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Create a Manual or Category Playlist Follow

Playlists are collections of videos that you assemble under a title. You can then use them to curate distributed content across Connected TV, Mobile, and web endpoints.

There are two types of playlists you can create in Zype:

  1. Manual playlists, or playlists that you need to manually add videos to. This is the default option.
  2. Category playlists, or playlists that are automatically populated with videos based on the category values configuration. 

To Create a Playlist

To bundle videos into a playlist, you need to first create the playlist.

1. On the Zype navigation menu, click Playlists.


2. On the Playlists page, select New Playlist.


3. On the Playlist Details page, enter a title, a URL-friendly title, and a description for the playlist.

A URL-friendly title, also known as a search engine-friendly title, can be used to query for playlists using our Playlist API.

4. Toggle the Active button to On.


An active playlist can be viewed anywhere you post your content. An inactive playlist will not appear in your curated playlists on apps or on the web.

5. The next step is to determine if you are creating a category or manual playlist. Follow the necessary set of directions below based on your playlist requirements.


To Create a Category-based Playlist

Dynamic playlists are automatically populated based on the categories and category values currently available on your Zype account. When you are creating a playlist, the No thanks, I’ll manually add videos to this playlist box is selected by default.

1. To dynamically add videos to the playlist instead, check the Yes, I’d like to dynamically add videos to this playlist by selecting category values box.


2. Check the boxes next to the category tags you want to be included in your playlist. Based on your selection, videos with these category tags will be automatically added to the playlist.


You may also choose to exclude certain category tags from your playlist. This will allow you to pull in the videos that match the "include" rules while also excluding specific tags. You can scroll to expand the "exclude" tag options below:


3. By default, videos that meet ANY of the video categories you selected in Step 2 will be added to the playlist. For example, if you select comedy, horror, and thriller, any video with one of those category values tagged will be added to the playlist.

If you want to add videos that meet ALL the selected video categories, click the Match ALL category values selected box instead. For example, if the playlist is populating with content from comedy, horror, and thriller, the video must have all three category values assigned to it for it to be added to the playlist.


4. Click Save Changes. This will take you back to the Playlists page, where your newly-created playlist is now added to the list.

Videos matching your category tag configuration will automatically pull into the proper playlist each time content in synced in the platform. To trigger a sync, you can select the arrows next to the playlist on the Playlists page.


5. If you'd like to adjust the maximum amount of videos your category playlist will automatically sync, you can do so by visiting the Settings page and looking for the "Category playlist videos limit" field. 

Screen_Shot_2020-07-29_at_11.59.03_AM.pngTo Create a Manual Playlist

If you choose to create a manual playlist, it will remain empty until you add videos to it. Thus, the next step is to add videos to your manual playlist.

1. On the Zype navigation menu, click Playlists.

2. On the Playlists page, look for the manual playlist you want to add videos to, then click the Manage Videos button to the right of the playlist.

Note: You can also add videos by clicking Manage Videos within the Playlist details page


3. Click Add Videos.


4. On the Add Video to Playlist window, you’ll see any uploaded videos here. To add your preferred videos, select them from the list.

If you have a large library, enter a keyword on the Search bar, click Search, then select the video that matches the keyword.

If you haven’t uploaded videos to your library before, you may upload a new video by clicking the Upload link at the top. For more details, see Uploading Videos from your Web Browser.

adding_vid_to_playlist.png5. Once you finish adding videos to the playlist, click Close.

Now that you’ve added videos to the playlist, and if the playlist is active, the videos in the playlist can be viewed anywhere you post your content. Any videos that are set to inactive inside the playlist will not be available for consumers to watch.



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