Playlists


A playlist is a list of audio or video files. There are two types of playlists: smart playlists and static playlists. A smart playlist constantly updates based on the set filters whereas a static playlist remains the same.

Example: If you set at filter to include videos published in the last 10 days, a smart playlist will constantly update to show videos published in the past 10 days up to the current day. A static playlist will always show the same videos that were published on the day of making the playlist.

A playlist is multifunctional. It can be used to:

  • Embed lists of content onto a website
  • Display related items in the Endscreen
  • Set up Channels
  • Create a video sitemap

1.0 | Smart playlist

A smart playlist dynamically collects media clips based on set filters or a solr query.

1.1 | Creating a smart playlist

To create a smart playlist, click “create new smart playlist” and fill in a title and description.

Select “Use Suggests” to find related content based on the context that the playlist is embedded in. It will search with the contextual information from the website or article, within the results of this playlist’s filters.

Playlist Screen

1.2 | Display the right content

Set a filter for the playlist based on metadata, such as title, published date or source ID. Each time a new video is uploaded that corresponds with the filter set, it will automatically be added to the playlist.

Filters work by using the and/or principle:

  • You can can add multiple filters within a filter set by clicking “+add filter” (e.g. media type is ‘video’ or media type is ‘audio’)
  • You can apply multiple filters by clicking +add filter set (e.g. media type is ‘video’ and status is ‘published’

Alternatively, you can use a solr query to filter the playlist. Selecting the solr query option overrides previously set filters.

Solr queries can be added according to this solr documentation: http://lucene.apache.org/solr/resources.html

1.3 | Limit & order results

The playlist can include all the media clips within the given filter set or it can be limited to a certain number of videos. The order of the playlist is either random or sorted according to certain criteria, for example sorted ascending or descending based on published date.

Make sure to activate your playlist in the right top corner and click “save”.

2.0 | Static playlist

A static playlist is, as the word says, ‘static’. You can add clips to this playlist manually.

2.1 | Creating a static playlist

In the playlist overview, select +create new static playlist and fill in a title and description.

Static Playlist

2.2 | Select media

Select and add media clips to add to the playlist. You can use the filter or search bar to find the media clips you would like to add.

2.3 | Order results

After selecting and adding clips to the playlist, it can be sorted according to certain criteria, for example sorted ascending or descending based on published date.

Make sure to activate the playlist in the right top corner and click “save”.

3.0 | Use the playlist for RSS configuration

You can publish your Playlist through an RSS feed. To configure this feed, go to the tab “RSS Configuration” and enter all the required information. The feed URL can be found under ”vodcast URL” shown on the right side of the screen.

RSS Configuration

4.0 | Using a playlist

4.1 | Playlists for endscreen

Use playlists to automatically play the next video or to show related items in the End Screen. To automatically play next clips, go to Playouts > Start & end screen and check the box for “Automatically play next clip”.

When the current clip ends, another clip will start playing after a five second delay. Viewers will see a screen with a countdown and the option to stop watching.

For related items, check the box “Show related items” and select the preferred playlist. There are options to randomise the order for related items and to use the deeplink for related items.

4.2 | Playlists for channels

Create an overview page for a playlist by generating a Channels page. Go to Channels, fill out the required information and select the preferred playout and playlist.

4.3 | Playlists for video sitemaps

A playlist can be used to create a video sitemap. Because the playlist is created in a publication you still need to add it to your website. This can be done manually or automatically by adding a bit of server side code to your website.

Note:

When adding playlist manually you will need to update the XML every time you add a new video. We therefore recommend that you add server side code to your website to retrieve the playlist automatically. Please contact your webmaster to write & implement this code.

When the code has been added, the URL of the page that hosts your video sitemap can then be added to Google Search Console.

Information for webmasters:
When /sitemap/{playlist id}.xml is issued a sitemap containing the latest 10.000 published (and not under embargo) media-clips of mediatype video will be output in video sitemap xml format.

 

A request should follow this format:

/sitemap/{playlist id}.xml?[forcePfx]=true&[urlprefix]=&[urlpostfix]=

Required parameters Type Description
{playlist id} int The id of the playlist that is used for the sitemap output
Optional parameters
[forcePfx] string Should prefix and/or postfix be used for the clip urls
[urlPrefix] string Will be pasted in front of the id of the clip in the generated url. Should start with a valid protocol identifier.
[urlPostfix] string Will be pasted after the id of the clip in the generated url.

The URL should contain your publication and the ID of the cliplist that functions as your sitemap. This way, the sitemap on your website tells Google the videos are accessible on your own domain rather than the video platform.

Add this new sitemap to Google Search Console. The sitemap URL in the Search Console looks as follows: /videositemap/videositemap.php?publication=voorbeeld&id=1453882680401340

4.4 | Embedding a playlist

To embed a playlist on a page, use the playlist ID. The URL will look like this:

Javascript:
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”https://yourpublication.bbvms.com/p/playoutname/l/PlaylistID.html” ></script>

HTML:
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”https://yourpublication.bbvms.com/p/playoutname/l/PlaylistID.js” ></script>

When using a playlist for the End Screen or Suggests, embed a video from that playlist and use the playout that has the setting for End Screen or Suggests turned on.

When using a playlist for Channels, go to Channels and click on the Channel that has the playlist selected. Go to the Embed tab, select either JavaScript or iFrame and copy the embedcode.

Updated on August 25, 2020

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