Create Advanced Encoding Workflows with Workflow Designer


The Workflow Designer is a Windows desktop tool that is used to design and build custom workflows for encoding with Media Encoder Premium Workflow. By using the power of the workflow designer tool, you can design and create complex workflows that will run in Media Encoder Premium.

Workflows can include customer decision logic and branching based on the input source file's properties. You can create workflows with overridable properties and dynamic values to make even the most complex encoding tasks easy to repeat and customize in the cloud.

Example workflows that you can create include:

  • Decision based workflows that inspect the source content for resolution and encode only the desired output tracks. This is helfpul by eliminating the wasted tracks that would be generated by upscaling the source content inadvertantly.
  • Multiple input files can be used to support captions, overlays and stitching together content.

This tool can also be used to modify any of our published workflows.


To get your copy of the Workflow Designer tool, please contact

Once a workflow file is created, it can be uploaded as an Asset, and then be used for encoding media files. For information on how to encode with Media Encoder Premium Workflow using .NET, see Advanced encoding with Media Encoder Premium Workflow.

Modify existing workflows

The default published workflows can be modified using the designer tool. You can get the default workflow files here. The folder also contains the description of these files.

The following videos demonstrate how to use the designer.

Day 1 – Getting Started

Day 1 video covers:

  • Designer Overview
  • Basic Workflows – "Hello World"
  • Creating multiple output MP4 files for use with Azure Media Services streaming

Day 2

Day 2 video covers:

  • Varying Source file scenarios – handling audio
  • Workflows with advanced Logic
  • Graph stages

Day 3

Day 3 video covers:

  • Scripting inside of Workflows/Blueprints
  • Restrictions with the current Encoder
  • Q&A

Next step

Review Media Services learning paths.

Read about the Azure Media Services learning paths:

Provide feedback

Use the User Voice forum to provide feedback and make suggestions on how to improve Azure Media Services. You also can go directly to one of the following categories:

If you need support or have questions about creating custom workflows in the Workflow designer tool, please send email to

See Also

Azure Premium Encoder Workflow Designer Training Videos