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Kaltura - Channel Playlists (UW-Madison)

The channel playlist feature allows channel managers to curate, organize and improve displayed featured content in their channels.

    Overview

    Kaltura MediaSpace playlists allow you to guide your viewers/students through watching media in a particular sequence. There are two types of playlists within Kaltura MediaSpace: regular playlists and channel playlists. For more information on regular playlists compared to channel playlists, see Kaltura - MediaSpace Playlists (UW-Madison). The channel playlists feature allows channel managers to curate, organize and improve displayed featured content in their channels. More information on Kaltura channel playlists can be found in Kaltura's documetation Channel Playlist Feature - User Guide.

    Channel playlists tab

    The Playlists tab is used to manage a selected channel's playlist. To open the playlists tab:

    1. Launch Chrome or Firefox and go to Kaltura MediaSpace: mediaspace.wisc.edu. If you need more information on how to log in to MediaSpace please see Kaltura - How to Log in to Kaltura MediaSpace (UW-Madison) .
    2. Click your name or the user icon in the upper right and select My Channels.
    3. Search for or scroll until you find the channel in which you want to work. Mouse over the channel and click the pencil icon:
      A screenshot showing a Kaltura channel. The user has moved their mouse over it which causes a pencil icon to display in the lower right. The mouse icon hovers over it and it is also outlined in red.
      Alternately you click click on a channel or create a new channel. The channel details page is displayed. Click the Channel Actions button in the upper right and select Edit:
      A screenshot from Kaltura MediaSpace. The user has clicked on an entered the channel "Example Kaltura Channel." The user has clicked the "Channel Actions" drop down button. The cursor hovers over the "Edit" button which is outlined in red.
    4. The channel edit page displays. Click on the Playlists tab to display all the channel's existing playlists:
      A screenshot showing the Kaltura MediaSpace channel edit page. The user has clicked on the Playlists tab which is outlined in red.
    5. 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:

    1. Launch Chrome or Firefox and go to Kaltura MediaSpace: mediaspace.wisc.edu. If you need more information on how to log in to MediaSpace please see Kaltura - How to Log in to Kaltura MediaSpace (UW-Madison) .
    2. Click your name or the user icon in the upper right and select My Channels.
    3. Search for or scroll until you find the channel in which you want to work. Mouse over the channel and click the pencil icon (see above for more detailed instructions on how to edit a channel).
    4. The Edit page is displayed. Click on the Playlists tab to display all the channel's existing playlists.
    5. Click Create New and select Manual Playlist:
      A screenshot showing a Kaltura MediaSpace channel edit page with the playlist tab active. The user has clicked on "Create new" and selected "Manual Playlist" which is outlined in red.
    6. The "Create a Manual Playlist" dialog displays. Enter the following Details:
      A screenshot showing the "Create a Manual Playlist" screen. There are callouts for (1) Title, (2) Description, and (3) Playlist tags.
      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 channel's content is listed. You can search for, filter, or scroll to find the media item in the channel you want to add to the channel playlist:
      A screenshot showing the Kaltura MediaSpace "Create a Manual Playlist" screen and "Add Media" window. Callouts are listed for (1) Add button, (2) the green checkmark that appears once a media item has been added to a playlist, (3) the gray "X" button to remove a media item from a playlist, and (4) the button to drag and reorder a media item in the playlist.
      In the Add Media section you can:
      1. Add content by selecting an item from the list on the left and clicking Add.
      2. 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.
      3. Remove content by selecting an item from the Playlist on the right and clicking the gray X.
      4. Rearrange content in the Playlist by dragging and dropping the items on the left according to the order you want them to be played. The small six dots button indicates the media items are draggable:The Kaltura MediaSpace move or draggable icon.
    8. Repeat adding Media Assets until you have completed populating your Playlist and click Save.
    9. The "Create Manual Playlist" dialog closes and the new Playlist is added to the Playlists Tab.

    Editing a channel playlist

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

    1. Launch Chrome or Firefox and go to Kaltura MediaSpace: mediaspace.wisc.edu. If you need more information on how to log in to MediaSpace please see Kaltura - How to Log in to Kaltura MediaSpace (UW-Madison) .
    2. Click your name or the user icon in the upper right and select My Channels.
    3. Search for or scroll until you find the channel in which you want to work. Mouse over the channel and click the pencil icon (see above for more detailed instructions on how to edit a channel).
    4. The Edit Channel page is displayed. Click on the Playlists tab to display all the channel's existing playlists.
    5. Find the playlist that you want to modify and click the pencil icon to edit the playlist info:
      A detail screenshot from Kaltura MediaSpace's "Edit Channel" playlist tab. Two channel playlists are displayed. The cursor hovers over the pencil icon for one of the playlists which is outliend in red.
    6. The Edit Playlist dialog displays. Here you can edit the title, description, and tags for your playlist:
      A screenshot of the Kaltura MediaSpace "Edit Playlist" window.
    7. Click Add Media if you want to add or edit any of the media in the channel. All the channel's content is listed. You can search for, filter, or scroll to find the media item in the channel you want to add to the channel playlist. In the Add Media section you can:
      1. Add content by selecting an item from the list on the left and clicking Add.
      2. 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.
      3. Remove content by selecting an item from the Playlist on the right and clicking the gray X.
      4. Rearrange content in the Playlist by dragging and dropping the items on the left according to the order you want them to be played. The small six dots button indicates the media items are draggable.

    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. Use the Embed feature to share your playlists by rendering the player and linking to the media assets as HTML code that can be added to any HTML page.

    Be careful about where you embed channel playlists. Embedding a channel playlist circumvents all publishing restrictions and could accidentally make content private that you didn't meant to. If the content you are embedding needs to be secured, embed the playlist on a page that requires login like in a Canvas course. To generate embed code for a channel playlist:

    1. Launch Chrome or Firefox and go to Kaltura MediaSpace: mediaspace.wisc.edu. If you need more information on how to log in to MediaSpace please see Kaltura - How to Log in to Kaltura MediaSpace (UW-Madison) .
    2. Click your name or the user icon in the upper right and select My Channels.
    3. Search for or scroll until you find the channel in which you want to work. Mouse over the channel and click the pencil icon (see above for more detailed instructions on how to edit a channel).
    4. The Edit Channel page is displayed. Click on the Playlists tab to display all the channel's existing playlists.
    5. Choose the Playlist that you want to Embed and click Embed:
      A screenshot from the Kaltura MediaSpace "Edit Channel" page Playlist tab. The mouse hovers over the pencil / edit icon next to a channel which is outlined in red.
    6. The Embed Playlist dialog is displayed.
    7. Choose the playlist’s layout - horizontal or vertical. Clicking on an option automatically generates the embed code.
    8. Copy the code from the code window by triple clicking clicking into the code window to select the embed code - it will highlight in blue. On Windows click Control-C and on mac click Command-C to copy the embed code:
      A screenshot showing the "Embed Playlist" dialog. The user has currently selected the "Horizontal (740px x 330px) playlist layout. The embed code is outlined in red - this is what you need to copy.

    Modifying the channel playlist order

    Modifying the Channel Playlist Sequential Order is the process of defining the existing Playlist's order of appearance in the Channels page. Use the Channel's Playlists Tab to modify the channel playlist order.

    1. Access the Channel Playlists tab. See To Open the Playlists tab.
    2. Mouse over to the left of the channel name you want to change the order of. The mouse icon will change to a "move" icon which looks like four arrows. Click and drag to reorder the playlist. Release the mouse once you are satisfied with the playlists new order:
      A screenshot showing the Kaltura MediaSpace edit channel "Playlists" tab. The cursor has changed into a "move" icon and hovers over the icon to the left of the channel playlist name. It is outlined in red with an arrow pointing down to show this area can be clicked and dragged to move the playlist in the order.
      The new playlist order will be automatically saved.

    Working with Channel Playlists

    The following topic describes how users can view and work with the channel playlists page. To view a channel playlist:

    1. Launch Chrome or Firefox and go to Kaltura MediaSpace: mediaspace.wisc.edu. If you need more information on how to log in to MediaSpace please see Kaltura - How to Log in to Kaltura MediaSpace (UW-Madison) .
    2. Click your name or the user icon in the upper right and select My Channels.
    3. Click on a channel to display the channel's content:
      A screenshot showing an example Kaltura MediaSpace channel.
    4. Playlists are displayed by name and accompanying thumbnails to help identify the content of the channel playlist.
    5. Click on one of the channel playlist titles to open the channel playlist's page:
      A screenshot showing a Kaltura MediaSpace channel playlist page.
      T
      he channel playlist page displays the first media item in the channel playlist on the left. The other media items in the playlist are displayed on the right. Use playback and navigation buttons to play and skip back and forwards between the videos:
      A screenshot showing the "Play", "Skip to previous", and "Skip to next" buttons.
      You can also click on the media item on the right to load it in the main playback pane on the left.

    Working with the Channel Playlists Page

    The Channel Playlists Page consists of the following components:

    • Player - uses standard video player features.
    • Details tab - clicking on details shows the description, the tags associated with the item and where the item appears:
      A screenshot of the Kaltura MediaSpace channel playlist "Details" tab.

    • Share - clicking on share displays the different options for linking to or embedding the current media item. For more about this see Embedding a Playlist:
      A screenshot of the Kaltura MediaSpace "Share" tab.

    • Like/Unlike - Clicking on Like will increment the number of likes for the video currently being played:
      A screenshot showing the "Likes" button which looks like a heart.
    • Actions - Clicking on Actions opens a menu with the following options:
      A screenshot showing the Kaltura MediaSpace media item "Actions" dropdown menu expanded. There are options for Edit, + Publish, + Add to Playlist, Analytics, + Captions Requests, Launch Editor, and Delete
    • Edit - Opens the item currently being played in the edit page where you can change associated information such as details, collaboration, options and attachments.
    • + Publish - Opens the publish page with the different options for publishing the item currently being played.
    • + Add to playlist - Opens a page from which you can associate the item currently being played to an existing playlist or create a new playlist.
    • Analytics - Directs you to the item's analytics page where you can view a wealth of information surrounding the item and how and where it is used.
    • + Captions Requests - Allows you to request machine captions. This feature is currently being piloted at UW-Madison and is not available generally.
    • Delete - Deletes the media item.

    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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    Keywords:organize, curate, playlist, play, order, sequence, sequential,   Doc ID:60302
    Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW-Madison
    Created:2016-01-29 13:47 CDTUpdated:2019-09-04 08:12 CDT
    Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW-Madison
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