New features and improvements

July 2021

  • A chart showing views per day is now linked to from the sidebar of every video page.
  • As a collaborator you can now easily leave a channel by yourself when you no longer want to view, upload to, or manage it. You don’t have to ask the channel owner to remove you anymore.

June 2021

February 2021

  • Podcasts! 🎙 You can now make any of your channels available as a podcast feed. Listeners can subscribe to this feed directly, or you can use it to submit your channel to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other podcast directories.
  • Audio files can now also be uploaded; there’s no longer a need to convert audio-only content to video first.
  • The player now supports audio-only media.
  • From now on, uploaded video files will also be converted to audio-only for use in the podcast feed.

January 2021

  • The homepage now plays a highlights reel featuring clips from open video licensed for use and remix under a Creative Commons license by members of the SWITCHtube community. Happy New Year!

November 2020

  • Playback speed can now be set in ¼ increments between ½× and 2× normal speed.
  • The player now includes a control to enable Picture in Picture when you use Safari on iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
  • You can now add a new channel with the same settings, options, permissions, and collaborators as one of your existing channels. This can save a lot of time if you regularly need to set up channels with the same details, or to share video and collaborate with the same groups of people.

September 2020

  • Video processing is faster with improved image quality. Still frames are now delivered separately, so you can choose a poster frame without having to wait. This is especially nice for longer videos, which can take a while to process.
  • SWITCHcast lecture series can now be browsed and watched separately from video added to SWITCHtube channels. New lectures from SWITCHcast are available immediately and can now also be streamed live.

April 2020

  • You can now choose between English and German for the language you see in navigation, on buttons, and for other text that’s part of SWITCHtube.

February 2020

  • The player now adjusts its size to better accomodate the aspect ratio of the video it’s playing. This makes video using a widescreen cinema aspect ration look nicer and it allows portrait orientation video to take up more vertical space when available.
  • You can now delete thumbnail images you uploaded previously.
  • Formatting in subtitles is now done using HTML markup.

December 2019

  • You can now resend a collaborator invitation email.
  • There’s now an invitation URL available you can share with the person you invited.

These features should help you resolve issues where invitation email doesn’t arrive. Click “invitation pending…” in the list of channel collaborators on the “Manage channel permissions” page to get started.

September 2019

  • Playback can now be slowed down to ½× and sped up to 1½× or 2× normal speed.
  • Clicking anywhere on the video now toggles playback.
  • The playback bar now uses the full width of the player, making it easier to scrub through video.
  • The total duration is now always shown in the player.
  • When embedded, the title shown before playback has started is now easier to read, especially when the embed is small.
  • You can now select which subtitles or closed caption you want to be displayed by default.

July 2019

  • Video abstracts and channel descriptions can now be added and changed using a rich text editor. There’s no longer a need to use codes for bold, italic, links, or any other formatting.
  • You can now upload your own thumbnail images to use with your video.

November 2018

  • Comments! 🎉 Authenticated users can now comment on all video in a channel when the “Comments” channel setting has been enabled.
  • You can now easily get a link to a specific playback position in a video using the “Share” button below the player.
  • A new “External playback” channel setting allows video to be loaded in external players.

May 2018

  • The video license options have been updated to Creative Commons 4.0 International. The 4.0 licenses are applicable to most jurisdictions and no longer require national ports.

If you’re using earlier version Creative Commons licenses for your video, it’s recommended to update to the equivalent 4.0 version on the “Edit video” page.

January 2018

  • The channel and video history has been redesigned. The channel history overview now also lists all the changes made to its videos, making it easier to find out what has happened in your channels.
  • You can now see more details when something was changed, including the old and new values of the channel title, settings, and permissions, and the video title, episode, license, and publication status.
  • History entries are now also created when channel collaborators are added, invited, or removed, when video is moved or copied, when documents are added or removed, when channel ownership is transferred, and when subtitles are added, edited, imported, published, and removed.

Please note that past channel and video history entries from before this change might contain less detailed information.

August 2017

  • You can now add subtitles and closed captions to your videos. These can be imported from SubRip and WebVTT format subtitle files, or added using the built-in subtitle editor.
  • Channels can now be marked as “Open Channel”. These Open Channels contain teaching, learning, and research videos that can be freely used and re-purposed.
  • The general ”Home” page now contains a link to an overview page of Open Channels in the top navigation.
  • On the “Search” page, you can now toggle between searching within your organization only or searching across all organizations.

An Open Channel is an easy way to make your videos publicly available. Create an Open Channel, or change your existing channel into an Open Channel to promote your content as a valuable educational resource that can be used and shared freely.

  • The channel page of a channel with the “anyone with the link to the video” view permission is no longer publicly available. Videos in channels with this view permission are still public, but no longer show the title of their channel.

March 2017

  • The player now shows its own video controls when you go fullscreen.
  • You can now hold the “Shift” button while scrubbing using the “Left” and “Right” cursor keys on your keyboard to step forward and backward in steps of 1/30th of a second.
  • Scrubbing using the “Left” and “Right” cursor keys on your keyboard now uses smaller steps when the video is short. Videos longer than 150 seconds still use steps that are 15 seconds long.
  • During playback, the player now starts out showing time played instead of time remaining. You can still toggle between time played and time remaining by clicking the time display.
  • The player now includes a control to enable Apple AirPlay when it is available.

February 2017

  • The view permission for new channels now defaults to “Authenticated users within your organization only”.
  • You’re now warned before the upload starts when you try to add a video that’s larger than the maximum file size supported.