Service Announcement for International Workers’ Day 2017

Greetings! International Workers’ Day is coming, and we would like to inform you the detailed information for our service during the holiday.

1. Our office will be closed from April 29th (Saturday) through May 1st (Monday), and will be back into service on May 2nd (Tuesday). In other words, the weekend is off as usual with no alteration.

2. Invoice and document delivery will not be available during the holiday.

3. Online support and customer service will keep available during the holiday. If you have any issues on our service and need help, you can send e-mail (service@polyv.net), contact via our hotline (400-158-8816) or Business QQ (800009268) for one-on-one aid, or look through our FAQs in case the answer is there.

We apologize for the delays during the holiday. Thank you for your patience and enjoy your holiday.

Cordially from your POLYV Support & Customer Service Team.

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Copyright Protection: Mobile encryption and authorization

We have talked about the means for copyright protection in the previous articles. Those methods works well in PCs and laptops, covering operation systems like Windows, OS X and Linux.

However, for the mobile playback, most of the video services don’t have any protection or encryption, making the videos easy targets to be pirating.

For POLYV users, you don’t have to worry about the safety issue of mobile playback – we have integrated encryption method based on Apple HLS for mobile devices, and you can activate it in an instance –

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Click “Settings” on the right of the top navigation bar, then click “Encryption settings” on the popup menu.

The portal for mobile encryption

3. In the “Video encryption” section, first click on the check box to enable VRM, then go to the “Mobile encryption settings” section to select the encryption mode –

Options for mobile encryption

  • General use – The videos will be encrypted, then the encryption key will be sent to mobile devices and the video can be played in mobile web directly with our universal code (JavaScript). No extra settings needed.
  • WEB & APP use – The videos will be encrypted with a key with both Web and App authorization. The videos can be decoded and played in mobile web as well as the apps integrated with POLYV SDK (Android or iOS).
  • APP use only – The videos will be encrypted with a key with ONLY App authorization. The videos can be decoded and played in the apps integrated with POLYV SDK (Android or iOS), but NOT available for mobile web playback.

[For detailed information and development rules of Web and App authorization, click here to check out our development document (in Simplified Chinese).]

Note that the mobile encryption settings will only apply on the videos uploaded after enabling this feature, and those videos uploaded before enabling mobile encryption will not be affected.

With this particular safe switch for mobile playback, you don’t have to worry about someone pirating your videos by cracking the mobile page or the app.

If you want to learn more about the security features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information. And don’t forget to check out our previous blogs on copyright protection!

Happy video hosting, and see you in the next article!

Copyright Protection: Domain Restriction for Playback

Besides the features we have mentioned in previous articles, there are other ways to keep your videos away from pirates or unwanted viewers. Domain restriction is one of them.

The feature of domain restriction contains a “white list” (Allowed domains) and a “black list” (Forbidden domains), which designates the domains that allow and not allow to watch the videos, respectively. You can also combine these two lists for some more precise control of who can access the videos.

Here’s the detailed setup for domain restriction –

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Click “Settings” on the right of top navigation bar, then click “Playback domains”.

Domain settings

3. Here you can see four different sections for different restrictions –

The domain lists and schemes for the restriction control

  • No limitation – Default option. Everyone is able to access your videos.
  • Forbidden domains – The domains in this list are NOT allowed to watch your videos. Other domains are allowed.
  • Allowed domains – ONLY the domains in this list are allowed to watch your videos. Other domains are not allowed.
  • Compound domains – The system first check the “White list” for the allowed domains, then for the “Black list” for the forbidden domains. ONLY the domains meet BOTH criteria are allowed to watch your videos.

Note that currently the “White list” and “Black list” holds up to 5 different domains.

4. Click “Apply” to save the settings. Now the videos are only available for those user in the designated domains.

And that’s a wrap for the domain restriction settings. The process sounds a little complicated, but you can try a few times to make the right criteria for the lists, making them not miss out the wrong domains or block the right domains.

If you want to know more about the features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information. Also, you can subscribe to our blog to learn more about the copyright protection of POLYV, in both Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud.

Copyright Protection: Password Protection

Password protection is another simple and effective way to protect your videos in Video Cloud. By setting password to specific videos, you can limit the access of the video to designated people or groups, and those who don’t have the password of the videos are not able to watch.

Here we’ll show you how to set password for the videos. Let’s get started!

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Click “Video” on the top navigation bar to enter the video list, then select the videos you want to set password on, and click “Video settings” on the top of the list.

Click "Video settings" button for entering password settings

3. On the popup window, type in the password you want in the “Password” field. If you want to make sure if the password is correct, check the “Show password” checkbox below the field.

Enter the password you want in the field

4. Click “Save” to apply the settings and return to video list.

Here’s the video with the password protection on, and error message pops up if you type in an incorrect password.

You need to type in the correct password before watching the video

The prompt message for the incorrect password

So this is how to activate password protection for your videos. If you want to know more about the features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information, and stay tuned for more tutorials on copyright protection.

Copyright Protection: Source file playback option

For those videos uploaded to POLYV, by default they go through the transcoding process to generate files for different resolution and/or encryption’s sake. This transcoding process is the key to the smooth playback and video security.

Besides, you can also choose playing the source file. With this option, the videos will not go through the transcoding process, and playback with the same media file you upload. This can maintain the maximum quality, but will require better network condition, cost more traffic and not be protected by the DRM system.

It is up to you to decide if the source files should be protected or not, but how to find the source file playback switch? Let’s see –

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Click “Manage folder” on the left panel, select the category folder and then click the “Folder settings” button on top of the category folder.

Click "Manage folder" on the left panel to set up category properties

3. On the popup window, find the “Source file play” option at the end of the preferences.

Select the category and click "Folder settings"

It is disabled by default, which means your videos will be transcoded after the upload, and is ready for encryption and other copyright protection features. If you enable it, the video you upload will not go through the transcoding process, and will not be protected by POLYV’s copyright protection means.

4. If you decide to turn on source file playback, you need to enable the “Whether to enable setting” option after turning on the “Source file play”, then click the “Submit” button at the bottom to apply the settings.

The preferences required for source file playback

Note that the source file playback settings only apply to the uploads after the setup; the videos uploaded before enabling this feature will not be affected.

So this is all about the source file playback settings. If you want to know more about the features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information.

Copyright Protection: VRM video encryption

VRM is POLYV’s patented algorithm for encrypting the videos you upload to Video Cloud. It is a great combination of various encryption methods, protecting your videos from being pirated.

For those videos processed with VRM, they can only be played in POLYV Player, and they are fragmented to a lot of encrypted “tiny bits”; even you get the encrypted video pieces, it is not possible to recover them to a full, unencrypted files that can be played in ordinary media player.

And you may think, “How can I turn on this VRM feature?”

In fact, it’s pretty simple to turn on this feature –

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Click “Settings” on the right of the top navigation bar, then click “Encryption settings” on the popup menu.

The Encryption Settings portal for VRM settings

3. In the “Video encryption” section, click on the check box to enable VRM, then click the “Apply” button.

The checkbox for enabling VRM encryption

Note that the VRM settings will only apply on the videos uploaded after enabling this feature, and those videos uploaded before enabling VRM will not be affected.

Now, the videos you upload will be transcoded and encrypted by VRM, and you don’t have to worry about them being pirated. Pretty simple, right?

So that’s a wrap for the VRM setting tutorial. If you to know more about the features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information. And for more information about the copyright protection or DRM features, check out our previous blogs, and don’t forget to stay tuned for the coming up tutorials!

Copyright protection: Video watermarking

April has two copyright-related days – World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, and World Intellectual Property Day on April 26. For these special days, we will deliver the copyright-related tutorials of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud throughout April, helping to raise awareness of copyright protection.

Here is the first tutorial of the new series – Video Watermarking.


Video watermarking is one of the common yet effective ways to avoid unauthorized use and copying of your videos, and additionally promote your brand and company. It is an image or text embedded in every frame of a video, and it is not possible to remove it and recover the original content without damaging the appearance.

Here we will show you how to embed the watermark in your video in Video Cloud.

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Next you can use either of the following ways to enter the watermarking preferences –

a. Click “Upload” on the top navigation bar, then click “Watermark” on the right side before starting your upload.

The setup portal from the Upload module

b. Click “Settings” on the top navigation bar, then click “Video Settings” on the popup menu.

The portal entry from the Setting button

Both lead you to the preferences in the “Video Settings” section.

Video Setting page & Watermark section

3. Find out the “Watermark” section on the right, then click “Upload Watermark” to choose the image as the watermark and upload. When the upload finishes, you can click the “Preview” button to check the watermark.

Watermark settings, including upload, preview and position

After that, you can set the watermark position within the video. Currently the watermark can be set at four corners. And if you decide not to apply the watermark to the video, click the “Not shown” radio button.

Note that currently the watermark is not available for opacity adjustment, if you need to change the opacity of the watermark, you can complete the adjustment in Photoshop or other equivalent image editing software before exporting to PNG format images.

Also, the watermark does not support referral link. If you want to set an image as a referral link, check out our related tutorial here.

4. Click “Apply” at the bottom after finishing the setup.

Apply the watermark settings

5. Now click “Upload” on the top navigation bar, you can see the watermark status has changed. And, you can see the watermark preview to the right of the status.

Watermark status and preview

Now, you can upload the video as usual.

Here’s the appearance of the watermark applied in the video.

The watermark applied in the video

Note that the watermark is size-adaptable depending on the width and height of the video resolution, and can be only applied to the videos after enabling the watermark feature; the videos uploaded before enabling watermark will not be affected.

Now that you understand how the watermark works and how to add it to your video, you can give it a try on your videos – after all, it is the most simple yet effective way to protect your videos from pirating.

If you want to know more about the features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information. And, stay tune for more tutorials on copyright protection. 🙂