Templates - Media Creation
IN THIS ARTICLE
| 1. Create Media: one media file
| 1.1 Create Media Button
| 1.2 Create Media Form
|2. Create Batch: multiple media files|
| 2.1 Creating a batch by importing a spreadsheet
| 2.2 Creating a batch with the configurator
After clicking on a (published) template in your Template Overview, you can start creating media with the template. The options 'Create Media' and 'Create Batch' take you to two different creation flows, so they'll be discussed separately below. If you like to create one or a few media files we suggest to use the Create Media button and read paragraph 1 below. If you want to create multiple media at once, we suggest to create a batch and read paragraph 2 below to figure out how to do this.
1. Create Media: one media file
1.1 Create Media button
After clicking on a published template in your Template Overview page, you find the blue 'Create Media' button in the upper right corner of your screen.
1.2 Create media form
After clicking '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.
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. Connecting a feed enables you to quickly fill your form with a single click, because selecting a feed item will fill all provided fields.
Media preview for Template Builder Templates
Is your template created in the Storyteq platform using our Template Builder? Then a media preview is shown on the left side of the form (like you see in the image above). This preview is generated based on the values you've submitted in the form on the right. Changing values will render a new preview. This allows you to get a general idea of what changes in the form do before you actually create the media. If you check the box ‘Loop changed parts’ the preview will show you the most recently changed parts only.
Is your template created in After Effects and uploaded to our platform via our After Effects extension? In that case, this media preview functionality is not available.
Create Media button
When clicking 'Create Media' at the bottom of the form, our platform will validate the media you are trying to create. After successful validation, the media is added (to 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! The status of the rendering process will be displayed in the media list. As soon as the media is rendered successfully, the status column will show a green dot with the status 'finished'.
2. Create Batch: multiple media files
A batch is a group of multiple media that have been created at the same time, through a CSV import or a single form. Depending on the template you can pick your preferred method of creating a batch of media. The option to import a CSV file is always available, in some cases, you can use a configurator to create a batch as well.
2.1 Creating batch by importing a spreadsheet
When using the 'Import' option to configure a batch, you're able to download a template for your sheet file by clicking the button 'Download Example CSV'.
1. Download Example CSV
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. Before downloading the example file, you get two options (displayed in the image below). If you toggle the switch to 'prefill example values' the Example CSV will contain all possible values of a parameter column. So you know what options to pick from. If you don't toggle the button the file will online contain the columns, no data prefilled.
The preferred setting of the semicolon separator button depends on your operating system software. If you are working on Windows, please make sure you toggle it, in order to make the downloaded CSV readable. If you use an Apple device, don’t toggle the switch.
2. Fill the spreadsheet
Every row represents a media file. Does your template contain open image fields? In that case, you have two options. Either leave the column for that image empty and select your images after importing the file OR link your images by placing the url of their location in the cloud. If your file is fully filled, save it as a CSV. We advise you to click 'save as' and select the option 'CSV UTF-8 (divided by comma's)'. This will separate the columns in a way our system can process the file.
3. Upload your CSV
After naming your batch, you can select the CSV file from the location you have just saved it.
4. Map Columns to template parameters
After uploading you will see a form which is prefilled where possible. This form makes it easy to check if the template parameters are connected to the correct columns in your CSV. If your template contains an open image field and you left the rows of that column in your CSV document empty, a button appears that allows you to select images from the asset library. By selecting the images (like displayed in the image below) you complete the input for your badge. You can also select multiple rows and upload the same image for all those rows at once.
5. Validate Import
If your import is valid, a button appears to create the number of media you put in the sheet. The platform will render the requested media and lead you to the overview of the created media with this batch.
2.2 Creating a batch with the configurator
Some batches don't need an uploaded file but can be created with one single form within the platform. This form is called the configurator. When using the configurator, parameter values (that are defined while making the template) 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 file. So, there might be a case where you want to have a video for every color. You could upload a CSV file with this information to create a batch of 5 videos, but in this case, you can also create a batch with the configurator.
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.
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