How do I upload my own video?

Please note: This video was created with a previous version of Homestretch, and the site may appear to be slightly different. 

Before we begin, here are a few technical guidelines that will help you understand the process.

You can upload any video using the most common video formats, including .avi, .mp4, .mkv, .mov, .qt, .mpeg, .dat, .3gp, .wmv, .webm, .flv, .f4v format. So yes, you can use a video you’ve shot on your smartphone, video camera, iPad, etc.

However, in order to upload the file on to the Homestretch server, you must be using a computer. You will not be able to directly upload a video from your phone or iPad to Homestretch. This means that if you shoot a video on, say, your iphone, you must first download it on to your computer. You can do this by emailing the video over, or by using a datastick or other file transfer device.

UPDATE Oct 10, 2012: If you have iOS 6 installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can upload videos directly from your device if you visit Homestretch through the iPhone/iPad web browser. This should also work for newer Android phones.

To begin, click on the “Exercises” tab on the top of the page, and then press the “Add New” button.

Create an Exercise Name for your new video, and modify the Reps, Sets, Daily, and Hold Time fields as appropriate.

Add a “Description” if you’d like. Often these are step by step instructions on how to perform the exercise.

Add Categories - If you are creating this exercise for use with more than one patient, consider adding one or more "Categories". If you are only creating an exercise for one patient, skip this step. Categories correspond to the Category search filters, and can help you more easily find the exercise in your library. To add a category, start typing in the category you’d like to add, and the auto-complete feature will automatically present you with a list of categories to choose from. To select a category, click a word on the list. You can add as many categories as you wish. For example, you might add “Abdominal”, “Ball”, and “Cervical”.

Decide whether your video should only be used with one specific patient, or can be used with any patient, and check the appropriate box. If you decide that only one patient should have access, you’ll need to enter that patient’s name in to the text box. Start by type the first few letters of the patient’s name, and then select the correct patient from the list.

If you upload a video for a specific patient, not for general use (“Patient Access Only”), you can only see it in Create Programs if the program is already assigned to the correct patient. On the “Create Programs” tab, with the patient name unassigned, only the videos accessible to all patients show up. To find and assign this video, you'll need to start on the Home or Patient page and then select "Assign Program" for the patient to whom you've assigned this video. Once the correct patient is assigned to the program, the video will be available for you to assign.

Press next to select and upload your video.

Press the browse button, and find the video you’d like to upload. Press open. The name of the file will appear in the “Upload Video” box. Press the “Upload” button to begin uploading.

Important: Make sure to upload the video from a folder on your computer, and not from a media manager like iPhoto.

Uploading your video may take a few minutes, and a progress bar or spinning wheel will indicate that Homestretch is working. Your video is being processed and converted in to high and low bandwidth versions. Please be patient, and do not navigate away from this page, or your upload will be lost.

Once the video is uploaded, the video player, loaded with your video will appear under the “Upload Video” bar.  You can play the video if you’d like to view it.

Press next to continue. All that’s left now is to review the information you’ve already entered, and to select screen shots for your patients’ print outs. If you’d like to skip selecting screen shots, press the “Save” button, and you are done.

If you’d like to select screen shots, scroll down to the “Select Screen Shots” section. Check the screen shots that you would like to delete, then press the “Delete Selected button” at the bottom of the screen. Alternately, you can delete them one at a time by pressing the “Remove” button next to each screen shot. Those screen shots that have not been deleted will appear on your patients’ print outs.  Finally, press the “Save” button above the screen shot section, and you are done.

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