Player V3 Migration FAQs (Deprecated)

Frequently asked questions and answers about migrating to Player V3.

Note: Ooyala Player V3 and V2 have been deprecated and are scheduled to be disabled on 2018-01-31. After that date, Player V3 and Player V2 will no longer play your video or audio content. Customers still using older players need to migrate to Player V4 (see Player V4.

The Ooyala Player introduces a new, more flexible and performant way to embed video in web pages. This means you will need to change your web page embed. This change affects all JavaScript embeds (regardless of whether you still use a Flash player or the HTML5 player).

Q: What is the new embed style?

A: We are moving to an object-based embed style, similar to how other object-oriented frameworks (like jQuery) work.

Q: Why did we change the embed style?

A: The new embed style is designed to provide better performance and cacheability. It supports multiple embeds on a page -- the player is not required to be separately loaded for each embed. It is more developer-friendly -- It conforms to the patterns that developers are used to and works better with typical website design.

Q: Will the Player APIs change?

A: The player APIs stay the same, but the way in which they are called will change based on the new embeds.  We also added Backlot API v2s for HTML5 to bring them closer in parity to the current Flash Player APIs.

Q: Will the event model change?

A: Yes, we provide a message bus so that publishers / 3rd-party module creators can react and/or customize the player as much as needed.

Q: Can I use my Flash Player with the current Ooyala Player?

A: Yes. You can continue to use Flash. Player V3 provides a fallback mechanism such that if Flash is not available or is not supported on the device the HTML5 player is used. Otherwise Flash is used.

Q: Can I continue to use ActionScript even if I embed my Flash player using the new Player?

A: While your Flash player will continue to work, ActionScript calls are not supported. You interact with the Flash player object through JavaScript API requests.

Q: What APIs can I use?

A: The Ooyala Player features a set of JavaScript APIs that you can use to customize the player experience. These are described later in this document.

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