When adding a Pause Screen, the video will automatically pause. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? But did you know the Pause Screen can be used for many different purposes? Watch our tutorial about the Pause Screen to see some examples or scroll down if you prefer to read our explanation.
When to use the pause screen
To give you some ideas: a pause screen can be used for reflective questions, adding a summary or extra information, or simply creating a moment of rest. It is up to the viewer to decide how much time he or she needs to process the given information before continuing.
Different ways to design the pause screen
You can create a Pause Screen in any color and size you’d like. Firstly, you can choose to keep the Pause Screen as a fullscreen feature. But you can also make the Pause Screen smaller if you’d like part of the screen to be visible (for example: “Have you noticed the customer in the back of the store?”).
Another option is to to use the Pause Screen as a “Click here to continue” button. This can be useful when you’d like the viewer to study the screen before continuing.
It’s possible you’d like to pause the video but have no need for the viewer to click on it. If so, you can make the Pause Screen invisible by making the background completely transparent. Remember that the viewer might not know that he has to click to continue playing the video, so you might want to provide this instruction in some other way.
Some extra tips:
Keep in mind that, when the video is suddenly paused, the sound might also stop abruptly. To give it a smoother transition, you can enable the ‘Fade the audio out and in’ option.
Don’t write too much text, since the viewer will probably be too lazy too read much.
Turn on the detailed grid when you want to make sure the Pause Screen fills the entire screen (full screen).
When the text is too close to the borders of the Pause Screen, you can add a border in the same color as the background. The text will automatically move a little to the center.
It is possible to combine the Pause Screen with other interactions, like an image, buttons or some hotspots. Click here to learn more about this.