Are you interested in the flexibility of either live-streaming or showing a pre-recorded video to your congregation, while also allowing them access to other important features in your app? The new Interactive Video feature provides one convenient location to combine your video content at the top of the user’s screen, along with the ability for users to complete linked forms or polls, access notes, or give a gift at the bottom of the screen.
This feature functions somewhat similarly to Feature Hubs, with the addition of the video component.
To add Interactive Video to your app*, log in to aware3.net and simply select the App tab at the top of your page. Then click on the green plus button on the right hand side of your screen. A list of all your available features will appear. Scroll through the list until you find “Watch, Single Interactive Video.” Select it and then click on "Add Feature" and “Close”.
*Note: Interactive Video requires a minimum app version of 36.1.0. This feature will be included in your next scheduled app update. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on an out-of-cycle update.
Updating Tile Settings for your Video Feature
By updating the tile settings, you can add or change the title and/or the image for the Video Feature, just as you can do for any other features on your App screen.
To update the tile settings, hover over the feature and select the gear icon in the upper left corner of the tile.
You can edit the title for the feature by typing in the “Feature Title” field, and upload an image for either a standard or wide tile design. (Learn more about switching to Mosaic Layout here!)
Deleting your Feature
You can delete the Video Feature by clicking the red delete button and then clicking “Confirm Deletion”. The window will close automatically.
Adding/Editing Content for your Video Feature
You can add or update content for your Video feature, including the URL for the video that will play at the top and additional feature content that will display at the bottom with which your users can interact.
To customize this content, simply hover over the feature on the App screen and click on the “Edit Content” button to open the edit screen.
Adding a Video Link
Paste or input a complete YouTube or Vimeo link in the “Video URL” field. Then click the “Save URL” button. You can edit the URL here as well.
Note: we currently support live streaming via YouTube video URLs. Video playback (pre-recorded video) works for either YouTube or Vimeo links.
Choosing Additional Features
Click the “Add Feature” button.
A list of your available features will appear. Scroll through the list until you find the feature you would like to add and select it. Click on "Add Feature" and then “Close”.
Note: you will need to choose “Link” in the Feature Type list if you wish to include a Form or a Poll in your group of features. This will open the Link editor and provide a place for you to paste the corresponding URL for access to the individual form or poll.
Your feature will show up in the Interactive Features table of your edit screen, with Feature Type appearing as a descriptor above the title you choose.
Editing Feature Settings
You can give your feature a title in the table with which to better identify it. Just click the gear icon in the Settings column next to that feature. Click “Update Feature” and then “Close”.
This is also where you can remove the feature from the list, by clicking the red delete button and then clicking “Confirm Deletion”. The window will close automatically.
Editing Feature Content
If you want to edit content for one of the features you’ve selected, click the book icon in the Edit Content column next to that feature. This will navigate you to that feature to edit as usual.
Note: the Giving feature is not editable and will therefore not display a book icon.
*Note: Interactive Video requires a minimum app version of 36.1.0. This feature will be included in your next scheduled app update. Please reach out to email@example.com if you would like more information on an out-of-cycle update!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What version does my app need to be running to have this feature?
A. The minimum required version to support this feature is 36.1.0.
Q. If my app is running an older version, can I still configure the feature and get it ready for my next app update?
A. Yes! Feel free to start customizing your interactive video feature in the portal. You won't be able to toggle it on until your app is updated to 36.1.0.
Q. What are the features that I can add to Interactive Video?
A. In version 1, aware3 Giving, links (any URL, including aware3 forms), live polls, or sermon notes can be added to Interactive Video.
Q. What are some common use cases for Interactive Video?
A. Check out our blog post for some real-life examples of how you can use Interactive Video!
Want to see Interactive Video in action?
Download our free demo app, aware3 church, and click on the Interactive Video feature to see Interactive Video in action!