Implementing the Side Panel

In this topic, you will learn how to implement the side panel using a plugin in your Brightcove Beacon web apps.

Using the side panel

The side panel can be opened on the side <div>s of the player area. A chevron appears and the viewer can click the chevron to open and close the panel. The following video shows the behavior while displaying the event object when handling the onPlayerSidePanelDisplay event:

Use cases

The following are appropriate use cases for the side panel:

  • The side panel has been used for a chat application during live video.
  • You can also have access to information about the video that is playing and could display information on the video in the panel.


The following events can be used in your plugin code to control the side panel:

Event Description
enablePlayerSidePanel Enables a button (using a chevron character) on the side of the Player area. This allows Beacon app to show the side/hide panel when the viewer clicks the chevron.
disablePlayerSidePanel Disables/hides the button (chevron character) on the side of the Player area.

Dispatching event code syntax

When posting the enablePlayerSidePanel and disablePlayerSidePanel events no data need be passed. The syntax is:

  event: 'enablePlayerSidePanel',
  data: {}
}, window.location.origin);

Event listeners

The following events are listened for by the player when side panel events are dispatched in your OTT plugin code:

Event Description
beforePlayerSidePanelDisplay Called before the animation to show the side panel starts.
onPlayerSidePanelDisplay Called when the animation to show the side panel finishes.
onPlayerSidePanelDisappear Called when the animation to hide the side panel finishes.

Code syntax

The code for listening for the side panel events is the same as all other events.

window.addEventListener("message", (event) => {
  switch ( {
    case 'onPlayerSidePanelDisplay':

The data contained in the event object pertinent to the side panel is as follows:

  • asset_id: The Beacon system video asset ID, which is different the video's Video Cloud ID.
  • bc_account_id: The Video Cloud account from which the video is taken.
  • user_language: The language code currently in use in the Beacon app, taken from the Beacon API.
  • video_id: The Video Cloud ID of the video in the player.

An example event object when handling the onPlayerSidePanelDisplay event:

side panel obj console

Module implementation

The following shows how functions using the side panel are implemented using JavaScript modules. Of course, you may implement your JavaScript in the manner of your choice. Further details on this module implementation can be found in the Implementing OTT Plugin Code Using Modules document.

The following code contains these functions. A brief descriptions is provided for each:

  • openSidePanel: Dispatches the enablePlayerSidePanel event so the open/hide chevron button is displayed in the player.
  • enablePlayerSidePanel: Places some example text in the panel. The key concept is locating the div element inside the panel using
    var panelArea = document.getElementById('player_side_panel_hook');
  • clearSidePanel: Clears the side panel of contents. Note that the viewer closing the side panel does NOT empty the contents, so functionality in this function can be useful.
const openSidePanel = () => {

    event: 'enablePlayerSidePanel',
    data: {}
  }, window.location.origin);


const populateSidePanel = () => {

  var panelArea = document.getElementById('player_side_panel_hook');
  var content = '<h2>This is in the panel.</h2>');
  panelArea.insertAdjacentHTML('afterbegin', content);


const clearSidePanel = () => {

  var panelArea = document.getElementById('player_side_panel_hook');
  panelArea.insertAdjacentHTML('afterbegin', ' ');


export { openSidePanel, populateSidePanel, clearSidePanel };