS, then storage and transcoding both will be done using the service irrespective of the chosen/preferred content provider.

VIDIZMO users who do not use AMS as an encoder can manually set up Azure Media Services account manually also. Follow the steps below to setup an Azure Media Services Account.


1. Go to the Azure Portal

i. Enter your email address and password

ii. Click on Sign in to continue.

2. It will look for your account. Once done:

i. Enter your password.

ii. Click on Sign in.

3. After a successful sign in, the Microsoft Azure Portal's Dashboard will be displayed. 

i. Click on More Services in the bottom-left corner to bring up all the services.

ii. Scroll under WEB + MOBILE section to get to Media Services. Click on it to bring up the Media Services screen.

iii. On the Media Services screen, use the Create Media service button or "+ Add" link on the top left-hand to create a new Media Service Account.

4. While on the Media Service Account screen, provide the information against the following fields:

i. Account Name: Give an appropriate name to your Media Service

ii. Select the subscription for your Media Sevice. This is the Microsoft Azure subscription your account is linked to.

iii. Select an existing or create a new Resource Group to use with your Media Service.

iv. Select a location, preferably near your streaming server location. 

v. And finally, click on the Storage Account link to expand storage accounts available in your Microsoft Azure subscription. You can create a new storage account or use from existing ones listed here.

vi. Click on the Create button to continue.

Note: The Service and Storage Account Name must contain lowercase alphabets and numbers only.

5. A new Media Service gets added. It may take a while to configure and while the process continues, the status shows up as Deploying until it is finished. You will see "Deployment succeeded" message when the process is completed.

6. The Media Service gets listed in the Default Directory. Click on the Media Service name to bring up the configuration and settings screen.

7. From the Usage box:

i. Clicking on the Streaming endpoints link opens the Streaming endpoint details screen. 

ii. Click on the "Stopped" link to open the endpoint's details, from where you can start or disable the CDN using the menu links.

iii. The Encoding link will open the encoding details. In the example below, encoding will be done using the S1 Tier.


8. To start your Streaming Endpoint:
i. Clicking on the Start link will bring up the message to confirm your request and inform you about the possible time it might take to fully provision the CDN.
ii. Click on the Yes button to continue to start your endpoint.

iii. The endpoint starting process will initiate with the Status showing up as "Starting". When the process completes, the status will change to "Running".

iv. You can also view the status of ongoing processes as well as the processes that have taken place earlier from the Notifications icon on the navigation bar.

9. From the Usage box as described in Step# 7 above, you can click on the Encoding (iii) link to open the Encoding details to check the Encoding or to change the Encoding type. 

Click on the "Speed of reserved processing units" on the details screen, to expand the window listing the various pricing tiers and their features. Choose a plan to suit your streaming requirements.

To learn more about Microsoft Azure pricing, click here on  Media Services Pricing

10. Once you have configured and started your Media Service, you will need to access the Account Keys to use in your VIDIZMO Channel in order to set up an Origin (ECDN) using Azure Media Services. 

Click on "Account keys" under Settings to expand this section and copy the Account Name as well as the Primary Key from here.

11. The next step is to log in to your VIDIZMO Channel and setup the Origin using AMS. 

Click here on  How To Setup VIDIZMO ECDN to learn more about setting up VIDIZMO ECDN.


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