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To upload files to my library:

  • You may upload up to nine files at once. But start small! You may upload up to nine files at once.  But start small!
  • Mindful of your storage limit, click the [Browse] button to navigate to your file. Mindful of your storage limit, click the [Browse] button to navigate to your file.
  • Select the category under which this file will be listed, ensuring the format is supported. Select the category under which this file will be listed, ensuring the format is supported.
  • Enter a label identifying the file's contents, and enter comments below. Enter a label identifying the file's contents, and enter comments below.
  • The comment box is a good place to put a copyright notice, if appropriate. The comment box is a good place to put a copyright notice, if appropriate.
  • Select which visitors you would like to have access to this file. Select which visitors you would like to have access to this file.
  • Repeat for all files, then click the [Upload] and wait patiently for the upload to complete. Repeat for all files, then click the [Upload] and wait patiently for the upload to complete.
  • You will be returned to this page to upload more files. When done, exit via the link or the main menu. You will be returned to this page to upload more files.  When done, exit via the link or the main menu.
  • ...and your file(s) will appear in the download listing. ...and your file(s) will appear in the download listing.

Background:

Members with an Author profile are initially granted a limited amount of storage space to upload their files. More space is available for those who want it. You may not upload copyrighted files for which you do not have permission.

Since file uploads take time (depending on the speed of your internet connection), ePlays.org lets you upload up to nine files at once, unattended. While files are uploading, there will be no feedback, as the entire upload needs to complete before the server can respond. In addition, each file is checked for viruses, which also takes time. Once the upload is complete, you will be returned back to the upload page, and the files you uploaded will be listed along with their upload status.

Starting out, upload one file at a time. Be sure that you have made all the proper entries in the form, including selecting the file category to which each file is being uploaded. "Reading audio" refers to a recording of a live (or studio) reading of your play. "Music audio" is intended for individual musical numbers (of a musical), which may also be included as part of the Reading audio of the appropriate scene. In all cases, be sure the file extension and file type match the selected category. At this time not all formats are supported.

The file label is what will identify the file to visitors, and it is therefore very important. The computer considers it optional in that a (possibly lengthy) file uploaded will not be rejected if it's missing however. You can simply edit the label rather than have to re-upload the file. There is also space for a comment for each file; you can use this to list credits, describe the contents in more detail, and/or provide a copyright notice. If it is appropriate, a copyright notice can also be included in the metadata of .mp3 file formats. ("Metadata" is data that is part of the file, but not part of the (audio or image) content. It can include such things as shutter speed, band name, music genre, and other information about the file contents. Most audio and/or image processing software gives access to this metadata.)

Each file may be released to different categories of visitors depending on which stage of development your play is in, and what kind of file it is. For example, files belonging to plays in development can be released to members of your club (for discussion in the club message boards); files belonging to plays that are ready for production can be released to Venue operators and their minions.

After each upload is completed, you will be returned to the upload page, and the Status Messages window will report the status of each of the uploaded files. You may then upload more files until you are finished. To escape, simply click the link to your play (which will appear in the Status Messages window as well as in the heading), or leave by the main menu or by any other link.

When you are familiar with the system and the timing, feel free to upload more than one file at a time.

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