Walkthrough: Video On Demand (VOD)

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1. Getting Started with VOD Streaming

 Creating video on demand content over DaCast requires uploading media files to our network of servers. To do this, sign into your account and click the  button found on the front page after logging into your account.

2. The File Uploader and Supported File Types

After clicking UPLOAD FILES, DaCast’s file uploader will launch. MP4 files with H.264 video (baseline profile) and AAC audio (low complexity profile) are natively compatible with the system. If your file is in a different format, or not sure, you can select to AUTO ENCODE so that the file is compatible with our system. You can always choose to transcode the file later as well if you prefer, and if so read the documentation at the bottom of the page.

3. Creating VODs
 When you are ready to start, click the   button. This will let you search your hard drive for media files to upload. Once you have selected the file, the upload will begin. You can upload up to three files at a time, the fourth file will be placed in a queue until the others are finished.

If for some reason you need to cancel an upload, click the  button .

When you are finished, close the uploader to start managing VODs. Please note the uploader is intended for files below 2 GB in size.
If you have files that are over 2 GB or need to upload a lot of content at once, please try FTP uploading.

4. Uploading with FTP

It is recommended to use the PC/Mac uploader above for most uploads. However, if your file is over 2GB in size or your internet connection keeps dropping and need a reliable FTP upload, there is a solution for moving files over from FTP. First, select FTP as your UPLOAD METHOD.

At the left of this page are details that you can put into your FTP client that include HOST, LOGIN and PASSWORD which are exclusive to your account. If you don’t already have a FTP client, download FileZilla:

 When you are ready, use the FTP client to connect to our server and upload your VODs. Any VOD uploaded on your FTP will be automatically showing in the Video on Demand section of your DaCast account.

5. Managing Your VODs

Upon exiting the uploader, the files that were successfully uploaded to the system should appear on the front page of your account. This should show the status, compatibility, size of the files, duration and date for the VODs. For compatibility, green means the file is okay, red means the file is not supported, and yellow means the file might have playback issues and should be watched first to make sure.

To begin working on a VOD, click the blue name field.  

6. Configuring and Publishing VODs

After clicking on a VOD, you will be able to manage and control the media file.


DESCRIPTION lets you manage the name and description of the VOD, and also select its status to on or off. Files that are turned off cannot be viewed by others.

PUBLISH SETTINGS give you codes to embed videos on your website, Facebook page or Twitter account. Additional settings here include the ability to upload a logo, restrict access by country or websites, choose a player theme and manage chat and autoplay.

MULTI-BITRATE allows you to add bitrates to your file, allowing for HD files to be created with lower resolution alternates for people with slower connections to watch. For more info, read our Multi-bitrate walkthrough.

MONETIZATION allows you to setup money making features such as paywall and ad support.

ANALYTICS provide metrics and details about the VOD channel once people start watching, such as how long they watched, demographics and more.

In addition, at the bottom of DESCRIPTION, PUBLISH SETTINGS AND MONETIZATION, there is a button that will allow you to watch the content.

If your question on VOD wasn't answered here, please feel free to consult our other guides for VOD use.

If you want to learn more on How to organize your VODs in the new Back Office, follow this link.
If you want to learn more on How to download your VODs directly from the Back Office, follow this link