Before You Begin

Introduction

There are a number of assets that you will need to have ready as you build your project inside the MediaStorm Platform. You can prepare these as you go along, but preparing them in advance will be helpful if you prefer not to go back and forth between the Platform tool and your image and video editing programs.

In order to start using the MediaStorm Platform, you must first sign up for two third-party services -- Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Analytics -- and then link these accounts to the MediaStorm Platform.

Amazon Web Services is used for hosting all video content uploaded to the MediaStorm Platform, and Google Analytics is used to track public usage of the content your create and embed.

Note that there is a 10-minute cache in place for most Platform content. Any changes you make to content that is viewed in a player should be reviewed in the Platform's 'Preview' page of that player to ensure you see the latest, uncached changes.

Signing up for Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  1. Go to http://aws.amazon.com/
  2. Click on the orange 'Sign Up' button at the top-right of the page.
  3. Enter your email address, choose the 'I am a new user' radio button, click the orange 'Sign in' button below, and complete the steps required for creating a new AWS account.
  4. Once you're signed up and logged in, go to the 'Security Credentials' page via the 'My Account / Console' dropdown button at the top-right of the page.
  5. Under the 'Access Credentials' section on this page, click the 'Create a new Access Key' option within the 'Access Keys' tab. A new Access Key should be created.
  6. Make note of the following two pieces of text for this new Access Key, as you will need to supply it to the MediaStorm Platform:
    • Access Key ID (20-character key)
    • Secret Access Key (40-character key; click the 'Show' link under the Secret Access Key column to reveal it)

Signing up for Google Analytics

  1. Go to http://www.google.com/analytics/
  2. Click the orange 'Create an Account' button at the top-right of the page.
  3. Follow the steps required for creating a new Google Analytics account and tracking code (for web tracking, not mobile app), detailed here: http://support.google.com/analytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1008015
  4. Make note of your new Google Analytics tracking code (it should look something like this: UA-XXXXX-Y), as you will need to supply it to the MediaStorm Platform.

Note: You can use an existing Google Analytics account with the MediaStorm Platform, but it is strongly advised that you create a new tracking code within your account to be used exclusively within your new player so that it does not interfere with any existing website metrics you may already be tracking.

Link your new accounts to the MediaStorm Platform and edit your Settings

  1. Go to https://player.mediastorm.com/login
  2. Log in with your MediaStorm Platform account credentials, and click on the 'Settings' link under 'My Account' at the top-right of the page if you're not automatically taken there.
  3. Add your company or organization's name and website URL under Company Name and Company URL, and optionally provide your organization of company's Twitter handle. This information will be used to identify you as the source/author when sharing your content to other platforms.
  4. Enter your new Google Analytics Tracking ID and your two new Amazon S3 keys (Access ID and Secret Key) that you recoded earlier and click 'Save'.

You are now ready to begin using the MediaStorm Platform! 

Preparing Video

All video used in the MediaStorm Platform can either be compressed manually prior to uploading by following our Compression Guidelines, or be uploaded raw as a master file and easily compressed directly in the Platform (recommended). This is covered in more depth here.

Preparing Images

The following is a list of the images that may be needed during the creation of your Platform content. The Platform accepts JPG/JPEG, PNG and GIF formats. 

IMAGE

USE

DIMENSIONS

Project > Poster Image, Hi-Res Cut-downs are created from this image for use in various places promoting the Project. As large as possible. Ideally 16:9 aspect ratio, minimally- or un-compressed.
Project > Poster Image, Compressed Manually-compressed and resized version of the Project Poster Image. Should match Project's video aspect ratio, and be at least 1280 x 720 in size.
Project > Facebook Image This image will appear in a user's posting when they share a Player on Facebook. As large as possible, minimally- or un-compressed.
Title > Poster Image, Hi-Res Cut-downs are created from this image for use before your video is played. As large as possible, minimally- or un-compressed. Ideally matching the aspect ratio of the Title's video.
Title > Poster Image, Compressed Manually-compressed and resized version of the Title Poster Image. The poster image dimensions should match the aspect ratio of your video. For example, if your video is 16:9 and you encode your video at 1280 x 720, then your poster image should be 1280 x 720.
Title > Facebook Image This image will appear in a user's posting when they share a Player on Facebook. As large as possible, minimally- or un-compressed.
Title > Playlist Image, Hi-Res Cut-downs are created from this image, representing a Title in the a player's Playlist. As large as possible, minimally- or un-compressed.
Title > Playlist Image, Compressed Manually-compressed and resized version of the Title Playlist Image. 75 x 42 pixels
Player > Player Image, Compressed Manually-compressed and resized version of the Hi-Res Player Image. 1280 x 720 or larger. Ideally a 16:9 aspect ratio. 
Player > Player Image, Hi-Res Cut-downs are created from this image for use in various places representing the Player, including when shared to third-party platforms. As large as possible, minimally- or un-compressed.
Player Logo The header logo is your organization’s logo, which appears in the upper left corner of the Player. 160 x 40 pixels
Sponsor Logo The optional sponsor logo is used in the top-right corner of embedded and fullscreen players. 160 x 40 pixels
Images for Purchase Items If you are going to link to items for purchase (DVDs, CDs, books, etc.) then they will require an image as well as a link to the item. The ideal image size is 164 x 185 pixels.

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