Microsoft improves its Azure offerings

Clouds in Oxford: pic Mike MageeSoftware company Microsoft said it has added features to its “cloud-first” media services.

The features incude HD quality live streaming, protection capabilities and a service to simply indexing audio and video content.

In addition, Microsoft has added four industry partners to its Azure Media Services including Telestream’s Wirecast, NewTek TriCaster, Cires21 and JW Player.

Microsoft said it is indtroducing faster encoding speeds and more cost effective billing.  The better Azure Media Encoder is billed on output GBs while it used to be based on both input and output GBs – that means cost savings, the company claims.

The Azure Media Indexer is a content extraction service to index media libraries so they can be searched by keywords, phrases or clips and also create transcripts of audio files.