If you'd like to show showcase a video or set up a livestream, you can embed video into an interactive object. The following platforms are great options for sharing video:
- YouTube live (livestreaming)
- Twitch (livestreaming)
- Or really anywhere with HTTPS and a video embed link.
You can manage interactive objects through the Build tool while you're in your Space, or you can manage your objects while in Mapmaker mode. Either way, you will need the URL of the video you wish to embed.
Note: Inserting the interactive object using the Build tool in your Space makes it easy to test your video, while using Mapmaker mode allows you to see the specific tile onto which you're placing the object.
Embedded Video Options
Using the Build tool in your Space, or the Object picker in the Mapmaker, select a tv or other object to interactively show your video. In the Object picker, in the Object interactions section of the right-hand panel, click Embedded video.
Copy the URL into the Video field. In Activation distance, enter the distance (in tiles) at which the user can interact with the object.
Return to your Space and test interacting with the tv. The object should be highlighted in yellow when you are within activation distance. Press "x" on your keyboard to play the video on fullscreen within your Space.
Note: A preview of the video shows in the left of the map when you are within activation distance. You can click the Play button in the preview to play the video outside of fullscreen mode.
Note: For more troubleshooting and advanced settings for YouTube videos, read their documentation.
Advanced Video Settings in Gather
You can fine tune settings for the embedded video from the Object picker by clicking Advanced options.
Prompt message - Enter text that displays at the bottom center of the page when walking within activation distance of an object.
Object image - Select a custom image that appears on the map when the object is not within activation range.
Active image - Changes the image that appears when the object is within activation range. By default, this is a yellow highlight around the object.
Synchronized start time - Select a time and date for the video to play to everyone within activation distance.
Warning: If you are using a livestream link, do not set up a start/sync time. This will prevent the livestream from playing.
Object active start time - Select the date and time when the object should appear on the map.
Object active end time - Select the date and time when the object should disappear from the map.