How to convert image to video with DRM in FairPlay?

I’m looking for ways to strengthen user access security to converted videos as part of my work in the streaming media sector. To identify practical ways to accomplish this, I’m looking to the community for advice and suggestions.

I’m specifically looking for a thorough guide or seasoned guidance that will shed light on the most effective methods and tools for enhancing content security in our streaming business.

Our content’s security is a major priority, so I would be grateful for any advice, suggestions, or resources that can assist us in setting up a reliable and secure video streaming solution.


Hi Reena!

FairPlay requires coordination with Apple and maybe outside DRM service providers to create DRM-secured videos, which is a complex procedure. Here is a detailed explanation of how to turn photos into FairPlay DRM-protected videos:

1. Creating the Content

Start by creating the content you want to protect. To comply with any applicable legal or copyright standards, this may involve creating or gathering photos for conversion into a video.

2. Conversion of Images to Videos:

To turn the pictures into a video, you can use Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or FFmpeg. To manage each image’s appearance in the video, arrange the photos in the desired order and give each one a length.

3. Code for video

Transcode the video into a FairPlay DRM-compatible format. For FairPlay streaming, the H.264 video and AAC audio codecs are often supported. This encoding procedure makes sure the video is in a format that will work with DRM security.

4. Including FairPlay DRM

Follow these procedures to add FairPlay DRM security to your video:

  1. Account for Apple Developers: Make sure you have a developer account with Apple.
  2. Requesting certificates and encryption keys: Purchase from Apple the encryption keys and certificates needed to safely encrypt and package your video content.
  3. Packaging and encryption: Utilising the keys and certificates provided, encrypt your video content by the instructions and resources offered by Apple.

5. Host the DRM-protected video

Use a server that supports FairPlay Streaming to host your DRM-protected content. Set up the above server so that it securely sends the video files to approved Apple devices. This frequently calls for the use of specialised media servers and FairPlay-compatible content delivery networks (CDNs).

6. Implementation of Authentication and Licencing

  1. Implement the necessary authentication and licencing controls to manage user access to your DRM-protected material.
  2. The FairPlay Streaming Key Server (SKS), a licencing server used by Apple’s FairPlay DRM system, creates content decryption keys for authorised users and devices.
  3. To administer and enforce access controls during this stage, backend server-side development is necessary.

7. Playback by users using Apple devices

Users that have suitable Apple hardware (such as iOS devices and Apple TV) and software (such as the Safari browser) can access the DRM-protected content. The decryption and playback of the secured content are handled by the FairPlay DRM technology that is integrated into Apple’s products and applications.

8. Monitoring and Testing

To ensure an enjoyable playback experience for users, thoroughly test your DRM-protected material on multiple Apple devices and network configurations. Use analytics and monitoring to keep an eye on usage and output.

9. Compliance with laws and regulations

Make sure your DRM system conforms with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations regarding privacy, copyright, and digital rights management.

I hope this may resolve your query. Let me know if you have further questions.