Using the Bluescape Video Player

Bluescape uses its native video player to operate videos you upload to the workspace.

You can also use a YouTube video player instead of the Bluescape video player by copying and pasting the video’s YouTube URL into a workspace:

To interact with the YouTube video, double-select the pasted URL.

Note: The Bluescape video player supports a maximum file size of 150 MB.

Select the full list of supported file formats and codecs here.

Supported file formats:

  • MOV, MP4 (already supported)
  • MKV
  • AVI
  • FLV
  • WMV

Supported codecs inside the above formats:

  • H264 (already supported)
  • H265
  • AV1
  • V8, V9
  • MPEG2, MPEG1
  • ProRes (10,12 bits)

Uploading a Video

To access Bluescape’s video player:

  1. Upload a video file to the workspace from your computer or cloud storage service such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or OneDrive. The video appears as a static image positioned on the first frame.

  2. Select once to interact with the image. A blue border with anchor points or notches now surrounds this asset, allowing you to perform actions such as adding a comment, adding a reaction, grabbing the anchor points to resize the image, and :more_options: more.

  3. Double-select to view the video and its controls. You may need to use the zoom feature (sometimes referred to as the Scroll In/Out feature) to bring this asset and all controls into view.
    Playing a video

Video Controls

Expand to learn more about all controls in the video toolbar.
Icon Description
:video_play_button: Play/Pause (Note: You can also play and pause the video by using your left mouse button)
:rewind: Rewind 10 seconds
:fast_forward: Fast forward 10 seconds
0:14/0:46 Current video time-lapse/total video timeframe
:frames: View and adjust the frame rate
:volume: Increase or decrease the volume
:capture: Capture a still image of the frame
:settings: Access video settings
Expand for full Settings menu
  • Flip horizontally - Allows you to flip the video from vertical to horizontal.
  • Loop - Loops the video.
  • Quality - Allows you to adjust the video quality. Auto is the default selection.
  • Playback speed - Used to adjust the speed of the video playback. Normal is the default selection.
:present: Play video in presentation mode
:pin: Pin the video to lock it’s workspace location.
:reactions: Add a reaction to the video
:comments: Comment on the video
:more_options: Display additional functionality available with the video

Managing Volume

  1. Double-select the video.

  2. Select :volume: (Volume). The volume control panel opens.

  3. Grab the notch and slide left or right to decrease or increase the volume.

Controlling Playback Speed

  1. To rewind the video by 10 seconds, select :rewind: (Rewind).

  2. To fast forward the video 10 seconds, select :fast_forward: (Fast Forward).

  3. Manually control the playback speed by sliding the notch left or right, rewinding, or fast-forwarding to navigate the video file.
    Video toolbar - seek

Adjusting Time Format

You can adjust the time format by selecting Time from the video controls:

There are two formats available:

  • hours:minutes:seconds
  • current minutes:seconds / total minutes:seconds
    current minutes:seconds/ total minutes:seconds

Managing Frame Rate

To change the video frame rate:

  1. Select :frames: (Frames).

  2. Select the frame number. A modal opens, displaying various numbers representing the frames per step.

  3. Select a value.

  4. Select outside the modal to close.

  5. Select :frame_backward: (Frame backward) or :frame_forward: (Frame forward) to proceed at the frame rate you selected. Frame navigation allows you to focus on specific video sections, moving forward or backward based on the frames per step you designate.

Presenting Video

  1. Select :present: (Present). The video will be displayed in full-screen mode.

  2. press Esc on your keyboard to exit full-screen mode. You also can select Exit, which now appears at the bottom right of the video controls.

You can use several keyboard shortcuts to impact video navigation. More specifically, you can perform these actions when the video controls are visible or the video is in full-screen mode. These actions, however, do not exist for video followers.

Looping a Video

You can set your video to play in an infinite loop by selecting :settings: (Settings) and toggling Loop video to On.

Video Keyboard Shortcuts

Action Keyboard Shortcut
Play/Pause Spacebar: Press to Play; press again to Pause. This Play/Pause toggle functionality does not interfere with the workspace pan ON/OFF feature.
Down Arrow: Press to Play; press again to Pause.
Fast Forward Right Arrow: Pressing this key (in Play mode) allows you to fast forward per the number of seconds that aligns with the value designated for this control. (10 seconds, for example)
Frame Forward Right Arrow: Pressing this key (in Frame mode) allows you to move the video forward per the frame rate or designated frames per step.
Rewind Left Arrow: Pressing this key (in Play mode) allows you to rewind per the number of seconds that align with the value designated for this control. (10 seconds, for example)
Frame Backward Left Arrow: Pressing this key (in Frame mode) allows you to move the video backward per the frame rate or designated frames per step.

Want more? Read Bluescape Keyboard Shortcuts for additional tips to speed up your workflow.

While playing a video, you can pan, zoom, and interact with other workspace assets. You also can Sync a Video between a leader and followers. Video Sync is a premium feature. Contact your IT team to determine whether this feature is available to your organization.

Exiting Video Player

  1. Select to interact with the video.

  2. From the :more_options: (More) menu, select Close.

There is so much potential to connect and review content as a team in Bluescape.

Discover video in your workspace today! :bluescape_home: