Add alternate audio tracks


When your viewers watch a video on your site, the original video audio is played. However, you can offer them an enriched experience.

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List of additional audio tracks in the player


You can associate additional audio tracks with a video and provide your viewers with a variety of options:

  • Dialogue translations
  • Changing background music in a fitness or training video
  • Commentary tracks
  • Descriptive audio for visually-impaired viewers

All additional audio tracks are listed by the order in which they appear in the manifest.


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Alternate audio tracks are not supported in single media rendition delivery use cases.



Requirement

  • Audio file (.aac, .m4a, mp3) on a local machine

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    Ensure that your audio track is the same duration as the video. If the duration of the audio track and video do not match, playback errors may occur.

    The running length of an alternate audio track may not exceed 24 hours.



Unsupported Features

The following features are unsupported:

  • VP9-DASH
  • Setting an alternate audio track as the default track for a video. The audio track uploaded in the video asset will always be the default for the video.
  • Trimming videos with alternate audio tracks.


Add an audio track

Audio tracks panel

Audio tracks panel

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If you are a developer or have developers resources, you can manage alternate audio tracks through the Management API (Create an original).

Follow these steps to add an audio track:

  1. From the Media Library, click the name of the video. The media details page appears.
  2. On right side of the page beneath the preview player, click the Tracks tab.
  3. In the Audio section, click Manage. The Audio tracks panel appears.
  4. Under Add audio tracks, click Choose file. A file selector appears.
  5. Choose a file from your device. The file and its fields appear under Add audio track.
  6. Enter an alphanumeric Name for the audio track.

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    The Name will appear as the audio track option in the player.

  7. Select the Audio type from the dropdown menu.
  8. Enter the Language and Language code for the audio track.

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    The Language code must correspond to an accepted ISO code.

  9. Click + Add audio track. Once uploaded, the audio track appears under Additional audio tracks.
  10. (Optional) Repeat steps 4-9 to associate additional audio tracks.
  11. Click Close to exit the Audio tracks panel.

After you have associated additional audio tracks to a video, the original audio (Default audio) is selected when the video plays. Additional audio tracks are listed alphabetically in the player after the default audio.