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New Secure Video Player

This might just be our most exciting platform release yet. We are officially rolling out our new video player, with support for Ultra-HD video formats, variable playback speed, social sharing and downloading through the player, true adaptive bitrate streaming, thumbnail images displayed when seeking, and more.

This is a major change across our entire platform, and marks a huge step away from the Flash player it’s replacing. Keep reading to get the full scoop on our new player!

New SproutVideo Player

Updating a video player for a video hosting platform is no small undertaking. It’s the most visible part of our platform, and it reaches millions of people worldwide. For the first time in several years, we decided to give our video player a more modern, streamlined look, and we really hope you like it. See what the new player looks like, and get all the details about what’s different, in this post.

Have you ever wanted to collect emails for a mailing list or newsletter after a video has finished playing? Well, with SproutVideo’s post-play options and MailChimp’s embeddable signup forms, it is very easy. Just follow these simple steps, and you will be collecting emails in no time.

We’re pleased to announce preliminary subtitle support in SproutVideo. This is part of a multi-phase release. The first phase includes subtitle support for our Adobe Flash based player. The next phase will add support for subtitles on iOS 6 devices and the last phase will add support for subtitles in our HTML5 player and hopefully Android devices.

Subtitle Selection Screen

Subtitles displayed over video

We’ve chosen to go with the emerging WebVTT format which almost all web browsers have adopted for timed text support going forward. To read more about how to use Subtitles on SproutVideo, read our help article here:

We’ve added yet another heavily requested feature which we’re releasing today. You can now add text, links, images or any HTML you’d like which will be displayed after your video finishes playing. Check it out:

This is incredibly useful for guiding your viewers actions after they finish watching one of your videos. You can add a call to action with a link so that the viewer isn’t lost after the video finishes playing.

You can also use this to collect information about your viewers. For example, you could embed a MailChimp mailing list subscription form by simply copy and pasting the form embed code for your list.

To get started with these new options, go to one of your videos and click on the ‘Customize this embed code’ button in the ‘Sharing’ box. From there, just click on the ‘Post-Play’ tab and check that ‘Enable Post-Play Screen’ check box. As you edit the options, the preview will update in real time. Once you’ve got the screen looking the way you like, click the ‘Update Embed Code’ button, copy the new embed code, and you’re good to go.

Post Play Options

There are tons of great and creative ways to use the new post play options and we’re excited to see how you use it!

Today we’re launching a beta of RTMPe streaming for video delivery. Until this point, we always used the progressive download method of video delivery. This provides several practical and security benefits.

By using streaming video delivery, not only will large and long videos start playing almost instantly, viewers will now be able to seek to any point in the video without having to wait for that particular part of the video to download. To make seeking even easier, we’ve added a tool tip when the mouse is over the progress bar to let you know what time in the video it is.

New seek time indicator in the SproutVideo player when using RTMPe streaming.

Streaming video delivery can also reduce the amount of bandwidth your account uses. When using progressive download delivery, the entire video file will be downloaded by the viewer even if they don’t want the full video. With streaming video delivery only the parts of the video that the viewer watches will be sent to the viewer. This can dramatically reduce bandwidth consumption in some cases.

Progressive download actually downloads the video file to a temporary location on the viewers computer. With streaming video delivery, on the other hand, the audio and video data is only stored in the player’s memory buffer. The entire video file is never copied or stored to the viewers computer so the viewer can’t just copy it from the browser cache. This also prevents applications such as RealPlayer Downloader from downloading the video.

With RTMPe streaming, the actual audio and video data is sent via an encrypted stream between our servers and the video player which can help prevent unauthorized viewing of videos.

The RTMPe streaming beta is currently only available when the Adobe Flash player is being used. It it not available when using HTML5 video for playback or on iOS or Android devices.

To Enable the RTMPe streaming beta, click on the ‘Account’ link in the upper right. Then click on the ‘Video Settings’ tab, check the ‘Enable RTMPe Streaming’ check box and finally click the ‘Update Video Settings’ button.

Since this is a beta, there may be some glitches with video playback. If you notice any problems, please email us at and let us know!

For the most recent news regarding the SproutVideo Player, please refer to this blog post.

We’re happy to announce the release of a new version of the SproutVideo video player. This new player will give our users greater control over the look and feel of their players. Keep reading for more details about what’s new.

We’re proud to announce the release of our Javascript Player API. You can now receive events from, and control, the SproutVideo player using Javascript. Keep reading for details on how you can use our new player API, and inspiration for ways to use it!

We’ve enabled SSL support for our iframe based embed codes. You can easily convert any iframe based embed code by replacing the “http” with “https” in the src attribute for the <iframe> tag.

As always, let us know what you think or if you have any questions!

New Iframe Embed Codes

We recently introduced a new type of video embed code. Our new embeds use an <iframe> element to embed video in your site as opposed to an <object> or <embed> tag. This will be the standard for the SproutVideo hosting platform going forward. Read on to learn about the benefits of iframe embed codes!

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