uStudio recommends attaching a thumbnail image to an audio file before uploading it to your studio.
uStudio's platform can manage and stream audio-only files. It is highly recommended that you attach a thumbnail/poster image BEFORE uploading an audio file to your studio. This thumbnail image will represent the asset visually during playback.
If you don't attach a thumbnail/poster image prior to uploading your audio file, you can still add a thumbnail in our system, but the thumbnail only displays until the audio starts streaming. While the audio is streaming, viewers will see this uStudio placeholder image:
The easiest way to attach a poster image to an audio file *pre-upload* is with iTunes. If you don't already have iTunes, you can download it at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/. Once you have iTunes, follow the steps below to add a poster image to the audio file you wish to upload to your studio.
- Add your audio file to your iTunes music library. You can do this by either dragging the file into iTunes, or by going to File > Add to Library and searching for the audio file in the file selector, then double-clicking on the audio file you wish to add. The file will be represented with a little "musical-note" image, because it doesn't have another way to visually represent the asset yet.
- Right-click on the name of the audio file in the iTunes gallery and select "Get Info".
- In the window that opens, click the "Artwork" header.
- You can add a poster image either by dragging the desired image into this window, or by clicking "Add Artwork" at the bottom of the window and using the file selector to choose an image.
- Once you have an image selected, click OK. The thumbnail will now appear next to the audio track in your iTunes library.
- Right-click on the name of the audio file again and select "Show in Finder" for Mac, or “Show in Explorer” for Windows. This will open the folder that contains the audio file, now with a poster image attached. This is the file you want to upload to the uStudio app.
Note: There may be some file types that do not allow you to Add Artwork by following the steps described above. This often has to do with the file's audio codec. To resolve this, click on the name of the audio file in iTunes and select "Create AAC Version". This will create another audio file with the same name and the appropriate audio codec. Repeat steps 2-5 with this new audio file.