The Z.Video object allows playback of streaming video in the 3D view using a URL to a hosted video file.
The URL needs to link directly to a video file as opposed to one uploaded to a video hosting site such as Vimeo or YouTube. The server hosting the video file also needs to support range requests in order for the video to play properly across all devices. We recommend using a CDN for faster, more scalable video serving e.g. AWS CloudFront or CloudFlare.
Zappar uses the device's built-in video functionality to provide this feature. The following format is supported across a wide range of mobile devices, and is the recommended format for video played with Z.Video:
"Web-optimized" with the index at the start of the file
Baseline or Main profile
800 kbps bitrate in order to support playback over cellular connections
Z.Video supports HLS (HTTP Live Streaming), a format that automatically adjusts the quality of a video stream between multiple bitrates and resolutions, based on the bandwidth capacity of a users device. For more information see the Wikipedia article.