Video Intelligence#

Google Cloud Video Intelligence API makes videos searchable, and discoverable, by extracting metadata with an easy to use API. You can now search every moment of every video file in your catalog and find every occurrence as well as its significance. It quickly annotates videos stored in Google Cloud Storage, and helps you identify key nouns entities of your video, and when they occur within the video. Separate signal from noise, by retrieving relevant information at the video, shot or per frame.

Authentication and Configuration#

  • For an overview of authentication in google-cloud-python, see Authentication.

  • In addition to any authentication configuration, you should also set the GOOGLE_CLOUD_PROJECT environment variable for the project you’d like to interact with. If the GOOGLE_CLOUD_PROJECT environment variable is not present, the project ID from JSON file credentials is used.

    If you are using Google App Engine or Google Compute Engine this will be detected automatically.

  • After configuring your environment, create a VideoIntelligenceServiceClient.

>>> from import videointelligence
>>> client = videointelligence.VideoIntelligenceServiceClient()

or pass in credentials explicitly.

>>> from import videointelligence
>>> client = videointelligence.VideoIntelligenceServiceClient(
...     credentials=creds,
... )

Annotating a Video#

To annotate a video, just determine which annotation features you want, and point the API at your video:

>>> from import videointelligence
>>> client = videointelligence.VideoIntelligenceServiceClient()
>>> result = client.annotate_video(
...     input_uri='gs://cloudmleap/video/next/animals.mp4',
... ).result()
>>> result.annotationResults[0].labelAnnotations[0].description
>>> result.annotationResults[0].labelAnnotations[1].description

API Reference#


The video intelligence API is currently in beta. While the v1beta2 endpoint will continue to work for some time, when the GA version comes out, the client library will automatically move to it.

If you wish, you can pin to the beta version explicitly, and it will continue to be supported. If so, use the following import statement:

from import videointelligence_v1beta2

This package includes clients for multiple versions of the Natural Language API. By default, you will get v1beta2, the latest beta version. When the GA version is released, it will become the default (as described in the warning above).

The previous beta release, spelled v1beta1, is provided to continue to support code previously written against it. In order to use this, you will want to import from in lieu of

An API and type reference is provided the first beta also:

For a list of all google-cloud-videointelligence releases: