Video Player Functionality

In terms of playback, the video player functions very similarly to other video players. You can stop and start the video playing, scrub along the play bar to move the play head, etc. Scrubbing along the red play bar at the base of the video displays the exact time of each frame as you move forward or backwards and you will simultaneously see the video move on the map, if you have the map function active. (For information on using maps and layers with videos, see the article Viewing Videos with Maps.)

On the top right, above the video player you will find options to change the resolution of the video and to change the position of the map.

  • Select the position of the map relative to the video. You can turn the map off completely, position it in the upper right corner of the video, or have it appear side-by-side, next to the video. If you elect to put the map in the top corner of the video, you can use your mouse to adjust the size. Hover over the bottom corner, the left edge or the bottom of the map and then drag to adjust the size when you see the arrow icon.
  • When the map is side-by-side with the video, you can adjust the size of the map or the player to make one or the other larger. Position your mouse on the left edge of the map and drag to adjust when you see the arrow icon.
  • Adjust the quality of the video. There are four options for playback: 480p, 720p, 1080p and 4k. Your options will depend on the quality of the original video that was uploaded. 4k will give you the best resolution for viewing, of course, but if you have a slow web connection or a monitor that cannot display 4k you will want to adjust down the resolution for better playback.

On the bottom right, below the video player, you will see two icons:

  • The square icon on the far right will allow you to enter full-screen mode to view the video/map.
  • Clicking the speedometer icon allows you to turn on two different data displays below the video screen. Select the Digital Speedometer to display altitude, speed of the device and compass heading. Select Raw Data to display the meta data associated with the video. This can include flight data such as latitude, longitude, etc.
  • The player also displays the date and time of the video as it plays.

On the bottom left, below the video player, you will see three buttons. 

  • On the far left is the play/pause button, which functions just like all video players. 
  • Hover over the small speaker icon to turn the volume off and on. When the speaker is on, you have the option to adjust the volume.
  • Survae's video/map player also enables you to change the speed of the video playback, so you can move quickly through a long video, if desired.

Hover over the text that says "1x," which is the normal playback speed. You can then select from a number of speeds to increase how fast the video plays. Reset, at any time, to 1x for normal playback.

Using the Related Videos and Stills Playlist

In the top left corner of the video player, click on the stack icon to open a tray to the left of the video player. The tray will display any videos or still images that are located on the map on the right. You can zoom in or out on the map to change which videos and stills appear in the tray and you can adjust the number of items that appear in the tray.

When you mouse over any video in the tray, a red line will appear near the bottom of the thumbnail. You can quickly scrub forward or backwards through the video along the red line. Click anywhere on the red line to jump to that point in the video and begin playing it.

An important note about sharing videos. All of the settings you select for the map and for the video player will travel with the video/map player when you share it outside of the Survae platform. 

If you want someone to see a particular shapefile with a video, for instance, make sure you turn that layer on prior to copying the link to share the video. Also, you most likely do not want to share a video with the 4k resolution turned on, as many people may not have the bandwidth to play a 4k video.

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