This article discusses how you can create collections.
In this article
- What are collections?
- Create a new collection
- General settings
- How do I add content to my collection?
- Distribution settings
- Discovery settings
What are collections?
Collections help you organize and curate your videos into groups and playlists to add to your subscription product. (TVOD or transactional products cannot be placed into collections.)
⚠️Note: Currently, collections are only used within subscriptions sold with Vimeo OTT. Create a collection of videos before you set up your subscription product.
Create a new collection
Within your Vimeo OTT Admin, navigate to Content > Collections. Click + New Collection.
You can create three different types of collections:
- Movie - A Movie collection is ideal for a feature film with optional supporting content.
- Playlist - A Playlist is used for any group of thematically similar videos that aren’t specifically a Movie or a Series.
Series - A Series collection is for a series where videos are episodes sorted into unique seasons.
Once you insert a title and click “Add,” you’ll be in your Collections settings page.
You will first see the General tab of your collection's settings. Here, you can enter the following:
- Title - Add or edit the name of the collection.
- Short description - A short blurb that appears when the collection is in the Feature Carousel (more information below).
- Full description - Add a paragraph description for the collection.
Thumbnail - Upload an image that will represent this collection in customer emails, trailers, Facebook, Twitter, and your website.
- There are additional thumbnails below this for use with different devices; we automatically generate them based on your 16:9 upload but you can customize them as well. Learn more about uploading alternative images for your videos.
How do I add content to my collection?
Click on the Content tab and begin to add your trailer and videos. Choose from existing videos, or upload a new one. You can also add extras, which are other file types meant to be supplementary to your content (i.e., mp3s, PDFs, images, etc).
If you’ve selected “Series” as the type of collection, the Content tab is also where you’ll be able to create seasons.
⚠️Note: Continuous playback is auto-enabled for all collections and cannot be toggled.
Click Add Season to create a Season. Enter a Season name and click Save. The Season will now appear in a list. Please note that your site can only display up to 50 seasons per collection.
Click into a Season’s Settings from the ellipsis (...) menu to add a Title, a Short Description (for the features carousel only), a Full description, a Season number, and Thumbnail.
⚠️Note: When grouping episodes into seasons, the name of each season should be unique, or else your viewers will be presented with a playback error. (i.e. seasons 1, 2, 3, etc.). There can't be more than one of the same seasons.
💡Tip: You may specify default settings for your new videos within your Site Settings. Learn more about setting Site Defaults.
The next tab is Distribution, where you can control how your collection is distributed and who can see it. In this tab you can specify settings for:
- Visibility: Toggle “Published” or “Private.” Published means that your paid subscribers will be able to see it; Private means only you can.
Regions: If you want to geo-block your film to make it available or unavailable in certain countries, you can do so here. The default option is “Worldwide,” but if you select “Choose countries,” you’ll need to specify which countries, and whether you’d like to limit your collection to only those countries, or if you’d like to prevent people in those countries from watching.
- Custom URL: Use this space to set a custom URL for your collection. Think of something short, snappy, and linkable.
Here’s where you’d add more information about your collection to make it more discoverable for search results. You can add:
- Featured: Choose how you'd like to display your content on your site. Learn more about configuring category appearance.
- Tags: Ad hoc hashtags that describe your content. These will be used to help your customers discover your content.
- A Media ID: This is an internal identifier that can be leveraged for searching your own catalog or for generating reports with our API.
- Advanced metadata: These fields are only available when using our API and are not surfaced in the Customer Experience or leveraged in Search.
- Image metadata: Attach custom images to your Collection that can be retrieved via the API.
- Custom metadata: Create arbitrary key/value pairs for your Collection that can be retrieved via the API.