What Are Playlists
Creating Playlists has never been easier. With playlists, you can group together your videos in a meaningful way for your audience.
A playlist is basically a set of videos that will play in the order that you decide. A playlist can be embedded onto a web page like a regular video, or it can be shared and viewed on a Spotlightr Watch Page.
You can edit or change one of the videos in a playlist and it won't change the playlist embed code or Watch Page. So you can change one of the videos without having send out new links or change embed codes.
When you add a video to a playlist it's not duplicated. The playlist simply uses the video that has already been added to Spotlightr. When you delete your playlist, it won't delete any of the videos in it. However if you delete any individual video, then it will be deleted from any playlists it is in.
There are a variety of ways to use playlists. They are quite useful! Here are a few ways Spotlightr customers use them:
To play a pre-roll video, which is a video that will start before the "main" video. These can be used for advertisements for example. Or a long introduction. Though, keep in mind we do have a feature specific to only pre-roll and post-roll. But they can also be done with playlists.
Create chapters for a long video so viewers can stop at the end of long clips and know what chapter to come back to.
Show a series of videos about a product or service. This will give viewers the ability to pick the parts that are specific to their needs
Configuring a Playlist
Each Project has it's own Playlist module. Please note that only videos in the project you are in can be added to a playlist.
Once inside of a project, you'll see the playlist tab at the top.
Click on the button New Playlist, name your playlist and click Create:
Use the search bar to add videos. Just start typing the name of any desired video and our smart search will show it in the results. You can also add videos by clicking on them within the Search drop-down list.
You can simply drag and drop to change the order of the videos in the playlist. The minus icon will remove a video from your Playlist.
Under the Appearance section, you can choose whether to display the playlist on the left or right side of the player, inside, outside or under the player.
**Please note that all colors like the colors of the player, the controls, the playlist panel, the text of the video titles, etc all are set on your theme. To change any of these colors, the colors of your theme must change.
(The only color you can't change the panel background. This color is the color of your controls background with a 50% increase in shade.)
The Playback section will give you some more options for functionality and display.
When finished, be sure to Save your settings. The Preview button (eye icon) will open the Playlist on the Watch Page in another tab, so you can check how it looks.
Clicking on the Publish button will bring up the Publish options, so you can grab the Embed/Popup code to embed the playlist on your site or the Watch Page link to share the playlist on any social network.
Here's an example of a playlist with the playlist on the right side and inside of the player.
We have it configured so the playlist is visible when the video loads (you can also hide the playlist when the player loads).
There is an icon in the player controls to toggle the playlist on and off.