Video only plays for 5 seconds in presentation

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    Darius Aleksas

    No worries, Nathan. Click on a placeholder where the photo and video items (widgets) are an then there is a little tab right next to the each of items with a little duration indicator:

    For videos use PUD (play until done) setting. For images use some time value.

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    Nathan S

    I see. I was using the classic view as this was created some time ago..

    So the widget for the photos is a web page widget with a google drive presentation in place. Will the 10 seconds affect it playing all the way through? They're both set to PUD.

    Thanks!

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    Darius Aleksas

    Nathan, PUD does not work on everything and certainly, it does not work in the web page widget. PUD was introduced to deal with video timing issues in Rise Vision. Your web page widget needs specific time duration indicator (number of images times X seconds). Also, you can use the Image Folder Widget instead. This requires Rise Vision Storage account, though. I say this because I've seen people complaining a lot about Google Images or Drive not functioning properly in Rise Vision. It might work now, but Google likes changing things from time to time and it may give you nasty surprises in the future. Just saying. 

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    Nathan S

    Okay, I'll try that and update when that's completed. Thanks!!

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    Nathan S

    Is there a video hosting site you would recommend? I'm not able to buy storage through Rise Vision so I can't save images or videos here. I'm getting an error using youtube and google stating it's an unsupported video format.

    Thanks!

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    Darius Aleksas

    You do not need to use Rise Vision storage for video files. You can play your files from any web hosting you might already have (Google Drive is not web hosting service). Just use direct links to the files in the Video Widget.

    YouTube is another good option, and it is my #1 choice for multiple video playback. I use custom HTML to embed YT playlist. Later I manage the playlist on the YT page. Works like a charm with reliable internet connection and device that can sustain constant video streaming. There is also YouTube widget (paid) available.

    If reliable video streaming is not available, then the Video Widget is the way to go. The widget would download videos and store them in the cache for playback.

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    Nathan S

    How do you use custom html to embed it into the presentation? I'm sorry I'm not big into html and obviously new to this.

    Also, when I try and just link youtube it says it's an unsupported video format. I know it's a supported format since it's a mp4 file. Do I HAVE to embed the video in order to use YT? Reliable video streaming would be available.

    Thanks again Darius

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    Nathan S

    Scratch that, I found it, but I'm a bit confused on how to embed it without completely messing up where it's at on the page...
    the link for YT is:
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TheVideo" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Where I would replace would be:
    "additionalParams": "{\"url\":\"https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/CurrentSlideshowName/embed?start=true&loop=true&delayms=5000\",\"scrollHorizontal\":0,\"scrollVertical\":0,\"zoom\":\"1\",\"interactive\":false,\"scrollbars\":false,\"refresh\":0,\"background\":{\"color\":\"rgba(255,255,255,0)\",\"useImage\":false,\"image\":{\"url\":\"\",\"position\":\"top-left\",\"scale\":true}},\"backgroundStorage\":{}}",

    Would I replace from \"https... up to 5000\" or would I go further or before?

    Thanks!

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    Darius Aleksas

    Nathan, posting links from YT videos in the Video Widget is not going to work. In the widget, you must use links to the actual video files (WebM, MP4).

    Now, using custom HTML for embedding YT videos can be done in a number of ways and using both HTML or Web page Widgets. Example of what works with the HTML Widget: http://prodo.us/dsigns/YTvideo/YTvideo.txt

    All you need to change is the size of your placeholder, #container (in HTML) and video size (HTML>Iframe parameters). Those must match for the best result. This is pointing to a playlist, so you also gonna need to change that to your playlist (can also be individual videos, but I prefer playlists).

    You also can use exactly the same HTML and save it as HTML file, host it someplace online, and use the direct link to this file in the Web Page Widget. More laborious way, but you get certain advantages of the Web Page Widget, such as refresh times.

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    Robb Price

    Many thanks for all the answers Darius!

    Nathan, so far Darius is right on the money, all his recommendations are the same that we would recommend.

    For YouTube Widgets, embed code typically works with the HTML Widget, however the YouTube Widget may be an easier option.

    I hope that helps!

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    Nathan S

    Sincere apologies as I thought I had responded..

    I was able to get the video working as it should. I decided to encode directly into the widget instead of creating a full page.

    It would be under the
    "name": "Web Page Widget"
    Everything is the same except here:
    "additionalParams": "(/"url/":\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/VideoName?rel=0&controls=0$showinfo=0;autoplay=1&loop=1&playlist=VideoName\ etc etc.

    So the video doesn't show controls, video info such as name, etc, it will autoplay and loop according to the "playlist" which I named the video itself. This way I didn't actually have to have a YT playlist and could instead just play the video over and over again.

    It was a bit of a learning curve for me, but this is how I did it for future reference!

    Thanks again everyone!

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    Darius Aleksas

    Nathan, whatever works for you. And I am glad you were able to figure this out.

    Anyway, I would like to give an example from my experience where you actually want to use playlists instead of the single videos and use this approach with the web page widget. Imagine you have an event and you are documenting it and want those videos to be published on your screens as the event progresses. You create a playlist of some certain duration, 1 hour for example. After that, you set the web page widget to refresh every hour. And during the event you keep uploading new videos, removing the old ones and keep the playlist at around 1 hour long. This is actually real life example. It worked really well.

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