By default Watch2Gether comes with a number of built-in apps that add support for various content platforms such as Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion… If you would like to play content that is not directly supported you can use the W2gSync app.
Copy the link to a website that contains a video and paste it into the search bar on Watch2Gether. When a link can not be played directly with one of the build-in apps, the W2gSync app is automatically selected and the related video is displayed in the search results.
From here you can play, suggest or add the video to a playlist just like with any other video. When you decide to “play” the video, the following screen appears in the player for every user in the room.
Each user must now click on Open. The video will then open in a separate window, W2gSync will detect that video and makes sure that playback is in-sync with every user in the room.
W2gSync requires our browser extension to be installed in order to detect and control the video on external sites. The extension is available for Chrome and Firefox. Support for other browsers and mobile devices might be added later.
Download for Chrome
Download for Firefox
A small toolbar at the top of the W2gSync window informs you about the sync status and can be used to control (play/pause/seek) the video.
Important: You have to use the toolbar at the top of the window to control the video playback. If you use the native controls on the site, W2gSync will ingnore these inputs and try to restore the room state instead.
Linking Video Output
By default the video plays in a in a separate window for every user in the room. Sometimes this can be a bit inconvenient when you want to use the chat while watching the video and you have to switch back and forth between the two windows.
To make this case more convenient, every user in a room can individually decide to link the video output from the separate window into the player within the room. To do so, click on Link Video in the player and than select the W2gSync window from the selection dialog.
The content of the W2gSync window is then shown in the player within the room.
Important: Linking the video output needs to be done by each user individually. This is not a screen sharing setup and no screen content is streamed to other users.
Requirements & Restrictions
The synced websites need to implement their video player with HTML5 video. Flash is not supported.
When the website you share requires a login, every user in the room need their own individual login for the site.
Some sites might not work correctly with W2gSync. Please report and we have a look.