Getting started with MediaConvert - MediaConvert

Getting started with MediaConvert

To get started using the MediaConvert console, this tutorial shows how to create a job to transcode media files. To access MediaConvert programmatically, see the following topics in the API Reference:

MediaConvert takes in an input file and turns it into one or more output files, based on the instructions and transcoding settings that you provide.


If you aren't familiar with MediaConvert basics like jobs, queues, presets, and job templates, read What is AWS Elemental MediaConvert?.


Follow the steps in the Setting up chapter so that your input files are accessible and MediaConvert has permissions to run your job.

Start by noting the location of your input files. This will be a URI like s3://doc-example-bucket/input.mp4 or a URL like Then, note the location of your Amazon S3 destination for your output files. You will use this input and output information when you create your job.

For more information about which input and output formats MediaConvert supports, see Supported inputs and outputs.

Create a job

A job does the work of transcoding. When you create a job, you specify the input files and settings, the output files and settings, and any other related job settings.

MediaConvert gets the input from the Amazon S3, HTTP, or HTTPS location that you specify. Then MediaConvert transcodes and writes to the output location that you specify in the job's output group settings.

To create a job
  1. Go to the Jobs page in the MediaConvert console.

  2. Choose Create job.

  3. On the Create job page, specify your job settings. For detailed information, see Configuring jobs in MediaConvert.

    Make sure that you select the same Region for your job and your file storage.

  4. Choose Create.

    For information about tracking the status of your job, see Using EventBridge with AWS Elemental MediaConvert.

    For information about the file names and paths for your job outputs, see Output file names and paths.

  5. Optionally, if you don't want to keep the transcoded files that you generate during this tutorial, delete them from Amazon S3 to avoid incurring storage charges. For more information, see Deleting objects Amazon S3 User Guide.