One of the most difficult goals with video player is to make it "SEO-friendly", but we've found a way and it's called XML Video Sitemap!
Developing a nice piece of software is not only about coming up with new features. Sometimes you have to stop and look back.
Today we are announcing one minor but very useful feature - custom HTML pop-ups on pause.
We are happy to announce bunch of new beautiful and useful visual improvements.
We are always happy to bring new features into our FV Player. This time it's a very useful one - a rewind button.
Patrick Dankers was looking for a better, simpler and faster video solution for his site and found a perfect match in FV Player.
Our plugin quickly outgrew the whole concept of shortcodes and it was clear it can't use shortcodes forever. It's time for database storage of your videos.
Hidden animated SVG graphics increase the CPU load too much. Flowplayer made a mistake in their version 7 skins. Here's how to fix similar issues.
FV Player 22.214.171.1247 brings new skin settings, playlist next/prev buttons, fullscreen button in bottom right corner and improved HLS streaming.
FV Player 126.96.36.1997 now lets you pick files from Amazon S3 buckets directly and also plays videos in lightbox automatically.
The new version has been available as beta for licensed users for a while. Then it was introduced to all the new users installing FV Player – both free and licensed.
Now are are happy to announce that FV Player 7 is the new stable version!
FV Player gets a new fancy looking lightbox. Free users can get FV Player 7 Beta too.
FV Player 7 brings improved design and skin options, support for mobile autoplay and improved video engine.
Web browsers are trying to protect users from sudden video playback on websites which the user doesn't know.
I worry that Vimeo Pro Pricing is so good that eventually Vimeo will remove the basic Pro account for new users. Get Vimeo Pro now at 30% off.
Until now the FV Player users were forced to use some other plugins (some of them paid) for video SEO. We decided even our free FV Player plugin should give you all you need to optimize your video for search engines.
This also makes it easier for the future - anytime we add some new function which could be added to the Video Sitemap or Schema.org markup we can do so without relying on the 3rd party plugin to support it.
So starting from FV Player version 6.6 you get all you need:
- XML Video Sitemap - the new addition
- Schema.org markup for video - added a year ago, see Using the Schema.org Markup to Improve SEO
vi.ai has an amazing offer for FV Player publishers which is a free ads solution with no upfront investment.
FV Player's newest update to version 6.5 brings some bug fixes, an updated MPEG-DASH library and two brand new features - video position saving and custom video fields.
Video Position Saving
This new feature is available for all users of FV Player. It will allow viewers to continue watching the video from the exact point they left it at. That doesn't require any viewer input, they can just leave the page and when they return and play the video again, it will automatically continue from the point at which they closed it.
The best part is that this works both for users that are logged in and also for guest users. Logged in users' video position information is stored in the
usermeta and guest users' position information is in a localStorage or in a browser cookie. Logged in users will therefore be able to start watching a video on desktop, and then continue on mobile. This is especially good for websites with longer videos, like movies or lessons.
There has been a bit of a radio silence on new FV Player features. The reason for this is that we are still working on the major upgrade to version 7 of the Flowplayer core. It was meant to be released around the beginning of January, but we unfortunately ran into some obstacles and core Flowplayer issues (on which we worked together with the Flowplayer team) that were preventing us from releasing this faster.
FV Player 7 is currently in the phase of closed beta, so the public release should not take too long. In the meanwhile, we added some new features to the current version of FV Player and also fixed some bugs.
- New Playlist Style: Slider
- DRM Text Interval Setting
- JW Player Shortcodes Conversion
- Vimeo - Adding Preferred API Location Setting
New Playlist Style: Slider
We added a new way to show your playlists - slider is a horizontally oriented style that will show video thumbnails in a similar way as classic horizontal playlist. The main difference is that the thumbnails will be aligned only in one row and viewers can browse through them by using a slider.
Adding subtitles to your videos is always a great idea. They can let the viewers watch it without sound (which is important for the silent autoplay, that is making it's way to the new versions of iOS and Android), make it easier to understand what has been said if the audio is too noisy or lower quality, and help non-native speakers better understand the spoken word. It's also necessary for people with hearing impairment.
YouTube understands that and they encourage the content creators to add subtitles to their videos. They offer a great way to easily create transcripts, which is usually a time-consuming process, or requires a specific and expensive software. It offers two options: creating an automatic transcript and putting in your own text and have it synced automatically with the video.