With Direct URLs, you can use Canto’s CDN to easily share assets for downloading and/or embed them across the web. This feature works with Image (Embed & Share) and Video Files (Share).  

How To Use Direct URLs

Locating Direct URLs

To grab a Direct URL, navigate to an Image or Video's Information Page and locate the Direct URLs section.  

For Videos, the Original File URL will download the video in its original file format and size, while the Low Resolution URL will download the video as a MP4.  

For Images, the Original File URL will embed and download at its original dimensions, while the Preview Image URL will embed and download at reduced dimensions. You can customize the dimensions of this preview image by changing the number at the end of the URL, which will be the pixel measurement of the long side of the image. The pixel measurement of the short side will reduce at the same ratio. You can see an example of this "on the fly" image resizing by watching the video below:

Custom Image Resizing with Direct URLs

Embed Images 

To embed an image on a website or application that doesn’t have an “Image URL” box, open up the site's HTML editor and place the Direct URL in an <img> tag:

<img src="https://nnasse.canto.com/download/image/961om0doe14sv7i1v8oblj1t1g/original"> 

Configure Direct URL section in Canto 

If you can’t find the Direct URL section within the Information Page of an asset, it hasn't been configured yet. To do so, have a Canto Admin do the following:  


1) Navigate to Settings > Configuration Options > Custom Configuration 

2) Select the Information Page tab 

3) Move the Direct URLs section from the Fields area to anywhere in the Layout area