Your hosted content (so live streams are not concerned here) will not be monetizable until they are encoded and stored, but your encoding choices also determine how you are billed; It is then essential to understand the process of uploading and encoding!
1. Upload of hosted content
When creating a new hosted content, you will first need to upload your file (“source” module of the content creation page). 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 in source file
- either from an online server (file on Amazon S3 for example), you just have to paste the url on which the content is hosted. In this case you can have a file of 30 Gigas maximum. PLEASE NOTE: Dropbox and Google Drive links are not accepted.
Note also that you can upload a single file containing multiple video or audio tracks, our system will identify and separate them.
2. Encoding of your content
When the content is uploaded, the system displays the different tracks of the content: (video tracks, subtitles files, audio tracks) in the left panel “source”.
Then select the ones you want to use for your content. Click on and they will be added in the right panel “destination”.
Once on the right panel, your tracks are ready to be encoded! Choose the languages and qualities of the tracks you want to offer to your users. As a standard feature we recommend creating 3 video streams resolutions and 1 audio resolution (unless you have multiple multilingual audio tracks).
- You can also rename your tracks to identify them quickly; to do so, 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 viewers when choosing the language (so you must rename the track accordingly with the right language):
- When you’re ready to create the encoding, click . Once the encoding is complete, you can always add new tracks, or delete them.
- To view the rendering of your content, click
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)
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
For one video of 1 hour duration, here are 3 examples of encoding choices you could make, and their different impacts on your quota *:
*(These are 3 suggestions, but you are free to do the encoding choices you want!)
- Option 1 = This content will be available in English and in the lowest quality, with French and Spanish subtitles. These encoding choices will use 15 minutes on the 300 hour credit.
- Option 2 = This content will be available in English, with three different video qualities, and with subtitles. These encoding choices will use 1 hour on the 300 hour credit.
- Option 3 = This content will be available in English, French, Spanish, 4K video quality and 320 audio, with subtitles. These encoding choices will use 2 hours 07 minutes and 30 seconds on the 300 hour credit.
⚠ 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)