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Amazon Video Direct Crash Course

teacher avatar Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Video Formats - Make Sure Your Video is Ready for Upload

    • 3. Closed Captions - The Inexpensive Way to Create Closed Captions

    • 4. Artwork - Create All Necessary Artwork for Your Videos

    • 5. Uploading to Amazon Video Direct - Part 1

    • 6. Uploading to Amazon Video Direct - Part 2

    • 7. Uploading to Amazon Video Direct - Part 3

    • 8. Uploading a Series of Videos as Episodes

    • 9. Bulk Upload Videos with Amazon S3

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About This Class

Learn how to upload your video content to Amazon Video Direct. This course will teach you how to prepare all of the files necessary for publishing on Amazon Video Direct including:

  • video formats
  • closed captions
  • video artwork and thumbnails

I'll then show you the exact process of uploading your videos individually or by bulk to Amazon Video Direct.

Amazon Video Direct is a great way to monetize video content that you already have created. Be a part of the Amazon Video Direct story, get your videos up in the beginning, and make money starting today!

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Phil Ebiner

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Since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. I create courses that teach you how to creatively share your story through photography, video, design, and marketing.

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I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife, twin boys and a baby girl, and dog Ashby.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Tele... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hey, welcome to this Amazon video Direct crash course. Amazon Video Direct is an exciting new platform that allows video creators like you to upload your videos to amazon dot com and have people be able to search and find your videos right along with the rest of Amazon's products. This is huge for video creators because there is a huge market of people using Amazon over 250 million people searching on amazon dot com. 50 million people on Amazon prime who can view your content. You can charge for viewing your content in a number of ways and get paid with advertising. You can sell individual videos. You could rent videos. It's really amazing. So it's important for people to get their content on Amazon video direct right away. But it's not as easy as putting content on YouTube or other platforms. There are some rules. You have to have a close captions. You have to have specific artwork created for all of your videos, and that's why I have put together this little course to show you exactly how you get all of your content prepared. The right format, the right close captions, the right artwork and then walk you through how you actually put your videos on Amazon Video direct. So if you need someone to walk you through the entire process, this is a great course to enroll in. So let's get started. The first part of the course is about preparing your content for upload, and then the next part is about uploading to the platform. Thanks for watching, and we'll see you in the next lesson. 2. Video Formats - Make Sure Your Video is Ready for Upload: Hey, everyone in this video, I'm going to be talking about the video formats that Amazon video direct allows. And then I'm going to be showing you how to convert a video into the correct format, using a free tool available for both Mac and PC. So let's first look at the different formats that Amazon video direct allows. The first thing is the aspect ratio, currently 12 80 by 7 2019 20 by 10 80 videos are accepted. You can upload four by three videos, but most of us are creating 16 by nine videos. This is the aspect ratio that a typical video will be recorded at, and so when you are creating your video and exporting it, make sure that you use one of these aspect ratios for the long run. I highly suggest shooting, recording and exporting in 1920 by 10 80. As screens get higher and higher resolutions, the lower HD resolution of 12 80 by 7 20 will soon start to disappear. It's already disappearing. People are already shooting four k, exporting at four K two K and higher than 1920 by 10 80. But Amazon right now is only doing these HD formats. They're not allowing four K and ultra HD formats in the future. They probably will. But these air the to pixel with and height that you have to think about when exporting in terms of frame rates. These air the frame rates available 23.976 24 25 29 97 and 30. So this is something I I as filmmakers, we want to make sure that we're paying attention into when we're recording our video. But more importantly for Amazon, we want to make sure that it's one of these when we export our videos. Typically, this is what you will export eyes with. Whatever program all of your editing programs will have these options. 29 97 is the golden standard for online video and television. 23.976 is more for film in movies. So I would say 29 97 is a good bet, and lastly, we have the file formats. Now this can get a little bit confusing, so I'm going to try to break it down as easily as possible. But Amazon allows you to upload three different types of files pro rez for two to MPEG two and H 264 These air different ways that your video editor will write the video that you are exporting their different formats. Pro Rez 4 to 2 is a higher quality UN compressed format. H 264 is still a high quality format, but it's more compressed, so the file size will be smaller Now. What gets confusing is that you have to have the right file extension the name extension to match the file format. So for Pro rez 4 to 2 videos, the extension has to be dot m o V for H 264 videos. It has to be MP four or M two t or T s. Now I'm skipping over MPEG two because not many people will be exporting an impact to, and I suggest exporting at H 264 because it's a small file size, high quality, and it's just going to be the easiest and fastest upload. So that's what we're going to focus on now. Let's learn how to actually export your videos at that format, and I suggest using MPEG stream clip if you have to convert any of your videos to the right format because maybe you're using Windows Movie Maker Adobe Premiere Pro Sony Vegas Final Cut Pro. You could use any of those programs to actually export at these settings. But if you already have your videos and you just want to make sure that you're exporting to the right setting, this is how you get do it. And Extreme Clip is a free program for PCs and Macs, and it's used by filmmakers everywhere, very trusted, and you can download it at square to five dot com, So go ahead, pauses video. Download that and then grab a movie clip that you need to convert for uploading, and I'm gonna show you how to do it right now. So we're here on my desktop. I've opened up MPEG Stream clip, and I have a file that I want to convert here I have this tutorial that I've created is called How to make a Right right angle triangle in after effects and you can see in the extension. It's a dot M o V file, but when I open up the information, so on a Mac, you can get information by pressing command I for PCs or Macs, you can probably right click and just click something that says View more information. And here I can see that it's a quick time movie. That's great. It is. The Kodak is H 264 though I need the dot M o V to match either Apple Perez for 22 or I need it to be H 264 with the MP four extension so this wouldn't be allowed on Amazon. And I don't know why they might changes in the future because it really is the same type of file. It's a quick time file. It's small, it's compress. It's high quality, but they want those extensions to match. So what I have to do is convert this. So with M specs, AMP extreme clip open, that's a tongue twister. I can drag and drop this fall right into the middle of it right here. Now what I do is go to file and I'm going to go toe export MPEG four. So impact for is MP four that's going to export the MP four extension. Now, up here, I have to make sure that it is with right compression, so it's H 264 and then I'm going to increase the quality to 100%. I don't know. I don't want it to be any smaller than 100%. Now. Another thing that it talks about is the compression rate. And so, for H 264 they recommend a 30 megabits per second rate. So within EMP extreme clip, we can click this limit Dame data rate option. This brings up this box right here and this drop down and I'm gonna choose MBPs. And then I'm going to set this toe 30 and you can see that this creates this false eyes or it's estimating it's going to create its file size. That's 850 megabytes now. The sound. I'm just going to leave at MPEG four, a c frame size down below. I'm going to leave at 1920 by 10 80 so if you have a larger video, you can scale it down to 1920 by 10 84 Amazon and then I'm just going to click make MP four . But before that, just know that you can choose these options whether you're using Adobe Premiere Pro or another video editor. Just make sure that you're exporting quick time H 264 format Equality should be at 100. The limit. The data rate should be 30 MBPs, and the frame size should be in 1920 by 10 80. Now, if I click MP four, it's going to ask me where to save this, I'm going to say to my desktop, and then it pops up with a video player that shows where it is encoding and then a timeline with a bar that shows how much time is left. So I will just go ahead and let that export. And then I'm going to have a nice MP four video available to upload to Amazon. Now I'm jumping ahead just a little bit. But when you get to the upload screen on Amazon Video Direct, which we're going to be covering this all in a future lesson, there is the part where you upload your video file the mezzanine file. And then there's this little I, and you can learn more information about the video formats that they want. If you click, learn more that will take you to a great page, and this is great where you can read more about the video requirements, audio requirements and file four months if you need more information. If you have any questions, let me know. Otherwise, we'll see you in the next lesson. 3. Closed Captions - The Inexpensive Way to Create Closed Captions: Let's learn how to create close captions for your Amazon video direct videos because it is a requirement that all of your videos need close captions. And when I first heard about this, I started to grumble because I know this is going to be the most time consuming and maybe expensive thing to Dio. But I figure out a way that is sort of a good work around. That makes creating close captions a lot cheaper and more easy than paying someone to do it so well. What's not easier than paying someone to do it? But lot of us don't have the budget to pay someone to create close captions because it can cost a minute, a dollar or so a minute. And if you have a long course, that can rack up a lot of bills really quickly. So let's go through the process, and then I'll show you exactly how I do it. So the first thing we're going to do is use YouTube as a tool because YouTube actually automatically adds close captions to our videos. The very first thing you want to do is upload your video to YouTube. You can do it as a public or a private video. Or if you have YouTube videos that you want to put on Amazon. Great, it's already up on YouTube. The next thing you want to do is transcribe your video because YouTube has automatic closed captioning. But the punctuation is not great and there's no capitalization. So it's not going to be a great closed captions for Amazon. So either you or someone else has toe actually transcribe and write out your video text and video script and include capitalization and grammar and all of that. And then what you do is add this to YouTube. You can actually take your transcription, put it on YouTube, and it will automatically match the text with the video. And that's the amazing thing, and basically the free work around that we're using to cut down a lot of time and cost. Then you want to publish your close captions. So once it's timed, you actually have to click the publish button, and lastly, you download that SRT file from YouTube. So let's go over to YouTube, and I'll walk you through the process so you would go over to YouTube and upload your own video so here. I have this video explaining the 4% rule and you have this close captions tab. I'm gonna go over to the close captions tab and you can see that here I have to actual closed captions. I have the automatic ones and the ones that I added recently. Now, if I go to the automatic ones, this is where you can see that there's no capitalization. Some of the words are off. There's no punctuation, and that's not good for Amazon. Although it does do a pretty decent job is not perfect. So I'm gonna go back to the subtitles page and then I'm going to click this add new subtitles and then I'm going to click English now. I've already added one. So it's not going, Teoh. It's pops up this option saying overwrite existing subtitles. That won't happen for you if you don't have this already, so I'm going to just say over right. And then there's this option for selecting the method you can upload on SRT file. You can create new sub tiles or CC, or you can transcribe an auto sync, and that's what we're going to choose. So click transcribe an auto sync and then just copy and paste the text of your transcript into this box. Then all you have to do is click settings, and it's set. Timings were Heather, and it's going to automatically set the timings for your video after just a couple minutes . When you refresh this page, you can click on my drafts English, and you will see that the text has now been automatically added to the video. You can play through your video to see what it looks like as close captioning to make sure it looks good. And then, if you're happy with it, click publish. Now you want to click publish because if you try to download it now, it's going toe download an SBV file, but that that's not the follow type we want. We want to click publish, and then when we go back to this English subtitles that we added and then click actions we can download and SRT file. So we're going download SRT going to call this 4% captions gonna replace it because I already have another one, because I've done this before her and now we have this SRT file that we can upload to Amazon video direct, as are closed captions. Thanks for watching. I know this is a little bit more of a roundabout way to actually editing are closed captions, but it's gonna save you a lot of money. It's literally a dollar per minute. If you hire someone like rev dot com to create close captioning with up work dot com, you can pay someone about 10 15 bucks an hour to transcribe an hour's worth of video. And that's going to be a lot cheaper than in the long run. It does take a little bit of legwork, but for me, I'm just going to do it this way until I know for sure that the return on my investment is worth it. For longer classes, I might pay someone to create the closed caption or to just do this entire process for me because you can actually hire a virtual assistant to do this entire process for you. And it will be a lot cheaper than hiring someone to do the close caption on when those websites. But if there's a better way to do this and you find it out, let me know if I found out a better way. I'll let you know. Otherwise, we'll just see you in another lesson 4. Artwork - Create All Necessary Artwork for Your Videos: Let's talk about the video art that Amazon video direct requires. Now, when you create your video art, I would use the same strategies that you use for creating your YouTube thumbnail. You want to create an artwork and thumb. Now that is clickable, including text in your main key art. That explains what it is for people who are just looking at the image. You want to include an image that is pretty. That explains what your video is all about. And the other thing that Amazon video Direct has is a background image to that. When people are looking at your video page on different devices, it will have a background image, and you want something that is not distracting but also adds to the vibe and the feeling of your video. So let's look at the different art requirements for the different types of video up loads for standalone videos. These are the ones where you just are uploading an individual video. It's not part of a series a course, and it's not an episode from a season. This is just a one time video called Stand Alone. This is these other requirements, so you have your key art, which is 16 by nine. You have Keilar that's three by four aspect ratio. And then you have your background image, both key arts. I suggest making the same in terms of the style and the look. So, for example, this is the 4% rule key art that I created. I just took what I created for YouTube before, and I plugged it into ah Photoshopped file, and I just made sure that it looked good for the 1928 by 10 80 the 1200 by 1600 pixel project. And those air the pixel with and height that you need for this key art that Amazon recommends. So this is something that you should write down 1920 by 10 80 for the 16 by nine key art and then 1200 by 1600 for the three by four key art. And when you're searching on Amazon, it's actually this three by four key art that will show up when you're using the desktop version of Amazon at least, so this is what I've done that you can see in the background. It's the same 1920 by 10 80 pixels, but I've just chosen to use a an image that is pretty. I found it on picks obey dot com. That's P I X, a b, a y dot com, and you can find free images there. Or you can use an image of your own. So this is the art for stand alone videos for episodic videos, it's similar. The Keilar is different, though. You have a four by three key art for your series, and so you want to create a project that 1600 by 1200 is kind of weird. It is different than the three by four is just the three by four flipped. And again I'm just taking Mikey art that 16 by nine and basically transforming it into the four by three key art again with the background image. Just something that relates to this video again. This is something I found on picks obey dot com. Not really quickly. I have included templates for those of you who are photo shop users and so you can download the ZIP file that includes all of these files. You just take these and use them. I have 1920 by 10 80. This is great for your main 16 by nine key art in your background image. Then I have the three by four, which is for your standalone videos and then the four by three for episodic Siri's. For those of you who don't use photoshopped, Canada dot com is an amazing tool that you can use to create artwork. Four Amazon video, direct videos or really anything sign up for free and then on your home page. Just click this. Use custom don't dimensions, but in right here in the top right then this is where you can plug in your dimensions. So, for example, 1200 by 1600 pixels. Click design. This will open up your editor. You can use free images, add text, background all sorts of things and then download it. Here You can save this is a template, and then just edit it as well. So for those of you, don't use Photoshopped. Canada is a free tool that you can use instead. Thanks so much for watching. If you have any questions, let me know otherwise. Download these templates from photo shop. Use Canada dot com and get working at creating your own artwork. 5. Uploading to Amazon Video Direct - Part 1: Now it's time to upload our video to Amazon Video Direct. So first you want to go to video direct dot amazon dot com and sign up for your account. You will have to provide your name. You're If you have a business, you'll have to provide your business. You also have to provide tax information so that you can get paid and bank information so that you can get paid. Once you get that all set up, though, and you go to your dashboard, you will look at something like this, which for you will have zero minutes streamed and no stats down here. I've been on Amazon video direct for just a few days. I'm so excited about it, and that's why we're teaching this class because we know this is going to be huge. 90 minutes streams just with three or four videos in just a couple days. I haven't on any promotion or anything. That's not a huge amount of income, but I was calculating that if I put just 20 videos up here and I get the same amount of minutes, I'll be making an extra $100 in passive income per month. So imagine what I could do if I take all of my YouTube videos and put it on here, which I have hundreds of. And if I take my online courses and put him on here, I'll have thousands of videos. Who knows? The sky's the limit. So this video and the falling videos are going to be a little bit slower pace, and we're just going to walk through all the stepped up, loading your videos. So the next thing you want to do is click this your videos tab, and here you won't see anything. Down here. You can see all the videos that I've uploaded, the ones that have been approved, the ones that have not been approved. We're still working out the kinks, figuring out what type of files and closed captions work. Which ones don't. We're going to be updating you along the way. Everything that I'm showing you so far in this course seems to be working. You have to decide whether you're going to do a standalone video or an episodic video. You can also create a streaming program, a subscription program for your all of your projects. But we're just going to talk about episodic and stand alone. Now let's just go ahead and create a stand load video. The process for episodic is a little bit different, but for standalone videos, just click this add title button here. We're going to type in our title. She's a category and then, ah, catalogue listing language. So for most of us, it will be English. For category, you have a number of them. Since I'm teaching a lot of things in my classes, they'll mostly be educational. But if you have other types of videos, music videos, reporting and journalism review's sporting events, all these can go in other categories. Once you have your title in category, click continue. On this first page, we have the catalogue listing, so it plugs in the title your category, and then we have to write a synopsis, which is 400 characters long. So I would consider just taking what you have on YouTube. If you have something on YouTube pasting it here, that's your description. You want to use keywords that will help people find your video when they're searching around. So fill that up up to 400 characters and, I would say uses many characters as possible. Below is the genre, so you are able to click at up to five, but you have to pick at least one genre now. To pick a genre, you can just click in this box and start scrolling through, or you can just start typing. And that's the best way, I would say, to figure out what genres most your videos fall into. For me, a lot of mine are how to instructional courses. All it is typing course and click this nonfiction how to an instructional courses and lessons category or genre. Next for this one, I will also type in educational, and I'll just put it in the overall non fiction educational category. Then I'll just start typing and words to see if there are categories. So would for because this is a video about re finishing. Would no furniture? Nope, about home and garden. I'll put it in home and garden. And then there's this other one that popped up how to an instructional home improvement, and I'm just going to scroll through here and see if there's anything else that I think this will go into. You know, you don't have to put in everything but nonfiction architecture sure seems to be a decent category for this one. The next things are the rating system, which for most of us we won't have an actual rating. So unless you have had your film or video rated click not rated. But you can choose the suggested rating, and I would suggest doing this. If you have cussing or anything you gun put higher link age. You kind of have to determine what this is for your own videos. But most my videos are all ages, so I'm just going to select all ages. Original language. I'm going to just put English. You just want to put in the language that you your video is in and then release state. This is optional, so if you have a Siri's or a film that came out, it's probably a better idea to put a release date. But for most of our videos, I'm just going to leave the released A empties so that in the future it doesn't look like this video is old. The last thing on this catalogue listing pages the graphic assets. So this is where we upload our key art and background image so I'm just going to browse and find my key art I have already created. The key are for this video. I took the original artwork that I had for the YouTube video. I'm going to upload that as the 16 by nine, and then I converted that to a three by four, and then I created a background image with another coffee table image. Lastly, we're going to click Save Wait for the save button to pop back up again because right now it's uploading the key art, and I'll take a few seconds and then we'll move on to the next tab. 6. Uploading to Amazon Video Direct - Part 2: Once your images have uploaded and it's been saved, this little green box will pop up right here. That says, your title was save successfully. Now we can move on to the next tab, cast and crew. So this is where we plug in the information for who The creators of the video are now for studio slash creator. I am going to put my business names of school video school online incorporated for you. You can put your name or your brand name if you have a brand or a website. That's what I would put here under crew. I'm going to put my name so I'm gonna put Philip dinner and I'm just going to put myself as the director. I noticed that on the Amazon search page, it's easier to find and search via director than producer. At first I was putting producer, but I'm just gonna put director. If you have other crew members, you can add them as well. For example, my wife was helping me with this video so I can put her as a producer or co director. The cast again. I'm going to put my name because this is me in it and the character I am in this video is instructor. After that, you click save and it's going to save. And again, once this green box appears in the text up here in the top appears green. We can move on to the next tab video assets. So what we can do is just browse and upload our file. So what I will do is just find it in our exports. Click, browse and then find that video click open and then, after you click open, choose the language here. It won't let you move forward unless you choose the language. So I'm going to select English United States, and then we can move on to captions. So I'm going to find the captions, which I have written out and created this SRT file using the YouTube method. After I click, upload or open, I have to choose a frame rate. So since this is a YouTube video, it's going to be 29 97 in a language English. If you have a trailer, you can upload a trailer to four year film. But for most of us, unless this is a longer video, for example, if you put together a bunch of videos for an online course, and you put it into one video or you have an actual film, you're not gonna have a trailer, so that's why this is optional. Then we're going to click Save, and it's going to start up loading the video, so I'm going to let it upload, and then we'll get back to the availability. 7. Uploading to Amazon Video Direct - Part 3: Once your video has uploaded again, this will turn green and we can move on to the next step, which is availability. So this is where we choose, where the people can watch our videos and how we are going to charge for our video and when it will be published, I would just choose worldwide unless for some reason, you have a reason for only choosing specific come countries. Right now, Amazon Video Direct is available for the US, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Japan. I'm just gonna choose worldwide. Why not? The next option is for how you will charge the for the video, or how will EMS on customers watch this video? So the first is included with prime. So anyone with an Amazon prime account can watch this without ads for free or for the cost of prime. The next is free with pre roll ads. And this is for us in the U. S. Only, and Amazon recommends it for short form titles. And so this is if you're putting up a YouTube video something just short and quick. This is what they recommend, and that's what I recommend as well. This is similar to what it is like on YouTube, where you post your YouTube video and have a pre roll ad, and that's how they make money from these types of videos. The other thing is that you can select multiple of these so you can choose included with prime and free with pre roll, so that people with prime don't have to watch the odds, but they can still view it. The other options are rent, and by now both of these have different tiers, and you can choose they're based here or the value tear. Or you can customize. So once you click one of these options this next, a group of options will pop up. See that they have a based here or a valued here, or you can do custom pricing. And so you can basically choose the first dollar amount or the other forms of money and these different territories, and it always ends in 99 99 cents, so you can put 0 99 for 99 cents or 1 99 10 99 whatever you want. So some people have been asking, what if we have full online courses and we want to sell them on Amazon Video Direct. What do you recommend? Well, one option is to use the episodic way to upload. Or, if you want, you can put all your videos into one export as one long video and then charge a higher price for the whole video. Now that won't be the best viewing experience for your customers. I don't believe that's why I would suggest using the episodic feature, but that is an option now. This is just for renting it, which means that the customers will have it for a limited amount of time. Or you can choose by, which means they will have lifetime access to it. So it's up to you for what you want to dio. But again, you can choose both of these if you want. For most of my videos, where I'm just taking them from YouTube, I'm just going to choose the free and included with prime option. Lastly, we have the wind. Should this video be available as soon as possible on a specific date or there are advanced options. So for me, I'm just going to be publishing and posting as soon as possible. Once I have caught up and I have videos that I'm posting on YouTube and Amazon video direct at a future date, I will choose a specific date. Amazon doesn't promise that it will be processed and live on that specific date, but they will try their best with the advance options. You can actually have a start and end date for your videos, so this is cool. If you want to have that sort of limiting factor, make people feel like they have toe by it or watch it now because it's going to go away. So you choose your start date and your end date with as those advanced options for me. I'm just going to choose as soon as possible and then click save. Once you click Save. It's going to make sure that all of these things the catalogue listing cast and crew video assets and availability are ready to go and then you click publish. Once you click publish, it will show up here and it will have a Nikon, whether it's publishing or is live and published on Amazon or if there are any errors. And if there are any errors, which you might run into this start as you start to figure out what type of files you need . If there's anything you're doing, that's wrong. You can click view details to find those errors, and from there you just sit back, we and see when it gets published and once it's publishing and search for it on Amazon, Thanks so much for watching. If you have any questions about this way of uploading, let me know in the next lessons, we're going to talk about uploading, episodic and via Amazon s three, which will help you speed up your process for uploading your videos. 8. Uploading a Series of Videos as Episodes: I'm just going to walk you through up loading, episodic series of videos. Now, for those of you who are online course teachers, this is where you would create a course. Right now. It's not perfect. I've heard whispers that Amazon has an education platform that this is basically going to morph into. So this is where you would upload your courses and in the future. Hopefully, it's a little bit more apparent that this is built four courses as well. So go to your episodic tab and click. Add Siri's So you're going to add your Siri's title. This would be your course title. So, for example, what if I was uploading this series of videos? Is course up to games on video? Direct. Call this. Uploading your videos to Amazon Video Direct. Then I would come up with the synopsis. Once you have your synopsis, choose a category so I will choose educational for this and a language. Then click continue, so that will open up this episodic Siri's editor. So the way this works is you create seasons with episodes the season. Think of it as a section or a module, and you can Onley use season numbers. So that's the other thing right now is that you can't title your seasons odds, your section titles or your module titles. But if you have a series of videos with actual seasons, this is how you do it. But I would just organize it in the same way. So my first season would be the Siris of videos where we were preparing your files for uploading to Amazon Video Direct. So I would write that synopsis here. Once you have your synopsis, you choose your genre so educational. Call this film and movie making courses. Make sure that you put it under courses and lessons. If you do. If you are applauding courses, the rating system, choose your rating so not rated in all ages. Original language. I'll put this in English, and you can choose an original release year for your courses. This might be a better wait time to put your release year, but it's optional for this. You do have to create graphics, and I haven't done so yet, So I'm just going to save this and you see now, though, when I try to save it, it won't save it unless I add Keilar so I'm gonna have to go ahead and create key art for this. So I've created some temp graphics for this video, So let me just find those really quick. And this is where you would use that four by three key art that we were talking about in the last section, not three by four. I know it's kind of confusing, but that's what we would use congest find background art that we find online. Use that and then just click save. And now this should upload and be good to go. And then next, you just have a similar tab for cast and crew. Availability is the same as well, except the only thing that's different is that you have a bye bye episodes and a bye bye season option. So it's not rent and you can bye bye episode or season. So if you do have a longer course, you might want to put it all in one season just so that people can buy the whole course at one time or you can separate it into sections. But first, let's look at that page. So episodes in the absolute stab you would just click add episode it pops up with this option for a creamier episode with a title. You have your original release date synopsis, your video file and your captions, so that's pretty much it. You would just do that and then click this ad episode. But in right now, you want to make sure that you are adding your episodes or your videos in the correct order , because there's no way of reordering the videos once they have been uploaded or created. So that's one thing you want to make sure that you do correctly the first time, or it's going to be a huge, huge waste of time. And yeah, and then after that, you choose your availability and then publish, so it's basically the same process. The only other options are that you have your episodes, your availability. You can choose to charge by the episode or by the season. Then under your catalogue listing, you have your four by three key art. If you have any questions about publishing your seasons, let me know. Otherwise we'll see you in another video 9. Bulk Upload Videos with Amazon S3: in this video, I'm going to show you how to bulk Upload your videos to aim is on s three, which allows you to more quickly add your videos to your Amazon video direct videos or episodic Siri's once they're uploaded. So first you're going have to sign up for Amazon s three. If you have an Amazon account, which you probably do by now, you can try it for free and you get five gigabytes of storage completely free. So that's super awesome. So go search for Amazon as three or goto A W s dot amazon dot com forward slash s three Click this. Try Amazon s three for free and sign up. You will also have to create an AWS account first. But once you do that, it's your standard file Upload er similar to Dropbox. You create buckets, so when you start for the first time, you will have to create a new bucket and you have to choose your bucket name. The weird thing is that bucket names have to be all lower case with no spaces. So that's why I've created this video school VSO photography, masterclass bucket. And this is where I have uploaded all my photography masterclass lessons. So now once those are all uploaded there, let's go back to our other page where we are uploading our content because this is where we will be able to actually connect Amazon as three to add videos. So whether using a stand load video or adding another episode, where you can do is choose this Amazon s three button right here. It's going to then walk you through directions. You're gonna follow these, but I'm gonna just walk through it really quickly for you right now because it was a little bit confusing. So first, say, get started. What you're going to want to do is copy the text of your bucket name that you created and paste it in this number one spot. And then what you're going to want to do is copy this text in the number two spot and create a folder within this bucket. Entitle it that So in this bucket where you've uploaded your videos, say, create folder and then paste that name and then click the check mark, Then what we're going to want to do is move or copier files to that new folder so you might actually want toe wait to upload your videos. It doesn't take much time to move your videos or copy them, but you might want to just create the bucket, create that folder within the bucket that we just created, and then upload your videos within two within that bucket. If you've already uploaded videos to Amazon US three, what you can do is select them all say actions cut. And then I'm just going to go to that bucket. Make sure I have the right one because I did this before. That's the one that ended 71 Go into that bucket actions paste. Now it's going to paste all of those bucket those videos into this bucket, and it's going to take a little while because I have over 21 gigabytes in there. But surprisingly, it goes very fast. So if you only have a few videos, it's going to speed by. And then what you have to do is grant permissions for Amazon s three to access that folder . So it has all this text right here, this code. So go ahead and copy this and then go back to your S three account and you want to make sure that everything has been moved or uploaded before you do this next step because it gets a little wonky. The page doesn't load properly. If not, go back to your master folder the one that you originally created and then go to properties . So over here on the top, right, Goto Properties that's gonna load the permissions and a bunch of different properties, but go under permissions and then under here, click the Edit Bucket Policy Copy and paste the text that you got from here in section for click Save and then go back to this page and choose show s three file list. It's going to load all the videos that are in that folder now, and you can just quickly upload one of those videos. So the next video in this series for me would be this second intro to the photo basics section so I can click OK, and it uploads a lot faster than the other videos. So that way you can bulk upload all your videos. You can then just go work through adding all of the rest of the data and content that video direct needs. If you have any questions, let me know otherwise will see you in another lesson.