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Connect to a content source

Video features might not be enabled for your network. To learn more, contact your account manager.

To target ads to video content, the first step is to set up a content source in DFP. Video content must be "active" in your content management system in order to sync with DFP. Inactive content is not included in the sync.

Before you connect to a content source

Before you connect to a content source, make sure you've followed the steps detailed below.

  • Ensure that each content partner in your MRSS feed has been created and is active. Learn more
  • Within the MRSS feed, ensure that each piece of content that should have an owner has the following: <dfpvideo:owner name=”ContentPartnerName”/>, where ContentPartnerName is the verbatim name of the partner from the DFP UI.
  • When the source is connected, make sure that Source: Owner is mapped to all of the DFP key-values: ContentPartnerName.

Every response to the MRSS feed request must have a valid content-type set in order for DFP Video to accept the feed.

To connect to a content source:

  1. On the Video tab, select Content sources.
  2. Click New source.
  3. Enter a Source name. The name is for your own internal use and doesn't appear elsewhere.
  4. Select a source Type. Source types currently include YouTube, Brightcove, Ooyala, and MRSS feed.
  5. Enter your credentials for the content source. DFP requires your credentials in order to sync with the content source and ingest content metadata.
    • Brightcove: API token
    • Ooyala: API key and API secret
    • YouTube (if available for your network): username
    • MRSS feed: the full feed URL (required) points to a feed of all videos, and the delta feed URL (optional) points to a feed of recently updated or added videos. See an overview of feeds for DFP Video.
  6. Select the Sync rule. Sync rule options include:
    • Automatic: Refresh newly published content 15 times per hour, and all other content at least once per day.
    • Manual: Refresh only when Sync all (every content source in your network) or Sync changes (only content sources that were changed since the last manual sync) are clicked from the "Content sources" menu on the "Video" tab.
  7. Click Save.
  8. The next screen shows up to 25 videos as a sample of the content from the source you selected. Verify that the list contains the correct videos, then click Continue.

If it takes a moment for your content to load, you can navigate away from the sources page. Return any time to check the status of your content. If the content ingestion is successful, the next screen allows you to map your content metadata to DFP targeting criteria. Learn how to manage content metadata.

Repeat the steps above for any additional sources.

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