Have you ever clicked on a somewhat ‘long’ link, only for it to take you to a page apologizing for the inconvenience, but the file you’ve requested is not available? How about a link that broke in an email client that you had to copy/paste into your browser’s address bar to make work?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to either of the above questions, you could very well have been a victim of digital truncation. That’s right folks, the worst kind of truncation … truncation of the URL.
In today’s posting, we will take our readers through the process of creating custom video download links within their AudioAcrobat account, making sure that their recipients do not fall victim to the horrors of digital truncation as described above.
For an audio truncation avoidance guide, our readers might want to look HERE.
What is a Video Download URL? It’s a link, right?
When an AudioAcrobat member wishes to share a Quicktime MOV file with one or more persons, they would generate what we call the ‘Video Download Link‘, otherwise known as a ‘Video Download URL‘ or simply, ‘Download Link‘. This link will end in ‘.mov′ and gives users the ability to save the Quicktime directly to their computer’s hard drive.
OK, I have the video in my account. How do I customize it?
1. Login to your AudioAcrobat account
2. Click the blue “Video” tab
3. Click the title of the Video you wish to customize
4. Click “Edit Description”
Login to your AudioAcrobat account
Click the blue “Video” tab
Click the title of the Audio you wish to customize
Click “Edit Description”
Here, our readers will find themselves on a page labeled, ‘Edit Video Description‘. At the bottom of this page, there is a section labeled, ‘Video Filename’. This section contains a field which will display the current filename for the individual selected recording; which, by default, is a string of random letters and numbers.
This long string of letters and numbers can be easily customized to add relevance to your video’s download URL and will also give your recipient a much more specific view of the file they’re about to download to their computer’s hard drive.
Note: Punctuation is limited to underscores and hyphens only. Do not add a file extension to the end of the name.
Once our readers have updated their filename to their liking, all changes can be saved by clicking ‘Save Changes Now‘. From this point forward, the filename will be updated when including the Video Download Link when publishing their video for Website..
Note: If our readers have published a download link prior to updating the filename, they’ll need to re-publish the link, as older versions will go inactive.
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