This post covers how to do VOD streaming over Dacast, including secure video upload with FTP and content management and publishing via your account.
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1. Get Started with VOD Streaming
Creating video on demand content over Dacast requires uploading media files to our network of servers. To do this, sign into your account and click the button found on the front page after logging into your account.
2. The File Uploader and Supported File Types
After clicking UPLOAD FILES, 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 not sure, you can select to AUTO ENCODE so that the file is compatible with our system. You can always choose to transcode the file later as well if you prefer, and if so read the documentation at the bottom of the page.
3. Creating VODs
When you are ready to start, click the 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 havefinished.
If for some reason you need to cancel an upload, click the 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. 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 FTP as your UPLOAD METHOD.
At the left of this page are 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 a FTP client, we recommend using Filezilla.
When you are ready, use the FTP client to connect to our server and upload your VODs. Any VOD uploaded on your FTP will be automatically showing in the Video on Demand section of your Dacast account.
5. Managing Your VODs
Upon exiting the uploader, the files that were successfully uploaded to the system should appear on the front page of your account. This should show the status, compatibility, size of the files, duration and date for the VODs. For compatibility, green means the file is okay, red means the file is not supported, and yellow means the file might have playback issues and should be watched first to make sure.
To begin working on a VOD, click the blue name field.
6. Configuring and Publishing VODs
After clicking on a VOD, you will be able to manage and control the media file.
DESCRIPTION lets you manage the name and description of the VOD, and also select its status to on or off. If you turn files “off,” then others can no longer view them.
PUBLISH SETTINGS give you codes to embed videos on your website, Facebook page or Twitter account. Additional settings here include the ability to upload a logo, restrict access by country or websites, choose a player theme and manage chat and autoplay.
MULTI-BITRATE allows you to add bitrates to your file, which allows you to create HD files with lower resolution alternates for people who watch through slower connections.
MONETIZATION allows you to set up a money making features such as paywall and ad support.
ANALYTICS provide metrics and details about the VOD channel once people start watching, such as how long they watched, demographics and more.
In addition, at the bottom of DESCRIPTION, PUBLISH SETTINGS AND MONETIZATION, there is a button that will allow you to watch the content.