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Bulb selects Coconut to outsource video encoding for its publishing platform

March 29, 2018 Customers

We are so happy to announce that Coconut partners with Bulb. Bulb is the place where students create and publish portfolios and projects while teachers use bulb to publish lessons and collaborate as a class. Note that Bulb has just raised $1 million in serie A to make digital portfolio better.


We had the chance to interview David Anderson, CTO of Bulb.

David, why did you decide to move your video encoding to the Cloud?

We had our own solution using a Xuggler, wrapping ffmpeg, but Xuggler wasn't being maintained and we couldn't find a clear alternative. While researching whether to set up our own infrastructure for using ffmpeg directly, or purchasing a commercial video transcoder solution/service, we discovered Coconut and, based on the price, we realized it would be cheaper to integrate with Coconut, based on our current volume, than to create our own solution on top of ffmpeg or to go with a more expensive commercial solutions such as Kaltura, Sorenson, Telestream, etc.

Why did you choose Coconut?

Primarily based on the API, pricing, and supported video formats.

How fast and handy was your integration with Coconut?

Since we already had our own solution, it was relatively fast to switch our integration over to Coconut. The APIs are relatively simple and intuitive. At the time, Coconut didn't have a java library, so we used made direct use of the http APIs. I presume it would have been even faster had the java library been available at the time.

David AndersonCTO at Bulb
Coconut has greatly simplified our transcoding efforts and lowered our costs since moving away from our own solution. We also like having the costs based on the size of video rather than the length.

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