Quickstart: How to sign up and upload your first video


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You can access Azure Video Indexer capabilities in three ways:

  • The Azure Video Indexer website: An easy-to-use solution that lets you evaluate the product, manage the account, and customize models (as described in this article).
  • API integration: All of Azure Video Indexer's capabilities are available through a REST API, which lets you integrate the solution into your apps and infrastructure. To get started, see Use Azure Video Indexer REST API.
  • Embeddable widget: Lets you embed the Azure Video Indexer insights, player, and editor experiences into your app. For more information, see Embed visual widgets in your application.

Once you start using Azure Video Indexer, all your stored data and uploaded content are encrypted at rest with a Microsoft managed key.

This quickstart shows you how to sign in to the Azure Video Indexer website and how to upload your first video.

When you visit the Azure Video Indexer website for the first time, a trial account is automatically created for you. With the trial account, you get some free indexing minutes. You can later add a paid account. With the paid option, you pay for indexed minutes. For details about available accounts (trial and paid options), see Azure Video Indexer account types.

Sign up and upload a video

Supported browsers

The following list shows the supported browsers that you can use for the Azure Video Indexer website and for your apps that embed the widgets. The list also shows the minimum supported browser version:

  • Edge, version: 16
  • Firefox, version: 54
  • Chrome, version: 58
  • Safari, version: 11
  • Opera, version: 44
  • Opera Mobile, version: 59
  • Android Browser, version: 81
  • Samsung Browser, version: 7
  • Chrome for Android, version: 87
  • Firefox for Android, version: 83

Supported file formats for Azure Video Indexer

See the input container/file formats article for a list of file formats that you can use with Azure Video Indexer.


  1. Sign in on the Azure Video Indexer website.

  2. To upload a video, press the Upload button or link.


    The name of the video must be no greater than 80 characters.


  3. Once your video has been uploaded, Azure Video Indexer starts indexing and analyzing the video. As a result a JSON output with insights is produced.

    You see the progress.

    Progress of the upload

    The produced JSON output contains Insights and SummarizedInsights elements. We highly recommend using Insights and not using SummarizedInsights (which is present for backward compatibility).

  4. Once Azure Video Indexer is done analyzing, you'll get an email with a link to your video and a short description of what was found in your video. For example: people, spoken and written words, topics, and named entities.

  5. You can later find your video in the library list and perform different operations. For example: search, reindex, edit.

    Uploaded the upload

After you upload and index a video, you can continue using Azure Video Indexer website or Azure Video Indexer API developer portal to see the insights of the video (see Examine the Azure Video Indexer output).

Start using insights

For more details, see Upload and index videos and check out other How to guides.

Next steps

  • To embed widgets, see Embed visual widgets in your application.

  • For the API integration, see Use Azure Video Indexer REST API.

  • Check out our introduction lab.

    At the end of the workshop, you'll have a good understanding of the kind of information that can be extracted from video and audio content, you'll be more prepared to identify opportunities related to content intelligence, pitch video AI on Azure, and demo several scenarios on Azure Video Indexer.