Top Features of an API for Video Streaming
By Media Entertainment Tech Outlook | Monday, January 13, 2020
The choice of video streaming API is crucial because it can determine the success of a streaming solution.
FREMONT, CA: Making the right decision is essential when it comes to getting a good return on investment. This holds when it comes to a media company's investment in an API as well. The applications built with the help of an API add value to streaming operations only when they help media companies achieve new and relevant functionalities. Subsequently, the effectiveness of an API platform is reflected in the solutions it is used to build. Thus, the underlying advantages and disadvantages of an API become apparent in a later stage. To ensure good outcomes, streaming companies should prioritize certain features in API platforms and, thereafter, make investment choices. A few criteria that must be considered while choosing an API for video streaming are mentioned below.
Customizable Streaming Features
Any API that a company chooses should offer an extensive set of tools and capabilities that allow live streams to be customized as and when needed. The ability to customize is crucial to enable employees to utilize their creativity. Thus, an ideal API should allow the streamlined development of streaming solutions and easy access to data repositories. Creating websites and apps becomes easier when controls are customizable.
The Ability to Integrate
Streaming companies cannot limit themselves to a single API. The range of API might be used depending on projects being undertaken. Thus, for the seamless functioning of all the APIs, they must come with significant degrees of compatibility. Support for other platforms and a range of hardware systems make APIs particularly useful.
Languages Used by API Platforms
One might think that the language is immaterial when video streaming APIs are considered. However, that is not the case. APIs contain sample codes written in a particular language. If a firm uses the same language, both time and extra efforts can be saved. Sometimes, recycling codes that have been previously written also becomes an option.
Once the features are assessed, a media company can invest in the API platform and embark on a profitable journey of streaming.