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 websiteand 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 animated previews solutions provides 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].

Can I Also Display Video Previews On My Website?

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Displaying video previews has become a world standard in 2017. Youtube tested this functionality for a year and a half, Oath worked for two years till they started implementing them on their products, and Netflix launched their video previews on 2016 and they keep improving their technology. It’s great for all these tech giants but what about you?

Providing fully programmatically video previews, that are engaging and professional and deliver the right message and experience for any brand, video, genre, user, video quality etc. isn’t a trivial task.

As a software developer you may think, what’s the hassle? I’ll take the first x-seconds or randomly choose some scenes and it will somehow work out. Once you start playing with huge amount of videos, only then you understand that making it really work, automatically, requires years of knowledge and expertise in this domain only. And even then, our world keeps changing, users keep changing – things that engage your users today won’t necessarily engage them tomorrow – each website has its own voice, users are different, videos are different – in content, quality and multiple other parameters. One size fits all just doesn’t work in this case.

It’s not only the depth of understanding that you need to have in video technologies, there’s an expertise you need to gain on what works and what doesn’t for video previews – What works for genre A or B? How to make sure you create a non-intrusive experience which increases user experience and maximizes your user engagement from video content? What makes user X engaged and how user Y reacts to the same experience? How to concurrently play multiple videos efficiently?  How to make sure your website gets the user experience that fits your brand and product?

We have a long history of developing scalable video, user profiling and AI based products – for mobile and web. In fact, our main line of business is to help startups, companies, websites and mobile apps maximize their user engagement from video content. And we use our artificial intelligence algorithms to generate and play superior video previews that will maximize your performance.
In recent years we’ve built substantial infrastructures to deliver top notch video, AI and user personalization platforms. At Vid.Watch, we’ve taken this expertise to build an AI platform that maximizes user engagement from video content, while taking into account users data, video content, context and additional parameters – we call it “Vid.Watch Maximize”.

What does it do?

Vid.Watch is a SaaS that takes the hassle out of generating and playing video previews that maximize your user engagement from video content.

Videos on your website, videos on your mobile apps. Vid.Watch takes care of your entire video previews management, generation and playing pipeline, while programmatically learning what works for you and what doesn’t and makes decisions that maximize your user engagement. Wether your users are browsing from mobile or desktop. Easily video previews generation without installing any complex software. Smart autoplay and mouseover on mobile apps, mobile web and desktop – cross platform and cross browser. Integrate Facebook or Twitter to bring users back to your website. Get your video previews delivered from fast CDNs, and much more. Simply put – if it’s video previews related, let Vid.Watch do it.

We love developing algorithms and seeing our customers (and their users) enjoying our video previews performance. We have a lot we want to tell you about Vid.Watch Maximize, about our ideas, plans and upcoming features. More than that – we want to hear your thoughts, your input, your unique video previews requirements. So bookmark this page, subscribe to our blog and come visit us. Drop us a line and tell us how Vid.Watch can help you.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Maximize User Engagement With iOS And Android SDKs

Today we are releasing our Vid.Watch SDKs for Android and iOS. This software developer kit (SDK) enables publishers and VOD providers to easily build the Vid.Watch video previews and previews player they love directly into native Android and iOS apps.

Vid.Watch supports mobile web (including low end devices) since its early days. This announcement is another step in our mobile product strategy. Vid.Watch is committed to delivering the tools that our customers need to reach users who prefer native apps over mobile web.

Any App, Any Video URL, with Smart Autoplay

You can use the Vid.Watch SDK to add video previews and previews player functionality to virtually any Android and iOS apps. For example, you autoplay video previews for videos you’d like to promote on your mobile app or autoplay your entire video content. You can do all of this while retaining full control over the user experience of your app, as well as your in-app branding. And you can choose to maximize your user engagement by letting Vid.Watch make the decisions for you, based on its AI algorithms.

Apps built with the SDK will integrate with our Vid.Watch video previews engine and analytics services. However, unlike many other SDK offerings, we do not require you to use specific hosting services; You can use the Vid.Watch SDK for Android and iOS with video content that is hosted anywhere you want.

Key Features

  • Automatic generation of video previews for your entire video content on mobile
  • Autoplay video previews which maximize user engagement
  • Video previews and analytics API
  • Efficient implementation, no abuse of resources
  • Easy integration
  • Includes a basic sample app to get you started

Licensing Info

The Vid.Watch SDK for Android and iOS is licensed under an annual contract with a monthly subscription fee. For more information and pricing on the SDK contact us at [email protected].

Vid.Watch’s Fully-Automated AI Video Previews

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Video previews are simply everywhere these days. It’s just impossible to ignore this amazing upgrade in user experience! There are 3-second video previews on YouTube, 6-second video previews on Google search, and 30-second video previews on Netflix. What platform doesn’t use video previews? Yet, like much everything else in the world, not all “video previews” are created equal. Not all video previews provide the same user experience, and not all VOD providers and publishers use them for the same purpose.

A short 3-second video preview will obviously not provide the same user experience as a 6, 10 or even 30 second video preview. While a super short video preview may have the look and feel more of an an ad – and therefore will be most likely used to promote paid content by autoplaying it – longer video previews provide an improved user experience and help the user make more rewarding decisions regarding the content they’re about to watch.

Different VOD providers and different publishers like to suggest different user experiences to their customers, depending on their KPIs, brand, website structure and audience type. At Vid.Watch we support a long list of templates and configurations for video previews based on multiple parameters. Our platform can – through programmed code – choose to display the most engaging video preview for each and every content type and user profile (Vid.Watch Maximize™). However, in this post, we will not expand upon this, or look at Maximization solutions, but instead focus on the quality of our video previews and the superior video browsing experience they generate. An experience that truly is second to none!

Vid.Watch’s Video Previews Vs. X-first Seconds Video Previews

We could always keep writing about how amazing our platform is, about what a superior browsing experience we provide to our customers’ users but… it’s much better to just demonstrate it!

Using the following posts you will experience examples of video previews that are generated by our fully-automated “AI video previews generator” compared to the front running alternatives.

This time we will contrast a Vid.Watch 10-second video preview to an alternative video preview that runs through the first 10 seconds of a well known movie. We will explain why the X-first-Seconds platform can not be used for video browsing, and also provide some highlights regarding the way Vid.Watch always delivers exactly what every customer needs.

Users will settle for nothing less than the very best experience

Let’s take a look at the movie Kill Bill Vol. 1.

If we take the first 10-seconds of this movie, we get the following video preview (this is not what we do, but an example):

Vid.Watch’s video preview for Kill Bill Vol. 1:

NOT Vid.Watch:

It’s quite clear that after watching the first-10-seconds of this movie, while browsing for video content on a VOD platform, that it will only make users frustrated. If the user doesn’t know what ‘Kill Bill’ is, and is trying to make a decision as to watch it or not, displaying the first-10-seconds, which are slow and ineffective at highlighting the story, will only see users switching off. Instead of engaging its users, it will frustrate them, annoyed that you wasted their time with a video preview that doesn’t help them choose a video they want to watch.

In fact, most openings of movies and series episodes are just not relevant for previews:

  • With lots of titles and credits, they are not relevant for engaging users.
  • They will most likley be super slow, and when only a few seconds into the video preview, you’ll lose your users – they will watch other movies or leave your website, angry that you tried to promote content without delivering a message!
  • With TV series all episodes start with the same opening, displaying the logo and credits etc. Now imagine, browsing through a TV series’ episodes only to see the same video preview again and again and…

Your users deserve, require and demand a superior user experience and they have no reason to compromise. Any you know what, with Vid.Watch they don’t have to!

A great video preview is worth more than a thousand words!

Now, let’s experience the output of Vid.Watch Previews™, which intelligently picks the highlights of a video, based on computer vision and artificial intelligence algorithms. It’s easy to see that the story is delivered in an amazing way, with extremely professional video editing and an engaging storyline. It doesn’t feel like the usual trim of X-first-Seconds, or a cut and paste mess from several frames of a movie. It instead delivers exactly what customer’s want.

Quality Of User Experience Is Key

Keith Hernandez, Bleacher Report’s svp of strategy recently said: “The quality of user experience is key. You want an active, not passive, viewer, that’s so excited about what you’re doing that they want to share it.”

It’s no loger enough to upload videos to your website and display a page full of static thumbnails. Your users expect, need, in fact demand a high quality interactive user experience.

Of course it’s impossible to manually promote all your online video content by creating a superior and engaging manual teaser to each video.

With the increasing amounts of online videos and when video is gaining a significant role in any digital experience – the ones that will provide the most amazing user experience in this new era, will last and lead. Always ask yourself – Does my website generate an amazing user experience that makes my users stick to my brand? Love it? Proud of it? Share it? And there’s no better way than seeing real analytics numbers that show an amazing increase in performance.

If you too need to automatically display engaging, high-quality video previews on your website and mobile apps, if you too want to improve your click-through-rates and user engagement and if you care about user experience and want to remain at the top, or if you have additional questions – reach out to us, at [email protected], we’re always ready to help!