Comparison of Azure on demand media encoders

This topic compares the encoding capabilities of Media Encoder Standard and Media Encoder Premium Workflow.

Video and audio processing capabilities

The following table compares the functionality between Media Encoder Standard (MES) and Media Encoder Premium Workflow (MEPW).

Capability Media Encoder Standard Media Encoder Premium Workflow
Apply conditional logic while encoding
(for example, if the input is HD, then encode 5.1 audio)
No Yes
Closed captioning No Yes
Dolby® Professional Loudness Correction
with Dialogue Intelligence™
No Yes
De-interlacing, inverse telecine Basic Broadcast quality
Detect and remove black borders
(pillarboxes, letterboxes)
No Yes
Thumbnail generation Yes Yes
Clipping/trimming and stitching of videos Yes Yes
Overlays of audio or video Yes Yes
Overlays of graphics From image sources From image and text sources
Multiple audio language tracks Limited Yes

Billing meter used by each encoder

Media Processor Name Applicable Pricing Notes
Media Encoder Standard ENCODER Encoding Tasks will be charged based on the total duration, in minutes, of all the media files produced as output, at the rate specified here, under the ENCODER column.
Media Encoder Premium Workflow PREMIUM ENCODER Encoding Tasks will be charged based on the total duration, in minutes, of all the media files produced as output, at the rate specified here, under the PREMIUM ENCODER column.

Input container/file formats

Input Container/File Formats Media Encoder Standard Media Encoder Premium Workflow
Adobe® Flash® F4V Yes Yes
MXF/SMPTE 377M Yes Yes
GXF Yes Yes
MPEG-2 Transport Streams Yes Yes
MPEG-2 Program Streams Yes Yes
MPEG-4/MP4 Yes Yes
Windows Media/ASF Yes Yes
AVI (Uncompressed 8bit/10bit) Yes Yes
3GPP/3GPP2 Yes No
Smooth Streaming File Format (PIFF 1.3) Yes No
Microsoft Digital Video Recording(DVR-MS) Yes No
Matroska/WebM Yes No
QuickTime (.mov) Yes No

Input video codecs

Input Video Codecs Media Encoder Standard Media Encoder Premium Workflow
AVC 8-bit/10-bit, up to 4:2:2, including AVCIntra 8 bit 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 Yes
Avid DNxHD (in MXF) Yes Yes
DVCPro/DVCProHD (in MXF) Yes Yes
JPEG2000 Yes Yes
MPEG-2 (up to 422 Profile and High Level; including variants such as XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM IMX, CableLabs® and D10) Up to 422 Profile Yes
MPEG-1 Yes Yes
Windows Media Video/VC-1 Yes Yes
Canopus HQ/HQX No No
MPEG-4 Part 2 Yes No
Theora Yes No
Apple ProRes 422 Yes No
Apple ProRes 422 LT Yes No
Apple ProRes 422 HQ Yes No
Apple ProRes Proxy Yes No
Apple ProRes 4444 Yes No
Apple ProRes 4444 XQ Yes No
HEVC/H.265 Main Profile Main and Main 10 Profile

Input audio codecs

Input Audio Codecs Media Encoder Standard Media Encoder Premium Workflow
AES (SMPTE 331M and 302M, AES3-2003) No Yes
Dolby® E No Yes
Dolby® Digital (AC3) No Yes
Dolby® Digital Plus (E-AC3) No Yes
AAC (AAC-LC, AAC-HE, and AAC-HEv2; up to 5.1) Yes Yes
MPEG Layer 2 Yes Yes
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3) Yes Yes
Windows Media Audio Yes Yes
WAV/PCM Yes Yes
FLAC Yes No
Opus Yes No
Vorbis Yes No

Output container/file formats

Output Container/File Formats Media Encoder Standard Media Encoder Premium Workflow
Adobe® Flash® F4V No Yes
MXF (OP1a, XDCAM and AS02) No Yes
DPP (including AS11) No Yes
GXF No Yes
MPEG-4/MP4 Yes Yes
MPEG-TS Yes Yes
Windows Media/ASF No Yes
AVI (Uncompressed 8bit/10bit) No Yes
Smooth Streaming File Format (PIFF 1.3) No Yes

Output video codecs

Output Video Codecs Media Encoder Standard Media Encoder Premium Workflow
AVC (H.264; 8-bit; up to High Profile, Level 5.2; 4K Ultra HD; AVC Intra) Only 8 bit 4:2:0 Yes
HEVC (H.265; 8-bit and 10-bit;) No Yes
Avid DNxHD (in MXF) No Yes
MPEG-2 (up to 422 Profile and High Level; including variants such as XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM IMX, CableLabs® and D10) No Yes
MPEG-1 No Yes
Windows Media Video/VC-1 No Yes
JPEG thumbnail creation Yes Yes
PNG thumbnail creation Yes Yes
BMP thumbnail creation Yes No

Output audio codecs

Output Audio Codecs Media Encoder Standard Media Encoder Premium Workflow
AES (SMPTE 331M and 302M, AES3-2003) No Yes
Dolby® Digital (AC3) No Yes
Dolby® Digital Plus (E-AC3) up to 7.1 No Yes
AAC (AAC-LC, AAC-HE, and AAC-HEv2; up to 5.1) Yes Yes
MPEG Layer 2 No Yes
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3) No Yes
Windows Media Audio No Yes

Note

If you encode to Dolby® Digital (AC3), the output can only be written into an ISO MP4 file.

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