• 2. Playlists - Create Lists and Add Media Items

Kaltura MediaSpace is a media destination site for the University of Utah that stores and publishes videos to the campus community. It is a standalone repository and exists outside of the University learning management system for online courses, CANVAS (although the standalone version and video in Canvas share the same recording tools and "My Media" personal collection of videos).

Usually, any media you record, create, or upload to MediaSpace is stored in your personal collection of media items called MY MEDIA rather than being published to PLAYLISTS and CHANNELS that MediaSpace can host.

 There are five areas in which media files can be stored and/or shared.

  1. My Media
  2. Playlists
  3. Channels
  4. Share a Media Item
  5. Media Galleries/Categories

Below, PLAYLISTS are explained.

  

2. ABOUT "PLAYLISTS"

A Playlist is created by a MediaSpace user to house collections of media items that are related in some way. 

When you first log into MediaSpace, the "Login" menu option allows you to go directly to your My Playlists collections.

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Or, once logged into the UofU MediaSpace, the menu options under your login name (upper right) allow you to access media files located in various areas:

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NOTE: The fundamental difference between a PLAYLIST and a CHANNEL is that from the media items collected together in a Channel, a user can randomly select any item for viewing.  A Playlist also collects together media items, but prescribes a specific, sequential order in which the media items should be viewed.

NOTE: A PLAYLIST created in the University of Utah MediaSpace can only be accessed and viewed when the content is part of the utah.edu domain or is part of a learning module in CANVAS.  If you attempt to embed the HTML code for the display and playback of a PLAYLIST in a web page distributed from a different web domain, the PLAYLIST will not work.

NOTE: If you would like to allow an outside domain to display a Playlist, just submit a request to TLT: Teaching & Learning Technologies by emailing classhelp@utah.edu. Describe your use case and the domain you want to engage.

 

• Create a Playlist

The way in which a Playlist is created is via the media items listed in your MY MEDIA collection.

To create a Playlist, go to your account name in the upper right (once you have logged in) and select the menu option MY MEDIA. If you were to select MY PLAYLISTS, a list of your existing Playlists would be revealed, but from the lists you do NOT have an option to create a new Playlist.  That option only is present once you've selected a specific media item or multiple media items from your MY MEDIA collection to include in a Playlist.

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After selecting MY MEDIA, a page opens that lists your current media items. Do NOT click on a single media item to view in its own window. There is no option to create a playlist when viewing a single media item within its own window.  Instead, use the check box to the left of a media item or multiple media items. NOTE: You cannot add video presentation files or YouTube media to Playlists.

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After you have check marked your media items, use the ACTIONS menu and select the option ADD TO PLAYLIST.

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A window appears listing all of your existing Playlists. To create a brand new Playlist, click in the text box labeled "Create new playlist," type in your new name for the Playlist, then click the red CREATE button.

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After a few seconds, your new Playlist now appears at the top of the list of your Playlists. It is already check marked as a destination for your media item.  You can also check other Playlists as destinations if you wish.

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After selecting which Playlists should receive the media items, click the SAVE button.

You can confirm that the media items have been added to your Playlist or Playlists by clicking the text next to the SAVE button labeled as "Go To My Playlists."

An updated list of your existing Playlists appears. Click on the name of a Playlist listed on the left and confirm the media items that are now part of that Playlist.

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The order in which the media items appear may not reflect the sequence you prefer.  To REARRANGE the order of the media items, click and hold on the small dot icon just to left of a media item.

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The icon will change to Up-Down Arrows.  Drag the media items into the sequence you want.

When finished arranging media items, click the button SAVE CHANGES.

 

• Add Media Items to an Existing Playlist

You can add media and videos to an existing Playlist in a couple of ways:

  1. SELECT FROM THE MY MEDIA COLLECTION LIST:
    Go to your MY MEDIA collection (from your account menu in the upper right)
    • check mark a single or multiple media items from the list of media items
    • click the ACTIONS menu and select ADD TO PLAYLIST
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    • a list of existing Playlists appears
    • select which Playlists the media item(s) will live in
    • click SAVE
    • confirm the media item(s) has been added to the selected Playlist or Playlists by accessing MY PLAYLISTS (from your account menu in the upper right).
    • select the Playlist and see that the media item(s) have been newly added.

  2. ADD A SINGLE MEDIA ITEM FROM ITS OWN PLAYBACK WINDOW:
    Go to your MY MEDIA collection (from your account menu in the upper right)
    • click on a single media item you wish to add to a Playlist
    • the media item opens in its own window
    • from the ACTIONS menu below the media item, select ADD TO PLAYLIST
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    • select which Playlists the media item will live in
    • click SAVE
    • confirm the media item has been added to the selected Playlist or Playlists by accessing MY PLAYLISTS (from your account menu in the upper right).
    • select the Playlist and confirm that the media item has been newly added.

 

 

• Embed a Playlist in a Web Page or UofU Canvas Online Course

NOTE: A PLAYLIST created in the University of Utah MediaSpace can only be accessed and viewed when the content is part of the utah.edu domain or is part of a learning module in CANVAS.  If you attempt to embed the HTML code for the display and playback of a PLAYLIST in a web page distributed from a different web domain, the PLAYLIST will not work.

NOTE: If you would like to allow an outside domain to display a Playlist, just submit a request to TLT: Teaching & Learning Technologies by emailing classhelp@utah.edu. Describe your use case and the domain you want to engage.

MediaSpace PLAYLISTS use an HTML iFrame embed code unique to each Playlist in order to allow you to add a finished Playlist to a UofU Canvas online course or a web page delivered via the UofU domain utah.edu (see also the NOTES in the previous paragraphs).

From your account menu in the upper right of MediaSpace, select the option MY PLAYLISTS.

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A list of your existing Playlists appears.

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Select one of your Playlists from the options along the left.

 

Click the small " </> " html icon to the right of the Playlist name.

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The configuration settings for that Playlist appear to the right.

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By selecting the iFrame button, the html iFrame code appears in the top text box. Copy and paste this iFrame code into your UofU Canvas course or a web page delivered through the utah.edu domain.

Other users can now sequence through the media items included in your Playlist by clicking through the menu of items that appears next to or below the video player (depends on the Playlist Layout you select in the configuration settings).

NOTE: You may see the word "Flash" in parentheses after the section header "Playlist Layout." Ignore the notion that a Playlist is based on Flash; it actually uses HTML5 coding.  This means that smartphones,tablets and web browsers will successfully display a Playlist.  

 

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES & TUTORIALS FOR MEDIASPACE

MediaSpace | Standalone Video Repository (outside of Canvas)

MediaSpace | Video | Collections and Groups of Media Items

MediaSpace | Video | Recording Tools