Create automated video creation workflows with Plainly video editing API

Connect video templates to your data, and automate the creation & distribution of amazing video content with a simple video editing API.

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The key benefits

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Create Complex Videos

Go beyond simple slideshow based videos. Automate complex After Effects based videos that look professional.

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Large Scale Creation

Our rendering infrastructure is built to support our enterprise customers. Securely render 1000s of videos with no hiccups.

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Webhook Support

Our video editing API supports webhooks. This means that you can automate the distribution of videos after rendering.

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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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After Effects Support

No need to learn a 3rd party template builder. We use After Effects, so your team can work in the tools they are familiar with.

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Fast Rendering

Our rendering nodes feature high performance machines that ensure that you won’t be waiting long for the video.

Video editing API set up in 3 easy steps.

Step 1

Choose / Create a template

Select a template from our template library, or create your own in After Effects.

Step 2

Create the integration

Integrate our video editing API with your data, and set up triggers & webhooks.

Step 3

Render videos

Voila! Plainly will listen for new incoming data and it will create videos automatically.

Start with a template

Templates made for our video editing API

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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

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

The Plainly team did a great job supporting our event in our crunch time! Their clear documentation was easy to follow and the UI was easy to implement into our workflow. The original idea was to use a service to generate static images with our parameters, however, after talking with Plainly, the only logical thing to do is make a set of short videos. Our minimal effort paid off tenfold.

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Alex Kovacevic

CEO, Creative Tree

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.

Video editing API for automation of complex videos.

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