By Detlev Schwabe, Software Engineer

Many developers and partners use the Picasa Web Albums Data API to enable users to upload photos to Picasa from web sites and desktop applications. Now, we are excited to announce the same PWA Data API can be used to upload videos to Picasa Web Albums as well!

The API commands for uploading videos are similar to those you may already use to upload photos. You can upload videos up to 100MB in AVI, QuickTime, MPEG4, WMV and other formats. The system will automatically create a thumbnail image to represent the video, or you can choose one yourself at any time.

There are many ways you can use video uploading, including enabling users to upload all the content from their cameras — including still images as well as videos — all to Picasa Web Albums at the same time. And, of course, the Video Uploader API is the perfect way to integrate dedicated webcams with Picasa!

The Video Uploader API is part of the standard Picasa Web Albums Data API. You can find the updated documentation here.