Next Level Video Technology, New UX, and More!
Last Update: January 17, 2018

Hi Everyone,

Today is an exciting day, we have just rolled out the new video technology and a full redesign of our video player. This is going to lead to more efficiency in your training, faster load times for videos, and more control for you as a reader and student while you move through the training here at WA!

First things first though, we have vastly improved technology behind the videos here at WA and this is the first thing I want to discuss.

We Detect You. We Deliver Optimized Video.

We are leveraging the latest and greatest technology along with a unique integration into the WA Video platform. We are utilizing what is called HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), which is an encoding standard in adaptive bitrate video. The advantage to using this technology is that it will recognize your connection speed (bandwidth capacity) and we will deliver the videos here at the most appropriate format.

If you are on a fast connection, you will get a higher resolution video. This happens in real time and if your bandwidth fluctuates, the video platform here will remain elastic in nature and continue delivering the "best quality" video to you while retaining its delivery speeds.

Here is a diagram (from encoding.com), that breaks down how video can dynamically change based on the connection speed. If your bandwidth gets better, the video quality gets better, if bandwidth gets slower, then your video will step back to a resolution that is more efficient.

HLS video, description

HLS technology is very much compatible across all devices as well. Whether you are on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, you are going to get excellent playback with the videos here.

Quality...Well how about full HD!

Going forward, all new video at WA is going to be encoded in full High Definition. We've added a new "settings" option to the video player which allows you to choose the option that you wish. As mentioned above, we will choose the best video quality that your internet connection can stream, but if you want more control and want to force full HD, you can do that as well. Click on the "settings" icon and you'll get a list of video qualities that you can choose. Jay looks pretty darn good in FULL HD I must admit!!!

Choose Your Speed. Ogre, Normal or Chipmunk.

Some people find video training voices too fast, some find them too slow. Most find normal play speeds just perfect. But we want to cater to everyone's preference, so we are offering you a wide range of play speeds for all the video training and live classes here at WA.

As you can see below, you have the choice between 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x if you want slower video play speeds. If you are watching Kyle's video, you could probably anticipate a very slow Canadian accent. lol

1x is real time sound and play speed if you want to watch the videos in the most natural form (which is typically going to be the preferred option).

If you want to speed up the play speed, you can certainly do that now as well. You can move anywhere from 1.25x the speed, all the way up to 2x speed.

This has been one of the most requested features within the video player here at WA and now we have put you in full control of the play speeds. You requested, we listened, we created and now have integrated!

Fastest Loading Speeds, Ever.

Regardless of your connection, location in the world, or WiFi upload/downloads speeds you should be able to watch the videos efficient here at WA. The requirements for your connect were a slight issue for some on the past, but this is no longer going to be an issue moving forward as our videos now load in "segments", versus requiring much larger renders to load the videos.

In layman, it's a lot quicker for you, and for everyone watching the videos. Regardless of your connection speed, your videos will play smoothly and efficiently. If you have a fast connection, you may not notice much difference because videos already load fast for you anyways, but for those on a slower connection or that experience intermittent WiFi lag will have a much improved experience.

Currently all new videos from this point forward are using this technology and this will be followed by us moving many of our core videos to HLS. If you build video training and add it, it will be using this and all live classes moving forward will be using HLS.

Here are a few video's that are already using our new video player:

Alphabet Soup Technique - 2018 Edition

7 Brilliant Traffic Strategies You Must Know in 2018

7 Unconventional Ways to Amplify Your Brand in 2018

The Future of Training at WA is Almost Here.

We have further updates to the video training platform that are very close to being released, so I figured I would give you an "inside look" as to what we have going on behind the scenes.

Video training is great, it is by far the easiest way to deliver content and explain a process. The problem is, it is difficult to navigate video efficiently to the most important stop points. Well not for long.

We are going to be introducing "internal video navigation" and providing playlists within each video. This will allow for quickly browsing to particular points within the video - really helpful stuff. Think of a table of contents, that is exactly what you are going to be able to utilize within video's at WA!

This is initially going to be rolled out to the core training here at Wealthy Affiliate and is going to be integrated into the Live Classes moving forward. But availability of this functionality is going to be opened up to everyone at some point within Q1 of 2018.

We are really excited about the introduction of our new video platform, along with some more advanced features such as video navigation which are going to be included in near-future updates and evolution of the video training here at WA.

OK, that wraps up our last release in 2017. I want to personally wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we truly are looking forward to a bright, exciting, and energy filled year here at Wealthy Affiliate in 2018.

If you have any feedback, questions, or comments about the introduction of our new video player, the new technology behind it or future iterations (and suggestions you may have), I would love to hear it.

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NannaGoosey Premium
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

This may be my favorite improvement to WA since I joined. LOVE it!

"Internal video navigation" and being able to increase the play speed saves SO much time!

Thank you, thank you for listening to us and thank you for making SUCH a great improvement without increasing the membership cost!


Sharon
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StevenEsser Premium
Very nice system. I am looking forward. I already saw some of the live video classes have gotten this technology by now, but it is also January already, so that is perhaps not a surprise.

I have also seen that people have been interested to see the option for subtitles to be added. It could be made into a community effort if the maker of the video isn't interested in transcribing them.

To solve the lots of work vs rewards problem, community efforts could result in ranking or credits of course, but most importantly it will be useful for those not having English as their natural language or having hearing impairments.

Looking forward to all the new improvements including the UX of the rest of the website this year.

Steven
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CarolDutsch1 Premium
I would like to have tests over each section of learning that we have received here at WA, so, we know where our weaknesses are, so, we can improve, and learn more in whatever subject we are weak in. Not demonstration tests, multiple choice tests and to be able to get our tests results right away so we can learn what we need more learning on.
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Chezbrown Premium
Can I just say Carson that this great because I can speed up Jay when he is doing his webinars.

Because of the time difference I am normally in bed when they are on so I watch them on the recording and used to get annoyed at Jay for speaking so slow, now I can just speed him up lol.

Thank you very very very much for this. xxxx
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kimgwinter Premium
Hi Carson, this sounds amazing and something to really be looking forward to in 2018. Thank you for the constant improvements and in helping us to make the most of our experience at WA. Looking forward to much success in 2018.
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.
Warm regards,
Kim.
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TeamIceCream Premium
WOW Carson, you guys rock! Love the Table of Contents in the videos - that will be most helpful! And the speed feature - that is going to make a huge difference too - a BIG thank you for that!

About the quality - not sure whether 960p as per the picture is the lowest possible quality? Although we have fairly fast internet (sometimes) - we are on a limited cap - unfortunately no "unlimited internet" for us. ;-( Therefore we watch most our videos in 144p or if there are detail that we need to clearly see or captions that we want to follow, we watch in 240p, but anything higher than that eats away at our data like a hungry panda devouring a bamboo shoot!

My previous attempt at Internet Marketing was brutally halted by exactly this same issue. All the videos were such high quality that our bandwidth were exhausted by the 10th of the month, so I eventually had to give it up.

I hope you will be able to accommodate us who are on the lower end of the video quality scale too! And if I can choose to always have it on a certain setting - that would be awesome!

I can see how what you have created is an awesome feature and I would have loved to use it if I could - unfortunately we have to make use of what we have available.

Thank you to you, Kyle and the team for making WA the awesome place that it is!
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XavierPerez1 Premium
Amazing progress with WA and its video features. It is great to read that we are adapting to the evolving technology. Awesome and just imagine how this will help each and everyone of us move forward. Huge thank you Carson and a very Merry Christmas to you, your family and the entire WA family as well.
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arielharris7 Premium
Wow, it is so amazing here at WA. Ask and you shall receive! It is truly breathtaking how you and Kyle keep us in the forefront. Your vision and capacity for compassion and technological success is beyond World Class. I am so grateful. May you and Kyle know how priceless your work is, and how many lives you have changed. In peace and gratitude,ariel
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Carson...

You, Kyle and your team have been extremely busy this year! It feels like the advances are coming at an ever-faster rate and kudos to all of you for your constant striving for excellence!

Hopefully, now you all can rest a bit over the holidays and enjoy a little family time and downtime. That is my plan (let's see if that is possible hehe)!

This particular change is a welcome one for me, I like the chipmunk option, it saves time for me so I can pack more into my time, always a good thing!

Cheers and all the best for the holidays and the new year!

Dave : )
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LouisaB Premium
Carson, I must say that you all deliver every time. There is no reason to complain. You are on top of everything, who can expect more.
I will say to anyone that Wealthy Affiliate is an terrific and awesome place to be. I for one is Avery happy camper right about now.

A great place to help, learn, share, grow and earn money. Everyone has the same potential.

I must give thanks to you guys and I wish to your family and Kyle a happy and prosperous year ahead.

Blessings to you and your family!

Louisa Second Best...
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Jewelia Premium
Hi Carson,

Thank you very much for yet another amazing upgrade. My home connection is pretty fast and I never had issues with any of the WA videos in the past, but if I were to take my work with me on travel and needed to access a video-tutorial, that could be a problem. And now I don't have to worry about it! And all these new features sound very useful. I agree that Jay looks even more awesome in full HD. :) Slowing down the speed may help people like myself, to whom English is not a native language. I never had issues with Kyle's or Jay's speed of talking, but if someone speaks very fast, this feature would certainly help.

I truly appreciate your detailed explanations of what was done and how things work. Thanks a lot!

Happy Holidays and best wishes to you for the new year!

~ Julia
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kiliwia62 Premium
Very nice Christmas present, thanks, Carson & Kyle. I certainly will also be looking forward to the video playlist.
I have thought of this for quite some time that this too would be great to have, you guys probably must have received my thought vibes. lolol.

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.
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Carson Premium
Thanks for the support Sylvia, have a great Christmas yourself!
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Heidi56 Premium
These are great features, like those we already had on Youtube (like speed control and adaptability to the internet speed). The Time Stamps feature is also very helpful. We always create them in detail in our recordings of our shows. But we do it manually. Is there a technology to automate this?
I am wondering if we as community can post videos, too, in the future in our posts?
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sheikave Premium
It is your content after all. You can choose in which for you want to put it in the post.
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LeeMcQuay Premium
This sounds awesome, but now I'm a little intimidated. I can't even get my sites or posting right lol. Now i know I have to work even harder so that I can make it to the point of using this new video technology, I'm all for it! I will GET THERE.
Thank you for making WA the best it can be for all of us.
Lee Ann
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Sftat Premium
Very powerful, Carson - This is really pushing the envelope. I've not seen anything like this elsewhere, and it makes me feel especially lucky to be learning and working on WA.

The planned video features are beyond amazing. Table of contents capabilities are a game changer! I'm now thinking about diving into creating video content for training here on WA, and wondering when/if such capabilities will become available for my WA websites... Any thoughts on that?
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Carson Premium
Hey Stephen,

For the near term, the video playlist (table of contents) capabilities will be for WA Video's. How could you see video being available for WA websites? I'm interested to get your take on this.
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Sftat Premium
I see value in video clips as part of normal blog content, whether hosted outside at Youtube or Vimeo or using a player that is proprietary with benefits potentially in speed, control or elimination of outside advertising, etc. I've not considered the possibility of publishing video podcasts, but this could be a game changer in that world... I feel like any time we could offer video with the playlist capability, it would enhance engagement and result in visitors that would stay longer on the site; I see the difficulty in replay, bookmarking and returning to a point to be the greatest shortcomings to online video. Your "playlist" is IMHO a really big deal.

Clearly, whether video we add simply allows another way to support our informational and promotional posts, or delve into educational or customer service content, it adds another dimension to communication we offer. If some of the proprietary power of the video player on the WA platform is available for our use on our websites, it might give advantages over other sites, blogs, etc. This advantage puts WA members in a stronger competitive position, and makes WA a better hosting option for new members.

OTOH, given the bandwidth required, I expect if video on our sites became popular there would be a cost in server load, possibly requiring investment, but that's your world, so I don't pretend expertise in it. I feel that the value to WA members would be high, but I don't know how that balances against the cost of implementation.

Thanks,
Steve
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sovsemdurak Premium
Of course, you are right, all this is exciting!
But, I personally ask you to add a possibility to have subtitles option in videos. May be, most students do not need it, but for some it's extremely necessary.

I also want to wish you and all your personal a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Igor (sovsemdurak)
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karynW Premium
Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!!
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LeeMcQuay Premium
Merry Christmas!
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Defiant6 Premium
Just when I think that things couldn't get any better than what they already are, you surprise us and bring out even MORE exciting things and features to Wealthy Affiliate. This is probably one of the best times in the history of WA to be a member here as you just keep making it better and better. Well done and thank you for all that you do! :)
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front9agency Premium
The internal video navigation will be a much welcomed & excellent upgrade. There are times I need to refer back to a certain point in the video (either for my own use, or sometimes, answering questions within online chat), and I can't always quickly get to the exact spot. This will be extremely helpful in getting exactly what I/we need to refer back to quickly.

Thanks again for these great upgrades!
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Stella2 Premium
Well that was fun to play with. Lol Couldn't resist having some fun with the voices. Sorry guys! :-)

But really, thanks so much for another great addition. This is like the present you get to open on Christmas Eve.

Happy Holidays to all of you and thanks again for the super support and constant work to make WA even better.

Stella :-)
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SuzaMarie Premium
Wow! This is so very cool! I take advantage of adjusted voice speed with audio books...glad that it will be available with videos. I love the idea of the playlist too. I currently write down the time mark for important points in my notes. So glad y'all are making that easier.

I wish you, Carson and Kyle, and all of you in the WA community, a very joyful Christmas Season and a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
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phakacha8 Premium
Fantastic is the fitting word for this update Carson.

We are your members and this is another feather having added as a plus point for all of us here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Whatever it takes, give us more opportunities and the rightful ingredients required for our online success.

Let each day be filled with thrills and excitement as we keep learning and picking up the tools from you.

CONGRATULATIONS! and Merry Christmas to you and your family and a prosperous happy 2018.
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terrycarroll Premium
Hi Carson and many thanks for this awesome update in the video platform.

These improvements will create absolute flexibility for all WA members, wherevever they are located and will certainly provide great enhancement to those who are in marginal WIFI locations.

The proposals for early next year are the icing on the cake and will (if I am reading it correctly) enable the ability to go back and/or forward in any particular video to recap on a point or an action item.

Another massive leap forward in the training world and congratulations to you and Kyle for sharing this massive foresight.

Happy Christmas to both of you and your families and bring on 2018!

Terry
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DEversley Premium
This is awesome Carson. Absolutely innovative and exciting.

Will you also be adding transcripts (text-based follow of the video) at some point? These I believe are autogenerated from closed caption and contain the ability to go to any position in the video.

They are also downloadable.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

David
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GauravGaur Premium
An exciting news for all. Thanks to Carson for much-awaited integration. By the way, how to download videos? Can I watch them offline after download? That would be really Great!!
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DEversley Premium
Hi Gaurav!
The videos are to be watched inside your premium membership here at WA. However, if you miss a live training, a recording of such is made available within a few hours. You are notified via email as soon as this is done.

Have a great day!
David
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Tomolive1 Premium
As usual you guys blow me away with your efficiency. So many times in the business world people are so afraid of someone else getting ahead of them and aren’t willing to show new techniques for that reason. They keep them to themselves. Once again you proved to me that I’m in the right place at the right time. Thx
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Droseh Premium
Wow...that sounds awesome and I don't even understand it! Lol. After being a member for a year, I am so impressed with the idea that WA is constantly changing and improving. I never feel like I am a member of some obsolete, stagnate company that takes my money and is satisfied with the status quo. Best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season...really looking forward to 2018.
Debbie
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Gunnertwist Premium
Hi Carson. I just tried the new video platform and played with the speed settings and features and it was AWESOME!! I absolutely love the upgrades, thank you and the team so much. This is a great upgrade for sure. :)
Merry Christmas to u and the team as well.

Carl
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TomasB Premium
Thank you for this update Carson, you guys are doing so much for us every chance you get that sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the amazing tools we have here at WA. We have so much to be thankful for in our efforts to learn this craft.
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Carson Premium
You're more than welcome Tomas :) Every month there are 100's of updates to WA behind the scenes and it's all done with the goal of being the best we can be in the Affiliate marketing and Internet business space. TONS more planned!
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Johnyipkh Premium
Video platform in WA is really part of the mainstream now and potentially can be the best video tool ever built and integrated in the online commmuitu with the encoding technology that is being used for video streaming.

Weren’t YouTube also using the same encoding technology, and I believed WA is really moving into the right direction and I believed WA is going to up the game for future video platform l release as video and audio is going to be the next big wave in the online space.

Our community is drive with picture content and audio, wonder if WA is also going to do something on podcast by creating a podcast plarformnas audio in WA community.

Thanks

John.
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shelley8492 Premium
Wow! This is fantastic. What will you guys think of next? This will be very helpful. I don't always have time to watch a slow video. Or sometimes, I've watched it, but want to go back to one particular topic and there wasn't an easy way to do it. Now I can.
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HowardJaros Premium
Wow! WA continues to rock my world!!

2017 has been a great year and I look forward to what all the new features launched this year will do to help me continue to grow my business.

Merry Christmas Carson, and your family as well! Thanks for all you do to keep WA such a great place to be!
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Carson Premium
Thanks so much Howard! Growth for everyone is our goal and we will keep pushing the envelope and adding more to our platform. 2018 will be a great year!
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TonyHamilton Premium
Awesome Carson!

Wealthy Affiliate is an always will be the leader and #1 Online Affiliate Marketing Business Learning Community on the internet and on the Planet as well!

Plus, the most amazing support, training and community available anywhere for anyone wanting to learn to earn an income online with Affiliate Marketing.

Thank you Carson, Kyle and the entire WA Community for all that you do for us all!

Tony
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