Video Folder Widget, now available!

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Introducing the new Video Folder Widget

We’re excited to announce the beta launch of our new Video Folder widget, now available at the Rise Vision Store.  This widget makes it much easier for you to add multiple videos to a timeline – just put all your video files into a specific folder in Storage and the widget will play them all for you, automatically.

What this widget does

Currently, if you want to show more than one video in a presentation, you have to add each one to your playlist, one by one, using the Video widget.  This can be tedious work, and difficult to manage when you’re dealing with lots of videos.

With the Video Folder widget, on the other hand, you just place all your videos in a single folder within your Rise Storage account.  Then, just select that folder in the widget’s settings, and the widget will play each video automatically.

The benefits

This eliminates the need to add video items to your playlist one by one.  Just upload all of your videos to the same Storage folder and they'll be shown in your presentation.  

The play order is based on the file name, meaning that your videos will be played in alphabetical order (A-Z).  This makes it easy for you to rearrange the playlist order just by renaming individual video files.

Removing a video from your presentation is also easy: just remove the file from the folder and it also disappears from your playlist.

The only requirement is a Storage subscription

The new Video Folder widget is free.  However, it does require access to your Storage folders in order to work, so you will need a Rise Storage subscription to be able to take advantage of this new widget’s conveniences.

Try it now

For the next 30 days, we invite you to get the beta version of the Video Folder widget from https://store.risevision.com/product/2042/video-folder-widget.  Try it out, put it through its paces, send us your comments and suggestions, and generally help us make sure it’s ready and bug-free by the time we release it officially next month.  

We hope you’ll enjoy the time savings that this new widget adds to the Rise Vision platform.  We also very much appreciate your help in trying out the beta version, and look forward to hearing your feedback!
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Cool, I will have to test to see if android works with this or not but i do have an idea to add. Since the folder widgets require storage subscriptions, would it be possible to add a requirement to the actual widget on the store description. Add something like Requires Store Subscription in the details. That way users will know that they need that in order for it to work. Also i see that the video widget might get changed as well. Do you know if the server side for caching has changed any? I need to know so i can prepare to update my apps if needed. Thanks
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William,

We have added to the description in the store that a Rise Storage account is needed, thanks for the input.

I can't speak to server side caching on the new Video Widget. Once it is available for testing, I'll have more information for you.
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Do videos still have to be converted to .webm format?  
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Mike,

.webm is our only support video format.
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Any recommendations on a good tool for converting videos such as MP4 to .webm?
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Miro Video Converter works great for me.
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Okay. I was using the HTML5 video widget to play a mp4 within a placeholder in a presentation. Besides the PUD sync issues, at least the video played.

Hoping the video folder widget is now PUD compliant,  I converted the same mp4 video to webm,  uploaded it to storage, and put it inside the new video folder widget.

But now, not only will the video not play, but the presentation itself now doesn't load. Where this video presentation is supposed to be is now a white screen that shows until the next presentation in the queue begins. Neither the video or presentation load.

1. Why would this cause a video folder widget presentation to show only a white screen?
2. Can you there be a single video in the video folder widget?
3. Has this done anything to deal with the PUD video issue, so that the schedule time doesn't override the video duration time in the presentation?

Thanks,
Robert
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Update:

I restarted the Chromebox, and now the presentation is now displaying on the TV screen, but the video folder widget placeholder is blank and doesn't show the webm video.

And ... strangely enough, when I preview this very presentation in the Chrome browser instead, it does play video: an HD McLaren car ad!  Very odd.

I have only one video in the video widget folder, and it's not that one. How does a invisible car ad come to play when I test my presentation in the Chrome browser, but no video plays when viewing them on the digital signage TVs using a Chromebox?

Thanks,
Robert
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Robert,

Thanks for your questions. Regarding your first post;

  1. The Video folder widget loads the entire video library to Rise Cache before playing. If it needs to download all videos, this can take some time and it will appear as a blank white screen until the videos are downloaded. (More on this later...)
  2. There can be a single video in the video folder widget.
  3. I'm unsure on what you mean here, can you elaborate?
Regarding your second post. It appears you've uncovered a bug in our Rise Storage! If a folder in the trash is named the same as an active folder in Rise Storage, both folders are accessed by the Image and Video Folder Widgets. This would, in turn, explain the white screen that you're seeing. Your presentation is actually downloading 4 videos (3 .mp4 files in trash, 1 .webm in Storage), which is taking some time.

For the time being, I would suggest you remove the "Videos" folder from your trash, and see if the Video Folder Widget loads your single video content a bit more quickly.
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I was just hoping a new video widget may have addressed the issue referenced in this thread:

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

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Robert
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Just wanted to let you know that once I deleted the trash (which I didn't know I had to do ... oops), the Chrome browser preview of the presentation is showing the same video as the presentation running on the Chromebox and TV.

Thanks