Publishing and sharing content individually from the Media Library works well for a single video, but a playlist lets you create a collection of content for a website, LMS, CMS or Blog. Once a playlist is created, Ensemble Video users can Publish items in their Media Library and Shared Library to their Playlist.
Finally, Playlists are also used in Ensemble Video Portals.
Creating a New Playlist
Browse to the Library that will be the source of the playlist, then click the Playlists button in the navigation column.
Click the +Add button to create one.
Enter a name for the playlist, this is required. You can also upload a logo image, or enter a URL for a custom logo for the playlist.
If you want to allow viewers to download the media file of the content they are viewing, click the Allow Download checkbox.
The Show Playlist Content checkbox must be checked for viewers to view the content on the playlist, it is checked by default. It can be useful when you want to disable playback for some reason.
You will be returned to the Playlists menu, where your new playlist has been created:
Managing a Playlist
As seen in the image above, there are several ways to utilize and share a playlist.
- View Playlist: (version 4.3+) Preview the playlist, even if a permalink has not been generated.
- Embed Playlist: Embed codes are available to embed content in an LMS, CMS, Blog or Webpage. See the Embedding a Playlist guide for more information.
- Create Permalink: Create a static URL for the playlist that can be viewed by and shared to anyone. There is no log-in needed to view the Playlist if you have the Permalink URL. Click the Create Permalink button to generate the URL. Two new buttons will replace the Create Permalink option:
- Click the Permalink button to get the static URL or configure the permalink. Configuring a Permalink for a Playlist has the same steps and options as Configuring the Permalink for an Individual Video.
- Categories: Categories enable you to organize your playlist content. Categories are especially useful when publishing to the Ensemble Video Portal.
- Auto-Publish: Using Auto-Publishing, content in a specific Media Workflow (e.g. a Watch Directory or Dropbox) can be automatically published to playlists when it arrives in the Media Library.
- Access Control: Limit access to just Ensemble Users, or restrict playback to a specific Domain or IP. See Playlist Access Control for more information.
- Sort: Define a sort order for the playlist, for details on this see Sorting Playlist Content.