Audio / Video player updated – to jwplayer v8.2

We updated our audio/video (and TV) 3rd party JS-based player from v6.8 to v8.2 today.

This was updated with some code to have the same feature set as before, as well as new:

  • much nicer cosmetic/look updates
  • nice “rewind 10 seconds” button
  • controls are now in an updated control bar
  • (video) ‘Related Items’ now uses the same (better) recommendations from the bottom of an /details/ page
  • Airplay (Safari) and Chromecast basic casting controls in player
  • playback speed rate control now easier to use / set
  • playback keyboard control with SPACE and left , right and up, down keys
  • (video) Web VTT (captions) has much better user interface and display
  • flash is now only used to play audio/video if html5 doesnt work (flash does not do layout or controls now)

Here’s some before / after screenshots:

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18 Responses to Audio / Video player updated – to jwplayer v8.2

  1. Karl says:

    Hi – thanks for the updates – but at the moment I’m seeing;

    Error loading player:
    Network error

    on all the embedded control bars on my website – is this a temporary issue ?

    • traceypooh says:

      Yes, sorry about that — I mangled a cache clear for about 2 hours.
      Should be fixed now — please let us know if any issues for you.
      Thanks for the sharp eyes and fast report! 😎

  2. Just Wannacomment says:

    Player locks up palemoon completely. Once CPU pegged. Have to ctrl-alt-del to get out.
    Palemoon 27.8.3 64 bit on win 7 pro.

    • Just Wannacomment says:

      All is working now – nothing changed on my end. Magic of the internet or you have fixed something. Either way, thank you.

      • traceypooh says:

        phew! sorry about the frustrating early experience. _Thank You_ for letting us know things got OK with you!

  3. Just Wannacomment says:

    *One not Once.

  4. traceypooh says:

    We are getting some legit feedback for folks with audio items and the volume slider going away (to mute/unmute).

    We will try to sort something out.

    For now, a workaround option to volume change:
    find a video on our site, eg: and change the volume there and return to the audio item.

    We had another workaround, but only briefly (since it had a cosmetic bug), to hit the playback rate/speed “Clock” icon in upper left to make more vertical space, and then get to a vertical volume slider. I will try to get that live tomorrow at the latest as a better workaround.

    Apologies for those writing into us about this frustration!

    • traceypooh says:

      OK, volume slider is back!
      (thanks to a little hacking workaround 😉

      Very sorry for misreading how badly this would affect audio items!

      • Karl says:

        Thanks for the hard work – and info on the new volume slider for audios 🙂

        At the moment, I can see the slider on my audios in my Internet Archive library – but there’s some confusion,
        because there’s no slider to be seen on the same embedded audios on my website…
        I only see ‘mute/unmute’ buttons at the moment…

        Do I need to do anything ? Or just wait a while ?


        • traceypooh says:

          hmm…. we don’t have the vertical space above the controlbar to pull off the same volume slider trick…

          not sure what to do/think/try in this case, but still thinking and figured should let you know..

  5. T says:

    Is it possible to get a ten second fast forward as well as the ten second rewind? I use ff more. Thanks.

    • traceypooh says:

      Technically it’s possible. I’m trying to stay as much “stock player” as possible (though I’ve already had to customize (and in a few places, fairly deeply hack) it a bit.
      One minor issue w/ such a button would be the extra spacing for smaller setups. Maybe compromise could be only surfaces for “wider” windows/viewports (and the narrower ones would be more mobile/tablet anyway w/ their own control options, too…)

  6. Nathan Anderson says:

    Has the update completely removed the ability to skip forward 20 seconds? I used to use this religiously on recordings that had old commercials, but it no longer seems to be available. Thank you!

    • traceypooh says:

      on site proper? (either /details/ or /embed/ pages)?
      we didn’t have that — unless maybe it was a feature of your mobile (phone/tablet) native controls and now it’s not there?

      how were you watching / listening?

      sorry something may be gone now for you… 8-(

      • Nathan Anderson says:

        It was in the lock screen of my iPhone. I could skip forward without having to go back to the player, but that feature is gone now. I second the message from traceypooh above. A skip forward button is so great, and I think it would be utilized more often than a skip back. Anyway, thanks for all you do.

  7. Dan A. says:

    Hey there! Sorry to hijack the comments here but I have a somewhat related question. Are the multiple video quality options outlined in this blog post still relevant?

    I have a series of presentations mastered in 4K that I’d like to offer (YouTube-style) in original 4K resolution, as well as 1080p, 720p, and 480p. I tried encoding these (All H.264/AAC audio with the faststart flag in ffmpeg) but the best I’ve been able to achieve is seeing one resolution setting and the auto-derived 360p .ogv. An example of this can be found here:

    Let me know if I’m missing something or if the process has changed. Thanks so much!


  8. traceypooh says:

    Dan A. :
    [duno why our blog is acting weird now w/ comments…]

    you can upload an HD quality if it is h.246/AAC/faststart and websafe (sounds like it, bravo! 🙂
    just name the file like:
    and that should still make our SD derivative as MYVIDEO.mp4
    and our player will then offer up both HD and SD in the controlbar as toggles, etc.


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