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We are pleased to announce that Courtney Purchon has joined SproutVideo as our new Head of Marketing. An avid vermicomposter, she has a real green thumb and is very excited to grow with the team.

Courtney Purchon CMO and COO of SproutVideo

Originally from Boston, Courtney has a background in startups, consulting, and speaks fluent French. Connect with Courtney via SproutVideo on Facebook, @SproutVideo, LinkedIn or Google+.

A little over a year ago, we transitioned to completely unbranded video pages. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re releasing a beta of a totally re-designed, brandable, video pages. With this update, we’ve taken into account all of the feedback we’ve gotten from our customers and turned it into something we hope will delight everyone.

Here is what’s included:

  • First of all, we’ve changed the domain on which your videos live. Everyone will get their own unique subdomain on vids.io. So, if your company happens to be an electronics manufacturer named after a fruit, you could register banana.vids.io. (Any of your old video links will forward to your new URL automatically).
  • The URLS now contain the title of the video for better SEO.
  • You can upload your own logo so everyone will know that these videos come from your company.
  • You can also customize the background color, text color, and link colors to match your brand.
  • You can even enter your own custom CSS if you want more control over the look and feel of your pages.
  • We’ve added the ability to share your videos on social networks by adding optional share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
  • You can allow people to add comments to your videos using disqus.
  • You can add your Google Analytics tracking id to the page.

Here is how it looks:

Brandable Video Page

We have three announcements that might make developers, and those who use subtitles, happy.

PHP API Client

We’re excited to release an official PHP API client for interacting with the SproutVideo API. This will help make building integrations with SproutVideo using PHP much easier. The client is available through composer here: https://packagist.org/packages/sproutvideo/sproutvideo and the source code can be found here: https://github.com/SproutVideo/sproutvideo-php. Hopefully this makes lives much easier for PHP developers.

What language should we choose next? Read on for more details on the PHP API client, and let us know in the comments.

Embed.ly

SproutVideo has always tried to make video hosting as simple and intuitive as possible for our customers. In that spirit, we’re pleased to announce that SproutVideo videos are now available through Embed.ly.

Embed.ly is a service that makes it easy to embed content, such as video, images, audio and more, from nearly any site on the web. Embed.ly is used by companies like Yammer, bit.ly, 37Signals, Storify, Reddit, Kickstarter, SoundCloud, and others to make it incredibly simple for users to embed content by just using a link without a need for a messy or complex embed code. Check out the Embed.ly to learn more about the service.

Thanks for including us, Embed.ly!

custom player using JQuery

Ever wish our player had really customized controls, or a specialized design? Using our Javascript Player API, it’s very easy to create your own unique user interface for your videos.

Here is a quick example using JQuery UI to help demonstrate the possibilities. Before we get started, here is what we’re going to build.

Premium video content is a powerful and effective way to capture new leads for your business. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added a new feature that makes it incredibly easy to collect email addresses with videos, no programming required.

Keeping reading for details on how to use this new feature, and tips to optimize it as well.

Update – SproutVideo supports responsive video embed codes out-of-the-box. Now, you can ensure your videos will resize automatically without touching a line of code on the page.

If you’re in the process of building a responsive website or looking to add video to an already responsive website, here is a quick guide on how to make sure your videos resize as seamlessly as the rest of your site.

all about video seo and sitemaps

Video SEO is an important tool in any company’s arsenal when it comes to improving search rankings and click-through rates. So, how do you get your videos to show up in Google search results like this and drive more organic traffic to your site?

New Analytics API!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added the ability to retrieve all analytics and engagement data through the SproutVideo API. All you need is a SproutVideo account on a plan that has access to either analytics or engagement data and you’re all set.

Happy New Years 2013

Happy New Year, everyone! Everyone at SproutVideo hopes your 2012 was as exciting and successful as you had planned. Keep reading for a recap of all the amazing new features we launched in 2012.

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