The Asset Management Configuration tab is used by the system administrator to set up the global asset management options for the Platform. The screen is broken down into a number of sections including Search Indexing, Proxy Encoding Parameters, and Video Proxy File Extensions. Each section is described below.
When a Platform Space has been set to ‘Include in Search’ in the Platform Space Properties screen, the system will add files to the Catalog which are located in that space. This section of the asset management configuration screen informs the system which file types (suffixes) to index. Only files with the suffixes listed here will be indexed.
To add new indexes to the list, the administrator should type in the file suffix and click the add button. Once the suffix has been added, the administrator will have to Reindex the spaces in order for those files to be picked up and added to the catalog. The same is true if an administrator wishes to remove file types from the index. Once the file suffix has been removed from the list, the spaces will have to be re-indexed.
This option is enabled by default and causes the system to index all folders (directories) within Platform Spaces. If it is turned off, the system will not show directories in the search results. If it is turned on or off, it will only affect new directories added until the administrator runs a re-index on all Platform Spaces.
When an operator uses the search screen to see files in Platform Spaces, they have the option of also using the Platform Interface to Copy or Move those files to another Platform Space. During those requests, if the total GB requested to copy/move exceeds this configuration number, the system will cause the interface to schedule a background task instead of allowing the operator to wait for the copy to finish in the GUI.
File indexing in the Platform can be a resource intensive process. Because each Platform System can have different processing capabilities, these parameters allow the administrator to tune amount of resources used for indexing.
Normally no changes need to be made to these options
Index Queue Size & Index Queue Check Interval. Platform Indexing occurs by adding file changes to a change queue. This allows the system to be the most efficient and batching up changes to occur in groups. These parameters tell the system how many file changes or how long in seconds before it should begin an index operation. Therefore, if these parameters are set to 25 Files and 10 seconds, it means that the system will wait for up to 25 changes or 10 seconds, whichever comes first, before it begins another indexing operation.
Thread Count. This option can tell the system the number of unique processes (threads) to run simultaneously working on Platform Space indexing. In Platform Systems with good CPU power and many spaces, this number can be increased so that the Platform can keep all file indexing up to as real time as possible.
Proxy Encoding Parameters
This section sets default encoding parameters for the system when generating proxies.
The section allows the administrator to set the proxy encoder types for various file types. To allow the Platform to play proxies in the Search Results screen, it is recommended that proxy formats be set to H.264.
R3D Encoder. Use this drop down to set the encoder settings for RED r3d files. The system allows the administrator to set the output format in one drop down box and the Frame Size and Frame Rate in the corresponding drop down box to the right.
Standard Encoder. For all other files beyond ‘.R3D’, the administrator will choose the encoding format. The system allows the administrator to set the output format in one drop down box and the Frame Size and Frame Rate in the corresponding drop down box to the right.
This section sets the Storage Group location for the proxy files per Platform Node. The administrator will first choose the Platform Node and then set the storage group that proxies will reside upon.
It is generally recommended that proxies be stored on a ‘Fixed’ storage group. Therefore, it is best that the administrator set the storage group to a Platform Storage Group instead of a removable 3rd party storage group. By default, the system will store proxies on the same storage group as the Platform Space exists upon. However, if a ‘Custom Location’ is set, proxies for all Storage Groups connected to that node will be stored on the same Storage Group.
This section tells the system which file extensions to look for when generating proxies. If a file suffix is not in this list, the system will not attempt to generate proxies for that video file.
When the administrator adds a new file suffix to this list and presses the ‘Add’ button, the proxy process will only begin to create proxies for new files added to Platform Spaces. If the user wishes to generate proxies for existing files of a new type added, they must use the Regenerate Proxies option.
When this checkbox is selected, the system assumes that the transcoding system is not licensed and all proxy generation and transcoding requests will be done in ‘unlicensed’ mode.This causes the transcoding system to place a watermark over all videos transcoded.Normally this switched should be unchecked.