Instant Video Clipping

Clip and download live stream segments as MP4 with the Instant Video Clipping API.


With Castr's Instant Video Clipping API, you have the power to seamlessly extract specific segments from your live stream recordings and download them directly as MP4 files. This feature allows for capturing the last few minutes of a live stream and enables the creation and download of video clips for immediate use or archival purposes.

Enabling Stream Recording

Before utilizing the clipping feature, ensure that cloud recording is enabled for your stream. This is controlled via the cloud_recording parameter during stream creation or update.

Sample Request to Enable Recording

curl --request POST \
     --url \
     --header 'accept: application/json' \
     --header 'authorization: {your_authentication}' \
     --header 'content-type: application/json' \
     --data '{
       "settings": {
         "abr": false,
         "cloud_recording": true
       "name": "My Live Event",
       "enabled": true

To disable recording for an existing stream, you can update the stream with "cloud_recording": false.

Once cloud recording is enabled, recordings are stored temporarily for 72 hours, allowing you to clip any segment from the last three days.

Sample Request

curl --request GET  
     --url{stream_id}/temporary_recordings \ 
     --header 'accept: application/json'  
     --header 'authorization: {your_authentication}'  

Sample Response

    "_id": "65354c2524f23b7c0f855627",  
    "stream_key": "live_d24df56030e211ed998b63dd43698e32",  
    "start_time": "2023-10-20T20:13:52.000Z",  
    "end_time": "2023-10-22T16:21:50.000Z",  
    "duration": 158878,  
    "download_url": ""  

Downloading Specific Segments

To download a specific segment, you'll need the download_url from the temporary recordings API. Determine the segment you wish to download by specifying the start and end times.

For example, to download the last 5 minutes of a recording:

  1. Obtain the end_time from your desired recording.
  2. Calculate the start time by subtracting 300 seconds (5 minutes) from the end_time.
  3. Use the modified URL format below, replacing {{start_time}} and {{duration}} with your calculated values.{{start_time}}-{{duration}}.mp4

Note: The duration is specified in seconds.

What’s Next?

After downloading the desired video segments, integrate them into your content strategy as VOD assets, share them on social media, or use them for content marketing. Explore further API features to enhance your live streaming and video management capabilities.