Azure Media Service Adds HEVC Support

Microsoft begin conducting trials of HEVC/H.265 encoding and delivery in Azure Media Service.

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With the high efficiency codecs like HEVC/H.265 now seeing more implementations. Microsoft began conducting trials of HEVC encoding and delivery in Azure Media Services.

Those who are new, "H.265 deliver 50% bitrate savings over AVC/H.264, yet providing same quality." Such efficiency improvements are critical to enable delivery of video at ultra high definition (UHD) and beyond.

Since it's built on the same platform as the Premium Encoder, your encoding process would be similar. "Your mezzanine files can be encoded to HEVC video/Dolby Digital Plus or AAC audio, and stored as ISO MP4 files," the Azure team noted. "These can subsequently be dynamically packaged into MPEG DASH, streamed to devices, such as 4K TVs."

H.265 encoder provides enhancements including:

  • HEVC encoding at UHD/4K resolutions, including 4096x2160 pixels at 60 frames/second
  • Support for high dynamic range (HDR) content via HDR10 Media Profile with bit depth of 10-bits per color sample, BT.2020 color primaries, encoded at HEVC Main 10 Profile, explained azure team.

Watch the video below to check the output of the encoder, in the Edge browser on a Windows 10 device with hardware HEVC decode support.

Are you interested in participating in these trials? Please contact us at ams-uhdsup@microsoft.com.

In other Azure news, the Oregon State Police and Microsoft signed a security control agreement that meets every requirement of the FBI's CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services) security policy.

Oregon is the 23rd state which Microsoft has attested meeting the applicable CJIS Security Policy requirements with a signed CJIS Security Addendum.

With the agreement now in place, the CJIS would utilize Microsoft's hyper-scale Office 365, Azure, and CRM for Government cloud computing solutions with Criminal Justice Information, writes Rochelle M. Eichner.

Microsoft Azure signs CJIS Security Addendum for Oregon

And, finally, in this episode of "The Endpoint Zone" on Channel 9, Brad Anderson, cvp, Enterprise and Client Mobility, looks at the newest Microsoft Intune features, a look ahead to Ignite and a detailed review of EMS (Enterprise Mobility Suite) E5: