Placing And Editing Media

Last modified March 25, 2020

To place media on your Digital Edition replica pages: start by clicking on the Issue Editor button, then click on the media tool tab in the upper left corner of the screen.

Media Library

Media can  be added from the Media Library (lower left corner of the screen) by uploading files. Use the up arrow icon to upload files within the Issue Editor at any time.

Other ways files may be added to your library are by uploading multimedia via the Publisher Dashboard home or issue detail view, for example, if you want to upload media elements before an issues’s conversion is complete. Media uploaded by all users via the Dashboard or Issue Editor will appear in the Issue Editor’s media library. However, media from past issues are not available unless re-uploaded, unfortunately.

After you have uploaded media elements,  they will appear in the library and are available for placement (as long as they are not listed as “Converting”).

Placing Uploaded Media On Desired Page

Using the page navigation in the top navigation bar, go to the page where you wish to place the media element

Once on the correct page, click once on the media element filename, located in the “Media Library” section in the left pane.  The element clicked will be placed on the page in the center, and will appear on the “Media placement” list. (see image above)

You can also move previously placed media elements to a different page with the edit tool (right panel) “Appears on page”.

Placing GTxcel Videos

Customers who purchase the GTxcel video platform can embed videos using the “Video” icon in the tools section (upper left corner of the screen).

Step 1

Get the embed code for your video on video.gtxcel.com and open the video you wish to embed.

Click on the red ‘Embed’ button

Step 2

A window will open with two tabs: Javascript and IFRAME. Choose the IFRAME tab

Copy the iframe code (you cannot select partial code, only the entire thing) and paste it into a text editor

Step 3

Copy the video link from the iframe code

Step 4

Click on the add html media button

Step 5

Paste link into prompt

Placing YouTube Videos

You can  place videos hosted on YouTube  without uploading with the “YouTube” button in the tools section (upper left corner of the screen).

After clicking this button, you will be prompted to enter a YouTube video URL (e.g. http://youtu.be/Wvt4PUWQlcc).

*This feature will work with YouTube specifically, not other hosted video services.*

YouTube videos will not appear in your library, however, the added elements will appear in the “Media Placement” list and the element can be positioned and configured per the detailed instructions below.

Configuring Media

Once you have placed a media element on the desired page, you can move it to the desired position on the page, resize and configure various settings per the detailed instructions below. For all configurations, you will start by selecting the element. To do this, either click on the box on the replica page view, or  on the element name in the “Media Placement” list.

When selected, your media will appear darkened.

Once an element is selected, additional modifications can be made either within the page view (drag and drop positioning), or via the “Edit Multimedia” panel on the right of the screen.

Positioning Media

The easiest way to set the position of your media element on the desired page or page spread (if using 2-page views) is to use the mouse to drag the media element. 

You can also use the “Left” and “Top” positions in the “Edit Multimedia” panel to enter numeric values, in the form of a percentage of the page width (left) and height (top).

Sizing Media

Media elements can be resized in the page view by grabbing one of the elements corner and stretching the element, for applicable views (webreader and iPad app).

You can also specify width and height in the “Edit Multimedia” panel by entering numeric values. By default, the media element will be set to “Scale with the page” such that it always appears at the same size relative to the replica print page regardless of zoom or screen size. In this case, size values are represented as a percentage of the page width and height.

However, if you change the element to not scale with the page by unchecking the “Scale with page” box, you can specify pixel display dimensions for the media element.

By default, the aspect ratio will be constrained to match that of the original video or image. However, if you would like to remove this constraint, you can uncheck “Enforce aspect ratio.” Images will stretch accordingly, however, for videos, only the frame size will be affected.

Configuring Media Appearance

In the “Appearance” section, you can set video and audio file autoplay and preview image settings, set visibility, add and style a close bar and border.

Play automatically sets a video to play when the page displays, in place. Play on click displays a preview image until the user clicks the play button on the video. However, please note that on phone apps, all videos appear as play on click due to screen space limitations.

NOTE: Youtube videos that are set to “initially hidden” should not be set to autoplay, as it could result in unintended behavior.

Preview images for video are generated automatically for video that you upload, and likewise, are determined automatically for YouTube videos. If you would like to customize, you may upload your own image file and select it from the “Preview Image” menu.

Set elements to initally hidden only if you re creating click-to-view elements. Read more…

Check “Close button“to add a bar that allows users to close the element. You can modify the background color of this bar with the color selector.

You can also add a border by modifying the border width (default is 0) and set a color for that border, if desired.

Adding Links to Media

You can add links to elements by adding a “Destination” in the “Link” section of the “Edit Multimedia” panel. You can also add “Alt Text” that will appear when hovering on the element.

We do not recommend adding links to video and audio elements.

Configuring Who Sees the Media Element (Permissions & Platform)

You can limit who sees a selected media element with the Permissions and Platform configurations.

Show for all users will be selected by default, and should be set unless you intend to limit the element to subscribers or Look Inside users.

Limit to subscribers will only work if you have subscriber management set up. Likewise, Limit to Look Inside users only works with this feature configured for your title.

Show for promo code will only display the element to users who visit the web application with the promo code you add in this box appended to the issue URL as a U1 query string, e.g.:

mytitle.com/mytitle/issue?u1=XYZ

The Platform options allow you to select where the media will display. Note that image elements will not appear for phone app users, and at present. Also note that media placed with the Issue Editor will only appear on replica page views, not article views (including Turnstyle).

Preview your changes

GTxcel strongly recommends previewing added media in the Web Reader view, via the “PREVIEW” button, as the Issue Editor views are approximate. Changes are saved as you work, so make sure to click “REVERT” or undo if you would like to discard your changes.

Need Help?
The Digital Help Desk is the process for communicating with GTxcel regarding new title setups, questions, and technical issues for the Web Reader and/or Apps.

You can submit a request to us through the Request Help button located in the Publisher Dashboard or call the support number: 800-609-8994, option 3.
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