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Vonage Video API platform updates

This page contains information on the latest updates to the Vonage Video API.

May 6, 2021 — Platform Update (Standard and Enterprise environments)

Portrait orientation for composed archives and live streaming broadcasts This feature updates the video platform to support vertical compositions that are suitable for mobile devices in portrait orientation. New layout resolutions include portrait SD (480x640) and portrait HD (720x1280). Predefined layouts (such as Best Fit, Horizontal Presentation, and Vertical Presentation) have been optimized for presentation in portrait orientations. See the documentation on customizing the video layout for composed archives and live streaming broadcasts.

April 27, 2021 — Platform Update (Standard and Enterprise environments)

The following features are now available in the Standard and Enterprise environments:

More simultaneous video streams (up to 16) in composed archives and live streaming broadcasts This platform update increases the maximum number of supported video streams in composed archives and live streaming broadcasts from 9 to 16 video streams.

The Best Fit layout type will automatically increase to 4x4 grid layout for both composed archives and live streaming broadcasts to support up to 16 video streams.

Higher bitrate audio archives files and broadcasts The platform update includes support for 128kbps audio in MP4 archive files. This will increase bitrate of archives, allowing higher fidelity audio within recordings and broadcasts to benefit certain application use cases. See the Archiving developer guide.

AV Synchronization optimizations for composed archives and live streaming broadcasts This video platform update includes a number of optimizations to handle poor network conditions during real-time composing to improve resilience of audio/video synchronization in composed archives and live streaming broadcasts.

April 20, 2021 — Tools update

Saving sessions in Inspector You can now save sessions in Inspector for future reference. See the Inspector documentation.

April 15, 2021 — Client SDK updates

Updates to the Video API client SDKs (version 2.19.1). See the release notes:

April 12, 2021 — Client SDK update

Updates for OpenTok.js (version 2.19.3). See the release notes.

March 19, 2021 — Platform Update (Enterprise Environment)

The features updated in the Standard Environment on February 26, 2021 are now available in the Enterprise Environment

February 26, 2021 — Platform Update (Standard Environment)

Longer Archive Recordings The Vonage Video Archiving API has been updated to 240 minutes, so users can archive longer meetings and video sessions (see archive duration). Automatically archived sessions will restart recording at 4-hour intervals.

New Screen share layouts for composed archives and live streaming broadcasts New screen-sharing layouts prioritize screen-sharing streams so that the user’s presentation or share always takes precedence in the archive or broadcast (see Layout types for screen sharing). Use this feature, along with the layout stream prioritization rules for composed archives and broadcasts, to make sure presentations, screen shares, and selected streams get priority in archives and broadcasts.

Increased number of audio participants composed archives and live streaming broadcasts Composed archives and live streaming broadcasts now include audio from up to 50 participants simultaneously (up from 9 streams previously). See the archiving and broadcast developer guides.

Screen share optimizations This platform update includes optimizations to prevent subscribers on poor networks from bringing down the quality of non-simulcast video streams, like screen-sharing streams, for other participants.