MediaConvert
User Guide

Document History for User Guide

The following table describes important additions to the AWS Elemental MediaConvert documentation. We also update the documentation frequently to address the feedback that you send us.

  • API version: 2017-08-29

  • Latest documentation update:June 20, 2018

Change Description Date

New supported captions formats

Updated reference tables to reflect new support for the following captions formats. On input: SMI, SCTE-20. On output: SCTE-20 + embedded, Embedded + SCTE-20, SMI.

November 19, 2018

Find information about the new image inserter features

You can now use image inserter to overlay still graphics on individual inputs as well as outputs. You can also overlay motion graphics. Find information and instructions for setting up these overlays.

November 19, 2018

Added content key encryption to DRM encryption

Added the option to encrypt content keys. Prior to this, AWS Elemental MediaConvert supported clear key delivery only. To use content key encryption, your DRM key provider must support encrypted content keys. If you enable this feature for a key provider that doesn't handle content key encryption, the operation fails.

November 19, 2018

Reserved queues

Learn about the AWS Elemental MediaConvert new pricing option, reserved queues. With reserved queues, you pay for the transcoding capacity of the entire queue, regardless of how much or how little you use it. If you continuously or frequently run transcoding jobs, you might find considerable cost savings with a reserved queue.

September 27, 2018

Set up cost allocation reports to sort your AWS bill by the tags that you apply to AWS Elemental MediaConvert resources

You can use the tags you apply to AWS Elemental MediaConvert queues, job templates, and output presets as cost allocation tags. First activate them in the AWS Billing and Cost Management dashboard, and then set up a billing report to view your AWS charges by resource.

September 7, 2018

Quality-defined variable bitrate (QVBR) mode now available

You can now use the QVBR rate control mode to get better video quality for the same file size, or to reduce your file sizes while maintaining video quality. Get information about how to set it up.

August 13, 2018

Use AWS Elemental MediaConvert tags for cost allocation through tagging

You can now activate tags on AWS Elemental MediaConvert queues, job templates, and output presets in the AWS Billing and Cost Management dashboard, and then set up a monthly cost allocation report.

July 31, 2018

Tagging AWS Elemental MediaConvert resources on the console

You can now work with tags on existing AWS Elemental MediaConvert queues, job templates, and output presets in the MediaConvert console.

July 31, 2018

CloudTrail changes

Updated the MediaConvert documentation to reflect changes in AWS CloudTrail behavior.

July 19, 2018

Tagging AWS Elemental MediaConvert resources initial release

You can now tag MediaConvert resources when you create them using the MediaConvert console, the MediaConvert API, or the AWS CLI. You can list the tags on an existing MediaConvert resource, and add and remove tags on existing MediaConvert resources, through the MediaConvert API and AWS CLI.

July 16, 2018

Doc-only update, Setting up a job

Added step-by-step procedures for setting up a job to transcode input media files into files and packages for playing on multiple device types.

June 20, 2018

Doc-only update, "working with" procedures

Added step-by-step procedures for creating, listing, editing, and deleting templates, presets, queues, and jobs.

May 29, 2018

CMAF support

MediaConvert adds support for common media application format (CMAF) outputs.

May 4, 2018

New MediaConvert service release

Initial documentation for the MediaConvert service.

November 27, 2017

Note

  • The AWS Media Services are not designed or intended for use with applications or in situations requiring fail‐safe performance, such as life safety operations, navigation or communication systems, air traffic control, or life support machines in which the unavailability, interruption or failure of the services could lead to death, personal injury, property damage or environmental damage.

  • A component of MediaConvert is licensed under the AVC patent portfolio license for the personal and non-commercial use of a consumer to (i) encode video in compliance with the AVC standard ("AVC video") and/or (ii) decode AVC video that was encoded by a consumer engaged in a personal and non-commercial activity and/or was obtained from a video provider licensed to provide AVC video. No license is granted or shall be implied for any other use. A component of MediaConvert is licensed under the mpeg-4 patent portfolio license for the personal and non-commercial use of a consumer for (i) encoding video in compliance with the mpeg-4 visual standard (“mpeg-4 video”) and/or (ii) decoding mpeg-4 video that was encoded by a consumer engaged in a personal and non-commercial activity and/or was obtained from a video provider licensed to provide AVC video. No license is granted or shall be implied for any other use. Additional information may be obtained from MPEG-LA, LLC. See http://www.mpegla.com.

  • MediaConvert may contain Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus, which are protected under international and U.S. copyright laws as unpublished works. Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus are confidential and proprietary to Dolby Laboratories. Their reproduction or disclosure, in whole or in part, or the production of derivative works therefrom without the express permission of Dolby Laboratories is prohibited. © Copyright 2003-2015 Dolby Laboratories. All rights reserved.