Adding videos to the Zype Platform

You can add videos to your Zype Library in two different ways. The first way is to upload videos directly to the Zype Platform. The second way is to import videos from a third-party source such as YouTube, Hulu, or Crunchyroll. Videos that are uploaded will have a Zype video source, all other videos will have a video source from the respected third-party.

Uploading videos to the Zype Platform from the web
Adding videos from a YouTube Channel to the Zype Platform
Adding videos from a Vimeo Channel, Group or User to the Zype Platform
Adding videos from a Vimeo PRO account to the Zype Platform
Adding your Crunchyroll videos to the Zype Platform
Uploading videos to the Zype Platform using our Ruby Gem
Adding YouTube videos from a URL
Adding Vimeo videos from a URL
Adding Livestream.com Events and Clips

Uploading videos to the Zype Platform from the web

The easiest way to add a video to your video library is to upload a video to the Zype Platform.

We support many popular media formats such as: 3GP, AAC, AVI, FLV, MP4 and MPEG-2. We do not currently support Apple ProRes, ARRI and RED.

Step 1:

Go to Import & Upload, and click the “Upload from My Web Browser” button.

Upload Videos

Step 2:

By default, we automatically add the video to your library and we activate the video. If you would like to change this, toggle Add Video or Activate Video off. Then, select the file that you want to upload.

upload video

Step 3:

When the file is finished uploading, you will be redirected to the video’s page where you can add additional metadata. Once your video is finished transcoding, you will be able to play your video and select your video thumbnail.

add video metadata


Adding videos from a YouTube Channel

We’ve made the process of importing videos from your YouTube Channel even simpler. You can upload a single video, a channel, or import videos from an authenticated YouTube account.

Overview

Go to the Zype dashboard and from the left nav click Import & Upload, then click YouTube.

click youtube

Import a Single Video

To import a single video, paste a single video URL and click the Continue button:

click youtube

Once you’ve successfully imported your video you can view it by clicking the Manage Video button:

click youtube

Import a Channel

To import an entire channel, paste a YouTube channel URL into the text field and click the Continue button:

click youtube

If you don’t have an URL, you can look for a channel using keywords in the same text field. If the search is successful you can see a drop-down with all YouTube channel suggestions. Select any channel name and click the Continue button to proceed.

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Import from a Connected Account

You also have the ability to import videos from your own YouTube channel by clicking the Connect To Account button and proceeding with the Google authorization instructions:

click youtube

The next step is to review and select videos from a chosen YouTube channel. Select the videos you’d like to add into Video Library and click the Next button. You may also filter video results using the text field in the table header or select all videos by clicking the choose all checkbox.

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The next step allows you to customize your import.

click youtube

There are several controls that allow you to customize your import:

  1. By clicking this checkbox only the metadata of selected videos will be imported.
  2. By clicking this checkbox the video content and metadata of selected videos will be imported.
  3. When turned on, new videos uploaded to this channel will automatically be added to your library.
  4. When turned on, new videos uploaded to this channel will automatically be made active when added to your video library.
  5. Name for the import (and newly created video source object ). Only you will see this name as a way of organizing your imports.

When you’re all set, click the Complete Import button.

Once you’ve successfully imported your YouTube channel you can find all the new videos in Video Imports and selected videos in Video Library.

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Adding videos from a Vimeo Channel, Group or User

We’re happy to provide you with a simple and powerful tool for importing your Vimeo videos to the Zype Platform. Below are the steps for grabbing your videos, no matter where they exist in Vimeo.

Step 1:

Go to Video Sources and click on the Vimeo icon.

click vimeo

Step 2:

Enter a name for your Vimeo video source (something to help you remember it!).

Step 3:

You’ll need to copy and paste a link to your Vimeo videos from a Group, Channel or User. Here are some quick example links:

https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks

https://vimeo.com/user36554072/videos

https://vimeo.com/groups/animation

First, go to Vimeo and copy the link:

copy your link

Then paste the link into the Vimeo Source form:

paste your link

Then click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

Step 4:

If everything went according to plan, you can see your new video imports by clicking on the green ‘Video Imports’ button.

video imports button


Adding videos from a Vimeo PRO account

You can import videos from Vimeo PRO to your Video Library. Videos that have a Vimeo PRO video source are playable on all devices including Roku and Fire TV and plays natively on iPhone and Android just like videos that are uploaded directly to the Zype Platform.

Here’s how.

Step 1:

Navigate to the Import & Upload dashboard and click on Vimeo PRO.

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Step 2:

Click on the “Import from Vimeo PRO” button to send you to vimeo.com to authenticate.

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Step 3:

Enter your Vimeo PRO email and password credentials.

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Step 4:

Agree to connect “Zype” to your Vimeo account.

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Step 5:

Decide whether you want your Vimeo PRO imports to automatically get added to your video library and whether these videos should automatically be active when they appear in your video library.

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Step 6:

Congrats, you have linked Vimeo PRO successfully! If the videos are automatically add your Vimeo PRO imports to your video library, they can be found in your video library. If not, they can be found in your video imports.

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Step 7:

Confirm that you have the appropriate player rules set up to expose your Vimeo PRO players so that it can deliver content to all devices including web and Roku. Go to player rules and make sure that you have a Vimeo Pro (Native) Player, a Vimeo Pro (Zype) Player, and a Zype Roku Pro Player. If you do not have a proper player rule, click on the “New Player Rule” button and create Vimeo PRO player rules for the desired device and Vimeo PRO Player. For more information on player rules, go to the player rules platform docs.

vimeo pro player rule


Adding your Crunchyroll videos

We know you have a lot of video content and we know that you want it all to be available to your viewers through the Zype Platform. That’s why we’re proud to announce that you can now use Crunchyroll as a video source for videos on the Zype Platform!

As part of the announcement, we want to walk you through the setup involved and get you up to speed. If you’ve added videos to the Zype Platform using video sources in the past, the will look very familiar.

First, let’s login to the Zype Platform and go to Video Sources. Now click on the Crunchyroll icon.

click crunchyroll

Adding your affiliate code

Enter a name for your Crunchyroll video source (something you’ll remember!) and your Crunchyroll Affiliate code (this is provided to you by Crunchyroll when you become an affiliate.)

add name and affiliate code

Importing your videos

Now sit back while we go get all of your Crunchyroll videos and add them to the Zype Platform as video imports. Once we’ve imported all of your videos you will find them under the Video Imports tab. The last step is to create new videos from the imports or add the video imports to videos you already have on the Zype Platform.

video imports

Confirm

You can confirm that your videos were added by clicking on the videos tab and searching for the ones you’ve just added.

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Uploading videos to the Zype Platform using our Ruby Gem

We’re rolling out a bunch of new ways to add video content to the Zype Platform, like Youtube Channel Import and Crunchyroll Video Import. In this post we’ll show you how to use the Zype Command Line Interface (or CLI) to upload videos that you have stored on a hard drive.

Downloading and installing the Zype CLI

First, you’ll need to download and set up the Zype CLI. You can find the tool on gitHub.

gitHub

You’ll need to clone down the repo, then run the following commands:

$ gem build zype.gemspec
$ gem install ./zype-1.0.0.gem

You can confirm that your installation succeeded by entering

$ zype

which will display a list of available commands for the Zype CLI. Remember this command in case you have questions about what the Zype CLI can do!

CLI Interface

Logging in through the Zype CLI

Let’s make sure that you can login and that your Zype CLI is linked to your instance of the Zype Platform.

Enter the command below:

$ zype account:login

You’ll be prompted to enter your Zype API Key. You can find this by logging in to the Zype Platform and clicking on API within the settings menu at the top of the screen. Grab your API Key and enter it into the terminal to continue.

Uploading your videos

You’ll need to know which directory contains the videos you want to upload. Once you know where they live, you can run the upload command.

If all of the files live in a single directory, run the following command, replacing the example directory (“/myDir/videos”) with your own.

$ zype video:upload --directory="/myDir/videos"

If you have multiple subdirectories that contain videos, you can pass in a wildcard character (*) at the end of the parent directory to grab all of the videos within each subdirectory. Like this:

$ zype video:upload --directory="/myDir/videos/*"

Now sit back while we upload all of your videos and add them to the Zype Platform as video imports. Once we’ve imported all of your videos you will find them under the Video Imports tab. The last step is to create new videos from the imports or add the video imports to videos you already have on the Zype Platform.

video imports

Confirm

You can confirm that your videos were added by clicking on the videos tab and searching for the ones you’ve just added.

videos


Adding YouTube video from a URL

We’re happy to announce that the Zype Platform now grants you the power to import videos from YouTube simply by copying an pasting a YouTube link into the platform.

Check out the Video Imports Screen and click on the “Add Video Import” button to get started.

navigate to form

The next step is to copy a URL from YouTube that shows the video you want to add.

copy url

Paste the URL into the field on this page and click “Add Video Import”.

paste url

If everything went according to plan, you should see the video imports screen again, with a new import from the link you provided. If you’re interested in grabbing a bunch of videos from YouTube, you may want to follow our guides under Adding Videos.


Adding Vimeo video from a URL

Check out the Video Imports Screen and click on the “Add Video Import” button to get started.

navigate to form

The next step is to copy a URL from Vimeo that shows the video you want to add.

copy url

Paste the URL into the field on this page and click “Add Video Import”.

paste url

Then click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

save changes

If everything went according to plan, you should see the video imports screen again, with a new import from the link you provided. If you’re interested in grabbing a bunch of videos from Vimeo, you may want to follow our guides under Adding Videos.


Adding Livestream.com Events and Clips

Navigate to the Import & Upload dashboard and click on Livestream.

livestream 1

Enter the Livestream.com Event or Livestream.com Clip url for the video that you want to import. You can add additional metadata such as the title and the description. If the “Add Video” button is toggled on, your Livestream.com video will automatically be added into your video library.

livestream 2

What is the difference between an event and a clip?

An event is a live event that is currently streaming. A clip is a recorded video.