Channel Playlist Feature - User Guide

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Channel Playlists

The Channel Playlist feature allows Media Gallery Managers to curate, organize and improve displayed featured content in their channel’s Media Gallery.

The following topics are described:

Media Gallery managers can create a collection of media assets that can be presented throughout the application as a unified playlist.

The advantages of creating channel playlists are that you can create ordered entries to determine what will be viewed and even repeat the same entry in a specific location (by adding the same entry to the Channel Playlist). In addition, Channel Playlists are organic elements that can be shared (embedded) as-is.

Channel Playlists Tab

The Playlists Tab is used to manage a selected channel's playlist and is the first tab presented to the user.

To open the Playlists Tab

  1. Click on a channel and navigate to the Media Gallery.
  2. In the Media Gallery page select Edit from the Actions drop down menu.

    The Edit Media Gallery Page is displayed.
  3. Click on the Playlists Tab to display all the channels's playlists.

From this page you can:

Creating a Channel Playlist

Creating a channel playlist is the process of defining which media assets are included in the playlist.

To create a channel playlist you must be the channel's owner.

To create a Channel Playlist

  1. Login to MediaSpace, and select My Channels.
  2. Click on a channel and navigate to the Media Gallery.
      
  3. In the Media Gallery page select Edit from the Actions drop down menu.
    The Edit Media Gallery page is displayed.
  4. Click on the Playlists Tab to display all the Media Gallery’s existing playlists.
  5. Click Create New and from the menu and click Manual Playlist.

    The "Create a Manual Playlist" dialog is displayed.
  6. Enter the following details:
    1. Title - Give the playlist a unique name, indicative of the content and purpose of the playlist.
    2. Description - Describe the playlist's contents.
    3. Tags - Add descriptive metadata to help categorize the playlist and improve searchability. The auto-complete feature suggests existing tags, if the tag does not exist after you have completed typing in the tag, click on the suggested option with (new Tag) next to it.
  7. Click Add Media.

    All the Media Gallery’s content is listed and can be sorted by Attributes (Most Recent, Alphabetical, Likes and Comments), Media Type (Video or Audio) or Free Text by using the search field.
  8. In the Add Media section you can:
    1. Add content by selecting an item from the list on the left and click Add.
      A green check-mark appears next to the Add button of items already in the playlist. You can add the same entry as many times as you want to the playlist.
    2. Remove content by selecting an item from the Playlist on the right and click Remove.
    3. Rearrange content in the playlist by dragging and dropping the items on the left according to the order you want them to be played or use the up/down buttons.
  9. Repeat adding media assets until you have completed populating your playlist and click Save.

The "Create Manual Playlist" dialog closes and the new playlist is added to the Playlists Tab.

Editing a channel Playlist

You can modify a playlist's details, content and order from the Edit Playlist dialog. After you have created a Channel Playlist, you can modify a playlist's details, content and order from the Edit Playlist dialog.

To modify the playlist’s details

  1. Click on a channel and navigate to the Media Gallery.
    The Media Gallery page is displayed. Only Media Gallery managers can see the Playlists Tab.
  2. Select Edit from the Actions drop down menu.
    The Edit Page is displayed.
  3. Click on the Playlists Tab to display all the channel's existing playlists.
  4. Click Edit.

  5. In the Set Details section, edit the text in the fields and click Save

To modify a playlist's content and/or order

  1. Click on a channel and navigate to the Media Gallery.
    The Media Gallery page is displayed. Only Media Gallery managers can see the Playlists Tab.
  2. Select Edit from the Actions drop down menu.
    The Edit Page is displayed.
  3. Click on the Playlists Tab to display all the channel's existing playlists.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Click Add Media.
    1. To add content, select an item from the list on the left and click Add.
      A green check-mark appears next to the Add button of items already in the Playlist.
    2. To remove content, select an item from the Playlist on the right and click Remove.
    3. To rearrange content in the Playlist, drag-and-drop the items on the left according to the order you want them to be played or use the up/down buttons.

Embedding a Channel Playlist

Channel playlists are created so that you can share a certain selection of media assets with others through other web pages. The Embed feature enables you to share your playlist by rendering the player and linkage to the media assets as HTML code that can be added to any HTML page.

channel playlist content is publicly shared. Media assets in the playlist can be viewed over the web, where no login is required. If the content you are embedding needs to be secured, embed the playlist on a page that requires login.

To generate Embed code for a channel

  1. Click on an existing channel and navigate to the Media Gallery.
  2. Click on an existing Media Gallery or create a Media Gallery.
  3. Edit the Media Gallery by clicking on Actions and choosing Edit.
    The Edit Page is displayed.
  4. Click on the Playlists Tab to display all the channel’s existing playlists.
    The embed feature supports the following media formats: Video, Audio, Image, Live and YouTube.
  5. Choose the playlist that you want to Embed and click Embed.


    The Embed Playlist dialog is displayed.

  6. Choose the Embed Type code to be generated.
  7. Choose the playlist’s layout and the playlist’s color.
    Clicking on an option automatically generates the embed code.

Testing Embed Code

After the embed code is generated you can test to see what the playlist will look like by saving the Embed code to an HTML file and opening it in a browser.

Modifying the Channel Playlist Order

Modifying the channel’s playlist sequential order is the process of defining the existing playlist's order of appearance in the channels page. This is done from a channel's Playlists Tab.

To reorder the Playlist's Tab

  1. Select an existing channel and navigate to the Media Gallery.
    Displaying a channel leads you to the Media Gallery page - Channel owners can see the Playlists Tab.
  2. Edit the Media Gallery by clicking on Actions and choosing Edit.
  3. Drag and drop to reorder the playlists.
  4. Click Save to apply your changes.

Working with Channel Playlists

This section describes how users can view and work with the Channel Playlists page.

 

 

You can view and access channel playlists if the feature has been enabled by your administrator and there are channel playlists created for a specific channel see: Creating a Channel Playlist.

Viewing a Channel Playlist

To view a Channel Playlist

  1. Click on a channel and navigate to the Media Gallery.

    Playlists are displayed by name and accompanying thumbnails to help identify the content of the Channel Playlist.
  2. Click on a playlist title to open the Channel Playlists Page.

    The Channel Playlist page consists of two main areas:
  • The left pane lists the videos included in the channel playlist. The currently playing item is displayed at the top of the playlist .Use the navigation buttons to skip back and forwards between the videos:
  • On the right, the Player, the player details and the comments area are displayed. See Working with the Channel Playlists Page for a full list of the actions that can be performed from this page.

Working with the Channel Playlists Page

The Channel Playlists Page consists of the following components:

  • Player - uses standard video player features.
  • Details - clicking on Details shows the description, the tags associated with the item and where the item appears.
  • Share - click Share to display the different options for sharing and embedding the current media item. For more information see Embedding a Playlist.

Entries/items are played one after the other automatically. After the last entry/item in the playlist plays, the player the stops.

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