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Uploading a New File to Spotloader

Produce your video file

Before you upload your file, please make sure it was produced in the correct format and layout.

Also, make sure to visit our extensive list of tips and tutorials for the leading editing and transcoding applications.

Login to Spotloader

Using your user credentials, login in to your Spotloader account. If you do not have an account, please click on the link “Create Account” located under the login form.

Click on the the upload icon to access the upload form:

Select a file source

Upload a file

choose this option to upload a file from your local computer.

choose this option to enter the URL of a supported file location, including Dropbox, S3, FileAnywhere, and others. If your file storage/sharing platform is not yet supported, please contact your representative and we will do our best to make it work.

Alternatively you may wish to upload web links by using our Link Browser.

Enter the Spot Metadata

Media ID
Under Media ID, enter a unique code used to identify this file (this is often called an ISCI Code or an AD-ID). Media IDs must contain only letters and numbers. Dashes and spaces are not allowed.
We recommend not exceeding 16 characters in length, although some stations may accept longer codes.

In case of a revision, we recommend appending “R1”, “R2”, etc. at the end of the original Media ID.

The Media ID is often referred to as the ISCI code or Ad ID.
The title of the spot. This field can contain special characters.
The name of the advertiser or client.
The duration of the actual spot. Do not include the duration of any existing black or slate.
SOM (Start of Message)
The position at which the actual commercial starts.

If your spot does not contain initial slate and black, enter ‘0’ seconds and ‘0’ frames as the SOM.

If the commercial starts, for example, 7 seconds into the video, enter ‘7’ seconds and ‘0’ frames as the SOM.

For more information, please read about the accepted video layouts.
Audio Layout
The disposition of audio channels in the file (defaults to “Stereo”)

Read about audio layouts for files containing surround sound, no audio, etc.

Each Media ID within Spotloader must be unique. We strongly recommend not using generic Media IDs such as NEWSUMMERSPOT or 2023EVENT.

Only one instance of a Media ID can be used in Spotloader at a time. If your upload fails due to the Media ID already existing you will need to use a different one or contact your station representative to see if the existing file can be removed.

Select one or more destination

If required, please select one or more destination for your file.

Forgot to pick a destination? No problem. Additional destinations can be added after the file is uploaded.

If you are unable to find the destination or station you are trying to delivery a spot to please contact your station account representative to verify you are using the correct Spotloader service.

Upload the file

Click on the “Upload” button to start your upload. When the upload is complete, the file will be analyzed according to the station’s validation rules and will be either accepted or rejected. If the file fails to upload you will be presented with a description of the error. Please see our pages on some common upload errors and possible solutions for them.

If you need to transfer additional files, click on the “Add File” button to open an additional upload form.

Updated on January 9, 2023