This article applies to users working in:
- Review & Approval
At first glance, the Title module simply provides the asset's title and sub-title. But, when the module's capabilities are fully implemented, the Title module may be the ultimate place to search for media content or perform tasks and actions. The below image shows an overview from the Library application:
- Title & sub-Title
- Conceptual menu (tasks)
- Action menu
- Previous/Next asset to load into the media player
The above functions are described later in the article.
Title and sub-Title
The title and sub-title fields are configurable and the user may choose the metadata fields that he/she find appropriate to concatenate. If the user has the privileges, he/she may also change the names from the properties tab in the meta-module to the right of the media player.
The Title module is highly configurable. The Account holder/customer decides the content and access to the Title module by setting the appropriate roles & permissions for the user groups or individuals. Some of the changes can be performed by the local admin while others must be done in cooperation with NEP customer support.
Previous / Next
Load the next or previously linked assets into the player. If the asset is not linked, it will load the next asset from the asset list.
All the way to the right in the Title module, the user has access to the action menu that allows them to share or distribute their assets via Quicklink or destination M-boxes.
Attachments - is a simple and efficient method to add additional types of important information to an asset. A user is now free to add multiple subtitles in different languages, scripts, project plans, location videos, etc. as an attachment to a single asset. Attachments are available in Library only.
Quicklink (send to others)
Send Quicklink - will immediately open the send Quicklink dialog and attach the assets proxy URL ready for you to add destination details.
Add to Quicklink- will put the asset proxy URL into the shared folder ready for you to send. You have now the option to send the Quicklink or load additional assets. You can now send multiple assets to the same destination in one Quicklink.
Download (to your machine/server)
If you are granted by your administrator you can download the original asset, a smaller version (proxy), or just the poster image.
M-boxes - Are predefined and pre-configured destinations that provide additional tasks than just sending the media file. M-boxes can log in to secure areas, convert your asset to different formats and so forth. A typical destination could be Youtube, or maybe an FTP server.
Delete - If you are granted admin rights, you can also delete the loaded asset. You are given the option to delete the original media file along with its proxy, metadata, and annotations or simply delete the original and keep the proxy as a reference.
The conceptual menu is activated by right-clicking on the mouse button. It is also described as the Task menu. Pressing the main menu button from the Header-module will reveal the same menu under the Task column.
Tabs (Auto grouping assets)
As new versions of Mediabank were developed, the need for creating more efficient and versatile functions became obvious. The Review & Approval and Compliance applications make use of the Title module versatile functions to view Revisions while the Library application takes advantage of the Title module abilities to organize assets by Tabs.
This section describes:
- Auto-grouped assets
Let us start with the Title module when working in the Library application.
The title module resides above the media-player module and provides functions that help the user to locate, group and organize any amount of different assets created from a single event. A user can locate and view any asset available to a specific Event simply by browsing through the Header Tabs (marked in yellow).
Auto-grouping of assets in the Title module is only available from the Library application. The Review & Approval and the Compliance application use similar functionality but is focused on the media contents different Revisions during the approval process.
The Auto grouping of assets is by default off. No tabs are visible and the loaded asset is identified by its title/sub-title or by using the properties tab from the meta-module to the right of the player module. Observe that the media player is available from the Workspace 3 (W3). Select an asset from the Thumb view (W1) or List view (W2) by clicking on the desired asset and go to W3.
The use of Tabs in the Title module to obtain the Auto grouping feature is basically defined in three operations.
- Planning - What media content to concatenate, Define the users, their needs and how to present the content.
- Metadata - Define a unique Id for the Event. For a soccer game, it is typical to define and use a unique "match Id" that will be the common identifier.
- Configuration - Defining the rules, architecture and Tab design.
Below image shows an example of a unique metadata Id used by one of Mediabank Customers.
In the below image, 3 tabs are visible, any visible Tab indicates that this asset is linked with several other assets. This could be the first & second half of a soccer game, commentator clips, etc.
Enabling the Auto-grouping of assets in the Library application provides a huge benefit in large organizations where many users and departments are using material from the same Event. Even for a single user given the task to provide a 90 seconds highlights from a soccer event, the job becomes easy.
Using the powerful workflow capabilities in Mediabank, numerous assets (clips) can be automatically created based on the ingested Metadata information and grouped in common categories. (example: Highlights). Highlights could consist of clips like Goal, Red/Yellow Card, injuries and so forth. All these clips could be organized to be available under a tab named Highlights. The clip representing a goal may also be found under a Tab named Goals, as well as Yellow card or Red card may be represented by respective Tabs. It is all dynamically represented and the Tabs may vary from Event to Event depending on the available assets.
There are no limitations to the type or how many tabs and sub-categories that are used. Simply bear in mind who should use the content and how.
Another great feature is the ability to use different methods to organize the content. Using the same set of rules, the Library application can benefit from the Media players advanced capabilities and locate multiple camera views of the same event (like a goal or penalty).
The user opens the Highlights tab and selects the clip containing the goal performed by Mendes. The mediaplayer will load the clip and discover that this goal can be seen from several different angles. The mediaplayer will activate the camera icon in the media player modules low right corner, indicating it has several more clips of this goal and that it can be viewed from different camera angles as shown in the pop-up menu. Locating the icon to the left of the camera, the mediaplayer also let the user know that it as different commentator languages available. If no camera source or language audio files are present, the icons are grayed out.
Menu Tabs (Revisions) Applies to Review & Approval and Compliance only
Using these applications, the Tabs contains the original asset and all the other Revisions if they exist.
(1) - Looking in the asset list, there are two assets with the same title. The only difference is the number 1 and 2 all the way to the left. It indicates that there are one original and a second revision.
(2) - The title module represents the two versions in different Tabs. The user can easily switch between the two versions by simply clicking the tabs.
(3) - If the second revision fails approval, the user clicks the Rev+ tab to upload a new revision.
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