Creating and Managing Playlists

Product(s)
Video Cloud
Role(s)
Studio User
Task(s)
Create & Use Playlists
Manage Videos
Topic(s)
Playlists

In this topic you will learn how to create and manage playlists in Video Cloud Studio.

 

A playlist is a collection of videos that are grouped together in a particular order for playback in a player. The Media module makes it easy to create playlists and add videos to a playlist. After you've created your playlist, you can publish a playlist to a player. For more information on publishing playlists, see Publishing Videos and Playlists with the Media Module.

For more information about playlists, including best practices and tips for using them effectively, see Introduction to Playlists.

Types of playlists

There are two types of playlists:

  • Manual - With a manual playlist, you assign specific videos to the playlist and re-order them manually.
  • Smart - With a smart playlist, the list of videos in the playlist is constructed automatically, based on video tags or other video properties. Smart playlists are dynamic and automatically update based upon the videos in your media library and the rules that define the playlist.

A maximum of 100 videos can be added to a playlist (both Manual and Smart). The videos that are initially loaded into a playlist in the player is determined by the type of playlist:

  • Manual Playlists - Videos are loaded into the playlist based upon the order of the videos in the manual playlist.
  • Smart Playlists - Videos are loaded into the playlist based upon the Play Order playlist setting.

For information on programmatically retrieving additional videos into a playlist, see the Playback API Paging player sample.

Creating a playlist

To create a playlist, open the Media module and follow these steps:

  1. In the side navigation panel, click Create Playlist. The New Playlist dialog will open.

    Note: You can hide or show the side navigation panel by clicking the side navigation button .

  2. Select the playlist type, Manual or Smart.
  3. Enter a Playlist Name using the following guidelines.
    • Name is limited to 100 characters
    • Illegal character: /
  4. (Optional). Enter a Reference ID and Description.
  5. Check Show Playlist in Sidebar to have the playlist appear in the sidebar.

    Note: A maximum of 100 playlists can appear in the sidebar.

  6. Click Save.

Working with Smart playlists

If you are creating a Smart playlist, the following settings can also be configured.

  • Tags - Tags are used to define the videos that will appear in the playlist. The Tags dropdown provides these options:
    • contains one or more - Include videos that have one or more of the tags listed
    • contains all - Require that all the videos in the playlist have all the tags that are listed

    In the tags text field, enter one or more tags (separated by commas) that will be used to define the playlist.

  • Play Order - Controls the order in which videos in the playlist are played. The following options are available.
    Play Order Description
    Activated Date (Oldest First) Based on the date the video was activated, oldest videos first
    Activated Date (Newest First) Based on the date the video was activated, newest videos first
    Video Name (A - Z) Alphabetical by video name
    Total Plays Based on the total video plays
    Trailing Week Plays Based on the trailing week total video plays
    Start Date (Oldest First) Based on the date the video was scheduled to start, oldest videos first. If a video does not have a start date specified, then it will not appear in a playlist ordered by start date. Note: Video scheduling is available only to Video Cloud Pro or Enterprise accounts.
    Start Date (Newest First) Based on the date the video was scheduled to start, newest videos first. If a video does not have a start date specified, then it will not appear in a playlist ordered by start date. Note: Video scheduling is available only to Video Cloud Pro or Enterprise accounts.
  • Limit Number of Videos - Enter the maximum number of videos that should be in the playlist.

Adding videos to a manual playlist

To add videos to a manual playlist, follow these steps:

  1. Check the boxes next to the videos that should be added to the playlist.
  2. Click the Add to Playlist button at the top of the page.
  3. Select the playlist to add the videos to.
  4. Click Add. Videos added to a manual playlist will be added to the top of the playlist.

Changing the order of videos in a playlist

To change the order of the videos in a playlist, follow the steps based upon the type of playlist you are working with.

Changing the order of videos in a manual playlist

  1. Open the playlist using one of these methods:
    • Click on the playlist name in the side navigation panel
    • Click All Playlists in the side navigation panel, locate the playlist and click the playlist name link.
  2. The list of videos in the playlist will appear.
  3. Click on a video and drag it to its new location in the order.

Note: You can also change the video order by editing the Play Order field.

Changing the order of videos in a smart playlist

  1. If the playlist is displayed in the sidebar, click on the playlist and then click the down arrow next to the playlist and click Edit Settings.
  2. If the playlist is not displayed in the sidebar, click the All Playlists heading in the side navigation, locate the playlist and click the playlist name link and then click Edit Settings.
  3. Select a new Play Order for the playlist.
  4. Click Save.

Smart playlists are created dynamically when the player is loaded from the available video information and so the order should always reflect current state. However, the player always gets its info via the Playback API, which uses data cached for up to 20 min. Playlists may take that long to refresh and may be behind what the CMS API would show.

Editing playlist settings

To edit the settings for a manual or smart playlist, follow these steps:

  1. If the playlist is displayed in the sidebar, click on the playlist and then click the down arrow next to the playlist and click Edit Settings.
  2. If the playlist is not displayed in the sidebar, click the All Playlists heading in the side navigation, locate the playlist and click the playlist name link and then click Edit Settings.
  3. Edit the playlist settings and then click Save.

If the playlist is displayed in the side navigation panel, you can click on the playlist and then click the down arrow next to the playlist and click Edit Settings.

Deleting a playlist

To delete a playlist, follow these steps:

  1. Click All Playlists to display a list of all the playlists.
  2. Click the checkbox next to the playlist to delete.
  3. Click Delete.
  4. Click OK to confirm the deletion.

If the playlist is displayed in the side navigation panel, you can click on the playlist and then click the down arrow next to the playlist and click Delete.

Removing videos from a manual playlist

To remove a video from a manual playlist, follow these steps:

  1. Open the manual playlist using one of these methods:
    • Click on the playlist name in the side navigation panel
    • Click All Playlists in the side navigation panel, locate the playlist and click the playlist name link.
  2. The list of videos in the playlist will appear.
  3. Click the checkbox next to the video(s) to delete.
  4. Click Remove from Playlist.

You can also remove a video from a manual playlist by editing the video properties. In the Video Information section, delete the playlist ID from the Manual Playlists section.