New: A Video Player that Creates a Consistent User Experience

Posted August 8, 2017 by Josephine Huschmann

You can now add videos in MP4 format to your course content and users will have a consistent experience across all browsers.

How it works

Load your video in the LMS with the content loader. The LMS will automatically detect the file format and assign the activity type ‘Video’. Position your video within your course content and edit it like any other asset. Change its name, give it a description, add an image for your course library, set prerequisites, and update the file anytime with a newer version. You can decide if the video launches in a new window or the existing window, add tags, or add a completion certificate.

When a user launches the video from their Training Plan, the experience will be consistent across all platforms. The player control bar shows a play button, volume control, seek bar, full screen, and exit button. It doesn’t matter which browser you use; the player will look and feel the same. Of course, the video player is responsive so that your users can watch your content on the go with their mobile or tablet device.

At this time we have enabled seeking - allowing the user to skip forward and backward to any point in the video. We understand that some clients may want to make it mandatory to watch the video in full without skipping ahead. The Firmwater team is working hard to add this option in the future.

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Features

  • Supported file types: mp4 and m4v
  • Consistent look between browsers & browser versions
  • Supports mobile devices
  • Volume control and full-screen mode
  • Videos will auto play upon loading
  • Video progress is saved and video resumes at current progress
  • Video goes from ‘in progress’ to ‘completed’ status once fully watched
  • Video seeking is enabled - users can skip to any part of the video as it plays

What about SCORM?

The video will be placed into a SCORM wrapper, that allows the LMS to track the current progress time, as well as when a user has completed watching a video. This is important for tracking data, attempts and completion statuses in reports.

We hope you find these improvements useful. If you have any questions, pleaseĀ contact us.