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Why not let the user decide? I'd simply have a toggle that enables/disables the auto repeat feature. I see two use cases: Someone is wanting a quick review of things that they have just learned (autorepeat is not really needed) Someone is learning new vocabulary and needs to absorb the nuances of each sign (autorepeat is very useful) I believe it would ...


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A 1 or 2 seconds video is really short; and looping it will make it look like it is stuttering. I suggest create a longer video showing the sign 2, 3 times; with different camera angles (if possible). have a repeat/replay button easily accessible.


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I just don't see much benefit, while the downside is significant. As for the benefits you mention: The point about obscuring subtitles seems quite minor to me. Typically when using the navigation, the user is necessarily distracted from the video content, anyway. Update: some people have pushed back about obscuring content. However, if the user needs to ...


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As a general rule of thumb this is not usually a good idea. That being said, if the user is clicking on a link like, "The demo video explains how the missile knows where it is" then you could consider that to be the same as clicking play.


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When the user clicks to play, you simply overlay a message saying 'This video has no sound', and the user clicks to accept this and start the video. For example, this recent video on the BBC website: In addition, where there may be sound but no voice-over, and the user might be expecting it, your message would be 'There is no commentary on this video'. ...


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This is the best article that I'm aware of on this topic: http://www.punkchip.com/2009/04/autoplay-is-bad-for-all-users/


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The top of panels is usually reserved for controls over the panel itself, not the content of the panel. For instance, in your example you have the Full Screen icon in the top-right, which at a glance is strikingly similar to the close 'X' icon that would dismiss the panel altogether. Also, out of context it's hard to tell whether it'd work. As a single ...


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It would not be inappropriate to remove a dedicated fast forward (FF) or rewind (RW) button from a digital video UI. What are they designed for? FF and RW buttons were designed to move quickly through physical tape media. In the case of the image below a cassette tape, but they showed up on media before this. There was no practical way to move forward ...


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Some hard reasons against videos: Videos require sound. This is not appropriate - or even feasible - in some scenarios. Videos take over control. I can't reliably skip a paragraph, read thoroughly or across - it's your pacing, not mine Videos usually offer no navigation. The goal of your home page should be for visitors to quickly find what they are ...


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If users want to share your content they will share the content. Trying to force their behavior works against you. Making them view the button isn't going to increase the quality of the content. Anti-pattern indeed.


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From personal experience, I can comfortably watch a 2 second gif repeatedly, if and only if the transition from end to start is quite smooth. If you are working with computer generated models: Perhaps the hands could return to the default position after they finish. If you are working with content you can't influence: Perhaps you can add a fade out of the ...


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Where the user doesn't feel it's too small? This is subjective and would vary by person, age-group, and screen real estate percentage. My assessment is that no one likes to see small video - unless it was in bad quality and watching it in large (or full screen) size would make the video visually punishing. ... OR you were watching a video and working at ...


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There aren't really any "guidelines" but there's a lot of information floating around about what designs are good for conversion. You can learn a lot from abtests.com, which often talks about changes made to a product homepage that have led to an increase in sales. Best practices I've come across and applied to the design of my product's promotional site: ...


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UX is never about "making" a user do anything. Unless the user got to the page by clicking a link that says "Play the Video" the answer to your question is no. Get users to play the video by: A) Do a better job of indicating why they would want to or B) Get a different video they actually want to watch Your job is to provide the information the user ...


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These have been my reactions looking at the image: "Hey, there's something I can play" (when I've seen the "triangular play icon inside of a circle"). "No wait, that must be something else. Perhaps a slider?" because the placement of the icon is quite confusing to me. "Play" icons are usually centered in the middle of the image (e.g., Youtube, Vimeo) or on ...


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Instead of asking "why shouldn't I?", ask "why should I?". Currently the de-facto standard is to put the timeline at the bottom. Changing this will cause mental friction, so you've got to have a good reason not to follow standards. If you have a good enough reason, then yes, maybe, maybe, move it up. But consider alternative solutions first. Why do you ...


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Video is an "elephant in the china store". When I go to a company web site's main page I expect: navigation bar on the top or left side, search box in the header, mostly on the right side, a short description of the company, what the heck they are (e.g. is it an ATL agency or a bike shop or whatsoever?), some bullshit (story of the company), title and head ...


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We produced a short video of Handcraft last summer (no longer available) and learned a lot. We might use what we learned in the future to do something again, but one of the most important lessons was that it's hard to get right. Because you have some priorities on the user experience side (like Csongor says, keep it short and simple, etc), you're creating ...


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We have very big gap between user with 512Kb/s and 50Mb/s download speed. Interface should be different for them. Auto switch resolutions for user with high download speed. Ask user with medium download speed before changing. And do nothing for user with low speed. Why would a user choose 720p when the video area is only 360p? Because sometimes he ...


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I've been working for years as web designer/developer in a communication company. From experience I can tell you that a well done smart video is better than anything to explain concepts in briefs and reaching the point. For your doubt: "I am uncomfortable with the expectation that users will play the video at all without an introduction or explanation ...


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You should offer both. For people who dont have patience to watch 60 sec long movie, will simply scroll the page down and look at screenshots with feature visualization. If that persons get interest in your project, they will take time to watch the movie to get the full explanation of you product. On the other side there are people who are typical TV ...


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Do not have the video on repeat by default; if a repeat option is offered to the user or if the sign is repeated within the video itself, make sure it's completely obvious when the sign starts and when it ends. Some signs repeat parts of the sign. Do not confuse users into thinking a sign must be repeated by repeating it.


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I'll be a contrarian. If used properly, there is a place for video on the front page. I do not mean a flashy flash logo with blinking lights dancing around the page, or even worse a self-playing abomination as a landing page. Think of the user experience of one of your likely visitors: "I know we want a e-learning solution, but I know nothing about this ...


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I am happy with the Youtube solution. Internet in Australia/NZ for example is much slower than in USA, Europe or Asia, and quite often you don't have a internet flatrate, but either pay per MB or get a Quota of x GB/month before they throttle you to dialup speed - so i usually choose the 240 resolution, even if my bandwidth would allow me 360 without (much.....


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Worst case scenario though is someone visiting the site, having the video blast them to kingdom come, and the user leaving the site never to return. That's probably rather unlikely if 70% of visits will be coming from iPads. If you want to keep things minimal than a big volume slider would kind of junk up the bottom bar but you could make the volume button ...


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You should consider a unified video player that would allow you to select different videos and load them on the same page (something like http://www.heydayfootwear.com/videos/ or the screenshot below) or jumps to a certain part of a single video (as @alexeypegov mentioned). An advantage to note of the above player, is that videos can still be browsed ...


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When looking at an image, the user tends to start from the center as it's the main focus point. I would opt to put the play button in the middle to ensure that the user knows its not a picture and it is a video. By putting the play button at the bottom the user may think its a picture. Youtube (which one would argue is the most well known online video site)...


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From a pure cognitive perspective, you should ask yourself: Can the user gather this is a video? Does the user want to the play the video? As for 1 - the fact it is a video is implicit - it requires users to look at the play icon, which will suggest it is a video. But there might be many other distractions on the screen and the eye may miss this icon. So ...


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IMHO, it depends on the origin (bookmarks by you, or comments by users?) and quantity of markers, as well as amount of text (within the markers) and length of video. Think about how these variables influence one another. I see you already adopted soundcloud's pattern for comments on a timeline—which is beautiful—but it's clearly more appropriate for ...



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