30 Video APIs

As we reported not long ago we're seeing lots of growth in the number of video APIs, and the past week has been no exception. Three of the last ten APIs listed in our directory are video-related whether it's for video sharing, video search, or socializing around video content. We now have 261 mashups tagged video and 30 APIs tagged video. Here's a quick overview of the latest:

  • blip.tv API: This service gives video content creators free hosting and distribution along with an opt-in ad program. It focuses on episodic content like "shows". The v2.0 of their REST API offers search capabilities as well as the ability to create posts and add new accounts.
  • ffwd API: The ffwd service, in private beta now, is described as "a new way to discover videos from all over the web" through search, organization and sharing tools. The REST-based API for now provides ways to retrieve user profiles, favorites and other interests. It's also part of another API trend: it can return results in both XML and JSON formats.
  • Seesmic API: Lastly is the soon to be released API for the Seesmic service described by Mike Arrington as a "Video Twitter" where "people are constantly interacting around both user generated and professional content." Both the service and API are in development so more technical details are still pending.

You can use our new new Video API and Mashup Dashboard to keep up to date with what's new in video APIs, platforms and mashups.

John Musser



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