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#1 2020-09-27 01:05

Could Iwara become a fan-subbing paradise?

Just look what you are missing: https://www.iwara.tv/videos/blaeyizvkhlggb9y , simply because Iwara's subtitles cannot be displayed in front of embedded YouTube videos.
(I could easily fansub one embedded video per week like this, for your amusement, if Iwara just improved the subtitle option).

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"If you did not create it, do not post it" says Iwara's uploader rule no.1.
"Additional options: Allow embedding" says a pre-ticked permit box on YouTube's uploader page.
Most YouTube uploaders leave this box ticked as pre-ticked, which equals giving a wholesale permit to anyone in the world to embed the video at any site in the world, including at Iwara.

Is it possible to understand if that permit box is ticked or not, without asking the uploader? Yes it is:
* If you are able to to embed a video, it means that you are allowed to embed the video, because that permit box is ticked.
* If you are unable to embed a video, it means that you are not allowed the embed the video, because that permit box is unticked.

Thus, anyone is allowed to embed anyone's YouTube videos at Iwara exactly as much as he can.

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* At Iwara, you can upload a VTT subtitle file to be displayed in front of your own uploaded Mp4 file.
* But you cannot upload VTT subtitles to be displayed in front of an embedded YouTube video.

Why? Let me guess:

You will click YouTube's red/white play button when you watch an embedded YouTube video at Iwara. My guess is that Iwara's servers simply don't know the exact time when you click that button. And if Iwara's servers have no idea about the time when you actually start the video, then the servers are utterly unable to start the VTT subtitles at the right moment.
This must be why local Iwara subtitles currently are blocked in embedded videos?

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Dear Admin, here is my suggested remedy for this timing problem:

Please create a new "Remote Start" button placed outside the actual video player, near the current "Edit" button? And let the new "Remote Start" button trigger two events simultaneously:
1. Start of external embedded YouTube video.
2. Start of internal uploaded VTT subtitles at Iwara.

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I guess it must be easier to redefine an existing button than to create a new button? Please just change the current "Edit" button from being a dual-mode button to become a triple-mode button, like this:

Mode 1. The yellow "Edit" button is visible as the yellow "Edit" button, if the viewer is the logged-in channel owner, as currently.
Mode 2. The yellow "Edit" button becomes invisible, if the viewer is anyone else and the video is uploaded, as currently.
Mode 3. The yellow "Edit" button changes identity and becomes the green "Remote Start" button, if the viewer is anyone else and the video is embedded, as the new third mode.

(Would this be inconvenient, forcing channel owners to repeatedly login and logout to access both versions of the button? Not really. In my case, I always watch Iwara either as a logged-in Mozilla Firefox user, or as a logged-out Google Chrome user. If I had my own embedded video open in a Firefox and a Chrome window simultaneously, then I would see the "Edit" button in Firefox and the "Remote Start" button in Chrome at the same time.)