Finally Network - New Theme 'Motion' Grid 📹

in #utopian-io5 years ago (edited)



New Theme Release -

Happy to show you a little idea I've had for awhile and finally put it together. It's a super simple based video grid for video creators on Steem. This is hopefully the first of a few video themes or perhaps the beginning of a more customisable based video layout.

Included in the update

  • Theme specific templates, Javascript and SCSS
  • Grid View
  • Single video Video - In modal
  • Optional @finallycomments under video
  • New Custom setting for comments option
  • Dashboard tweak to allow custom settings across all themes (was just latest 'critday' theme before)

Full Github PR - finallynetwork/pull/38


Profile Video Grid - View @ninjavideo as an example

The theme is currently setup to work specifically with videos. In future I can add support for multiple video formats if needed. I oped for using the embed following the example of @steempeak and @busy. I looked into creating coding a custom js player and implementing the IPFS sources. Nothing stopping me form doing that in future but felt unnecessary at the current time.

// Dynamically change the embed iframe to switch video
$('#video-frame').attr('src', `!/${username}/${permlink}/true`)

After spending a bunch of time looking through the best implementation of <video> it turned out using the worked seamlessly and was simple to implement.

The video grid is responsive and expands from 1-5 videos based on screen size.


Single video loaded in modal with comments enabled

Motion theme can now be enabled in the Finally dashboard along with the custom setting for enabling/disabling Finally comments thread under the video. There is no automatic filtering for videos. A hashtag filter must be specified that will only match against video uploads.

Currently only the latest 15 posts are loaded by Finally. This can mean a user might not see any videos or see less videos than expected. The filtering is after the inital request from the Steem API. I need to dig into a better approach for searching/filtering a users posts and am tracking this issue here.


Finally Dashboard settings


Example @teamhumble without Finallycomments enabled


Would be great to hear how I can improve this theme. If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see let me know. Comments or issue to Github welcome.

GitHub Account


Thanks for the contribution, @sambillingham! As expected from you the new theme is very visually appealing! For the most part it works extremely well too, but I found a couple of bugs:

  • When clicking on a video multiple times it will load multiple Finally comments threads as seen in the GIF below


  • When going from a small window to a bigger window it keeps the small size of the video as seen in the screenshot below

Other than it seems to be working great and the code looks clean as well. Keep up the great work, Sam!

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Hey dude, hope you're doing good. Thanks for checking out the update!

Appreciate you reporting the bugs. Both are fixed and live now. Totally noticed the dup comment threads and was sure I had fixed it 😅apparently not.

I wanted to build this theme in Vue, which is my plan going forward. Started doing that and realised it would take a bunch longer than I expected so jumped into the current finally-core setup. But a Vue based refactor is still the eventual goal.

Thank you for your review, @amosbastian! Keep up the good work!

Wahey! Thanks dude! Very happy to be the poster child for this super exciting development!! So excited! Can't wait to see some sites use this!

Cheers mate! If you have suggestions of how it could be more useful I'm all ears.

Cool. I'd like to be able to do this with my BitTube videos.

If you can link me to what you're talking about i'll have a look to see If I can make it work. 👊

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Wooo! This is excellent 💓👏

Thanks glad you like it.

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