How to upload videos

Adding videos to the video library

Updated over a week ago

Uploading a video is a valuable feature that allows users with Assignor or Administrator permissions to share important content with officials and other relevant parties. This article will guide you through the process of uploading a video, whether it involves importing an existing video from YouTube or uploading a video from your computer. Let's explore the steps involved in adding videos to your library and provide key information along the way.

Accessing the Video Library

To begin the video uploading process, navigate to the Video Library page using the main navigation menu of the software. You can find this page within your account, typically accessible through the designated main menu.

Adding a Video

On the Video Library page, locate the "Add Video" option located in the top right corner. Click on this button to initiate the video upload process.

Option 1: Importing an Existing YouTube Video

If you wish to import an existing video from YouTube, select the "Retrieve Existing YouTube Video" option. This allows you to add videos that are already available on YouTube to your Horizon video library. Follow the steps below to complete the process:

  • Open YouTube in a separate web browser.

  • Search for the video you want to import and open the video page.

  • Copy the URL (web address) of the video from the address bar at the top of your web browser.

  • Return to the video upload form in your software.

  • Paste the copied URL into the designated form field provided.

  • The system will detect the video ID from the URL, which is a unique identifier for the video within the YouTube platform.

  • Click "Add Video" to import the video into your library.

Option 2: Uploading a Video from Your Computer

If you prefer to upload a video directly from your computer, choose the "Upload Video" option. This allows you to add videos that are saved locally on your computer. Follow the steps below to complete the process:

  • Click the "Upload Video" option.

  • A file browser window will appear, allowing you to navigate through your computer's directories.

  • Locate and select the desired video file you want to upload.

  • Supported video file formats may vary, but commonly supported formats include MP4, MOV, AVI, and WMV.

  • Click "Open" or "Choose" to begin the upload process.

YouTube's Processing Stage

If you choose Option #1 to upload a video from your local device, then upon selecting and uploading the video file from your computer, the Horizon system will initiate the upload process, transferring the file to YouTube for storage. It's important to note that YouTube needs to process the video before it becomes available for viewing. This processing stage is a standard procedure and may take some time, depending on the size, length, quality, and framerate of the video. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. After processing, the video will be available to watch in your Horizon video library.

Video Privacy and Sharing

Uploaded videos are stored as "Unlisted" videos on YouTube. This means they cannot be found through the YouTube search function or by browsing the YouTube website. However, the videos remain stored on YouTube's servers and can be accessed outside the Horizon platform if someone with access to your Horizon subscription shares a direct link to the video. This privacy setting ensures that the videos are specifically accessible to those who have the link, such as officials and other authorized individuals.

Notifying Officials of a New Video

During the video upload process, you will have the option to choose whether or not to notify officials that a new video has been added. This notification feature helps ensure that officials are aware of important video content that has been made available to them.

By following these detailed step-by-step instructions, you can successfully upload videos to your library, whether by importing existing videos from YouTube or uploading videos directly from your computer. This functionality provides a seamless way to share valuable content and enhance communication within your officiating organization.

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