Mobile Video Annotations

5 years ago from

Does anyone know a service that offers video streaming with annotations that works on mobile?

Seems to be no mobile annotations on youtube.

Any help would be appreciated.


  • Sarper Erel, 5 years ago


    I work for an online video platform called 23 Video. We do support video annotations and we call it "Actions". You can use YouTube style text annotation as well as image overlays or other more advanced ones you can create by using pure HTML and CSS. You can read more here: http://www.23video.com/actions/

    Tho, there're limitations with mobile annotations: Safari on iPhone will play videos full screen and by using QuickTime. Means that no annotation if someone plays your video on Safari [full-stop here - no exceptions]. It is not the case for Android or iPads or if you have an app and play videos in the app. You will have annotations as you design them...

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  • Corin EdwardsCorin Edwards, 5 years ago

    Dug around and found an example, just tried this on an iPad Air 2 and iPhone 5 and it worked fine:


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    • Wade Muller, 5 years ago

      Thanks heaps. Will pass this along.

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      • Corin EdwardsCorin Edwards, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

        It's fascinating stuff, no idea that it had come along so far. Weirdly surprising to see something other than video content and OS level player controls on a video playing on iOS. I'm keen to do some experiments and see how much control you can get from a stylesheet.

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  • Colm Larkin, 5 years ago

    My company's creative collaboration service Hightail Spaces lets you upload video and add time-stamped annotations as you stream it. You can share the video with others and they can also add comments.

    You can use it now on your computer at www.hightailspaces.com - we're still in beta and currently working on app and mobile web versions, which will be available very soon.

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  • Robert PaigeRobert Paige, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )


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  • Nicholas HendrickxNicholas Hendrickx, 5 years ago

    I work for a company called Zentrick. We have a platform on which you can create interactive video experiences.

    You basically place layers with code and UI on top of your video and upon publishing we wrap everything in a container which you can distribute by either embedding or linking.

    Our interactive video works on mobile too, including iPhone.


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  • Corin EdwardsCorin Edwards, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Interesting, apparently both safari (for iOS) and chrome for android appear to supportWebVTT* but I don't think I've ever seen it in the wild.

    *- WebVTT (Web Video Text Tracks) is a W3C standard for displaying timed text in connection with the HTML5 element.

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