Here is what you will find in this guide:
- Turning on the Playlist feature
- Creating a playlist
- Editing an existing playlist
- Playlist Styles
- A few important notes
If you have more videos you would like to group together, you can easily create a beautiful playlist with FV Player. There are various styles for you to choose from, so everyone can find a perfect fit for their website. You can also add captions to every video or set up the autoplay option.
Turning on the Playlist feature
First, you need to enable the playlist function in the FV Player settings. Go to Settings -> FV Player -> Setup tab -> Post Interface Options. Check the Playlist box. If you want to use captions, check the box next to Playlist Captions as well. Click Save All Changes.
If you want to, you can also turn on the Autoplay function, which will automatically play videos one by one. To turn it on, go to Settings -> FV Player -> Post Interface Options and check the Autoplay box. Check this demo to see how this feature works - Playlist Autoplay
Creating a playlist
Begin by adding the first video. You can choose one from your media library, upload a new one (check the Start up guide to learn how to add videos), or paste a link leading to a video hosted elsewhere. If you are adding a self-hosted video, we suggest to include a splash image.
Add your first video to the playlist. Select your video from a library or type in an URL. Include a splash image to make your playlist more attractive. Afterwards just hit the Add another video into playlist button.
Notice that the shortcode editor has changed - some tabs have disappeared and you are now in the Playlist view. Add as many playlist items, as you will want to use by clicking the + Add playlist item button (2.). Now you can add the videos by individually editing each row in the playlist. You can do so by clicking anywhere into a row (1.).
After clicking on a row, you will see the settings of the selected playlist item. Here you can add the video , splash image and caption the same way as before. When you're done, click the Back to playlist button.
When you added all the videos you want in your playlist, you can now set other options in the Options tab. What you will see here will depend on what you have activated in Post Interface Options. The most important option here is probably the Playlist Style, which allows you to choose how will the playlist look like (see all the examples below).
When you set up everything you want, you can move to the Actions tab. Here you can add custom video ads, or overlay ads. Most importantly, you can decide, what will happen, after the playlist finishes.
There are five options:
- Nothing - self explanatory
- Redirect - creates a new row named Redirect to, where you can add a link. After the playlist finishes, the user will be redirected there
- Loop - the playlist will start over again
- Show popup - you can choose one of your end popups
- Show splash screen - the first available splash screen will be shown
After you have done your edits, click the button Insert.
Editing an existing playlist
To edit an existing playlist, click anywhere inside the shortcode, and then click on the FV Player button again. The data from the playlist will be instantly loaded into the shortcode editor and you can easily do any changes you want.
Here are four demos, each showing different type of playlist:
Playlist with Horizontal alignment (Default)
Playlist with Vertical alignment
Playlist with Tabs
Playlist with Prev/Next buttons
A few important notes
- One playlist can serve from a single RTMP server if using RTMP.
- We do not recommend mixing one video in mp4 and another one in webm format in playlist as some browsers will play webm in html5 but they will not play the mp4 video. We highly recommend using both mp4 and webm format together for one video and apply this to the whole playlist. This way you cover your playback on majority of devices.
- YouTube videos can be used for playlists, but they will not work properly if combined with self-hosted videos or Vimeo videos (advanced YouTube and Vimeo implementation applies to users with FV Player license who are able to use the Pro extension - FV Player Pro). We are actively working on playlist intercompatibility.
- Vimeo videos can be mixed with self-hosted videos without any issues.
- CloudFront protected URLs work.
- Quality switching works well with playlists (note: all the files in playlist should use the same naming scheme).