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[resolved] Auto Throttler for 1080, 720, and 480 (5 posts)

  1. bigwillis23
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi, I'm trying to upload a lot of videos for my website and want to add in the functionality of the auto throttler so it will adjust the resolution for the specific user. I can quickly create 1080, 720 and 480 files and work in film/video so have relative ease in that spectrum. My website does not support FFMpeg so I'll need to do my own encodes (with compressor) and upload my own thumbnails for the vids.

    Here's my issue: while it seems to recognize my different resolution videos, it doesn't seem to change which one it plays depending on device and whatnot. It always plays the default one.

    I've created 4 .mp4 files and uploaded with the following titles:
    *Note that each video lists at the bottom what resolution it is so if it changes/adjusts it will tell you.

    When I add my player in a page, it recognizes the 1080, 720 and 480 (asks me if I want to permanently delete them), but when it plays it only will use the main video.

    Can someone explain to process of how to do this or maybe clue me in to what I'm doing wrong here?


    Will Wedig


  2. Kyle Gilman
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    This process is a little unclear to me in the new Video.js as well. I used to be a little fussier about it but I've tried to let Video.js handle it automatically. These days most devices can play 1080p video though, so it's hard to say when it should be lower res. What devices are you not getting low resolution videos on? Do those devices play the 1080p video correctly? How do you expect it to work?

  3. bigwillis23
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Wow, great, quick reply! Thanks.

    I looked at it on my iPhone 4S with a slow connection (midtown Manhattan 3G is baaaaaadd) and would expect it to see that my download speed is slow and throttle it to the 480. 720 at least.

    But instead it continued to load the main video (that says 'main file' at the bottom. The 1080 on says '1080', 720 says that, etc). The video played, technically, but took forever to load even the 11 second clip because of slow connection.

    Would you suggest in our modern and usually fast world that I should just do everything at a relatively web friendly/low bitrate 1080p and call it a day? Or is there a way to make it throttle better on my end?

  4. Kyle Gilman
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Oh, I see what you mean. The point of providing multiple resolutions is that some devices don't support 1080p playback at all. Implementing bandwidth-monitoring on-the-fly switching is beyond my programming abilities at the moment, and it's not a feature of either of the players that I support. In the future I may create a button for manual resolution switching, but it's not a priority, and I'm trying to slow down development a little so I can focus on work that actually earns me money.

    I generally think 1080p is overkill for the web anyway. I usually just provide 960x540, but obviously it depends on what your needs are.

  5. bigwillis23
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Ok cool. Gotcha.

    I was considering with 960X540 or 1280X720 as an alternative so maybe I'll just go with that and call it a day.

    An HD toggle would be nice for that that do want to see the full 1080 video though.

    Thanks again! Great tool and slick player!

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