Facebook Unveils Two New Tools For Video Publishers

by • December 16, 2015 • FacebookComments Off on Facebook Unveils Two New Tools For Video Publishers3924

Facebook is always on the lookout for ways to help developers and publishers use content from the platform to make their websites more “social” or engaging. So, today, Facebook has announced that it is improving its embedding tools by adding an embedded video player API and including oEmbed support for content.

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In a Developer News blog post, Facebook Software Engineer, Lucas Cheon explained the two features.

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Embedded Video Player API

The embedded video player API allows you to embed videos a lot easier and also allows for increased customization and control to how you want  embedded videos to appear. As usual, synchronised view counts still exist and the API includes the following customizations:

  • – Autoplay (With or Without Sound)
  • – Volume Control
  • – Playlists
  • – Player Controls
  • – Event & Error Handling
  • – Custom Buttons & Thumbnails

Videos that have been created using the API can also appear with customised overlays that allow different levels of interaction with viewers. Check out the video below for two notable examples.

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oEmbed support – embedding made easier

The second improvement is oEmbed support – oEmbed is an open standard that “manages all the technical details required to embed things from Facebook”. It makes embedding “public articles, videos, and other posts from Facebook” much easier. All you have to do is copy and paste a URL. oEmbed support can be added to your CMS to make things a lot easier.

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Using material from Facebook on your website or blog has never been easier! You can find out more about the embedded video player API here and oEmbed support here.


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