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Video APIs: Manage and deliver video at scale

Last updated: Apr-08-2024

Cloudinary's Video APIs provide a wide range of robust and versatile tools for efficient video content management and delivery. It enables seamless video streaming, adaptive bitrate (ABR) delivery, and optimization. Users can effortlessly upload, store, transform, and deliver videos (or audio) across various devices and platforms, ensuring high-quality playback and optimal performance for video assets.

The Video APIs guide provides a single, comprehensive resource where you can explore all the valuable features Cloudinary offers for your video use cases. While some features are covered in detail within this guide, others are presented at a high level to highlight their value and recommended usage, with references to additional guides for more in-depth information.

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    This guide includes:

    Page Description
    Best practices Offers best practices for uploading, transforming, streaming and delivering optimized videos in your application using Cloudinary.
    Video Analytics Access comprehensive video analytics to gain insights that help you optimize the video content you serve through Cloudinary. Metrics are automatically gathered for all videos played via the Cloudinary Video Player. Additionally, you can manually collect these metrics for your custom video players using our JavaScript library.
    Video Player Provides comprehensive instructions and code examples for implementing the Cloudinary Video Player, an HTML5 video player with built-in HLS and video transformations, fast video delivery, and analytics capabilities.
    Live Streaming Use Cloudinary's RTMP live video streaming feature to generate an RTMP input URI. This URI can be used with specialized streaming software and hardware to broadcast your own video content to users across multiple platforms.

    More video resources
    • Video transformations: Covers all you need to know about implementing dynamic video transcoding, adaptive streaming, transformations, and optimized delivery with a minimal amount of code.
    • Video optimization: Details how to deliver optimized videos with the smallest possible file size while maintaining visual quality, for improved page load times and user experience.
    • Adaptive bitrate streaming: Provides explanations, examples and code snippets for delivering your videos using adaptive bitrate streaming, both HLS and MPEG-DASH, to provide the optimal video experience.
    • Video Overview (in the Console UI): Offers a user-friendly hub with quick access to resources for embedding the Video Player, implementing video streaming, utilizing analytics, applying editing, and efficient video management.

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