Today, in the Post Covid-19 era, there is a greater demand for video content broadcast for better virtual interaction. The need for traditional video curators is decreasing as we have advanced live streaming options available now. Hence, the need for a scalable and cost-effective way to deliver video content is no more limited to OTT or Media platforms. A more difficult job is to convert and package video content into various formats, with optimal video quality right from ingestion to delivery.
AWS Elemental Media Services are cloud-based services that can ingest seamlessly, process, package, and deliver video content. There are three major services from this family:
Using these AWS video streaming services, users are able to eliminate video delivery challenges. But when it comes to implementing these standard configurations and setups for multiple channels or pipeline for frequent demand, then the automation of orchestration becomes unavoidable.
|AWS Elemental MediaLive||For encoding your live video streams in real-time and compressing a larger-sized live video source into smaller versions for distribution to the viewers. This works with AWS Elemental MediaPackage and helps execute enhance AWS video streaming.|
|AWS Elemental MediaPackage||AWS Elemental MediaPackage enhances content origination, just-in-time packaging, and encryption with DRM.|
|AWS Elemental MediaConvert||This is a file-based video transcoding service with packaging and encryption capabilities and can function as a standalone service or within a larger video workflow. AWS Mediaconvert allows easy curation of video-on-demand (VOD) content for broadcast and multi-screen delivery at scale.|
Noticeably, the AWS Elemental Media S
Services orchestration has been automated in such a way that a new pipeline gets created on click of button.
- Video ingestion pipeline with HLS streams produced by AWS Elemental MediaLive and AWS Elemental MediaPackage for just-in-time packaging.
- Packaged video broadcast on the core platform using CloudFront services.
- The parallel harvesting activity performed and stored in an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket for VOD.
The provisioning of unique AWS live streaming sessions for each new user is achieved through deployment automation and authenticating viewers at edge. The requests for provisioning of media pipeline are getting generated from the web portal and request data elements are passed through APIs. These data elements are primarily carrying the configuration details such as duration, users, quality, and unique identifiers etc. These are getting consumed by Lambda function and finally actions to trigger CloudFormation template, which has been created with desired federation of different services of AWS to provision a pipeline for the defined period of time for predefined set of users. The pipeline consists of AWS Elemental MediaLive, AWS Elemental MediaPackage and precise actions of video harvesting for live to VOD and finally save the harvested videos inside S3 bucket. The combination of Lambda and CloudFormation helped us in achieving complete automation. However, there are few more ways to automate it and in fact to automated monitoring throughout the video pipeline.
The solution has provided tremendous benefits of Automation, the complete provisioning process can be accomplished just by 3 data field entries and one final click of submit button. Live streaming on AWS or VOD video pipeline would be available in another ~15 minutes to broadcast a show.
There are many exciting automation avenues, out of which I will cover monitoring automation for VOD in my next blog.
Stay tuned for our next updated, especially on media services to know more innovations brought by AWS and Rapyder.
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