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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
The Availability section has also been improved with a new calendar dropdown:
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):
A listing similar to the Brightcove Video is also available for Playlists:
Smart Playlist edit
Tags are also autocompleting in the Smart Playlist edit screen as can be seen below:
Manual Playlist edit
Manual Playlists also feature an autocompleting field - this time for the individual videos to be included in the playlist: