Part 1: Architecture summary
Part 2: Installation & Configuration
Part 3: Video & Playlist Management
Part 4: Including Videos & Playlists in Drupal content

In this multi-part blog series, we are covering the various aspects of the new Brightcove Video Connect module for Drupal 8. Part 1 consisted of an Architecture summary and discussed the Technical approach used during the development of the module. Part 2 detailed the Installation & Configuration steps required to get the module up and running properly. This third part illustrates the management of Videos & Playlists and discusses some of the changes compared to the Drupal 7 version of the module.

Video listing

Once videos have been “imported” from Brightcove or uploaded through Drupal, a listing becomes available in an intuitive interface (with a similar layout to Brightcove’s own Studio interface) located in a tab right next to Drupal’s main Content tab:

Brigthcove Videos list in admin_content

The new listing pages allow you to manage videos in a streamlined manner - something that wasn’t possible in the previous Drupal 7 versions as the video listings were limited and only accessible through an overlay while Attaching a video to a node.

Video upload and edit

When uploading a new video (or editing an existing one), a major improvement over previous Drupal versions is that the upload/edit screen is no longer presented in an overlay - but in the same layer as the other configuration screens:

Add/Edit Brigthcove Video

As can be seen above, tags now include an autocomplete feature. The Related Link URL now also includes autocomplete, letting you search for Drupal nodes:

Autocomplete related link URL

The video upload section has been improved by allowing a wider variety of audio and video container formats, and both the video and image source files can now be replaced with new files on existing assets:

Video upload section

The Availability section has also been improved with a new calendar dropdown:

Video availability section

Finally, not only can videos be uploaded and edited in an efficient manner, but also deleted (deleting Brightcove videos wasn’t possible in the previous Drupal 7 versions):

Video delete

Playlist listing

A listing similar to the Brightcove Video is also available for Playlists:

Playlist listing

Smart Playlist edit

Tags are also autocompleting in the Smart Playlist edit screen as can be seen below:

Smart Playlist tag autocomplete

Manual Playlist edit

Manual Playlists also feature an autocompleting field - this time for the individual videos to be included in the playlist:

Manual Playlist tag autocomplete

Part 4 of this multi-part blog series will demonstrate how to include Brightcove Videos & Playlists in Drupal content.

Part 1: Architecture summary
Part 2: Installation & Configuration
Part 4: Including Videos & Playlists in Drupal content

About the author

Jan Mashat

Technical Project Manager

Jan is a Technical Project Manager at Pronovix focusing on agile software development. With 6+ years experience in project management and an additional 12+ years' experience as a systems engineer, he is well equipped to handle projects of various sizes through all of the lifecycle phases: planning and discovery to development and testing to deployment and hypercare support. He usually manages teams of 4-8 people and prefers web and video-related projects lasting 3-6 months.