When you use the live stream transcoding feature, you are charged based on the transcoding standard, and the resolution and total duration of transcoded videos. This topic describes the billing rules for live stream transcoding.

The live stream transcoding feature provides Narrowband HD™ transcoding and audio-only transcoding services.

Note The pricing provided in this topic was announced in January 2021. To view the final prices, visit the pricing page of ApsaraVideo Live.

Pricing

  • Pricing of Narrowband HD transcoding

    Narrowband HD is a unique feature provided by Alibaba Cloud. Narrowband HD transcoding uses advanced transcoding clusters and complex encoding algorithms to provide a better compression capability without compromising video quality. This can help reduce traffic costs by 20% to 30% compared with regular transcoding.

    Narrowband HD transcoding supports H.264.

    Video resolution (H.264) Chinese mainland (USD /min) Singapore (USD/min) Japan (USD/min) Germany (USD/min) India (USD/min) Indonesia (USD/min)
    ≤ 480p 0.0097 0.0099 0.0099 0.0056 0.0099 0.0099
    480p to 720p (including 720p) 0.0191 0.0198 0.0198 0.0112 0.0198 0.0198
    720p to 1080p (including 1080p) 0.0382 0.0396 0.0396 0.0224 0.0396 0.0396
    1080p to 2K (including 2K) 0.0775 0.0792 0.0792 0.0448 0.0792 0.0792
    2K to 4K (including 4K) 0.1550 0.1584 0.1584 0.0896 0.1584 0.1584
    Video resolutions
    • 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 width of a video is no greater than 1280 pixels and the height is no greater than 720 pixels, the video resolution is 720p (1280 × 720). However, if the width of a video is greater than 1280 pixels or the height is greater than 720 pixels, the video resolution is higher than 720p (1280 × 720).

  • Pricing of audio-only transcoding
    Item Chinese mainland (USD /min) Singapore (USD/min) Japan (USD/min) Germany (USD/min) India (USD/min) Indonesia (USD/min)
    Audio-only transcoding 0.0015 0.0046 0.0046 0.003 0.0046 0.0046

Billing policy

Item Description
Billing policy You are charged based on the transcoding standard, and the resolution and total duration of transcoded videos. Each stream is billed separately, regardless of the number of users who are watching this stream.
  • Narrowband HD™ transcoding:

    Only the H.264 standard is supported. Prices also vary according to different regions.

  • Audio-only transcoding:

    You are charged based on the total duration of the transcoded stream. Prices vary according to different regions.

Note Unit of stream duration: minutes. If the stream duration is a decimal, the decimal is rounded up to the nearest integer.
Billing cycle You are charged on a daily basis.
Billing method You are charged on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Billing time Bills are generated within one hour after a billing cycle ends.
Settlement time Fees are automatically deducted from your Alibaba Cloud account after bills are generated.

Transcoding templates in the ApsaraVideo Live console

The following table describes the transcoding templates for different video resolutions.
Video resolution (H.264) Narrowband HD™ transcoding template Transcoding specifications in bills
≤ 480p Low definition (LD) LD
480p to 720p (including 720p) Standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) SD
720p to 1080p (including 1080p) Ultra high definition (UHD) HD
Notice
  • Transcoding prices vary according to different video resolutions, including LD, SD, HD, 2K, and 4K. The resolutions are irrelevant to the Narrowband HD™ template IDs, which are ld, sd, hd, and ud. The template IDs are used only as identifiers during business calls.
  • You cannot specify a custom resolution that is higher than 1080p in the console. If your scenario requires a resolution of 2K or 4K, submit a ticket.

Billing example

  • Scenario: On June 17, you performed 2K Narrowband HD transcoding on three streams in the live center of the Singapore (Singapore) region. The duration of each stream was 30 minutes.
  • Pricing: The unit price of Narrowband HD transcoding for a video stream whose resolution ranges from 1080p to 2K is USD 0.0792 per minute in the Singapore (Singapore) region. For more information, see the Pricing of Narrowband HD transcoding section in this topic.
  • Fees of Narrowband HD transcoding: USD 0.0792 × 30 minutes × 3 streams = USD 7.128

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

Note Each stream is transcoded once. You are charged based on the number of streams.