Viz One 5.5

Viz One 5.5 delivers significant system stability improvements together with API and user experience enhancements.

New Features

This minor release contains several new features, extensions to new third-party systems, improved system management tools, a look and feel makeover and resolution of stability issues.

The following new features have been added to Viz One since version 5.5.0:

  • Stacks - The stack presents Studio users with a lightweight work area for simplifying operations like moving media from one asset to another, or for ordering the same operation on all assets in the stack, in a single stroke. Any asset type such as video, images or audio can be added to the stack. Once media is on the stack, routine tasks like multiple transfers or deletions are presented as action buttons, speeding-up everyday workflows. Essentially, the stack is an attractive new way of working effectively with multiple assets.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC Full Mac Support - Premiere Pro professionals on both Mac and Windows get connected to the wealth of assets held in Viz Media  Engine. With Vizrt’s Premiere Pro extension panel, editors can search for and access media without leaving Premiere Pro.
    Viz One assets can be rapidly located and added to a sequence or selected project, and immediately opened with no time delays for file transfers. When an edit session involves old raw material or projects that contain assets now stored in a tape library, Viz One automatically restores and relinks all required media and sequences. From within the Studio web-browser, users can launch Vizrt’s proxy-based editors Precut and Easycut, pre-edit and then send their proxy-based edit decisions lists (EDLs) to Premiere. The EDL arrives in Premiere as a sequence, linked to high-resolution media with effects, enabling professional editors to complete the edit. The cooperation between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Viz One delivers a powerful, rapid and efficient tool for workgroup video editing.
  • Transfer Plugins - Transfer plugins can be registered in Viz One, enabling an elegant, uncomplicated method for associating a variety of customized operations with a media transfer. This is useful when designing new integrations or when communicating with third-party systems during operations involving media movement or rendering.  At media transfer, the registered plugin is accessed, and can execute specialized tasks, such as specific business logic. Currently, transfer plugins are customized by Vizrt at system deployment, and in the future will be openly available in Viz One APIs.
  • Language Support - Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Thai language is fully supported in Studio and associated Vizrt client applications. This is in addition to US English and British English, already supported since version 5.0.
  • Break-segmentation Rendering - An asset with defined break-segments (typically inserted for commercial breaks) can be automatically rendered in Viz One. This simplifies the transfer of break-segmented video to a video server, or other third-party systems, which does not handle break-segmentation defined as metadata.
  • Drag-and-drop Import - In addition to importing media through a drop folder, an operator can create a placeholder in Studio and then drag-and-drop a file from their desktop to this placeholder. For example operators can drag-and-drop an image from their desktop to a Studio placeholder.
  • SubRip Support - SubRip (.SRT) files, used for closed captioning or subtitles, can be imported to an asset either through a drop-folder or dropped onto the Studio web browser. With Vizrt’s proxy-based tools, changes made to media with an associated SubRip file, automatically resynchronize the closed captioning of the edited media.

Additional High-level Features

  • Poster Frames - As the default first frame of a Studio clip is often black or not representative of the asset, users can now manually select which frame to display as the poster frame for the asset. This manually selected poster frame then replaces the asset’s default poster frame and shows up in search results and other views.
  • JavaScript-driven Menu Items - Menu items can now include JavaScript that runs when the menu item is selected. This approach provides a very simple and flexible tool for adding new menu items to the Studio, initiating a customized workflow. For example, the user can be presented with a menu option for queuing media for quality control. JavaScript-driven menu actions are currently customized by Vizrt at system deployment, and in the future will be openly available through Viz One APIs.
  • Ingest API - The newly added Ingest API enables scheduling of incoming feeds through Viz Dart to one or more Recording Units. Typically, these ingests are associated with a previously created Viz One Asset Entry placeholder.
  • Archiving Based on Rundowns - Viz One can now automatically archive all media components in a rundown (running order). This is especially useful in news workflow, when material posted to a rundown shall be preserved for future transmission.
  • ProMedia Carbon Transcoding - Viz One can be configured with a selection of ProMedia Carbon transcoder profiles. At import and export, media assets can be automatically sent to the ProMedia Carbon transcoder for conversion to the file format specified in the profile, including house-formats.
  • Smart Metadata at Media Import -  Configurability of import drop-folders is enhanced. For example you can now specify that every asset dropped on a certain folder gets the same title, or date. Additionally a specific metadata form can be associated with each dropped asset, for instance a form optimized for images.

Supported File Formats

The following formats can be imported and are supported in Viz One 5.5.0:

HD

  • AVC-Intra 50/100 1080i50/59.94 MXF-Op1a
  • DNxHD 120/145/185/220 720p50/59.94/1080i50/59.94/p23.976 [1]  MXF-Op1a
  • DV100 / DVCPRO HD 1080i50/59.94 and 720p50/59.94 MXF-Op1a or DIF
  • XDCAM EX 35Mbps 1080i50/59.94 MXF-Op1a [2]
  • XDCAM HD 50Mbps 4:2:2 1080i50/59.94/p23.976 MXF-Op1a

PAL and NTSC

  • DVCAM / DVCPRO 25 / DVCPRO 50 MXF-Op1a or DIF
  • IMX 30/50

Note [1]: Viz One only supports 1080p24 content in MXF-Op1a wrapped XDCAM HD 50Mbps 4:2:2 and DNxHD / VC-3 at 36 and 175 Mbit.

Note [2]: XDCAM EX 35 Mbit wrapped in MXF-OpAtom can be imported using either the Vizrt camera card upload tool or from Avid. At import, it is rewrapped to MXF-Op1a.

Foreign Clips

Foreign clips which can be imported, searched for and played out, but have limitations regarding viewing or editing:

  • QT-Animation in MOV – viewing, no editing
  • MPEG4224 (Matrox proprietary) in AVI – no viewing or editing

Images

  • PSD, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TGA, TIFF, PBM, PGM and PPM

Audio

  • PCM 16/24-bits up to 16 channels
  • IMX only AES3, 8 channels
  • Standalone WAV PCM/RIFF

Documents

  • DOC and PDF

Auxiliary Files

Ad hoc files of these formats can be stored within an item:

  • BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPEG, ODP, ODS, ODT, PBM, PDF, PGM, PNG, PPM, PPT, PPTX, PSD, TGA, TIFF, XLS and XLSX

Subtitles

  • SubRip, PAC, EBU Tech 3264-E STL and EBU Tech 3350 STL

Installation Notes

Viz One is installed by trained Vizrt staff. For a quote, contact Vizrt Sales.

Documentation

Extensive documentation is delivered with Viz One, covering:

  • Viz One APIs usage and examples
  • An Administrator’s Guide
  • A User’s Guide for the Studio.

For more detailed release notes, please read the Viz One 5.5 release notes.

To receive further details, white papers and a solution overview for Viz One Video Production Package, please contact Vizrt Sales.