2 Ways to add a video content type to SharePoint 2010

Learn which one of two methods you can use to add a video content type to SharePoint 2010.

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SharePoint 2010 supports the uploading and storing of media files such as image files, audio files, and video files.

If you want to upload a video to a SharePoint document library, you can choose to provide metadata for the video by associating it with the Video content type.

The Video content type is one of the default content types that comes with SharePoint 2010, so you do not have to manually create a site content type to accommodate the uploading of videos and registration of their metadata properties.

As you may already know, SharePoint content types follow a hierarchical structure. In the case of the Video content type, the hierarchy is as follows: The Video content type inherits from a content type named Rich Media Asset, which in turn inherits from the Document content type, which in turn inherits from the Item content type, which in turn inherits from the System content type.

And because a Video content type has the Document content type as one of its ancestors, you can add a Video content type to a document library, but also to a Document Set.

And just like all Document content types, when you enable the Document ID Service feature, any uploaded video that is associated with the Video content type, will get a Document ID assigned to it and take part in document management in SharePoint.

There are two ways on which you can add a Video content type to SharePoint 2010:

  1. You can create an Asset Library, which by default has a Video content type as one of the content types associated with it.
  2. You can manually add a Video content type to a normal SharePoint document library.

To create an Asset Library in SharePoint 2010:

  1. In SharePoint, navigate to the site where you want to create the library, and click Site Actions > More Options.
  2. On the Create page, select Library under Filter By, select Asset Library, type in a Name for the library, and click Create.

Once the asset library has been created, you can upload a video using the Video content type by clicking Library Tools > Documents > New > New Document > Video.

To manually add a Video content type to a normal document library:

  1. In SharePoint, navigate to the document library to which you want to add a Video content type.
  2. Click Library Tools > Library > Settings > Library Settings.
  3. On the Document Library Settings page, if the Content Types section is not present, click Advanced settings under General Settings.
  4. On the Advanced Settings page, select Yes under Allow management of content types, and then click OK.
  5. On the Document Library Settings page under Content Types, click Add from existing site content types.
  6. On the Add Content Types page, select Digital Asset Content Types from the Select site content types from drop-down list box, select Video from the Available Site Content Types list, click Add, and then click OK.

Once you have added the Video content type to the SharePoint document library, you can upload a video using the Video content type by clicking Library Tools > Documents > New > New Document > Video.

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