Facebook launches new Embedded Video Player API

Andy Boxall | December 15, 2015



Facebook has launched an API for embedding its video player into apps or websites, complete with more functionality, controls, sharing features, and oEmbed standard support. Announced in a blog post on the social network’s developer site, the Embedded Video Player API is a follow-up to the simple embedded video player it launched earlier this year.

The new API has a variety of features to customize the viewing experience for app and website users. These include:

  • Volume control
  • Player controls
  • Autoplay with the option to mute audio
  • Event and error handling
  • Playlist support
  • Custom button and thumbnails
  • Synchronized view count

Facebook’s new embedded video API includes new features for sharing, subscribing and more

Facebook video API

Facebook added an example video of how the new API can be used. Produced by uStudio, the video shows a video playing in Facebook’s player with options to share on Facebook or Instagram, links to buy tickets to an event, and a subscribe button.

The other new feature in the API is oEmbed standard support. Videos and other content published on Facebook can easily be shared elsewhere using only a URL. Use does require Facebook oEmbed support to be added to a CMS system. Visit the Facebook developer page here for more details on the new API.

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