Transloadit was founded in 2009 by a handful of ambitious engineers, hailing from Berlin and Amsterdam.
Six years later, we had already released a great deal of open source software and got debt-free, profitable and were (and still are to this day!) fully privately owned.
Since 2009, we have added thousands of automated system tests, integration tests and visual diffs. This has allowed us to make continuous progress, while at the same time ensuring the quality and consistency of our existing services.
Our scaling algorithm and custom Amazon EC2 agreements now allow us to engage up to 1500 machines at the same time. These servers are then ready to start encoding data within five minutes, in data centers spread across the US and Europe. Our customers can either set a continental preference themselves or have us decide what would perform best, based upon the location of their end users.
Since its foundation, Transloadit has worked hard to build up and maintain a varied and satisfied customer base. Our customers range from relatively small, non-profit companies to large, well-known multinationals and they have all come to us with different desires and preferences.
Some customers integrate with us in order to have instant YouTube-like functionally, while remaining in full control of the content. Instead of dealing with the headaches of supporting odd codec stacks and running a scalable back-end, they let Transloadit worry about that. This allows them to free up resources and instead focus on what makes their apps stand out.
Other customers send us large batches of media that need to be optimized for various different platforms (browsers, iPad, Android, etc.). By utilizing our convenient presets and capacity, they are able to encode several months worth of content in just a few hours. Together, our customers have already converted over six petabyte of combined data using our platform.
Everything we do here at Transloadit serves one greater purpose: providing the best possible user experience. In order to achieve this, we strive to continuously improve our scaling capacity, we take great care with regard to any security issues and concerns of our customers, we apply the same amount of dedication even when dealing with the 'edgiest' of edge cases and we aim to always support the latest formats.
Please take a look at our blog section, where we regularly write about these things and also offer any news or updates.
Transloadit: A Swiss Army knife for Files
Unique to Transloadit is its wide array of features. A few examples:
Video & Audio Encoding
- Rotate, resize and encode into various formats
- Extract thumbnails
- Create a new video from a set of images or animated GIF file and add an optional audio track
- Create adaptive streaming segments (HTTP Live Streaming)
- Watermark videos or surround them with a frame
- Merge video & audio files
- Replace the audio track of a video
- Generate audio waveform images (similar to SoundCloud)
- Concatenate videos
Image & Document Conversion
- Crop, rotate and resize via smart strategies
- Apply effects and watermarks
- Optimize images, making them up to 80% smaller without quality loss
- Make screenshots of URLs and HTML files
- Convert PDF pages into images
- Scan files for viruses and other threats
- Import and export via SFTP, FTP, HTTP, S3, Azure, CloudFiles, Softlayer, etc.
The Transloadit Team
Transloadit is brought to you by a small team of full-time developers and supported by a widespread network of passionate experts and freelancers. Please meet our team in order of appearance:
Tim Koschützki — Co-founder
Tim is a skilled programmer with over 12 years of web development experience. Halfway through his career, he became a core contributor to the CakePHP framework. He wears many hats here at Transloadit. This includes working on our API services, bots and scaling algorithms, handling customer billing, and much more. Tim has a passion for German Engineering™, which is reflected clearly in his work for Transloadit and several of his open source projects.
Kevin van Zonneveld — Co-founder
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Before co-founding Transloadit, Kevin worked as the research & development lead for a hosting company in Amsterdam. In that capacity, he was in charge of automating business and sysadmin efforts. He also designed web infrastructure for its customers. His expertise on scalability was put to good use in the construction of Transloadit's highly available platform. Kevin continues to improve our back-end as we expand and also loves to engage in product development and innovation. You can check out his blog where he likes to muse about coding and distributed systems.
Marius Kleidl — Back-end developer
Marius is a gifted young developer, who has been taking on some big challenges for us here at Transloadit. His latest projects include tus.io and the development of our Go SDK. He has also done extensive research on how to best utilize containers in our next-gen application stack. Marius is as thorough in his work as he is quick in picking up new technology. He can also often be found engaging with our customers to see how he can help them to best enjoy their Transloadit experience.
Artur Paikin — Front-end developer and Interface designer
New York, USA
Artur is a web designer & developer, who enjoys having a good meal out on his balcony or at a park. He likes to experiment with growing food and is often working on his home automation robot, which also serves as a playground for picking up new technologies such as React. Artur is a traveler at heart and regularly writes about his adventures. He is a coffee aficionado and runs an occasional pop-up coffee shop that you might enjoy. For Transloadit, Artur is primarily working on Uppy, our next generation open source file uploader for web browsers.
Abdelhadi Khiati — Developer and Support captain
Abdel is currently taking his Master’s degree in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. A late start notwithstanding – he only had his first PC at age 16 and first discovered the internet at 18 – Abdel has shown great passion and an apt mind for computer sciences. He already has ample experience developing and writing various kinds of software, from web APIs to robotics software, and is currently partaking in Google Summer Of Code, where he is working on the FreeBSD kernel. Abdel also curates the awesome robotics list.
Ifedapo Olarewaju — Developer
A.J. van Loon — Writer and editor
Leiden, The Netherlands
A.J. obtained a Master’s degree cum laude in Ancient History from Leiden University, specializing in Ancient Egyptian Criminal Law. He has a great love for languages – ancient and modern alike – and has bilingual proficiency in Dutch and English. A.J. currently works as a freelance writer and translator under his own company, Aemulans Writing and Editing. Besides that, he also runs a thesis correction and editing service called Scriptieman. At Transloadit, A.J. makes sure that everything we share with the outside world, be it through our website or any other medium, is able to meet the highest standard.
Alexander Zaytsev — Designer
Alexander is a designer with a passion for showing information in the most clear and accessible way. He loves making beautiful interfaces and writing HTML and CSS. He is fascinated by everything concerning public transportation and enjoys working on design projects related to this topic. Show Alex something done badly and he will be itching to improve it. Take the old tram network map of his hometown Dnipropetrovsk, for instance. Alex completely redesigned it and his version is now in official use. As a hobby, he is also currently learning Hungarian. At Transloadit, Alex works on improving the visual aspects of our website and various open source projects.
René Kooi — Developer
Appingedam, The Netherlands
Renée is a talented developer who loves free software almost as much as he enjoys a good K-Pop song. He is one of the developers behind üWave, a collaborative listening platform that allows groups to create playlists in a democratic fashion. Renée likes to wind down by playing a few games of Age of Empires II and is also very active in the community that still surrounds this timeless RTS classic, most notably by writing programs that can analyze all the details of your recorded matches. At Transloadit, Renée has been an invaluable asset to the Uppy project and continues to work on its further development.
Mark Masterson — iOS & macOS developer
Los Angeles, California, USA
Mark is a full-stack developer with a passion for the arts. Born and raised in New York and currently living in Los Angeles, Mark has been a part of several start-ups. He is self taught and keeps up with the fast-moving tech world by learning a newlanguage or technology whenever given the chance. When Mark isn’t programming, you can find him lost in music or a movie. After starting out as a consumer of the tus project, he quickly began to maintain TUSKit, the tus iOS SDK. Mark has also released TransloaditKit, the brand new iOS/macOs SDK.
Edgar Conejo — Content writer & designer
Edgar is an HTML guy who has a knack for design and photography, as well as a thirst for new technology and delicious craft beers. He was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, then got happily married and moved to the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. For Transloadit, Edgar is the powerhouse behind our monthly newsletter: The Transloadit Dev Times.
Dennis van de Water — House photographer
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dennis is a very talented photographer currently residing near Amsterdam. His subjects of choice include landscapes, cityscapes, nightscapes, travel, nature, macro photography of animals, and time lapse. Dennis provides the artwork that is used on our homepage and throughout our documentation and demos. We urge you to visit his website to check out more of his amazing work and beautiful photography.
Felix Geisendörfer — Co-founder
Although he is by now an emeritus, Felix's contributions to Transloadit will continue to be felt for years to come. From 2009 until his departure in 2013, Felix was instrumental in taking what was merely a budding idea in our heads and transforming it into a profitable startup. He was one of the first contributors to Node.js and continues to work on various other open source projects. Felix is currently working as a contractor, developing software in Go. He remains involved with our team as an advisor and friend.
Fahad Ibnay Heylaal — Front-end developer
Amsterdam, The Netherlands