Service Announcement for Qingming Holiday 2017

Greetings! As Qingming holiday is near, some of our customer services will be altered during the holiday. Here are the detailed information for our service during the Qingming holiday.

1. Our office will be available on April 1st (Saturday) as usual time, then closed from April 2nd (Sunday) through April 4th (Tuesday), and will be back into service on April 5th (Wednesday).

2. Invoice and document delivery will not be available during the holiday.

3. Online support and customer service will keep available during the holiday. If you have any issues on our service and need help, you can send e-mail (service@polyv.net), contact via our hotline (400-158-8816) or Business QQ (800009268) for one-on-one aid, or look through our FAQs in case the answer is there.

We apologize for the delays during the holiday. Thank you for your patience and hope you have a good time.

Cordially from your POLYV Support & Customer Service Team.

Video Marketing Gadgets: Text link for promotion

Promotional links are useful for e-Commerce, especially when the link is located in the video of related products. It helps boost the sales of the product and make more profit.

Here we’ll show you how to set up the text link inside a video in Video Cloud through the following steps:

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Select the video you want to add a text link, then click “Referral link” on the right panel.

Find the "Referral link" on the right panel to set up the text link

3. On the popup window, click the “Words” radio button in the “Type” field first to set the link as a text link, then type in the destination URL in “Link” as well as the appearance text in “Content”.

To set up the text link, click the radio button of "Words" first

4. After finishing the setup, click “Save” to apply the text link.

And here’s the actual appearance of the text link in the player. Note that it works as a rolling screen at the bottom of the video, and you can click the text to the designated website or page you set up earlier.

The appearance of the text link, rolling at the bottom of the video

So that’s how you set up the text link for promoting your product. If you want to learn more about how to set up your Video Cloud to make it work for you better, check out our articles in the blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ . And if you want to know about the video hosting services, feel free to leave your comment down below.

Happy video marketing, and see you in the next article!

Video Marketing Gadgets: Right-click menu branding

Right-click menu branding is a subtle yet effective way to promote your brand. It appears in the middle of the right-click menu, and can be customized for the texts you need, depending on the product or service you provide.

You can set up the right-click menu branding in Video Cloud through the following steps:

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Video” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Select “Players” on the top navigation bar, select the player for customizing the right-click menu and then click the “Modify” button on the top of the player list.

Enter the "Players" page and select the player to be configured with the customized right-click menu

3. Find the “Context menu” on the right panel, and click the “Add” button to create a new item. You can define the name and the destination URL for it, and delete it by clicking the red “Delete” button on the right.

You can add, remove or modify the menu items in the "Context menu" section

Note that you can add up to 5 items to the right-click menu.

And here’s the actual appearance of the items in the right-click menu.

The customized item in the right-click menu, which can be linked to the designated URL

That’s how to customize the right-click menu in Video Cloud. Pretty simple, isn’t it?

If you want to learn more about the preference setups of Video Cloud, check out our articles in the blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ . And if you want to know about the video hosting services, feel free to leave your comment down below.

Happy video hosting and see you in the next article!

Concise Tutorial: Creating Sub-videos in Video Cloud

In many occasions, you may upload long or extra-long videos like lectures, films, open courses or livestream recordings to your video hosting service. It is good for those audience who are really engaged to the content, but may not be good for new audience as the videos are too long and hard to seek for highlights.

You may ask, “How can I solve the problem without messing up or damaging the existed long videos?” The answer lies in the Sub-video feature in POLYV’s Video Cloud.

Sub-video is a section of the original video, which can be divided between any timestamps depending on your demand or the content of the video. With these sub-videos, the audience can be directed to the highlight or important content to make themselves understand the main idea of the original video.

Here we’ll show you how to create sub-videos from the original video –

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Video” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Select “Videos” on the top navigation bar to enter the video list, then check the video for creating sub-videos and find the “Sub-video” section on the lower part of the right panel.

The portal of Sub-video

3. Click the “+ Add sub-video” button, and you can set up the following parameters for the sub-videos –

  • Title – The name of the sub-video
  • Begin time – The timestamp of the beginning of sub-video
  • End time – The timestamp of the end of sub-video

Note that the Begin time and End time can be set as current timestamp by the “Acquire timestamp” button on the right, and they are in seconds instead of the typical hh:mm:ss format. For example, if you want to mark the Begin time at 02:18, you should enter 138 (2*60+18) in the Begin time field.

Setting up the title and timestamp for the sub-video

Also there’s a code field below the preferences. These codes are auto-generated with the title and timestamps you typed in, and can be used in web players or mobile sites as HTML5 playback.

The code in the field can be used as sub-video playback in various devices

4. Click “Save” to finish the settings and close the popup window. Now you can see the sub-video listed in the right panel.

The created sub-videos are now listed and ready for playback

Here’s how it looks like after you click the play button of the sub-video.

The sub-video playback window

All of the actions above don’t make any modification to the original video, and you can add or remove the sub-videos anytime without damaging or overwriting your existing videos.

And that’s all for how you categorize your videos. If you want to know more about video hosting or our Video Cloud service, stay tune for our blog update, or check out our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information.

Concise Tutorial: Video playback for different devices

As we have mentioned in previous articles, the videos hosted in Video Cloud are available for various devices, including PC, tablets and mobile phones using Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS or other operation system.

If you want to utilize the videos in your website or other situations, all you need to do is to embed a simple segment of code in the page or within your app.

Currently Video Cloud has 3 ways – Universal (JavaScript/JS), HTML5 and Flash – to embed the video in a page, as well as a “preview mode” for a 3-minute teaser to the audience by default. Here we will talk about these options one by one.

1. After signing in Video Cloud, click the “Videos” in the navigation bar.

2. Select the video you need, then find the code section under “Playback settings” on the right panel. You can see the four options listed on the tabs.

Playback code field in the right panel

(1) Universal – it contains a section of code executing the POLYV Player JavaScript (JS), with the parameter of the video ID as well as the style and size of the player. It is compatible with most of the devices like PC, Mac, laptop and mobile device, and available for playback in Windows, OS X, Linux, Android and iOS.

Since it is the most versatile option, we strongly recommend you using this if you want the easiest, widely supported solution for your video playback.

Code for universal playback

(2) HTML – it contains the code with the player style and video parameters within the <OBJECT> and tags. It is good for embedded or editable source-code pages used for HTML5 playback, especially in the mobile-friendly pages or sites.

Code for HTML5 playback

(3) Flash – it is the address of the Flash player designated for the specific video. You can see the video ID directly from the address. It is suitable in the page editor (like Dreamweaver) or other CMS like WordPress and Drupal; you can also paste the address in the browser for a direct playback.

Code for Flash player address

(4) Preview – it contains a section of code that is similar to the “Universal”, except it only allows playing the first 3 minutes of the video by default as a trailer or “teaser”.

Code for video preview, playing the first 3 minute of the video by default

Now that you understand the difference between these codes, knowing how and when to use it, you can now start making your video play in your site or pages with one or more of these options. 🙂

If you have any question for this article, just feel free to leave your comment down below. And if you want to know more about Video Cloud or video hosting service, check out our blog or our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information.

Happy video hosting!

iOS Streaming Client Update (March 2017)

Howdy! Here we are glad to tell you that our iOS Streaming client is now updated!

Splash of iOS Streaming client

The updates in this latest version (1.1.0) include –

1. Bullet commentary functionality is added. The commentaries from the audience can now be displayed in real-time. You can switch on or off this feature in the preference settings panel.

2. Real-time chatroom management. You can manage the chatroom in your live streaming channel better, making the audience more engaged to your livestreams.

User interface of iOS Streaming Client

User interface of iOS Streaming Client

3. Refined details, such as notifications for skin enhancements.

4. Bug fixes and minor updates.

The latest iOS Streaming Client is now available in the App Store. You can visit https://itunes.apple.com/cn/app/polyv-yun-zhi-bo-xie-shou/id1178906547 for more information or download it to your iOS device. If you don’t have a Streaming Cloud account, visit http://my.polyv.net/v2/register first to sign up yours.

Video Marketing Gadgets: Audience Info Collector in Streaming Cloud

We have talked about the audience information collector of Video Cloud, which is very popular among our clients. And now, you can collect the information of the audience from our Streaming Cloud service as well, knowing your audience’s actual needs and demands better.

It works mostly the same as Video Cloud’s audience information collector, with some mildly different steps in the Streaming Cloud. Here’s how –

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Live” to enter the admin page of Streaming Cloud.

2. Select “Channels” in the navigation bar, and click the channel name to enter channel settings.

Entering the channel settings section

3. Click the “View conditions” tab on the left panel, and then click the “Viewer registration” tab to set up the form for collecting audience information.

Entering the form settings

Note that the form supports up to 5 fields, with the following attributes required –

  • Name – The name of the field
  • Description – Describe what the field is about
  • Type – You can designate the field as “Text”, “Number” or “Drop-down list”.
  • Content of drop-down list – If you choose “Drop-down list” in the “Type” attribute, you can enter the options used in the drop-down list, each separated by comma.

You can add the field by clicking the “+Add field” button above the fields, and remove the field by clicking the cross mark on the right of the field. Also, you can choose to show or hide the field by checking or unchecking it.

You can add, remove the fields, or choose to show the fields or not.

4. When you finish setting up the field, click the “Apply” button on the bottom of the “Viewer registration” tab.

And this is how the form looks like in the actual player –

The appearance of the form

With the audience information collector, you can now understand what the audience would like to watch, as well as how much they are engaged to your content. It really helps to provide guidance for your further plan of your live streaming.

If you want to know more about Video Cloud or Streaming Cloud, be sure to check out our blog, or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for further information. We’ll see you in the next article.