Viz One 5.14.0

The update delivers a Viz One that supports hybrid infrastructure, easier integration, and more powerful system administration.

The latest version of Vizrt’s media asset management system, Viz One 5.14, includes fourteen new features. Highlights include archiving media in the cloud using Amazon S3, enabling seamless integration using the Studio Panel API, the new system performance monitor, and the ability to put storages and servers into a convenient Maintenance mode. The full set of improvements are presented below. We also recommend reading the latest Administration Guide and Studio User Guide for more information.

Amazon S3 Object Storage Support

Viz One can now control Amazon S3 object storage for use as a permanent archive storage.  Amazon S3 is a cloud-based object storage that offers high availability and scalability at low cost. An administrator can now easily add one or multiple storages, accessible via an S3 API, for use as a permanent archive storage. These storages can also exist in addition to other types of archive storage such as an on-premise tape library. The interface to S3 is built as a Viz One Transfer Plugin, enabling overriding or modification of operational characteristics, in accordance with customer-specific requirements. Whilst this feature enables some Amazon Glacier operability, we are planning further improvements to more effectively handle resource allocation, and thus do not recommend using this S3 plugin with any object storage that has significant wait times. (ONE-570)

Studio Panel API

Studio now provides a Javascript API that embedded pages can use to access some of Studio’s features. The new API is a long-term API that Vizrt will maintain in order to enable lower life cycle costs on custom panels built for Studio. The feature is the result of a significant engineering effort that we believe will enable a new level of custom and bespoke interface design inside Studio. (ONE-119)

System performance monitor

Viz One now includes a built-in system and applications monitor that provides administrators better access to system performance data. This data is important for troubleshooting performance issues and also to confirm system hardware sizing. The new monitor will ensure systems are able to run as intended. (ONE-715)

Maintenance mode for storages, servers and transcoders

Services in Viz One can now be put into maintenance mode. This makes it much easier and less disruptive to take parts of the system offline for system maintenance. When a service is set to maintenance mode, the system allows ongoing jobs to complete whilst preventing the initiation of new jobs. This means that once its active jobs complete, the service will then be unused. Once that happens system administrators can easily do maintenance, such as applying operating system patches, doing a reboot, or perhaps adding more memory or changing network settings. Once the maintenance is complete, the service can be set back to active mode. Maintenance mode is available for storages, servers and transcoders. (ONE-612)

Store deleted assets for archival and administrator access

Viz One can now keep placeholder items with metadata for deleted assets. Administrator and Archivist users can filter on these deleted items using Studio's search feature. This enables a better understanding of asset life cycles and simplifies troubleshooting issues related to previously deleted media. Please note that long-term storage of placeholder items for deleted assets can affect database sizing requirements. (ONE-696)

Filter within Folders or Programs in Studio

Studio now includes filters when viewing Folders and Programs. This enables finding collection members quickly by use of filtering. (ONE-778)

Increased security and reliability with improved patch handling

Linux minor versions, regular patches, and security patches are now easier to apply. We have changed how Linux dependencies are managed to allow Vizrt Support more rapid implementation of any new operating system patches. (ONE-686)

Fine-grained audit trails can now be configured

Viz One now supports the auditing of more detailed information, whilst providing system administrators with configuration alternatives that set filtering on these audits. Filtering that only saves business-relevant actions in system audit trails is a significant feature, as full auditing of all actions can generate considerable data. Several new audit actions have been added including new audits for Dictionaries, Directories, Thesauri, Log entries and Search.  (ONE-777)

Faster event notifications

Viz One now uses a new version of ActiveMQ which has better memory consumption and faster performance. This enables event notifications to be processed and sent faster - especially in large environments. (ONE-506)

Graceful concurrent metadata editing of Thesauri and Drop-down lists

Users now get a warning when metadata changes they are trying to save are out-of-date. This feature was originally added in 5.13 is now extended to cover all Viz One metadata components, including Thesauri and drop-down lists. The feature makes it easier for multiple users to simultaneously edit Viz One metadata. (ONE-783)

Improved Viz One API

The REST-based Viz One API has been extended with a number of features, including: 

  • Media Relations information for related audio and subtitles. Items such as dubbed versions, can can now be completely managed via the API. This feature introduces a small modification to the underlying data model that organizes audio and subtitle relationships. At upgrade, any existing relationships are automatically adjusted by scripts included in the upgrade package. (ONE-408)
  • Preserve relations during media reassignment. The API can now control to what extent other related data such as Log entries, Folders, Packages, Segmentation and metadata are  preserved or replaced when media is moved from one item to another. This media reassignment is commonly used in placeholder workflows and can also be powerful way of fixing faulty media assignments. (ONE-579)
  • Configurable invokers for enabling future transition to Send To-based workflows in Vizrt’s proxy editing tools. (ONE-745)