Axinom products – new features and capabilities

Axinom products – new features and capabilities
08.08.2018 Axadmin

We constantly keep adding new capabilities to our product stack. Here is an overview of the latest news and developments by product:

 

Axinom VIP

  • Axinom VIP adds support for HLS with FairPlay packaging
  • Richer logging capabilities
  • Announcing Axinom VIP on-premise deployment

Axinom DRM – License Service

  • Support for separate content keys to encrypt each video and audio track
  • Additional service instances provide even more performance and higher availability
  • More sample code

Axinom DRM – Key Server

  • Support for CPIX 2.0
  • Support for new protection schemes
  • Support for SPEKE protocol for integration with AWS Elemental

Axinom VIP

Axinom VIP adds support for HLS with FairPlay packaging

Our team has worked on adding the support for HLS packaging and Apple FairPlay protection to Axinom VIP. This way, we allow our customers to encode content just once and then package it to DASH and HLS formats, adding PlayReady, Widevine and FairPlay DRM protection, respectively.

 

Richer logging capabilities

We have added more processing metrics with greater detail to the VIP logs, such as processed video duration, extracted bitrates, produced formats, DRM presence, etc., providing greater detail and better insights into what is going on in the video preparation pipeline.

 

Announcing Axinom VIP on-premise deployment

The benefits of Axinom VIP cloud service are soon to come to on-premises installations. The next version of Axinom VIP on-premise will feature unlimited scalability and job distribution across a local infrastructure, just like the cloud service already provides unlimited scalability today. The only limit are the locally available compute resources. Of course, new features like HLS/FairPlay support and enhanced logging will be part of the new version as well.

Axinom DRM – License Service

Support for separate content keys to encrypt each video and audio track

Content providers push for using different encryption keys for each video and audio track. In particular it’s important to use separate encryption keys for different categories like SD, HD, 4K/UHD, 8K, and audio. Axinom DRM facilitates this. The new version 2 of the Entitlement Message provides a straight-forward way of configuring separate encryption keys for each video and audio track across all supported DRM technologies: Widevine, FairPlay and PlayReady. Of course, Axinom DRM will continue to support Entitlement Message version 1.

 

Additional service instances provide even more performance and higher availability

We are committed to providing a highly reliable, super-fast cloud service. Axinom DRM is now deployed around the globe in data centers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Traffic is distributed using least latency routing, providing the best user experience. We constantly monitor and measure our service and even guarantee performance and availability to our customers. We pay back, should we fall behind our promises.

We are proud to announce that for this year we have seen the availability of 100% while more than 99% of all license requests were processed in less than 30 milliseconds.

 

More sample code

We are working hard on always keeping Axinom products developer friendly and easy to integrate. We added two new code samples. One that shows how to implement Axinom DRM license tokens / Entitlement Messages and another one that shows how to consume the Axinom Key Server CENC API. They are accessible for all customers and developers who have an evaluation account via our Sharefile portal.

Axinom DRM – Key Server

Support for CPIX 2.0

CPIX is a relatively new standard that enables entities like key servers, packagers and license servers to securely exchange key material and meta data. Axinom was the first to release an open source implementation of the CPIX standard.

Now we have added support for CPIX 2.0 to Axinom Key Server. The latest enhancements include support for multi-quality-level modern workflows and provide a broader support for integrations with 3rd party products like streaming servers and packagers. For users of PlayReady DRM, it’s now possible to specify the PlayReady License Acquisition URL within a CPIX document.

 

Support for new protection schemes

Axinom Key Server not only supports CPIX but is also compatible with Google Widevine Common Encryption API. Here we’ve added support for additional encryption schemes. Axinom Key Server now supports CENC, CENS, CBC1, and CBCS. We have also added sample code that shows how to integrate with this API.

 

Support for SPEKE protocol for integration with AWS Elemental

As a result of our collaboration with the AWS Elemental team, we’ve implemented SPEKE (Secure Packager and Encoder Key Exchange) protocol support in Axinom Key Server.

Earlier this year, we have announced an API integration between Axinom DRM service and AWS Elemental MediaConvert and AWS Elemental MediaPackage. The API integration enables customers to securely deliver premium live and on-demand video content to users by leveraging the robustness, efficiency, and reliability of cloud technology.