Amazon Web Services, the cloud arm of Amazon.com, has added video transcoding to its suite of cloud services. The company today launched 'Amazon Elastic Transcoder' on its cloud.
The service can be used to transcode video between different formats, letting users create multiple versions of video files suitable for different screen sizes and quality levels, such as mobile, streaming and Full HD.
Amazon Elastic Transcoder includes access to presets for transcoding video for playback on a range of popular devices; users can also create custom presets.
AWS charges by duration (in minutes) of the output footage. High-definition footage (720p+ resolution) is charged at twice the rate of standard-definition footage. Pricing starts at $0.015 per minute for SD footage and $0.030 per minute for HD footage.
AWS' biggest customer, outside of Amazon's retail operation, is Netflix, which runs its own video transcoding pipeline on Amazon's cloud
Currently, the service is not offered from within Amazon's Sydney Region, which launched last year.