Mini Player, a New Feature from Fluid Player

Leroy Medeiros

Leroy Medeiros

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Mini Player, a New Feature from Fluid Player

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Exciting news from Fluid Player! We are thrilled to introduce our latest innovation: the Fluid Player Mini Player. As you already know, Fluid Player is your go-to HTML5 lightweight video player, renowned for its flexibility and customization options, making it a favorite among website publishers. With our commitment to enhancing user experience, we are proud to announce the addition of the Mini Player feature in our latest update. Now, your audience can toggle the default player, minimizing it and placing it in the corner of the screen while seamlessly navigating the web page. This intuitive feature ensures uninterrupted browsing while enjoying your video content. The best part? End users can dive into the Mini Player experience right away, without any additional steps required from publishers. Whether showcasing your website content or monetizing video advertising, Fluid Player's Mini Player is here to elevate your user engagement effortlessly.

Mini Player Benefits

Fluid Player’s new Mini Player feature brings a multitude of benefits to enhance the end user’s experience on your website. Let’s look at some of these benefits:

  1. Multitasking Made Easy: Fluid Player’s Mini Player enables seamless multitasking, allowing users to explore your website while still enjoying your videos. By resizing the player to a smaller visor, users can move to different sections of your site, or other websites in the same tab, all without interrupting their video playback. This freedom enhances viewing metrics and keeps users engaged.
  2. Enhanced Content Exploration: The Mini Player retains all essential playback controls, ensuring a consistent user experience. Visitors can interact with the video just as they would with the default-sized player. This functionality is particularly valuable when your website recommends related or suggested videos. Users can preview various options without leaving their current video, fostering content discovery and minimizing disruptions in the viewing journey.
  3. Optimal Space Management: In an era of limited screen real estate, Fluid Player’s Mini Player is a game-changer. By reducing the video player's size, especially on devices with compact displays or content-heavy websites, users can perform multiple actions on the same page simultaneously. Whether they're browsing, working, or editing documents, the Mini Player ensures a clutter-free experience, enhancing usability and engagement.
  4. Continuous Audio Enjoyment: The Mini Player doesn’t just stop at video playback—it also offers a superb audio experience. Users can continue listening to the video’s audio while navigating different websites or focusing on other tasks. This feature allows for continuous listening without the need for the video to remain in the foreground, providing a seamless and uninterrupted audio experience.

How does the Mini Player visor work?

Fluid Player’s Mini Player not only mirrors the sleek design of YouTube's Mini Player but also operates seamlessly, replicating the functionality of the default player. This means users can enjoy the same intuitive interface and seamless navigation that they are accustomed to while experiencing your content. The identical set of features offers a consistent and user-friendly experience, making the transition between the Mini Player and the default player effortless:

#1 User support through Github and Documentation for every Fluid Player feature

#2 VAST standard supported: 

  • Multiple VAST tags (pre-roll, mid-roll, post-roll), 
  • Linear (video) ads, 
  • Non linear VAST tags (banner images (gif/jpg/png)), 
  • VAST Wrappers
  • VPAID Ads (Linear, Nonlinear, switch over from Nonlinear to Linear)

#3 Monetizing video advertising and live streaming video ads

#4 Timeline Preview

#5 Autoplay control

#5 Subtitles in VTT format

#6 VR and VPAID

And more.

The Mini Player can be closed by clicking the “X” button pausing the video and returning it to its original position and size as the default player. It can also be closed by clicking the main video placeholder or the Mini Player button, to return the video to its original state while keeping the video playing, so that the end user’s viewing of the video doesn’t get interrupted. 

Switching from Mini Player to default Player on mobile 

Considering that the majority of mobile devices operate through touchscreens, the Mini Player's interface has been optimized for mobile users. Users can just tap it on their screen, and the main video comes back instantly. Alternatively, by swiping left or right, the Mini Player closes, and the video pauses. It's all designed to be smooth and straightforward.

Mini Player Customization

Fluid Player is the ultimate choice for website owners seeking a personalized video player experience, and this extends to its new feature, the Mini Player. As a website owner, you have the freedom to tailor how the Mini Player looks and behaves to align perfectly with your site's aesthetics and user experience. The best part? You can dive right in with the default settings, as the Mini Player is fully functional out of the box. 

With Fluid Player’s latest update, the Mini Player option comes enabled by default. However, if you prefer not to use the Mini Player, disabling it altogether is also an option, giving you complete control over your website's video playback features.

The Mini Player supports any width or height above 400 pixels by 225 pixels, including:

  • Bigger Mini Player with HD resolution: 1280x720
  • Cinematic screen ratio: 525x225
  • iPhone 14 screen ratio: 400x867
  • Instagram post ratio: 400x400
  • MacBook screen ratio: 428x225

The position is by default the bottom right corner of the screen, but this can be changed to any other corner. And the default message that shows the Mini Player is active can also be modified.

Mini Player Custom

Auto Toggle

The Mini Player can automatically toggle when the user scrolls the player out of view. This feature is particularly handy for pages with auto-play or those aiming to keep users engaged while they navigate through the content.

Conclusion

Do you need more details about Fluid Player? Curious about our latest feature, Fluid Player’s Mini Player? Check out our documentation! Plus, if you're interested in optimizing your website's monetization, don't hesitate to get in touch with EXADS to find out how Fluid Player and our ad serving capabilities can elevate your revenue streams. We're here to assist you every step of the way!

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