Getting started with Video

After signing up for an account, you can get started right away with Video.


API plan

The API plan comes with 10 videos at multiple encodings with no restriction in length. Multiple encodings optimize the video across connection speeds and devices.

Head to the Video section in your account. Here you can upload a video.


After it processes, you can copy the embed code to add to your site, or copy the link to share. If you post the link on sites that embed, like Medium, it will automatically embed. See an example of the videos on Medium here:

Adding Video Covers

You might notice there is something more in the videos in the linked Medium post above. The animated covers are additional feature you can use to customize your videos and make them look great. To add a cover go to the video detail page of an uploaded video. I'll go through an example below.


Below the video preview you'll find an "Add Cover" option. Click that.

Now you can select the part of the video you want to use as an animated preview. The play button is moved to the corner to let your content stand out.


It will take a few seconds to create the cover, and once it is finished, you can see it rendered in your video preview. The cover is an a muted autplaying video. On mobile, the video will render with a thumbnail instead of the animated cover because autoplay video is not available on mobile browsers.


Videos that you upload automatically are included among your Embedly analytics. The attention graphs, impressions, and plays available for video embeds are also available for your uploaded videos. In the Video Detail you can find a link to the analytics for that specific video.

Integrating with the API

The real power of Video is in being able to integrate it directly to your apps, CMS, and websites. You can find more information on uploading video and serving the player in the API documentation.

You can get an overview of the Video API in this tutorial: