In an effort to better promote and distribute COVE content a hi-resolution image will soon be added as a requirement for the Core Content Package of COVE. This means you will be required to provide a hi-resolution image when you are ingesting your content into COVE. We estimate that this requirement will go into effect some time in the next 8 to 12 weeks.
To ensure that this new requirement does not unfairly increase producer workload a new feature was recently added to the COVE Admin Tool that looks like this:
This new feature is an image transcoder. It allows you to ingest one hi-resolution image and, with the press of a button, generate the images required for other COVE-powered products.
With this powerful new tool you can currently generate the following images:
- Standard 16x9, Standard 4x3: These are the images for the COVE-Merlin feed. This feed will pipe metadata about COVE content into the Merlin database. Merlin will then use that metadata to promote COVE content throughout its system. Click here to learn more about Merlin.
- Partner Player: This is the poster image that appears in the window of the COVE Partner Player, before the user clicks the play button.
- Stackcard: This is the COVE Stackcard
In this first version of the tool you are only be able to generate these images. They will not be linked to their respective COVE-powered products. For this reason, you will still need to ingest a separate COVE stackcard image into the system. You will also need to continue to ingest an episode thumbnail for each piece of content.
It is a good idea however to begin ingesting your hi-resolution images for new and archival content now because:
- In upcoming releases of COVE these images will be automatically linked to their respective COVE-powered products. Any images you’ve already generated will also be linked so you’ll save yourself from having to go back through your archive.
- The Merlin image (Standard 16x9 or Standard 4x3) will be required for your COVE content to be promoted through the Merlin platform.
Because this image transcoder will be generating images for many different platforms the required image size is 1920x1080 pixels. This multi-platform size will ensure that the image transcoder can generate a quality image for all of the various platforms your COVE content will be distributed and promoted on; both now and in the future.
As I mentioned at the top of this post, the hi-resolution image will soon be the only required image for COVE. At that time the transcoder will generate all of the required images, including the COVE Episode Thumbnail. So in exchange for your work to provide a larger image you will no longer have to create multiple sizes.
Here is how you use this new feature:
When you are ingesting a new piece of content
- Have your hi-resolution image in the same publicly accessible folder as your other video and image files.
- Create a new episode in the COVE Admin Tool as you normally would.
- Enter the URL for your hi-resolution image into the “Additional Images” field. (located in Step 1: Required Episode Information)
- Fill out the rest of the metadata form as you normally would. (Step 1, Step 2, Step 3)
- Submit your new content by clicking the “Submit” button
- Your new images will be generated.
If you wish to generate images for a piece of archival content:
- Click the “Edit/Manage Episodes” button in the COVE Admin Tool
- Find the episode you would like to generate images for on the “Browse Programs” page and click that episode title.
- This will take you to the “Episode Details” page.
- Click the button that says “Create New Image Assets”
- This will take you directly to the “Additional Images” field in Step 1 of the metadata form for that episode.
- Enter the URL for your hi-resolution image
- Click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page
- Your new images will be generated
PBS is currently working on some changes to the interface of this new feature. We will be updating the text around this field and will be sure to let you know when those changes go live.
We hope this new tool helps to reduce your workload as we continue to build new COVE-powered products to distribute your content. As always, please let your program manager know if you have any questions or feedback.
Below is a diagram of how this transcoder works