In the Thought Industries authoring tool, you have options of how to present your videos to your learners. You can sandwich videos amongst other content inside a course or you can opt to show a standalone video.
Use Case Information
The video template creates a standalone scrollable text page featuring a video at the top. Multiple settings and features are available. The video template is used to display a video as one page, with additional text if desired.
Creating a Video Template
By default, your platform provides for you with an out-of-the-box Video template to create and build your videos off of. Before you start creating your videos, first determine if "video" is in fact the Content Type language that should be reflected to your learners. For instance, you would rather your learners see "Demos" as the Content Type rather than "Video".
To change the Content Type based on the Article template, please follow the below steps:
If you've already completed this step, skip ahead to creating Videos!
- Go to Settings and then Content.
- Select Content Types.
- Click Add Content Type.
- Add a Name and an optional Description (maybe explaining when your content authors should be using this template).
- Choose the Video Template.
- Click Save.
Creating a Video Content Item
Now that you've set up a Video Content Type, you'll see it as an option when you go to add a new content item.
- From your homepage, select Content and then Manage Content.
- Click the blue plus icon in the top right corner to Add New Content.
- Choose your Video Content Type by clicking the Add button.
- Enter the video name and click Save.
- Add your video by uploading it directly to the platform, or by importing via the Wistia Media ID. Click Save.
- To populate text underneath the video, you can use the fields in the Content section.
- Enter the copy to be displayed for Title, Subtitle, Body, and Copyright.
- Other options:
- Upload PDF to create a "Download PDF" button.
- Audio Narration File to create a "Play Audio" button.
- External URL and External URL Call To Action to create a "Purchase" button.
- Discussions - Add a discussion board to the bottom of the page allowing learners to comment.
- Click Save Variant.
Notes, Tips, and Considerations
To make new content or edits visible to learners, you must save the language variant and click Publish Changes at the top of the screen.
Release to Catalog / Unrelease from Catalog
To make the video visible in the catalog, click Release at the top of the screen. Note that you can hide the video from the catalog anytime you want. You can also schedule content to show on a specific date by clicking the small clock icon to the left of the Release button.
To preview the article as a learner would see it, click Preview Video at the top of the screen.
If multiple language variants are created, a drop-down will appear on the left menu of the learner view allowing learners to select a language.
Like any other content, changes can be made to design, pricing, availability, testimonials, etc. by clicking on the Video title and applying the necessary edits in steps 1 through 5.