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Spice up your videoask with hidden parameters!

Spice up your videoask with hidden parameters!
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Did you know VideoAsk has a (not so) secret stash of features that haven’t yet made it to the settings area of your account? 😱

 

By adding hidden parameters to the URL of your videoask you can further customize the look and capabilities of your videoask. All you need to do is grab the link once you’ve finished creating the videoask, add the parameter to the end of the URL and watch the magic happen!

 

Here’s a quick video showing how to add the parameters:

  • ?fullscreen
  • ?hideplay

 

 

 

Here’s a list of parameters to choose from:

 

  • Hide captions before playback - use ?nocaptionsonmute to make sure captions only appear once a respondent hits the play button.
     
  • Make the audio option appear bigger than text or video - use ?audiofirst if you’d like to encourage respondents to pick the audio reply option in the open-ended answer type 
     
  • Set a specific recording time for respondents - if you want to get your respondents to record a video of an extact length, you can use ?forcetime to hide the “stop recording” button. (Don’t forget to set a time limit on your answers for this one)
     
  • Force interface text to black in mobile view - by default all interface text is set to white in mobile view but you can use the parameter ?darktext to change it to black.
     

  • Redirect from your videoask within your iframe embed - if your embedded videoask redirects people to another videoask or webpage you can add ?redirect_target=self to the URL in the iframe code so that you can redirect them within the iframe rather than away from your website.
     

  • Hide answer types and only show video - this works best in an embedded videoask, if you just want to embed a video and not include the answer type you can use ?justvideo to hide the answer type.
     

  • Add a snowy overlay to your videoask - a festive one to finish, give your videoask a wintery look with the parameter ?letitsnow

 

You can mix and match these parameters, if you’d like to add more than one, just include an & between each parameter: ?fullscreen&?letitsnow

You can find even more info on hidden parameters and how to set them up over on the Help Center here.

 

Have you tested any of these out? Or did you spot something that would work well for your use case? Let us know in the comments, and if you have any questions or suggestions we’re all ears!


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@Grace - this is great… now to try and find the time to do all this stuff on top of “ordinary Typeform” stuff.. lol.. seriously - this is really helpful.. 

 

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@john.desborough there are never enough hours in the day, no matter how many cups of coffee you’ve had! 😄

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?Love ?this, @Grace! Hehehe Seriously, great job! Thanks for explaining it with the video, it does seem very simple indeed! 😎

I have yet to test them out

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Let us know when you do @foolish hopefully some of the parameters can be useful!

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Hello grace, I would like to hide the cross that that hide the question. 

I already try a lot of the technique’s but nothing is working. 

Do you have a magical answer? 

Thanks ;)

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Hey @Charlie Galle great question!

 

If you head to Advanced Settings in the videoask there’s an option for Show close text button 

 

 

You can toggle that off so the cross doesn’t appear next to the overlay text!

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Thanks you @Grace your the best ! 

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Happy to help @Charlie Galle😁

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Hey team, I think I recall seeing a parameter at one point for VideoAsk affiliates that allowed them to add their affiliate ID to a videoask url via a parameter. It would attribute any VA Logo clicks on that videoask to their affiliate link. 
Can you see if you can find that parameter?

Something like ?ref_id= or ?referral_id= maybe?

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Hi @DNALewis, you can use ?affl=XXXX 🙂

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