Markup Comments allow users to add Comments and Annotations to Resource(s) within Publish & Feedback Approval Requests. Video files are also supported here, allowing users to add General Annotations to specific time points on the video. Additionally users can also add Markup Comments that will apply to a time range, adding both a start and end time to indicate the period when the Markup should apply. When the video file is played, annotations will appear over the video as added.
Other annotations functionality is the same as for other file types. To read more about that click here.
This article contains an overview of those aspects of Markup Comments that are specific to Video files (for those supported for Annotations). Click on the items below to jump to a specific section:
- Video File Type Support
- Navigating the Video Preview
- Adding a Video Annotation
- Changing the Time of an Annotation
- Changing an Annotation's Time Point to a Time Range
- Navigating via the Comments Panel
Video File Type Support
Once a video file is uploaded into the platform, it will automatically be converted to the MP4 format (unless that's the video's original format). This allows the video to be utilised in the video players and allows the user to add annotations to the video within Markup Comments. Once you add a new video file, it may take a few minutes until Annotation options will be available if conversions are required. In this instance you will need to refresh the Markup Comments page if that's where you have added the video.
In addition to MP4, OGG & WEBM files are automatically supported in Markup Comments.
Navigating the Video Preview
On the left side of the Markup Comments page is the Video Preview. Here you can add annotations, play the video and make adjustments to the time of the annotations.
The top area above the Video Preview is dedicated to your annotation options. You can read more about those below.
Video Player Options
Under your Video Preview are a number of settings (all pictured below) which enable you to easily adjust the video. The numbers in the screenshot below correspond to a setting in the list.
- Volume: Increase / decrease or mute the video's audio.
- Loop Video: When enabled, the video will play continuously on a loop.
- Playback Speed: Speed up or Slow down the video.
- Aspect Ratio: Show an Aspect Ratio guide on the video to indicate what it will look like if that is applied.
- Play actions: Allows you to play or navigate between video frames (via the arrows on either side of the play icon).
- Video Time / Duration: The first time stamp indicates at what point the video is currently playing. The second time stamp indicates the total length of the video.
Annotation Timing Options
Under the Video Player Options listed above are 3 lines of content that are more specific to the Annotations that have been added, as well as allowing you to navigate the video in greater detail. The numbers in the screenshot and list below indicate how each of these elements work:
- The Video Player bar allows you to navigate along it and when clicked will take you to the spot in the video that matches the point of selection. If you hover over a certain point in the bar, you'll be able to see a thumbnail of that point.
- The Video Annotations bar indicates where your annotations are based on the time associated with it. It's also where you can update the time of the annotation or switch it to a time range (see more below). If there are multiple annotations for the same time stamp the one selected will be the last one added. Selecting an annotation in this bar will automatically update the video player to that time stamp.
- The Thumbnail bar displays thumbnails of each video frame. These are automatically generated for each second of the video. If you click on a thumbnail it will update the video player to that thumbnails time. Note that after uploading a new video it can sometimes take a few minutes for these thumbnails to be generated.
Adding a Video Annotation
The process of adding a Video Annotation is the same as for other Annotation types. You can see an example of how to do this below. As with all annotations, you need to Save the corresponding Comment before it will appear for all users.
Changing the Time of an Annotation
Once an Annotation has been Saved, it will appear in the Video Annotations bar as a dot, with the colour of the dot reflecting the colour of your annotation.
If you wish to change the location of the Annotation within the same time stamp, click on the Annotation on the Video Preview directly and drag it to update (noting that this is only available for the Creator of the Annotation).
If you wish to change the single timestamp of the annotation, ie the time the annotation applies to, locate the Annotation dot in the Video Annotations bar. This can easily be done by clicking on the Annotation or Comment. Then, click and drag the dot to the new time stamp. This will only be available for the Creator of the Annotation.
Changing an Annotation's Time Point to a Time Range
The Video Annotations bar displays an indication of all Annotations added to the video via dots. When you click on any one of these dots, handles will appear on either side (as pictured below).
To update the Start or End time of an Annotation, click the corresponding handle and drag to the relevant timestamp (As demonstrated below).
If you already have a time range created and want to move it, you can just select it on the Video Annotations bar directly (avoiding the handles this time) and move it to it's new position.
Navigating via the Markup Comments Panel
The Markup Comments Panel functions essentially copy the options for other file types. The difference for Video files is that Comments with Annotations are grouped based on the related Time of the comment. If a user clicks on the Comment, it will load the Annotation and update the Video player. The user can also navigate to a Time stamp or Time Range by selecting the time that appears above the Comments,as highlighted below:
Other Markup Comment articles available include: Markup Comments Overview, Markup Comments Support, Access & Restrictions, Markup Comments & Annotations, Add New Versions / Revisions in Markup Comments, Instant Alerts (Markup Comments).
To read more about Approvals click here.
Please note that the 'Approvals', 'Admin' and 'My Account' terminology referenced above may appear differently in your platform as these are customisable terms. You can view related terminology here.
If you have any further questions about Markup Comments, please contact your Customer Success Manager.