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We're a team of engineers, marketers, designers, all passionate about video and the work we create together. Welcome to our blog about video.

An illustration depicting the Rust logo connected to a web browser and a mobile phone with the Apple logo, Android logo, and globe icon all on screen.. Rust seems to be powering all platforms. Neat!

December 5, 2023 (1 day ago)

Practical Client-side Rust for Android, iOS, and Web

Emily Dixon
By Emily Dixon12 min readEngineering

Can you use Rust to write your CPU-intensive code once and ship it everywhere — iOS, Android, and the web? Follow along to find out.

The image is a graphic design with a browser window showing a concert scene on the left and a screen with "NEXT.js" on the right, connected by a green line, against an orange background.

November 27, 2023 (9 days ago)

How to add a background video in Next.js

Adam Jaggard
By Adam Jaggard4 min readEngineering

Learn how to add a responsive background video to a landing page using Next.js and Mux in this step-by-step tutorial. Grab the code and start building

An illustration of an area map appearing in a video player window

November 10, 2023 (26 days ago)

Track video playback progress and display a video heatmap with React

Dave Kiss
By Dave Kiss6 min readEngineering

In this article, we’ll go over one way you can set up viewer playback tracking and generate a video heatmap to display in a React app.

The image serves as a symbolic representation of the challenges and processes associated with load testing in the realm of web applications.  At the core of the depiction is a classic smiley face, which can be seen as the web application itself. It stands resilient and contented, an emblem of a well-optimized system that aims to please its users. The simple and cheerful expression on the face underscores the desired outcome of any web application: smooth performance and user satisfaction.  From the left, countless disjointed lines approach the ear, each representing different types and intensities of web traffic. These lines may illustrate varied user requests, diverse data inputs, or multiple sessions, echoing the unpredictable nature of user behavior and real-world web traffic. The chaotic convergence into the ear symbolizes the often overwhelming demands placed on a web application during peak times or during an aggressive load test.  Remarkably, from the right ear emanates a pristine sine wave. In contrast to the chaotic influx, this sine wave epitomizes the ideal output: smooth, consistent, and undisturbed performance. It embodies the aspiration of load testing – to transform unpredictable, high-volume requests into consistent and harmonious system performance.  Overall, the imagery compellingly conveys the essence of load testing for web applications: ensuring that amidst the cacophony of diverse user demands, the system delivers a uniform, reliable, and satisfactory user experience.

September 15, 2023 (3 months ago)

A roadmap for load testing 50 million concurrent viewers

Stephen Crowe
Electra Chong
By Stephen and Electra14 min readEngineering

How seven Mux Data engineers conquered unprecedented challenges by supporting an event with a record-setting CCV.

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August 29, 2023 (3 months ago)

How Mux Data monitored the largest livestream in history

Sarah Brown
By Sarah Brown6 min readCompany & Engineering

This past spring, we stepped up to the challenge of using Mux Data to monitor one of the largest live streaming events in history. Here's how we did it.

A graphic design of a group of thunderstorm clouds containing icons that depict the actions of a typical cloud encoding service.

August 24, 2023 (3 months ago)

Cloud encoding APIs are a dying breed: lessons learned from building three cloud video startups

Steve Heffernan
By Steve Heffernan8 min readEngineering

It's becoming increasingly clear that cloud encoding APIs are on their way out. Read our perspective on where cloud video encoding is headed.

An illustration showing a service worker sitting between a browser and a cloud icon

August 21, 2023 (4 months ago)

Service workers are underrated, and building media proxies proves it

Matthew McClure
By Matthew McClure12 min readEngineering

Service workers have so much potential. Let's explore building a media proxy as a service worker that can run in your browser or in the cloud.

A diagram depicting a client device interacting with a server via a communication line. A lightning bolt sits in between both the client and server.

August 10, 2023 (4 months ago)

Can React Server Actions finally fix forms?

Darius Cepulis
By Darius Cepulis9 min readEngineering

React Server Actions offer a way of simplifying posting data to the server by calling a simple function instead. But do they live up to the promise?

An illustration of a browser window showing different page components highlighted in different colors, depicting that some components are client-rendered while others are server-rendered.

July 19, 2023 (5 months ago)

Everything I wish I knew before moving 50,000 lines of code to React Server Components

Darius Cepulis
By Darius Cepulis20 min readEngineering

Server Components run on the server instead of the client, giving you control over your bundle size and data fetching. Here’s everything we learned about them.

A graphic design that show a video player control bar. Hovering over the timeline are markers containing lightning bolts, depicting events occurring at specific points during the media playback.

July 12, 2023 (5 months ago)

Build an interactive video transcript with Mux Player CuePoints

Christian Pillsbury
By Christian Pillsbury10 min readEngineering

Learn how you can associate interactive transcript metadata with your video playback to fire custom events as your video progresses.

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