We’re excited to announce the release of a new, upgraded HTML5 video player! This video player remains as responsive and as flexible as our video.js based video player while providing additional benefits to our broadcasters:
- New design
- Better performance when streaming live video
- Plus new features coming soon
Want to know more? Keep on reading!
DaCast video player
As of today, we have switched the default DaCast video player to our new upgraded video player, based on THEOplayer’s technology. This upgraded player is completely free and the transition has been seamless for our users.
DaCast’s default video player remains compatible white label, fully customizable, and you still have the ability to use your own video player with our streaming solution if you have specific streaming needs.
New design & better performance
Among the new performances of our upgraded video player are:
- A newer, more powerful user interface
- Improved responsiveness and auto-resizing
- Better audio-only streaming support
- Broader HLS support
Let’s look at the upcoming new features in more detail.
Upcoming features of the upgraded DaCast video player
There are some great new features that are up-coming and will only be available with our new THEOplayer based video player. We’ll highlight two of them here.
One example is chaptering. Chaptering allows you to section a long video into shorter chapters. Each chapter can be assigned a custom title. Mousing over the seekbar allows users to read the title of each chapter. This makes navigating content much easier for users. It’s an ideal solution for longer videos that otherwise contain undifferentiated content.
Another upcoming tool in DaCast new upgraded video player is support for multiple audio tracks. This allows you to broadcast both live streaming and on-demand video in multiple languages. You can also, for example, stream a commentary track that’s optional. This provides a lot more customizability for international broadcasting.
And these are just two of the new features we plan to release with this new upgraded video player, stay tuned!
Have you checked out the most recent DaCast video player features?
DaCast also includes a number of pretty cool features that are already available. These include the ability to set up a “countdown timer.” This will display a countdown to the start of your scheduled live event in place of a video player until the stream begins, allowing you to create a “FOMO” atmosphere surrounding your next live event. Learn how to set up the countdown timer feature here.
Another nice feature is the ability to set a custom “stream offline” message. This will appear whenever a stream is having an error. You can customize the message text, font style, size, color, and alignment, allowing you to send your viewers a fully custom message whenever you turn your stream offline.
To begin using our new upgraded video player, no action is required. If you’re already using DaCast, the transition will be seamless.
If you’re not using DaCast, now is a great time to begin. DaCast offers a full-service online video platform. We support live streaming and video-on-demand. A wide range of tools are included with the DaCast platform. This includes analytics tools, an integrated paywall for monetization, and a full-access API for custom integrations and applications.
More than 110,000 broadcasters have used DaCast in their successful live streaming endeavors. That includes Nokia, The New York Times, Red Bull, and the University of California, Berkeley. Plans start at just $19 per month. If you’re considering the DaCast platform, we invite you take advantage of our 30-day free trial (no credit card required). That way, you can test out all our features for yourself.
Want to have a look at our new upgraded video player? Check out the following video.
This video will also remind you of the best tips to live stream on DaCast using OBS Studio 😉