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The Ensemble Video Portal enables users to create their own Campus or Corporate YouTube™ so they can deliver private and public media content.  Users can create, upload, share, search, browse, comment, rate and watch live and on demand videos, video presentations, screencasts, and other rich media content. The Portal is responsive and provides excellent user experiences on many devices. Finally, the Portal can fully customized to meet the branding and communication needs of Campus or Corporate customers. To see it in action visit our demo portal.

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Creating a Portal

First, you must create a Playlist or select a Playlist to populate the Portal. Once you have identified the Playlist you will use, you are ready to start.

To reach the Portals menu, click Administration, click the Institution tab, then click the Portals option.
Only Institution Administrators and System Administrators can access this function.

Screenshot of the Portals Window

In the example above, there’s already one portal, but let’s make a new one. Click the +Add button to get started.

Screenshot of Creating a Portal

Choose a Main Playlist by selecting its parent Institution, Organization, and Library. Enter a Portal Name, select a Featured Category, create a URL, and add a Google Analytics Tracking Code.

Screenshot of Portal Settings

Scroll down further to configure Comments and Ratings.

Screenshot of Configuring Portal Comments and Ratings

Click the Save button at the top of the window to finish.

Configuring a Portal

Once a Portal is added to the Portals list, click the Action button to reveal the available options.

  • Settings returns to the menu you used in Creating a Portal.
  • Design enables control of the Portal layout
  • Style provides additional control for customizing colors in the portal.
  • Channels (playlists) from multiple libraries and organizations can now be added into a single Portal
  • Make Default for Institution Set this Portal as the default for all libraries in this Institution.

Screenshot of Portal Actions

Design

Select the Design option to add a custom logo image to the portal and adjust the layout of the portal.

Screenshot of Portal Design

By default, the Portal will feature a slideshow of feature content. To switch to a featured player instead, click the Home Page Feature dropdown and select Player.

Style

There are over 20 custom styling options available, so almost every pixel of the portal can be modified. You can edit the color of the navigation bar, the header, the links, the footer on top of many more useful options. This will enable designers to keep things consistent with their brand and styles.

Configuring the Portal Style

Click Live Preview to view how your changes will look in the Portal.

Channels

The Ensemble Video Portal now supports adding multiple playlists (which we call channels in the portal) from multiple organizations and media libraries to an individual portal. Additionally, institutional administrators can add security restrictions to channels.  For example, a user that is in the “Staff” LDAP group would log into the portal and see the channels they are allowed to see based on their identity.  This feature will be great for business, universities and organizations who want to delivered customizable public and private content to their audience.

There are currently no Channels added to this Portal. Click the +Channel button to configure one.

Screenshot of Adding a New Portal Channel

You Can now select a Playlist by selecting its parent Institution, Organization, and Library.

Screenshot of Adding a New Portal Channel

This feature is great for businesses, universities and organizations who want to deliver customizable public and private content to their audience. Here is a quick preview of what a user will see when logged in. Notice the logged in user has access to individual videos and restricted playlists along with public portal content. To see it in action visit our demo portal.

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