Video on Demand on AWS
Video on Demand on AWS

Automated Deployment

Before you launch the automated deployment, please review the architecture and other considerations discussed in this guide. Follow the step-by-step instructions in this section to configure and deploy the video-on-demand solution into your account.

Time to deploy: Approximately 25 minutes

Launch the Stack

This automated AWS CloudFormation template deploys the video-on-demand solution on the AWS Cloud.


You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services used while running this solution. See the Cost section for more details. For full details, see the pricing webpage for each AWS service you will be using in this solution.

  1. Log in to the AWS Management Console and click the button below to launch the video-on-demand AWS CloudFormation template.

                                Video on Demand on AWS launch button

    You can also download the template as a starting point for your own implementation.

  2. The template is launched in the US East (N. Virginia) Region by default. To launch this solution in a different AWS Region, use the region selector in the console navigation bar.


    This solution uses the AWS Step Functions, Amazon Elastic Transcoder, and AWS Lambda services, which are currently available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region, the US West (Oregon) Region, the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region, and the EU (Ireland) Region. Therefore, you must launch this solution one of those regions.

  3. On the Select Template page, keep the default settings for Stack and Template Source.

  4. Under Parameters, review the parameters for the template, and modify them as necessary.

    This solution uses the following default values.

    Parameter Default Description
    Admin Email <Requires input> A valid email address to receive Amazon SNS notifications
    Watermark No Choose Yes to overlay a watermark on your videos


    If you choose Yes but do not specify an image in the Watermark Image parameter, the AWS logo will be used by default.

    Watermark Image aws-logo.png Name of the image (PNG or JPEG) to use as your watermark


    After you launch the stack, you must upload your watermark image to the Watermarks folder in the source Amazon S3 bucket.

    Send Anonymous Usage Data Yes Send anonymous data to AWS to help us understand usage across our customer base as a whole. To opt out of this feature, select No. For more information, see Appendix D.
  5. Choose Next.

  6. On the Options page, choose Next.

  7. On the Review page, review and confirm the settings. Be sure to check the box acknowledging that the template will create AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) resources.

  8. Choose Create to deploy the stack.

    You can view the status of the stack in the AWS CloudFormation console in the Status column. You should see a status of CREATE_COMPLETE in roughly 25 minutes.

    After the stack is created, Amazon SNS sends three subscription notifications to the admin email address with links to enable encoding, publishing, and error notification.

  9. In the subscription notification emails, select each link to enable SNS notifications.


In addition to the AWS Lambda functions that create solution resources and trigger the ingest and publishing processes, this solution includes the metrics-helper Lambda function, which runs only during initial configuration or when resources are updated or deleted.

When running this solution, the metrics-helper Lambda function is inactive. However, do not delete the function as it is necessary to manage associated resources.

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