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 Regular Playlists compared to Channel 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 documentation Edit a Channel/Media Gallery Playlist.

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:
    A screenshot showing the user having clicked on their name in the upper right to open the drop-down menu. The cursor hovers over "My Channels" which is outlined in orange to help point it out.
  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 (which looks like a faint box with three lines throgh it)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 Channel Playlist:
    A screenshot showing the channel "Playlists" tab. The "+ Create Channel Playlist" button is outlined in orange to help point it out.
  6. The Create Playlist window displays. Enter the following Details:
    A screenshot of the "Create Playlist" window. (1) shows the title of the playlist, (2) is the description, (3) are the tags for the playlist and (4) is the "Add" button.
    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.

    4. Click Add when you're done.
  7. Click Add to Playlist:
    A screenshot showing the newly created playlist. The "Add to Playlist" button is outlined in orange to help point it out.
  8. By default the window will display all your "My Media" on the right. You can change that by clicking on My Media and selecting Channel to display channel media:
    A screenshot showing a detail screenshot. Under "Add Items To Your Playlist" the user has clicked on "My Media" to open a drop-down. The cursor hovers over "Channel" to select channel media to add to the playlist.
  9. All the channel's content is listed that you have publishing rights to. You can search for or scroll to find the media item in the channel you want to add to the channel playlist:
    A screenshot showing a detail of the "Add Items to Playlist" screen. (1) indicates the "+" or "add to playlist" button. (2) shows the checkmark indicating a video has been added to the playlist on the left. Click it again to remove it. (3) shows the three dot menu having been clicked on which shows options for "Move to Bottom", "Move to Top", and "Remove". (4) Shows the drag button to reorder videos in your playlist.

    Being a moderator or manager on a channel does not give you rights to the media in the channel. For example a channel manager can still only add media they have rights to or that they have personally added to the channel to a channel playlist. You may not see any or all of the media in a channel if you select "channel" and aren't the owner or don't have co-publisher rights to it. Users have to grant co-publisher access to media via the Kaltura MediaSpace collaboration feature for them to have publishing rights to media and to add that media to channel playlists. See Kaltura - Media Collaboration: Changing media ownership, adding editors and publishers for more information on the adding other users as collaborators on media.


    In the Add Items To Your Playlist you can:
    1. Add content by clicking the "+" button to the right of a video.
    2. A check-mark appears next to videos already in the Playlist. Click it again to remove a video.
    3. Click the three dot button next to a video in the playlist to see  a drop-down menu which allows you to move a video to the bottom of the playlist, move a video to the top of the playlist, and remove it from the playlist.
    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 dash button to the left of a vdieo indicates the media items are draggable:
      A detail screenshot showing the drag button to the left of the video thumbnail outlined in orange to help point it out.
  10. Add videos until you have completed populating your playlist and click Save.
  11. The "Edit 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 screenshot showing the "Playlists" tab. The cursor hovers over one of the playlist edit icons which looks like a pencil and is outlined in orange to help point it out.
  6. The Edit Playlist window displays. Here you can edit the title, description, and tags for your playlist:
    A screenshot showing the "Edit Playlist" window.
  7. Click Add to Playlist if you want to add or edit any of the media in the channel.
  8. By default the window will display all your "My Media" on the right. You can change that by clicking on My Media and selecting Channel to display channel media:
    A screenshot showing a detail screenshot. Under "Add Items To Your Playlist" the user has clicked on "My Media" to open a drop-down. The cursor hovers over "Channel" to select channel media to add to the playlist.
  9. All the channel's content is listed that you have publishing rights to. You can search for or scroll to find the media item in the channel you want to add to the channel playlist:
    A screenshot showing a detail of the "Add Items to Playlist" screen. (1) indicates the "+" or "add to playlist" button. (2) shows the checkmark indicating a video has been added to the playlist on the left. Click it again to remove it. (3) shows the three dot menu having been clicked on which shows options for "Move to Bottom", "Move to Top", and "Remove". (4) Shows the drag button to reorder videos in your playlist.

    Being a moderator or manager on a channel does not give you rights to the media in the channel. For example a channel manager can still only add media they have rights to or that they have personally added to the channel to a channel playlist. You may not see any or all of the media in a channel if you select "channel" and aren't the owner or don't have co-publisher rights to it. Users have to grant co-publisher access to media via the Kaltura MediaSpace collaboration feature for them to have publishing rights to media and to add that media to channel playlists. See Kaltura - Media Collaboration: Changing media ownership, adding editors and publishers for more information on the adding other users as collaborators on media.


    In the Add Items To Your Playlist you can:
    1. Add content by clicking the "+" button to the right of a video.
    2. A check-mark appears next to videos already in the Playlist. Click it again to remove a video.
    3. Click the three dot button next to a video in the playlist to see  a drop-down menu which allows you to move a video to the bottom of the playlist, move a video to the top of the playlist, and remove it from the playlist.
    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 dash button to the left of a vdieo indicates the media items are draggable:
      A detail screenshot showing the drag button to the left of the video thumbnail outlined in orange to help point it out.
  10. Add videos until you have completed populating your playlist and click Save.
  11. The "Edit Playlist" dialog closes and the new playlist is added to the Playlists tab.

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 public 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 </> which is the embed button:
    A screenshot showing the "Playlists" tab. The cursor hovers over the </> icon which is the "Embed" button.
  6. The Share & Embed window displays:
    A screenshot showing the "Share & Embed" window. (1) Copy Link and Email Link (2) Choose player - horozintal or vertical player (3) Max Embed Size (4) Auto Play (5) Copy Embed
    1. You can Copy Link or Email Link.
    2. Choose a horizontal player layout or vertical player layout.
    3. Choose the maximum embed size.
    4. Turn auto play on or off. We recommend you keep it off.
    5. Copy the embed code with the selected settings.
  7. Click Done when you are finished. You can now paste this embed code into HTML or a course page to embed the playlist there.

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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