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What's the difference between categories, channels, albums, groups and playlists?

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The easiest way to structure media is the assignment to a category. Each VIMP medium has to be assigned to at least one category. Multilingual categories can be added and managed in the backend of VIMP.

The initial assignment of a medium to one or more categories has to be made during the upload process. Modifications to the assignment can be made at any time later via the edit medium function.

Categories apply throughout the portal and can be called up directly. Categories basically present a first filter capability of your contents. You can also build up a hierarchical structure with subcategories.



Channels represent editorial collections in VIMP that can only be managed by entitled channel administrators or moderators. The assignment of media to a channel takes place in the channel media administration.

Authenticated VIMP users can subscribe to a channel. Whenever a new medium is added to the channel the subscribers will be notified automatically.

Channels can be set to private or public. Contents of private channels are only available for users who subscribed to that channel. Optionally an approval and activation of new subscribers can be activated.

Channels can also be offered with costs optionally (VIMP Ultimate).



Albums are designed to create collections on the user level. Each authenticated user can create own albums by default. Albums are suited to create thematically coherent media collections, e.g. for events.

The assignment of media to albums takes place in the album media administration. The visibility of albums can be restricted (only visible for the owner, only visible for friends, visible for everybody).



VIMP groups are especially suited to collaborate. By default groups can be created by each authenticated user. The visibility can be set to public or private.

Contents of private groups are only visible for members of that group. Group admission can be requested by the users themselves or be made through an invitation of the group owner. According to the settings, group membership will be granted automatically or only after approval of the group owner.

As a discussion tool a group can contain a group forum where the group members can exchange ideas.


Furthermore, VIMP allows users to create their own playlists for videos. Playlists are only visible in the respective user profile and are therefore not publicly accessible. However, these can be shared and distributed with other users of the platform via various options (depending on the playlist status).


Users can add videos to a desired playlist via the "+" button on the media detail page or remove the respective video from a playlist again. In addition, new playlists can also be created here.


An overview of all playlists, including editing options, can be found as a button in the VIMP header bar.


There, users can edit the playlist name as well as the status (public, hidden and private), remove videos from playlists, change the order of the videos within the playlist via drag'n'drop and share their playlists (including embed code).



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