Shape libraries collect all the assets you can use in your Shapes.
The Media Library is a repository of the images and videos you upload, whereas the Stock Library contains a large number of assets from StoryBlocks that you can pick and choose.
When editing your Shapes, you can change the background of your scenes by quickly accessing the Media Library or the Stock Library from the editor. The Media Library can also be accessed from the dropdown menu that appears when you click on your profile button in the top right corner of the home page.
Managing the Media Library
You can access the Media Library by clicking on your profile button in the top right corner of the home page and selecting the Media Library option or directly while editing a Shape scene.
When editing the background of a scene, access the Media Library by clicking on the pen icon on the right corner of the scene’s preview in the middle of the page, then selecting Media Library from the dropdown menu. Here you can browse the assets you uploaded to Shape. When you have found the background that you want to apply, hover your mouse over the asset, then click on Apply.
You also have the possibility to explore Shape’s Media Library. To do so, select the Expand button at the bottom of the panel.
On the page that opens, in the Media Library tab, you can browse assets, search for them by writing their names or tags in the search bar, and upload a new asset by clicking the Upload button or by dragging and dropping it anywhere on the page.
Please note: refer to the Best Practices for Assets and Supported File Types section when uploading an image or a video to the Media Library.
Once you have uploaded your asset, you will find it among the images or videos on the page.
Assets are also automatically uploaded to the Media Library from the documents you use when creating Shapes from documents.
To delete one or more assets, select them by clicking on the top left corner of the asset, then click on the Delete button. Please note that if you delete an asset used in a Shape that has already been published, it will be removed from the library, but not from the published content.
When you have decided which asset you want to use for the scene background, open the asset page by selecting the asset, then select the Apply button. As an alternative, select the asset by clicking on the top left corner of its card, then click Apply at the bottom of the page.
You can also add, remove, or edit tags that categorize the asset, by clicking on Add Tags when hovering your mouse over a tagless asset, clicking on the ellipsis button in any asset’s thumbnail, or from within the asset’s page. If you click on a tag already assigned, it will be added to the search bar to find all of the assets related to it.
Best Practices for Assets and Supported File Types
When uploading assets to the Media Library, the maximum file size is 20MB for images and 200MB for videos. These are the supported file types:
- Supported Image Formats
- .jpg, .jpeg
- Supported Video Formats
The recommended aspect ratios are 16:9 and 4:3. By default, assets fill the player's background. If you have vertical assets or screenshots that need to be clearly visible, you can set them to fit the player and keep the asset's aspect ratio by selecting the Fit Media option in the editor.
Shapes are split into scenes, each one with a maximum duration of 60 seconds, except for video scenes, which will keep the duration of the video. However, we recommend creating video scenes no longer than 2 minutes. As for background videos for classic scenes, if you upload videos longer than a minute, they will get cut off at 60 seconds.
Managing the Stock Library
You can access the Stock Library from the dropdown menu when editing a scene’s background, or by switching to the Stock Library tab after expanding the Media Library.
The Stock Library includes 500,000 images and 900,000 videos, all available for you to use for your learning pills. You can filter the assets shown on the page using the Images or Videos dropdown menu and the filters that will appear in the sidebar on the left of the page if you click on the Filter icon.
Select an asset to open its page, where you will see its name and related tags. Click on the Apply button to use it as the background of the scene you are editing. To choose the asset to use from the Stock Library tab, you can also select the asset by clicking on the top left corner of its card, then clicking Apply at the bottom of the page.