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Using Static Encryption to Protect HLSv3 with PlayReady

Updated: August 12, 2014

When working with Media Services, one of the possible scenarios is:

  1. Upload an input file (called a mezzanine file). For example, H.264, MP4, or WMV (for the list of supported formats see Formats Supported by the Media Services Encoder).

  2. Encode your mezzanine file into a set of multibitrate MP4s.

  3. Package your multibitrate MP4s to Smooth Streaming.

  4. Encrypt Smooth Streaming.

  5. Package encrypted Smooth Streaming into HLS in order to get HLS encrypted with PlayReady.

  6. Create an on demand locator that links to an asset on the server. Then, build the full URL. In the case of HTTP Live Streaming (HLS): {media services account name}.origin.mediaservices.net/{locator ID}/{filename}.ism/Manifest(format=m3u8-aapl).

The example in this topic encodes a mezzanine file (in this case MP4) into multibitrate MP4 files. It then packages MP4s into Smooth Streaming and encrypts Smooth Streaming with PlayReady. To produce HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) encrypted with PlayReady, the PlayReady Smooth Streaming asset needs to be packaged into HLS. This topic demonstrates how to perform all these steps.

noteNote
In order to protect your content using PlayReady you must first convert/encode your content into a Smooth Streaming format.

You can download the following project that contains the code shown in this example and much more: Media Services Content Protection.

Set up your project

The following topics show how to setup for Media Services development.

  1. Setup for Development with the Media Services SDK for .NET

    Note that code in this topic uses Azure Media Services .NET SDK Extensions.  The Media Services .NET SDK Extensions is a set of extension methods and helper functions that simplify your code and make it easier to develop with Media Services.

  2. Connect to Media Services Using the Media Services SDK

Create HLS encrypted with PlayReady

  1. Overwrite the code in your Program.cs file with the code shown in the Example section.

    Make sure to update the following code to point to the folder where your input MP4 file is located.

    And also to where your MediaPackager_MP4ToSmooth.xml, MediaPackager_SmoothToHLS.xml, and MediaEncryptor_PlayReadyProtection.xml files are located. MediaPackager_MP4ToSmooth.xml and MediaPackager_SmoothToHLS.xml are defined in Task Preset for Azure Media Packager and MediaEncryptor_PlayReadyProtection.xml is defined in the Task Preset for Azure Media Encryptor topic.

    private static readonly string _mediaFiles =
    Path.GetFullPath(@"../..\Media");
    
    private static readonly string _singleMP4File =
         Path.Combine(_mediaFiles, @"SingleMP4\BigBuckBunny.mp4");
    
    // XML Configruation files path.
    private static readonly string _configurationXMLFiles = @"../..\Configurations\";
    
    
  2. Build and run your program.

Example

The example does the following:

  1. Ingests a single MP4 file.

  2. Encodes MP4 into multibitrate MP4s using the "H264 Adaptive Bitrate MP4 Set 720p",encoder preset. Then, packages multibitrate MP4s into Smooth Streaming. The MediaPackager_MP4ToSmooth.xml configuration is used for this packaging task.

  3. Encrypts Smooth Stream with PlayReady. The MediaEncryptor_PlayReadyProtection.xml configuration is used for this task.

  4. Packages encrypted Smooth Streaming into HLS. The MediaPackager_SmoothToHLS.xml configuration is used for this task.

    The result is HLS encrypted with PlayReady.

  5. Creates the OnDemand locator and gets the streaming URL.

    The GetHlsUri extension method returns the streaming URLs in the following form: {media services account name}.origin.mediaservices.net/{locator ID}/{filename}.ism/Manifest(format=m3u8-aapl) .

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Configuration;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.MediaServices.Client;
using System.Xml.Linq;

namespace MediaServicesContentProtection
{
    class Program
    {
        // Paths to support files (within the above base path). You can use 
        // the provided sample media files from the "SupportFiles" folder, or 
        // provide paths to your own media files below to run these samples.

        private static readonly string _mediaFiles =
            Path.GetFullPath(@"../..\Media");
        
        private static readonly string _singleMP4File =
            Path.Combine(_mediaFiles, @"SingleMP4\BigBuckBunny.mp4");

        // XML Configruation files path.
        private static readonly string _configurationXMLFiles = @"../..\Configurations\";


        private static MediaServicesCredentials _cachedCredentials = null;
        private static CloudMediaContext _context = null;

        // Media Services account information.
        private static readonly string _mediaServicesAccountName = 
            ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["MediaServiceAccountName"];
        private static readonly string _mediaServicesAccountKey = 
            ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["MediaServiceAccountKey"];

        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            // Create and cache the Media Services credentials in a static class variable.
            _cachedCredentials = new MediaServicesCredentials(
                            _mediaServicesAccountName, 
                            _mediaServicesAccountKey);
            // Used the chached credentials to create CloudMediaContext.
            _context = new CloudMediaContext(_cachedCredentials);

            // Load an MP4 file.
            IAsset asset = IngestSingleMP4File(_singleMP4File, AssetCreationOptions.None);

            // Encode an MP4 file to a set of multibitrate MP4s.
            // Then, package a set of MP4s to clear Smooth Streaming.
            IAsset clearSmoothStreamAsset = ConvertMP4ToMultibitrateMP4sToSmoothStreaming(asset);

            // Create HLS encrypted with PlayReady.
            IAsset playReadyHLSAsset = CreateHLSEncryptedWithPlayReady(clearSmoothStreamAsset);
            //
            string hlsWithPlayReadyURL = playReadyHLSAsset.GetHlsUri().ToString();
            Console.WriteLine("HLS with PlayReady URL:");
            Console.WriteLine(hlsWithPlayReadyURL);
        }

        /// <summary>
        /// Creates a job with 2 tasks: 
        /// 1 task - encodes a single MP4 to multibitrate MP4s,
        /// 2 task - packages MP4s to Smooth Streaming.
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns>The output asset.</returns>
        public static IAsset ConvertMP4ToMultibitrateMP4sToSmoothStreaming(IAsset asset)
        {
            // Create a new job.
            IJob job = _context.Jobs.Create("Convert MP4 to Smooth Streaming.");

            // Add task 1 - Encode single MP4 into multibitrate MP4s.
            IAsset MP4sAsset = EncodeSingleMP4IntoMultibitrateMP4sTask(job, asset);
            // Add task 2 - Package a multibitrate MP4 set to Clear Smooth Streaming.
            IAsset packagedAsset = PackageMP4ToSmoothStreamingTask(job, MP4sAsset);

            // Submit the job and wait until it is completed.
            job.Submit();
            job = job.StartExecutionProgressTask(
                j =>
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("Job state: {0}", j.State);
                    Console.WriteLine("Job progress: {0:0.##}%", j.GetOverallProgress());
                },
                CancellationToken.None).Result;

            // Get the output asset that contains Smooth Streaming.
            return job.OutputMediaAssets[1];
        }
        
        /// <summary>
        // Encrypts clear Smooth Streaming to Smooth Streaming with PlayReady.
        // Then, packages the PlayReady Smooth Streaming to HLS with PlayReady.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="clearSmoothAsset">Asset that contains clear Smooth Streaming.</param>
        /// <returns>The output asset.</returns>
        public static IAsset CreateHLSEncryptedWithPlayReady(IAsset clearSmoothStreamAsset)
        {
            IJob job = _context.Jobs.Create("Encrypt to HLS with PlayReady.");

            // Add task 1 - Encrypt Smooth Streaming with PlayReady 
            IAsset encryptedSmoothAsset =
                EncryptSmoothStreamWithPlayReadyTask(job, clearSmoothStreamAsset);

            // Add task 2 - Package to HLS with PlayReady.
            PackageSmoothStreamToHLS(job, encryptedSmoothAsset);

            // Submit the job and wait until it is completed.
            job.Submit();
            job = job.StartExecutionProgressTask(
                j =>
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("Job state: {0}", j.State);
                    Console.WriteLine("Job progress: {0:0.##}%", j.GetOverallProgress());
                },
                CancellationToken.None).Result;

            // Since we had two tasks, the OutputMediaAssets[1]
            // contains the desired asset.
            _context.Locators.Create(
                LocatorType.OnDemandOrigin,
                job.OutputMediaAssets[1],
                AccessPermissions.Read,
                TimeSpan.FromDays(30));

            return job.OutputMediaAssets[1];
        }

        /// <summary>
        /// Uploads a single file.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="fileDir">The location of the files.</param>
        /// <param name="assetCreationOptions">
        ///  You can specify the following encryption options for the AssetCreationOptions.
        ///      None:  no encryption.  
        ///      StorageEncrypted: storage encryption. Encrypts a clear input file 
        ///        before it is uploaded to Azure storage. 
        ///      CommonEncryptionProtected: for Common Encryption Protected (CENC) files. 
        ///        For example, a set of files that are already PlayReady encrypted. 
        ///      EnvelopeEncryptionProtected: for HLS with AES encryption files.
        ///        NOTE: The files must have been encoded and encrypted by Transform Manager. 
        ///     </param>
        /// <returns>Returns an asset that contains a single file.</returns>
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns></returns>
        private static IAsset IngestSingleMP4File(string fileDir, AssetCreationOptions assetCreationOptions)
        {
            // Use the SDK extension method to create a new asset by 
            // uploading a mezzanine file from a local path.
            IAsset asset = _context.Assets.CreateFromFile(
                fileDir,
                assetCreationOptions,
                (af, p) =>
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("Uploading '{0}' - Progress: {1:0.##}%", af.Name, p.Progress);
                });
 

            return asset;

        }
        /// <summary>
        /// Creates a task to encode to Adaptive Bitrate. 
        /// Adds the new task to a job.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="job">The job to which to add the new task.</param>
        /// <param name="asset">The input asset.</param>
        /// <returns>The output asset.</returns>
        private static IAsset EncodeSingleMP4IntoMultibitrateMP4sTask(IJob job, IAsset asset)
        {
            // Get the SDK extension method to  get a reference to the Azure Media Encoder.
            IMediaProcessor encoder = _context.MediaProcessors.GetLatestMediaProcessorByName(
                MediaProcessorNames.WindowsAzureMediaEncoder);

            ITask adpativeBitrateTask = job.Tasks.AddNew("MP4 to Adaptive Bitrate Task",
               encoder,
               "H264 Adaptive Bitrate MP4 Set 720p",
               TaskOptions.None);

            // Specify the input Asset
            adpativeBitrateTask.InputAssets.Add(asset);

            // Add an output asset to contain the results of the job. 
            // This output is specified as AssetCreationOptions.None, which 
            // means the output asset is in the clear (unencrypted).
            IAsset abrAsset = adpativeBitrateTask.OutputAssets.AddNew("Multibitrate MP4s", 
                                    AssetCreationOptions.None);

            return abrAsset;
        }

        /// <summary>
        /// Creates a task to convert the MP4 file(s) to a Smooth Streaming asset.
        /// Adds the new task to a job.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="job">The job to which to add the new task.</param>
        /// <param name="asset">The input asset.</param>
        /// <returns>The output asset.</returns>
        private static IAsset PackageMP4ToSmoothStreamingTask(IJob job, IAsset asset)
        {
            // Get the SDK extension method to  get a reference to the Azure Media Packager.
            IMediaProcessor packager = _context.MediaProcessors.GetLatestMediaProcessorByName(
                MediaProcessorNames.WindowsAzureMediaPackager);

            // Azure Media Packager does not accept string presets, so load xml configuration
            string smoothConfig = File.ReadAllText(Path.Combine(
                        _configurationXMLFiles, 
                        "MediaPackager_MP4toSmooth.xml"));

            // Create a new Task to convert adaptive bitrate to Smooth Streaming.
            ITask smoothStreamingTask = job.Tasks.AddNew("MP4 to Smooth Task",
               packager,
               smoothConfig,
               TaskOptions.None);

            // Specify the input Asset, which is the output Asset from the first task
            smoothStreamingTask.InputAssets.Add(asset);

            // Add an output asset to contain the results of the job. 
            // This output is specified as AssetCreationOptions.None, which 
            // means the output asset is in the clear (unencrypted).
            IAsset smoothOutputAsset = 
                smoothStreamingTask.OutputAssets.AddNew("Clear Smooth Streaming", 
                    AssetCreationOptions.None);

            return smoothOutputAsset;
        }


        /// <summary>
        /// Converts Smooth Stream to HLS.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="job">The job to which to add the new task.</param>
        /// <param name="asset">The Smooth Stream asset.</param>
        /// <returns>The asset that was packaged to HLS.</returns>
        private static IAsset PackageSmoothStreamToHLS(IJob job, IAsset smoothStreamAsset)
        {
            // Get the SDK extension method to  get a reference to the Azure Media Packager.
            IMediaProcessor processor = _context.MediaProcessors.GetLatestMediaProcessorByName(
                MediaProcessorNames.WindowsAzureMediaPackager);

            // Read the configuration data into a string. 
            //
            string configuration = File.ReadAllText(
                        Path.Combine(_configurationXMLFiles, 
                                    @"MediaPackager_SmoothToHLS.xml"));

            // Create a task with the encoding details, using a configuration file.
            ITask task = job.Tasks.AddNew("My Smooth to HLS Task",
               processor,
               configuration,
               TaskOptions.ProtectedConfiguration);

            // Specify the input asset to be encoded.
            task.InputAssets.Add(smoothStreamAsset);

            // Add an output asset to contain the results of the job. 
            IAsset outputAsset = 
                task.OutputAssets.AddNew("HLS asset", AssetCreationOptions.None);


            return outputAsset;
        }

        /// <summary>
        /// Creates a task to encrypt Smooth Streaming with PlayReady.
        /// Note: Do deliver DASH, make sure to set the useSencBox and adjustSubSamples 
        /// configuration properties to true.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="job">The job to which to add the new task.</param>
        /// <param name="asset">The input asset.</param>
        /// <returns>The output asset.</returns>
        private static IAsset EncryptSmoothStreamWithPlayReadyTask(IJob job, IAsset asset)
        {
            // Get the SDK extension method to  get a reference to the Azure Media Encryptor.
            IMediaProcessor playreadyProcessor = _context.MediaProcessors.GetLatestMediaProcessorByName(
                MediaProcessorNames.WindowsAzureMediaEncryptor);

            // Read the configuration XML.
            //
            // Note that the configuration defined in MediaEncryptor_PlayReadyProtection.xml
            // is using keySeedValue. It is recommended that you do this only for testing 
            // and not in production. For more information, see 
            // http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dn189154.aspx.
            //
            string configPlayReady = File.ReadAllText(Path.Combine(_configurationXMLFiles, 
                                        @"MediaEncryptor_PlayReadyProtection.xml"));

            ITask playreadyTask = job.Tasks.AddNew("My PlayReady Task",
               playreadyProcessor,
               configPlayReady,
               TaskOptions.ProtectedConfiguration);

            playreadyTask.InputAssets.Add(asset);

            // Add an output asset to contain the results of the job. 
            // This output is specified as AssetCreationOptions.CommonEncryptionProtected.
            IAsset playreadyAsset = playreadyTask.OutputAssets.AddNew(
                                            "PlayReady Smooth Streaming", 
                                            AssetCreationOptions.CommonEncryptionProtected);


            return playreadyAsset;
        }
    }
}

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Build Date:

2014-10-09

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