Transloadit was founded in 2009 by a handful of ambitious engineers, hailing from Berlin and Amsterdam.
Six years later, we have already released a great deal of open source software. We are also pleased to say that we are currently debt-free, profitable and still fully privately owned.
During this time, 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 two 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 coding 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 often be found engaging with our customers to see how he can help them to best enjoy their Transloadit experience.
A.J. van Loon — Writer and editor
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 literary translator under his own company, Aemulans Writing and Editing. 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.
Harry Hedger — Front-end developer
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Harry is an exceptional front-end developer with a keen eye for design, who operates on the cutting edge of web development. Harry has a fascination for computer graphics, live installations and house music. In his free time, he is learning to play the piano and mastering the art of music production. Harry co-authored the "Server Rendering" recipe in the official Redux docs. He is also one of the three developers behind Twitter Flight School. For Transloadit, Harry is primarily working on Uppy, our next generation open source file uploader for web browsers.
Artur Paikin — Front-end developer
Artur is a web 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.
Fahad Ibnay Heylaal — Front-end developer
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Vincent Becker — Data analyst
Vincent is an aspiring mathematician and our resident "puzzle freak". Vincent studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science and is currently taking up a study in Mathematics. His academic background makes him particularly qualified to work on some of our more complex mathematical problems, such as the optimization of our scaling algorithm.
Milan Vuckovic — Graphic designer
Milan is a skilled designer hailing from Serbia, who is on a mission to make the world a more beautiful place, pixel by pixel. You can see Milan's hand at work in our new robot logo, and you'll continue to see more of his pixel-perfect work moving forward. Milan is an Adobe Creative Suite expert and you should definitely check out some of his other great designs
Dennis van de Water — House photographer
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.
Joe Danziger — Developer evangelist
In 2014 and early 2015, Joe helped us to spread the good word through conferences, hackathons and various marketing initiatives. He still serves as co-host of the New York Cold Fusion User Group, but also enjoys using more cutting-edge languages like Meteor.js and Go.