January 13, 2020
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No one needs an introduction to YouTube, which is by far the largest social video site. The YouTube API was first released in 2005, which seems like a long time back in the API timeline. At the recently concluded Google I/O 2012, YouTube officially announced a series of new APIs and enhancements that focused on mobile video, user engagement and Analytics.
Facebook is apparently in talks with music video site Vevo to take over streaming of the videos from YouTube once the contract runs out. That would take the company's more than 30,000 videos out of the YouTube API. In another story, AppFog has expanded its platform-as-a-service offering to include database and email from within your apps. That and 11 new APIs rounds out today in APIs.
When it comes to video (and audio), it seems every device uses its own special format. There is a good chance the format used by your camera can’t just be copied to a web site and viewed as is. The process of converting between formats is known as transcoding. It is a CPU intensive job, and with hundreds of formats to choose from presents developers with a significant challenge. Zencoder is a new web service that is looking to provide a solution.