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Production center

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2019

Feature description

The production center provides cloud-based video editing and production services. It provides an online visual editing platform and a wide range of APIs to help customers efficiently process and produce video content. Besides basic features such as cropping and merging, audio mixing, masking, effect editing, and production, ApsaraVideo for VOD supports standard and intelligent production based on online editing and all-in-one VOD services. This greatly reduces requirements and time for video production and improves video production efficiency.

Currently, the console provides a visual editing tool that supports editing and processing features, such as merging, cropping, and image or text masking.

In addition to basic capabilities, the cloud-based video editing API provides abundant advanced capabilities such as mixing, multi-track merging, and transition effects. For more information, see ProduceEditingProjectVideo.


Video editing

To use video editing features, log on to the ApsaraVideo for VOD console and click Production Center in the left-side navigation pane.

On the Video Editing page, you can efficiently manage, edit, and preview materials and generate videos with one click. The Video Editing page consists of the following areas: video preview area, material adding area, video editing timeline, attribute setting panel, draft name editing area, and global operation area.

Edit panel layout

1. Add video materials to the list of videos to be edited.

In the material adding area, click Add Video to import the video to be edited. Videos uploaded to the media library can be imported. To facilitate content search, you can search videos by video name and editing time.

Add materials

2. Select a video in the material adding area and add it to the video editing timeline.

Select and drag a video in the material adding area to the timeline, or click + in the upper-right corner of the desired video to add it to the timeline. Then, you can start editing the video. The thumbnail of the added video is displayed on the timeline. If the video clip is too short, you can adjust the display scale in the lower-right corner to control the timeline display granularity for easy operation and editing.

Note: Currently, you can add up to 20 videos for merging during a single operation.

Add videos to the timeline3. In the video editing timeline area, you can perform the following operations:

(1) Adjust the video sequence.

When there are multiple videos in the timeline, you can select one and drag it to any position in the queue (before or after a specific video). In this way, the sequence of videos in the timeline is adjusted as needed.

(2) Crop videos.

  • Front-and-end cropping: Drag the scroll bars to cut both ends of a video.

Front-and-end cropping

  • Cropping at any position in the middle: Click the cut icon on the progress bar of the timeline to cut a video into two parts.

Cropping at any position in the middle

(3) Delete a video or clip.

In the timeline, move the pointer over any video or video clip (cropped video). The delete icon appears in the upper-right corner of this video or video clip. Click the delete icon to remove the corresponding content.

Delete a video or video clip

Note: If you have adjusted, especially zoomed in, the timeline scale and you cannot find the delete icon in the upper-right corner of the video or video clip because it is too long, you can slide the scroll bar at the bottom of the timeline or reduce the timeline scale to quickly find the delete icon.

(4) Set a text banner.

Click and select a video in the timeline. The video preview area above the timeline switches to the editing status, and the material adding area in the upper-right corner switches to the attribute setting panel.

  • In the text box of the video preview area, enter the banner text and drag the text box to adjust the position of the banner.

  • In the attribute setting panel, enter the banner text and set attributes, such as the font size, bold, italic, color, and transparency as needed.

Banner text

Click Apply to save the banner text and attributes and display the banner text on the specified position of the video in the timeline.

(5) Set masking.

Click and select a video in the timeline. The video preview area above the timeline switches to the editing status, and the material adding area in the upper-right corner switches to the attribute setting panel.

a. On the attribute setting panel, select Enable Trademark Blurring. The default masking image is displayed in the video preview area. You can drag and drop to adjust the size and position of the image.

b. Click Apply to save the set masking image and display the added masking image on the video in the timeline.

Masking image

(6) Preview the edited video.

  • After adding a video to the timeline, you can click Play in the video preview area to preview the video.

  • You can view the editing effect in the video preview area during video editing process or after clicking Save. You can also drag the progress bar in the timeline to select the start time for video preview. This operation has the same effect as the Seek operation for video playback.

(7) Save editing and reset.

a. Save

  • After you edit a video on the Video Editing page for the first time, you must click Save in the upper-right corner of the page to save the edited video draft name and operation record to the server. This allows you to exit temporarily or suspend a video editing task, open the saved video draft, and continue editing the video.

  • During the subsequent editing process, the system automatically saves the editing to the video draft.

b. Reset

  • If you click Reset in the case that the Save button is never clicked, the system restores the empty editing status.

  • If you click Reset on an edited video draft, the system restores the initial draft.

(8) Generate a video.

After video editing is complete, click Create Video in the upper-right corner of the page to enter the video merging and transcoding process. Then, you can view the video generation status on the Edited Video List page. After successful video generation, the edited videos will merge into a new video. You can preview the new video or integrate it into an application or a website for playback.

  1. The system transcodes your merged video using the default transcoding template group. You can manage the default transcoding template group on the Transcode page.

  2. During a single video editing process, the total length of the videos to be merged cannot exceed 1 hour.

  3. You can modify the detailed information about the new video as needed, including the title, description, tag, and category.

Edited Video List

On the Edited Video List page, you can manage all videos that have been edited. You can search for edited videos based on the editing time and file name. You can also filter files by the video status.

You can re-edit or delete a single edited video. You can also click Edit New Video in the upper-right corner to go to the Edit New Video page.

The Edited Video List page contains the following types of video files:

  • Saved videos in editing status: the edited video drafts, which are available for secondary editing and management.

Edited Video List

  • Edited videos: the videos in the Generating, Generated, and Generation failed statuses. You can view the video production situation and manage these videos. Produced videos are displayed in the media library. You can filter these videos by using the source option Production Center.