Azure Media Encoder Standard has been released and it provides support for a wide range of file formats & codecs. It also has a better quality H.264 encoder and has been developed on a new and flexible pipeline.
With the help of Azure Media Encoder Standard, you will be able to transcode a variety of source formats into single bitrate H.264 video and AAC audio, package into either an ISO MP4 container or an MPEG2-TS container. You will be able to deliver the output asset to various devices/platforms via progressive download.
Azure Media Encoder Standard also enables you to transcode a wide range of source formats into multiple GOP-aligned H.264 video streams and AAC audio, packaged into ISO MP4 containers. You will be able to stream the result via Dynamic Packaging. You can either transcode the entire input source or will be able to select a portion of its timeline.
Anil Murching, Senior Program Manager, Azure Media Services has provided a table which examines the significant differences between Media Encoder Standard and Azure Media Encoder.
In addition to Azure Media Encoder Standard, Microsoft has also released Azure Media Services Explorer, which is the easiest way to submit encoding Tasks. Anil has provided detailed coverage of the various steps involved on his blog post. He also provides a sample code which examines the the process to submit the sample code using Media Services .NET SDK.
The SDK is a set of extension methods and helper functions used to simplify your code and make it easier to develop with Media Services.