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  Home | The Web Video Player | Introducing Web Video Player 2.0: Featuring fullscreen video . . .

Introducing Web Video Player 2.0:
Featuring fullscreen video and optional 'Download This Video' button!

We're pleased to announce the release of Web Video Player 2.0 (WVP2). We think both you and your web site visitors will like these exciting new features. Here's a quick look at what's new in WVP2...


  

1. Fullscreen Video - Press the Fullscreen Video button, and watch as the video expands to take up the entire computer screen. Hit the button again (or the ESC key), and it returns to normal size. A video can even be sent into fullscreen mode while it is playing, without stopping or having to return to the beginning!

2. Downloadable Videos - You have the option to activate a special Download This Video button which will enable people viewing your videos to download and save them to their computers or portable video devices (e.g., iPods). You can even display a certain video in the player, but offer a different version for download. And if you don't want people to be able to downloaded your videos, simply keep this setting turned off!

3. Better Layout And Design - We redesigned the player from scratch, and made some subtle, yet important changes, such as:

  • There is now more space to display a larger branding image in your player.
  • If you choose to not display the player controls, the player height now shrinks properly and doesn't take up as much space.
  • WVP2 is half the size (in MB) of WVP1. This means it will load faster, and will start playing your videos more quickly!

WVP2 is now an available option when you create a new video player, or edit any existing player which is currently using the original Web Video Player (WVP1). To use WVP2, simply select "Version 2" in your player configuration:

Select which Web Video Player you'd like to use
   Select which Web Video Player you'd like to use


How to Enable Video Downloads

There is a new section in the player configuration page called "Web Video Player - Version 2 Options" where you control the player's video download settings. If you would like your visitors to be able to download and save a video file through your player, you need to first have at least one downloadable MP4 file in your WVZ hosting account. If you do not, you will see this message:

You must first have at least one MP4 file in your WVZ account
   You must first have at least one MP4 file in your WVZ account

After you have converted at least one video to MP4 in your account, you will no longer see the message above. You will instead see the new player options that will enable you to:

  1. Activate the video download button, select 'Yes' in the dropdown box where it says 'Show "Download This Video" Button?'
  2. Specify which hosted MP4 video file should be associated with this player.
  3. Provide information that will be seen on the Intermediate Download Page.

Specify video download options for Web Video Player 2.0
   Specify video download options for Web Video Player 2.0

The Intermediate Download Page is a special web page that enables you to provide information to your visitors about the video you are offering for download. You can specify a title, and also provide a brief description of your video. Your description can contain basic HTML including links and images, enabling you to direct visitors to any other web page after they've download your file. Here is a working example of a Intermediate Download Page.

Keep in mind that the video playing in your player can be different from the one you make available for download, since there may be times when you would like the video playing on your web site (in the player) to be different from the one you offer as a download.

Here's a real-world example...

Below is a widescreen trailer for the new movie, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull (has it really been nearly 20 years since the last Indy?). I added a special watermark image to the video when I uploaded it to my WVZ account and converted it to Flash 8 FLV. You'll see that the watermark contains text with the instructions, "Click the 'Fullscreen Video' button below," along with an arrow pointing to the fullscreen button on the player. Have a look to see what I mean...

If the download version also contained that text, it would be confusing to those viewing the downloaded MP4 video on their desktops or on a portable video player. That's why the MP4 version contains a different message in the watermark image. I used the same video I had already uploaded to my WVZ account, but for the MP4 I simply used a different graphic as the watermark.

In your own videos played in the Web Video Player, you may say something like, "Click here for more information." But this wouldn't make sense to someone who is watching the downloaded version, as it wouldn't be clickable! In this case, you may want to create a second video without the "click here" statement to be used as your download video.

Creating Downloadable Video Files

Convert your video to FLV / MP4
   Convert your video to FLV / MP4

Option 1 - To offer your visitors a downloadable video file that is the same as the one you want to display in your Web Video Player, you would:

  1. Click on "Convert a Video to FLV" in your account control panel.
  2. Upload and convert the video, choosing the FLV conversion settings you'd like to use (e.g., "Best" quality, intro image, etc.).
  3. Select "Yes" when asked if you would like to create a downloadable MP4 version.
  4. Optionally specify a watermark image.
  5. Press the "Start Process" button to upload and convert your video to both FLV and MP4.
  6. Create a new player for your FLV, and activate the download button as described above.
  7. Select the MP4 you just created in the dropdown box where it says "Video File to Be Downloaded."
  8. Save your player, copy/paste your player code to your web page, and you're done!

Option 2 - To offer your visitors a different downloadable video file than the one that you want to display in your Web Video Player, you would:

  1. Click on "Convert a Video to MP4" in your account control panel.
  2. Upload and convert the video, choosing the conversion settings you'd like to use.
  3. Optionally specify a watermark image.
  4. Press the "Start Process" button to upload and convert your video to MP4.
  5. Upload/convert your video file to just FLV, and then create a new player for it.
  6. Select the MP4 you just created in the dropdown box where it says "Video File to Be Downloaded."
  7. Save your player, copy/paste your player code to your web page, and you're done!

Summary :: Web Video Player 2.0 - Fullscreen Video and Video Download Features

When the Fullscreen Video is pressed, your video will expand to the entire height and width of the viewer's computer screen. A message is then briefly displayed, "Press ESC to exit fullscreen mode." Pressing the ESC key on the keyboard will then return the viewer to the original web page. This all happens without having to stop or restart the video. The viewing experience is never interrupted.

The same video file is used for the smaller player on your web page, as well as the fullscreen version. As a result, video viewed in fullscreen mode will not look as clear or sharp as it does in your player. For optimal fullscreen results, try to create your videos with as high a high data rate and low compression as possible. And when you convert them to FLV at the WVZ, use the "Best" conversion setting.

Remember, if you don't want people to be able to download your videos via your player, you can disable the Download This Video button. And if you change your mind later, simply activate the button in your control panel and specify the video to be downloaded through the player. Your player will then update in real-time and will display the download button.

We hope you like WVP2. WVZ Members: please submit any questions or suggestions to the WVZ forum. Up next, the new and improved Jukebox Video Player. Stay tuned...


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