Video Playlist Manager FAQ
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about Video Playlist Manager.
- How do I import new clips into VPM?
- How do I change the order of clips in my playlist?
- My movie or clip won’t play in VPM!
- How do I delete clips?
- How do I stop a video or playlist that is playing fullscreen – there aren’t any controls visible!
- How do loop a playlist when playing back content on an Apple TV?
- Can I skip around in my playlist when in fullscreen playback mode?
- What is an ‘interstitial slide’ and how do I use it?
- What is a ‘watermark’ and how do I use it?
Currently, you may import media files into Video Playlist Manager in one of six ways:
>Use the ‘File Sharing’ feature in iTunes. Video Playlist Manager will appear under the ‘Applications’ tab when you sync your iPad with iTunes. Click to highlight it, then drag files in the adjacent ‘Documents’ window. For more info, see: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH1780 or this tutorial with images from the Mac Observer: http://tinyurl.com/d6zdta4.
>Use the ‘open in’ feature available in Mail and in many third-party apps, such as GoodReader.
>Use the ‘import files’ feature in this app to import images and videos directly from your Camera Roll.
>Use our free Mac file transfer tool, DropCopy. For more info, see: /macintosh-software/dropcopy/. Once you have DropCopy installed and running on your Mac, launch Video Playlist Manager on your iOS device. Now you may drag individual clips onto the DropCopy circle on your Mac and they should be sent over WiFi to your mobile device. You will see a progress bar in VPM showing the transfer status.
>If you are a DropBox customer, simply enable DropBox support from the ‘Playlists’ tab in the Settings app. This will create a ‘Video Playlist Manager’ folder in your DropBox into which you can add compatible .mp4 videos, PDFs, Word documents and JPG or PNG image files. These items will be synced to VPM the next time you launch the app.
>If you use iCloud drive, enabling iCloud support from the ‘Playlists’ tab in the Settings app (enabled by default) leads to the creation of a new folder in your iCloud drive into which you can add compatible .mp4 videos, PDFs, Word documents and JPG or PNG image files. These items will be synced to VPM the next time you launch the app.
>Look for the sort handles to the right of each row.
>Tap and hold the sort handle until the row appears to lift out of its position in the list.
While still keeping your finger on the sort handle, move the row to the desired position in the list.
iPad only supports video clips of a certain size and bit-rate (this is a limitation of the iPad, not Video Playback Manager). There are a number of free applications that convert video clips into the proper format. We usually use Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php) and select the iPod Touch preset. Also, Apple’s own Quicktime player provides for conversion to the proper format (as a rule of thumb, if there is no iPad-specific option, the iPad and iPod Touch can be considered equivalent in terms of which settings to use when exporting).
>iPad: To delete or modify media files you must select the MASTER LIBRARY from the left sidebar. Then you may either tap the gear icon to the right of each item, or you can swipe the row from right to left to bring up the delete control.
>iPhone: From the Playlist Options menu in the Manage Playlists tab, select Delete Clips. Tap the delete control to the left of the item you wish to remove.
>Tap to confirm the deletion.
Running playlists may be stopped in two ways:
>Triple-tap the screen. The currently playing clip will fade out and you will be returned to the control screen.
>Single-tap the screen to reveal the playback controls; then tap the ‘Done’ button in the upper toolbar (iOS 5) or the ‘Stop Sign’ icon in the lower toolbar (iOS6).
Apple TV’s streaming protocol is not particularly flexible: once a video has finished, Apple TV generally dumps you back to its default interface before accepting the next stream.
However, if you engage mirroring mode (in which your iPad’s entire screen is mirrored on the TV) then you can successfully play a playlist with multiple clips and looping, because the video clip never technically stops (to the Apple TV, the stream just keeps going).
Yes. Swipe left with TWO FINGERS to skip to the next clip and swipe right with TWO FINGERS to return to go back to the previous clip.
Interstitial slides are fullscreen slides that appear between clips in your playlist. These are typically used to display a fullscreen ad or logo. You may select the length of time that the slide is shown before advancing to the next clip in your playlist by tapping the ‘Slide’ button. Slides may be selected from your existing photo library, or you may copy an image directly into the Playlist Manager application via iTunes, as you do with video clips. If you copy an image directly, the image must be named “interstitial.png” to be recognized by the system.
A watermark is an image that floats in front of your videos while they are playing. Watermarks typically depict small logos or other branding elements. Video Playlist Manager prefers an image in the .png format to provide for a seamless integration with the video content. After importing the watermark image you may resize and position it to further customize its appearance by tapping the ‘Watermark’ button. Watermarks may be selected from your existing photo library, or you may copy an image directly into the Playlist Manager application via iTunes, as you do with video clips and interstitial slides. If you copy a watermark image directly, instead of selecting it from your photo library, the image must be named “watermark.png” to be recognized by the system.