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Dacast’s Expo Video Portal: How to Create an Immersive Video Gallery

By Harmonie Duhamel

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Harmonie Duhamel

Harmonie is a Senior digital marketer with over 6 years in the Tech Industry. She has a strong marketing and sales background and loves to work in multilingual environments.

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      What is Dacast’s Expo Video Portal Feature 

      Dacast’s new Expo video portal feature is an immersive video gallery that allows you to organize videos together and share a collection of videos with your audience. 

      For example, if you do not have a website, this is the perfect way to launch a content gallery in minutes and create captivating, immersive video experiences. 

      The Expo feature is white-label and totally customizable. That means your brand is at the front and center, no matter what. You can create as many Expo pages as you need, and it is as easy to configure as a playlist.

      All of the content on an Expo page is yours. You can monetize and secure it, to control exactly who gets to see each video content. There are no third-party ads unless you decide to add yours to your video content.

      How to Create an Expo Portal Page 

      Creating an Expo page on Dacast can be done in just a few clicks. Here’s how to get started:

      STEP 1: Select “Expos” from the left side panel of your Dacast dashboard.

      STEP 2: Click the “Create Expo” button on the top right corner of the screen:

      Dacast-Expo-Video-Portal-Create

      STEP 3: Enter an Expo Title.

      STEP 4: Click “Create” to save your Expo video gallery.

      You will be automatically redirected to the “Setup” tab of your Expo dashboard where you can select the video content you want to see on your Expo page. 

      How to Add Videos to Your Expo Video Portal

      STEP 5: Add videos to your Expo page.

      You will be able to add videos to your Expo video gallery, in the “Setup” tab and select videos from your “Folders” or “Contents” video libraries, just like you would do for a playlist configuration.

      To begin adding videos, click on the video you want to add on the left side, press the “>” to transfer that video onto the Expo list on the right side of the screen, and then click “Save” to keep your selection as demonstrated below:

      Expo V2 save step

      The “Sort” button on the right side allows you to arrange videos on the Expo page in Ascending or Descending order based on the following sorting methods: A-Z, Z-A, Newest Date created and Oldest Date created, and custom:

      Expo v2 sort button

      How to Customize an Expo Video Portal

      STEP 6: Add some description details to your Expo page.

      Under the “General” tab of your Expo dashboard, you will see the “On” and “Off” switch where you can indicate whether you’d like your Expo to be available or not:

      Expo v2 general tab with description

      At this point, you can also change the title and write a description for your Expo page if you’d like.

      Please note that the description will allow you to incorporate keywords related to your Expo for search engine optimization (SEO). Optimizing this description will help make it easier for your Expo to be discovered by new audiences online.
      When you add a title and/or a description, don’t forget to click on “Save” to keep your selection. 

      Further down on the page, you will see a “Sharing” section with a share link, that will allow you to share your expo link directly to your audience.

      STEP 7: Customize your Expo video portal. 

      Under the “Design” section, you will be able to customize the look of your Expo page by: 

      • Choosing your background setup below the “Appearance” section.
      • Displaying or not your videos’ descriptions and a specific video content below the “Content Layout” section.

      Expo v2 design tab

       Here is more information on the different options: 

      • Appearance: 
        • Dark Mode: select the dark mode or the light mode depending on what best suits your brand and cover design. 
        • Cover: add the image or color you want to show on the cover.

      color cover background expo

      • Content Layout: 
        • Content Descriptions: show/hide your videos’ descriptions (set up in the General tab for each video) as needed. Note that this feature is enabled by default.
        • Featured content: by enabling this feature, you will be able to highlight a specific piece of content. The featured content will show at the top of the Expo, larger than other video cards. 

      In the following example, you can see an Expo page with a featured content on the left side and one without featured content on the right side:

      Expo v2 featured content vs no featured content

      Do not forget to click the “Save” button to apply your design selections.

      In the example below, this is how an Expo page with a cover image in the background, the dark mode activated, the content descriptions enabled, and a featured content would look like:

      Expo v2 dark mode descriptions

       

      Once you’ve completed all of these steps, your Expo is ready to go. You can share this video portal with your audience via email newsletter, social media, webpage, or whatever outlet you use to distribute content.
      Before sharing your Expo video portal, we invite you to review the look, selection, and different details. To do so, you can go back to the “General” tab and copy and paste your “Share Link” in a new window or tab.

      For more information regarding video hosting, please take a look at our different tutorials within our knowledge base center.

      If you have any questions about the new Video Portal, live streaming, setting up playlists, or need help with this Dacast feature, feel free to contact us directly.
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      Harmonie Duhamel

      Harmonie is a Senior digital marketer with over 6 years in the Tech Industry. She has a strong marketing and sales background and loves to work in multilingual environments.

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