Get started with delivering content on demand using Java

This tutorial walks you through the steps of implementing a basic Video-on-Demand (VoD) content delivery service with Azure Media Services (AMS) application using Java.


The following are required to complete the tutorial:

How to: Use Media Services with Java


When your AMS account is created a default streaming endpoint is added to your account in the Stopped state. To start streaming your content and take advantage of dynamic packaging and dynamic encryption, the streaming endpoint from which you want to stream content has to be in the Running state.


There is a limit of 1,000,000 policies for different AMS policies (for example, for Locator policy or ContentKeyAuthorizationPolicy). You should use the same policy ID if you are always using the same days / access permissions, for example, policies for locators that are intended to remain in place for a long time (non-upload policies). For more information, see this topic.

The following code shows how to create an asset, upload a media file to the asset, run a job with a task to transform the asset, and create a locator to stream your video.

You need to set up a Media Services account before using this code. For information about setting up an account, see How to Create a Media Services Account.

Substitute your values for the 'clientId' and 'clientSecret' variables. The code also relies on a locally stored file. You'll need to provide your own file to use.

import java.util.EnumSet;


public class HelloMediaServices
    // Media Services account credentials configuration
    private static String mediaServiceUri = "";
    private static String oAuthUri = "";
    private static String clientId = "account name";
    private static String clientSecret = "account key";
    private static String scope = "urn:WindowsAzureMediaServices";
    private static MediaContract mediaService;

    // Encoder configuration
    private static String preferedEncoder = "Media Encoder Standard";
    private static String encodingPreset = "Adaptive Streaming";

    public static void main(String[] args)

        try {
            // Set up the MediaContract object to call into the Media Services account
            Configuration configuration = MediaConfiguration.configureWithOAuthAuthentication(
            mediaServiceUri, oAuthUri, clientId, clientSecret, scope);
            mediaService = MediaService.create(configuration);

            // Upload a local file to an Asset
            AssetInfo uploadAsset = uploadFileAndCreateAsset("BigBuckBunny.mp4");
            System.out.println("Uploaded Asset Id: " + uploadAsset.getId());

            // Transform the Asset
            AssetInfo encodedAsset = encode(uploadAsset);
            System.out.println("Encoded Asset Id: " + encodedAsset.getId());

            // Create the Streaming Origin Locator
            String url = getStreamingOriginLocator(encodedAsset);

            System.out.println("Origin Locator URL: " + url);
            System.out.println("Sample completed!");

        } catch (ServiceException se) {
            System.out.println("ServiceException encountered.");
        } catch (Exception e) {
            System.out.println("Exception encountered.");


    private static AssetInfo uploadFileAndCreateAsset(String fileName)
        throws ServiceException, FileNotFoundException, NoSuchAlgorithmException {

        WritableBlobContainerContract uploader;
        AssetInfo resultAsset;
        AccessPolicyInfo uploadAccessPolicy;
        LocatorInfo uploadLocator = null;

        // Create an Asset
        resultAsset = mediaService.create(Asset.create().setName(fileName).setAlternateId("altId"));
        System.out.println("Created Asset " + fileName);

        // Create an AccessPolicy that provides Write access for 15 minutes
        uploadAccessPolicy = mediaService
            .create(AccessPolicy.create("uploadAccessPolicy", 15.0, EnumSet.of(AccessPolicyPermission.WRITE)));

        // Create a Locator using the AccessPolicy and Asset
        uploadLocator = mediaService
            .create(Locator.create(uploadAccessPolicy.getId(), resultAsset.getId(), LocatorType.SAS));

        // Create the Blob Writer using the Locator
        uploader = mediaService.createBlobWriter(uploadLocator);

        File file = new File("BigBuckBunny.mp4"); 

        // The local file that will be uploaded to your Media Services account
        InputStream input = new FileInputStream(file);

        System.out.println("Uploading " + fileName);

        // Upload the local file to the asset
        uploader.createBlockBlob(fileName, input);

        // Inform Media Services about the uploaded files
        System.out.println("Uploaded Asset File " + fileName);


        return resultAsset;

    // Create a Job that contains a Task to transform the Asset
    private static AssetInfo encode(AssetInfo assetToEncode)
        throws ServiceException, InterruptedException {

        // Retrieve the list of Media Processors that match the name
        ListResult<MediaProcessorInfo> mediaProcessors = mediaService
                        .list(MediaProcessor.list().set("$filter", String.format("Name eq '%s'", preferedEncoder)));

        // Use the latest version of the Media Processor
        MediaProcessorInfo mediaProcessor = null;
        for (MediaProcessorInfo info : mediaProcessors) {
            if (null == mediaProcessor || info.getVersion().compareTo(mediaProcessor.getVersion()) > 0) {
                mediaProcessor = info;

        System.out.println("Using Media Processor: " + mediaProcessor.getName() + " " + mediaProcessor.getVersion());

        // Create a task with the specified Media Processor
        String outputAssetName = String.format("%s as %s", assetToEncode.getName(), encodingPreset);
        String taskXml = "<taskBody><inputAsset>JobInputAsset(0)</inputAsset>"
                + "<outputAsset assetCreationOptions=\"0\"" // AssetCreationOptions.None
                + " assetName=\"" + outputAssetName + "\">JobOutputAsset(0)</outputAsset></taskBody>";

        Task.CreateBatchOperation task = Task.create(mediaProcessor.getId(), taskXml)

        // Create the Job; this automatically schedules and runs it.
        Job.Creator jobCreator = Job.create()
                .setName(String.format("Encoding %s to %s", assetToEncode.getName(), encodingPreset))
        JobInfo job = mediaService.create(jobCreator);

        String jobId = job.getId();
        System.out.println("Created Job with Id: " + jobId);

        // Check to see if the Job has completed
        // Done with the Job

        // Retrieve the output Asset
        ListResult<AssetInfo> outputAssets = mediaService.list(Asset.list(job.getOutputAssetsLink()));
        return outputAssets.get(0);

    public static String getStreamingOriginLocator(AssetInfo asset) throws ServiceException {
        // Get the .ISM AssetFile
        ListResult<AssetFileInfo> assetFiles = mediaService.list(AssetFile.list(asset.getAssetFilesLink()));
        AssetFileInfo streamingAssetFile = null;
        for (AssetFileInfo file : assetFiles) {
            if (file.getName().toLowerCase().endsWith(".ism")) {
                streamingAssetFile = file;

        AccessPolicyInfo originAccessPolicy;
        LocatorInfo originLocator = null;

        // Create a 30-day readonly AccessPolicy
        double durationInMinutes = 60 * 24 * 30;
        originAccessPolicy = mediaService.create(
                AccessPolicy.create("Streaming policy", durationInMinutes, EnumSet.of(AccessPolicyPermission.READ)));

        // Create a Locator using the AccessPolicy and Asset
        originLocator = mediaService
                .create(Locator.create(originAccessPolicy.getId(), asset.getId(), LocatorType.OnDemandOrigin));

        // Create a Smooth Streaming base URL
        return originLocator.getPath() + streamingAssetFile.getName() + "/manifest";

    private static void checkJobStatus(String jobId) throws InterruptedException, ServiceException {
        boolean done = false;
        JobState jobState = null;
        while (!done) {
            // Sleep for 5 seconds

            // Query the updated Job state
            jobState = mediaService.get(Job.get(jobId)).getState();
            System.out.println("Job state: " + jobState);

            if (jobState == JobState.Finished || jobState == JobState.Canceled || jobState == JobState.Error) {
                done = true;


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Additional Resources

For Media Services Javadoc documentation, see Azure Libraries for Java documentation.