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].

Free Trial For 30-days!

There’s never been a better time to hop on the Vid.Watch train, or help someone else get on board! We are happy to announce our new 30-day free trial for which you can register online!

Only two steps are needed to spark video previews on your mobile and web and take your digital user experience to new heights:

  • Create an account with your work email and accept our terms of use here.
  • A day later, you will get an e-mail with one line of JavaScript that you will add to your website.

And.. that’s it!

 

30 day free trial

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.

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.