May 23, 2022
After you publish videos with Vocal Video, you'll want to share them with the world by sharing a link or embedding them on your site. That's why Vocal Video includes ad-free hosted video pages and flexible, mobile-friendly video embeds.
Well, we're excited to announce some big improvements to both!
Now you can customize how your video players look to keep them all on-brand and in sync. Go to Settings → Account Branding and you'll see a new Video Player Settings section. You can control the colors used for the big centered play button and the timeline bar. You can also control the style of the big play button and whether it's solid or translucent.
These settings apply to all your active video embeds and your hosted video pages, so there's no need to change them all one-by-one to keep them in sync. Just set your player branding once and it'll apply everywhere.
When your mouse hovers over the video timeline, you'll now see a preview image of what the video looks like at that point in the timeline:
Note: if you have videos published prior to September 2021, you'll need to republish them for the timeline thumbnails to be generated. This won't use any additional video storage or publishing credits.
The video player now includes a handy rewind-10-seconds button:
Now you can control your videos with the keyboard:
Note: keyboard controls aren't activated until your video starts playing. This prevents them from interfering with normal browser functions, and any other keyboard controls your site/app may use.
We've worked hard to tighten up the design of the video player to give it a crisp, premium feel that works well with any brand.
Update: Vocal Video now has even more ways to show off your videos, with customizable video galleries and embedded cards featuring key quotes from your customers. Read the announcement →
While the improvements above apply to embedded videos as well as your hosted video pages on vocalvideo.com, we've made some additional enhancements to video embeds:
Embedded videos have a new playback option we call "popover" where your video plays back in a fullscreen overlay. This is very useful if you're embedding your video at a small size, or creating a video gallery where each video is represented as a small thumbnail image. Check it out in this live example:
Note: popover playback isn't compatible with autoplaying videos, since those videos begin playing as soon as they scroll into view.
When you have multiple video embeds on the same page, they will now only play one at a time. Previously, if one video was already playing and you started a second video playing, you would have two videos playing simultaneously – confusing!
We've made it easier to preview & configure the new popover feature along with the previously-available controls for autoplay mode, corners, shadows, and alignment.
Vocal Video is a complete solution for collecting, publishing, sharing and embedding videos from your customers, employees, and candidates. So we're committed to continuing to offer business-class, ad-free video hosting with every subscription.
With Vocal Video, you'll never have to choose between accepting ads in your videos or paying for an additional business video-hosting solution – it's built in.
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