Posted On: Jan 28, 2013

Amazon Web Services is excited to announce the beta release of Amazon Elastic Transcoder, a new AWS service that makes it easy to convert video between different digital media formats in the cloud. Amazon Elastic Transcoder is designed to transcode videos from popular formats that are stored in Amazon S3 into versions that will work on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs. Amazon Elastic Transcoder provides you an easy, cost effective way to get high quality video on an increasing array of devices without having to become an expert in video or using expensive software.

As with all Amazon Web Services, you pay only for what you use, and there are no up-front expenses or long-term commitments.

We built Amazon Elastic Transcoder to be:

  • Easy-to-use – Amazon Elastic Transcoder is designed to be very simple to use. You can easily get started by using the AWS Management Console or the API. System transcoding presets make it easy to get transcoding settings right the first time for popular devices and formats.
  • Low cost – Amazon Elastic Transcoder has easy to understand pricing: you pay according to the duration of your video. Prices start at just $0.015/minute for Standard Definition content, and $0.030/minute for High Definition content with no minimums or monthly commitments. Plus, you can use Amazon Elastic Transcoder as part of AWS' free usage tier that lets you transcode up to 20 minutes of SD video or 10 minutes of HD video a month free of charge. To see terms and additional information, please visit the AWS Free Usage Tier page.
  • Highly scalable – Amazon Elastic Transcoder scales to meet your growing and often unpredictable video transcoding requirements.
  • Secure – You store your content in your own Amazon S3 buckets so you only give us access to what you want to transcode. Amazon Elastic Transcoder also makes use of AWS security best practices.

You can get started at with a few clicks in the AWS Management Console.

You can learn more by visiting the Amazon Elastic Transcoder detail page.