Setting the Player Update Mode and Version

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Video CloudNew StudioExpress I, Express II, Express III, Professional, Enterprise

This topic provides an overview of the player update mode and version settings that can be configured in the Players module.

As part of the Player settings, the update mode and player version can be configured. The update mode controls how player updates are handled. The player version is used to set the player version. Being able to control the update mode and player version provides these benefits:

  • Publishers can try pre-release player versions without having to use the API
  • Publishers can control when player updates are made

This topic contains the following sections:

Setting the player update mode

The player update mode setting controls how player updates are handled. To edit the player update mode, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Players module.
  2. Click on a player to open the player properties.
  3. Locate the Settings section and click Edit or double-click in the section.
  4. Select an Update Mode. Both Automatic and Manual modes are available.

    Automatic player updates

    Automatic is the default mode. Automatic causes the player to be updated whenever Brightcove promotes a player version to “current default” status.

    Note: For information on the latest pre-release player version, see the developer documentation.

    Manual player updates

    In Manual mode, players will not be automatically updated. This is also referred to as "locking" the player. Any player updates will be initiated manually by the publisher. Publishers will choose from a list of available versions. After a new player version is selected, publish the player to apply that version to all production players.

    While a player is locked, you will not get the benefit of player enhancements and bug fixes. At some point, old player versions will no longer be supported. You should use the Manual mode only as a temporary solution while you resolve conflicts between the existing version of the player and the latest version.

  5. Click Save.

Make sure to publish any changes that are made to the player.

Setting the player version

The player version is used to set the player version. If the update mode is Manual and a new player version is available, a message will be displayed.

To edit the player version, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Players module.
  2. Click on a player to open the player properties.
  3. Locate the Settings section and click Edit or double-click in the section.
  4. Select a Player Version. There is also an Always latest pre-release option that can be selected when in automatic mode. Selecting this option will cause the player version to be updated to the latest pre-release version (or release version if there is no pre-release version available) automatically as new pre-release versions are available.
  5. Click Save.

Make sure to publish any changes that are made to the player.

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