Concise tutorial: Batch video migration to Video Cloud

We have lots of users who choose Video Cloud as their first video service. Besides, we have some users who previously using free or other paid video hosting service, and need to migrate the old videos to Video Cloud. Some of them may have up to thousands of videos and take up to hundreds of gigabytes.

It sounds like a mission impossible to migrate these videos one by one, if using the old methods. But don’t worry! POLYV provides a much simpler way to migrate your videos to Video Cloud, with just a few steps.

1. Generate a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file for migration. The CSV file contains multiple lines of your file, and each line consists of two elements – the origin URL and the title of the video, separated by comma.

You can either use text editing applications (like Notepad, Editplus, UltraEdit, Atom, etc.) or spreadsheets processing applications (like Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, Google Sheets, etc.) to do the job.

Using Notepad for editing the CSV file

Using Notepad for editing the CSV file

Using Excel to generate the CSV file

Using Excel to generate the CSV file

Note that the CSV file should be saved using UTF-8 encoding, especially when it contains CJK characters. If not, the file will not be recognized and processed.

The CSV file should be using UTF-8 encoding

The CSV file should be using UTF-8 encoding

2. Sign in your POLYV account, then select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

3. Click “Video sync” on the left panel, then click the blue “Import task” button.

Click the “Import task” button to select the designated CSV file

4. In the popup window, choose the destination category in the dropdown list, then click the blue “Upload CSV file” button to submit the CSV file prepared in Step 1. After that, click the “Save” button.

Select the destination category first before importing the CSV file

5. Now Video Cloud will automatically process the file. All you need is to do the waiting game…

And when it is finished, click the “Export to CSV” button to save the result.

The result of the batch migration, showing numbers of successful and failed number of videos and time used

If you open the CSV file, you can see each line contains the URL, the title and the VID (Video ID) of the video, with the datetime of completing the process following.

The detailed information of the batch migration

So that’s a wrap for how to batch migrating your video to Video Cloud. Now with this feature, you don’t need to worry about migrating your existed videos to our system, because we will take good care of them and keep them unharmed.

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. Happy video hosting!

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.

Video Marketing Gadgets: Graphic link for promotion

We have mentioned about text link for e-Commerce promotion in the previous article. Besides this, POLYV Video Cloud supports graphic link as well. It is mostly similar to text link, with some slight difference in the setup process.

You can do it with the following steps –

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

2. Select the video you want to add a text link, then click “Referral link” on the right panel.

To enter graphic link setup, click the "Referral link" here

3. On the popup window, click the “Picture” radio button in the “Type” field first to set the link as a graphic link, then type in the destination URL in “Link” as well as the appearance text in “Content”.

Click the "Picture" radio button for setting the link as graphic link

4. Click the “Upload picture” button below to upload the image needed (currently support JPG and PNG format). After that, you can set the opacity (100 for entirely visible and 0 for entirely invisible) and the position of the image (currently available at the four corners) in the player.

You can set up the opacity and position of the graphic link after it is uploaded to Video Cloud

5. After finishing the setup, click “Save” to apply the graphic link.

And here’s the actual appearance of the graphic link in the player. Note that the image should not be too large to block up most of the player and breach the playback experience, we recommend using images with height within 80 pixels, and width within 200 pixels.

Actual appearance for the graphic link in the video player

Compared to text link, graphic link is more appealing and easier to catch the audience’s attention, as well as being more likely to be clicked for further conversion. It’s very useful for e-Commerce, as long as you can use it good.

So that’s how you set up the graphic link for promoting your product. If you want to learn more about how to use Video Cloud for your e-Commerce or video marketing, check out our blog articles or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ . And if you want to know about the video hosting services, feel free to leave your comment down below.

Happy video marketing!

Video Marketing Gadgets: Text link for promotion

Promotional links are useful for e-Commerce, especially when the link is located in the video of related products. It helps boost the sales of the product and make more profit.

Here we’ll show you how to set up the text link inside a video in Video Cloud through the following steps:

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

2. Select the video you want to add a text link, then click “Referral link” on the right panel.

Find the "Referral link" on the right panel to set up the text link

3. On the popup window, click the “Words” radio button in the “Type” field first to set the link as a text link, then type in the destination URL in “Link” as well as the appearance text in “Content”.

To set up the text link, click the radio button of "Words" first

4. After finishing the setup, click “Save” to apply the text link.

And here’s the actual appearance of the text link in the player. Note that it works as a rolling screen at the bottom of the video, and you can click the text to the designated website or page you set up earlier.

The appearance of the text link, rolling at the bottom of the video

So that’s how you set up the text link for promoting your product. If you want to learn more about how to set up your Video Cloud to make it work for you better, check out our articles in the blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ . And if you want to know about the video hosting services, feel free to leave your comment down below.

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