Question about Playing Video

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So we are testing videos on several of our displays. I know there is a Youtube widget that costs $$$ now. However, due to some circumstances here at work we cannot purchase things such as this with our procurement card since it is a reoccurring payment. I have had luck embedding a youtube video into the html widget. It autostarts and has the close captions that we are required to have. However, when the presentation shows up for the second, third, etc time in the schedule, the video does not auto restart. Does anyone know of some html code or javascript that will make that presentation reset so that the video will restart?
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UL Reach,

Sorry to hear that! I know a lot of companies cannot do recurring payments, which is why on many of our services (Storage, Support) we offer a year long subscription.

Let me reach out to our Content department and see if they can answer your question about restarting a youtube video in an html widget. In the meantime, if any of our community members have had success with this, please chime in!
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thanks blake
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There are some parameters you could try playing with here: http://www.techairlines.com/youtube-parameters/
But I dont think this can be easily done with the html widget. The youtube widget has play and done commands that interact with the play until done feature of a playlist.

Your best bet would be to make sure the playlist duration of the html widget is set to the exact length of the video. But even then it might get slightly out of sync.

There are a lot of services online that let you download videos form youtube and there are few that will retain the captions (please make sure you own the video you are doing this with). Then you could display it using our video widget.
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Here is what I am using: insert placeholder with custom HTML and paste this code in it: "<iframe width="1080" height="608" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0fYL_qiDYf0?autoplay=1&loop=1&playlist=0fYL_qiDYf0&rel=0&a...; frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>"

BUT THE VIDEO WILL BE SHOWING ADS! I do not know yet how to prevent this.

Bold portion of the code is the unique code of your video. Make width and height according to the desired size of your embedded video; make sure the proportions are accurate - use YouTube 'embedded video settings' to learn what would be optimal proportions.
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To may understanding, I was looking into a similar problem just the last week, presentations with YouTube videos in a schedule with other presentations never actually stop playing the embedded video. In one of my test presentations I have the entire playlist from YouTube. My problem with a code embedded playlist was that it could be heard in the background while another presentations was displayed. YouTube widget has solved this problem by muting the video presentation, but I do not think it paused video, though.

Here is another thought for you. I never tested it myself, but you can. Let us know please it that worked for you. There are sites on the Internet that allow you downloading YouTube videos (I cannot remember the exact site now, google it). I used to download videos myself. So, my idea is... what if you downloaded videos from YouTube and then uploaded them to your online storage and used free video widget to play them?

If you don't, I am gonna test it this weekend :) because I might be on to something with this... it just came to me while I was writing :)
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We've been hoping for this feature for a year now. Unfortunately, according to the RV reps, there is not currently a way to guarantee that a single video, placed in a presentation's video widget, will start at the beginning each time that single video presentation plays in the schedule.

In our experience,  the video became out of sync so quickly after only 5 or 6 plays through the schedule that we found video presentations as a whole unusable.  We just  tell our digital signage users that we can't yet play video on our signage displays.

Initially one of the first responses to this question we received from the RV community boards was "Why would you want to put a single video in its own presentation, and then put that presentation in a schedule?" But this is how all of our users, so far,  have requested to use video for signage. And it seems simple enough to do this. But as you've discovered, the schedule itself doesn't seem to respect the PUD (play until done) setting of  placeholders in the presentations the play in that schedule.

I don't think the recommended video playlist folder wouldn't solve this issue either. One of the videos in that playlist would still be cut off in the middle ...

There are a few threads about this already. Here's one that I contributed to a while ago:

https://community.risevision.com/rise_vision_inc/topics/is-there-a-play-until-done-selection-for-the...

Robert
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Then I have another suggestion based on not-so-great experience with available widgets for videos and flash. What if instead of using widget for you r videos try making a webpage with embedded video. And then simply pull that webpage with Custom URL. This was the only way for me to get looping videos or flash play smoothly without flickering. Taking it further... with a simple <script> you can have video webpage restart after some certain period of time. Now if you have another, blank, webpage, you can make them 'rotate'. This way the webpage with video would always start fresh, and blank page would be turning the video off while other presentations from a schedule being pushed to display. I do not know... I would try something like that.

Alright, more stuff to test this weekend.
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So i made a little test presentation here: http://preview.risevision.com/Viewer.html?type=presentation&id=d43b603a-2743-4966-ac6b-838eab16f...

1: I created 3 web pages: index, index-video, and index-blank. "Index" is the 'main' page being pulled through custom URL to RV presentation. Inside it I have IFrame rotator that is switching between "index-video" and "index-blank" web pages every 217 seconds (this is how long the video is). "Index-video" has the video in it, and "index-blank" is just empty web page. I uploaded all the web pages to our RV on-line storage.

2. As I mentioned, the separate presentation was created for this cluster of web pages, where I set "index" to be pulled with custom URL.

3. I created another presentation where I put everything together. This is how I did it: created a placeholder with 2 presentations scheduled to play in sequence; presentation with video is playing first, and is set to play for 217s.; second presentation in order is just some static example presentation I've made before; it is also playing for 217 s. to match the length of "index-blank" web page currently muting "index-video" (you can squeeze more shorter presentations there).

I would explain in more details, if I have not thrown everything to the trash bucket because my other RV presentation sometimes was failing to load on time, making the entire build to fall out of sync. In other words, it is not working :) Now, it is obvious to me that the only way to make such thing to work would be building something (similar to what I have done with index, index-video, index-blank system) outside RV and pull it with custom URL. My other point is it might be not perfect, but it is doable.

Update: I've got the similar results with regular scheduling method, too. Yet, I still got 1 more to test. Instead of using 'blank' web page I am going to pull RV content to the page through IFrame. I am almost certain that this would work, but it would be impossible to tie such presentation with your other RV presentations in both ways of scheduling. You simply would have 1 presentation playing with multiple web pages in rotation.

Update2: this is what I was talking about, and it works. It is not an ideal solution, but it does what I needed it to do: http://preview.risevision.com/Viewer.html?type=presentation&id=463e3db5-df3d-4cfb-9bab-83c52782b...
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Hi Darius, I think some of the Web Components we've built recently might help you with timing and you could just build this whole thing in pure HTML! We'll have the documentation posted in the Web Designer portion of our Community soon. In the mean time, take a look at these
Please note that these are experimental. If you encounter an issue please let us know so we can look into it. 

Thanks!