Publishing Videos and Playlists with the Media Module

In this topic you will learn how to publish videos and playlists using the Media module.

This topic contains information on publishing videos and playlists to the web. For information on the other publishing options, see:

If you are looking to dynamically assign video content to a player, get the embed code for the player and then use one of the techniques available to dynamically assign videos to a player.


Publishing videos and playlists

To publish a video or playlist, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Media module.
  2. To publish a single video, click All videos in the side navigation panel and then do one of the following:
    • Click the checkbox next to the video and then click Publish & Embed... > Publish to web
    • Click on the video name and then click Publish & Embed... > Publish to web on the video properties page
  3. To publish a playlist, click All playlists in the side navigation panel and then do one of the following:
    • Click the check box next to the playlist and then click Publish & Embed... > Publish to web
    • Click on the playlist name and then click Publish Playlist on the playlist videos page
  4. Confirm that the publishing dialog opens. The name of the video or playlist being published will appear in the publishing dialog title.

    Known Issue: Since the preview player is being loaded over HTTPS within the Studio, if your content is being served over HTTP, the preview player will not playback the content and your browser will display an insecure scripts message. This is not a Studio bug but a browser security limitation.

  5. Select a player to use. When publishing playlists, there are some playlist-related player properties that can be set to control appearance and behavior of the playlist. See the Setting playlist properties section below for details.

    Note that the preview will update to display the player that was selected.

  6. (Optional) The preview link below the preview player can be used to preview the player in another browser tab. Click the Shorten button to generate a shortened URL.
  7. Choose an option for the player sizing:
    • Responsive - The player size will adjust automatically based upon the browser size
    • Fixed - The player size is based upon the width and height parameters
  8. Select an aspect ratio for the player.
    • 16:9 or 4:3 - enter a player width (the height will be determined automatically)
    • Custom - to manually enter the player width and height
  9. Enter the Player Width and Player Height.
  10. Select the Units of measurement.
  11. Select the type of publishing code to copy by clicking Standard or Advanced.
    • Standard - iframe embed code - Recommended for most cases. This type places the player inside an <iframe> tag. If player dimensions are specified, the iframe will be sized to the player dimensions. If no player dimensions are specified, the iframe can be placed inside of a <div> tag and the responsive nature of the player will resize the player to occupy the entire space of the <div>.
    • Advanced - In-page embed code - Allows the player to exist in the the HTML page directly, not in an iframe. This offers developers the benefits of ease of accessing the player and associated properties and events. By using the in-page embed code, you lose the ease of use of the player as a single, contained unit in social media applications and sharing. This option is available only for the published player.
    For more information on the types of publishing code, see Choosing the Correct Embed Code.
  12. Copy the publishing code. When finished, click Close.

Using reference IDs when publishing

It is also possible to use the video or playlist reference ID when publishing. With this method, if you accidentally delete a video or playlist, you simply upload another video or re-create a playlist and assign it the same reference ID as the deleted item. For information, see Using Reference IDs.

Adding an application ID to the embed code

In the past, publishers would commonly create new players with different names to use on different parts of a site or to use on different sites. When reviewing player analytics, having different player names made it easier to determine which players were getting the most views. By adding an application ID parameter to the embed code, the same player can be used across a site, or sites, and the application ID can be used to identify where the player was published. Using a player application ID can help reduce the number of players that need to be created and maintained. For information on adding an application ID to the embed code, see Adding an Application ID to the Player Embed Code.

Setting playlist properties

There are some playlist-related player properties that can be configured when working with playlists. To configure the playlist-related player properties, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Players module.
  2. Click on the player name to open the player properties.
  3. As part of the Player Information properties, select a Player Type of Playlist. Click Save .
  4. Click Styling in the left navigation menu.
  5. Select a Playlist Type:
    • Playlist (Vertical) - Playlist displays on the right side of the player.
    • Playlist (Horizontal) - Playlist displays on the bottom of the player.
    • Playlist (Hidden) - Playlist is not displayed.
  6. When a Player Type of Playlist is selected as part of the Player Information properties, additional Playback properties can be configured:
    • Randomize play order - Videos will be played in a random order
    • Play video when selected - Clicking a thumbnail in the playlist menu will cause the video to play when loaded, even if the previous video in the player was paused
    • Continuous play mode - Videos will advance automatically and repeat indefinitely
    • Video Countdown - Only enabled when Continuous play mode is checked
      • Up next card (auto advance) - An up next card is displayed in the player
      • Up next endscreen (countdown) - An end screen countdown is displayed in the player
  7. Click Save to save changes. Remember to publish the player so the changes appear in the published player.

When using the Standard (iframe) embed code, the playlist has a show/hide button and is automatically sized and positioned. When using the Advanced (in-page) embed code, you must insert the playlist as an HTML <div> element and write your own CSS to position and size the playlist. This gives you full control over the playlist's display. In the latter case, the playlist does not even need to be adjacent to the player if you don't want it to be. The Advanced (in-page embed) player section of the Implementing Playlists document has substantial content on formatting and styling a playlist.