Advanced video publishing
This guide refers to advanced video publishing use cases. For standard video publishing please see our basic guide here.
To publish a video in Flowplayer and take advantage of the most advanced use cases you need two things:
- Video file that is properly encoded
- Video player that is configured for your use case
Video file that is properly encoded
You have three options for how to host and make the video files available for playback in Flowplayer:
- Flowplayer hosted video (default choice and recommended use case)
- Self hosted video added as Remote video in Flowplayer
- Self hosted video not added as Remote video to Flowplayer
Below is an overview of the different options:
- Video hosting
- Who is hosting the video file
- Analytics available in Flowplayer
- Flowplayer optimized playback
- More information
- Flowplayer hosted
- Getting started
- Remote video
- You / 3rd party
- Create a Remote video
- Self hosted
- You / 3rd party
- Publish a self-hosted video in a player
We always recommend that you upload your video file to Flowplayer and let us take care of the encoding to ensure that you benefit from flawless playback on every screen and also take advantage of our optimized CDN to ensure flawless playback across all networks in the world. Learn how to publish videos in this way.
We also offer you the possibility to host video files yourself in case it is more practical for you. A common case is if you already have a very large and properly encoded media library stored in the cloud and don’t want to move the files to Flowplayer. In this case you can host your video file yourself either as a remote video. You publish a remote video exactly like a normal video.
By adding your assets as remote video assets in Flowplayer you will get analytics with the video assets and can take advantage of other functionality in Flowplayer such as metadata handling and playlists but can still keep the files stored in your server and hosted using your CDN. In addition you benefit from automatic upgrades and improved ways of handling video sources in the video player as we take care and optimize the loading of assets across different platforms.
In case you want to host the video files yourself, but do not want any of the features listed with remote videos, you are free to only use the player and load your source files directly into the player. Publish a player and configure it with your sources.
Video player that is configured for your use case
Each time you publish a video in Flowplayer you need a player profile to go with it. In case you do not make a choice of the player profile we will automatically select your default profile as the base setup.