5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Video API

Kristiane Ekrheim & Ørjan Taule
February 24, 2023

As a professional video streaming service provider, you understand the importance of having the right solutions in place to ensure a seamless and high-quality viewing experience for your users. Amidst the process of selecting various software and functionalities for your video streaming service, it can become easy to  overlook the significance of the video streaming APIs

A video streaming API is the backbone of your streaming service, serving as the bridge between the back-end software and the streaming service. The right video API can make all the difference in the performance, functionality, and overall user experience of your service. With the abundance of video APIs available in the market, choosing the right one for your needs can seem overwhelming.

That's why in this blog post, we'll dive into five crucial things you need to consider when choosing video APIs for your professional streaming needs. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, this guide will help you make an informed decision and ensure that your video streaming service is a success. So, without further ado, let's get started!

What is a video API?

A Video API, or Application Programming Interface, is a set of protocols and routines for building software applications that interact with a video platform or service. The API allows developers to access the functionality of the video platform, such as video hosting, delivery, and real-time video processing, and integrate it into their own systems and applications. This enables video streaming services to add features and functionalities that are not natively available, such as interactivity, personalized video recommendations, and real-time video analytics. By utilizing a video API, video streaming services can provide a more immersive and personalized video experience for their users.

5 Considerations To Make When Choosing Video Streaming APIs

When making video API decisions, it is important to consider several factors that can affect the functionality, user experience, and overall performance of the service.

1. Technology Stack Compatibility: 

The video API you choose should be compatible with your existing technology stack and easily integrate with your current infrastructure. It is important to consider the programming languages, platforms, and tools that your development team is familiar with and ensure that the selected API is a suitable match.

2. Features: 

Consider the features that are essential for your video streaming service, such as real-time video processing, video hosting and delivery, live, or interactive video capabilities. Make a comprehensive list of your requirements and select an API that offers as many of these features as possible.

3. Performance: 

Video streaming requires a significant amount of computing resources, and therefore, it is imperative to choose an API that can handle the load and provide the necessary performance. Ensure that the selected API is scalable and can handle large amounts of traffic, especially if your service is expected to have a high volume of user traffic or needs to scale down accordingly. 

4. Pricing Model:

Video APIs offer a range of pricing models, including free options, usage-based fees, and charges for specific features or video processing time. When making your choice, consider your budget and select an API that is both affordable and offers the necessary features and performance.

5. User Experience: 

The user experience is a crucial aspect of any video streaming service. While an API is not directly related to the user interface, it is a crucial component of the underlying technology that powers the user interface and helps to ensure a positive user experience. For example, a video streaming service may use an API to retrieve information about available videos, such as their titles, descriptions, and play times. This information is then used by the user interface to display the available videos to the user. If the API is well-designed and provides accurate and up-to-date information, then the user interface will be able to provide a more seamless and enjoyable experience for the user.

Vimonds Video APIs 

Vimond Video APIs are an excellent solution for supporting streaming services due to their powerful and flexible features. With VIA, customers can easily ingest content through a variety of methods, including the Feed Ingest API and UI, which allows for the creation, updating, and deletion of video assets and metadata. VIA also offers an ingest monitoring API and CMS module to track the status of ongoing ingests and retrieve details of each step in the pipeline. Additionally, VIA provides ready-to-use video ingest pipelines for quick and easy setup, as well as a flexible method for defining custom pipelines that can be referenced through MRSS feeds.

Furthermore, VIA offers a suite of end-user service APIs for playout, stream control, and viewing history. The VIA Play Service API allows users to retrieve the stream URLs and DRM license URLs needed to start playback, while the VIA Stream Count API helps manage restrictions on how many concurrent streams are allowed to be active. Additionally, the User Viewing History Service API stores and returns information about users' viewing history, allowing for personalized recommendations and content highlighting, while the Sub-Profile Service API allows for multiple subprofiles to be created within an end user account, providing a way to separate users' preferences and playlists. Overall, the Vimond Video APIs are a comprehensive and reliable solution for supporting streaming services.

In conclusion, when choosing a video API for your video streaming service, it is important to consider technology stack compatibility, features, performance, pricing model, and user experience. By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision and ensure that your video streaming service is successful and meets the needs of your users.

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