1. Include CTAs in Your Video Player
Professionals often want video viewers to take a specific action. Such actions include: subscribing, buying a product, signing up for an email newsletter, purchasing an event ticket, et cetera. Dacast’s video player makes this easy by allowing users to insert CTAs, or Calls-To-Action, in your video player. At the end of the video, the CTA will popup with the text and link of your choice. This allows you to direct viewers to take any action and boost your conversion rates dramatically.
2. Custom Player Languages
Dacast’s video player allows you to use custom languages for your video player interface. This multi-lingual support is easy to configure with just a few clicks.
3. Mail Catcher
Emails are incredibly valuable to any organization. So how do you capture emails from your viewers?
Dacast makes it easy with a feature called Mail Catcher. This simple, powerful feature adds a popup inside your video player. The popup requests a viewer’s name and email address before allowing them to watch the video. Then, this information reaches the broadcaster directly, which allows you to easily build your email list.
4. Advanced Video Encoding with Ingest Recipes
Videos come in all different sizes, shapes, and file formats. The Dacast online video platform makes it easy to transcode your videos in the cloud. You can set up “ingest recipes,” which you can then apply to future uploads. This allows you to transcode videos into multiple different renditions with just one click. This way, you can ensure compatibility with all kinds of devices and ensure adaptive multi-bitrate delivery with our video player.
5. AES Encryption Support
The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a great way to add additional security to your videos. AES encrypts your videos and shares the key privately with authorized viewers. It’s as easy as clicking play—but more secure.
6. Live Streaming DVR
7. Frame-Accurate Seeking
This feature allows viewers to navigate a video with extreme precision. When watching a video, viewers can now use the < and > keys to skip forward or back one frame at a time. This is especially useful for sports and anything else where live-action happens quickly.
8. iFrame URL Configuration
The embed code for the Dacast video player allows you to change some advanced settings by modifying the code. Check out this guide from vzaar, which is now a part of Dacast, for details on how to do this.live
9. Cookie-Based User Settings
10. Kiosk Mode
Need a chromeless, looping video player for a display of some sort? Restaurants, museums, public offices, and businesses all may need to have this sort of setup. With this in mind, our THEOplayer-based video player supports “kiosk mode.” This setup turns off player controls completely and enables video autoplay and looping.
11. Object-Fit Video Scaling
With this feature, you can film videos in all sorts of different “aspect ratios.” For example, the most common ratio today is 16:9. That means that for every horizontal distance of 16 pixels, the video is 9 pixels tall. However, that’s not the only video format. The 4:3 aspect ratio used to be standard. In recent years, square video (1:1) has become more popular. And vertical videos are common on phones, too.
12. Closed Captions
Closed captions are necessary to reach language learners, the deaf and hard of hearing, and many others. They may be legally necessary, depending on your jurisdiction. Our video player includes native support for CEA-608/708, WebVTT, and TTML captions.
13. Chapter Markers
Long videos can be challenging to navigate. Using a small seek bar—especially on a smartphone or tablet—is tricky. However, a feature called chapter markers makes this process easy. It does so by allowing you to mark the seek bar with key segments of the video, which you can also title. This makes it easy to navigate through even the longest video.
14. Video Advertising
15. Paywall Monetization
Next up, how about an alternative monetization method? Dacast’s video platform includes a paywall with support for subscriptions and pay-per-view. Extra features, like multi-currency support and coupon codes, come with our platform as well. These tools make it easy to monetize your video content right away.
16. All-Device Playback
In short, these features all sound great. However, you don’t have to take our word for it. There is independent evidence that THEOplayer is the best video player on the market today.
In fact, the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards selected THEOplayer as Best Video Player Solution! And not just once, but for the past 3 years in a row! Streaming Media Magazine is undeniably the industry-leading publication for online video, so it’s quite an honor.
Even better, prices start at just $21 per month for an introductory plan. Interested in testing out the Dacast online video platform? We invite you to sign up for our 30-day free trial (no credit card required). And if you have more questions, feel free to contact us.
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