Integrating AWS Elastic Transcoder With NodeJS Application

Posted By : Vishal Yadav | 13-May-2020


Elastic transcoding is a media transcoding service provided by AWS. It is highly scalable, cost-effective, and easy to use. It is used to convert media into a suitable format which is playable on different devices like smartphones, tablet, PC, smart tv, etc.

Elastic transcoder converts/transcode video into other formats based on PresetId. Before starting video transcoding, you have to set up an Elastic Transcoder on AWS and get PipelineID for it.

PresetId: AWS provides a list of transcoding formats likes HLS streaming, MPEG-DASH, Webm or you can simply transcode it to different resolutions. All these formats have a unique PresetId which can be used to initiate a transcoding job.


  • AWS IAM account with access to AWS Elastic transcoder
  • NodeJS
  • NPM


1. Install the AWS SDK for NodeJs and configure it.

//Install AWS SDK
npm I aws-sdk

//Create a S3 object and configure it as per credentials

const AWS = require('aws-sdk');

//Create a object that contains access keys
var credentials = {
       accessKeyId: process.env.AWS_ACCESS_KEY,
       secretAccessKey: process.env.AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY

//Create an Object to start the transcoding Job.
var Etrans = new AWS.ElasticTranscoder({
      apiVersion: '2012–09–25', //Different API versions are provided by s3
      region: 'us-east-1', //Bucket Region
      credentials: credentials,
      videoBucket: 'Bucket_Name',


2. Create a new transcoding job.

//Create a JSON object to be passed as parameter
var params = {
      PipelineId: pipelineId, //PipelineId of Elastic transcoder
      OutputKeyPrefix: newKey + '/',
      Input: {
      Key: srcKey,  //Source path of video 
      FrameRate: 'auto',
      Resolution: 'auto',
      AspectRatio: 'auto',
      Interlaced: 'auto',
      Container: 'auto'
      Outputs: [{
      Key: 'transcoded/video',
      PresetId: 'Preset_ID',
      "SegmentDuration":'3', //Duration in segment on which transcoding is done as we chose HLS streaming
      ThumbnailPattern: 'poster-{count}', //It is used to create snapshot of Video

//To create a new Job

Etrans.createJob(params, function(err, data){
      if (err)
        console.log('error is :', err); 
      else {
        console.log('data is',data);


3. Read the transcoding Job-status.

// Transcoding Job can take some time so you need to add ReadJob to check status.

 Etrans.readJob({ Id: data.transcodeId }, (err, data) => {
        if (err){



The above code can be used to transcode any video stored on the s3 bucket into the required format. Basically, transcoding service is used to convert media into streaming formats.

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Vishal Yadav

Vishal has good knowledge of MEAN stack, JavaScript,HTML,CSS. He has worked on both front-end and back-end. He likes to learn new technologies.

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