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    Managing the Channel Program

    In this topic you will learn how manage the channel program and add VOD items, live events, and playlists to your Cloud Playout Channel.

    Also see Adding Bumpers to Content for adding bumpers to VOD or live event items.

    Introduction

    Your Cloud Playout channel can contain up to 1000 content items in the program. Here we will see how to manage the program, including how to add and re-order content items.

    The sections below will guide you through:

    Also see Adding Bumpers to Content for adding bumpers to VOD or live event items.

    Schedule and Program views

    You can easily switch between Schedule and Program views by clicking the corresponding tab. The Schedule view will present the complete schedule of the channel with video start time, end time and duration. In the Program view, you can add videos, import playlists, insert bumpers, insert ads, add live events, and reorder the program items.

    Program View in Draft State
    Program View in Draft State
    Schedule View in Running State
    Schedule View in Running State

    Adding content

    Depending on how you configured your Cloud Playout channel, you can add content of various kinds. VOD content and playlists can be added to any channel. In addition, you can add live events if you configured the channel to support that. The following sections provide steps for adding each kind of content.

    Adding VOD content

    After you create your channel, or when you go to the channel details, the screen will show the channel settings:

    Channel Settings
    Channel Settings

    You can edit details, but the main next step is to add content to the channel.

    Add videos (VOD) steps

    1. Click Add Videos (If you are on the channel list page, click the channel name to open the channel settings page and then click Add Videos).
    2. If you have already added other content to the channel, select one video that you want the new video(s) to be inserted after:
      Select Insertion Point
      Select Insertion Point
    3. Use Search to find videos you want. In addition to searching on general terms, you can also search by field and use a sign at the beginning of the search string to limit results to videos that match. The fields you can search on are name, tags, and custom_fields. For example:
      • +tags:bird
      • +name:"blue heron"
    4. Click the checkbox next to the videos you want to add to the channel.
      select videos
    5. Click Add Videos)
    6. Click Save.
    7. Newly added videos will appear in the program with an Added label beside the titles:
      Added Videos
      Added Videos

      Note that start and end times are automatically calculated from the video durations. You can drag and drop videos in the list to reorder them, and the start/end times will be automatically adjusted.

    Importing playlists

    You can also import whole playlists into you channel. Note the following conditions:

    • You can import both EXPLICIT (manual) and smart playlists.
    • A snapshot of the playlist in its current state will be imported (meaning that future changes to the playlist will not be reflected in the channel contents).
    • Only one playlist can be imported at a time.
    • If the imported playlist contains a Live event, an identical new Live event with same name, description & duration will be created. This is because a Live event always shares an 1:1 relationship with the channel.
    • The videos in the playlist will be added to the end of the current channel program.
    • You can add VOD content as well as playlists, and duplicates are allowed.
    • There is a validation check on the total asset limit (1000). If the import will exceed 1000 asset limit, the import will fail.
    • If Live input is not enabled for the channel, you can still import a playlist that includes Live events in it by choosing to exclude the Live events from import.
    • If this is an SSAI-enabled channel, live events are not allowed. You can still import a playlist that includes Live events in it by choosing to exclude the Live events from import.
    • Only the eligible assets with an MP4 rendition will be allowed. A warning indicates what assets will be ineligible for import - upon confirmation, only the eligible assets will be imported.

    Add playlist steps

    1. If you have already added other content to the channel, select one video that you want the new video(s) to be inserted after:
      Select Insertion Point
      Select Insertion Point
    2. There is a validation check on the total asset limit (100). If the import will exceed 100 asset limit, the import will fail.
    3. Add playlist steps

      1. Click Import Playlists.
      2. Click Import for the playlist you want to import.
      3. If messages appear indicating that some items in the playlist cannot be imported, click Proceed if you want to import the supported videos.
      4. Click Save.
      5. If the import was successful, you will see the videos in your program list with an Imported label beside the titles:
        Videos Imported from Playlist
        Videos Imported from Playlist

    Adding Live events

    Note: this only applies if the channel is enabled for live events.

    1. If you have already added other content to the channel, select one video that you want the new video(s) to be inserted after:
      Select Insertion Point
      Select Insertion Point
    2. Click add live event
    3. In the Add Live Event dialog, enter the Name, Duration, and Description for the live event:
      Add Live Event
      Add Live Event

      Note that the minimum duration for a live event is 5 minutes, and the duration can be incremented or decremented in 5 minute intervals only - If needed the duration can be edited in-line on the textbox to adjust the granularity of time. The duration of a live event can be modified at any time, even while it is currently playing.

    4. After you add live events, they will appear in the program list along with VOD items:
      Live Event Added
      Live Event Added
    5. You can drag live events to reorder the list just as you can videos. You can also use the quick edit button to modify the duration of a live event.

    Reordering Program items

    There are two ways to reorder items in the program:

    • If you are just moving an item to a nearby location, you can use drag and drop.
    • If you are moving an item to a distant location in a large program, you do by changing the order number..

    Reordering using drag and drop

    Channels that are not running

    Steps
    1. Click and drag the :: icon to the left of the thumbnail image and drag it to the desired location in the list.

    Channels that are running

    Steps
    1. Click Edit Program.
    2. Click and drag the :: icon to the left of the thumbnail image and drag it to the desired location in the list.

    Reordering by order number

    Notice that the order number of the program items appears on the left side of the list:

    Order Number
    Order Number

    You can also also move a video in the program by clicking the order number and entering a new one. In the example below, we are moving the video at position 700 to position 5 in the program:

    Reorder by Changing the Order Number
    Reorder by Changing the Order Number


    Page last updated on 26 Apr 2022