Getting Started with the Shift API


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The following guides will show you some basic principles of using the Shift API, as well as some examples of how to implement common workflows. If you're looking for a technical reference on the available endpoints, you can skip right to the API Reference.


The Shift API is a stateless RESTful service that allows you to interact programmatically with the Shift platform. It's a robust and full-featured way to build applications that integrate seamlessly with our platform. The Shift API can be used to develop custom client applications, extensive system-level integrations, workflow automations, and more. It can support just about any application that needs access to content or information on the Shift platform.

We chose REST because it is simple to use, and there is a wealth of quality development resources available online. Many projects already have native support for dealing with REST, which makes getting started easy for developers. If you are not familiar with REST or how it works, check out A Beginners Guide to HTTP and REST.

What You Can Do

All Shift products and applications are built on top of this same API– which means you can build anything from a small app to a full-fledged media management system. Examples of what customers have built include:

  • Online stock footage portal with store
  • Mobile casting apps
  • Media portals
  • Screening rooms
  • Custom uploaders
  • Adobe panels
  • Presentation apps
  • Dailies apps
  • Custom integrations between multiple systems
  • Automations that trigger workflows in other systems when media is changed in Shift

What’s Next
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