How to Detect Objects in a Video with JavaScript?

How to Detect Objects in a Video with JavaScript?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Video Object Detection in 5 minutes using JavaScript. Eden AI provides an easy and developer-friendly API that allows you to detect objects in videos.

What is Video Object Detection?

Video Object Detection or Label Detection API uses advanced Computer Vision algorithms to analyze videos and automatically assign labels or tags to various visual elements present in the video, including scenes, activities or concepts. The API extracts meaningful information from the video, which can be exploited for numerous applications such as automatic video categorization, video summary creation, caption generation, and so forth.

Label Detection API result on Eden AI

Get Started with Video Object Detection API using JavaScript

The first step is to set Axios, a promise-based HTTP client for the browser and Node.js, that will allow you to call Eden AI API.

Next, you'll need to initialize the File System module in order to access local files on your computer.

Finally, you'll need to create your multipart/formdata parameters form:

How to use Video Object Detection API with JavaScript

You are now ready to process your video file into Eden AI Video Object Detection API.

1. Get a Video Object Detection API Key on Eden AI

To perform Video Object Detection in videos, you'll need to create an account on Eden AI for free. Then, you will be able to get your API key directly from the homepage with free credits offered by Eden AI.

Get your API key for FREE on Eden AI

2. Let’s Detect Objects in your Video File

Now that you have initialized the required JavaScript modules and got your API key, you will be able to detect objects in videos. With Eden AI, you can choose from a wide range of engines you want for Video Object Detection. You can access the list of Object Detection providers available on Eden AI directly on our documentation.

Here is the JavaScript code to add the form data parameters values for your request:

For example, we called two different Video Object Detection engines. Once the parameters values are passed, you can configure your request:

Then, you need to create launchJob() function that will execute POST request:

Finally, you have to create the getJob() function that will execute GET request with the Job ID of your POST request:

You will first get this response:

Once the request is done (status : finished), you will be able to get the result for Object Detection task:

Benefits of using Video Object Detection API with Eden AI

Using Video Object Detection with Eden AI API is quick and easy.

Multiple AI engines in one API

Save time and cost

We offer a unified API for all providers: simple and standard to use, with a quick switch between providers and an access to the specific features of each provider.

Easy to integrate

The JSON output format is the same for all suppliers thanks to Eden AI's standardisation work. The response elements are also standardised thanks to Eden AI's powerful matching algorithms.


With Eden AI you have the possibility to integrate a third party platform: we can quickly develop connectors. To go further and customize your Video Object Detection request with specific parameters, check out our documentation.

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