Introducing our new codec: AF14

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While WebRTC has been innovating at an impressively rapid rate, the users of the web and mobile apps have been delighted with lots of new experiences. We’ve started connecting to people across different timezones, countries, and even continents in real time, on just about every sort of device. But when we ask developers, the people who dream up the next wave of crazy ideas, what they need in order to keep delighting their users we hear a few things over and over.

One of the most requested features of the platform that developers are patiently waiting for is WebRTC broadcasts at scale. The technical challenge is about getting the right stream (with the right bitrate, and the right encoding) out to all the different types of people who are watching, with their vastly different networks and bandwidth capabilities.

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OpenTok experts offering live help on AirPair

airpair logoAirPair, a startup that offers live online consultations with programming experts, today announced partnerships with TokBox and a handful of other API companies. That means AirPair users will have direct access to OpenTok platform exports when they need it. When developers run into a bug, have questions, or need help with implementation, an OpenTok expert can help resolve their problems quickly, in real-time.

Interested in giving it a shot? Check out the TokBox Experts page on AirPair!

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Announcing the OpenTok Agency Program

OpenTok verticalToday we’re excited to announce the launch of the OpenTok Agency Program. We’re looking for world-class agencies that are WebRTC and OpenTok platform experts.

Demand for real-time communications applications is growing rapidly. As a platform provider, we focus on our core business: creating a scalable, easy-to-use and capability-rich WebRTC platform. Sometimes, though, customers approach us seeking development assistance as they integrate live video into their website or mobile application or build a new project altogether. This is where our agency partners come into play.  We need a group of highly skilled and responsive agencies that can help turn our customers’ OpenTok concepts into realities.

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OpenTok JavaScript client library 2.2 preview

At the WebRTC Expo on November 18, we announced some new features. Since then, a number of developers have asked about how to take advantage of them. In response, we are providing a preview version of the OpenTok JavaScript client library: version 2.2. This includes an advanced look at these new features:

  • Archiving—You can record audio-video streams in a session and download the recording as an MP4 file (with H.264 video and AAC audio).
  • Dynamic frame rate control—This feature lets you reduce bandwidth usage of a Subscriber’s video stream. This reduces CPU usage and the network bandwidth consumed, and it lets you subscribe to more streams simultaneously.

These are just a couple of the new features to be included in version 2.2.

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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.

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