Join Lynda.com Staff for an in-depth discussion in this video Using basic video player controls, part of How to use Lynda.com.
- In this video, we'll do a quick overview of the video player controls that will be available for you when you're watching videos. Once you begin watching a course, or any video within a course, the video player controls will become active. And they will appear here, just below the video player. The first one is the Play-Pause control. You'll notice, when hovering your mouse over these controls, an explanation of what the function does appears. You'll also notice that in parentheses is the keyboard shortcut that can also be used to operate this control.
As a quick refresher, you can view the full list of keyboard shortcuts by going up above the video player, selecting "more", and choosing "keyboard shortcuts". Going back to the course page, the next control is the "10-second rewind function". This is useful when you wanna jump back to review something the author has just said or demonstrated. You can quickly jump back 10 seconds by clicking on this button, and the video will start playing 10 seconds back.
If you wanna jump around within the timeline of a video, you can also do so by clicking on the video timeline anywhere here. You'll see this little playhead up here, and if you click on any spot, the video will jump to that portion. If you'd like to skip to the next video in the course, the next two buttons do just that. Clicking on them will skip you forward, or back, in the course........ Here, you'll see the time code of the video.
These two numbers are not clickable buttons. They're just here to represent the progress of far along you are in the video, and how much time is remaining. The next control is the volume control. Simply drag it up to increase the volume, or drag it down to decrease the volume. Or, drag it all the way down to mute it, which is indicated by this "x", right here next to the speaker icon. Keep in mind that volume control is independent of your computer's volume controls. So, if you have the volume turned all the way up, and it's still not loud enough for you, try turning up your computer speakers.
Next, we have this gear icon, and clicking on it will bring up the settings menu. Here, we have the options for "playback speed, video quality option, view mode, and auto-play options". The playback speed feature lets you both increase and decrease the speed of playback. Try increasing by two times if you wanna get through the videos more quickly. On the other hand, if you're having trouble comprehending what the author is saying, you can slow the speed down to play back at half-speed, and by default the video will play at regular speed, which is one time.
Under the speed control is the video quality option. Here, you can choose the quality of the video you are playing... If you have a high-bandwidth connection, you can stream at HD at 720p... But, if you're on a slower connection, try switching to one of the lower settings so that the video will load faster, but the quality will be slightly compromised. Under that is the "View mode". You can toggle between "dim lights" and "raise lights". "Dim lights" will dim everything but the video itself, so you can focus your view on the actual video.
And "raise lights" will restore the video back to the default mode where everything is visible at the same brightness. And here, under autoplay, you have options to turn this feature on or off. Keeping auto "on" will automatically start playing videos when you land on a course page. This allows you to watch the course in its entirety, without having to break your learning flow by scrolling the Table of Contents to bring up the next video. Of course, you can turn off autoplay. And, you're also free to jump around the course as much as you like, clicking and watching any of the videos in any order you want.
But, just be aware that if you do wanna watch the videos continuously in order, and autoplay is on, you don't have to click anything. When one video ends, it will automatically go to the next video.......... And if you prefer to control when the videos start and stop, choose the "off" option to allow for manual control of playing the videos. The next button we have is the option to toggle closed-captioning, or subtitles, on and off. By clicking this, closed caption will turn on.
Closed-captioning has multiple purposes. First, it allows our members with hearing impairments to be able to follow along with our training. But, closed-captioning can also be convenient if you're in an environment where you can't listen to audio, or if you don't have headphones, and you don't wanna bother people around you. In those cases, simply turn your computer's volume off, and turn on closed captioning, and you'll still be able to learn. The next option is the "pop-out video". I'm going to exit fullscreen mode here, so I can show you how the pop-out video works.
I can resize this pop-out video to any size I like. And I can move it all around the screen. This can be convenient if you have limited screen real estate, and you wanna work alongside the movie...... You can try reducing the size of the movie, and placing it in a corner, so you can see what other windows you have open. And, just click here to close this, and go back to default. And the last control here is the "maximize" or "full screen" button. Clicking on it expands the movie to fit your entire screen.
Once the video expands to full screen, the same control button becomes the minimize button that you can click again to restore the video back to its default size. And those are all of the video controls and keyboard shortcuts you can use to control and customize your learning experience.
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