Video Architect

San Francisco, CA, US
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About Pinterest:  

Millions of people across the world come to Pinterest to find new ideas every day. It’s where they get inspiration, dream about new possibilities and plan for what matters most. Our mission is to help those people find their inspiration and create a life they love. In your role, you’ll be challenged to take on work that upholds this mission and pushes Pinterest forward. You’ll grow as a person and leader in your field, all the while helping Pinners make their lives better in the positive corner of the internet.

Video is becoming the most important content format on Pinterest ecosystem. This role will act as an architect for Pinterest video platform, which responsible for the whole lifecycle of a video from uploading, transcoding, delivery and playback. The video architect will oversee Pinterest video platform strategy, owns the direction of what will be our next strategic investment to strengthen our video platform, and land the strategy into major initiatives towards the directions.

What you’ll do: 

  • Lead the optimization and improvement in video codec efficiency, encoder rate control, transcode speed, video pre/post-processing and error resilience.
  • Improve end-to-end video experiences on lossy networks in various user scenarios.
  • Identify various opportunities to optimize in video codec, pipeline, error resilience.
  • Define the video optimization roadmap for both low-end and high-end network and devices.
  • Lead the definition and implementation of media processing pipeline.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Experience with AWS Elemental
  • Solid knowledge in modern video codecs such as H.264, H.265, VP8/VP9 and AV1. 
  • Deep understanding of adaptive streaming technology especially HLS and MPEG-DASH.
  • Experience in architecting end to end video streaming infrastructure.
  • Experience in building media upload and transcoding pipelines.
  • Proficient in FFmpeg command line tools and libraries.
  • Familiar with popular client side media frameworks such as AVFoundation, Exoplayer, HLS.js, and etc.
  • Experience with streaming quality optimization on mobile devices.
  • Experience collaborating cross-functionally between groups with different video technologies and pipelines.


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