This Guidance helps you facilitate the migration of your digital assets to the cloud, allowing you to take full advantage of the latest advancements in asset management and prepare content for distribution to media consumers. It sets up serverless ingestion and analysis workflows to move your video assets and associated metadata to the AWS Cloud. During the migration, this Guidance analyzes and extracts machine learning metadata from your video. It also comes with a web interface so you can immediately start ingesting and analyzing your content.

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Architecture Diagram

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Well-Architected Pillars

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

The architecture diagram above is an example of a Solution created with Well-Architected best practices in mind. To be fully Well-Architected, you should follow as many Well-Architected best practices as possible.

  • This Guidance pushes metrics to CloudWatch at various stages to provide observability into the infrastructure, such as AWS Lambda functions, AI services, and Amazon S3 buckets.

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  • We highly recommend that you encrypt sensitive data in transit and at rest. This Guidance automatically encrypts media files and metadata at rest with Amazon S3 server-side encryption (SSE-S3). The Guidance's Amazon SNS topics and DynamoDB tables are also encrypted at rest using SSE-S3. Furthermore, documents indexed to the OpenSearch Service cluster are encrypted at rest, and node-to-node communication within the cluster is also encrypted.

    This Guidance deploys a static website hosted in an Amazon S3 bucket. To help reduce latency and improve security, this Guidance includes a CloudFront distribution with an origin access identity, which is a special CloudFront user that helps restrict access to website bucket contents. For more information, refer to Restricting access to an Amazon S3 origin.

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  • Guidance for Media2Cloud on AWS uses AWS serverless services wherever possible (for example, Lambda, API Gateway, Amazon S3, and DynamoDB) to ensure high availability and quick recovery from service failure.

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  • You can create workflows with the pre-built AWS CloudFormation template. Because this Guidance is an open source project published on GitHub, you can customize this and build from the source code. The README provides a step-by-step guide to build and customize this Guidance, along with a mini-tutorial, and an in-depth explanation of each component and the overall design.

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  • Because this Guidance uses a serverless and event-driven architecture, you are only charged for what you use. Its design allows you to configure and tailor your own media workflows, and use only the AWS services that you need. Furthermore, it allows your assets to be stored cost effectively using Amazon S3 with Lifecycle policies to store and archive ingested contents, proxies, and metadata.

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  • A critical component for sustainability is maximizing the usage of the AWS AI services so you minimize the environmental impact of the backend services. And, the serverless design of this Guidance is designed to reduce your carbon footprint compared to the footprint of continually operating on-premises servers.

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Implementation Resources

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The sample code is a starting point. It is industry validated, prescriptive but not definitive, and a peek under the hood to help you begin.

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