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Player Behaviour


1.0 | Behaviour

You can customise various behaviour settings of the player. To do so navigate to the appropriate Playout and select the Behaviour tab.

1.1 | Auto-options

  • Autoplay
    Check this box to automatically start playing the video when the player had loaded, whether or not the player is in view of the user. After checking the box two additional settings are visible:
  • Only when pre-roll ad is available
    If you are serving advertisements, you can check this box to only allow videos to automatically play when a pre-roll ad is available.  Use this setting when you want to ensure that you’re monetising your content.
  • Only if video can be played with sound
    It varies how different browsers deal with autoplay videos with sound. When a browser does not permit a video to autoplay with sound, the player will automatically mute the video and autoplay on mute. Check this box if you only want the video to autoplay when sound is permitted. Please see the box below to see how various browsers deal with autoplay.
    Browsers and autoplay

    GOOGLE CHROME
    Muted autoplay is always permitted. Autoplay with sound is only permitted if the use has interacted with the domain (such as clicking or pressing keys) or if the MEI (Media Engagement Index) limit has been reached. This limit is reached when:
    – The user has played a video with sound on the respective website within the same browser session
    – The user has added the site to the home screen of their mobile phone
    – The user has installed the PWA (Progressive Web Apps) web application on their desktop
    SAFARI
    Muted autoplay is always permitted. Autoplay with sound is only permitted if the user has interacted with the domain (such as clicking or pressing buttons).
    FIREFOX
    Muted autoplay is always permitted. Firefox has the default to block autoplay videos with sound. Autoplay with sound is only allowed if the user has interacted with the domain (such as clicking or pressing buttons).
    Microsoft IE11
    Microsoft IE11 permits autoplay as a default. Since there are no built-in settings for this, it’s difficult for users to adjust (limit or block) these settings themselves. This is where Microsoft IE11 differs from its successor Microsoft Edge.
    MICROSOFT EDGE (previously Internet Explorer)
    Microsoft Edge allows users to personalise their browser preferences on websites that use autoplay videos with sound. Users can choose whether to allow, limit, or block autoplay. In addition to this general setting, users can choose to customise settings for a specific website. Settings per website take precedence over the general settings. Unlike many other browsers, Microsoft Edge’s default setting is to allow autoplay when a user does not set any preferences for it.
    MOBILE DEVICES
    For mobile devices, such as Apple iPhones, Apple iPads, most Android and Microsoft devices, autoplay is rarely or never permitted. Therefore, assume that autoplay will not be possible on these mobile devices.

  • Auto mute
    Select this box to automatically mute your video content on autoplay. Please note that not all devices allow the influencing of volume settings.
  • Auto loop
    Select this box to automatically restart your video when it has ended, so that it will play in a loop.

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1.2 | In- & Out View

Here you can control different options for when the player enters or exits the view (visible to the user) through scrolling.

  • Sticky options
    Enabling this setting will keep the player in view while playing by sticking it to either the bottom or the top or floating it to one of the bottom corners. This allows users to continue watching videos when they scroll further down the page, increasing engagement and completion rates. After selecting a float option, some additional settings are visible:

    • Always float
      Checking this will make the player not appear within the content and will always float to a location of your choice on the page. We recommend using this in combination with auto play.
    • Width when floating
      The width of the player when floating in pixels. This can be a number or javascript code returning a number.
    • Minimum device width to enable floating
      This option allows you to only float the player when the device width is greater than this minimum.
    • Distance from top
      The distance from the top of the page in pixels. This can be a number or javascript code returning a number.
    • Distance from bottom
      The distance from the bottom of the page in pixels. This can be a number or javascript code returning a number.
    • In-view margin
      The percentage of the player that should be visible before triggering the ‘In View’ action.
  • In view action
    The way you want the player to act when it enters the view. You can choose none, play, unmute or play & unmute.  Selecting “Play” here means that the content will only begin to play when it’s in view of a user.
  • Out view action
    The way you want the player to act when it exits the view. You can choose none, pause, mute or pause & mute.
  • Force in view actions
    Force ‘In View’ actions on devices on which the ability to play inline is unknown (eg: iPhone). Useful for using the inArticle in an iPhone app.

In and Out View

1.3 | Keyboard

  • Disable keyboard controls
    Viewers can control the player using the keyboard. The player only responds to keyboard keys when the player is selected. This is the case when the mouse hovers over the player or when the user last clicked in the player. Check this box to disable keyboard control.
    Learn more about keyboard accessibility.

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1.4 | Mouse

  • Mouse in action
    The way you want the player to act when a viewer places the mouse over the video. You can choose none, play, unmute, or play & unmute.
  • Mouse out action
    The way you want the player to act when a viewer places the mouse out of the video. You can choose none, pause, mute, or pause & mute.
  • On click action
    The way you want the player to act when a viewer clicks on the video. You can choose between none, play or pause, open link in current window, or open link in new window.

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1.5 | Placement options

These options determine where the player will be placed on the page. Read more about placing the player dynamically here.

  • Default
    Place the player directly after the position of the embed script on the page.
  • After matching DOM element
    Place the player directly after the first element matching the DOM-Selector.
  • Halfway matching DOM elements
    Place the player after the number of items matching the DOM-Selector divided by two, rounded down. Example: When 7 elements match the selector, the banner will be placed after the 3rd element.
  • After matching DOM element below the fold
    The placement logic will try to place the player below the webpage “fold”. This means it will place the player after the first element that is not completely visible without scrolling. If none of the elements is below the fold, the player will not be placed.
  • After matching DOM element below the fold, or the last element found
    Same as above, with the exception that it will be placed after the last element found, if none of the matching elements is under the fold.

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Updated on August 25, 2020

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