Archiving & TokBooth are here!

Update: March 13, 2014 – Please note that this blog post references the archiving functionality in our OpenTok 1.0 platform. This feature is no longer being supported. Learn more about archiving using our OpenTok 2.0 platform.

It’s a big day here at TokBox.   We’re launching the public beta of two related products: archiving in the OpenTok API and the TokBooth plug-n-play app for recording video messages.  As product manager of the OpenTok platform, it’s a huge deal for me. I’m incredibly proud of our team for pulling it off.

Why? I know from personal experience that this has been the #1 most requested feature from our developers and end-users. When I started at TokBox as an engineer fresh out of school, lots of people were asking to record their video chats. When we repositioned the company around the OpenTok API, even more people started asking about archiving live video conversations. And now we’re making that possible.

What does archiving let you do?

  • Archiving lets you interview a candidate and then allows co-workers to review her responses later.
  • Archiving lets you create a personal video memory for grandma and grandpa which they can share and relive over the web.
  • Archiving lets you give a live lecture, and then lets others watch it when they want from all over the world.

If you’ve ever found yourself saying, “Man I wish I could record this really awesome conversation I’m having”, the answer is now you can!

If you’re a developer, get started with the archiving API by heading over to the new archiving Getting Started page.

If you want to play with archiving without writing code, grab the new TokBooth plug-n-play app.  It takes just seconds to drop TokBooth into your personal website or blog.  After that, your visitors can leave video messages for you right from your website.

Archiving is our first foray into premium features, and we will be eventually charging for it. But during the beta period, both the archiving API and TokBooth plug-n-play app are completely free.

Try them out, and let us know how it goes in the comments.