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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. For more information on 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.

    Channel 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. Select My Channels.
    2. Select a Channel or Create a new channel. The Channel Details page is displayed.
    3. Select Edit from the Actions drop down menu.

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    4. The Edit Page is displayed.

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    5. Click on the Playlists tab to display all the channel's existing playlists.
    6. 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. Login to MediaSpace, and select Channels.
    2. Click on an existing channel or create a new channel.
    3. The Channel Details page is displayed.

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    4. Select Edit from the Actions drop down menu.

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    5. The Edit page is displayed.
    6. Click on the Playlists tab to display all the channel's existing playlists.
    7. Click Create New and select Manual Playlist.

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    8. The "Create a Manual Playlist" dialog is displayed.

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    9. 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.

    10. Click Add Media.

      All the channel'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.

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    11. In the Add Media section you can:

      • Add content by selecting an item from the list on the left and clicking 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.
      • Remove content by selecting an item from the Playlist on the right and clicking Remove.
      • 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 using the up/down screenshot.

    12. Repeat adding Media Assets until you have completed populating your Playlist and click Save.
    13. 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 access the Edit Playlist dialog
    1. Login to MediaSpace, and from the main menu select Channels.
    2. Click on an existing channel or create a new channel.
    3. The Channel Details page is displayed.
    4. Select Edit from the Actions drop down menu.

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    5. The Edit page is displayed.
    6. Click on the Playlists tab to display all the channel's existing playlists.

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    7. Select the Playlist that you want to modify and click Edit.

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    To modify the channel playlist's details

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

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    To modify a channel playlist's content and/or order

    Click Add Media:

    • 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.
    • To remove content, select an item from the Playlist on the right and click Remove.
    • 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 screenshot.

    Embedding a 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.

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Channel Playlist content is publicly shared. Media assets in the playlist can be viewed over the web, 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. Login to MediaSpace, and from the main menu select Channels.
    2. Click on an existing channel or create a new channel.
    3. Edit the channel by clicking on Actions and choosing Edit.

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    4. The Edit Page is displayed.
    5. Click on the Playlists tab to display all the channel's existing playlists.
    6. The embed feature supports the following media formats: Video, Audio, Image, and YoutTube
    7. Choose the Playlist that you want to Embed and click Embed.
    8. The Embed Playlist dialog is displayed.

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    9. Choose the Embed Type code to be generated.
    10. Choose the playlist’s layout and the playlist’s color.
    11. Clicking on an option automatically generates the embed code.
    12. Copy the code from the code window.

      For example, if you choose to create an iframe with a horizontal layout and dark coloring, the code displayed should be as follows:

      <iframe src="http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/p/1837061/sp/183706100/ embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/26850701/partner_id/1837061/widget_id/1_0h3vjbxq? iframeembed=true&playerId=kaltura_player_1390404249&fla]=true&flashvars [playlistAPI.autoInsert]=true&flashvars[ks]=&flashvars[streamerType]=auto " width="740" height="330" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozAllowFullScreen frameborder="0"></iframe>
	//Breaks have been added to make the code readable.

    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.

    To Reorder Playlists:
    1. Access the Channel Playlists tab. See To Open the Playlists tab.
    2. Drag and drop to reorder the Playlists.
    3. Click Save to apply your changes.

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    Working with Channel Playlists

    The following topic describes how users can view and work with the Channel Playlists page.

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    You can view and access Channel Playlists if the feature is 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. Select My Channels to open the My Channels page.

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    2. Click on a Channel to display the Channel's content.

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    3. Playlists are displayed by name and accompanying thumbnails to help identify the content of the Channel Playlist.
    4. Click on one of the Channel Playlist titles to open the Channel Playlist's page.

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    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:

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    • 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.

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    • Share - clicking on Share displays the different options for sharing and embedding the current media item. For more about this see Embedding a Playlist

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    • Like/Unlike - Clicking on Like will increment the number of likes for the video currently being played.

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    • Actions - Clicking on Actions opens a menu with the following options:

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    • 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.
    • Edit - Opens the item currently being played in the Edit page where you can change associated information such as details, collaboration, options and attachments.
    • Delete - deleted the selected item from the Channel 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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    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:2019-04-17 14:00 CDT
    Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW-Madison
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