Building Tooltip Thumbnails with Encoding.com

A great new feature in JW Player is the popup of quick preview images when mousing over the timeSlider. This allows viewers to seek to a particular position, or to quickly scan the contents of a video. We call these previews Tooltip Thumbnails. Start this video and rollover the controlbar for a live example:

Supporting Twitter Cards

A while back Twitter introduced a feature called "Twitter cards" that allows you to embed rich content such as video directly into a tweet. The content is then visible when you click "view media" on your timeline, on the permalink for a tweet, when you embed a tweet, and in the official twitter apps. Any site can do this; all you need are some Twitter friendly meta tags in the head of your page and a video page that can be embedded into an iframe.

And the winner is…

Thanks to everyone who completed our survey. We received 3,000 responses! Input from our users is extremely helpful to us as we work to make JW Player better and better.

Congratulations to Steve from Little Art Web on winning the iPad. We hope you enjoy it :)

New in JW Player: Responsive Design

With sales of mobile devices now outpacing those of desktop PCs, web designers face a challenge: how to best present content across all these devices. Smartphone screens average around 4” diagonally, tablets are 7" to 10", laptops average around 14" and desktop monitors go up to 30" these days. All these different devices result in screens of varying shapes and sizes. This presents a challenge when laying out a page - how to provide a viewing experience that looks good on every screen. One solution is responsive design.

The State of HTML5 Video – Q1 2013

It’s been a busy first quarter for 2013! Already this year we have seen Microsoft's foray into tablet with their Surface, and BlackBerry’s release of their long-awaited BB10 phone. To coincide with the latest update of our State of HTML5 Video Report, we’ll explore a couple of industry changes impacting the world of online video.

Introducing JW Player 6 for WordPress

With over 400,000 downloads and counting, the JW Player for WordPress Plugin is an extremely popular way that our publishers go live. We are now proud to announce the general availability of our WordPress plugin for JW Player 6, as part of the plugin’s 2.0 update. We are excited to have our WordPress users upgrade to our newest major JW Player version - JW Player 6.

Read about what’s new in our WordPress plugin for JW6 and then visit our Getting Started Guide to get JW Player 6 up and running on your WordPress blog.

The Pain of Live Streaming on Android

Streaming video on mobile devices remains one of the most challenging and frustrating experiences for viewers and broadcasters alike. When HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) was introduced, the goal was simple: easily stream live and on-demand video content to devices with a variety of bandwidth connections. Adaptive streaming is the marquee feature of HLS, and while Adobe’s RTMP can offer similar capabilities in Flash, desktop browsers like Chrome and Firefox can play HLS streams using a player like the JW Player. HLS is enhanced further by native implementations found within Safari and iOS, which makes streaming to mobile devices even easier.

So, what’s the problem?

Jan Ozer interviews JW on Apple HLS and MPEG DASH

One of the most sought-after features of JW6 is support for Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), built into the new premium player. This feature enables publishers to have a single set of video files that can be streamed to both the desktop and mobile devices - vastly simplifying life and expanding publishers’ reach to even more audiences.

Apple HLS Streaming on JW Player

In an interview with Streaming Media’s Jan Ozer, Jeroen talks about how HLS support works in the JW Player, on desktops, iOS, and Android.