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Share Your Media

How to share a Video on Demand media file using links, channels, playlists or embedded files.

This article applies to: Video on Demand


There are several options to share your videos, audio files, or images. After deciding how to share your media, you may have to change the media's publishing status.

  • Embed a media file: embed display code in a web page. When someone views your web page, the media is displayed in the web page. See Embed Media on Your Web Site for more information.
  • Link to a media file: link to media you have stored on your My Media page. You may send the link through email or include the link on a web page. See Link to a Media File for more information.
  • Create a channel: use Video on Demand channels to manage and display your content. Channels are restricted to the Cornell community only and require viewers to login with a NetID and password. For more information about using channels, see How to Use Channels.
  • Create and embed a playlist to display your media: use a playlist to play media in the order that you set. You can copy the playlist's embed code to display the playlist on a separate web page. For more information about using playlists, see How to Use Playlists.
  • Enable or disable downloads: allow viewers to download your media from the Video on Demand site.

Media Publishing Status

When sharing your media, you must set the media's status to one of the following depending on how you will share the media:

  • Private: with this status, you can share or present the media only by using an embed code in a web page. The media can't be presented to the public any other way. This is the default publishing option unless you change the status.  
  • Unlisted: this status allows you to share a link to the media which is presented by the Video on Demand site. You can provide the link to others through email or on a web page. Everyone can view the media and logging in with a NetID and password is not required.
  • Published: this status allows you to add your content to a Channel.  Content must be published to a Channel and there's no public showcase of content outside of Channels.

You may notice the Pending and Rejected statuses on the View Status menu on the My Media page. These statuses are not used for sharing files in Video on Demand.
 

Embed Media on Your Web Site

Using an embed code to share your media will work regardless of the media's publishing status even for media with a Private status. Anyone who can view the web page where you put the embed code will be able to view and/or listen to the media.

Once you have uploaded media or recorded a video directly from your webcam, you can embed the media on nearly any web page or venue.

  1. On your My Media page, locate the file you want to embed and click its thumbnail in the gallery. The media's page will open. 
  2. Click the Share button.
  3. Select Embed.

Embed media

4. Select the embed options:

Important! Selecting the player skin with Sharing enabled allows viewers to share your video outside of your control and will override the publishing status that you have set for the video.
  • Player Skin (for videos): choose one of the player skins. The player skin with Sharing enabled allows your viewers to share your video with anyone regardless of any publishing restrictions that you have set. The skins can't be customized.
  • Player Size: sets the size, in pixels, of the media that is displayed.

5. The embed code is generated based on your choices. You may copy the embed code to your web page to display the media. The embed code is very long and the entire code will be highlighted when you click once on the code. To copy the embed code, click once on the embed code, then right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Macintosh) and select Copy from the pop-up menu.

The message "Grabbing the embed code will make this media public to the world and override all entitlements defined in MediaSpace" indicates that your media will be presented on the web site where you put the embed code, regardless of the media's publishing status. It does not mean that anyone will be able to access your Video on Demand content other than by viewing the content. (MediaSpace is the name of the vendor that runs the Video on Demand service.)

This embed code should function in any site that supports HTML. See below for examples of web pages that include embed codes:

Link to a Media File

You must set the media's publish status to Unlisted.

Once you have uploaded media or recorded a video directly from your webcam, you can share a link to the media in an email message or on a web page.

On your My Media page, locate the file you want to embed and click its thumbnail in the gallery. The media's page will open.

  1. Click the Share button.
  2. Select the Link to Media Page tab.
  3. Copy the code in the Link to Media Page field. To do so, highlight the link and select Copy from the pop-up menu.

Enable or Disable Video Downloads

Previously this feature only allowed the video owner to download the video.  It now allows viewers to download your video.  If you have download enabled and do not want viewers to download your video, you will need to disable downloads.

On your My Media page, locate the file where you want to enable or disable viewer downloads.

  1. Click the Edit button.
    Picture of a media file with the Edit icon highlighted
     
  2. Click the Downloads tab.
    Picture of the Edit menu with the Downloads tab highlighted
     
  3. Enable Downloads: Check all the versions of the video that you want to make available for download by viewers.  Once you’ve made your selections, click the Save button.
    Disable Downloads: Uncheck all the versions that you want to disable for download by viewers and click the Save button.
  • The original source copy of the video (as first uploaded) will always be available as a download option. 
  • Additional download qualities will be available depending on the original quality of the source video.
  • High Definition (HD) versions will not be available for download if the original source video was not already in HD format.

Picture of Available Download Formats with the format choices and save button highlighted

  1. Check the publishing status of your video.  Publishing settings control who can view or download your video.
  • Only users who have permission to view this video on the Video on Demand site will be given the option to Download.
  • To restrict the ability to download just to yourself (the owner), set your video publishing status to
    Private.
  • To allow others to view your private video without the download option, embed your video in another web page.
  • To allow anyone to view and download your video, set the publishing status to Unlisted share the link with anyone you want to see it.
  • To restrict viewing and downloading to Cornell users or a specific group of Cornell users, publish your video to a Channel where you can keep access behind Cornell authentication and restrict access to specific users.

Once you have selected your download and publishing settings, users who watch your video on the Video On Demand site will see a Download tab underneath the video.  Clicking on the Download tab will show the list of available versions for download.  Click the Download link to the right of the version type and size, in the Actions column, will download a copy of the video for that viewer.

Picture of a Media File with the Download button highlighted

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