Create YouTube Shorts by API

Automate and scale your YouTube channel with auto-generated shorts by API. Make short-form videos with engaging content, promotions, AI-generated material, and more. Produce hundreds of YouTube Shorts with a no-code platform like Zapier or programmatically using Javascript, PHP, Ruby, or Python.
  • Create YouTube Shorts by API
  • Auto-generate short-form videos
  • Scale YouTube video creation

How to Create YouTube Shorts by API?

To create YouTube shorts using an API, the first step is to create a video template. Next, invoke Creatomate's REST API and provide the content you'd like inserted in the template. All of this can be done in minutes.
Here's a quick rundown of how it works:

Create a YouTube Shorts template

YouTube Shorts automation starts with a template, serving as a design for your video and setting the stage for all automated video clips. You can then use this template to create a workflow that automatically adds unique texts, images, and footage to auto-generate large quantities of original Shorts.

There are many ready-made automation templates you can use, but you can also create your own video designs using the online editor. With a wide range of customization options, you can create designs that perfectly suit your needs.

curl -s -X POST \
  -H 'Authorization: Bearer Your-API-Key' \
  -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
  --data-binary @- << EOF
  "template_id": "Your YouTube Shorts Template ID",
  "modifications": {
    "Title": "3 facts on animals that live in the mountains.",
    "Fact-1": "1. Mountain goats have specialized hooves that help them grip rockey and uneven terrain.",
    "Fact-2": "2. Snow leopards 🐆 are formidable hunters and can leap up to 50 feet in one jump.",
    "Fact-3": "3. Golden eagles 🦅 are skilled hunters and can swoop down at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour."
    "Video": ""

Set up the API integration

Once you have your video template set up, you can use the API to auto-generate videos based on that template. The API is accessible through your own software using Javascript, PHP, Ruby, and Python, as well as through a no-code platform like Zapier. This makes it easy to integrate for both marketers and developers.

Generating YouTube Shorts is as simple as sending a single POST request. Within this request, you provide the template ID, along with the content you want to insert, such as captions and video clips. Once you send this API request, it'll return a URL where you can find the generated YouTube Short.

Generate YouTube Shorts automatically

Whatever kind of YouTube Shorts you want to make, the API provides a way of automating the process. If you're a developer or have one in your team, it can easily be integrated into your software application. Alternatively, you can set up an automated workflow in Zapier to create and post YouTube Shorts. Here's a tutorial that shows how to create such a no-code workflow.

Additionally, AI technology can automate your workflow even more. For example, you can use GPT-4 and ChatGPT to generate content for your videos, such as facts, quotes, quizzes, and so on. To get an idea of what's possible, check out this Zapier tutorial or this code tutorial.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I create YouTube Shorts by API?

Creating YouTube Shorts by API is very straightforward. Start by designing a template in the editor, which will serve as a base for all your videos. You can then use the API, either through a no-code tool like Zapier or a programming language such as Javascript, PHP, Ruby, or Python, to insert unique content into that template, such as auto-generated text, captions, images, and video clips.

What kind of YouTube Shorts can I auto-generate by API?

As long as the video design fits into a template, any YouTube Short can be auto-generated. You can even use AI to create video content. For example, it is commonly used to create marketing videos with facts, quotes, tips, quizzes, and other compelling content.

Can I use AI to auto-generate YouTube Shorts?

Yes! You can use AI technology in your automated workflow, such as GPT-4 and ChatGPT, to generate video content. Here are two step-by-step tutorials on how to do this using code and Zapier.

How long does it take to set up?

Setting up a Zapier workflow takes just a few minutes. Follow this tutorial to get started right away. And with a basic understanding of APIs and a programming language, you can set up a code integration in as little as 10 minutes. This guide will help you get started using code.

What's the best API to create YouTube Shorts?

We believe Creatomate is the best API for creating YouTube Shorts. It provides all the tools you need to automatically generate engaging and visually appealing videos for a variety of uses. To see how Creatomate compares to other products on the market, check out our list of the best video generation APIs.

Can I use Creatomate for more than just automating YouTube Shorts?

Absolutely! With Creatomate, virtually any type of video content can be automated. You can use it to generate social media videos, personalized videos, prospecting videos for sales outreach, product videos, video ads, and much more. In addition to the API and Zapier, you can also create videos using a spreadsheet or form.

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