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Creating Series/Seasons/Episodes

In this topic, you will learn how to create a series that contains associated seasons and episodes.

Overview

When creating a series you must define the relationships between the series and its seasons, and the episodes in each season. A high-level view of the process is:

  1. In Brightcove Beacon, create the series. This involves not only naming the series, but also providing information such as images to be used for the series in the app, dates the series can be viewed, etc.
  2. In Brightcove Beacon, create the seasons related to the series. You will provide information similar to the series, with the addition of selecting the series to which the season belongs.
  3. In Video Cloud Studio, you will assign the video episodes to the corresponding season via values supplied to custom fields. You will then ingest those videos into the Brightcove Beacon experience. The fields to be assigned data are:
    • beacon.episode.number
    • beacon.episode.seasonNumber
    • beacon.episode.serieName

The following diagram shows the relationship between a series and its seasons and episodes.

The rest of this document will provide details on how to complete each of the three steps mentioned above.

Creating a series

To create a series, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Brightcove Beacon and select Programs.
  2. In the left navigation, select Series.
  3. Click the Add new series button.
  4. On the Basic Data tab, fill in the following:

    Form Field Name Description / Requirements
    Name The identifier of the series, the customer facing name is provided later in the Textual Data section
    Production Year The year the series was produced; this information will appear in the the More Info screen
    Production Country The country where the series is produced; this information will appear in the the More Info screen
    Genres The genres of the series; note that you can create genres as needed:
    make genres
    Sub-Genres Do not complete, this data is not used
    Genre Language Preview The language of the preview
    Episode Sort type How to sort episodes in the app user interface
    Cast The metadata under CAST will appear in the the More Info screen.
  5. Click on the Textual Data tab.
  6. Fill in the Title (which is the viewer facing name for the series), Description and Synopsis. This data will be displayed in the Brightcove Beacon app.
  7. Click on the Non-Textual Data tab.
  8. Supply an image for the Portrait Poster and Landscape Poster matching the requirements below. You DO NOT need to supply images for Thumbnail and Wide banner.
    Image Requirements
    Portrait Poster Poster image (2:3)
    Minimum Width: 1000px Height: 563px
    Maximum Width: 4000px Height: 2250px
    Landscape Poster Landscape image (16:9):
    Minimum Width: 1000px Height: 563px
    Maximum Width: 4000px Height: 2250px
  9. The information on the Tags tab is not used at this time, so do not enter information on this tab.
  10. The information on the Metadata tab is not used at this time, so do not enter information on this tab.
  11. Click on the Streams tab, where you will select a trailer for the series. The following screenshot will help guide you through the process of selecting that trailer.
    streams tab
  12. Select your Provider. You will most likely only have one provider, which references your Brightcove Video Cloud account.
  13. For the Stream Video ID, obtain the video ID for the trailer from Studio and place it in the text box.
  14. Be sure the Stream Type is set to Trailer.
  15. Note that the DRM Type and Stream Format values do not need to be altered.
  16. Click on the Rights & Scheduling tab, as shown here:
    Rights and Scheduling
  17. Add values for the following fields:

    Field Required Notes
    Status Yes Select one of the following types:
    • Published
    • Unpublished
    Rights Type Yes Choose the appropriate value for your series, from the options:
    • Advertising - AVOD
    • Free
    • Subscription - SVOD
    Start Time Yes Schedule a starting date your series will be available
    End Time Yes Schedule an ending date when your series will no longer be available
    Max Streams Yes Set the maximum number of streams that can be watching the series from the same account
    Devices to publish Yes Add the devices to which you wish to publish. Select the Select / Unselect All Devices to see a list of available devices
    Permitted locations Yes Select the locations where you want to stream your content, if no restrictions enter World
    Denied locations No Select the locations where you DO NOT want to stream your content
  18. Be sure to click the Create New Series button to save the series information.

You have now created your series. The next step is to create one or more seasons that belong to this series. The next section leads you through that process.

Creating seasons

To create a season, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Brightcove Beacon and select Programs.
  2. In the left navigation, select Seasons.
  3. Click the Add new season button.
  4. On the Basic Data tab, fill in the following:
    Form Field Name Description / Requirements
    Select a Series The dropdown will be populated with the series you have created. Choose the series to which this season belongs.
    Name The identifier of the series, the customer facing name is provided later in the Textual Data section
    Season Number This must be an integer number representing the season sequence in the series. This number will be used when ingesting episode videos from Video Cloud.
    Production Year The year the season was produced; this information will appear in the the More Info screen.
    Production Country The country where the season is produced; this information will appear in the the More Info screen.
  5. Click on the Textual Data tab.
  6. Fill in the Title, Description and Synopsis for the season. This data will be displayed in the Brightcove Beacon app.
  7. Click on the Non-Textual Data tab.
  8. For the season, supply an image for the Portrait Poster and Landscape Poster matching the requirements below. You DO NOT need to supply images for Thumbnail and Wide banner.
    Image Requirements
    Portrait Poster Poster image (2:3)
    Minimum Width: 1000px Height: 563px
    Maximum Width: 4000px Height: 2250px
    Landscape Poster Landscape image (16:9):
    Minimum Width: 1000px Height: 563px
    Maximum Width: 4000px Height: 2250px
  9. The information on the Tags tab is not used at this time, so do not enter information on this tab.
  10. The information on the Metadata tab is not used at this time, so do not enter information on this tab.
  11. Click on the Streams tab, where you will select a trailer for the season.
  12. Select your Provider. You will most likely only have one provider, which references your Brightcove Video Cloud account.
  13. Click the Add new stream button.
  14. For the Stream Video ID, obtain the video ID for the trailer from Studio and place it in the text box.
  15. Be sure the Stream Type is set to Trailer.
  16. Note that the DRM Type and Stream Format values do not need to be altered.
  17. Click on the Rights & Scheduling tab, as shown here.
    Rights and Scheduling
  18. Add values for the following fields:

    Field Required Notes
    Status Yes Select one of the following types:
    • Published
    • Unpublished
    Rights Type Yes Choose the appropriate value for your season, from the options:
    • Advertising - AVOD
    • Free
    • Inherit
    • Subscription - SVOD

    Inherit means that the rights will be inherited from the series to which this season belongs.

    Start Time Yes Schedule a starting date this season will be available
    End Time Yes Schedule an ending date when this season will no longer be available
    Max Streams Yes The maximum number of streams that can be watching the season from the same account
    Devices to publish Yes Add the devices you wish to publish to. Select the Select / Unselect All Devices to see a list of available devices.
    Permitted locations Yes Select the locations where you want to stream your content.
    Denied locations No Select the locations where you DO NOT want to stream your content. Enter World if you have no restrictions.
  19. Be sure to click the Create New Season button to save the season information.

You have now created one of your seasons. If needed, create more seasons for the series. The next step is to ingest episode videos from Video Cloud into Brightcove Beacon. The next section leads you through that process.

Ingesting episodes

As you have seen, creating the series and associated seasons is done in Brightcove Beacon. Creation of episodes for the series is done in Video Cloud Studio. You will assign values about the series and seasons in custom fields for each episode video, then ingest those videos into Brightcove Beacon. If you have not created the custom fields in Video Cloud Studio, see the Creating Video Cloud Custom Fields document. To ingest episodes, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Video Cloud Studio.
  2. From the dropdown menu at the top of the page, select MEDIA.
  3. Click on the title of one of the episode videos to enter the video's properties page.
  4. Scroll down until you see on the right-hand side the CUSTOM FIELDS section.
  5. Click the Edit button.
  6. Locate the three custom fields that are associated with episodes.
    episode custom fields
  7. For the episode video, enter the episode number, season number and series name, in the corresponding custom fields.
  8. Be sure to click the Save button after entering the appropriate values for the video.
  9. Repeat entering values in the custom fields for all your episode videos.
  10. Log in to Brightcove Beacon.
  11. Click on the Tools option (wrench icon) in the top menu.
  12. Be sure the Ingestion option is selected on the left menu.
  13. Click the Update Brightcove Videos button to ingest the newly configured episode videos.
  14. To make the videos immediately available in your apps, clear Brightcove Beacon's cache by clicking on the Cache option in the left navigation, then click the Cache Purge button.

This concludes information on creating series and its associated seasons and episodes.


Page last updated on 04 Apr 2020