Tagging & Managing Videos

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This article covers the content management capabilities of the JW Player dashboard.

All of these options can be accessed in the Manage section of the JW Player dashboard, as well as via the JW Platform API.

We cover more about hosting, storage, and streaming in another article.


Content Details & Metadata

Every video or external URL added to the JW Player Dashboard has its own details page:

On this page, you can:

  1. Edit video title and tags. Tags are used for categorizing and organizing content in your video library.
  2. Set a preview thumbnail, either by uploading your own image or selecting a frame from the video.
  3. Add metadata like description and custom parameters (via the Metadata tab).
  4. Upload text tracks, like captions or chapters (via the Tracks tab). These uploads should be in WebVTT or SRT/DFXP format.
  5. Upload a new version of the video and grab direct links to your video transcodes (via the Sources tab). The re-upload feature is great for when a video is already live, and you need to make a change. (Please note that it usually takes a while after uploading before these files are ready).
  6. Grab embed codes to publish the video to your site.

Custom Parameters

Using custom metadata can be very useful when keeping track of, or displaying, video information relevant to your business and workflows. For example, when loading episodes of a show, you can use this to track things like season number, episode number, featured actors, or production date. This information is then stored inside of a playlist object and can be utilized with JW Player's Playlist API.

Custom parameters can be accessed by clicking on the Metadata tab within a video object's detail page.

The above variables will then be stored within a playlist as:

<jwplayer:keywords>trailer, superhero, movie</jwplayer:keywords>

In addition to media organization, such playlist information can also be used as values for targeted ads with our VAST client. This method requires the use of custom ad tag variables, which are mentioned here.

Content Sunrising

Content sunrising is a feature that allows a publisher to choose a particular date and time that they would like to have a piece of media publicly available. This feature uses the 'publish date' metadata field within a particular video object detail.

Due to different time zones, dates configured for media are centered around UTC. Specifying a time in UTC will localize publish time based on the utilized computer's own timezone settings and show this updated information below.

If a future publish date is specified, this means:

  • Content (transcoded files, poster images, sources, etc.) will not be accessible publicly
  • Content will not appear in playlists, either dynamically or statically
  • Media will continue to be privately accessible/modifiable via the Dashboard and API

Once a publish date/time is reached, media will be accessible by public viewers.


Publishing Videos

Clicking the Embed button (from the content detail or content list pages) will open the publish window so that you can copy the embed code for that piece of content.  From that window you can also change the cloud-hosted player you'd like to use to embed that video. 

Copy/paste the resulting single-line embed code into your own website or blog.

If you want to see what your video embed will look like, click on the small "preview page" link at the bottom to quickly view your embed in a separate page.

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