FV Player can now generate download links for videos that are visible only for logged in users and can be tracked with Simple History plugin.
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According to some, Harriet, a 21-year old British girl, originally from Vietnam, is the very definition of a 21st-century porn star. But she describes herself as a “a self-confessed nerd from London, England with an obsession with tech, porn, film, pop culture, sex and relationships.”
List of contents:
- Video Links
- Faster Vimeo Loading
- Fixed Vimeo MPEG-DASH
- Fixed issue with Chapters and Transcript
- Custom Video ads working with video lightbox
FV Player has new version - 18.104.22.168, that brings a cool new feature called Video Links. Imagine that you want to show someone a certain part of a video. Until now, you had to share a link to a page and then add something like "Check out that killer solo at 2:34!".
From now on, FV Player will allow you or anyone who watches the video generate a link with a certain point on the timeline. Anyone who clicks that link will be directed right to the video and it will start playing from the given point. The best thing is that it works with all videos (with the exception of live streams of course), no matter where they are hosted.
Protecting your videos from downloading is basically impossible, but you can make it harder for those who want to steal your content.
Imagine that you have an encrypted stream that is really hard to download. But how can you stop someone from plainly screen capturing the video? There are a couple of solutions, but most of them are not really working. The user captures the video and uses it on his web. You are furious because you put your heart into creating your content and now someone else is using it without your permission. How can you prove that the video was yours?
This is where the DRM Text feature comes in. It creates a small overlay box in the top right corner of the video that shows the user's ID if he's logged in, IP address and the current date. The box will appear for just a fraction of a second and repeat regularly during the video playback.
In my last article, I wrote about how video is becoming everything everyone talks about these days. At least on social media. And the ones who know how to use it properly and to their own advantage, are the ones running the conversation.
Gone are the days of sharing songs and funny videos from Youtube. Today, everyone is a content creator, or wants to be one, but I'll talk about that some other time. Since Facebook users are the ones creating their own content instead of sharing other people's content, Facebook recognized this and moved native videos to the top of the news feed pyramid.
When I say native videos, I'm talking about the videos you take on your phone or your camera and upload directly to Facebook without uploading them to Youtube or Vimeo or any other streaming service.
But why should a simple Facebook user care about this? Well, they shouldn't and probably won't. But just because this change hasn't disrupted an average Facebook user's life, there are many people out there who've been affected by it.
As some of you probably already noticed, FV Player is again richer with some exciting new features. We have a new hosting option - KeyCDN, you can choose a new Skin for your player, and we added a way of sharing your videos directly to Facebook.
New options in Skin settings
You will like this change especially if you show subtitles in your videos. If you go to Settings > FV Player > Skin tab, you will find two new menus: Playlist and Subtitles. As you can see, you can now adjust the colours of your playlists, but a lot more can be done about the subtitles. You can set the change the font and it's size, lower the opacity and change the colour. The best thing is that you will see all your tweaks in a live preview.
The live preview is also available in the main demo video. Previously you had to update the settings by saving all the changes to see how your newly adjusted skin will look like. Now you can just play the video, change what you want and see how it will look like instantly in the video box. More info on how to customize your skin can be found in this guide - Customizing FV Player Skin.
ExoClick is one of the largest and fastest growing online advertising networks. Based in sunny Barcelona, ExoClick provides ads for 2.4% of the web, making it the 4th largest for websites in the world (according to W3Techs). Our clients have asked for an easy way of using ExoClick with WordPress, so we have delivered a smooth, Flowplayer based solution. From now on, all the owners of the Pro license can use ads from this network in their videos.
ExoClick offers advertisers and publishers over 20 ad formats and detailed statistical data with several options to customize the tracking of their performance. Creating a Publisher profile (the one you need to serve ads with your videos) is free and you don't have to fill in any payment data until the point when you want to be paid.
We always listen to our users when it comes to improving our player. Many great features now available to everyone were made that way. However, adding a new feature as fast as possible has it's downside - it might not be stable. Therefore, a few months back we allowed FV Player Pro users to switch to Beta version, which gave them the option to use the stable release, while allowing the early adopters to get their hands on some exciting new technology.
In the recent few months we have implemented a couple of amazing features to our player, but they were only available in the Beta mode. Until now! After a lots of testing, the FV Player Pro 0.8 update will incorporate all of the features into the core Release version for everyone to enjoy. Below is the list of the awesome new features you can look forward to!
Many of our clients ask us: "How can I protect my videos from people downloading or stealing them?" The answer is unfortunately very short: you can't. No matter how strong of an encryption you use for streaming, or how many other layers of protection you use, if anyone can play your videos, your videos can be stolen. In most cases, users can just download them. Google's Widevine DRM was a breakthrough in this area and is widely used, most famously by Netflix. Widevine works in recent Chrome, Opera and Firefox.
But just stopping people from downloading your videos isn't enough. A user can just record and recompress your vide, a.k.a. screen capture or screen recording.. It's a bit more work, but modern tools and powerful computers make video encoding and re-encoding easier. The free ffmpeg libraries are available to all open source projects. Or, you can just use a screen capturing software.
But there are ways to protect my videos from screen capturing, aren't they?
There's no such thing as a free lunch. But if you don't mind to giving up your commercial data in exchange for free services, Google Analytics is the closest thing to free lunch. This kind of granular tracking used to cost $500/website per month before Google acquired Urchin and gradually rolled out its free analytics based on Urchin's technology.
Google Analytics doesn't just work for html content. It's possible to build hooks into video technology which allows Analytics to report back in depth on who is watching how much of your video. We have described how to do it with FV Player in our guide Using Google Analytics with FV Player some time ago. Now it has been updated with a couple of neat new tricks, that will make your life a lot easier.
1. Tracking errors
It's now easy to track errors. This allows you to quickly correct any issues. You will know if someone tried to watch a video two days ago and it failed to load on his or her iPad.
The shortcode editor has recently gone through a major update and looks and feels very differently (hopefully in the positive way). This change however means one big downside - large amount of screenshots in our documentation is outdated, so we began the painful process of updating all the old screenshots, so the guides will actually guide, not confuse.
This downside has a silver lining - it means we'll dig more deeply through the existing guides and fix anything that needs to be fixed and rewrite anything that might be confusing. That said, you may notice some changes in the next weeks. Some of the recently updated guides are:
The year 2016 is slowly moving to it's end. Although it wasn't a good year for everyone, we were working really hard here at Foliovision for the whole twelve months to constantly improve our FV Player. This is the last batch of new features this year (and there were a lot of them, just check the blog), so read on and enjoy.
All the people who use the combination of Vimeo hosting with FV Player Pro will now have access to using the MPEG-DASH streams! We wrote more about the streaming protocol on our blog a couple of weeks ago. The bottom line is that it's a video streaming protocol with adaptive bitrate, very much like HLS, and it's supported on wide range of platforms. Here is an example:
FV Player's shortcode editor just got a fresh new haircut - an updated user interface! The new horizontal look is cleaner, more easy to use and takes and removes the need to scroll down through all the active functions. You can find everything sorted into handy tabs, similar to those you know from the plugin's settings.
Having a new and more tidy interface is not the only upgrade that we made. The best part is the live video preview. Whether it's changing the dimensions of your video, activating features or anything else you can do in the shortcide editor will be immediately generated into the live preview of your video. That is located on the left side of the editor, giving you the instant feedback of how your video will look.
While out on Twitter today, I visited the Facebook page of the company of a new acquaintance also in the marketing trade. Silvia had decided to cite Gary Vaynerchuk. Pretty compelling statement. I really agree with it.
There is more junk created and marketed on the internet than in world history (there were some pretty weird elixirs hawked in the newspapers around the turn of the century in America so marketing excesses in the favour of poor product are not altogether unprecedented).
The 22.214.171.124 update of FV Player brings a fresh new feature - Profile Videos. It allows the members of your website to add Vimeo and YouTube videos to their profiles/user bios by automatically integrating with WP Bio.
The owners of the FV Player Pro license will benefit from this the most, since all the videos from Vimeo and YouTube will be integrated to FV Player, as you can see in the image below. The free version will get you only simple iframe embeds.
We have released the new version of FV Player - 126.96.36.199. Although it had some initial problems, they are now all resolved with the update 188.8.131.52.3 and you can dive right into the new features.
MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adoptive Streaming over HTTP) is a technology similar to Apple's HLS, that allows streaming of data with adaptive bitrate. The principle is the same - the video file is broken to a small fragments of data, that are served one by one to create smooth playback. Each one has various qualities that switch automatically to deliver best quality possible in the given network situation.
Going from 30 students at the local music store to thousands of subscribers on his website, music teacher John W Tuggle is now living everyone's dream. To have a passive income source that makes money while you sleep is what every person wished for at some point, and John got there with the help from FV Player.
When he was 17, John bought a Kay Electric Guitar and Peavey Rage amp, using the money he saved up from working at a grocery store. (Very “Summer of ‘69”.) He took private guitar lessons and spent a lot of time in his room trying to learn how to play Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Hendrix.
FV Player just got a great new feature - Interactive Video Transcript. In short, it creates a text from a VTT subtitle file and shows it in a box under the video. But that's not what makes this feature so great. The real advantage is the interactivity.
A new version of FV Player has been released! Version 184.108.40.206 brings improved support for iOS 10, which allows you take advantage of Apple's new inline playback support. This basically means that fullscreen mode is no longer forced on iPhones and iPods that run on iOS 10 and above.
Now the users, that browse your pages on iPhones and iPods, can play videos in a block of text without having to use fullscreen view and they will thus be able to use all the FV Player's functions. This also improves the user experience from watching playlists, as they can switch between videos more fluently.
There have been some changes in our FV Player lately and a couple of popular features have been updated.
Changes in Settings interface
Everything in WordPress starts in settings and FV Player offers a great number of things that can be customized. All of the settings however were cluttered on single long page. Therefore, we've decided to make the player's settings menu more clear and user friendly by adding tabs, that group similar settings boxes. Now you don't have to scroll down, search for, or look things up in a drop-down list. Just switch the tab and set up what you need.