Viz One 6.2

Viz One 6.2 is a new release of Vizrt’s media asset management system. The focus on this release has been primarily on infrastructure.

The focus on infrastructure makes Viz One a more future-proof investment and enables customers to reap the benefits of the latest infrastructure technologies connected to Viz One. This release takes the final step to run Viz One fully on Amazon Web Services. The cloud functionality allows customers to choose how to deploy their Viz One; from full cloud to hybrid - depending on what best supports the business.

New Infrastructure Features

Infrastructure Zones

Viz One now supports infrastructure zones. Infrastructure zones greatly improves resource utilization in hybrid cloud and multi-region deployments. The feature bridges the gap between on-premise system resources and cloud and offsite resources. Customers can thereby take advantage of the latest infrastructure technology and mix and match with their existing investments.

These changes mean that you can now assign servers, transcoders and storage to a particular infrastructure zone. When users perform actions, the system will automatically assign and use resources from the current zone. Resources from other zones are automatically put to use when needed.

We expect infrastructure zones to be a commonly used feature enabling customers to deploy the architecture that fits their business, whether it be cloud, hybrid cloud, or simply data-centers in multiple regions.

Amazon Glacier

Viz One now supports archiving and restoring media from Amazon S3 Glacier. Glacier is an interesting alternative to traditional on-premise LTO-based archive storage. Partial file retrieval is supported for efficient conform operations.  

The feature also includes changes to the transfer system to better model the fundamentally different nature of Glacier. Glacier has a service level for restore requests can have them wait for several hours. The transfer system handles this by attempting to schedule loads, and first activates the actual transfer, and scheduling a load when the restore is active.

The Glacier integration is using a native Glacier interface as we believe that provides the best long-term functionality.

Amazon S3 for Proxy and Imports

Support for using S3 as an object storage for high res workflows similar to a hierarchical storage manager has been available since Viz One 5.14. This includes features such as partial restore. The S3 support has in Viz One 6.2 been extended to include the use-case of storing proxy on S3 and also delivering proxy from S3 via signed URLs  to clients.

Given that S3 is an object storage with read after write limitations we are using S3 in combination with EBS or on-premise storage. The S3 support also includes triggering import directly from an Amazon S3 bucket.

Amazon RDS  for PostgreSQL

Viz One now supports Amazon RDS for running PostgreSQL. This offers potentially lower database administration costs, as well as providing more redundancy and scalability options. Customers are also able to use an extensive range of AWS services and tools for data analytics. Database failover still requires manual steps by a system administrator.

Red Hat 7 and CentOS 7

Viz One now supports Red Hat 7 and CentOS 7. This version also continues to support Red Hat 6,  CentOS 6 and SLES 11. The Perl version has also been updated and is shipped as one custom Perl RPM for easier OS support and security patch maintenance.

The number of custom rpms was also minimized to simplify dependency management. The web server performance has also been improved by introducing a new high-performance web server. Mediaftp has also been extended to allow authentication using an external executable which is invoked via a command-line option. This way mediaftp can be run under non-root user providing authentication for shared storage that meets stricter infosec policies.

Note: Viz One 6.2 will be the last version to support Red Hat 6 and CentOS 6.

Quantum StorNext 6 Support

Viz One now supports Quantum StorNext 6 (StorNext Web Services version 2).

 

New General Features

Improved ENPS integration for handling meta-graphics

Viz One now creates the meta-graphics and video information stored in MOS objects, in a more standard format, which enables a  Viz Pilot user to open and manage them.

Media can be first posted to a rundown created in Viz One, as a placeholder item, and then opened as a MOS Object in the newsroom client using Viz Pilot 6.0 or later.

From Viz Pilot, the user then opens their timeline editor and can view and update the meta-graphics.

Improved Reporting of Transfer Speeds

More types of transfers now show real time transfer speed, on the Transfers page.

Improved Support for Long Duration Files

We have improved support for Long Duration Files up to 20 hours. All workflows are supported for Long Duration Files in Viz One, including growing files. Support is extended to the client tools where Vizrt controls playback on a video player level - Easycut, Precut, and Logger. Supported formats for the feature are specifically XDCAM HD 422 50 Mbit , H264 in MP4, and Apple ProRes.

Improved Graphics Workflow with for Lagarith and Matrox M70x Codecs

Viz One now provides a basic file format detection of AVI, with either Lagarith or Matrox M70x codecs. This improves graphics-related workflow with Vizrt graphics products. Support is limited* to detecting details of format and MOB information at import only, and only applies to file copy transfers.

(*) No transcoding support. No thumbnails or poster frame. No support for using the file in any complex methods in any integrations except a simple file copy. For example, any usage with NLEs is not supported

 

For full release notes please visit the Vizrt FTP and follow the path: products/VizOne/Latest Versions/Viz One.