Multimedia Player

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Purpose

Provides an accessible multimedia player for embedding video and audio into web pages.

Examples

How to implement

The multimedia player requires the use of a few HTML5 tags and a link to the media source you wish to embed.

Media Formats

The media player supports several formats, listed below; however, we recommend at a minimum you provide any video media in MPEG4 (using the H264 and AAC codecs) to be able to reach every audience, as all mobile players and most browsers are able to play this format. We also recommend you provide media in the WebM format (using the VP8 codec) in addition to MPEG4 in order to take advantage of native browser support, for example Firefox.

Compatible Formats

  • Video: MPEG4 (H264+AAC), WebM (VP8)
  • Audio: MP3, Ogg Vorbis
  • Captions: TTML, HTML5 Data

Required Elements

  1. Each multimedia player must be placed in its own <figure> using the wb-mltmd class:
    <figure class="wb-mltmd">
  2. Each container should contain one <video> or <audio> tag.
  3. Optional: Add a "Share this video" or "Share this audio file" link by adding the following to the figure element:
    data-wb-mltmd='{"shareUrl": "url"}'
  4. Add a figcaption element to the figure element with the title of the video or audio file. If a transcript is required, then also include either a link to the transcript or a details/summary containing the transcript.
    <figcaption>
    	<p>Looking for a Job</p>
    </figcaption>
    <figcaption>
    	<p>Looking for a Job (<a href="cpts-lg-en.html">Transcript</a>)</p>
    </figcaption>
    <figcaption>
    	<details id="inline-captions">
    		<summary>Looking for a Job - HTML5 Transcript/Captions</summary>
    		<p class="wet-boew-vd"><strong>(Animated pen draws a red line that leads into the text Looking for A Job)</strong></p>
    		<p class="wet-boew-vd"><strong>(Cut to a medium shot of the Host. LINE DRAWING GRAPHIC: Stick person appears and waves.)</strong></p>
    		<p><span class="wb-tmtxt" data-begin="2.50s" data-dur="3.84s">Hi, my name is Eric, and I'm a Service Canada employee.</span></p>
    		...
    	</details>
    </figcaption>

Video

  1. Add a poster attribute to the video element with the value being the URL for the thumbnail image.
  2. Add a title attribute to the video element with the value being the title of the video.
  3. Add one or more source elements to the video element with the src attribute value being the URL of the media file and the type attribute being the media file MIME type.
    Note: If you list multiple media sources for the video, the player will play the first media source file that works (is available, compatible, etc.).
    <source type="video/webm" src="https://video2.servicecanada.gc.ca/video/boew-wet/te-lj-eng.webm" />
    <source type="video/mp4" src="https://video2.servicecanada.gc.ca/video/boew-wet/te-lj-eng.mp4" />
  4. Add a track element with kind="captions" to the video element to add captions.
    1. Add the srclang and label attributes to the track element to identify the captions language.
      <track srclang="en" label="English" />
    2. Add the src and data-type attributes to the track element to identify the source of the captions.
      • Timed Text Markup Language: data-type="application/ttml+xml" and src is the URL of the Timed Text Markup Language captions file.
      • HTML captions file: data-type="text/html" and src is the URL of the HTML captions file.
      • Inline HTML captions: data-type="text/html" and src is the URL of the inline HTML captions (e.g., src="#inline-captions".
    <track src="cpts-lg-en.html" kind="captions" data-type="text/html" srclang="en" label="English" />
  5. Optional: Add buttons to link to cue points within your video.
    • Add a button element within the figure container.
    • Specify the cue point in seconds (ex. 75s) or time notation (01:15)
    <button class="btn btn-info cuepoint" data-cuepoint="75s">Cue point - 75s</button>
    <button class="btn btn-info cuepoint" data-cuepoint="01:15">Cue point - 01:15</button>
Code
<figure class="wb-mltmd" data-wb-mltmd='{"shareUrl": "https://wet-boew.github.io/v4.0-ci/demos/multimedia/multimedia-en.html"}'>
	<video poster="demo/video1-en.jpg" title="Looking for a Job">
		<source type="video/webm" src="https://video2.servicecanada.gc.ca/video/boew-wet/te-lj-eng.webm" />
		<source type="video/mp4" src="https://video2.servicecanada.gc.ca/video/boew-wet/te-lj-eng.mp4" />
		<track src="cpts-lg-en.html" kind="captions" data-type="text/html" srclang="en" label="English" />
	</video>
	<button class="btn btn-info cuepoint" data-cuepoint="75s">Cue point - 75s</button>
	<figcaption>
		<p>Looking for a Job (<a href="cpts-lg-en.html">Transcript</a>)</p>
	</figcaption>
</figure>

Video (YouTube)

  1. Add a title attribute to the video element with the value being the title of the video.
  2. Add a source element to the video element with type="video/youtube" and the src attribute being the URL of the video.

    <source type="video/youtube" src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9znKJqnFuuY" />

    or

    <source type="video/youtube" src="https://youtu.be/9znKJqnFuuY" />
  3. If captions are not already included for the video, add the captions using the tools provided by YouTube.
Code
<figure class="wb-mltmd">
	<video title="Suspect">
		<source type="video/youtube" src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9znKJqnFuuY" />
	</video>
	<figcaption>
		<p>Suspect</p>
	</figcaption>
</figure>

Audio

  1. Add a title attribute to the audio element with the value being the title of the audio.
  2. Add one or more source elements to the audio element with the src attribute value being the URL of the media file and the type attribute being the media file MIME type.
    Note: If you list multiple media sources for the audio, the player will play the first media source file that works (is available, compatible, etc.).
    <source src="https://www.archive.org/download/RideOfTheValkyries/ride_of_the_valkyries_2.mp3" type="audio/mp3" />
    <source src="https://www.archive.org/download/RideOfTheValkyries/ride_of_the_valkyries_2.ogg" type="audio/ogg" />
Code
<figure class="wb-mltmd">
	<audio title="Ride of the Valkyries">
		<source src="https://www.archive.org/download/RideOfTheValkyries/ride_of_the_valkyries_2.mp3" type="audio/mp3" />
		<source src="https://www.archive.org/download/RideOfTheValkyries/ride_of_the_valkyries_2.ogg" type="audio/ogg" />
	</audio>
	<figcaption>
		<p>Ride of the Valkyries</p>
	</figcaption>
</figure>

Configuration options

Option Description How to configure Values
shareUrl Adds a "Share this video" or "Share this audio file" link Add
data-wb-mltmd='{"shareUrl": "url"}'
to the element with class="wb-mltmd".
URL
URL of the video or audio file to share.

Events

Event Trigger What it does
wb-init.wb-mltmd Triggered manually (e.g., $( ".wb-mltmd" ).trigger( "wb-init.wb-mltmd" );). Used to manually initialize the multimedia player. Note: The multimedia player will be initialized automatically unless the multimedia player markup is added after the page has already loaded.
wb-ready.wb-mltmd (v4.0.5+) Triggered automatically after a multimedia player initializes. Used to identify which multimedia player initialized (target of the event)
$( document ).on( "wb-ready.wb-mltmd", ".wb-mltmd", function( event ) {
});
$( ".wb-mltmd" ).on( "wb-ready.wb-mltmd", function( event ) {
});
wb-ready.wb (v4.0.5+) Triggered automatically when WET has finished loading and executing. Used to identify when all WET plugins and polyfills have finished loading and executing.
$( document ).on( "wb-ready.wb", function( event ) {
});

Source code

Multimedia player source code on GitHub

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