StreamShark offers the facility for creating custom player templates which allows you to change the player functionality (eg. Auto Play, 360 Live/VoD content support, Chromecast support) and color scheme to match your/your client's brand. Enterprise customers on plans with SSO Management and protection can also enable a Watermarking Overlay.
To create a Player Template, navigate to the Themes menu and select Video Player Templates. You can then Add a new Player Template.
Auto Play on Live Streams
For the live stream to start playing automatically without the viewer needing to click on the Play button. Turn the Auto Play toggle to "ON". You will notice that the Start Muted toggle also turns ON. Don't turn this toggle back to OFF. For Auto Play to work, the live stream/vod must always be muted. This is a requirement enforced by most modern browsers. Some browsers such as Chrome also maintain a media engagement score and so even with Auto Play enabled, whether the live stream plays automatically for a viewer depends on the media engagement score.
Player for 360 Degree Live/VoD Content
If you want to Live stream in 360 or want to offer a 360 video On-Demand, you will need to create a 360 player. To do this, add a new player template and set the 360 Degree Player toggle to ON. If you prefer, you can also enable Auto Play as described in the previous section.
Enterprise customers on plans with SSO Management and Protection will also see a Watermark Overlay Settings section. If an overlay on the video player is desired as an additional deterrent for potential bad actors, then set the Overlay toggle to ON. The text overlay will be displayed at random times during the broadcast. The settings section will expand to show customization options for the following:
- Overlay Position - The text can be overlaid on 9 different areas of the Video player including Top Left, Centre, Bottom Right
- Overlay Text - Enter the text you'd like to display eg. Confidential. Alternatively, use the Dynamic tags to display viewer information based on their SSO details such as name and email.
- Font Size - The Font Size ranges from 1 - 100 and represents the percentage (%) of the player that the text is going to occupy.
- Opacity - The Opacity ranges from 1 - 100 and represents how opaque the text is. 100 means completely opaque.
In the Video Player Customization section, the watermark can be previewed in real time. We recommend testing with a test Event that is restricted via SSO and verifying the watermark display as it'll display the viewer information.
Color Scheme for Player
You can easily change the colour scheme for the differing elements of the Player such as the Control Bar, Buttons, Timeline to match your or your client's brand. You can navigate to the other tabs to discover further customizations possible. Click on "Create" to save your new player template.
Selecting your Custom Player Template for your Event
Now, when you Add a New Event, the Player Template dropdown options list will display all the custom player templates you have created. Select the custom player you wish to use.