media such as that shown on youtube. Questions often relate to how and when to use this on web pages.

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Video and audio autoplay - evidence that it's bad practice

Does anyone have any evidence or could point me in the direction of a web page that explains why video and audio autoplay is bad practice. I know it is but i'm struggling to find anything to back this ...
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When is appropriate to auto play music or video on a page?

We have a page with a demo video that we want users to watch but nobody is clicking play. Is it okay to automatically start the video when they hit the page or is that considered bad design?
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How to represent that a video has no audio?

It would be useful to know that a video (played on a web page) has no audio before starting to watch it. Benefits: Users wouldn't have to pause other audio sources (music player; audio/video ...
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YouTube automatically switches to “Share” tab when the video is finished playing

On every YouTube video page there are two tabs below the video: "About" contains an author-generated description, the category and license information. "Share" offers sharing functionality for ...
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What should the default volume of an in-line video player be?

Given that the volume shown in an in-line video player (e.g. Flash or Silverlight) is relative to the system volume (i.e. 100% volume in the player is 100% of the current system volume level), what ...
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Should video be used on home pages for company brochure sites?

I have just been in a meeting to discuss our company's new website. There was a lot of support for video being included on the home page. The video would include key messages and client's saying how ...
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In which cases does it make sense to use an explanatory video on a homepage?

I am a junior designer and I working on a web service's site design. I am not sure what should I place at the homepage i.e.: Some services like dropbox and readability have a quick video tour which ...
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Conveying that usability problems exist to developers, cheaply!

I'm a developer transitioning towards design/usability. I'm giving a talk to the devs at my workplace on design basics and guidelines with a little sneaky UX teaching on the side. My goal is to work ...
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Flipping video horizontally when recording

I am developing some software that has the ability to record video and send it to someone else. I have set it up so that when you record, it shows what you are recording as flipped horizontally (like ...
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Graphic content label

I'm working on a project in which we are labeling content to inform, not warn, the user (editors) that videos contain nudity, death, violence or adult language. We are not trying to discourage ...
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guidelines for creating videos to demonstrate a web application's functionality to end user

In a previous question, a person asked: what are the Best/Standard Practices for Creating & Building Help Files for End User? My question is related, but already assumes that offering videos for ...
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Video automatically playing on a home or landing page - studies and data

I'd really like to know of any good studies, or posts about the impact that an auto-playing video has on a home or landing page. Impact being a change in conversion rate, bounce rate, time on site, ...
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Are videos on the homepage of a commerce site a good idea instead of text?

I have received a design to implement for a new homepage on an existing music entertainment site. I have wireframed the new design below (it's already been designed and UX has not happened, I am ...
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Is there a standard order for `Stop`, `Play`, `Back`, and `Forward` buttons?

I have Stop, Play, Back, and Forward buttons with stereotypical DVD icons in an app I'm making. Is there a standard for ordering these?
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Videos on landing pages

Is it a good ideal to feature videos on landing pages or should their primary purpose be to signpost users to content elsewhere? I am developing a set of pages for an event, it is supported by a ...
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Should I add the length of video to the link?

I'm wondering if there is an formalized research, analytics data, or documented best practices that indicate whether I should add the length of the video in a video link (or near the thumbnail). ...
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Why do video sites let users choose the resolution?

Youtube does a good job of automatically changing the resolution based on the current viewing size: Initial - 360p Expand - 480p Fullscreen - 720p or 1080p depending on your monitor size If ...
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8 short tutorial videos: all embedded in one page vs separate pages with title link?

I'm putting together a catalogue page for eight 3-minute video tutorials explaining how to assemble electronic components (if relevant, here is an example video). The context is a robotics competition ...
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For video content, are intros or outros less intrusive?

For a brief time my Youtube channel had a little Intro to build some branding and show off my channel name. I quickly found that, at least to me, it was pretty annoying and only delayed my ability to ...
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Can I eliminate volume from my custom html5 video controls?

I'm currently designing a custom full-screen video player for a client, who has provided an Adobe Illustrator high-fidelity interface mock-up. The concept is as minimalist as possible. Their mock-up ...
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Best Practice for video start image

Should a video player (on load / idle mode) always only show a still picture that was 'grabbed' from the video? Or would it be ok-practice or even better-practice to show a photo, that is somehow ...
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Volume control on the media player

Very often I have noticed that whenever a video or audio is played on the most common sites (like youtube, vimeo, facebook, soundcloud..) the volume is always at the maximum by default. Now, I am not ...
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Quantitative studies on autoplaying video?

Does anyone know of any quantitative studies that look at the effect of autoplaying videos on the user experience of a website (i.e. a page loads and—BOOM—a video + audio starts playing)? My UX senses ...
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best practice for displaying video content?

is there best practice for displaying video? In this instance there is only one video item and it is contextual to the whole page article. I feel it is best to display it at the top of the page but ...
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Is it easier to get a user to watch a video, or to scroll?

I see a lot of startups using product videos as the primary focus on their home page, with cheeky animated characters explaining whatever their product might be. But is there any data showing whether ...
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Smallest acceptable 16:9 video player?

Is there any user research or testing on the smallest size a 16:9 video could play on a website, where the user doesn't feel it's too small?
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Where to put video transcripts?

Is there any official guidance on where to put a transcript for a video? Should it go on the same page as the video or on a separate page?
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Pinch-to-zoom and visual feedback with a live video stream

I'm currently developing a tablet application aiming to act as a remote control for a security camera, showing a video live stream from the camera as well as some buttons. Besides typical commands ...
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Is removing the video control playbar a dark pattern?

Lately, I've been finding more and more videos (mostly those with marketing purposes) that are don't have the so called "playbar", ie. the timeline control that allows you to jump inside the video to ...
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what youtube embed is more accessible for users w/ screenreaders/only keyboards

I notice that Youtube now likes to embed videos using an Iframe, but will still allow the old object method. I'm just curious which method would be best for people using the site in an unconventional ...
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Is it a good or bad idea for a video player to have the play button in the top-left corner?

Do you think it is a good or idea and why? Also, why do you think Comedy Central (e.g., The Daily Show) put their play button in the top-left corner instead of the middle?
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help videos effectiveness

when designing interfaces we are constantly struggling to make our product intuitive and very often, as soon as things get a bit stuck, people suggest "No problem, let's just insert a 30-second video ...
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How can i annotate videos of usability sessions?

What is the best method to take notes from videos of a usability session? Consider the scenario you recorded a usability test (remote or local) and want to do a review of the whole session by taking ...
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Demonstrating that Audio and Video can't play at the same time?

I will have a screen with a Video in the lower right corner that is playing. One the screen behind the video there will be an audio channel that can be played. Only one of these streams can play at ...
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What software is used to create GUI concept videos?

If I was to create a video of a GUI concept video with animations, what software is best suited for that? The focus would be applications for mobile devices or screens integrated in homes, cars etc. ...
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What font is best for full screen closed captions?

I'd like to upload some closed caption audiobooks to youtube where the video is simply the subtitles for the text being read. Here's an example. What design would best suit this purpose? I'm pretty ...
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Who invented video timeline thumbnails? [closed]

I’m trying to figure out who invented the video preview thumbnail that pops up e.g. on YouTube when the mouse cursor touches the timeline. The first time I saw this UI element was on a porn website ...
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Listing Articles and Videos together

On the landing screen of an App, we have content separated into two tabs, News / Videos. I am trying to see if it makes more sense to have News Articles and Videos presented together, using icons to ...
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Should training videos be within a web application or linked off?

I work on a ongoing web application project and my managers would like to have training videos on how to use the application. They want the videos to link off to a separate site so that our customer ...
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Where do you position the title of a video?

When designing a video webpage, should the video's title be the heading of the entire page or should it be the caption of the video? How do you choose between the two? Below are two flagship examples ...
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Choosing between state and action on video chrome controls

I realize that the question of deciding whether to make a button show its state versus show its action has already been asked. Some of the answers were to make the interface more verbose or add ...
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Is it regarded as unprofessional to use YouTube to host videos on a paid site?

I am creating a site that has a paywall. Only registered users may view content, and as part of that content we are allowing upload and sharing of videos to other registered members. Currently I am ...
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Why do mobile video apps encourage taking short videos?

Recently there's been a rapid increase in the number of mobile video apps that limit their recording length. These are some popular examples: Vine - 6 seconds Viddy - 15 seconds Keek - 35 seconds ...
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Should video always play full screen on cell phones?

This is a discussion of how to design a video website's UI based on a cell phone's features. I personally think that the UI should be based solely on the phone's screen size. A co-worker thinks that ...
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Video in Email - Triangular Play Button or “Play Video” Button?

Video links in email, or even videos that play directly in email, have been a hot topic lately, so I figured I'd ask this here. I've tended to use the triangular play button over thumbnails when a ...
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How should I approach a video tutorial for a responsive web app?

When creating tutorials (video or otherwise) for a responsive web app, what size should I show the interface at? Mobile? Desktop? Should they be separate videos?
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Looking for best practice, articles, tests or studies on video placement on websites.

We are a publisher of many special interest (that doesn't mean x-rated! ;) news websites (tech, music, sport etc). The majority of our content is editorial but we obviously have a growing amount of ...
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Deleting, editing and sharing individual videos within a list

I have a list of video thumbnails that users need to be able to edit, delete and share. The issue is that only one video at a time can be edited or shared, but multiple videos can be deleted at a time ...
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Are users more likely to share embedded videos or videos watched from a dedicated viewing experience (YouTube app/site, etc)?

I'm trying to form a best practice recommendation for either embedding videos (embedded youTube player) or launching videos into a dedicated viewing experience (leveraging YouTube app on smartphones ...
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Showing a question during a video in Android

I am trying to implement something similar to what Coursera does when watching a video - ask the user a question to assess his/her understanding like shown below What is a good way to do this in ...