Navigating the Dacast VOD Solution: A Walkthrough

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In this post, we are covering how to navigate the Dacast VOD solution. We will cover everything from uploading your videos to configuring paywalls and more.

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1. Get Started with VOD Streaming

Creating video on demand (VOD) content over Dacast requires uploading media files to our network of servers.

To do this, you must sign into your account and click the “Upload Video” button found on the right side of the first page you see after logging in.

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Upload Video

2. The File Uploader and Supported File Types

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - File Uploader

After clicking the “Upload Video” button, Dacast’s file uploader will launch.

MP4 files with H.264 video (baseline profile) and AAC audio (low complexity profile) are natively compatible with the system. If your file is in a different format, or if you’re not sure, you can select the “Standard Encoding” from the “Encoding” toolbar. This will ensure that the file is compatible with our system.

You can always choose to transcode the file later as well if you prefer. If this is the route you want to go, read the documentation at the bottom of the page.

3. Creating VODs

When you are ready to start, click the “Browse Files” button. This will let you search your hard drive for media files to upload.

Once you have selected the file, the upload will begin. You can upload up to three files at a time. While three files are uploading, you can find the fourth file in a queue until the others have finished.

Another way is to simply drag and drop the video file to automatically upload.

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - drag and drop

If for any reason you need to cancel an upload, click the “X” button.

When you finish this step, next close the uploader to start managing VODs. Please note that you should use the uploader for files below 2 GB in size. If you have files that are over 2 GB or need to upload a lot of content at once, please try FTP uploading instead.

4. Managing Your VODs

Upon finishing uploading the files, all successfully uploaded videos to the system should appear on the front page of your account.

It will show the following information:

  • Name
  • Size
  • Views
  • Created Date
  • Status
  • Features

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - videos Management

To begin working on a VOD, click on the pencil icon, simply hover your mouse towards the right of the video file (as shown above, with the cursor of the mouse).

5. Configuring and Publishing VODs

After clicking on the edit icon, you will be able to manage and control the media file. There are seven main tabs that offer a variety of publishing settings that allow you to indicate your preferences.

Let’s break down what you can do under each tab.

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Videos tabs

General

  • Manage the name and description of the file
  • See if the file is part of a specific video folder

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - General Description

  • Access iframe embed code and Dacast share links (can be used to embed videos on your website, Facebook page, or Twitter account)

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Embed Codes

  • Upload images specifically for your content (specifically splash screen, thumbnail, poster, etc.)

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Upload images Assets

  • Add subtitles

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Add subtitles

Chapters

You can elect positions within the video to put specific chapter markers by clicking on “Add Chapter.”

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Add Chapter

Paywall

This tab allows you to do the following to your VOD platforms:

  • Enable paywall
  • Change paywall theme
  • Put an intro to your VOD
  • Set prices, promo Codes, and associate group prices

Please note that you can use both TVOD and SVOD monetization methods on the Dacast paywall.

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Paywall Settings

Engagement

Click on the lock icon to edit the settings under engagement.

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - unlock engagement settings

This section allows you to do the following to your VOD:

  • Enable ads (Ad Network needed)
  • Upload a brand image
  • Put a brand text
  • Put an end text

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - engagement branding

Security

Always click on the lock icon to edit the settings under the “Security” tab (just like the “Engagement” tab).

This section allows you to set up the following:

  • Password protection for your VOD
  • Content scheduling (Date/Time/Timezone)
  • Geo-Restriction (restrict certain countries from viewing your VOD)
  • Domain Names (restricting specific domain names to your VOD)

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Videos Security

Theme

By default, the “Standard Theme” of Dacast is used. If you wish to create a new theme, please go to the “Theming” section of your Dacast account. This is found under “Settings.”

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Videos Theming

This section allows you to control the following settings:

  • Enable controls (player controls, big player button, and show scrubbing thumbnail)
  • Put actions (download button, social sharing link, and display embed code)
  • Change player appearance (overlay and menu color)
  • Change behavior (enable autoplay, mute the video on play and loop the video)

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Theming Control

Clicking on “Advanced” at the top right will give you these additional options:

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Advanced custom Theme

  • Put an “Offline Message” on your VOD.
  • Choose a delivery method. Choosing “Compatible Delivery” will make sure the content will start again when it reaches the end. “Secure Delivery” attempts to play under any, if not all possible circumstances.
  • Choose the “Region Settings” (Standard PoPs or premium PoPs). For this option please contact us directly.

Walkthrough Video On Demand (VOD) with Dacast - Advanced Theme Detail

DISCLAIMER: 

The following option is only available for existing customers only who previously used FTP upload on our Dacast legacy platform.

6. Uploading with FTP

We recommend using the PC/Mac uploader above for most uploads. However, if your file is over 2GB in size or your internet connection keeps dropping when you need a reliable FTP upload, there is a solution for moving files over from FTP.

First, select “Upload Video.”

FTP optional - Upload Video Button

Then you will be redirected to the uploader page. Once you are there, click on “FTP/S3 Uploader” in the far right corner at the top of the page.

FTP optional - FTP/S3 Uploader

The next page will show you the details that you can put into your FTP client that include HOST, LOGIN, and PASSWORD which are exclusive to your account. If you don’t already have an FTP client, we recommend using Filezilla.

FTP optional - FTP Details

When you are ready, use the FTP client to connect to our server and upload your VODs. Any VOD content uploaded on your FTP will automatically show in the “Video on Demand” section of your Dacast account.

Any questions or you want to access this feature? Please contact us.

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