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The latest version of Ooyala Flex (6.0) is here!

Hello All!

 

We’re very excited to announce that the latest version of Ooyala Flex (6.0) is now available.

 

This release continues the commitment to listen to our customers, focus on performance, and quickly respond with new features and fixes based on the expanded micro-services architecture we introduced last year.

 

As you are all aware, the powerful features of Ooyala Flex, automated workflows, and streamlined processes stems from our ability to manage and enrich metadata, and then take action. With this update, we've yet again advanced our market leading metadata capabilities adding features that add more depth to how we can create and manage metadata and new tools to enable the management and publishing of content.

 

The new Ooyala Flex documentation is now posted here.

 

What’s new in this release?

 

Temporal Metadata

 

Create a timeline in MAM to enable marking events at the time they occur and enter metadata to describe that event.

For example, you have a video of a soccer match. Every time a goal is scored, you could place a marker or range which contains metadata to describe the details of the goal such as the player who scored it, the goalkeeper, the team, and so on. This new metadata form makes searches, like finding all the goals scored by a player in 2016, easier and quicker as it delivers not only the matches they occurred in but also when they happened in that game. This drives the value of your content archive.

 

Dynamic Timelines

 

With dynamic timelines, you can configure multiple timelines for any given asset category. Each timeline can represent specific metadata captured as part of an asset's lifecycle, such as a visual/audio event, scene descriptors, soundtrack, product placement, legal, etc. each important to different teams. Related timelines can be grouped, so they appear as a single track when exposed in the MAM all easily created in the visually driven Metadata Designer. Dynamic Timelines power the capture of the correct metadata for the relevant content, data for a movie will have different requirements from a trailer.

 

 

What’s new in this release?

 

Temporal Metadata

 

Create a timeline in MAM to enable marking events at the time they occur and enter metadata to describe that event.

For example, you have a video of a soccer match. Every time a goal is scored, you could place a marker or range which contains metadata to describe the details of the goal such as the player who scored it, the goalkeeper, the team, and so on. This new metadata form makes searches, like finding all the goals scored by a player in 2016, easier and quicker as it delivers not only the matches they occurred in but also when they happened in that game. This drives the value of your content archive.

 

Dynamic Timelines

 

With dynamic timelines, you can configure multiple timelines for any given asset category. Each timeline can represent specific metadata captured as part of an asset's lifecycle, such as a visual/audio event, scene descriptors, soundtrack, product placement, legal, etc. each important to different teams. Related timelines can be grouped, so they appear as a single track when exposed in the MAM all easily created in the visually driven Metadata Designer. Dynamic Timelines power the capture of the correct metadata for the relevant content, data for a movie will have different requirements from a trailer.

 

 

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Object Hierarchy Management

 

We have added the ability to manage user-defined hierarchical structures in MAM. This allows you to view, navigate and create object instances and reflect the metadata important to a company in a visual/interactive panel.

 

New Plugins/Resources

 

Azure Media Encoder: this gives you access to the full breadth of the cloud-based encoding features of the Standard Media Encoder within Azure Media Services, as another transcoding resource for Ooyala Flex users.

 

New Replace Content Plugin: this plugin enables the replacement of assets in Ooyala Flex. The process overwrites the existing asset maintaining metadata that you have already applied, and updates with new technical metadata from the updated asset as a seamless process.

 

End of Review Plugin: a new configuration has been added to the Start Session plugins, to enable you to customize the status buttons for the end of the review session. These buttons can move beyond the simple Review/Approve to allow you have custom statuses like ‘Approve', ‘Reject', ‘Publish to Social’, or ‘Archive'. For each button, you can choose what label is displayed, what color the button should have, and whether metadata is associated with the status that this button represents.

 

DIVArchive Video Restore: this new plugin gives you the ability to either restore a whole video or perform a partial restore on a video that is currently in your DIVArchive directly from Ooyala Flex. You can only restore a single asset at a time.

 

Publish/Unpublish to Twitter: this enables you to publish or unpublish a video to Twitter, you can also publish/unpublish a tweet with the video.

 

Remote Backlot Ingest: With this new feature you can now remove the need for HTTP transfer of assets to Backlot and instead move the asset to S3 storage along with the associated metadata sidecar that Backlot can access. This is especially useful for large assets and creates a reliable solution for publishing files through the Ooyala Video Platform.

 

REST API Updates

 

A series of new Endpoints have been added.

 

Full details of all the updates can be found here

 

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