UpStage v1

The Studio

The Studio is a new media management system that is currently in development. In time, it will replace the Media section of UpStage's Backstage, but at the moment (December 2021) it is still in development. This chapter explains the features that are already working, and which are not possible or not so easy in the current Media section.

For now, actions that can be done in both the Studio and Backstage Media will work the same regardless of where you do it, such as uploading new media, assigning to stages and so on.

The key new features in the Studio are enhanced filtering and searching, and the permissions system for managing the use of your media by other players.

Filter and search

The ability to filter and search media is greatly enhanced in the Studio. As well as being able to search media by name or keyword, you can also add filters to refine the displayed list of media.

The available filters are:

  • Owners: display media uploaded by one or more specific players
  • Media types: show media of only one or more types (avatar, audio, prop, backdtop, curtain, stream)
  • Stages assigned: allows you to see just the media assigned to a specific stage or stages
  • Tags: filter by tags attached to media items
  • Date filter: select a time period and view all media uploaded within that period.

Copyright and permission

The Studio provides a system for players to set, request and approve permission for the use of media items by other players. The "Copyright level" column shows the status of each media item - whether it is copyright free for anyone to be used, can be used with acknowledgement, or can only be used with permission.

A media item can also be set to "Not shared", which means that other players will not have access to this media item.

[screenshot - studio_permissions]

Use with acknowledgement

This means that you are free to use this media item, but you must acknowledge the copyright owner. In the "Manage" column you will see a button that says "Acknowledge", and when you hover over it, a pop-up tells you that by clicking the button, you are acknowledging use of the media by that player. The player will receive a message tell them that you are using the media. They may contact you or check your show to ensure that the media is properly acknowledged.

[screenshot - acknowledge_media]

Use with permission

This means that you can only use this media item if you have permission from the copyright holder (usually the player who uploaded it). Click on "Request permission" in the Manage column for that item, and a pop-up window appears where you can write a message to the player. You should tell them in what context you want to use their media, so that they can decide whether or not to allow it.

The copyright holding player will receive a notification asking them to approve your request. Note that this notification is only within the UpStage system (at this stage) - they do not receive an email or any other alert that there is a request waiting for them. If they are not regularly active on this instance of UpStage, you may need to contact them through another channel as well, or ask an Admin of the UpStage instance to contact them.

[screenshot - request_oermission]

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