BitGravity has announced the release of an application programming interface (API), capable of supporting cutting-edge interactive video applications.

The new patent-pending Advanced Progressive API provides extensive control over progressive downloads within Flash.

According to BitGravity, this enables developers to inject advertising, automatically adjust bitrates, add virtual clips and other additional advanced features into their H.264- and FLV-encoded video.

Barrett Lyon, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of BitGravity, said its content delivery network (CDN) was engineered to enable a new wave of HD, live and interactive content on the Internet.

He said the update of the Advanced Progressive API for BitGravity’s Distributed Origin-based content delivery platform unlocked the ability to create affordable and scalable interactive HD video applications for the first time.

Customers will be able to add a variety of advanced features to FLV- and H.264-encoded video, such as:

  • enabling auto bitrate adjustment between series of encoded videos,
  • seeking to any portion of video by time code without having to download an entire file,
  • showing select scenes from a larger video,
  • creating start and stop points,
  • allowing time-range requests,
  • synchronizing videos from time codes and
  • delivering bandwidth control.

“From inception, our service was intended for interactive, fast-loading, HD content delivery across the mainstream Internet, and this new release of our Advanced Progressive API with H.264 support is another milestone in keeping with this original vision,” said Lyon.

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