What solutions are available for processing video-on-demand content on AWS?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides two media solutions to cost-effectively deliver video-on-demand (VOD) content to global audiences using the AWS Cloud. The Video on Demand on AWS solution, and the Video on Demand on AWS Foundation solution both provision the AWS services required to build scalable, distributed VOD processing and delivery workflows. This page provides guidance to choose the streaming solution that best fits your needs.

Video on Demand on AWS Foundation: This solution is designed to help you quickly get started encoding video files with AWS Elemental MediaConvert. It can be easily customized and used as the starting point to create a more complex workflow.

Out of the box, this solution enables you to accomplish the following:

  • Automatically transcode videos uploaded to S3 into formats suitable for playback on a wide range of devices.
  • Easily customize MediaConvert job settings by uploading your own file and using different job settings for different inputs.
  • Store transcoded files in a destination bucket and use Amazon CloudFront to deliver to end viewers.
 
In addition to the transcoded video, the outputs include input file metadata, job settings, and output details. These outputs are stored in a separate JSON file that can be used for further processing.
 
Video on Demand on AWS: This solution extends the Video on Demand on AWS Foundation solution with additional features and several options that can be customized.

This solution provides the following features:

  • Amazon Step Functions orchestration of the ingest, transcoding (including pre-and post-processing steps), and publishing steps of the workflow.
  • Choice of video file or metadata file trigger.
  • Delivery of videos to viewers with Amazon CloudFront, formatted for playback on a wide range of devices.
  • Input file metadata, job settings, and output details storage in a DynamoDB table for easy access by downstream consumers.
  • Optional automated archive of video inputs to help reduce storage costs.
 
With this solution, you can also choose to use AWS Elemental MediaPackage for packaging content into different formats and to apply encryption. MediaPackage can reduce storage costs for the outputs; however, there is a trade-off between packaging costs and storage costs.
  • Video on Demand on AWS Foundation
  • Video on Demand on AWS

Features

Reference implementation

Leverage the Video on Demand on AWS solution or the Video on Demand on AWS Foundation solution as a reference implementation to automatically provision the AWS services necessary to build a scalable, distributed video-on-demand workflow.

Customization

The Video on Demand on AWS Foundation solution can be easily customized and used as the starting point to create a more complex workflow. Alternatively, the Video on Demand on AWS solution leverages AWS Step Functions, which breaks the workflow into individual steps, making it easier to customize or extend the architecture for your specific video-on-demand needs.
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