Microsoft Azure - Working With Azure Media Services For Live Streaming


This article is about Live Video Streaming Media Services using Azure Portal. In my previous articles, we were working on creating the same Azure Media Services using the portal Azure provided. Here we will be working on the same for Live Streaming. To achieve this, we will be creating channels on Azure Portal and this will cost more from our Azure account.

Here, in this article, we will be creating a channel. When the channel is started, a  live event will be created and then, the live event will start.

Follow the below links if you wish to work on Azure Portal for Microsoft Media Services.

  1. Creating Azure Media Services and Storage Account
  2. Uploading Files into Azure Media Services and Encoding them.
  3. Delivering Content in Azure Media Services.


  1. Microsoft Azure account – click here to get a free account without a credit card.

Working with Azure Media Services for Live Streaming

Step 1

Login with your Microsoft Azure account using this link.

Click on the Media Services account that you have already created.

Step 2

Move for "Assets" and click on "Upload" button.

Select the file you wish to upload. The video gets uploaded now .

After the video is uploaded, click on the file that has been uploaded.

Step 3

Click on the "Encode" option now.

Select the Media Encoder name, "Encoding preset as H264 Multiple Bitrate 720P" and click on "Create".

You should be getting a notification, as shown below, that the encoding job has been done.

Step 4

You can also check the job status in the “Job” menu. Click on Jobs now.

You can find the job status over here in detail, the job tasks has been completed 100% now.

Step 5

Move for Assets again and click on the Video file with the Asset Type “Multi-Bitrate MP4” as shown below.

Step 6

Click on Publish now.

Here, you can find the Locator type, click on Streaming, select the start date and time followed by end date and time. Click on "Add" after the configuring is done.

The Locator has been added now.

Click on the Notification; you can find the status over here.

Move back to the "Asset" and play the video file now.

Keynotes in Short

  1. Uploading Asset file.
  2. Encoding the Asset file.
  3. Checking the Job status.
  4. Adding the Locator.
  5. Playing the Asset file.