Recently the release of the new version of PeerTube 3.3 was presented and in this new version as the main novelty that is presented, it is the possibility to create a personalized home page for each PeerTube instance. This will allow instance administrators to more clearly indicate what their instance is, what content is available, how to subscribe or propose content selections (non-exhaustive list).
As for the other changes that also stand out from the new version, we can find that they can already be share the short links, as well as the support for a playlist, among other things.
For those who are unfamiliar with PeerTube, they should know that this offers a vendor-independent alternative to YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo, using a content distribution network based on P2P communications and linking visitors' browsers.
PeerTube is based on the use of a BitTorrent client, WebTorrent, which runs in a browser and uses technology WebRTC to organize a P2P communication channel cross-browser direct, and the ActivityPub protocol, which allows disparate video servers to be combined into a common federated network, in which visitors participate in content delivery and have the ability to subscribe to channels and receive notifications about new videos.
Today, there are more than 900 servers to host content, supported by various volunteers and organizations. If the user is not satisfied with the rules for posting videos to a specific PeerTube server, they can connect to another server or start their own server.
Main new features of PeerTube 3.3
In this new version that is presented of PeerTube 3.3, as we mentioned at the beginning, the main novelty is the ability to create a custom home page for each PeerTube instance.
With it on the home page, information about the site can be listed, the content available, the purpose and the subscriptions. Basically it can be placed:
- a custom button
- a built-in player for videos or playlists
- a video, playlist, or channel thumbnail
- an automatically updated list of videos (with the ability to filter by language, category ...)
- Besides that it is possible to integrate buttons, video player, playlists, video thumbnails and channels on the page.
Plus, the built-in video lists update automatically. Adding a home page is done through the Administration / Settings / Home page menu in Markdown or HTML format.
Another of the changes that stands out in this new version is the support to search for playlists, which are now reflected in search results when browsing PeerTube and when using the Sepia search engine.
Besides that also added support for posting shortened links to videos and lists playback, even though they are not shortened links, what was done was a change in the default video identifiers (GUIDs) 36 characters and can now be published in 22 character format and instead of the paths "/ videos / watch /" and "/ videos / watch / playlist /", they are shortened by: "/ w /" and / w / p / ".
On the other hand, we can also find that performance optimization has been performed, which allows you to retrieve video information is now twice as fast, in addition to the performance was also improved in federated queries. Work is being done to identify problems in systems with a large number of users, videos and connections with other nodes.
It is also noted that an interface adapted for RTL languages (from right to left) has been created, with which PeerTube now supports the RTL layout if you configure the PeerTube interface in one of the languages from right to left. The menu moves to the right and the thumbnails are right justified.
Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it about this new version of PeerTube or in general about it, you can check the details In the following link.