Configuring a Player in Backlot

After you create a player (see Creating a Player in Backlot), you can configure its appearance and behavior. Any changes are automatically applied to all videos that are associated with this player.
Note: Starting with Player v4.11.13, you can configure Player V4 display settings on the Player Branding tab.

Player Branding Tab

To configure a player in the Backlot UI, go to the Player Branding tab.
  1. Log in to Backlot: https://backlot.ooyala.com/.
  2. Choose the PUBLISH tab.
  3. Choose the Player Branding tab.
  4. Select the player you want to configure.
  5. Click a subtab to configure specific areas of the Player. Configuration options are described below.
Note: Most settings apply to both Player V4 and V3. Certain settings (indicated below) are available for just one player version. The options you see in Backlot depend on which version (V4 or V3) you've selected for your player.
For an overview of player display options, see:

Player Subtab

Configure basic settings for the selected player.
Setting Description Player V4 Player V3
Player Name Descriptive name of this player.
Player Version Player version for this player. If you choose the button to change player versions, you will need to confirm to continue. The selected player version determines which options are available to configure in Backlot.
Note: If you change the player version, any existing settings that are not supported in the target version will be lost.
Player      
Share (options) Select to show the Share button in the player. Choose (options) to specify which share options to show:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • URL
Embed Select to show the Embed button in the player. The viewer can click the Embed button to display a popup showing the embed script for the player, which they can use to display the asset on the viewer's website, blog, and so on.
Info (options) Select to show the Info button in the player. A viewer can click the Info button to see information about the currently playing asset. Choose (options) to specify which Info options to show:
  • Title - of the asset (which you can edit on the MANAGE tab)
  • Description - of the asset (which you can edit on the MANAGE tab)
  • Presented By - select to display your organization (Provider Name).
  • Provider Name - for the asset. Specify your organization name.
  • URL - of the asset, which you can specify here. You do not need to specify "http://" before the URL.
 
Channels Select to display a Channel button that viewers can click to see other assets in the channel. See the Channels & Channel Sets subtab (below) and Channels and Channel Sets (Deprecated).  
Ad Countdown Message Select (check) to show advertising countdown message in the player when an Ooyala Ad (an asset uploaded to Backlot marked as an ad) is played during a video (see ). One of the following messages:
  • "Advertisement: Your video will resume in X seconds"
  • "Advertisement: Your video will resume shortly" (if the length is unavailable)
For details about Ooyala Ads, see
Release Version Release version for Player V4 Web resources:
  • Production - Ooyala-hosted production path (default)
  • Latest - Ooyala-hosted production/latest path
See "Ooyala Resource Paths" in Ooyala-hosted Player V4 Resources for details.
 
Scrubber Bar Configure scrubber bar options.    
Volume Select to show the Volume control in the scrubber bar for this player.
Fullscreen Select to show the Full Screen control in the scrubber bar for this player.
Bitrates Select to show the Bitrates control in the scrubber bar for this player.
Buffer on Pause Select to buffer the asset if the player is paused.
Always show scrubber bar Select to always show the scrubber bar. Deselect to automatically hide the scrubber bar.
Accent Color Change the accent color to use throughout the player.
Player Preview Previews your selected settings. For Player V3 only, select one of the following options:
  • Video - video display of the asset (default).
  • Audio - audio display of the asset.

Channel & Channel Set Subtab (Player V3 Only)

Configure settings for channels and channel sets associated with the selected player. See Channels and Channel Sets (Deprecated).
Setting Description Player V4 Player V3
Top Gradient Color Select the top gradient color. This color fades from the Accent Color selected on the Player tab.  
Apply as solid background color Select to use the top gradient color as a solid background color instead.  
Video List Color Scheme Select a color scheme:
  • Dark
  • Medium
  • Light
 
Display      
Video description Select to show the description of the video.  
Video length Select to show the length of the video.  
Ooyala branding Select to show Ooyala branding ("powered by Ooyala") with the video.  
Player Preview Previews your selected settings. Select the preview you want to view:
  • Channel
  • Channel Set
 

Branding Subtab

Configure branding settings for the selected player.
Setting Description Player V4 Player V3
Watermark Branding (Branding Overlay) Place a custom watermark image on your player to display as a branding overlay on stream during playback. Click Upload and select a watermark image. Supported formats: PNG, JPG, and JPEG. Ooyala recommends using .PNG files with transparent backgrounds. Once the watermark is uploaded, you can specify its click-through URL, its transparency, and its position within the player. For Player V4 only, see also Adding a Custom Branding Overlay to Player V4.
Scrubber Branding To select an image to display when the viewer is navigating through the video, click Upload and select an image. You can upload .PNG, .JPG, and .GIF images. The image aspect ratio should be 4:3 and should not exceed 320x240.  

Start Screen Subtab

Configure start screen settings for the selected player. The start screen shows before a video begins playback.
Setting Description Player V4 Player V3
Display on Start Screen      
Title Select to display the title of the video.
Description Select to show the description of the video.
Play Button Text Select to show text below the Play button.  
Player Preview Previews your selected settings.

End Screen Subtab

Configure end screen settings for the selected player. The end screen shows after a video completes playback.
Setting Description Player V4 Player V3
Customize the end-screen with video sharing and recommendation options.      
Replay Select to show a Replay button after video playback ends.
More Videos Click to display the More Videos button after video playback ends. See additional options below.  
Share (options) Select to show the Share button. Choose (options) to specify which share options to display:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • URL
Embed Select to show the Embed button in the player. The viewer can click the Embed button to display a popup showing the embed script for the player, which they can use to display the asset on the viewer's website, blog, and so on.
Info (options) Select to show the Info button in the player. A viewer can click the Info button to see information about the currently playing asset. Choose (options) to specify which Info options to show:
  • Title - of the video (which you can edit on the MANAGE tab)
  • Description - of the video (which you can edit on the MANAGE tab)
  • Presented By - select to display your organization (Provider Name).
  • Provider Name - for the video. Specify your organization name.
  • URL - of the video, which you can specify here. You do not need to specify "http://" before the URL.
 
Title Select the show the title of the video (which you can edit on the MANAGE tab).  
Description Select the show the description of the video (which you can edit on the MANAGE tab).  
Display "More Videos" From If the More Videos option is selected, specify which videos will be shown:
  • Shared Labels - use videos that have shared labels (default)
  • A Specified Label - show videos that have a specific label. Choose Select a Label to specify the label you want to show.
 
Sort "More Videos" By If the More Videos option is selected, specify how videos are sorted:
  • Upload Time (Newest to Oldest) (default)
  • Upload Time (Oldest to Newest)
Click Behavior If the More Videos option is selected, specify how videos will open when a viewer clicks it.
Note: With this click behavior, only videos whose "hosted at" URL has been set in the Darkroom will be shown in the More Videos screen.
 
  • Open in Same Player - open the video in the same player. (Only option for Player V4.)
 
  • Open in Same Page - open the video in a new player on the same page.
 
 
  • Open in New Page - open the video in a new player in a new page (default)
 
Player Preview Previews your selected settings.

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