In addition to IBM Watson Media's live streaming capabilities, you can also record your streams and turn them into VOD (video on demand). Pro Broadcasters also have the ability to directly upload recorded videos to their channel. Pro Broadcasting and Video Streaming accounts have additional video management capabilities, allowing you to easily upload, search, review, sort and tag thousands of videos across multiple channels.
Managing recorded videos
- Edit the title, description and privacy settings
- Available actions for videos
- Changing the thumbnail for a video
- Editing the in and out points for a video
- Creating a highlight on a recorded video
- Downloading a video
- Using labels to manage your video library
- Copying videos between channels
Video dashboard overview
As part of your IBM Watson Media broadcasting dashboard, you will find your video manager. This is where you manage all the videos you have recorded or uploaded on IBM Watson Media.
- Upload videos to your video library
- Filter videos to specific channels only, or see all channels at once. (Enterprise accounts only)
- Search video library
- Edit Title, Description and privacy settings
- Delete a video or multiple videos
- Filter the list to specific labels only and create new custom labels
- Change thumbnail, trim heads and tails, download or transfer to YouTube
- Sort the list by title, length, views, or date recorded.
- Toggle between compact and thumbnail views.
- Expand the video management interface.
- Video title
- Date recorded
- Length of the video
- Total views for the video
Renaming and adjusting settings of videos
To change the title, description or access privacy settings for the video, select the video with the checkbox, then click the edit button, or click on the drop down arrow at the end of each video row This brings you to the video edit screen
Actions available for videos
Select any video with the checkbox on the far left, then click the edit button, or click on the drop down arrow at the end of each video row to reveal the available actions for videos.
Changing the thumbnail image for your video
You can use either a still frame from your video, or an uploaded image, to represent your video in thumbnail format in your channel's video gallery.
To change the thumbnail, first select the video you wish to change the thumbnail for and select 'edit':
On the edit page, select 'thumbnail' from the row of options at the top of the tab, then choose either a frame from the video, or directly uploading an image, to use as your thumbnail:
If you choose to upload an image instead of using a still frame from the video, please use a .gif, .jpeg, or .png image format and an image size of 1920x1080.
Editing the in and out points for your video
IBM Watson Media has an improved trim tool that can also be found under the edit tab. This tool will allow you to set the starting and ending points of any recorded video. As with changing the thumbnail, you access this tool by selecting the video you wish to trim and choosing 'edit':
After this, select 'trim' from the row of options at the top of the edit tab:
Once on the trim tab, click anywhere inside the blue bar below the player to select an estimated start point. Clicking the pause/play button and clicking forward or back on the blue bar will allow you to select the exact start point you wish for your video.
Once you have your in point, double click on the left hand slider to set the in point.
Repeat this process with the right hand slider to set the out point for the video as well.
Trim (and Highlight) are functions that only exist inside of the IBM Watson Media platform- when you download your video, or upload the video to Youtube, the full video will play in place of your trimmed video. In addition, your trimmed video will only play on mobile devices if the video has been transcoded to mp4.
Creating a Highlight from a recorded video
Once a video has been recorded on your channel, you can select discrete sections of the video to create highlights. Note that this is separate from the Trim functionality, as the highlight does not hide the full content of the original video nor does it exist as a discrete element- instead it is available as a 'sub selection' of the original video.
In order to create a highlight, first navigate to your video manager panel in your Dashboard, or to the Videos tab of an individual channel:
Next, select the video you wish to create a highlight from. This can be done by hovering over the row containing the video, then selecting 'Manage Highlights' from the dropdown menu that appears on the far right:
Click 'Add new highlight':
Once you are on the highlight creation page, you can move the start and end points (represented by the rounded boxes on either side of the scrubber and timeline) in and out to set the start and end points for the highlight, or you can move these by entering the start and end times directly in the timecode boxes below the player:
Give your highlight a title, and click "Save Highlight":
When you navigate back to the video manager page, you'll now see a new highlight registered in the video details field. The highlight can be changed or deleted from the same 'Manage Highlights' button used to originally create the highlight. Additionally, on the channel page itself viewers will be able to select the highlight to play from the info tab:
To download a video, select the video and choose download from the more menu at the top or the drop down at the end of the video entry row.
Pro Broadcasters will automatically have an mp4 version of their video transcoded. If the video is not yet available, an flv version will be available for download.
Users with basic plans will have the option to download an flv version of the file:
Using labels to manage your videos
To add or edit labels on videos, select the video and click on the label button.
You can apply or remove existing labels, or create new ones.
Copying videos from one channel to another
With the video manager, you can copy video files from one channel to another. Note: This feature is available at the Enterprise level only, and can be used to move videos between channels on a single account- not between different accounts.
To copy a video, select the video and choose copy from the more menu at the top or the drop down at the end of the video entry row.
From the pop up window, choose which channel you want to copy the video to. It may take up to a few minutes to copy the video depending on the size of the file.