I’m glad that FV Player is a real replacement for YouTube. But I guess FV Player missed one function related to rewind.
In YouTube comments (or description) if one can type exact time for example 3:34 and that 3:34 will become a link and when you click that link YouTube player will be in focus and it will play a video right from 3:34.
It is possible to add that functionality to FV Player ?
1) Yes, same functionality in anywhere in post or in comments. For example site that reviews movies and tv series. It is much user friendly and faster to leave a link to exact time location (only beginning because AB will be much complicated I guess) of a scene in a video rather than force a user to go and search manually.
2) Or if 1) is not not so easy to implement. It would be still user friendly to use links to exact chapter or to transcript (or to subtitle) anywhere in a post or page before or after FV Player itsel and in comments section.
The difference between 1) and 2) is that the first is a link to video time and the second is a link to a one of multiple transcript items or chapters. Second will not work without prior VTT file creation and upload, which is less article author friendly, but still user friendly.
Thanks for suggestion.
I see exactly what you mean in terms of YouTube start times. I’m a keen advocate of just allowing people to post a raw YouTube or Vimeo link into comments and have it turn into a suitably sized FV Player instance.
This is partially implemented now. We’ll improve both performance and preferences for videos in comments and even posts (so that if I write a post I can just enter a carriage return, paste
https://youtu.be/eRrnUD6MtWo?t=782add another carriage return and get a bare bones FV Player instance on save. We’ve already done this for a custom Markdown implementation for long description fields for our real estate clients. This functionality is not working here in our forums yet as this example will show.
In terms of starting at a time, YouTube let’s us copy the exact link to starting at exactly that time on YouTube (pasteable between browsers). I believe we can call a YouTube video at a specific time via the API. Example: https://youtu.be/eRrnUD6MtWo?t=782 The time value is a simple seconds count so there’s nothing mysterious here.
With Vimeo it’s more difficult as there’s no human interface for copying that start time. If it’s possible via API to start at a specific time, we could add some easy syntax (which you could show to your users above the comment box.
For example: https://youtu.be/eRrnUD6MtWo Start:4:48 which would be the equivalent of https://youtu.be/eRrnUD6MtWo?t=288. Or we could just observe the YouTube format only (tell the readers to add time values in seconds).
Hopefully we could do the same with Vimeo. If we can do it with clean MP4’s, I’m game to do it there as well. It may be a few iterations before we can add this functionality everywhere but we can probably get YouTube start times into comments pretty quickly.
So yes this is coming.
Now that you have some more information, how would you like to see the syntax and how would it best work for your users? I can’t guarantee we’ll do it your way (we must implement the feature in the best way for most users). Nevertheless, let’s start from your concrete use case.
Making the web work for you, Alec
Hi Alec Kinnear,
Thank you for explaining the details.
You mentioned YouTube and Vimeo, but the question (request) actually was about FV Player and self-hosted mp4. Sorry for not being precis. The problem with YouTube and Vimeo is that the videos can be blocked or deleted or something else in any time.
For the link syntax. I have only mp4 file names and mp4 duration in seconds in mind.
I hope there’s nothing mysterious with self hosted mp4 too ? Because it is seems a bit mysterious only to me. That’s why I mentioned transcript items time to be referenced by links.
We have just created this function, you can test it in this demo – https://foliovision.com/player/demos/video-linking
More details will be specified in the upcoming announcement.
From the first use on demo page I noticed that new feature works only ones. (It requires me to click the second link to make the first link work again )
If I click the same link repeatedly FV player ignores all clicks except the very first click.
Thank you for the cool feature !
Sorry. I do not quite get it. Where that top bar is located ?
It’s in the top bar in the video box, right between share buttons and the Embed button (check the attached image). It will generate the link with the time of the video and copy it to your clipboard, so you can use it for sharing.