Getting Started

This page is about helping you find what option best suits your needs.

Vime 2 is now out which is a complete rewrite towards Web Components. Vime 1 will not be receiving any more updates, so we strongly recommended you start with or migrate over to Vime 2 today.

The following 4 options are available:

  • Preview for displaying custom or provider loaded thumbnails. These are loaded lazily, have an optional play icon and a few other treats.

  • Lite lightweight and super powerful media embed. The difference between Lite and traditional methods for embedding media is:

    • Loaded lazily. See the benefits of lazy loading here.

    • Utilizes preconnections for an approximately 224x faster load.

    • Lighter than provider SDK's. Lite comes in at ~ 6 kB which is on average 50% lighter than provider built player SDK's. Furthermore, each additional provider added only increases the total cost by about ~ 300 bytes. For example, if you normally wanted to embed media from YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo, the total player SDK cost would be ~25 kB. In contrast, with Vime it'll be ~ 6.5 kB.

    • Multi-provider support. One interface for multiple providers. If you want to switch from YouTube to Vimeo, no problem. If you want to support both, no problem. All you really need to know is the media you want to embed, we take care of the rest.

    • You send commands and receive messages from the embed via postmessage. However, we take the pain out of it by storing your commands and sending them when the player is ready for playback, and we decode any messages received into a POJO.

  • Standard for when you want all Lite features but you want to interact with the provider/embed through the core Vime player interface (not via postmessage). Thus, you avoid browser/provider differences and get access to the store.

  • Complete for when you want all Lite and Standard features + the ability to completely customize the player with plugins.

Features / Differences

Feature

Preview

Lite

Standard

Complete

Size (min + gzip)

4.85 kB

6 - 6.6 kB

13 - 20 kB

25 kB - 54 kB

Lazy Loading

Preconnections

Thumbnails

Native Controls

Native Player API

Multi-provider Support

Vime Player API

Provider Normalization

Browser Normalization

Reactive / Eventful Store

Plugins

Customization

Custom Controls

Internationalization

Notes

  1. Custom controls are available via plugins.

  2. All plugins are designed to be responsive and built with accessibility in mind.

  3. The size of 'Standard' depends on the providers you use.

  4. The size of 'Complete' depends on the plugins and providers you use.

  5. Sizes may be outdated at the time of reading this, see respective package for an accurate upper bound.

Where to next?

If you're not using good old HTML/CSS/JS and are interested in any specific library/framework integration, you can follow one of these guides:

After that you can get started with any of the following packages: