Vid.Watch: The Top 10 Tips To Help You Choose The Right Video Preview Solution

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A video preview is a short video that gives an informative outline of a story’s contents. They are not like the trailers at the movies, or the ads on TV. Instead they are 3-30 seconds muted videos that deliver an improved video browsing experience, help users make decisions regarding what video to watch, improve video interaction and increase user acquisition, user engagement and user retention.

While tech giants like Google, Facebook Oath and Netflix are playing their own video previews, which were tested and developed for years and which defer in the video experience, previews’ length, quality and product’s goals – you need to make your own choices to choose the right solution for you.

Read Vid.Watch’s “Top 10 Tips” to make sure you choose the right preview solution.

1. What platforms does it support? What browser?

Some solutions support only specific operating systems, devices and browsers. Even Google Search is only supported by Chrome on mobiles. Make sure that the solution you’re considering is both a cross-platform and cross-browser solution.

2. Does it support low-end devices?

Users in many countries still use slower devices and you don’t want to miss them. Make sure the provider you’re choosing is capable of playing video previews on devices that have a lower performance but that will still provide a superior experience to your entire audience, without fail.

3. How much time does it take to generate new video previews?

To stay relevant and keep your users engaged, you must publish multiple videos each day. Your video previews should be available in minimal production time to maximize your performance. Make sure to choose a scalable solution that can process any amount of videos in the shortest time possible.

4. Is there a limit to the video’s size and length?

Most video preview solutions within the industry have limitations on the size and length of movies. Make sure to find a provider that supports your content.

5. Does it support the content genres you create/play?

Some video preview providers only support one genre of content. Make sure your video preview provider has the technology to generate superior video previews that fully promote, provide and enhance your content.

6. Does it maximize your performance? Significantly increase revenue?

Personalization is the key for maximizing your performance. Make sure your provider supports it. One size fits all works to some extent but when every increase counts, personalization will always bring the best results.

7. Is it a proven solution?

You don’t want to take chances and risk your website with a non-proven solution. Make sure to check that your provider has had happy and engaged customers for at least six months.

8. Every brand has its own voice

You put tons of effort on creating the right product with the right experience that represent your brand’s voice. Your video content is unique, your users are unique and your video previews should deliver the same experience. Be sure that your video previews provider is capable of delivering a tailored experience that will work for you.

9. Mouseover or autoplay?

You can use video previews to improve your video browsing and you can use them to promote specific videos by auto playing them. Some browsers may not allow you to auto-play videos. Make sure your video previews provider delivers a video previews player that supports the method you wish to use, that can efficiently play the number of videos you need to play, all the while providing a non-intrusive, resource-efficient video experience.

10. What do you need to do in order to test the solution?

Experimenting with a new solution requires your team’s attention and a budget. Multiple companies will reach out to you and so you need to choose what to bet on. Make sure to check what is required of you to valuate the solution. Does it require integration, or is it simply one line to add? How many hours will be required from your DEV team? Do you need to provide an A/B testing feature or does the solution come pre-equipped?

Vid.Watch (2015) helps publishers, marketing agencies and video content providers to maximize their video strategy on any channel, platform and device by automatically generating personalized scaled video previews.

How To Add Video Previews On My Website?

If you heard of Vid.Watch before, you probably already know how useful Vid.Watch is with dynamically generating superior animated previews, transforming them to their required dimensions and delivering them through a fast CDN.

But what about playing animated previews instead of static thumbnails on your web application? From small to large thumbnails, on any browser and any device, wether you’d like to play them on mouseover or simply autoplay them, they should be generated, delivered and played efficiently, offloading their processing and delivery from your servers and improving your website’s performance.

You can always do it yourself – hire a team of video experts to manually create video previews to any video you upload to your site, access them through a CDN and make sure to update these video previews when they change. You can then update your website and native apps code to autoplay them or play them on mouseover; Your manually-created video previews will be played, but the experience won’t be smooth, engaging and efficient; Without using a dedicated video preview player, low end devices may not be able to play your animated previews and other will get an intensive resource consuming experience.

To maximize your user engagement, you can develop a platform that will generate multiple superior video previews per video and user, programmatically learn which animated preview maximizes user engagement of each user and develop your own smart algorithms, so it will never stop improving.

Or – you can let Vid.Watch do it. Automatically.

In this post we want to introduce how to add Vid.Watch previews to your website. Not only you get personalized video previews that are automatically generated in no time, it also simplifies and streamlines the process of uploading video previews to the cloud and playing them through a CDN.

If you haven’t done so already – register on our website and you’ll get one line of JS to add to your website.

How is this done? First, sign up with your work email and website address.
Our team will then contact you by email and ask further questions in order to make sure you’ll get the user experience you’ve been dreaming of.
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In 24 hours, you’ll get an email with one line of JavaScript, tailored to your website.
The JS line will be similar to the following line:

<script 
src="//animatedpreviews.vid.watch/{company_id}">


Once you add it to your website code, your website starts playing video previews based on your requests and the magic starts :-).

Vid.Watch AI-powered animated previews solutions provide a huge range of features and offers you maximal flexibility to boost your website’s performance. Contact us for special requests, additional information and for any question at [email protected].

2017: The year that video browsing experience will be remembered

From the early days of “automatic video generation” of trailers for YouTubers and bloggers, to our scalable SaaS platform for publishers and VOD providers, we’ve come a long way.

When we started to work on Vid.Watch we wanted to help YouTubers and bloggers reach ever bigger audiences, to establish and increase their revenues from video content.

How did we do it?

Well, we’ve built an intelligent and scalable SaaS platform that analyzes and measures what type of trailer or promo will have the best performance for each video’s content, and which trailer will engage each type of user. We have established how to secure success!

We’ve put every ounce of focus and talent that we have on building the most beautiful and engaging video trailers; ones that only look and feel as if a professional video editor has created them. “Computer vision” and “deep-learning algorithms” are used to intelligently pick highlights from each movie, all the while making sure to take into account that different trailers engage different users: Not every customer responds to the same message.

We quickly discovered a market that benefits enormously from our smart solutions. We recognized that our platform – built-to-scale – perfectly matches large websites that uploads thouands of videos each day – and that means publishers and VOD providers, just like you.

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Two years ago when we were imagining what Vid.Watch should look like on a publisher or a VOD site, it is in no way surprising that we knew video previews would play a significant role. It just couldn’t be any other way.

At that time online video had become increasingly important, consumers were already comfortable with using the Internet to watch TV, and Facebook announced that within a year or two the social network would be mostly video based. With an ever increasing amount of video content on publishers’ websites and VOD providers, it was clear that something needed to be done in regards to the online video browsing experience.

By incopproating the world’s top engineering and video experts we’ve managed to build the absolute best video preview generator available.

From our first clients, both publishers and VOD providers alike, we’ve seen amazing performance thanks to our solutions, and we are immensley proud to say we’ve managed to significantly improve our customers’ user experience and increase their user engagement.

We’ve developed our own highly optimized video preview player that perfectly handles any amount of video on any site, without putting any individual computer’s CPU or RAM under any undue pressure.

While online video content and some other video players can make your website CPU usage sky-rocket, Vid.Watch’s preview player plays any video format by delivering the perfect user experience.

Fast forwarding to 2017: Displaying video previews while browsing for video content has become a world standard – Google, YouTube, Gmail, Oath (Yahoo+AOL+..), Netflix, voot.com (Viacom18), India Today, Facebook and many more media outlets already use this video browsing experience.

This new video user interface uses video more broadly to make content viable in real time, helps viewers decide whether to watch a video and can be viewed almost anywhere. As publishers and VOD providers that upload dozens or even thousands of videos each day, you probably know you have less than 1.5 minutes to capture a users’ attention and get them excited about a title – that’s why introducing video previews into the video browsing experience is so valuable.

If you are still confused about what a video preview is – here’s an explanation: A video preview is a specifically generated video outline that helps viewers click more confidently by highlighting the story.

They aren’t like the traditional movie trailers that you are familiar with from your TV and movie theater experiences; nor are they animated gifs, which are mostly used for online advertisements. Vid.Watch’s proven numbers show that people, who see our video previews, not only watch more but are engaged more.

Our smart learning platform generates and decides which video preview will mostly engage your users, and the results – as proven time and again – are just amazing.

Vid.Watch’s video previews are available on any device, any browser and any App. They work within a minimal production time, can be launched on any website within less than 24h, and are generated by the most intelligent platform that makes everything look and feel like magic.

Publishers and VOD providers that want their online video experience to evolve to one that provides greater choice, better context, and a richer representation – that offer a more consumer-friendly experience – are already displaying our video previews.

As video continually plays a bigger part in our lives so will it continue to play an increasing role for both publishers and VOD websites, especially when they enhance the global video experience.

We are continually researching and developing the best video browsing experience generator in the world, and hope you enjoy Vid.Watch’s video previews: Happy browsing!

Vid.Watch. Always with you.