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    Implementing VOD SSAI

    In this topic, you will learn how to create and manage Server-Side Ad Insertion (SSAI) with Video On Demand (VOD) for Brightcove Beacon.


    Server-side ads are embedded in the video stream so they cannot be blocked by ad blockers in the browser. It works with both DRM-protected and non-protected content. Brightcove Beacon supports VOD with SSAI.

    Here are the steps for adding server-side ads:

    1. In Video Cloud Studio, create an ad configuration
    2. Set the custom field values for your video
    3. Add your video to a playlist
    4. In Brightcove Beacon, import your videos and playlists

    Best practices

    Brightcove recommends following these best practices when adding server-side ads to VOD content:

    • Create your ad configuration in Video Cloud
    • Assign the ad configuration to videos using the custom fields in Video Cloud
    • Even though you can assign ad configurations to videos in Brightcove Beacon, it is recommended to do that in Video Cloud
    • Only use the Advertisement section in Brightcove Beacon for live events and channels

    Creating an ad configuration

    Here you will create an SSAI ad configuration to define the ads displayed in your Brightcove Beacon VOD asset.

    1. Log in to Video Cloud Studio.
    2. In the navigation header, click ADMIN and select Server-Side Ad Settings. A list of all ad configurations will be displayed.
    3. To create a new ad configuration, click the Create Ad Configuration button.
    4. From the dropdown, select VOD as the type.
    5. Check to be sure you are seeing the Server-Side Ad Settings form.
    6. Give your ad configuration a Name.
    7. Select the Ad Server Response:
      Ad Server Response Details
      VAST 3.0 Digital Video Ad Serving Template
      DFP VMAP Video Multiple Ad Playlist
      DFP (Ad Rules) Proprietary format for DFP/Google for Publishers
      Smart XML Proprietary format for FreeWheel

    8. Enter the Ad Tag (server URL).
    9. Click Save.
    10. Copy the ID of your Ad Configuration, as you will need it later to configure your VOD asset.

    Setting custom field values

    In this section, you will learn how to configure your VOD asset with the necessary settings to display SSAI in Brightcove Beacon.

    1. In Studio, go to the Media module.
    2. Click the video to which you want to add SSAI.
    3. Scroll down to the Custom Fields section.
    4. Click on the Edit button.
    5. Scroll down and locate the beacon.rights.0.adConfiguration field, then paste the ID of your previously created Ad Configuration.
    6. Keep scrolling down and in the beacon.rights.0.type field write AVOD to categorize this VOD as and Advertising VOD.
    7. Go to the bottom of the Custom Fields section and click the Save button.
    8. In the top menu, click Back to Videos.

    Adding videos to a Playlist

    In this section, you will add your VOD asset to a playlist.

    1. In Studio, return to the Media module.
    2. Click the checkbox for your video.
    3. Click the More button from the main menu.
    4. From the drop-down menu, select Add to Playlist.
    5. Select the playlist to which you want to add your video.
    6. Click the Add button.
    7. Once your VOD asset has been added to the playlist, go to the Brightcove Beacon platform.

    Importing videos and playlists

    In Brightcove Beacon, you can ingest/import videos and playlists from Video Cloud.

    1. Log in to your Brightcove Beacon account.
    2. In the top menu, select Tools, which is the wrench icon.
    3. In the left navigation, select Ingestion.
    4. Click the Update Brightcove Videos button and/or the Update Brightcove Playlists button.
    5. Your videos and playlists from Video Cloud should now be in Brightcove Beacon. In the top menu, click the Playlists tab.
    6. Select your playlist to see the videos it contains.
    7. Check to be sure you can see all the VOD assets associated with that playlist in the left table of contents.
    8. In the Brightcove Beacon top menu, click in the Movies tab.
    9. Click on your VOD asset.
    10. Click the Rights & Scheduling tab.
    11. In the Rights Type menu, you should see Advertising - AVOD selected.
    12. In the Advertisement Configuration menu, you should see your previously created ad configuration id.
    13. To see your videos in your app right away, you need to clear the cach. In the top menu, click the Tools (wrench) button, then clear the cache.
    14. In the left navigation, select Cache.
    15. Select the Cache Purge button.
    16. Open your Brightcove Beacon App and click in the Page tab on which your playlist was added. (All the event names and pictures on the image are for example purposes only).
    17. Click the movie that you have configured with server-side ads.
    18. Click the Play button and you should see your video play with ads.

    Page last updated on 10 Jun 2021