Many videos work great as audio streams — think talks, lectures or interviews. vzaar lets you offer bandwidth-efficient audio versions without mp3 files!

Why use Audio Versions

There are many content types that are served just as well with only an audio component and avoids having to transcode, upload and manage multiple files representing the same content.

With vzaar’s Audio Versions feature, there’s no need to upload a separate MP3 file because the audio stream can be dynamically extracted from the video and served to your viewers with no additional uploading or management — and it only uses the bandwidth of the audio stream, not the full video!

How it works

Audio Versions take advantage of our new USP delivery platform that we’ve been switching customers to over the past year or so.  Customers already using it are seeing some great improvements, mostly around bandwidth economy — but that’s for another blog post!

What’s important to note about Audio Versions is that it’s dynamic: the audio stream is extracted straight from the video and sent to the viewer, meaning you don’t have the hassle of dealing with multiple files for the same content. You also avoid unnecessarily using bandwidth for a video stream that’s not being watched.

How to deliver an Audio Version

Delivering an Audio Version is little different from delivering a regular video and the best part is that it works for videos you’ve already uploaded.

Follow these simple steps to embed an Audio Version on your website:

  1. Login to your vzaar video platform and find the video you want
  2. Click on it and scroll down to the Share & Embed section
  3. The first option is labelled Version — change it from Video to Audio
  4. Copy the embed code as you would normally and embed it on your website

Can’t see an option to select the Audio Version? Audio Versions are available to all customers on our new USP delivery platform so if you can’t see the embed option then we haven’t got round to switching you yet. Simply get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

What’s next?

There are two exciting features that we’re looking into that are related to Audio Versions and we’d love it if you could tell us what you think about them:

  1. Download audio versions: If you allow your content to be downloaded and the viewer tries to download an audio version they’ll actually get the original video file — we’re investigating whether it might be more useful if it downloaded the format the user was consuming, which in this case would be an MP3 file.
  2. Fallback to audio-only: Viewers on slow internet connections get lower quality videos, so what if viewers on really slow internet connections only received the audio component of a video? Streaming would be less choppy and you’d get even better bandwidth economy so it’s a win-win.

Get in touch

There’s lots of potential with Audio Versions and we’re sure there are many possible applications so get in touch if you have any questions, suggestions or just want to try the feature out!

2 replies
  1. Matt
    Matt says:

    When you create the ability to download MP3 files, will the file include ID3 tags generated from the metadata stored with the video?

    • Rich Jenkins
      Rich Jenkins says:

      Hi Matt, that’s a good question!

      We could certainly set some data fairly easily (title from video title, year from upload date, artist from uploader, album artist from account, etc.) but I imagine that opinions may differ on what’s desirable.

      What sort of data would you be interested in being included and how important/valuable would it be for you?


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