There is a term we've coined here at Granicus it's called the "Integrated Public Record." This is the ability to provide citizens a completely transparent view into your government meetings and proceedings within a single video player. Our player facilitates this by combining video, public records, index points, and making all of this "sharable" across the web!
I wanted to provide our customers and potential customers with a quick overview of how to configure their video player, or the Integrated Public Record, to provide the best and most transparent experience for their viewers. These features are only available for customers that have moved to the new version of our video player - it's a free upgrade, contact us for details.
Let's take a closer look at how to access and configure these settings within Granicus:
- Login to Granicus with your username and password
- Click on the Admin Tab and then the Templates Tab
Note: You will need Administrator privileges to access the Admin tab and read/write permissions to configure Templates
- Select the Default Player Template and click Edit
- Click on the Designer Tab
Note: The Designer and Editor sub tabs contain different methods for customizing your player. The Editor tab should only be used by those with advanced knowledge of web design and HTML. You will receive a warning before entering the Editor interface.
Now that you are in the Designer Tab, you will see a lot of options to configure your video player. If you need assistance with any settings not listed below please contact Customer Care.
- Choose your configuration options carefully. This dictates how your users will experience your video and your other player features.
- Start Playing automatically starts the video when the player page loads.
- Enable Closed Captions turns the closed caption button on for citizens to use. Citizens have to click the CC button in order to view Closed Captions.
Note: Closed Captioning may not be available for your solution. If you enable the captions without a subscription, the panes will become available for citizens, but they will not see the captions.
- Enable Embedding provides citizens with a button that allows users to access an HTML "embed" link to the video. Citizens can copy and paste this code into their blog or website as a way to share the video. They also have the option to edit the length, resize, and automatically start the video in the content’s new location. You can learn more about this feature in my previous blog article.
- Enable Index and Share allows you to decide whether you want your video player to show a summary of your index points. When this is active, users can jump-to specific subjects being discussed at specific times during your meetings. Additionally, activating the "share" feature ensures users have the ability to share a video with their social networks. We also discussed this during my last blog article. Read it here.
- Default Thumbnail Image when enabled, displays an image before the video begins to load in the player. This image could be a logo or seal. To upload an image, click the Browse button to locate your image, and click the Save Settings button to save your selection. Click the Remove button to delete your selection.
Once you've determined your settings simply click save and they will be activated on your site! Pretty easy.
Ageain, if you walk through these steps and do not see these video configuraiton options, it's likely you have not converted to our new Digital Media Player. Don't worry, it's a free upgrade. Please submit the "Have questions" form below to get the process started.