Metadata in url

Metadata in URL using parameters

Metadata in URL using parameters

There are ways to give extra information to the interactive video from external information sources. One of these ways is to add some code (parameters) behind the project link to add meta-data. This way you can add personalization and variables, but also start times and other extras.

How to add

1. First you need the embed codes. These codes are only visible for published projects, so only published projects can have these extra parameters added.
2. After the link, you add a question mark (?). These means that the browsers know that everything behind this is not part of the link, but comes in as meta-data.
3. If you then want to add the code, add an ampersand (&) and then the code. If you have multiple pieces of code, just add an ampersand (&) in between the extra bits of code

Direct link:
Now with extra code (variable (var=10) and start time (iv_start=120000 milliseconds):

This now means that when the player starts, there is immediatly one variable called 'var' with a value of 10 in it. Besides that the video doesn't start at the beginning, but immediatly jumps to 120000 milliseconds, which is timecode 02:00:00.


Here are the possible pieces of code you can put behind the url for extra functionality.

This can be any variable and any value. The moment the video starts, this variable is now already in the video. For example, this can help with personalisation.
This is to have a timecode where the video automatically jumps to. Be aware that this is in milliseconds. In this example when the play buttons has been pressed, the interactive video starts at 2 minutes in the video (02:00:00).
When you want to do a quality check, or you know the video is mainly played at places with a bad internet reception, you can always try this parameter.
This is to hide your viewing from the statistics. This is to make sure you have clean statistics (and all your tests are not added up).
You can also use this function to create a 'cookeless embed' if there are problems on the website where the viewer first needs to allow the cookies.
This parameter is usefull when you have other web elements (for example iFrames or external chat engines) in your video. Because it is going to another iframe, it should actually pause, but with this parameter in the url it just keeps on playing while the viewer is inside the other iframe.
Normally when you click away from the player, the video stops. When this parameter is added it continues playing even if the viewer is in another tab
A second reason to use this is when you are using embedded iframes within your project. It means the player keeps on playing even when the viewer clicked on functionality within the iframe.
If you have a video with multiple subtitles, you can put this parameter behind it to make sure it starts in the language you want, in this example in French. Of course, if you added a subtitle selector or Player Control Bar the viewer can always switch to another language or turn the subtitles off. 
More information about how to add subtitles and the country codes here:
On top of the thumbnail there is normally a white play button. Which this parameter you can change its color by changing the hexadecimal value. By adding two more number (00 till 99) you can even adjust the opacity of it, with 00 behind completely hidden.
Use an external online image as your thumbnail. This way one and the same project can have multiple thumbnails.
This parameters tell the player that a database is attached to the video where the player can find the data for all the variables. This is usefull for personalisation or translations.

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