Whether it’s music or a podcast, you can now upload audio content to your streaming platform.

 

1. Upload of audio files

To upload an audio, in the content management > catalog menu, click the button  then choose hosted audio if you want to encode and store the audio content on the platform, or live audio if you have a live stream.

When creating a new hosted audio content, you will be asked to upload your file (the “sources” widget of the content creation page). Select your file and upload it.

You have 2 options to upload a source file:

  • either locally (from your computer or a hard disk), in this case, you are limited to 5 Gigas as a source file.
  • or from an online server (file on Amazon S3 for example), you will just have to paste the URL on which the content is hosted. In this case, you can have a file of 30 Gigas maximum

Warning: Dropbox or Google Drive links for example are not accepted.

Once you have uploaded your audio, the audio track(s) contained in your initial file will appear in the “Sources” window.

 

2. Audio encoding 

To encode, just click on the   button to add one or more resolutions (streams). As standard, we offer the possibility to add 1 or 2 video streams: 320 kpbs and 160 kbps (be careful, this will impact your encoding credit – see below).

Once it’s added, just click on the “Start Encoding” button.

The system is the same as for a video, except that there is no video track to encode, as a reminder the encoding process for the video is as follows:

 

 

  • You can also rename your tracks to quickly identify them; To do this, modify the “displayed name” field. Note that in the case of subtitle files or multilingual audio tracks, it is also the name that will appear for your users when choosing the language (you must therefore rename the track with the corresponding language):

  

 

 

3. Encoding status of your streams

  •  = stream on the encoding waiting list
  •  35% = stream in the process of encoding
  •  = encoding full
  •  = encoding not started / problem while trying to encode (hover over  for more information about the error)

 

4. Billing

Depending on your plan, you have a limit of maximum hours of content that you can upload (= your quota of hours).

When you encode a video or an audio track, this will be deducted from your uploading credit (subtitle tracks and thumbnails do not affect your credit). Your credit and limit are displayed on the top of your catalogue menu:

  • Here, your catalog includes 32 contents.
  • Your package allows you to upload 50 hours of content.
  • All streams that you have encoded currently use 59,8% of this quota.

However, the encoded streams will not use the same credit! Depending on their type and quality, they may impact differently your uploading credit. OKAST provides a system of ratios, specific to each stream you choose to encode:

  • Subtitles= 0 hours of credit used
  • Thumbnails = 0
  • Audio 160 = 0,125
  • Audio 320 = 0,125
  • Video 360p = 0,125
  • Video 480p = 0,125
  • Video 576p = 0,125
  • Video 720p = 0,25
  • Video 1080p = 0,5
  • Video 4096p = 1

⚠ Warning: once you have reached your quota, you will not be able to encode new content. You will need to upgrade to a higher rate. Also, deleting already encoded content will not reduce your encoding package (because the encoding credit will have already been used)

5. Metadata

Regarding the metadata, it’s the same as video content, please refer to this article for more info

 

6. User experience

To play the audio format on the platform, a mini-player is launched at the bottom of the page:

 

Do not hesitate to have a look at our audio demo platform: