David House

Time Based Overlays

David House | Jul 09, 2018

In a video player application, it is common to perform certain tasks when the user reaches various points throughout the video playback. This can be used for analytics, storing the users progress, or for adding overlay views on top of the video. In this screencast, we will examine the AVFoundation API that allows you to create and observe points of time in the video playback and update overlay views accordingly.

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Getting Started with tvOS

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Using AVKit to Play Video

5 minutes

Playing video is a fundamental feature for tvOS applications. In this video you will learn how to get the basic video player working by utilizing classes from AVKit and AVFoundation. After this video you will know how to play video and keep the native video experience for users.

Setting Metadata for Video

7 minutes

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Video Navigation Markers

8 minutes

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Video Overlays

7 minutes

In this video we will see how to add content on top of a playing video on tvOS. This technique is useful for adding logos, chapter titles, advertisement information, and more, without having those items be embedded in the video itself. After this video you will know how to accomplish this in your applications.

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Playing Video in a Subview

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Time Based Overlays

7 minutes

In a video player application, it is common to perform certain tasks when the user reaches various points throughout the video playback. This can be used for analytics, storing the users progress, or for adding overlay views on top of the video. In this screencast, we will examine the AVFoundation API that allows you to create and observe points of time in the video playback and update overlay views accordingly.

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