Changelog

Updates and improvements to api.video

Jan 22, 2024

Live

DVR update

The available buffer for DVR, or instant replay for live streaming is now 1 hour. Read more about the feature in our Live streaming best practices.


Nov 21, 2023

Infrastructure

Regions

We're excited to announce a significant enhancement to our infrastructure that optimizes the delivery and upload of videos specifically for users in the United States. This update, aims to provide a faster and more seamless experience for content creators and consumers in the US.

Key Highlights:

  • Improved Upload Speeds: Our revamped infrastructure enables quicker and more efficient video uploads, ensuring that content creators can get their videos online with minimal delay.

  • Enhanced Video Delivery: Users in the United States will experience improved video streaming and playback, thanks to the optimized delivery mechanisms implemented in this update.

  • Reliability Boost: The upgraded infrastructure enhances the overall reliability of the api.video platform, offering a more robust environment for video hosting and streaming.

  • Geographic Redundancy: To further improve performance and reliability, we've implemented geographic redundancy measures that enhance the availability of our services across different regions in the US.


Oct 11, 2023

Libraries

Video backup

We at api.video care about your peace of mind. Backups are done automatically by api.video, and disaster recovery exist for all the videos and data that is uploaded and created, however, we do understand that in some cases, you want to have your own backup for the videos that you upload, to secure yourself from video loss or accidental video deletion.

Now you can backup and send your videos to cold storage with a simple script to Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage account and Azure Storage.

You can find more information about Backup & Cold Storage here


July 12, 2023

APILive

Restream

You can now harness the power of restream with api.video.

Restream will give you the ability to livestream simultaneously to any streaming platform that supports RTMP, while also delivering the same livestream with the api.video player.

Some of the notable platform that you will be able to restream to are: Youtube, Twitch, Facebook, Vimeo and many more.

Navigate to the dashboard to test out the feature and check out the documentation in order to get started with API.

 

📘 Please note that Restream is currently a beta feature. Our engineering team is still working on the feature and issue may occur.

If you are experiencing an issue, please do not hesitate to contact our support team.


June 28, 2023

APIAnalytics

Analytics

api.video now enables you to collect play event data about your videos and live streams via these dedicated API endpoints:

 

You can retrieve real-time statistics about which videos are the most popular, which countries have the most plays, and what kind of devices, browsers, or operating systems your viewers are using. Use video and live stream analytics to:

  • understand your audience,
  • keep track of live stream engagement or manage user-generated content without delay,
  • or integrate the data directly into your own application to display it to your viewers!

 

Read the documentation to understand the feature, or check out the Help Center if you have questions.


June 12, 2023

Player

In-stream ads

In-stream is now available with api.video Player SDK.

You can now inject VAST and VPAID ads into your livestream and videos. Integrate the powerful feature into your product in order to increase monetization, and assist your vendors or your own product with inline or non-linear ads.

Head over to our docs to find out more.


June 6, 2023

API

Domain Referrer Restrictions

We are proud to announce that the Domain Referrer Restriction is now available.

The feature will allow you to make sure that only your website users are able to consume your videos or live streams.

  • Restrict access to videos and streams only from your domain or subdomain
  • Make sure that videos and streams are only available on your website

To get more information, navigate to the Domain Referrer Restrictions documentation page


May 3, 2023

Player

api.video Swift Player v1.1.0

The api.video Swift Player package has been updated to version 1.1.0. We’ve added support for:

  • Live stream playback
  • Private video playback

Check out these blog posts that help you get started with api.video’s Swift Player library:

Visit the GitHub repository and the release notes for more details.


Apr 27, 2023

Custom Domains

api.video now enables you to deliver video content and provide live streams and video on demand using your own custom domains. You can set your own custom URL or subdomain you use in your implementation, for example live.mycustomdomain.com

The feature will enable you to maintain your company branding by utilizing custom domains in your implementation.

Visit the documentation to request access to this feature!


Mar 24, 2023

APILive

Livestream v1.0

Live stream is generally available.

You can create a live stream event and broadcast it to audience in real-time. The Livestreaming API is designed to be scalable and reliable with blazing fast CDN, supporting the RTMP protocol for ingestion. Additionally, users can customize their stream with watermarks, and other branding elements. This feature is available for all api.video plans, and can be accessed through the API or the web dashboard.

You can find the documentation on how to get started here: https://docs.api.video/docs/create-a-live-stream

Please be sure to read about the live stream best practices here: https://docs.api.video/reference/live-stream-best-practices


Feb 20, 2023

API

Private video sessions

We've made it much easier for you to retain a session with private videos. An update has been done to the way Private Videos can be delivered with built-in HLS players, built-in MP4 players and custom made players.

You can find the blog article about the new and update Private Videos in this blog

Also, be sure to checkout the updated docs for Private Videos


Jan 11, 2023

api.video's Flutter uploader uploads videos to api.video using delegated upload token or API Key.

It allows you to upload videos in two ways:

  • standard upload: to send a whole video file in one go
  • progressive upload: to send a video file by chunks, without needing to know the final size of the video file

Read more on GitHub


Jan 5, 2023

Import videos

Video import tool allows you to quickly and easily import your videos from another provider (e.g. dropbox or Vimeo) to your api.video dashboard. All you need is an API key and the provider’s access token.

In this article, we will go through the simple steps of importing your video content to api.video. 🎬 We have also created a video demo to use the api.video import tool.


Dec 19, 2022

Plugin

Strapi plugin v1.0

A powerful, easy, and secure way to bring video content to your websites and applications using the Strapi interface.

In this tutorial, we will focus on how to use the api.video plugin, and provide a basic example on how to integrate the api.video plugin into your project.


Dec 5, 2022

Player

api.video Flutter Player

The api.video player for Flutter is built natively for Android, iOS, and web and can be implemented on these three platforms easily. Read more about the Flutter player in this article.


Nov 28, 2022

Dashboard

Video list update

The video list in your dashboard has been updated to better visualize and manage your videos.

Video List

Oct 13, 2022

Libraries

Android upstream uploader v1.0

This library is an easy way to capture your video and microphone and upload it to api.video at the same time.

How to easily upload videos on your Android app? Read the article


Aug 1, 2022

API client

iOS Swift api.video Player v1.0

Easily integrate a player for videos from api.video in your iOS applications.


June 21, 2022

Libraries

Media Stream Composer

This library lets you easily record & upload videos to api.video from a composition of several media streams. The position and size of each stream can be set in a flexible and easy way.

Easily build a Loom-like application.

Demo: https://record.a.video/


June 10, 2022

Dashboard
  • We've updated the uploader on the dashboard to allow huge videos that take more than 1 hour to upload
  • Upload Token

Apr 1, 2022

React-Native update

We have updated our React-Native live stream module to incorporate a sample app for iOS and Android. This blog article explains how we built it.

Fixes

  • Fixed delivery charts on usage in the dashboard
  • Some minor bug fixes & improvement

Mar 18, 2022

Plugin

Wordpress plugin v1.0

From popular demand, we have made possible to integrate your video workflow into WordPress websites.

• Upload videos–up to 4k–directly from your WordPress admin; they’ll be quickly encoded and ready for streaming in seconds

• Select previously uploaded videos from your api.video library

• Update video titles, descriptions, and even tags from your WordPress admin

• Embed videos with our responsive HTML5 player Use the plugin directly from https://wordpress.org/plugins/api-video/

WordPress Plugin

Mar 4, 2022

DashboardAPI client

We've introduced workspaces to our customer dashboard

Anyone can now share their api.video dashboard with a colleague or client. It's a great way to involve stakeholders in your projects. Workspaces enable the primary account owner to invite unlimited team members to their dashboard securely, so they can help with video integration or add video content.

Dashboard sandbox timers

We now display a countdown timer on videos in sandbox environment on the dashboard. This allows you to quickly know when a test video is going to be deleted.

SEPA payments

We are now accepting SEPA payments for customers based in europe.

Analytics plugin for iOS apps

We released our own analytics plugin for iOS apps: https://github.com/apivideo/api.video-ios-player-analytics This will come useful to you if you rely on a native iOS player and you wish to receive our analytics pings.

Introducing workspaces

Feb 18, 2022

API clientAPI

Analytics Module for Android apps

For developers working on Android apps, we have just released an analytics module that will help collect the users’ analytics.

Modification in .mp4 public path

.mp4 public paths have been changed, and do not include the quality of the video anymore: /mp4/{quality}/source.mp4/mp4/source.mp4 This change was made to allow for faster access to the .mp4 link.

Please note that for the videos that were ingested through the API before we enforced this path change, the new path to the .mp4 /mp4/source.mp4 will be working, along with the old one */mp4/{quality}/source.mp4


Feb 4, 2022

APIDashboard

Video trimming and clipping

Clipping feature

We have released a new clipping feature. You can now create video clips from video files, videos stored on your account, or video URLs.

How does it work?

Select the video you would like to clip: in the source param 1, mention either the URL to the video or the videoId if this video is already hosted on your api.video account. Create a video clip from a new or an existing source by specifying the start and the end times of your clip. A new separate video is created, with the clip you requested!

Read our technical specs

Set a video's public parameter from Dashboard

Due to popular demand, we have re-installed the ability to set a video's public parameter (true or false) from dashboard.api.video

Videojs-analytics plugin is now compatible with the VAST

Our proprietary videojs-analytics plugin is now compatible with the VAST specification, that is used for ads in videos. See on Github: apivideo/api.video-videojs-analytics v1.0.11

Sample live stream iOS

We have released a new sample live stream iOS app (apivideo/api.video-ios-live-stream on Github)


Jan 22, 2022

Dashboard

Watermarking videos

We have released a new watermark feature.

What’s a watermark?

A watermark is a static image that is directly burnt into a video. For example, you can use it to display the logo of your product on your video.

What’s the release about?

Check it out, or read our implementation tutorial


Jan 18, 2022

Plugin

New Flutter video uploader package

The Flutter package has been release on pub.dev: https://pub.dev/packages/video_uploader

With the following features:

  • upload with API key
  • upload with upload token
  • set api key
  • set environment
  • set chunk size
  • progressive upload with API key
  • progressive upload with upload token

Dec 21, 2021

API client

Player SDK: new feature to hide / display some specific player controls

Better control your viewer's experience with the api.video player. We've just released new versions of both the player and the player SDK with a new feature allowing to hide / display some specific controls (doc & examles are in the SDK readme).


Dec 16, 2021

Plugin

api.video Bubble.io plugin release

We are releasing a free app to easily work with video in your Bubble sites & apps. With the app you can easily add a video upload element to Bubble; allowing your users to upload videos which will be encoded and hosted on api.video and delivered worldwide via our CDN. Additionally, we have a player element that adds our fully responsive and customizable player to your app to play videos.


Dec 13, 2021

API

Allow non-muted videos to autoplay on Chrome browsers


Dec 10, 2021

API client

New iOS API client

The new iOS API client is available on cocoapods and as a swift package (see source on GitHub. It supports video upload by chunks as well as progressive video upload. The iOS video uploader has been updated as well. iOS SDK and demo are now deprecated.


Dec 6, 2021

API

Progressive Upload

api.video has launched Progressive Upload. This revolutionary approach can be used to allow your users to record and upload videos simultaneously. You can use it in your apps for plenty of use-cases that need fast asynchronous video generation (video messaging, screen recordings, etc.)