Welcome to Library
Content in this article:
- Introduction to the 3 workspaces (W1,2 & 3)
- The difference between Thumb (W1) and List view (W2).
- The property Workspace 3
- Explain how to group a number of assets while working with them.
- How to share, export, download your assets for editing.
This article describes the basics of Library, including workspace 1-3. Customers in the Professional or Enterprise price plan that uses Tags and/or Events may also read the following:
- Events in workspace 4-5, go to the article "Userguide Library Events".
- Tags in workspace 6-7. Go to the article "Userguide Library Tags".
The articles refer to "Asset" or "Media file". It is actually the same "Media content", but the industry you are in, use them both, so they are both present in the Mediabank articles. However, Mediabank also supports office type files, these are never referred to as media files. Media content can also be referred to as "clips". Clips are short captures from your media content focusing on specific highlights or events from any match, game or similar.
The Library application
- Meta module content
- Search module
- Search, how to use the search function.
- Saved searches article contains information about Search in general and the pre-defined "Saved searches" you can create to work more efficient.
- Projects, similar to Saved searches, but has a more "manual" approach to add assets. Simply select the files, add them to your project, and you are done. No rules or search parameter needed.
- Header module, common for all applications (Except AdEx)
- Title module
- Player module
- Navigation module
Thumb view vs List view (Workspace 1 & 2)
In the image below, the default view in Library application is presented. Many users prefer to see the asset listed with a larger poster window than a list view. However, with thousands of assets in the library, you might find it cumbersome to scroll through them all to locate your asset(s). Especially if you are looking for several assets. But, combined with the search and filter functions, the thumb view may be the choice for you.
Below, you see two half windows illustrating the difference between the Thumb view (upper image) and the list view. The advantage list view can provide is sorting asset by date, title or any other metadata of your choice.
Workspace 3 (W3)
This workspace provides everything you need to know about your media file (asset). Select an asset from the workspace W1 or W2 and then click on W3. From the W3 workspace, it is possible to do the following:
- Play the media file in the player window or in full-screen mode.
- Check the assets (media file) properties (metadata)
- Use the Share function to distribute the media content to other users or destinations
- Select/edit/create notification lists
- Publish the media content to predefined destinations
- Check and modify the assets Video parts
Temporarily Group assets
An additional function in Mediabank Library is the ability to group assets directly from the List or Thumb view.
The single asset in Thumb view (W1)
Within the thumb view workspace, you can select a single asset and perform numerous tasks.
You can; send it to the archive, download it on your own device for later viewing or editing, send it to a destination, temporarily share the final version with other people outside the project, update its metadata, view it in full screen mode, group it with other assets or just browse through it in the asset icon window.
Grouped assets - sometimes the asset posters have a green "link" icon present. These icons notify you that this particular asset is grouped with one or more additional assets. By clicking on the icon, the asset will be presented in the Thumb or list view together with the other grouped assets. All other assets will be excluded from the view. The title module will also list the grouped assets in its title window when loading the asset into the media player.
Mirrored/Linked assets - (M) The asset is mirrored from another source. Access can be revoked from that source. Hoover over the "M" to see the source. If the asset is linked, you will see an L instead of an M. The asset is Linked from another source. Hoover over the "L" to see the source.
Scrubbing posters - When an asset is selected (orange title frame), position your cursor over the asset in thumb view and hover to the left or right, you can view the asset content within seconds. Mediabank automatically produces scrubbing posters from the assets when they are uploaded/retrieved.
The black & white overlay to the right in the asset thumb view provides information and warnings.
W3 - Takes you to the asset property view and loads it into the media player. You will find all the information available, including the asset id and its metadata. If you have the rights, you can even modify the metadata in client defined fields. If the thumb reflects an Event, the player will start in W4 or W5 and load the asset linked to the Event and align the media player with the time codes specified in the event.
Lock icon - when visible, the asset is locked for deletion.
Warning triangle - provides information about the assets temporary status or warnings. Warnings could be information about missing subtitles or that the asset only holds the proxy in mediabank. The original must be retrieved from backup or archive if needed.
More menu - Takes you to a read-only view of the asset's properties. You may also double click within asset frame.
Action menu - Takes you to the M-boxes or Quick link features that enables you to send or share your asset to other destination.
Right-click in asset frame - Takes you to the Task menu that enables you to perform various actions on that asset.
Storage and backup
Mediabank utilizes several types of storage solutions.
- High-Velocity storage space
- High-Density storage space
- Amazon AWS Glacier optional backup storage space (Not for Basic price plan customers)
- Amazon S3 High-Density storage space
High-velocity storage - A high-speed storage, enabling instant access to all your Media content. Enabling services like Review & Approval, Live ingest, Automation, M-boxes and Proxy files for archive browsing etc. Basic customer gets 1 TB included in their monthly fee. Professional and Enterprise customer may need considerable more when utilizing additional services like Live Ingest.
High-density storage - When your media content no longer has the "top market" value, you may move them to a high-density storage service with reduced bandwidth/speed resulting in a certain amount of delay in retrieval time, but the upside is storage at a lower cost.
Amazon S3 High-Density storage space - This is an alternative to the Mediabank High-Density storage. Customers may achieve storage at a lower cost, but the retrieval cost is higher.
For advanced price plan customers:
AWS Glacier Backup - The primary choice of a backup solution when using Mediabank is the Amazon AWS Glacier. Private FTP backup storage is also available for Professional and Enterprise customers. Different retrieval delays can be selected. Longer delay = Reduced storage cost
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