To ensure playback on all devices and bandwidths, each media clip is automatically transcoded (or encoded) to different formats upon upload. These formats are called assets and can be found in the “Resources” tab in the media clip details.
The specific assets generated by the online video platform can vary by publication settings, but we maintain a standard set that will be used in most publications.
1.0 | What asset will be displayed to the viewer?
The Blue Billywig Player determines what asset to use on a number of factors, to ensure the best viewing experience.
3.1 | Device/Browser compatibility
First, the player determines what assets can be played on a specific device and browser. The resulting list is also featured in the quality selection list in the player.
3.2 | Bandwidth
The player also measures internet connection speed. The asset with highest bandwidth within the internet connection speed will be selected. The player also applies adaptive streaming. This means playback quality will be automatically adjusted as soon as the bandwidth changes. As a result, the user is served with the best quality media with the least amount of loading delay or buffering.
2.0 | Replace a source file
The Online Video Platform allows you to easily replace a source file. Simply click the “Replace video” button in the “Resource” tab:
When replacing a video, new assets will be generated. If the clip is already embedded on your page, viewers will be served the new version as the clip ID remains the same after replacing the source file. The historic statistics will also remain intact, even though the old version will not be available anymore after replacement.
3.0 | Trim a video
Use the OVP to trim your video content, by stripping away parts of the beginning and/or ending.
- First, navigate to the “Resource” tab.
- Click the “Trim” button in the Resources tab:
- In the trimming interface, use the left and right handlers in the resize bar to change the start and end point of the video:
- The trimmed content can be saved as a new clip or can be used to replace the current media clip.
When replacing the current version, new assets will be generated. As a result the viewer will see the new version. After replacing, the old video will no longer be available.
4.0 | Download source file
To download the source file of your media clip, simply click the “Download Source File” button:
5.0 | Inspect technical clip details
To inspect the technical details of the uploaded source file, click the “Technical Info” button:
6.0 | Copy source file URL
To copy the URL to the original source file, click the “Copy To Clipboard” button:
7.0 | Preview assets
Individual assets can be previewed by clicking the ‘eye’ icon:
Although the Online Video Platform allows every asset to be previewed, you may find that some assets are unplayable in the Online Video Platform depending on the device and/or browser.
8.0 | Download assets
Individual assets can be downloaded by clicking the ‘download’ icon:
9.0 | Copy asset URLs
Extract the direct .mp4 URLs from individual assets by clicking the “copy” icon:
10.0 | Delete assets
To delete an asset, open the asset editor menu by clicking the ‘pencil’ icon and use the ‘delete’ button: