User Guide for Cisco Video Portal 5.0
Using Video Controls
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Using Video Controls

Table Of Contents

Using Video Controls

Starting a Video

Using the Basic Controls

Using the Advanced Controls

Obtaining Supplemental Information for a Video

About Supplemental Information

Viewing Supplemental Information


Using Video Controls


Revised: March 10, 2009, OL-15765-01

This chapter explains how to control video playback and how to work with supplemental information for videos. It includes the following sections:

Starting a Video

Using the Basic Controls

Using the Advanced Controls

Obtaining Supplemental Information for a Video

Starting a Video

There are several different ways to start playback for a video.

To ...
Do This

Start a video in the navigation area

Double-click a video title anywhere in the navigation area.

Start a video in the preview panel

1. Click the title of the video that you want to watch in the navigation area to display the preview panel.

2. Click Play Video.

Start a video that an interstitial is describing

Click Play Video in the interstitial area.


Using the Basic Controls

When a video starts to play, basic controls, shown in Figure 4-1, become available directly under it.


Note When you move your mouse near the basic controls area, the advanced controls display. For more information, see the "Using the Advanced Controls" section.


Figure 4-1 Basic Controls

1

Progress Meter and Scroll Bar — Two dynamic and overlapping lines:

The solid line indicates how far the playing video has advanced. This percentage is always relative to the total running time of the video that you are playing.

The striped line indicates how much of the video your browser has downloaded. (After the download is completed, the fast-forward button becomes available.)

Fast Forward — Clicking and dragging the scroll bar to the right will move the video playback forward.

Rewind — Clicking and dragging the scroll bar to the left will move the video playback backward.

2

Play/Pause  button— A toggle that alternates between two states when you click it:

Play starts playback of a video and resumes the playback of a video that you have paused.

Click Pause to pause the currently playing video.

3

Volume scroll bar — A mute switch and audio volume slider that you use to control the audio volume level.

4

Closed Captioning area—You can click the closed captioning (CC) icon to display or hide the closed caption text area, or you can click the X to close the text area.

Click and drag the scroll bar to view text that was displayed previously.

If text does not display, closed captioning was not provided for the video that you selected.

5

Run Time area — A dynamic count of minutes and seconds that indicates how far the playing video has advanced. This percentage is always relative to the total running time of the video that you are playing.


Using the Advanced Controls

When you move your mouse under the basic controls area while a video is playing, the advanced controls panel expands, shown in Figure 4-2, and its features become available to you.

Figure 4-2 Advanced Controls

1

Full Screen—Allows you to expand the video to occupy the entire width and height of your screen.

To exit the Full Screen mode and return to viewing the video in the Video Portal, press Esc on your keyboard, or click on the Down Arrow located at the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Note The Esc key is required in the Flash/Windows Media template. The Flash Only template will contain the Down Arrow button. Full screen mode is not supported in the Flash/QuickTime template.

2

Slide Sync — Causes presentation slides to resume playback in a small window to the right of the playing video. For more information, see the "Viewing Presenter Slides" section on page 5-6.

3

Stop — Causes playback of the active video to stop, replacing it on your screen with an interstitial. Then, until you start playback for a video, basic video playback controls and advanced video controls are not available to you.

4

Restart—Restarts the currently playing video from the beginning.


Obtaining Supplemental Information for a Video

Videos can be accompanied by additional related content and information that is accessible once a video is invoked for playback. This section includes the following topics:

About Supplemental Information

Viewing Supplemental Information

About Supplemental Information

Supplemental information is organized into the following areas: Video Sharing, Overview, Downloads, and Related Info. Each subsection is described below.

Video Sharing—The Video Sharing area provides the direct URL of the video that viewers can send, by e-mail for example, to other Video Portal users to watch if they have permissions to access the video.

Overview—The Overview area is very similar to the Preview Pane. It provides general overview information about the video, the ability to add the video to My Playlist, and includes the following elements:

A preview video window

The duration of the video

Add to/Remove from My Playlist link

Mail Feedback link

The date the video was added to the Video Portal

The video title

The complete video description broken into navigable pages

Downloads—The Downloads area provides a list of downloadable files associated with the video. The files are broken into selectable pages. Each file lists the following information:

File title

File type

File size

A link to download Adobe Acrobat Reader is also provided.

When you click on a downloadable file, your system should prompt you to either Save or Open the file, or it may launch a new browser window.

Related Information—The Related Information area provides both related videos and external Web links:

Related Videos—Related Videos are links to related video contained within the Video Portal. Selecting one of these links will open the preview pane with the corresponding video information and launch the video in the video playback area.

External Web Links— External Web Links are links that point to related Web sites for the currently playing video. Selecting one of these links will open the Web site in a new window.

Viewing Supplemental Information

You can view the supplemental information for a video only while the video is playing.


Step 1 Play a Video by using one of the methods described in "Starting a Video" section.

Step 2 Click on the Video Info link at the upper right corner of the video playback area.

This will pause the video and display the supplemental information.

Step 3 To resume video playback, click on the Hide Info link at the upper right corner of the video playback area, or click the Play button of the basic video playback controls.