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Brightcove Player Sample: Horizontal Responsive Playlist

In this topic, you will learn how to manually create a responsive, horizontal playlist.

Player example

You will see the horizontal playlist below the player. If you resize your browser, you will see the player and playlist both resize.

See the Pen Horizontal Responsive Playlist by Brightcove Learning Services (@rcrooks1969) on CodePen.

Source code

View the complete solution on GitHub.

Using the CodePen

Here are some tips to effectively use the above CodePen:

  • Toggle the actual display of the player by clicking the Result button.
  • Click the HTML/CSS/JS buttons to display ONE of the code types.
  • Later in this document the logic, flow and styling used in the application will be discussed in the Player/HTML configuration, Application flow and Application styling sections. The best way to follow along with the information in those sections is to:
    1. Click the EDIT ON CODEPEN button in the CodePen and have the code available in one browser/browser tab.
    2. In CodePen, adjust what code you want displayed. You can change the width of different code sections within CodePen.
    3. View the Player/HTML configuration, Application flow and/or Application styling sections in another browser/browser tab. You will now be able to follow the code explanations and at the same time view the code.

Development sequence

Here is the recommended development sequence:

  1. Use the In-Page embed player implementation to test the functionality of your player, plugin and CSS (if CSS is needed)
  2. Put the plugin's JavaScript and CSS into separate files for local testing
  3. Deploy the plugin code and CSS to your server once you have worked out any errors
  4. Use Studio to add the plugin and CSS to your player
  5. Replace the In-Page embed player implementation if you determine that the iframe implementation is a better fit (detailed in next section)

For details about these steps, review the Step-by-Step: Plugin Development guide.

iframe or In-Page embed

When developing enhancements for the Brightcove Player you will need to decide if the code is a best fit for the iframe or In-Page embed implementation. The best practice recommendation is to build a plugin for use with an iframe implementation. The advantages of using the iframe player are:

  • No collisions with existing JavaScript and/or CSS
  • Automatically responsive
  • The iframe eases use in social media apps (or whenever the video will need to "travel" into other apps)

Although integrating the In-Page embed player can be more complex, there are times when you will plan your code around that implementation. To generalize, this approach is best when the containing page needs to communicate to the player. Specifically, here are some examples:

  • Code in the containing page needs to listen for and act on player events
  • The player uses styles from the containing page
  • The iframe will cause app logic to fail, like a redirect from the containing page

Even if your final implementation does not use the iframe code, you can still use the In-Page embed code with a plugin for your JavaScript and a separate file for your CSS. This encapsulates your logic so that you can easily use it in multiple players.

API/Plugin resources used

API Methods API Events
play() loadstart
on() loadedmetadata
one() play

Player/HTML configuration

This section details any special configuration needed during player creation. In addition, other HTML elements that must be added to the page, beyond the in-page embed player implementation code, are described.

Player configuration

The player uses the standard HTML enhancements to add responsive behavior.

Other HTML

The JavaScript framework jQuery is loaded using a script tag.

Application flow

The basic logic behind this application is:

  • Create a DOM element to hold the playlist.
  • Create the playlist array data structure, and array of playlist items, and functions that perform the following:
    • Clear the highlight of the selected/playing video thumbnail.
    • Add the highlight of the selected/playing video thumbnail.
    • Add click events to the left and right playlist arrows, as well as the on the video thumbnails.
  • Create the playlist items, and add those items to the playlist.

Create an HTML <div> element to hold the playlist

Find the code which is labeled:

// ### Create div for playlist ###

You use JavaScript's createElement() method to create the <div> element, named playlistWrapper.

Manually create playlist

Find the code which is labeled:

// ### Manually create playlist  ###

Start off by copying the playlist's array data structure into a new variable called playlistIData. Later you loop over this data structure to build the individual list items.

Loop over playlist data to create items and add to playlist

Find the code which is labeled:

// ### Create playlist items and add to playlist ###

You dynamically create another <div> which holds an individual playlist item. The playlist item is populated and styled, then added to the playlistWrapper.

Application styling

A number of items are styled, including:

  • Playlist wrapper
  • Playlist items
  • Item title
  • Left and right arrows

Plugin code

Normally when converting the JavaScript into a Brightcove Player plugin nominal changes are needed. One required change is to replace the standard use of the ready() method with the code that defines a plugin.

Here is the very commonly used start to JavaScript code that will work with the player:

videojs.getPlayer('myPlayerID').ready(function() {
  var myPlayer = this;

You will change the first line to use the standard syntax to start a Brightcove Player plugin:

videojs.registerPlugin('pluginName', function(options) {
  var myPlayer = this;

As mentioned earlier, you can see the plugin's JavaScript code in this document's corresponding GitHub repo: responsive-horizontal-playlist.js.

Using the plugin with a player

Once you have the plugin's CSS and JavaScript files stored in an Internet accessible location, you can use the plugin with a player. In Studio's PLAYERS module you can choose a player, then in the PLUGINS section add the URLs to the CSS and JavaScript files, and also add the Name and Options, if options are needed.