Single-file archive? Yes, you can!

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.

Stitching

The archiving API allows developers to record video streams in an OpenTok session. These archives can be played back, or you can download the individual streams.

It turns out that downloading the individual streams does not make sharing very easy. If you recorded a conversation between two people for example you will end up with two FLV files.  It would be much nicer if the two video files could be combined into one, so the resulting single video can easily be shared and played back.

This is where the stitching API comes in to play. Stitching allows you to combine an archive with up to four individual streams into a single MP4 file that can be played back in the HTML5 video player of your choice. Stitching individual videos is hard, but the stitching engine we built will time align all the individual streams, and mix the audio properly.

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Archiving inches closer with delete APIs

At TokBox we realize that not every recording is created equal.

Sometimes we record something, and for whatever reason it is not really something that we would like to keep around forever. Whether it is that embarrassing profession of true love, or that embarrassing dance tape you made in the bedroom, there are times when it is nice that things can be forgotten and even be removed from the internet.

Enter the delete API for archiving.

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Downloading archives

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.

A few weeks ago we were very excited to release our archiving feature to a wider audience. Now a video conversation is no longer a fleeting moment in time, but something that can be recorded and played back.

What we noticed however was that people wanted a bit more then just having the ability to record and play back archives. Our partners want to take ownership of the individual videos, to modify them, and to more easily share them with family, friends and their own end-users.

What to do?

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