The Data API allows users to integrate their program with YouTube and allow it to perform many of the operations available on the website. It provides the capability to search for videos, retrieve standard feeds, and see related content. A program can also authenticate as a user to upload videos, modify user playlists, and more.
This integration can be used for a variety of uses such as developing a web application allowing users to upload video to YouTube, or a device or desktop application that brings the YouTube experience to a new platform. The Data API gives users programmatic access to the video and user information stored on YouTube. This can be used to personalize a web site or application with the user's existing information as well as perform actions like commenting on and rating videos. This RESTful API provides responses in XML format.
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In our series on video APIs we have focused on the YouTube API, but YouTube is not the only video service in town. Dailymotion is a French social video site that is especially popular in countries where YouTube has been censored. In this post we provide a step-by-step guide to using the video subset of the service's API.
We are all likely familiar with the look of YouTube's embedded player. In fact, seeking an alternate design for the player might be what sends many developers to to one of the other 99 video APIs. But it doesn't need to: YouTube lets you add your own "chrome," the look of the player.