Creating Ingest Profiles for Context Aware Encoding

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Video Cloud
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Studio User
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Administration
Ingest Profiles

This topic provides an overview of how to create custom ingest profiles for use with Context Aware Encoding.

Ingest profiles contain the transcode settings that will be used when videos are uploaded using the Upload module or the Dynamic Ingest API. The ingest profile editor that is displayed will change based upon the transcoding options that have been configured for the account.

Note: The ability to create and edit ingest profiles is available only to publishers with Enterprise and Professional accounts.

To access the Ingest Profiles administration page, click the ADMIN link and then Ingest Profiles. A list of ingest profiles will appear.

Note: To access the Ingest Profiles page, you must be a Video Cloud Studio user with the Administrator role.

Your Video Cloud account will be configured with one or more transcoding options. All Video Cloud accounts are configured with a default set of ingest profiles which can't be edited or deleted. These are marked with a Type of Standard VOD in the Studio. The Profile Version displays the type of transcoding that is used with the profile. For specific details on the renditions provided with the Brightcove supplied ingest profiles, see the appropriate document:

Creating a new context aware profile

The Ingest Profiles administration page can be used to create new ingest profiles. Ingest profiles are defined using JSON.

To create a new context aware ingest profile:

  1. Click the ADMIN link in the Studio header.
  2. Click the Ingest Profiles link.
  3. Click New Profile > Context Aware. The profile editor will open.
  4. Enter a Name, Display Name and Description for the profile.
  5. Decide whether to Store master files. Storing the master keeps a copy of the master file and provides the ability for the video to be retranscoded in the future without the need to upload it again. For additional information on archiving masters, see the Archiving Masters document.
  6. Select a setting for the images:
    • Capture images automatically at upload time - Video Cloud will capture poster and thumbnail images when the video is uploaded. Images are captured at the 50% point in the video.
    • Don't capture images; I'll upload or capture my own images - Poster and thumbnail images will be captured or uploaded using the Media module.
  7. Enter the Width and Height for the Poster and Thumbnail images.
  8. Select a Minimum Resolution and Maximum Resolution by dragging the slider. This range will be used when creating renditions.
  9. Select a Maximum Bitrate. Renditions above this bit rate will not be created regardless of the complexity of the content. A lower bitrate can help control costs around storage and bandwidth.
  10. Select the Required Output Resolutions. Required resolutions will not be created if they are higher than the source file's resolution.
  11. Adjust the Encoding Quality Control to adjust the video quality and bandwidth use. If you are more concerned about bandwidth usage and wish to optimize for lowest bandwidth consumption, move the slider to the left. If you are more concerned about quality and are okay with potentially using more bandwidth to deliver better picture quality, move the slider to the right.
  12. Select a Progressive MP4 Rendition to create. At least one MP4 rendition is required to post videos to social media accounts using the Social module or to allow video downloads. Select None if an MP4 rendition should not be created.
  13. Select the Audio Renditions that should be created.
  14. Click Save to save the new profile.

Duplicating ingest profiles

If you need to create a profile that is similar to an existing profile, you can duplicate an existing profile and then edit it to make the needed changes.

To duplicate an ingest profile:

  1. Click the ADMIN link in the Studio header.
  2. Click the Ingest Profiles link.
  3. Click on the ingest profile to duplicate.
  4. Click Duplicate.
  5. Use the Profile Editor to edit the profile name and definition.
  6. Click Save.

DRM support in profiles

DRM is supported, but works differently than for legacy ingest profiles. Contact Brightcove Support to set defaults for DRM packaging of your videos. You do not need to specify DRM packaging in your ingest profiles. If your account is enabled for DRM and you want to deliver some titles without DRM, edit the video properties in the Media module and set the DRM flag for the video to No DRM.

Note: For information on creating a DRM-enabled Brightcove Player, see the DRM Plugin topic.

Editing ingest profiles

The Ingest Profiles administration page can be used to edit ingest profiles. Note that the default set of ingest profiles (marked Standard VOD) can't be edited.

To edit an ingest profile:

  1. Click the ADMIN link in the Studio header.
  2. Click the Ingest Profiles link.
  3. Click on the ingest profile to edit.
  4. Use the Profile Editor to edit the profile definition.
  5. Click Save.

Deleting ingest profiles

The Ingest Profiles administration page can be used to delete ingest profiles that are no longer needed. Note that the default set of ingest profiles (marked Standard VOD) can't be deleted but they can be hidden if they are not needed.

To delete an ingest profile:

  1. Click the ADMIN link in the Studio header.
  2. Click the Ingest Profiles link. The Ingest Profiles administration page will open displaying the ingest profiles that have been created for your account.
  3. Click the delete icon () next to the ingest profile or click the profile name and then click the Delete button.
  4. Confirm the deletion by clicking Delete Profile.

Changing the default ingest profile

All Video Cloud accounts have a default ingest profile. The default profile is indicated with next to the profile name.

To change the default ingest profile for your account:

  1. Click the ADMIN link in the Studio header.
  2. Click the Ingest Profiles link. The Ingest Profiles administration page will open displaying the ingest profiles that have been created for the account.
  3. Click the ingest profile name for the profile you want to set as the default.
  4. Click Make this my default profile link at the top of the page.

Hiding and showing ingest profiles

Ingest profiles can be hidden by clicking the slider associated with the profile to the Hide position. This is useful to hide default profiles that may not be needed.

Ingest profiles that are hidden will not appear in the Ingest Profile list in the Upload module.

Using the Advanced Editor

Ingest profiles are defined using JSON. To view the JSON syntax for a profile, edit a profile and then click the Advanced Editor tab. The JSON representation of the profile will display.

While the JSON can be edited here, Brightcove recommends editing profiles using the Simple Editor to reduce the likelihood of mistakes. For information on the available attributes, see the Ingest Profiles API Fields Reference for Dynamic Delivery and Context Aware Encoding topic.