OpenTok 2.0 Archiving & Playback

Have you heard something like these feature requests:

“I take French lessons online. I meet with my tutor twice a week. But every Tuesday we spend some time refreshing what we’ve covered on Thursday. I’d pay extra if I could replay the recording of the previous session on my own time.”

“I have to record each conversation with a customer and store it for legal reasons.”

Until now, once an OpenTok-powered conversation ended, there was no way to go back and see what was said. In a lot of scenarios (including the ones above) you could add a lot of value to your product by recording the conversation and making it available on demand.

You name the use case – financial advisor sync ups, tutoring sessions, large classrooms, customer service calls, legal consultations – all can benefit from being able to record the conversation.

Today, in order to scratch this itch, we’re announcing the OpenTok 2.0 Archiving & Playback API. Developers can record and save OpenTok cloud-enabled sessions by using a simple REST API. Archives are automatically stored in our S3 bucket. And accessing the archive is as simple as downloading a single file.

Interested in taking the Archiving & Playback API for a spin? Sign up for the beta, and we’ll get you going as soon as possible.

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  • Chris Belfield

    Is there any documentation on the file formats that are processed? E.g. can you create more than MP4 format? (ogv / webm etc).

    • Song Zheng

      Unfortunately, no. MP4 is the only format produced.

  • Sam

    Where is the API documentation for this located?

    • Ankur Oberoi

      Once you join the beta program, the documentation is sent to you. While Archiving is in private beta, this is the only way to get those materials. Once it isn’t private anymore, we will post the documentation publicly on our website.

  • Nitin Surana

    I have signed up, but there’s no playback API, right ?
    We can only archive and download.

    • Ankur Oberoi

      That’s right Nithin. The title is a little confusing but web playback of composed archives is as simple as putting the URL in an HTML tag.