Programmatically create Hollywood-level videos

Plainly video editing API allows you to create high quality video templates in After Effects, connect them to your data and automatically create & distribute 1000s of videos in minutes.

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The key benefits

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Don’t know After Effects?

Not everyone has the in-house After Effects skills. Our creative team can build templates for you so you can get started ASAP.

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Unlimited scalability

Our rendering infrastructure is built to support our enterprise customers. Securely render any amount of videos without hiccups.

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Native integrations

Want to cut implementation time to a minimum? We offer native integrations to popular apps that are set up in a few clicks.

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Clear Documentation

Our documentation was written by developers for developers. It’s constantly updated and it won’t leave you stranded mid-project.

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Fast rendering

Our rendering nodes feature high-performance machines that render all of the videos simultaneously at blazing speeds.

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High quality templates

Templates for Plainly are built in After Effects. That enables our users to create advanced templates that can’t be automated using other video automation tools.

Set up video editing API in 3 easy steps

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Step 1

Template creation

Work with our team, or create templates on your own. No limitations, you control every aspect of the video. Plainly also offers a template library free for all users.

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Step 2

Dynamic elements

Upload your template to Plainly Web App and select which elements of the video will be dynamic.

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Step 3

Video rendering

Render any amount of videos with one API call. After rendering, distribute videos using native integrations or webhooks.

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Plainly has been an incredible partner in helping us develop new business models in the field of video. With the help of their incredible team, we were able to seamlessly integrate Plainly’s technology within our own technological framework, thus opening up entirely new possibilities in our video production. Plainly is quickly shaping the future of video and we are looking forward to continuing to work with them!

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Mark Luxenhofer

Team Lead AI Video @ BurdaForward

We've used Plainly to automate the production of a large NFT collection. It holds a crucial part within our automation pipeline where it takes our large database, puts it through our After Effects template and magically exports mp4s. We literally had team members saying "It's like magic". Plainly team was amazing helping us bring everything to production, it's obvious that customer satisfaction is super important to them. To anyone who wants to automate video production, we recommend Plainly over any other alternative on the market!

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Filip Rastovic

Lead Technical Artist, Eterlast

We’re using Plainly to allow our users to create club keys and event invites. We decided on Plainly because we can quickly import an After Effects project, and the integration with their API was easy. It would take us ages to build a video creating feature in UltraViolet, so integrating with Plainly was a no-brainer and it paid off so far.

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Aabid Shamji

Leading AI/ML, Ultraviolet

Generate 1000s of stunning videos in minutes with Plainly video editing API

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Video editing API FAQ

Can you automate video editing?

Automating video editing can be achieved through video editing APIs such as Plainly. These AI-powered tools offer video templates, batch processing, and dynamic changing of video elements such as text, images, videos, audio and similar.

Is there any open-source video editor?

There are several open-source video editors available, including OpenShot, Shotcut, Kdenlive, and Olive Video Editor. These software options provide features such as timeline-based editing, transitions, effects, and support for various video and audio formats. They offer flexibility and customization options while being constantly improved by their respective communities.

Is Plainly a free video editing API?

No it's not, but our subscriptions offer a wide range of price points that allow anybody to get started.

Is Plainly a Shotstack alternative?

Yes it is. The main difference is that Shotstack is based on JSON video templates that have limitations, while Plainly utilizes Adobe After Effects which means that you can create & automate complex videos.

What is the best video editing API?

Determining what's the best video API would depend on your use case. There are open source options that are free, but also paid (cloud-based) options such as Plainly that offer easier set up and a wide range of functionality.