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    Getting Started with Interactivity

    In this topic you will learn how to get started with Brightcove Interactivity.

    The HapYak plugin for the Brightcove Player allows the player to take advantage of the features provided by Brightcove Interactivity. When interactions are added to a Brightcove Interactivity project, they will automatically appear on the corresponding video. This removes the need to copy and publish embed code within Brightcove Interactivity Studio.

    Before you get started

    Before you can started with interactivity, you must have a Brightcove Player configured with the HapYak plugin. Adding the HapYak plugin to a Brightcove Player will allow interactivity to be displayed inside of the player during video playback. The HapYak plugin can coexist with other player plugins. For complete steps on creating a HapYak-enabled player, see Configuring a Brightcove Player with the HapYak plugin.

    Creating a Brightcove Interactivity project

    When a video is played inside of a HapYak-enabled Brightcove Player, the following things happen:

    • The Brightcove video ID, title, tags and custom fields are passed to Brightcove Interactivity
    • Brightcove Interactivity attempts to look up the video ID within your group
    • If no matching record is found, then Brightcove Interactivity creates a project with the data that was sent
    • Brightcove Interactivity will also set the project properties to indicate that it was "auto created":
      • The is_published value will be set to TRUE
      • A tag with the value live will be added

    The following steps will automatically create a Brightcove Interactivity project:

    1. Login to Video Cloud Studio.
    2. Open the Media module.
    3. Select a video to publish by checking the box next to the video thumbnail.
    4. Click Publish and embed... ˇ > Publish to web.
    5. Select the player with the HapYak plugin.
    6. Click the preview link to open a preview in a new browser tab.
    7. Play the preview video (the video only needs to be played for a few seconds). This will auto-create a project in Brightcove Interactivity.
    8. Login to Brightcove Interactivity Studio.
    9. In the left navigation, click Manage.
    10. A list of projects will appear. Confirm the video you just published appears in the project list.

    Adding a text overlay

    In this topic a simple text overlay will be added just to validate that the interactivity can be viewed inside of a Brightcove Player.

    1. In the Brightcove Interactivity UI, click on the project to open it.
    2. In the bottom toolbar, click on the text overlay button.
    3. Click on the Editor link in the menu.
    4. Enter some sample text for the overlay and click SUBMIT.
    5. Click Done.

    For detailed information on adding text and image overlays to videos, see:

    Previewing and generating embed code for a video

    Once an interaction has been added to a Brightcove Interactivity project, preview the video to ensure the interactivity is working as expected. When a video is loaded in a HapYak-enabled Brightcove Player, the following things happen:

    1. The Brightcove video ID, title, tags and custom fields are sent to Brightcove Interactivity.
    2. Brightcove Interactivity attempts to look up the video ID within your Brightcove Interactivity group.
    3. If a matching record is found, then Brightcove Interactivity filters to the record that has the is_published value set to TRUE. The project with both the matching video ID and the is_published value set to TRUE will be displayed.
    4. If more than one matching record is found, then Brightcove Interactivity filters to the most recently modified record that has the is_published value set to TRUE. The most recently modified project with both the matching video ID and the is_published

    Follow these steps to preview and generate the embed code for the video:

    1. Open the Media module.
    2. Select the video you used to create the Brightcove Interactivity project and publish it.
    3. In the Select Player dropdown list, select the HapYak-enabled player.
    4. Click the URL below the preview player to open it in a new browser tab. Confirm that the interaction appears.
    5. Copy the embed code and paste it into your web page.

    Additionally, in the embed code, you MUST add playsinline inside the <video-js> tag. Please reference the examples below:

    Standard

    
    <div>
    style="position: relative; display: block; max-width: 960px;">
    <div
    style="padding-top: 56.25%;">
    <iframe
    src="//players.brightcove.net/1486906377/dunFq3vI6_default/index.html"
    playsinline
    allowfullscreen=""
    allow="encrypted-media"
    style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%;"></iframe>
    </div>
    </div>

    Advanced

    
    <div style="max-width: 960px;">
    <video-js playsinline
    data-account="1486906377"
    data-player="dunFq3vI6"
    data-embed="default"
    controls=""
    data-application-id=""
    class="vjs-fluid"
    style="padding-top: 56.25%;">
    </video-js>
    </div>
    <script
    src="//players.brightcove.net/1486906377/dunFq3vI6_default/index.min.js">
    </script>

    Notes

    1. Annotations added to a project at the project level (meaning not through templates) should appear in approximately 90 seconds. Annotations added via templates can take up to two hours to appear.
    2. Do not manually create Brightcove projects in Brightcove Interactivity Studio. The plugin will do this automatically.
    3. Uploading a new video source files in Video Cloud will preserve the video ID and the connection to Brightcove Interactivity.
    4. Do not use the EMBED code generated from the Brightcove Interactivity tools when using the plugin. Instead publish your videos per the normal Brightcove workflow.
    5. Workflow-generated projects can be deleted using Brightcove Interactivity Studio. Please note that subsequent loads of the corresponding video through the Brightcove Player will auto-generate a separate project based on the same video source in the portal.

    Page last updated on 08 Sep 2022