Today, we’re excited to bring support for 720p HD to our Recording and Live Streaming features. With this release, our APIs will provide developers an option to record OpenTok and live stream OpenTok sessions in high definition, and as a result create more engaging live video experiences.
Live video sessions on OpenTok already support 720p, but until today, customers could only record and live stream at 480p. With a growing number of education, webinar and media and entertainment customers, demand to support HD resolution for recording and live streaming has been gaining momentum and we are pleased to finally make this available for our customers.
By now, I’m sure that you’ve heard of the General Data Protection Regulation, more commonly known as GDPR. This regulation from the EU is overhauling the requirements for businesses who collect, process and transfer the personal data of EU citizens.
Ahead of the upcoming May 25th deadline, we’re excited to announce that TokBox is GDPR compliant.
Last week, we released OpenTok v2.14, the latest version of our Client SDKs. We wanted to update you on some of the great new features included and how you can use them.
With the Frame Metadata API, cycleVideo and facingMode APIs and other features, there is plenty to make it even easier for you to build great live video apps on OpenTok.
If you’re a customer service representative, you know how, in many instances, explaining something over video to a customer provides a more efficient and satisfactory experience. This same sentiment applies for customers, too. In fact, according to the results of the inaugural TokBox Live Video Maturity Study, 53 percent of those surveyed have either used or are likely to use live video to speak with customer service representatives from major brands.
At TokBox, we’re always inspired by the innovative and powerful companies who work with us. We wanted to make sure our pricing plans provided a way for our diverse set of customers to access features they needed for more flexibility, simplicity and value, and help them achieve success with live video.
Today, we’re excited to announce updates to our pricing plans and packaging capabilities with three TokBox plans – Standard, Growth and Enterprise.
We’re also introducing the ability for users to add-on features to their plans a la carte. We recognize the importance in giving users flexibility, as we know that a “one size fits all” approach doesn’t support all of our customers and their various needs, and this allows TokBox users to create custom packages.
At TokBox, security is of the utmost importance to us. We’re committed to providing a safe platform which meets all of the security requirements and regulations and therefore ensures reliability for our customers and privacy for their end users.
When the new regulation from the European Union called General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is officially enforced on May 25th, 2018, we will be ready. In fact, we’ve already been hard at work ensuring we’re compliant and meet all new regulations set forth by the GDPR. This is part of an ongoing effort to keep our platform secure and maintain our transparency about how we use data.
We recently released the latest version of our Client SDKs, v2.13.0 and I wanted to share some of the great new features that have gone out with this release.
Custom Media Streaming
With v2.13.0 of opentok.js we have added the ability to pass a custom audioSource and videoSource when you create a Publisher. The custom audio and video source are MediaStreamTrack objects. This enables quite a few different use cases that our customers have been asking for.
One of my favorite parts of being a developer evangelist is getting to meet fellow developers and share their journey to building awesome products. And there’s nowhere better to meet developers than a hackathon!
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend CruzHacks at my alma mater, the University of California Santa Cruz. It was great to be in a position where I could support an amazing event through sponsorship, mentoring, and judging.
When you sign up for a new platform, we know it can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be a challenge to know what information to seek out and simply how to quickly get started building your first project to become successful with the platform. At TokBox, we’ve received positive feedback on our developer documentation and resources, and we wanted to further streamline the development process with our platform to accelerate the path to production.
As part of our 2.12 client release, we were delighted to graduate our OpenTok Windows Client SDK out of beta and make it generally available. In addition to being a standard client endpoint for the OpenTok platform, the Windows SDK makes it easier to go beyond regular video chat and create whole new level of collaboration experiences.
Creativity & magic
The creativity of developers never ceases to amaze me and when you provide developers with powerful tools like our Windows Client SDK, magical things happen. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to speak to the team at Calgary Scientific. Calgary has two major divisions: one in health care called ResolutionMD, and another focusing on cloud collaboration and mobility called PureWeb. Specifically, I spoke to them about their innovative collaboration plugin for the Rhino3D CAD tool, called PureWeb Cast, which has launched in beta today.