Video on Demand on AWS
Video on Demand on AWS

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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 20 minutes

Launch the Stack

Use this AWS CloudFormation template to deploy the video-on-demand solution.


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

                                Video-on-Demand solution 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 AWS Step Functions and AWS Elemental MediaConvert which are available in specific AWS Regions only. Therefore, you must deploy this solution in a region that supports these services. For the most current service availability by region, see AWS service offerings by region.

  3. On the Select Template page, verify that you selected the correct template and choose Next.

  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
    Workflow Trigger <Requires input> Choose VideoFile to ingest source videos only; choose MetadataFile to ingest metadata files and source videos
    Archive Source Content false Choose true to enable an Amazon S3 lifecycle policy on the source bucket to move applicable files to Amazon S3 Glacier after seven days
    Enable Frame Capture false Choose true to create thumbnails for each AWS Elemental MediaConvert output
    Enable QVBR true Choose true to enable Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate mode in AWS Elemental MediaConvert
  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 approximately 20 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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