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  1. Make the AMP code open source and leverage the community for development.

    Submit the code on github. This makes it easier for developers to contribute and enhance players. Also there are several existing javascript DASH implementataions which can be easily plugged in if needed.

    121 votes
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      8 comments  ·  Azure Media Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Playback Rate and Trick Play

      We have a plan to use the Azure Media Player for the education. Almost students demand to play a video as 1.2x or 1.5x speed. So, we want that you apply the playback rate and trick play to Azure Media Player.

      61 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Azure Media Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Audio Only Scenarios

        Playback of audio only content from Azure Media Services

        54 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Azure Media Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          This feature is a future planned item.

          Audio Only scenarios are currently supported by live streaming pipeline, but not fully supported by Azure Media Player on DASH and on some platform with Smooth Streaming. You can use iOS native player to play audio only HLS output untill AMP gets the support.

        • Internet Explorer 8 browser support in Azure Media Player

          Support video playback in IE8 (IE7+IE6 would be a plus) like other players do.

          52 votes
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            under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Azure Media Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Automatic Scaling Up / Down of Reserved Encoding Units

            Having to plan ahead and manually reserve Encoding Units prior to submitting jobs, then manually stopping them upon job completion loses one important aspect of cloud computing: auto-scalability.
            It would be much more useful to set an upper limit on number of reserved concurrent encoding units and let WAMS manage according to size of job queue.
            This would make WAMS Encoding elastic and on par with other cloud encoding services.

            51 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Encoding and Processing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              planned  ·  Nick Drouin responded

              Hi SCrainic,
              Auto-scaling of reserved units is on the roadmap for Windows Azure Media Services.
              Regards,
              Nick Drouin

            • Support ad standards

              I would like to see AMP support ad standards such as VAST/VMAP/MAST/VPAID like the Player Framework (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn387403.aspx)

              41 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Azure Media Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Better Controls for Touch / Mobile

                The controls, most importantly play / pause is hard to do on AMP on a phone. You have to click the small play/pause button in the right corner.

                Other players (mostly native apps) have fancier input for play/pause for touch. When you touch anywhere on the video while it's playing it will pop-up a big button over the center of the player to pause it.

                Other controls might want to be automatically made bigger when on certain widths to make them more touch friendly on smaller screens.

                37 votes
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                  started  ·  4 comments  ·  Azure Media Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add Support for HEVC H.265 Encoding

                  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Efficiency_Video_Coding. Our internal tests with HEVC/H.265 encoding is that it can decrease 4K file size by 4X. Please consider adding support for this encoder as an option for video output.

                  30 votes
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                    planned  ·  2 comments  ·  Encoding and Processing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add Node.js SDK for Media Services with an npm package

                    Add a Node.js SDK for Media Services with a supported npm package for use in creating mid tier API

                    29 votes
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                      under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Client SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 360 Degree video playback support on Azure Media Player

                      360 degree video playback is something AMP team should focus on. I already had private discussion on this topic with MS product team. The discussion conclusion or the last reply by MS product team was

                      [ Unfortunately there are things known as patents and IP that prevent this from being easily offered as a feature. Since this 360 degree video technology is not a “standard” published by MPEG or another standards body, it is very not possible for us to ‘copy’ what Google(YouTube)/Facebook is doing ]

                      Looking at diverse companies and hackers implementing this technology, it is clear that there…

                      28 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Azure Media Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Directly ingesting RTSP

                        RTSP is a very common IP camera protocol. If Azure would add the capability to directly ingest RTSP, it would greatly improve the ability to take advantage of Azure's services for IP cameras. Now these cameras always require the additional overhead of an encoder/trans-coder just to convert from RTSP to RTMP which adds delay, processing requirements, and is zero value add from a users/developer perspective.

                        27 votes
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                          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Live Streaming  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Define custom slate image on a live encoder channel which is not receiving ingest feed

                          On a live encoder channel, when you stop pushing a live feed on ingest points, le encoded feeds are showing the joined image.
                          Could it be possible to replace this default slate by a custom image in a channel?

                          26 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Live Streaming  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Reduce live streaming latency for Azure Media Services live streaming

                            AMS is great, but it's intended for one-to-many applications.
                            I need to create a one-to-one (single way) stream application, with very low latency (~2 seconds).
                            But, at this right moment, only adaptative protocols are used to output the stream, so it is not possible.
                            If you could integrate RTMP output stream and reduce the latency, would be wonderful

                            24 votes
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                              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Live Streaming  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 23 votes
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                                under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Live Streaming  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support for custom license request in Azure Media Player

                                It is very helpful for the one who has external license server and custom authorization that AMP support custom license request in AMP such as adding custom headers and overriding LA_URL. It's very hard for an already running service to change custom license server authorization code in license server side.

                                22 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Azure Media Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support fixed streaming URL for Live Streaming

                                  To sports or conference type of live streaming, customer want to use FIXED player URL to simple operation. thi is same capability of YouTube Live or UStream.
                                  - Re-Ingest live streaming to recover network or encoder failure.
                                  - Reset Channel by fix some issue on Azure Media Services if there is a issue at preview URL.

                                  20 votes
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                                    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Live Streaming  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support for 24/7 live streaming

                                    The live streaming channels should be able to keep online for a longer time window to support 24/7 live streams. The actual service works as long as you don't use the transcoding functionality but has some issues.

                                    For this type of streams a channel has to persist at all time and player URL has to be the same... even when a the ingest RTMP has some issues. A really nice feature would be a static slate/image that is showed in the live stream when there is no RTMP signal for some time.

                                    19 votes
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                                      under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Live Streaming  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • More navigation controls

                                      1. Add + / - 5 seconds buttons navigation for better navigation control. Just like you have in Channel9 videos.

                                      19 votes
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                                        under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Azure Media Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support for WEBM output container

                                        Currenlty, AMS support WEBM input container. However, we would like to output media files as WEBM format. Our requirement is because Doubleclick Ad Exchange (Google Ad Exchnage) require webm format.

                                        https://support.google.com/adxbuyer/answer/6045575?hl=en

                                        18 votes
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                                          under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Encoding and Processing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add support for 360 panoramic live video

                                          Azure Media Service officially does not support 360 panoramic live video input and output.
                                          Resolution ration of 360 panoramic video is 2:1 unlike TV or VOD content.
                                          https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/media-services-manage-live-encoder-enabled-channels/

                                          I have tested by using 2:1 panoramic videos whether we can see 2:1 live video by client app through Azure.
                                          As a result, I have confirmed that it went well .

                                          360 panoramic live video becomes more and more popular all over the world.

                                          I hope Azure Media Service supports 360 panoramic live video officially.

                                          17 votes
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