Using the Media Library For Audio and/or Video
ChurchSquare offers the Media Library to load, categorize, sort and play or podcast audio and video files. The Media Library uses a special media streaming server and operates a little differently than our other components. It also offers more storage space than the regular site space; for example the Interactive Plan has 48.5 GB of storage space for the Media Library, enough to hold up to 1900 hours of audio. We recommend using Google Chrome when working with the Media Library (best for editing the site overall).
You can add a Media Library page from the add page function.
- Edit the site
- Click on the Add Page button at the top of the page you are editing
- Select the Media Library page which is the last page under the Interactive Pages on the right
- Add a page name and select the page location. You may want to put the page in the not in menu area or under construction until the page is built
- Click create page and view page.
Add Media Files
You can upload MP3 files for audio or MP4 files for video. Files should be compressed for the web (please see the section on file compression). Files must be less than 200MB to upload. Multi-file upload allows you to upload up to 20 files at once.
- Edit your media library component by clicking the edit button in the component header (next to the little movie director's clip board).
- Click on Choose Files
- Browse your hard drive to find the file or files you want to upload, highlight them and select open.
Add Information About Your Files
You can add information about your file that is used in the Podcast feed and for displaying on your site. You can also categorize files so users can select files that are in one particular category like a sermon series or speaker.
To add information:
- Edit the media component and go to the Media List tab
- Click on the picture on the file bar in the media list - you should see a popup window called Media Properties
- In the Title box type in the title
- In the summary box you can add additional information such as the speaker
- In the date you can leave the date as the file upload date or enter the date the audio was delivered, in the case of a sermon, the sermon date
- You can also add Media categories and select categories for this file. Click add/edit and type in a new category in the add box and add it or check the categories you want then save the changes.
- Apply changes to see your media library and save all changes.
The display settings can be changed to customize the look of your Media Library. You will want to set the Library up differently if you are using it just for Audio or just for Video or both.
Edit your Media Library and click on the Display settings tab. The Media Player Size is used for video (that is the Player Layout is not set for audio only). The player sizes are:
standard size: 480x360
standard wide: 640x360
Video formats should be adjusted to these sizes (or aspect ratio) before upload.
For Audio only choose the Audio player with media list below player for the Player Layout. For video you can choose to have the media list below or to the right.
Use the default player style unless you have a contrast issue on your page. You may want to use the connected list if that is the case.
For the Play List Style you will want to use the 'Text list / all information" if you are loading just audio files.
Under options the Sort Default is typically used.
If you are going to create a podcast check the show RSS/PODCAST feed icon.
Make sure you Apply changes.
Setting Up Your Podcast
The file can also be used to create a Podcast that a user can subscribe to and automatically download sermons to their PC or other Podcast receiver. Edit the Media Library component and select the tab for setting up the Podcast.
This information will be transmitted with each of the Podcast and describes the overall podcast. The title, summary and date pertaining to individual sermons are input on the Media list tab.
User can subscribe to the Podcast by clicking the podcast symbol on the Media Library page and they can then subscribe from that page.
IMPORTANT: File Compression AUDIO
Good file compression is very important. Recommended software for file compression is Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio ($60 for this 'light' version at https://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/products/product.asp?pid=454 - you can probably get older version much more cheaply at Amazon) to rip it off the CD convert from the CD format to MP3 Files. Sound Forge can save to the MP3 format. For sermons save as FM Mono quality at 40KBPS and save Music at FM Stereo at 64 KBPS.
IMPORTANT: File Compression VIDEO
Your files need to be under 200 MB to upload to your site. You can use the free, open-source software, Handbrake to compress your software:
I used the the very fast 720p 30.
Make sure you select the option "Web Optimized" is checked. This will allow your file to start playing before it is totally downloaded - make sure your select that option.
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