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Getting Started with Warpwire

Warpwire is a secure media platform that helps educators and their students connect through video while keeping their content secure. Whether you are an instructor, student, or administrator, Warpwire is designed to be simple and easy to use, flexible enough to suit your unique needs, and lightweight to seamlessly fit into your workflows.

This article will give you a quick overview of the basics, and will help you get started incorporating video into your use cases.

How to Create a Media Library

First, you'll need to create a Media Library to house your video, audio, and image content. You can create a Media Library with the plus (+) button on the Media Libraries page. By default, this Media Library is only viewable by your account.

Create Media Library button within Warpwire dashboard

You can also create a new Media Library with the plus (+) button in the Account Menu > Media Libraries pane. All you have to do is give your new Media Library a title, then click "Create New."

Upper-left dropdown within Warpwire Media Library, including 'Create New' button

Your newly created Media Library will appear on the Media Libraries page.

All Media Libraries view

How to Upload Content

Navigate to the Media Library where you want to upload files. You'll see a plus (+) button in the upper-right of the screen. Click this button and then select "Upload Files" from the drop-down menu options.

Add Content dropdown menu, red arrow pointing to 'Upload Files' link

This will open a file browser if you're using a personal computer, or your mobile device's file storage. Select one or several files to upload.

File browser with image selected

If you're only uploading a single file, you'll have the opportunity to edit the file's Title and Description before clicking the "Start Uploading" button.

User input fields for asset Title and Description

As the file(s) upload to your Media Library, you'll see an upload progress bar at the bottom of the screen. The files will begin to appear in the library. When the upload progress bar goes away, all of your files are in the Media Library and your upload is complete.

Asset upload in progress to Warpwire Media Library

If you wish to cancel the upload, click the cancel Cancel icon button on the right of the progress bar and verify your choice.

How to Record from a Camera

Warpwire provides a modern HTML5-based Multi-Source Capture tool from all browsers that support it (right now, this means Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Opera). If your browser doesn't support Multi-Source Capture, you'll be automatically directed to our legacy capture interfaces.

To record, begin by navigating to the Media Library where you want your video to save. Then, click the plus (+) button at the top of the page.

Next, select "Camera Capture" from the drop-down menu to begin the capture process.

Add content dropdown with 'Camera Capture' selected

Depending on your browser, you may have to explicitly allow your camera and microphone to be used. Next, select desired sources to record, up to 4 video sources are allowed depending on the computer.

Chrome allow device to record browser alert

Click the blue "Start Recording" button to begin recording your video, then click the red "Stop Recording" button to stop recording.

Camera Capture interface

Your recording will then save directly into the Media Library. If you recorded more than one video source, an icon will appear on the top-left of the thumbnail and the media will play back with the Multi-Source Playback interfaces.

Recording saved to the Media Library

How to Record your Screen

Warpwire provides a modern HTML5-based Multi-Source Capture tool from all browsers that support it (right now, this means Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Opera). If your browser doesn't support Multi-Source Capture, you'll be automatically directed to our legacy capture interfaces.

To record your screen, first navigate to the Media Library where you'd like to make your recording.

Then, click the plus (+) button at the top of the screen, and select "Screen Capture" from the menu.

Add Content dropdown menu with 'Screen Capture' selected

Depending on your browser, you may have to explicitly allow your devices to be used. Next, select desired sources to record, up to 4 video sources are allowed depending on the computer.

Allow Warpwire to record browser alert

To capture a window or screen from your computer, simply click the "Window or Screen..." option from the video source menu. Once clicked, the "Select Display" window will open. Read the instructions and then click the blue "Select Window or Screen..." button to select the source.

Selecting screen to share in Google Chrome

Click the blue "Start Recording" button to begin your recording. When you're done recording, navigate back to the Warpwire browser tab and click the red "Stop Recording" button to end your recording. Your recording will then save to the Media Library.

Stop recording button

If you recorded more than one video source, an icon will appear on the top-left of the thumbnail and the media will play back with the Multi-Source Playback interfaces.

How to Tag Videos

You can add as many tags as you like to any given asset to further organize your media. To add Tags to an asset, click the Media options Three dots icon button for that asset, and select "Settings."

From the Media Info page, click the Tags "Add" button to manage Tags for that asset.

You'll see a window that lists all existing Tags for your account.

List of available and applied tags for asset

Click on a Tag to add or remove it from the asset.

To create a new Tag, click "Create Tag" at the top of the Tags window. Type in the name of the new Tag, then click the "Create Tag" button.

Create tag interface

Once created, your new Tag will appear in the Tag list, and will be green, indicating that the current asset is Tagged with the newly created Tag. Now you can sort the Media Library by Tags, or share a Tagged Media Playlist with users. Learn more about all the tagging options in Warpwire.

Media options pane with list of attached tags

How to Share Assets

You can share Media Libraries and single media assets with the public, your whole institution, particular users and groups, or privately. To get started, navigate to the Sharing options window by clicking the Media options Three dots icon button for the asset you want to share, and select "Share."

From this window you can specify who you want to share with. Select the sharing option from the drop-down menu. If you’re sharing with particular Users and/or Groups, use the search box to find Users and Groups within your institution.

Media share page with share option dropdown open

Click on the User(s) and/or Group(s) with whom you'd like to share your media asset. Once the name turns green, the sharing is complete. Now this asset or Media Library will be visible to those you’ve shared it with. You can learn more about sharing and permissions in Warpwire.

User and group search within share settings pane

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