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Managing Clips

In this topic, you will learn how to manage video clips using the CMS API.

Introduction

Clips are videos created from segments of other videos generated by Brightcove Social and other tools. If the clips are created for sharing via Brightcove Social, you may wish to remove their renditions to reduce your managed storage and/or disable them to prevent them from showing up in your video workflows.

Finding clips

There are special search terms for the CMS API to help you locate clips in your account:

  • q=%2Bis_clip:true - returns only clips
  • q=%2Dis_clip:true - returns only non-clips
  • q=%2Bis_clip:false - returns only non-clips (functionally identical to the previous item)
  • q=%2Bclip_source_video_id: video_id - returns clips generated from the specified video

Sample

Request

  https://cms.api.brightcove.com/v1/accounts/57838016001/videos?q=%2Bis_clip:true

Response

  [
    {
      "id": "5235328819001",
      "account_id": "57838016001",
      "ad_keys": null,
      "clip_source_video_id": "4752143002001",
      "complete": true,
      "created_at": "2016-12-04T17:06:20.562Z",
      "cue_points": [],
      "custom_fields": {
        "subject": "Birds"
      },
      "delivery_type": "static_origin",
      "description": null,
      "digital_master_id": "5235339325001",
      "duration": 24042,
      "economics": "AD_SUPPORTED",
      "folder_id": null,
      "geo": null,
      "has_digital_master": true,
      "images": {
        "thumbnail": {
          "asset_id": "5235341448001",
          "remote": false,
          "src": "http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/v1/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/2025/57838016001_5235341448001_5235328819001-th.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235328819001",
          "sources": [
            {
              "src": "http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/v1/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/2025/57838016001_5235341448001_5235328819001-th.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235328819001",
              "height": 90,
              "width": 160
            },
            {
              "src": "https://brightcove.hs.llnwd.net/v2/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/2025/57838016001_5235341448001_5235328819001-th.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235328819001",
              "height": 90,
              "width": 160
            }
          ]
        },
        "poster": {
          "asset_id": "5235339121001",
          "remote": false,
          "src": "http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/v1/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/2025/57838016001_5235339121001_5235328819001-vs.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235328819001",
          "sources": [
            {
              "src": "http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/v1/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/2025/57838016001_5235339121001_5235328819001-vs.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235328819001",
              "height": 360,
              "width": 640
            },
            {
              "src": "https://brightcove.hs.llnwd.net/v2/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/2025/57838016001_5235339121001_5235328819001-vs.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235328819001",
              "height": 360,
              "width": 640
            }
          ]
        }
      },
      "link": null,
      "long_description": null,
      "name": "greatblueheron.mp4 - Clip-2016-12-04",
      "original_filename": "2efadac9-8e36-423c-b988-afcf2cd23c49.mov",
      "projection": null,
      "published_at": "2016-12-04T17:06:20.562Z",
      "reference_id": null,
      "schedule": null,
      "sharing": null,
      "state": "ACTIVE",
      "tags": [
        "newtag"
      ],
      "text_tracks": [],
      "updated_at": "2016-12-04T17:08:41.944Z"
    },
    {
      "id": "5235312567001",
      "account_id": "57838016001",
      "ad_keys": null,
      "clip_source_video_id": "5220368996001",
      "complete": true,
      "created_at": "2016-12-04T17:07:58.450Z",
      "cue_points": [],
      "custom_fields": {
        "subject": "Birds"
      },
      "delivery_type": "static_origin",
      "description": "Mother and child owls...",
      "digital_master_id": "5235341452001",
      "duration": 39253,
      "economics": "AD_SUPPORTED",
      "folder_id": null,
      "geo": null,
      "has_digital_master": true,
      "images": {
        "thumbnail": {
          "asset_id": "5235339124001",
          "remote": false,
          "src": "http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/v1/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/1897/57838016001_5235339124001_5235312567001-th.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235312567001",
          "sources": [
            {
              "src": "http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/v1/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/1897/57838016001_5235339124001_5235312567001-th.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235312567001",
              "height": 90,
              "width": 160
            },
            {
              "src": "https://brightcove.hs.llnwd.net/v2/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/1897/57838016001_5235339124001_5235312567001-th.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235312567001",
              "height": 90,
              "width": 160
            }
          ]
        },
        "poster": {
          "asset_id": "5235341824001",
          "remote": false,
          "src": "http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/v1/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/1897/57838016001_5235341824001_5235312567001-vs.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235312567001",
          "sources": [
            {
              "src": "http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/v1/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/1897/57838016001_5235341824001_5235312567001-vs.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235312567001",
              "height": 540,
              "width": 960
            },
            {
              "src": "https://brightcove.hs.llnwd.net/v2/unsecured/media/57838016001/201612/1897/57838016001_5235341824001_5235312567001-vs.jpg?pubId=57838016001&videoId=5235312567001",
              "height": 540,
              "width": 960
            }
          ]
        }
      },
      "link": null,
      "long_description": null,
      "name": "Great Horned Owl - Clip-2016-12-04",
      "original_filename": "c0640095-e696-41ea-8e7e-2ebf4d090d69.mov",
      "projection": null,
      "published_at": "2016-12-04T17:07:58.450Z",
      "reference_id": null,
      "schedule": null,
      "sharing": null,
      "state": "ACTIVE",
      "tags": [
        "bird",
        "nature",
        "air"
      ],
      "text_tracks": [],
      "updated_at": "2016-12-04T17:09:16.967Z"
    }
  ]

Removing Assets

If you are not going to use your clips for any other purpose than sharing the to social media sites, you may wish to reduce your managed storage by removing assets from them. In terms of storage, the renditions make the most difference, but you can remove posters and thumbnails as well, if you wish (this would also help to identify the clips in Studio as not being videos for general use).

To remove assets, you will use the asset endpoints of the CMS API. The logic is simple: first GET the assets to retrieve their ids in the Video Cloud system, and then DELETE them:

Logic for Removing Rendtions
Logic for Removing Renditions

Usually there will be only a single poster and thumbnail to delete, but there will generally be multiple renditions, so if you are going to do this programmatically, you will need to loop over the array of objects returned by the GET renditions request and delete the renditions one by one. Below are the relevant API endpoints and some sample code (JavaScript + a proxy written in PHP to make the API requests) to perform the tasks of removing the assets.

Asset endpoints

Here are the relevant asset endpoints you will need to remove assets. For all these endpoints, the base URL is:

  https://cms.api.brightcove.com/v1/accounts

Renditions

GET renditions

  /account_id/videos/video_id/assets/renditions

DELETE a rendition

  /account_id/videos/video_id/assets/renditions/rendition_id

Posters

GET posters

  /account_id/videos/video_id/assets/poster

DELETE a poster

  /account_id/videos/video_id/assets/poster/poster_id

Thumbnails

GET thumbnails

  /account_id/videos/video_id/assets/thumbnail

DELETE a thumbnail

  /account_id/videos/video_id/assets/thumbnail/thumbnail_id

Sample app

Below is sample code for an app that finds all the clips in an account and then removes all renditions, as well as the poster and thumbnail for each clip.

HTML

  <fieldset>
      <legend>Inputs</legend>
      <p>Account id: <input type="text" name="account_id" id="account_id" value=""></p>
      <p>Client id: <input type="text" name="client_id" id="client_id" value=""></p>
      <p>Client secret: <input type="text" name="client_secret" id="client_secret" value=""></p>
      <p><button id="goBtn">Remove all clip assets</button></p>
  </fieldset>
  <h2>Results</h2>
  <pre id="status"></pre>

JavaScript

  var BCLS = (function (window, document) {
    /**
     * this scripts assumes that HTML elements with ids shown
     * in the following assignments exist in the page that
     * calls this script.
     * Alternatively, store the client_id and client_secret
     * in the proxy (NOT in a client-side script!)
     * and the account_id value here
     */
    var account_id      = document.getElementById('account_id'),
        client_id       = document.getElementById('client_id'),
        client_secret   = document.getElementById('client_secret'),
        status          = document.getElementById('status'),
        goBtn           = document.getElementById('goBtn'),
        videoCount      = 0,
        videoNumber     = 0,
        totalCalls      = 0,
        callNumber      = 0,
        renditionNumber = 0,
        videoData       = [],
        renditionData   = [],
        posterData      = {},
        thumbnailData   = {};
  
    /**
     * sets up all API requests and handles the responses
     * @param {String} type the request type
     */
    function setUpRequest(type) {
        var baseURL = 'https://cms.api.brightcove.com/v1/accounts',
            endpoint,
            responseDecoded,
            // recommended limit value for best performance with CMS API
            limit   = 25,
            options = {};
        options.client_id = (client_id.value) ? client_id.value : null;
        options.client_secret = (client_secret.value) ? client_secret.value : null;
  
        switch (type) {
            // get a count of clips
            case 'getCount':
                endpoint = '/' + account_id.value + '/counts/videos?q=%2Bis_clip:true';
                options.url = baseURL + endpoint;
                options.requestType = 'GET';
                makeRequest(options, function(response) {
                    if (response) {
                        responseDecoded = JSON.parse(response);
                        videoCount = parseInt(responseDecoded.count);
                        // calculate total calls needed to get the video clips
                        totalCalls = Math.ceil(videoCount / limit);
                        setUpRequest('getVideoClips');
                    }
                });
                break;
            // retrieve the clips
            case 'getVideoClips':
                endpoint = '/' + account_id.value + '/videos?q=%2Bis_clip:true&limit=' + limit + '&offset=' + (limit * callNumber);
                options.url = baseURL + endpoint;
                options.requestType = 'GET';
                makeRequest(options, function(response) {
                    if (response) {
                        responseDecoded = JSON.parse(response);
                        // add new clips to videoData array
                        videoData.push.apply(videoData, responseDecoded);
                    }
                    // increment the call number
                    callNumber++;
                    // are we done?
                    if (callNumber < totalCalls) {
                        // get the next batch
                        setUpRequest('getVideoClips');
                    } else {
                        // got all the clips
                        // update status
                        status.textContent =+ videoData.length + ' video clips found \n';
                        // reset the callNumber
                        callNumber = 0;
                        setUpRequest('getRenditions');
                    }
                });
                break;
            case 'getRenditions':
                endpoint = '/' + account_id.value + '/videos/' + videoData[videoNumber].id + '/assets/renditions';
                options.url = baseURL + endpoint;
                options.requestType = 'GET';
                // update status
                status.textContent =+ 'fetching renditions for clip ' + videoData[callNumber].name + ' \n';
                makeRequest(options, function(response) {
                  if (response) {
                      responseDecoded = JSON.parse(response);
                      renditionData = responseDecoded;
                      // update status
                      status.textContent =+ renditionData.length + ' renditions found for clip ' + videoData[callNumber].name + ' \n';
                      if (renditionData.length > 0) {
                          setUpRequest('deleteRendition');
                      } else {
                          setUpRequest('getPoster');
                      }
                  } else {
                      // no renditions
                      status.textContent =+ 'no renditions found for clip number ' + videoData[callNumber].name + ' \n';
                      setUpRequest('getPoster');
                  }
                });
                break;
            case 'deleteRendition':
                endpoint = '/' + account_id.value + '/videos/' + videoData[videoNumber].id + '/assets/renditions/' + renditionData[renditionNumber].id;
                options.url = baseURL + endpoint;
                options.requestType = 'DELETE';
                makeRequest(options, function(response) {
                  // there should be no response unless there was an error
                  if (response) {
                      status.textContent += 'Delete rendition response: ' + response + ' \n';
                      // keep going anyway
                      renditionNumber++;
                      if (renditionNumber < renditionData.length) {
                          setUpRequest('deleteRendition');
                      } else {
                          // done with renditions, do poster
                          setUpRequest('getPoster');
                      }
                  } else {
                      status.textContent += 'Rendition deleted for ' + videoData[callNumber].name + '\n';
                      renditionNumber++;
                      // check to see if there are more renditions
                      if (renditionNumber < renditionData.length) {
                          setUpRequest('deleteRendition');
                      } else {
                          // do the poster
                          setUpRequest('getPoster');
                      }
                  }
                });
                break;
            case 'getPoster':
                endpoint = '/' + account_id.value + '/videos/' + videoData[videoNumber].id + '/assets/poster';
                options.url = baseURL + endpoint;
                options.requestType = 'GET';
                makeRequest(options, function(response) {
                  if (response) {
                      posterData = JSON.parse(response);
                      setUpRequest('deletePoster');
                  } else {
                      // no poster, do the thumbail
                      setUpRequest('getThumbnail');
                  }
                });
                break;
            case 'deletePoster':
                endpoint = '/' + account_id.value + '/videos/' + videoData[videoNumber].id + '/assets/poster/' + posterData.id;
                options.url = baseURL + endpoint;
                options.requestType = 'DELETE';
                makeRequest(options, function(response) {
                  // no response unless something went wront
                  if (response) {
                      status.textContent += 'Delete poster response: ' + response + ' \n';
                      // try thumbnail anyway
                      setUpRequest('getThumbnail');
                  } else {
                      // success; do thumbnail
                      status.textContent += 'Poster deleted for ' + videoData[callNumber].name + ' \n';
                      setUpRequest('getThumbnail');
                  }
                 });
                break;
            case 'getThumbnail':
                endpoint = '/' + account_id.value + '/videos/' + videoData[callNumber].id + '/assets/thumbnail';
                options.url = baseURL + endpoint;
                options.requestType = 'GET';
                makeRequest('options', function(response) {
                  if (response) {
                      thumbnailData = JSON.parse(response);
                      setUpRequest('deleteThumbnail');
                  } else {
                      // if no thumbnail, go on
                      videoNumber++;
                      if (videoNumber < videoCount) {
                          setUpRequest('getRenditions');
                      } else {
                          // done
                          status.textContent += 'Finished!';
                      }
                  }
                });
                break;
            case 'deleteThumbnail':
                endpoint = '/' + account_id.value + '/videos/' + videoData[videoNumber].id + '/assets/thumbnail/' + thumbnailData.id;
                options.url = baseURL + endpoint;
                options.requestType = 'DELETE';
                makeRequest(options, function(response) {
                  // no response unless something went wrong
                  if (response) {
                      status.textContent += 'Delete thumbnail response: ' + response + ' \n';
                      // do next video anyway if any
                      videoNumber++;
                      if (videoNumber < videoCount) {
                          setUpRequest('getRenditions');
                      } else {
                          // done
                          status.textContent += 'Finished!';
                      }
                  } else {
                      // success
                      status.textContent += 'Thumbnail deleted for ' + videoData[callNumber].name + ' \n';
                      // do next video if any
                      videoNumber++;
                      if (videoNumber < videoCount) {
                          setUpRequest('getRenditions');
                      } else {
                          // done
                          status.textContent += 'Finished!';
                      }
                  }
                });
                break;
            default:
              if (console) {
                  console.log('default case: we should not be here');
              }
        }
    }
  
    /**
     * send API request to the proxy
     * @param  {Object} requestData options for the request
     * @param  {Function} [callback] callback function
     */
    function makeRequest(options, callback) {
      var httpRequest = new XMLHttpRequest(),
        response,
        requestParams,
        dataString,
        proxyURL = 'https://solutions.brightcove.com/bcls/bcls-proxy/clips-proxy.php',
        // response handler
        getResponse = function() {
          try {
            if (httpRequest.readyState === 4) {
                if (httpRequest.status >= 200 && httpRequest.status < 300) {
                  response = httpRequest.responseText;
                  console.log('raw response', response);
                  // some API requests return '{null}' for empty responses - breaks JSON.parse
                  if (response === '{null}') {
                    response = null;
                  }
                  // return the response
                  callback(response);
                } else {
                  alert('There was a problem with the request. Request returned ' + httpRequest.status);
                }
              }
            } catch (e) {
              alert('Caught Exception: ' + e);
            }
          };
    /**
     * set up request data
     * the proxy used here takes the following request body:
     * JSON.stringify(options)
     */
    // set response handler
    httpRequest.onreadystatechange = getResponse;
    // open the request
    httpRequest.open('POST', proxyURL);
    // set headers if there is a set header line, remove it
    // open and send request
    httpRequest.send(JSON.stringify(options));
  }

Proxy


Page last updated on 12 Mar 2020