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Embedded YouTube Video in RapidWeaver

Marvin at RWtuts recently released an updated version of TubeWeaver. TubeWeaver is now fully responsive and takes advantage of the new YouTube API.

TubeWeaver is now at version 3. If you have version 2, you'll definitely want to update.
Version 2 from 2015 had no customisation options, version 3 changes that.

There's not a lot to explain about embedding a video on your RW stacks page.
Drag in TubeWeaver, insert the YouTube ID and that's it. There are, however, one or two settings that you might want to change.

Stack settings

First off, you'll want to set the YouTube Video ID. This is the code that appears at the end of the URL.
Player Colour – The new API allows you to choose between a Red, or a White progress bar.
Autoplay – is set to No by default.
Loop – is set to No by default.
Controls? – Is set to Display by default, but the controls may be hidden for a cleaner display.
Fullscreen? – When Deny is set, the video will not display any wider than the container that it is within.
Start At (s) – Set the starting point of the video, i.e. skip an intro sequence; get straight to the nitty-gritty.

TubeWeaver is quickly and simply set up. No bells and no whistles, but I personally find the Deny Fullscreen setting to be a useful feature.

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Player 2 for RapidWeaver Update

Guest Post from Will Woodgate

There has been a major update to the ever-popular Player stack. Player remains the single-most sophisticated audio and video player available for Stacks. Nothing else compares. If you are serious about getting audio or video content into your website professionally, then this is absolutely the stack you need for the job! Its light codebase, attractive styling and broad feature set make it a must-have. Superbly engineered and the perfect stack to broadcast yourself with! Watch the tutorial video and download your free demo version today.
What's new in this update?
  • Rearranged, merged, regrouped and renamed some settings, to make Player even quicker and easier to setup
  • New options to choose how audio or video content is preloaded; to promote faster loading webpages
  • The download button now works on Safari 10 and automatically links to your MP3 or MP4 file
  • Totally rewritten support for iPhone and iPad. Where supported, video content now plays within the webpage instead of opening in a separate window. iPhone retains support for standard iOS media controls
  • Added support for optional OGV and WAV media types
  • Much easier (code-free) setup of player controls. You now have full control over which buttons are shown on mobile and the ability to easily change the order of controls (from left to right) using sliders in the stack settings. Font Awesome button markup is still editable
  • Added the option to play and pause video, by simply clicking on it
  • You can now Chromecast a video directly to a Google Chromecast dongle or compatible smart TV, from an Android phone or tablet
  • Conditional loading of jQuery 2 and Font Awesome 4.7 icons
  • New option to have audio or video content pause when it is scrolled outside of the viewport (a.k.a Facebook style)
  • Progress bars can now be animated with optional stripes
  • Added support for DOGs (digital onscreen graphics) so you can brand your video content with custom logo images or icons
  • Any empty audio and video sources are now removed from the source code, to prevent HTML validation errors
  • Refreshed the default appearance of the toolbar. Now using CSS flexbox to equally-space the controls on all screen widths
  • Support for optional title tooltips, on the player controls. This can improve accessibility of your completed player interface
  • When you send a video to full screen, it will now continue playing from the point it was in the webpage
  • New horizontal spacing options for the media duration and current time clocks
  • Got rid of some settings (like shadow effects) which are accomplishable with other free stacks (e.g. Shady)
  • Added a new optional setting, to apply basic copy protection to the playing media (this suppresses right-clicking when enabled)
  • Brand new animated user interface for the volume controls on desktop web browsers
  • Custom controls are now displayed within fullscreen mode
  • The full screen button toggles automatically between new expand and minimise icons
  • Support for realtime Google Analytics tracking, so you can easily and accurately record user interactions with your players
  • Captions and subtitles can now be toggled from within fullscreen mode
  • A new option to pause the audio or video when a user clicks anywhere outside of the Player stack
  • New RGBa colour picker for icon shadows, within the toolbar
  • We can now and fetch the audio or video duration time via decoded metadata, without needing to begin download of the media file
  • A large quantity of other minor fixes, tweaks and various 'under the hood' improvements

Player 2

Important: Player 2 now requires a minimum of RapidWeaver 6 and Stacks 3. This stack will no longer function with older versions of stacks or RapidWeaver.

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Velvet Video Lightbox

There have been a number of recent forum posts asking about video presentation.
Well, two days ago another video player joined the fold. Velvet Video from Nick Cates will display both YouTube and Vimeo videos in a fullscreen lightbox.

'Velvet' refers to the velvety smooth transition that Velvet Video displays when transitioning from thumbnail to full screen view. It is really smooth.

There are two Velvet stacks – the Velvet Base stack that enables Velvet's functionality and Velvet Video – the thumbnail/video container. Once you have placed a Velvet Base stack on your RapidWeaver page, you can add as many Velvet Video stacks to the page as you please.

Velvet Video's flexibility is quite distinguished. You can place multiple thumbnails in a multi-column stack, or in a Foundation grid, or you can drop the Velvet Video stack into a slideshow of your choice. The stack is Mobile First, so when a thumbnail is clicked on a mobile device, the video will play 'in place' whilst on a desktop or tablet display it will smoothly open a full screen lightbox.

As you already know, I am not a fan of online videos, but I do have clients that require video implementation on their sites. Velvet Video is an ideal solution if you have multiple clips to present.


Velvet Video

Stack settings
First you'll need to add a Velvet Base stack to your page and configure it.
Because Velvet Video is Mobile First, the first setting is Direct Play Break – the breakpoint at which the video will play in place and not open a lightbox. The next setting is Player Shadow. The default is set to 4px, but as the default Zoom Overlay – the lightbox background – is set to dark grey, the shadow won't be immediately discernible. However, the Opacity and the colour of the Zoom Overlay may be set individually, after which the subtle shadow comes into its own light.
The final Velvet Base Settings are optional Autoplay and Full Screen Zoom and Force Loading. The latter will force load the videos so that they may be previewed at responsive sizes.

The Velvet Video stack itself has two or three more settings. First, you should add a thumbnail image for your video. Next, you need to add either the YouTube, or the Vimeo ID.
Prevent Video Zoom doesn't yet have a text tip and I was unable to see a change between active and inactive states.
Play Icon Style offers a choice of six different icon overlays for the thumbnails. I like the fact that the Play Icon Position has a multitude of options and that the Play Icon Offset can be set between 0 and 30px. The Play Icon Size may be set between 0 and 30px too and the Play Icon Colour has options for both static and hovered states.
Also quite unique are the Thumb Overlay [colour] settings which may also be set individually for both static and hovered states.

Velvet Video isn't the cheapest, but it is amongst the best stacks for video implementation on your Stacks page.
Ahem… You're supposed to be checking out Velvet Video, not watching Simon's Cat!

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