How to create a watch folder

Maybe you’ve got a large content library that you want to process fast. With, you can point to a directory on your server—FTP, HTTP, or cloud storage (S3, Rackspace, Azure). We call this a watch folder. Initially, our system will scan the entire contents of this directory, encode it to your format, then send the files to a destination you specify. Going forward, we’ll watch this directory for changes and encode any new files that appear there.

After you login to, find the Watch Folder section on the left side. Follow the steps below to create a watchfolder.



Watch Folder Intro


To configure a watch folder, do the following:

  1. On the main page, click Create a Watch Folder. Or, Go to your Account page and click Watch Folder on the left menu.
  2. In the upper left, click the Add new Watch Folder button.
  3. In the pop-up window, enter the path in the field Point us to you source folder. Click the link below the field to get help in creating the path name.


Create Watch Folder

  1. If necessary, check the box for the source type (FTP, HTTP, S3, CF, Azure, or Desktop).
  2. Click the Start button.
  3. Step Two is the next pop-up, in which you need only make two choices.



Watch Folder Step 2



  1. Choose the Frequency (range: every 5 minutes down to only once per day). The system will check the timestamp of each file to determine if it should be part of the job.
  2. Enter an output Destination path which, for example, might point to an /output folder on your server. Click the + button to add more destination paths.
  3. Optionally, enter a comma-separated list of masks into the File Name Control field. Each mask indicates a file type that you want to process out of your watch folder. For example, entering the following will process only MP4 and MOV files out of your watch folder: “*.mp4, *.mov”.
  4.  If you want an alert message regarding your watch folder jobs, enter an e-mail address in the Notification field. And, if you like, enter the Watch Folder Title,
  5.  Decide if you want to enable Passive FTP mode by checking the box. If you want to process files while they are downloading, check the Instant Option box.
  6.  To optimize by choosing a server near your server location, choose the closest location from the Region View drop-down.
  7. Click the Next button to move on to Step Three.



Watch Folder Step 3



  1. In the drop-downs, choose the Output Format category and type.
  2. Optionally, enter a Postfix. The system will append this string to all output filenames. For example, if you type “_big” in this field, and the input filename is “video1.ext”, then the output filename will be “video1_big.ext”.
  3.  If you check the Disable postfix box, the system won’t append anything to the output filename. This is useful if you want to intermittently turn off the postfixing (while also retaining the text in the Postfix field).
  4.  In the field Where should we send your video?, enter the path where you want the final output video to be sent. Click the Customize button to configure a variety of settings (remember to click the Save custom preset button.
  5. If you want additional outputs, click the + for Add another output format.
  6.  To save all of your changes for this watch folder, click the Save button at the very bottom. You’ll see a new item in the Watch Folder listing.



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