Configure Video Settings

You can now deliver high quality, short-form videos without worrying about byte size or bloated web pages. Image and Video Manager automatically creates and delivers optimized videos with the correct bit-rate, resolution, and format based on your customer's device.

Before you begin

Complete the steps in Connect Your Videos.

You open Policy Manager when you want to create, edit, or push policies to staging or production. A policy in Image and Video Manager is a set of criteria applied to a video. These criteria may contain different quality settings.

The Event Viewer in Control Center records Image and Video Manager - Policy Manager events and details.

When you manage Image and Video Manager policies, there are 2 types of policies you can manage:
  • The default policy: Image and Video Manager applies the default policy unless a request includes a parameter indicating a valid custom policy name. The default policy contains the default settings that determine how Image and Video Manager generates derivatives for the policy set. The default policy appears in the Policies section after you after you open Policy Manager, select a contract and a policy set, and click Manage Policies. You can edit the default policy.
  • A custom policy: You can create and edit custom policies for videos to apply different quality and resolution settings. Once you've defined your policies, use Image and Video Manager parameters to associate the correct policy to each image or video request.
The steps for editing the default policy or creating or editing a custom policy are the same.
Note: Image and Video Manager does not optimize videos that go over 5 minutes in duration, 256 MB in size, or 3.7 M in pixel area (1920x1920). This limits the videos to a 1080 pixel resolution.

To configure your policy settings:

How to

  1. Go to > CDN > Image and Video Manager.
  2. Select your contract in the Contract field.
  3. Select a policy set name in the Policy Set Name field. You should select the policy set name that you specified in Connect Your Videos. A policy set is a collection of policies grouped in a way that makes sense for your organization. For example, you might organize your policies according to your hostnames. That would allow you to apply policies to all videos at a particular hostname.
  4. Click Manage Policies.
    A list of policies appears in the Policies section.
  5. If you want to edit the default policy, select the Actions menu and click View/Edit Staging/Production Policy. If you want to create a new custom policy, click Add New Policy. If you want to edit a custom policy, select the Actions menu and click View/Edit Staging/Production Policy.
    The Video Policy Editor appears.
  6. Select a fixed quality option for all your derivative videos.
    • High. If you specify High, the video has the highest visual quality and you save the least in byte size.
    • Medium High. If you specify Medium High, the video has a high visual quality and a low level of byte size savings.
    • Medium. If you specify Medium, the video has medium visual quality and you do save some amount in byte size.
    • Medium Low. If you specify Medium Low, the video has a low visual quality and you have a small byte size.
    • Low. If you specify Low, Image and Video Manager produces the lowest visual quality in order to have the smallest byte size.
    Note: On April 30, 2020 the video quality options were updated from three (Low, Medium, and High) to five (Low, Medium-Low, Medium, Medium-High, and High). The new options offer a greater range of visual quality and byte size reduction. High now allows you to optimize your videos using even less byte reduction to preserve the video quality. Low now allows you to produce an even lower quality video to further reduce the byte size.
    Note: Image and Video Manager automatically updates any policies created before the new fixed quality options were available. If you created a policy using High, your policy will now use Medium-High to preserve the visual quality options you originally selected. If you created a policy using Low, your policy will be automatically updated to Medium-Low. No changes are required if you selected Medium. Medium applies the same level of optimization before and after the new options were introduced.
  7. Select one of these options in the Derivative Video Resolutions:
    • 853x640. The video will appear at a lower level resolution and is also smaller in size.
    • 1280x720. The video has medium level of resolution.
    • 1920x1080. Image and Video Manager produces a high-definition video.
  8. Select Placeholder Video if you want add a specific placeholder video that appears when a user first requests a video, but before Image and Video Manager processes the video. If you do not specify this, the original video plays during the processing time. If your original video is very large or you do not want your customers to see the original video, using a placeholder video is an option.
    For more information review the Use a Placeholder Video recipe in the Image and Video Manager Cookbook.

Next steps

You cannot save a policy, you must save it and activate it on the on the staging server. For more information on saving and testing your policy on the staging server, see Test on Staging.