Audio Content

You can ingest, manage, and play audio content just as you do video content. This topic explains how to ingest audio content and create a player for it.


To add audio file to your Video Cloud account, use the Dynamic Ingest API or the Upload module. Your source file can be in MP3, M4A, or WAV format. The ingest process requires two requests:

  1. A create request to the CMS API to create the item in your Video Cloud catalog
  2. An ingest request to the Ingest API to ingest and transcode the file

Details of these requests are found in the Dynamic Ingest API reference.

Ingest profile

Dynamic Delivery

If your account is enabled for Dynamic Delivery, you do not need a custom profile for audio-only content.


The renditions created in Video Cloud for your audio item are in MP4 and HLS format, with an audio track only. The item can be played in a Brightcove Player just like a video, as explained below.

Note: In order to maximize coverage of playback on multiple platforms/browsers, we recommend that audio files be transcoded into MP4 and HLS renditions with audio tracks only - you cannot specify MP3 as the output format.

Poster and thumbnail

Optionally, you can add a poster and/or thumbnail image to your audio file. The poster is displayed in the Brightcove player during playback, and the thumbnail is displayed in any playlist that you add the item to.

To add images to your audio item, you can either edit the item settings in Studio or use the Dynamic Ingest API.

Creating a custom audio player

It is also possible to create a custom audio player. A sample audio player is displayed below. For information on creating a custom audio player, see the following: .