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Recording & Recap: All About Zoom API and Mobile SDK
May 29, 2015 by Zoom

Last week, our Support Engineer Aidan Crosbie hosted a webinar about Zoom API and Mobile SDK. This is one of our monthly series of webinars that focus on different Zoom features and products. Next month, we will discuss Group Collaboration features.

Now, back to API and SDK. You can view the webinar on YouTube:

And download the presentation.

If you missed the webinar, here are the 5 key take-aways:

1. What are API and SDK?

Rest/JavaScript API integrates Zoom into your website, while mobile SDK integrates Zoom into your mobile application. Basically, through API or SDK you can seamlessly add video and web conferencing functionality to your website or app without having to create your own meeting platform. And trust us, it’s a lost easier to use our API and SDK than to try to build a video communications platform from scratch! Your customers and/or employees can join Zoom video meetings from your website or app with a customized pre- and post-meeting experience that reflects your branding.

2. Service Functionality

What can API and SDK do?

API and SDK apply your own branding to the pre- and post-meeting experience; allow you to manage your users, meetings, and reports from your own site; and leverage your own billing methods.

What don’t API and SDK do?

There are a few things the services don’t do at this time: provide a custom in-meeting user interface free of all Zoom branding, embed meetings directly into a browser, launch meetings without a one-time plug-in installation, or provide an integrated paywall.

3. User Types

There are three ways to create users through Zoom API:

“Create a User”: This basic method just sends a verification email to activate an account. This allows users to create meetings from either your API calls or at zoom.us.

“Auto-Create a User”: This method is used in cases where all users will have the same domain (such when all users are employees of the same company). There is no verification email sent; rather, you can set-up their password and account for them. Again, users create meetings through API calls or at zoom.us

“Cust-Create a User”: This method is used by API partners who want to create users with little interaction between zoom.us and their own end users. It is particularly useful if your customers (as opposed to employees) will be using the Zoom API. No verification email is sent; rather, all user validation done on your end. Users in this case will not be able to log into Zoom; they can only create meetings through API calls.

University of Florida's STEM TIPS offers coaching and collaboration tips via Zoom API

University of Florida’s STEM TIPS offers coaching and collaboration tips via Zoom API

4. Meeting Types

There are three types of meetings that can be created:

Instant Meetings: are used for one-time, on-the-fly instant meetings. There is no scheduling for these meetings. The typical scenario for this is a website that prompts the user to “Click here for video support.”

Scheduled Meetings: are used for one-time meetings that are planned in advance. These meetings have a start date and time for scheduling purposes, but they can be started at any time.

Recurring Meetings: are used for meetings that occur repeatedly. For example, a weekly team meetings.

5. Getting Started

Here’s the next steps if you’re interested in Zoom API and SDK:

  1. Visit our knowledge base for step-by-step instructions on API and SDK.
  2. If you need assistance, please open a support ticket.
  3. If you’d like to learn more, contact your sales executive.

Happy Zooming!