Templates - Media Creation
IN THIS ARTICLE
|1. Create Media - A Single Media Item|
|2. Create Batch - A collection of multiple media files|
|2.1 Creating batch with the configurator|
|2.2 Creating a batch by importing a spreadsheet|
As mentioned before, the templates media listing page also provides with multiple buttons mentioning the creation of media. These actions can also be accessed by the floating action button on the bottom-right corner of your screen. "Create Media" and "Create Batch" take you to two different creation flows, so they'll be discussed separately.
1. Create Media - A Single Media Item
When choosing "Create Media", you will be presented with a form. Submitting this form will result in a request to create a single media file to the Storyteq servers, and the media can subsequently be followed as a listing in the Media Table on your template's main page.
The form is custom, generated to match the parameters of your template. This means the fields will differ depending on the template that you will use. Fields are either open input, single-select (radio buttons) or multi-select (checkboxes). If you have connected a Feed to our platform, the form will start with a Feed Selection field ("Product 1" in the examples case). Connecting a feed enables you to quickly fill your form with a single click, because selecting a feed item will fill all provided fields.
On the right a media preview is shown. This preview is generated based on the values you've submitted in the form on the left. Changing values will render a new preview. This allows you to get a general idea of what changes in the form do for the media that will created. Note: This is only available for static values and templates that have preview media available, which might not always be the case for you.
When clicking "Create Media" at the bottom of the page, a form of validation will take place when you try to create media. After a successful validation the media is added (in queue) to the media listing in the Media Table on your template's main page, and will soon be available to be viewed and shared!
2. Create Batch - A collection of multiple media files
2.1 Creating batch with the configurator
As mentioned before, a batch is just a group of multiple media that have been created at the same time, through a single form. That form is this configurator:
When using the configurator, static values (in general, these are values that you can't type out: They are already defined and you can only select them) are used as multipliers.
Let's say you have a template parameter that provides 5 different, predefined types of color. This template parameter and its values are used to decide the background color in your media/video file. So, there might be a case where you want to have a video for every color. Without the batch functionality, this would mean you would have to go through the Single Media creation form 5 times, one time for every of the 5 colors.
With the batch configurator, you only have to select all 5 colors, fill in values for the other remaining parameters, and the Storyteq platform will render all 5 videos out at once. It's possible you add more static parameters that act as multipliers. What if you have 2 types of videos in your template, a short and a long version? You enable them both. This results in both a short and long version of every color, so 10 media files in total.
2.2 Creating a batch by importing a spreadsheet
As mentioned, the configurator only takes static values as multiplier. Let's use the color example again. What if you want to use only 1 color, yellow. But you want to have 3 videos, all being yellow but each containing a custom text that you usually type out in the single media creator? This is where you can use a spreadsheet to fill in the batch request.
When using the "Import" option to configure a batch, you're able to download a template for your sheet file. Each column in the file represents a template parameter that needs a value, while each row in the spreadsheet represents a media that will be created. Fill in the spreadsheet with as much media/rows as you like, import it, and create the media!
[This section will receive more extensive explanation in a later stage]
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