Viz One 5.11

The latest version of Vizrt’s media asset management system fundamentally extends both the search and media capabilities with 25 new features.

Viz One 5.11 is feature rich with a total of 25 new features. The aim of the release is to extend both the search and media capabilities of Viz One. The result is a MAM system with significantly more powerful search, and native support for H.264 media suited for broadcast, online and non-broadcast use-cases. The full set of features is presented in the next section. We also recommend reading the new Studio User’s Guide and the Administrator’s Guide for more information.

Smart Search

The new Smart Search feature allows searching across all types of assets in a single query. It can combine metadata from parent programs and parent series, as well as time-based log metadata from, for example, an OPTA Sports Feed in a single query.  With search being the primary way that users find assets in Viz One it is one of the most commonly used features. By immediately searching across all types of assets users can find media more efficiently than ever before.

To complement Smart Search, the browser-based Viz One interface, Studio, now also shows multiple related assets for a search result. This means users can directly find matching assets not currently displayed such as logs, edited versions, and folders without having to leave the search result or to dig deeper.

5.11 also solves a typical problem in large archives; metadata often needs to be duplicated to avoid search limitations. This is especially true for significant metadata such as a goal or an interview topic stored in a log of an asset. In some cases, this is handled by the system automatically copying this metadata in the parent’s asset metadata. This problem has been fixed by Smart Search and a control of how search aggregation is performed. Using this approach one can store data in the search metadata for the parent or child asset. This enables both simpler search interfaces, such as a web portals facing the Viz One API and the Adobe panel, as well as more advanced search interfaces, such as Studio.

Production with H.264

H.264 for video production is now enabled for the core media handlers. This allows customers to use video recorded on phones or other platforms that use H.264 in their workflows. It also allows management of content that has been significantly more compressed to save storage space compared to higher bandwidth broadcast codecs. This new feature extends the use of H.264 compressed streams to proxy video and allows it to be used as the actual production format.

H.264 is particularly suited for online video production and for customers shooting with smaller camera setups like DSLRs. Producing content with 10 Mbit H.264 can save up to ten times more disk space when compared to first generation HD codecs such as DVCPRO HD. Viz One’s support of this codec enables customer’s storage to remain as effective as possible. It also allows storing significantly more media for the same level of investment.

Faster editing of Apple ProRes for Archives

Viz One 5.11 has full support for the Apple ProRes media format. New features include faster editing editing of Apple ProRes video in large video since the system can do partial restore from tape. By only restoring the actual media used in a cut or export, less bandwidth is used and more media can be pushed to/from the LTO archive. This speeds up workflows and lowers the investment needed for an archive.

Send long growing files to Avid

Long media can now be sent to Avid while media is being ingested into Viz One. Users can start working with the media immediately as it transfers to Avid Interplay or Avid Media Composer. 

Improved Viz One API

The REST-based Viz One API has been extended with a number of features.  The directory data model entity can now be completely manipulated via the API. This makes it very easy to store player lineups, or other people, or location databases.

The JavaScript custom actions in Viz One, which are used to customize behavior in both the core backend, as well as in Studio, has been extended with a number of features.

JavaScript actions in Studio can now be performed for the members of a folder, program, or series that the user has currently selected. This makes it very easy to for example build, an Excel export feature that only exports the currently selected members in Studio.

Custom JavaScript actions in Studio can now use media player and clip info. Access to this data enables building scripts that export media based on the clip list created or, for example, the current frame in the video player. 

OpenStack Swift transfer-plugin

Viz One’s transfer system has been extended with a new transfer-plugin that interfaces OpenStack Swift. This enables Viz One to take advantage of the flexibility and resilience that Object Storages such as OpenStack Swift offer. The primary purpose of the new transfer-plugin is to enable using OpenStack Swift for long-term storage.

Playlist handling improvements

The Viz One playlist view and automatic playout staging functionality have both been extended. The purpose of these extensions are to enable more effective and consistent delivery of media to playout. The extensions include changes to the playlist view in Studio, as well as changes to the actual media staging itself.

 

In Studio the playlist view now shows more information. This is important as the playlist page often functions as a dashboard for operators to view the status of a playlist. Duration warnings are now shown based on mismatches were the playlist entry wants to reference more material than is actually available in the linked asset. Each control room that the playlist is intended for is now shown with a configurable description. In larger environments different channels can have different behaviors that the operators need to know when viewing the playlist. The description can for example be used to show what pre-staging time for that control room is. The pre-staging time, e.g., when files should start to be automatically copied, is often important for operators.

Package editing in Studio

There are two new features in the Viz One 5.11 release that simplify and improve Segmentation and Package Management in Studio.

Transfer page improvements

The Transfer page in Studio now shows transfer speed relative to real-time transfer speed (e.g.  2xRT, 1.8xRT, 0.3xRT, etc.) for individual entries within a transfer. This allows a user to know when media will be available for transmission and for an administrator to take corrective action if required. The Transfer page displays the progress as a percentage of completion for both individual entries as well as an aggregate for the top-level transfer.

 

 

 

Keyboard shortcuts for accessibility and power users

Viz One 5.11 now exposes a full set of keyboard shortcuts to enable greater access in Studio. The new shortcuts also enable power users to perform operations with a single keystroke. Accessibility is a growing legal requirement that many organizations must comply with. Viz One aims to comply WCAG-2 level AA (and level AAA where applicable). This enables keyboard-only and screen-reader users, as well as people with other disabilities, to use Studio.

Configurable storage sizes

The core storage management system now allows configuring an arbitrary size per storage area. The new features make it easy to divide up disk between departments and groups without having to do complicated volume management or file system partitioning. With the new feature one can avoid that by setting individual size parameters per storage and thus more effectively share storage.

See the full release notes available at download.vizrt.com.