Pls add adjustable playback speed (2x,3x,4x,8x) to flash/smart player

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Watching a 50 minute class live can be really boring... Playing it back in real-time is insane. Consider adding high speed playback as a new feature for the flash/smart players within the web browser.

Thanks :)
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Walter Pelowski, Customer Solutions Engineer

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Thanks for the suggestion. This is on our list and we appreciate your feedback in requesting it. I ask that all other customers that see this post that would like this feature give it a +1 as well.

Walter Mitchell Pelowski
Customer Solutions Engineer
http://www.techsmith.com
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A lack of this feature was a dealbreaker for us. We were trying to select
Camtasia or JWPlayer, and we ultimately decided not to choose Camtasia
as our content delivery because the Smart Player does not include
variable (1.5x, 1.2x, 0.8x, 2x) playback speeds.

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Walter Pelowski, Customer Solutions Engineer

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UCI Replay and Byeh,

  You will see this feature when we switch to an HTML5-first option.  There are definite technical challenges with doing it in Flash.  Currently we're Flash-first, HTML5-second.  When we make the switch, variable speed playback will be available as it is a feature of the HTML5 video tag.

Walter Mitchell Pelowski
Customer Solutions Engineer
http://www.techsmith.com

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eam

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Any updates?  We are thinking of moving to another provider if this is not available on Screencast soon.
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Andy Bell

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eam, I know you've already seen my reply on the other thread for this topic. But for others following or discovering this thread...

Screencast.com will be updated with a new version of SmartPlayer which uses a HTML 5 first implementation and the Variable Speed Playback functionality. I can't commit to a timeframe on when this will be available, but if things go to plan (fingers crossed) I expect it to be released soon!

We're pretty excited about this small but valuable improvement! Thanks for checking in with us.
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eam

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This will be hugely beneficial, and I am very excited too, to hear of its imminent deployment.  Thanks to you and all the team Andy, and kudos for listening to your customers!

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UPDATE: Screencast.com now has variable speed playback when viewing mp4 content with a fully HTML 5 Video complient browser.

One thing we are struggling with is that IE 9 & 10 are partially HTML 5 Video compliant. There are some core video features (full screen) that will not work when using HTML 5 and thus we will be adjusting Screencast.com to use Flash for video when viewed with IE 9 & 10. Upgrading to IE 11, or using Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, will allow HTML 5 to function fully. This means that in the near future, IE 9 & 10 will not have the variable speed playback due to lack of support. It is unfortunately the case that the older technology just doesn't have the robustness to support this new feature.

Other than that, watching content in high speed has been fantastic, I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!
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Fantastic news!! Well done everyone.

So, how do I see this in action?  Will my current videos hosted on Screencast display with this option (I can't see it yet)?
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You'll want to upload a new mp4. Content previously uploaded by Camtasia Studio 8 should automatically get the new variable speed playback. Other, previously uploaded mp4's, will use the old player. But new uploads of mp4's will use the updated html 5 player with the variable speed playback.
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eamonntoland

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It's fantastic!  LOVE IT! 
Looking a gift horse in the mouth, is there ANY workaround for old videos? I can't mass upload them, as I need to retain the links.  So I have to do a "replace".  Given that I have about 400 videos, this is a monster task, and may introduce error.  Can you suggest anything?
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eamonntoland

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Playing around with this, I found that I can do a "replace" with a small "dummy" video (upload as an attachment), and then swap it in, swap it out again, and the new settings are applied.  Delighted!
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Andy Bell

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Yea...and I almost suggested that. Please post back if you have problems with it? That workflow sometimes (depends on the video content) causes functionality of the video to be lost. I *think* it will work to do what you're looking for but we have not tested it in all cases.
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Update:  there's a problem, which I have logged, that when I embed videos into Moodle, using a Frame, then the full screen button disappears.  This is a showstopper for us.  We can't upload videos on this basis.  Cory is assisting in this.
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I've heard that this might be the case when your LMS (Moddle in this case) takes all embedded content and wraps it with an iFrame. This causes the content to be wrapped with two iFrames and this seems to play poorly with HTML 5 video (I don't know the details as to why this is the case yet).

My understanding is that the "wrap with iFrame" is optional though and can be turned off? It's also possible our iFrame could be taken out of the picture.

I'd love to hear if you have ideas or find something that works well with your Moodle. Thank you!
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Hi Andy,

that's what Cory also said regarding iFrames and this issue. Perhaps you spoke together.

There is a workaround in Moodle in that we can display the content as a pop-up, as a new window etc.  

However, this workaround is not at all feasible for us, as we must use the "Embed" option in order to keep the Screencast URL private.  Otherwise our resources could be accessed without logging on to our system.

As it stands, for those videos that I have already updated to use your new player, plus any videos that I will upload ongoing, I have no choice but to use the workaround.  This is not satisfactory at all, but I seem to have no other option?

I hope you and the team can remove the iFrame wrap code, or whatever it takes to avoid this double-wrapping, without causing other adverse effects.

Regards,

Eamonn

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This topic/thread was originally specific to TechSmith Relay - Self-Hosted. As an FYI, this same change to HTML 5 first and variable speed playback in the SmartPlayer, is being integrated into TechSmith Relay and a release is expected later this year.
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There is another usability issue:  videos now have autoplay=OFF by default, instead of ON as before.  This is bad for UX, especially as it is inconsistent with currently live videos.

Much as I love the variable playback, I respectfully but strongly request that the new player code should be backed out until these 2 issues are addressed.

It is not acceptable for my customers to have 2 changes in behaviour foisted upon them, in particular the fullscreen issue, for the sake of one "nice-to-have" feature.  

Regards,

Eamonn



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eamonntoland

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Urgently requesting an update on this issue please.  
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Andy Bell

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Eamonn, I'm glad to hear your case is also the one we've been working with with Tech Support. I know we've already continued to get more information and see what we can do. I'm currently unclear on how/why the double iFrame is required and why it doesn't work. But we'll keep looking into it. We of course offer the non-iFrame embed code for exactly this reason. Unfortunately not all systems support embedding with iFrames (as it's a relatively recent norm that developed with the release of HTML 5).

Regarding autoplay, we've had a lot of complaints about autoplay and have determined that the experience for most is a problem to play the video without clicking play. We'll be making sure that the embed code has options for users that are embedding and want this functionality. But for now, the default matches the feedback we've received for the best experience.
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Hi Andy,
an additional issue has arisen, I wonder can you help please?
The Full Screen option and the Variable Speed option are both absent from the player when I view my videos (new player) on my Samsung Galaxy S2 (android).
Are you aware of this issue?
Regards,
Eamonn

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