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Looking to monetize your videos? Add Pre-Roll Advertisements to your content! A pre-roll ad is a promotional video message that plays before the content the user has selected. Pre-roll ads are the most common form of video advertisement. One CMS Video Pre-Rolls are easy to upload and associate with a playlist or single video. Additionally, you can determine how long a user must watch a pre-roll advertisement before they are allowed to “skip” right to the content.
Creating Pre-Roll Ads
To access all of your previously created Pre-Rolls, click the Video Pre-Rolls link in the Video menu.
This will bring you to the Pre-Roll listing screen where any pre-rolls you previously created will be listed. Let’s create a new pre-roll by clicking the Add New button at the top of the page.
This brings up to the Create New Pre-roll screen. It is very similar to the screen you saw when we were creating video episodes.
First, give the advertisement a Name (this will not be displayed on the front end of your website)
Just like with Video Episodes, you’ll upload the Pre-Roll Video file and let the system transcode it.
When the file has finished processing, you can preview it right on the Add Pre-Roll screen.
You can optionally add a Click-Through URL so if user click the video player while the Pre-roll Advertisement is playing, it will redirect them to the URL you input.
Now select which Playlists you want to associate the Pre-Roll Advertisements with. Notice you can associate the ad with all Playlists: Manual or Dynamic. You can associate an advertisement with multiple Playlists.
When you associate a Pre-Roll Ad with a playlist, it will play before any video episode within those playlists. If you have multiple Pre-Roll ads associated with a playlist, they will rotate.
That’s it! You are now ready to save and Publish the Pre-Roll advertisement by clicking the blue Publish button.
Your Pre-Roll will now be live and also displayed in the Pre-Roll listing screen.
Pre-Roll Skip Options
A reminder from the Video Settings Tutorial. You have an option to control how long a user must watch a pre-roll ad before they are allowed to “Skip” to the video content. This setting is located in the Video Settings screen.
- By default, this is setup as 5 seconds, but you can set it to any numeric value you want.
- If you set it to 0, the skip button will always display.
- If you remove all values, it will never display and the entire pre-roll advertisement will play before moving on to the video episode.
What Your Visitors Experience
A Viewer will see the poster image for the video episode when it is in the ready state. When they click to play the video, they will see the Pre-Roll advertisement first. If you have Pre-Roll Skip enabled, they will also see a countdown in the upper right corner of the video that will countdown until they can skip to the video content. If you do not have Pre-Roll Skip enabled, the video Pre-Roll will play in its entirety after which, the video content will begin.