Imagevue supports video files directly in the gallery, and here are a few guidelines you may want to follow to get the most out of videos in your Imagevue gallery.
* Videos normally open in a lightbox window, while on mobile they normally open in the native player.
MP4 Video Format
First of all, what video format should you be using? A few years ago this would be a tough question, however today the answer is simple. mp4 is the current web standard for video because of widespread support and features. With the mp4 format, your videos will display in the flash gallery, as well as on most mobile devices from the mobile gallery.
Using the mp4 “format” does not necessarily mean using the same “codec”, so what codec should you be using? For your mp4 video, be sure to use the H.264 codec, which is the current industry-standard and supported on most devices.
* iPad/iPhone has native mp4 video support.
Why not FLV?
The flv format used to be the industry-standard video format for the web some time ago, but with the arrival of new mobile devices, things changed. FLV is basically SWF flash video, and as you may know, many mobile devices do not support flash.
* You can still use the flv format, but videos will not display on most mobile devices.
Will the video work on all mobile devices?
If you are using the mp4 format, your videos will display on most mobile devices. There are still a few older smartphones unfortunately that will not support mp4 video.
So what dimensions should you be using for your video? In this day and age with fast internet connections, you can easily choose 720p HD (High-definition). HD videos are nice to watch, and most visitors are able to view 720p video without much delay. Optionally, you might consider 480p SD (Standard-definition) if you want to make sure the videos stream without delay for most visitors. Keep in mind that videos will take a lot of server space and bandwidth, so if your server is slow, or you are somehow limited, you need to take this into consideration.
Youtube and Vimeo video
Can you display Youtube and Vimeo videos in Imagevue? Yes you can, but obviously you will not be uploading Youtube videos to Imagevue. Instead, you need to add a lightbox link to either the main menu, or to a text page or title/description. For example, from our video demo gallery, you can try to click the “Youtube” and “Vimeo” links in the description.
Go to the lightbox feature page to learn how to open a lightbox link. Scroll down to “Open a video” to find out how to open a Youtube or Vimeo video.
Video on startpage
You may want to use a Youtube- or Vimeo video directly on your startpage? No problemo. First create a new page/folder, set it as “link”, and then add the lightbox code to the link field as in the example below. Thereafter, go to settings → settings.startpath, and set your new link folder as the start page. The video will now open and display on your startpage! Example →