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Importing Self-Hosted Content Follow

What is Self-Hosted Content?

Zype offers a direct import flow for you to bring your content from your own CDN. If you content resides on a third-party CDN and/or existing hosting provider, or even Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, you can import it as a Self-Hosted video source to Zype.

General Information and Restrictions on Self-Hosted Videos

  • Self-Hosted videos MUST be imported from a publicly-accessible and secure HTTPS URL.
  • There are only two supported asset formats at this time:
    • HLS (ending in /./.m3u8)
    • MP4 Progressive (ending in /./.mp4)
  • For HLS manifests, you MUST include the master /./.m3u8 in the URL. Zype will not redistribute child manifests.
  • For HLS Live manifests, the client is responsible for all quality of service requirements of those streams. They are also responsible for any ABR (adaptive bitrate transcoding).
  • For HLS VOD manifest, the client is responsible for all quality of service requirements of those streams. They are also responsible for any ABR (adaptive bitrate transcoding).
  • For MP4 progressive assets, the client is responsible for all quality of service requirements of those streams.

Importing Self-Hosted Content

To import a Self-Hosted video, follow the steps below.

  1. On the Zype navigation menu,  click Import & Upload, then Self-Hosted.

  2. Enter the media URL, and the video’s title and description. You may also change the video’s title and description after it has been added to your Video Library.

  3. By default, the Add Video option is turned On, meaning that the imported video will automatically be added to your Video Library. You may toggle Off this option.

  4. Click Add Video.

After Zype imports the video, you can view or edit the video details by going to your Video Library.

Managing Self-Hosted Videos

To update the media URL and ad timings for a self-hosted video, follow the steps below.

  1. On the Zype navigation menu, click Library.

  2. On the Video Library, click the self-hosted video to be edited.

  3. On the Edit Video page, click the Self Hosted text link on the video’s Details tab.

  4. You may edit the media URL of your video by navigating to the Video Details page and selecting Media URLs and editing the URL of the video:

     

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  5. Click Save Changes.

Generating Dynamic URL Parameters on Self-Hosted Manifest Requests

Zype supports the ability to generate certain dynamic URL parameters against Self-Hosted manifest requests. This is useful in situations where your manifest server requires some dynamic information specific to an individual user who is requesting your self-hosted stream.

For example, you may have entered a manifest URL that is generated by your SSAI (server-side ad insertion) server, where in order to optimize ad fills they require a unique user ID. In this case, you can use Zype's Unique User ID [uuid] manifest parameter to dynamically return the uuid value for that user as part of the manifest request.

Below is a list of all supported dynamic manifest parameters that can be used as URL replacements for self-hosted manifests:

  • [id] The ID of the Video.
  • [title] The Title of the Video.
  • [description] The Short Description of your Video.
  • [keywords] A comma separated list of the Video's Keywords.
  • [episode] The Episode Number of the Video if available.
  • [season] The Season Number of the Video if available.
  • [duration] The Duration of the Video.
  • [autoplay] 0 if Autoplay is off, 1 if Autoplay is on.
  • [random] A randomly generated string. Useful for cachebusters.
  • [user_agent] User agent string.
  • [position] Indicates if the position of the ad request is being sent from pre-roll, mid-roll, or post-roll.
  • [uuid] Unique identifier for each user and/or device
  • [url] The URL of the web page where the player is being rendered
  • [non_encoded_url] The non encoded URL of the web page where the player is being rendered

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