Video Solutions line items and creatives

Types of video and audio creatives

Video and audio line items support a variety of creatives that can play in conjunction with video or audio content.

Jump to a specific creative type: Video | Overlay | Video redirect | Set-top box | Audio | Audio redirect


The video creative type allows you to traffic pre-rolls, mid-rolls, or post-rolls. They can either be hosted by Ad Manager or externally. Publishers enabled for cross-sell with YouTube can traffic YouTube-hosted videos.

Ad Manager-hosted assets Externally-hosted assets

Upload a supported media file to Ad Manager to transcode it into all available formats and sizes.

Select whether the Ad Manager-hosted video ad duration should be rounded up or down to the nearest second. Transcoding begins after a creative is saved, not immediately after upload.*

* If your network does not have the option to round up or down: Transcoding instead begins after a file is successfully uploaded, and may continue after the creative is saved. An upload is canceled if you leave the page or click "Save" before it's complete.

Enter externally-hosted asset URLs to be ingested into Ad Manager, with their metadata.

  • You can add a maximum of 40 URLs, one per line, replacing any spaces in the URLs with %20.
  • Secure protocols (https) are not supported for metadata extraction from externally-hosted assets. You can instead use an http URL or manually enter the metadata into Ad Manager.
  • If the metadata cannot be extracted, assets are displayed in the metadata table without values.
  • If you have multiple assets, each with a different bitrate or format, repeat these steps for each asset.

When a video ad serves to a player that uses the IMA SDK, the bitrate used is based on the quality of the viewer's network connection. You can use the IMA SDK settings. to specify a bitrate.


The overlay creative type is an image ad that covers part of the video content as it plays. You can either upload an image file to Ad Manager or use a remote image. You can optionally configure duration, scale, and third-party tracking URLs.

Overlay creatives aren't supported for Programmatic Direct

See the available features for Programmatic Direct.

    Video redirect

The video redirect creative type is a third-party hosted ad that can contain one or more video ads and/or overlay ads. Redirect creative types require advertiser-provided VAST tags. Because the VAST tags aren't hosted by Ad Manager, reporting is not available for companion creatives for this creative type.

The duration field is required for redirects with standard or optimized pods, and is used to both to validate the loaded assets, and when reporting on video length. This value is is not automatically updated if the creative duration changes.

If the difference between this value and the actual asset duration is greater than 2 seconds, a VAST error is reported (although the creative might still play properly).

If you use Campaign Manager 360, you can enter in-stream pfadx tags as the VAST tag URL.

   Set-top box

Ads for set-top boxes are inserted into cable programs within video content accessible through a cable television provider. The set-top box creative type requires an external asset ID used in the cable system, and a provider ID, which is configured by Google for your network. Contact your account manager for more information.

Set-top box creatives aren't supported for Programmatic Direct

See the available features for Programmatic Direct.


Audio ads that play during audio content.

  Audio redirect

Audio ads that point to a third-party ad server. Requires a VAST tag provided by the advertiser.

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