Located in the main menu of your CMS, the Media Overview is where you add new videos to your video platform and where you manage uploaded content. In this article we will explain how to manage the Media Overview and how to make the videos you have added to your Media Overview visible in the front-end of your video platform.
For uploading content, the following buttons are important. You can find them in the menu on the left side of the CMS:
When you click on 'Overview', you enter the Media Overview, where all uploaden content is collected:
In this screen you add the new content you want to display on your platform, either right away or in the future. You do this by clicking on one of the two buttons at the top right, 'Multi-upload' or the '+ Upload' button. The most used content formats for uploading to your own platform are '.mp4' and '.mov'. Also, when exporting your content, avoid the 'Apple ProRes' codec since it's mainly aimed at Apple users.
Adding meta-data and interactivity to uploaded content
For content you have produced or created yourself, choose the content type 'Produced content'. As soon as you have selected new content ready for uploading, an upload bar will start running, showing the upload process. In the meantime, you can add meta-data and interactivity to the video with the 'Next' button:
Basic information and Availability
In the 'Basic Information' tab (see image above) you can provide your video with a name, a description and an on-demand category. Adding keywords will make the video easier to find for you and any other CMS users. Press 'Next' to reach the 'Availability' tab, where you can decide from which time (and until which time, if applicable) the video should be available on the front-end on-demand overview of your video platform. Here, you can also decide if the video should only be (timed) exclusive for registered users on your platform, by adding start and/or end dates.
Under 'Advanced information' you can decide the visibility of your video on the platform. You can also use this tab to notify your viewers that you have posted a new video, by sending them a push notification (once per video, to be received by registered and logged in iOS and Android app users only). This is done by placing a check mark in the box titled 'Send push notifications to users (one time)' and by adding a short title and description. By clicking 'Save' at the bottom of the screen, you will send the push notification to logged in users of your video platform app who have also detailed their Interests (more on this in a moment).
The input fields 'Now & then title' and 'Now & then subtitle' allow you to edit the text shown in the 'Now & then' bar that accompanies a video on the linear timeline your platform. Below these input fields, you can also specify the start time and duration of those bars.
In the drop down menu titled 'Interests', you can choose which Interest categories apply to this particular video. This is a mandatory step if you want to send a push notification to trigger iOS and Android app users to watch this new video. In that case, only users who have selected the interest category or categories that this video falls under, will receive a notification. Users select their Interest categories when they register on your video platform. Press 'Save' at the bottom of the screen to return to the Media Overview.
Editing the thumbnail
To edit the thumbnail image of a video, click on the three-dot sign (...) in the lower right corner of the video you just uploaded and choose 'Edit'. On the first tab, 'Type', you can select one of five auto-generated preview images as a thumbnail for the video. With the last option, 'Add your own thumbnail', you can upload and select your own thumbnail image. Please note that this image has to be in a 16:9 ratio for the best possible display on your video platform's frond-end.
Adding and managing subtitles
The last tab shown when editing a video is 'Subtitles'. This tab allows you to upload and manage subtitles. The subtitle format supported by the TradeCast platform is 'webvtt', the general standard for online subtitle files. It is possible to add one or more subtitle files to a particular video.