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  1. 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.

    44 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Encoding and Processing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      planned  ·  Nick DrouinNick Drouin responded

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

    • 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.

      24 votes
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      • Decrease time to start encoder job

        It always takes about 30s to start a job no matter what size the video is. It's too slow.

        For example if you have 5s video and you just want to resize it so you have to wait about a minute before the processing is finished.

        Please improve performance here or provide pricing plans where it will work faster. Less than 5s to start a job should be reasonable.

        11 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Encoding and Processing  ·  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

          10 votes
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          • add flipping function to MES

            flipping (mirroring) - when video reflected relative to its central (vertical or horizontal) axis

            8 votes
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            • Workflow Designer without Local License Server

              I'm testing Media Encoder Premium Workflow with the Workflow Designer.
              The Workflow Designer needs a license which is expired within 60 days.
              And I need to contact Microsoft every 2 months.
              It bother me.

              I want to use this software without such routine works.
              (For example, logging in with MS Account.)

              6 votes
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              • Provide timestamps from video summary

                What they want to achieve:
                Insert a video, process it to get a summary and then get screenshots out of the summary to put them into a computer vision api (get the description of what is on that screenshot) so that they can get descriptive metadata of the whole metadata. We are receiving a lot of user generated content and would like to be able to tag it efficiently.

                It would be nice to get a metadata file alongside the summarized video. The metadata file should contain information about all the scenes that are detected as well as portions of…

                6 votes
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                • Allow encoding of audio to mp3 with Media Encoder Standard

                  The only way to get mp3 output from AMS is using the premium encoder, it would allow for easier workflows and provide more functionality to give this as an output option with MES.

                  5 votes
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                  • FLV format supported as output of Media Encoder Standard (MES)

                    Media Encoder Standard encoding to FLV (with H.264 and AAC/MP3 audio codecs)

                    4 votes
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                    • Add support for SRT subtitles

                      Add support for SRT subtitles

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                      • Android 5 Lollipop Encoding Support

                        Azure Media Services need to be able to support Android 5 Lollipop encoding. With 17% Share of the largest mobile platform, Azure Media Services has to support this for it to be a viable encoding services. I would also suggest that the majority of developers using Azure Media are likely doing cross platform development on Xamarin---so adding a native player and code samples for the end to end mobile media solution are needed

                        3 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Encoding and Processing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Compose a series of still images into a video

                          Pull a series of images from blob storage or accept them from a stream of REST calls. Convert each image to a video frame and output the resulting video.

                          3 votes
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                          • Bill reserved encoding units on an hourly basis

                            With variable and unpredictable workloads, getting billed daily increases the cost significantly. For example, if there a need to increase encoding capacity for 20 or even 23 hours, because the billing unit is 1 day from 00:00 GMT (or is it actual 00:00 datacenter time?) to 23:59, such increase will trigger 2 reserved units x day (since most people work during business hours)

                            2 votes
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                            • Separated Maximum Values of Resevable Encode Units per Editions on Media Services

                              I want to have separated maximum values of reservable encoding units per edition(Basic/Standard/Premium).

                              I use Media Services Encoder for a video streaming service. I usually only need to reserve Standard's 3-5 encoding units for our service. However, I sometimes need to encode several thousand videos within a month. In this case, default value of the maximum units, 25 is not enough even if I upgrade the edition to Premium. So I requested MS Support to increase the max value of reservable encoding units as 100 in Premium. But there is a problem:

                              the maximum value is reset to 25 when…

                              2 votes
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                              • Support multiple audio tracks in Media Encoder Standard

                                Media Encoder Standard is able to encode videos containing multiple audio tracks, however these audio tracks cannot be separated in encoder's output. Neither at encoding, nor in .ism file: only first track is available/linkable.
                                A simple solution could be if MES's "NonInterleaved" option could separate not only video and audio, but multiple audio tracks also.

                                2 votes
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                                • {ThumbnailTime} macro for Media Encoder Standard

                                  Please add {ThumbnailTime} macro like it was in Azure Media Encoder.
                                  Usually we extract thumbs not only for see but for navigate by video (click on thumb will do jump command on video player)

                                  Parsing {ThumbnailTime} we can know exact timecode to jump. This is the base feature for media asset managers.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Extend the Portal to include more features from the AMSE tool

                                    We hope more features from the Azure Media Services Explorer tool is being integrated into the Portal to create a SaaS product that can compete with Elemental Cloud. At least allow us to customize our own encoding profiles by uploading our own JSON files.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Reveal your new prices now not on the same day you implement the change

                                      Shocked to see you are changing you're pricing model with 1 months notice and you are not actually revealing the exact pricing until the day the changes go live! How is your this possible? My system is built around a well understood pricing model and your change is going to dramatically increase my costs because we encode lots of video to low resolution. And you aren't even telling us that how much it will cost! How's can I run my business if I don't have details of price changes and then allow several months for the change to take place…

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                                      • Generate animation GIF from video

                                        Animaton GIF manytime reduce network packet that prefer especicaly social channel like Twitter/Facebook. We need this capability to one of option for media processing.

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                                        • Support MPEG4-ALS audio codec as input and output

                                          it looks like more better codec become hot topic at premium contents space. adopting MPEG4-ALS to Azure Media Services looks more value in point of adopt standard view. of couse we have to consider device side support including windows 10.
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                                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Lossless_Coding

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