Uploading Videos (and audio) to TV Station


There are two ways to upload content to TVStation. The standard way to do it is through the Influxis Wizard. When doing it through the Influxis Wizard there are some new things to know about the stream directory structure. This way of uploading items should be the quickest way of getting content into TVStation. It is recommended to use this method when the admin user is trying to get content into the TVStation which they do not want altered. Also, this way offers some more control for managing media between channels. The new directory structure for uploading media on the Influxis Wizard should look like this:
streams > [instance name (usually "_definst_"] > [channel id]

This directory path by default should be created by the system when the admin user accesses the Influxis Wizard. If not, then user can use the wizard controls to create the folder structure themselves. The instance folder is the center of all network content. Inside the instance folder will be channel folders each representing a channel. If a folder for that channel does not exist then it can be created manually through the wizard controls. Folders are named according to the id for that specific channel. The id can be found through the channel list in CHANNELS interface.



Placing content in a channel folder will make that specific content private and will only be accessible to the channel that corresponds to that folder.
So for example an administrator creates a new channel in the TVStation instance "_definst_" and the id of the new channel is "channel1". If they wanted to add content to that channel through the Influxis Wizard, then they would have to place the content in this path:
streams > _definst_  > channel1

Any content placed in that folder would be private to that channel and no other channel would be able to access that content. However, in order to conserve disc space the opposite effect can also be made by placing that content in the instance folder. Using the previous example, the content would go in the following path:
Streams >  _definst_

This content will be accessible to all channels for as long as it remains inside the instance folder. Furthermore only master administrators can manage and remove this content from the MEDIA interface. After media has been uploaded, the admin user can click the Refresh button to update the media list within the MEDIA tab.

The second way to upload media to the TVStation is through the new uploader/encoder system. This system allows admin users to upload and encode media content directly to TVStation. It also saves users the trouble of having to bother with the whole folder structure deal. The single biggest gain of uploading media through this method is that the system will automatically encode the media into various bandwidth rates that the admin user can select from. Once the files are encoded they can work with the new dynamic streaming system in the player. This means that they can serve content to their viewers with different or changing bandwidth speeds without having to ever worry about the technical setup issues involved to make it happen. Dynamic streaming will also work so that your users who have a change in bandwidth speed during mid-play will be served the appropriate media file to play at their speed without them noticing there was a change. This makes the old bandwidth detection system completely obsolete.

There are a few drawbacks to this system however. First, the system is optional and will only be available with some server accounts. This means that if the Influxis customer is not hosted on a server which supports this feature then the account will have to be moved to a server that does support the feature. Otherwise they will need to use the first upload method explained above. This way of uploading is also slower since the system needs to encode the media before it is placed in its corresponding folder. Also, like the Influxis Wizard, the uploader has a max size limit which should be around 200 Megabytes. Anything above that will require an SFTP account which can be acquired upon request from Influxis Support.

To upload content through TVStation the admin user must first access the Influxis Uploader. This panel can be found when the Add Media button is clicked within the MEDIA interface.




If the panel comes up and gives instructions on uploading through the Influxis Wizard then this means that the uploader is not available for that Influxis account.



However if it does come up then the admin user can start adding files by clicking the Browse button.




They can select the bandwidth rates the files should be encoded at by selecting and double clicking a file from the list.



Once the desired files have been selected the user can continue by clicking the Upload button to start the upload.



The admin user can check the encode status on the files uploaded by bringing up the Encode Status sub interface in the MEDIA interface. The encode status list will show all items that have been uploaded along with the status for each item.



Encoding time and upload will vary depending on demand and file size. Also note that any files uploaded through the uploader will automatically be converted to Flash Video format (FLV). When all the items have been encoded and uploaded to the channel folder the admin user should click the Refresh button to bring up the items in the media list.



If neither options are available and the user is receiving service through a third party vendor that is a reseller then it is recommended that the user contact their vendor for details on getting content uploaded to their channel.

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