When you use the live streaming transcoding feature, you are charged based on the compression standard, resolution, and length of videos. This topic describes the billing rules of live streaming transcoding.

Note The pricing in this paper is January 2021 version, and the actual amount is subject to Pricing page.

Pricing

  • Pricing of Narrowband HD™ Transcoding

    Narrowband HD™ is a unique feature provided by Alibaba Cloud. Narrowband HD™ Transcoding is equipped with advanced transcoding clusters and complex encoding methods. It provides a better compression capability without compromising video quality. This saves 20% to 30% of traffic costs.

    Narrowband HD™ Transcoding supports only H.264.

    Video resolution (Billing unit: USD/minute) Mainland China Singapore Japan Germany India Indonesia
    480p and below 0.0097 0.0099 0.0099 0.0056 0.0099 0.0099
    480p to 720p (excluding 480p) 0.0191 0.0198 0.0198 0.0112 0.0198 0.0198
    720p to 1080p (excluding 720p) 0.0382 0.0396 0.0396 0.0224 0.0396 0.0396
    1080p to 2K (excluding 1080p) 0.0775 0.0792 0.0792 0.0448 0.0792 0.0792
    2K to 4K (excluding 2K) 0.1550 0.1584 0.1584 0.0896 0.1584 0.1584
  • Video resolution
    • 480p: 640 × 480
    • 720p: 1280 × 720
    • 1080p: 1920 × 1080
    • 2K: 2560 × 1440
    • 4K: 3840 × 2160
    Note Video resolution is determined by the width and height of the video.

    For example, if the height of a video is no greater than 1280 pixels and the width is no greater than 720 pixels, the video resolution is 720p (1280 × 720). However, if the height of a video is greater than 1280 pixels or the width is greater than 720 pixels, the video resolution is higher than 720p (1280 × 720).

Billing

Item Details
Billing method You are charged based on the compression standard, resolution, and length of videos, and the number of streams, regardless of the number of users who view these streams.

You are charged based on the compression standard, resolution, and length of videos. Only H.264 is supported.

Note Unit of video length: minutes. If the video length is a decimal, the decimal is rounded up to the nearest integer.
Billing cycle Day.
Payment method Pay-as-you-go.
Bill time Bills are generated within one hour after the current billing cycle ends.
Settlement time Fees are automatically deducted after bills are generated.

Transcoding templates of the ApsaraVideo Live console

The following table describes the transcoding templates of different levels of video resolution.
Video resolution (H.264) Regular transcoding template Narrowband HD™ transcoding template
480p and below Low Definition Low Definition
480p to 720p (excluding 480p) Standard Definition and High Definition Standard Definition and High Definition
720p to 1080p (excluding 720p) Ultra-High Definition Ultra-High Definition

Billing example

  • Scenario: On June 17, a live streaming video is broadcasted in the live center of Singapore. Three streams are played. The video resolution is 2K and the video length is 30 minutes.
  • Pricing: The unit price of Narrowband HD™ transcoding template of a video whose resolution is between 1080p to 2K is USD 0.0792 per minute, as shown in the Transcoding templates of the ApsaraVideo Live console section.
  • The fee of Narrowband HD™ Transcoding: USD 0.0792 × 30 minutes × 3 streams = USD 7.128

    The transcoding fee on June 17 is USD 7.128. The bill is generated after 00:00 (UTC+8) on June 18. After the bill is generated, the fee is automatically deducted from your Alibaba Cloud account.

Note Each stream is transcoded once. You are charged for the number of streams. For more information, see Ingest and streaming URLs.