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    Working with Audio-Only Content

    In this topic you will learn about working with audio-only content in Video Cloud.

    Ingesting audio files

    Audio source files can be in MP3, M4A, or WAV format and are uploaded using the Upload module. Audio files can be added to your Video Cloud account using the Upload module. Your source file can be in MP3, M4A, or WAV format.

    Selecting an Ingest Profile

    If your account is enabled for Dynamic Delivery, you do not need a custom ingest profile for audio-only content. If your account is using the legacy ingest system, select an ingest profile that creates audio-only renditions. You can use the audio-only profile that is included in the Standard Profiles or you can create a custom ingest profile.


    The renditions that are created will be in MP4 and HLS formats, with an audio track only. Audio assets can be published and played in a Brightcove Player just like a video, as explained below.

    Uploading poster and thumbnail images

    Poster and/or thumbnail images can be added to audio files. The poster image will be displayed in the Brightcove Player during playback and the thumbnail image will be displayed in any playlists that the item is added to. Note that on iOS devices, the native iOS player is used so the poster image will not display.

    For information on uploading poster and thumbnail images, see Uploading Poster and Thumbnail Images.

    Publishing audio files

    Audio files will play in any Brightcove Player. During playback, the video screen will either be blank or display the poster image if you added one.

    If you prefer to use a more minimal audio player without the video screen, you can create a player for that purpose. After creating the player, configure the size in the following manner:

    • Use a fixed size
    • Use a custom aspect ratio
    • Set the height to 80px (the width can be whatever you like)
    player sizing

    Creating a custom audio player

    It is also possible to create a custom audio player. A sample audio player is displayed below. For information on creating a custom audio player, see Brightcove Player Sample: Audio Player Simulated.


    Page last updated on 15 Oct 2020