Configuring the Social Properties for a Player

Product(s)
Video Cloud
Brightcove Player
Role(s)
Studio User
Player Developer
Task(s)
Create & Configure Players
Topic(s)
Social Sharing

This topic provides an overview of the social sharing properties that can be configured for a player.

Players can be configured so the video content can be shared to popular social media sites. When social sharing is enabled, a share icon will appear in the title and description dock.

Note: If the player settings are set to not display the title and description, the share icon will appear at the bottom of the player next to the playhead.

When the sharing icon is clicked, the selected sharing options will appear allowing the video to be shared.

Note: For the legacy Players module UI go here.

To configure the Social properties, follow these steps:

  1. Click Players in the navigation header to open the Players module.
  2. Click the link for the player you want to configure.
  3. Click Social in the left navigation menu.
  4. Click the checkbox to Enable Sharing and select the social media sites that the video can be shared to.
  5. Check Display Player Embed Code to allow the viewer to copy the player embed code when the social sharing options are displayed.
  6. Check Display Player Direct Link to allow the viewer to copy a direct link to the player when the social sharing options are displayed.

Legacy Players module UI

To configure the social sharing settings using the legacy Players module, follow these steps:

  1. Click Players in the navigation header to open the Players module.
  2. Click the link for the player you want to configure.
  3. Locate the Social Sharing section and click Edit or double-click in the section.
  4. Click Yes to enable social sharing.

The following social sharing settings can be configured:

Note: Any changes made to a player may take up to 5 minutes to appear in published players.

Sharing Controls

Select the social media sites that the content can be shared to. When sharing to Twitter, players can be embedded using Twitter Player Cards. For more information, see Sharing Videos to Twitter Player Cards.

Share at Specific Start Time

The Share at Specific Start Time setting, also known as deep linking, controls whether users who share the video have the ability to enter a share start time when sharing the video. When this setting is enabled, a Start From field will appear on the sharing dialog.

This is useful when sharing longer videos like a newscast where you may want people to view a certain segment of the program without having to watch everything that precedes it. Default is No.

Limitations

Deep linking is limited to HTML5 players that are either embedded in a page or included as an iframe. Unfortunately, most social services do not follow this practice and instead substitute a native player which does not support deep linking. Currently, only Twitter supports direct inclusion of the player in the social feed using an iframe making deep linking possible.