Upload Media

Digital media files – images, animations, audio and video – can all be uploaded to UpStage and assigned to a live stage to be used in your performances.

Please see the previous chapters on Creating Graphics for UpStage and Creating Audio for UpStage for tips on creating media. This chapter explains how to upload media that you have created or sourced to use in your UpStage performances.

NOTE: Media Management has been replaced by The Studio; navigation and screenshots here are now out of date, but The Studio has similar functionality. The manual will be updated soon.

To upload media to UpStage, first navigate to the Media section of the Backstage by clicking on “Media” in the top menu bar.

You arrive at the list of all available media on this UpStage instance. The list shows a preview of the media, its name, type, who uploaded it, any stages that the media item has been assigned to, when it was uploaded, the licence of the media, and buttons to edit, download or delete the media item.

Upload media

In the banner at the top of the screen you will see the button “New +”. Click on this and a file upload window opens. Navigate to where the media item you want to upload is located on your computer. Select the file and click “open”.

The media management window opens at the Preview tab. Here you can:

  • see or hear a preview of the media item
  • give the media item an appropriate name. This will be displayed in the media list and if it is an avatar, it will appear in the chat on the live stage when the avatar speaks (you can change it on the live stage). Choose a name that will help you to know what the file is.
  • select the media type: Avatar, Prop, Backdrop, Audio, Stream or Curtain. This affects how the media item can be used on the live stage, and is used to filter and find media in the Backstage.

Note that your file is not uploaded until you click the green “Save” button in the top left-hand corner. Before saving the media item, you may want to make further changes to the settings for this media item.

Set Copyright

Click on the “Copyright” tab at the top left of the Media Management window to select the Copyright level that you want for this media item.

  • Copyright free: the media can be used by other players in any way without need for permission.
  • Use with acknowledgement: the media can be used by other players as long as the owner is acknowledged.
  • Use with permission: other players must ask you for permission if they want to use this media item.
  • Not shared: the media can only be used by the owner, or on stage by players who have access to a stage that the owner assigned the media item to.

Assign media item to a stage

Click on the “Stage” tab at the top left of the Media Management window. You will see a list of the stages that you own or have been given edit access to, as well as those that can have this media item assigned to them.

Hover the cursor over a stage name; it will be highlighted in green, with a white plus (+) icon. Click on it and the stage will move to the right-hand list, which shows the stages that this media item is assigned to.

To remove the media item from a stage, hover over the stage name in the right-hand list; it will be highlighted in red, with a white minus (-) icon. Click on it and the stage will move back to the left-hand list.

You can assign or unassign the media item from all stages in a list by clicking on the green “>>” or “<<” buttons.

Note that unassigning a media item from a stage does not delete it from the UpStage server. It will no longer be available to use on the live stage that you have unassigned it from, but it will still be avaliable on any other stages it has been assigned to, and in the Media Management interface.

Avatar voices

If you have chosen Avatar as the type of this media item, there will be a “Voice” tab in the media item’s edit interface. Here you can adjust the avatar’s text2speech voice by selecting a Voice and Variant, and adjusting the sliders for Pitch, Rate and Volume.

Test the voice by entering the text you want to hear spoken in the test field and clicking the green circle at the right-hand end of the text input field. You will hear the text spoken in the voice you have set, and can make further adjustments until you are satisfied.

Clicking “Save” once you have modified the voice will mean that this voice will be used for this media item on all stages. See the chapter on Avatar Speech and Voices in the Live Stage section for how to adjust the voice on the live stage.


If you want your media item to be a clickable link on stage, enter the URL here. During the cyberformances, the audience can then click on it to open the URL in their browser.

Multiframe animations

If your media item is an Avatar, Prop or Backdrop, there will be a “Multiframe” tab in the Media Management window. Here you can create a multiframe animation by combining several images together.

On the Multiframe tab, click on the Multiframe toggle; it will become green, and you will see a list of the available media (avatars, props and backdrops). You can create your multiframe media item from previously uploaded media by clicking on each icon to select it, or upload a series of new images through this interface.

To remove an image from a multiframe, hover over the thumbnail in the right-hand list; it will be highlighted in red, with a white minus (-) icon. Click on it; the media item will move back to the left-hand list.

Save your changes

Click on the green “Save” button in the lower right-hand corner to upload your media item and save any other changes that you have made. You can return to the Media Management window at any time to edit the media item.