eMAM 3.7 Release, April 2016

Empress Media Asset Management (eMAM) announced and demonstrated its latest eMAM 3.7 version at NAB 2016 (Booth SL13010, Las Vegas). This new release of eMAM enables users to work more efficiently and improves all the eMAM products. eMAM 3.7  includes some exciting new features like processing Metadata sidecar XML file from ingest manager, Upload folder, eZapier and other UI enhancements which takes eMAM and its capabilities to the next level
List of new features in eMAM 3.7 are:
  • Process Metadata Side car XML file from Ingest manager: eMAM has now introduced metadata side car ingest option which enables users to ingest multiple videos and associated metadata by dropping the XML file into the configured ingest watch folder. Ingest Manager will pick the side car XML, process it, extract the metadata and attach it to the asset. Based on the ingest actions specified for each asset, the Ingest manager will process it accordingly.
  • Quantum StorNext Integration: The eMAM system can interact with the Quantum StorNext system to archive the assets from storage managed by eMAM to the secondary storage(LTO tapes) managed by Quantum StorNext. This system also keeps track of the offline tapes. If a user tries to restore an archived asset from an offline tape, then the user will be notified that the tape with the corresponding barcode is offline.
  • Advanced delivery options using Brightcove: Brightcove Video Cloud is an online video hosting platform and online video player solution.  This Integration is intended to create a custom defined sidecar file with the metadata contents and deliver it along with the eMAM asset to the corresponding delivery location.eMAM Delivery Service can now create a Custom Sidecar File from the basic file properties and custom metadata that are added as variables in the file definition. This custom file can be defined in various ways that it provides eMAM metadata content compatible to the content management systems of Brightcove or any other similar online Video Platforms.In Super Admin interface, while creating Delivery profiles, users now have option to select “Include Sidecar File” and define sidecar file.
  • Workspace-Turquoise theme: A new refreshing workspace theme Turquoise has been introduced in eMAM Director Interface which gives a very fresh look and feel for the eMAM users.
  • Multi Audio track support in eMAM HTML5 player: In eMAM Director Interface, users now have option to select from various audio tracks available for a particular video file. In the eMAM HTML5 player, the user can click on the Settings icon -> Audio Track. Users can choose from the dropdown list of audio tracks available and play the video file with different audios. Up to 24 tracks can be added for a file.
  • Video Quality selection from eMAM HTML5 player: In eMAM preview player, users can now select different video qualities for preview.
  • RESTful API v1.0: eMAM users can now use eMAM Rest API for developing customized applications. REST API allows access to the resources in an easier way. Users can access eMAM Resources like assets, projects etc using http verbs. Api response format can be decided by the user(JSON or XML). Currently users will only have basic read operations (get).
  • Folder Upload: In eMAM Director Interface, another new feature “Add Folder” has been added in the Ingest widget under eMAM Uploader. This will help users to ingest all the files in the folder at one click. Users can either use the ‘Add Folder’ button or drag and drop the folders to the Ingest widget for folder upload.
  • eZapier (eMAM-Zapier connector): eMAM is now integrated with Zapier. Creating Zaps will help customers to bring the content from various platforms (Dropbox/Google Drive/One drive etc.) to eMAM or push the content from eMAM to these platforms based on the workflow trigger created. eZapier (eMAM Zapier) connector communicates with the chosen app in Zapier to perform the automation tasks. Users can activate/de- activate the Zap created by turning it ON or OF.
  • Nexidia: A new widget “Nexidia” has been introduced in the widget folder. Nexidia helps users to do phonetic searches (Voice/ speech in a video). "Nexidia Index" has also been added as a new item in ‘Sort’ within Browse widget. Nexidia has been added as user group permission item under Manager User groups
  • Category Download: Users can now download assets in category using Download option.
  • Export of Markers and Sub clips: Markers and Sub clips can now be exported as various formats. Subclip file is downloaded in EDL format and markers in WebTT(.vtt) or SRT(.srt) format.
  • Update Asset file location: Users can now update asset file location from Category, Project, List view & Thumbnail view of Browse widget.
  • Preview button for viewing images that have native browser support in the Preview widget. (JPEG, GIF, PNG)
  • Search based on ingested dates in Advanced Search.
  • Subtitling/closed captioning in HTML5 player: Closed captioning is now available for HTML5 players in the eMAM Director.
  • Set Priority for Ingest/Archive/Delivery from live dashboard: Users now have option to prioritize the tasks for Ingest/Archive/Delivery from the Live dashboard in eMAM Director and eMAM Super Admin interfaces. Based on the priority set by the user for each task, the transcoder will pick up jobs. Priority (1-5)
  • eMAM Upload Manager: It is a server based application to handle the file uploading from HTML5. It was introduced to overcome the upload size restriction of 2GB. eMAM Upload Manager is an independent application to manage the uploads from eMAM Director HTML Upload widget. This application can directly write to the ingest folder whereas the older one will first store the file data in IIS server and then move to the ingest folder.
  • Search option for Projects and Categories: Users can now search for Projects & Categories using Search option in each tab both in eMAM Director Interface and eMAM Premiere Panel.
  • Multiple Unit logins: eMAM has introduced a new feature with which if any user profile is associated with multiple units, they will be asked to choose their unit before login. Multiple unit login feature is now available for eMAM Super Admin interface, eMAM Admin interface, eMAM Director interface, eMAM Client interface, eMAM Premiere panel and eMAM Feeder.
  • Project copy (Save As) option in premiere panel:  In eMAM Premiere panel, along with Export, users can now save the current project to another name using the “Save as” option provided in the current project panel and exports it back to eMAM.
  • Manage Workflows in Super Admin: eMAM has introduced a new feature called workflow in Super Admin. A workflow is a set of actions (operations) performed on satisfying a set of conditions provided for an event. An Event can be Ingest, Delivery, Archive, Metadata, Add to project, Add to category etc. Under a particular event we can perform any number of actions such as delivery, archive, notify. A single workflow can have only one Event at a time but multiple actions can be added.
  • Force Project Check-In for administrators: In eMAM Premiere panel, if any Project is checked out by a user for editing, no other users can work on that same project simultaneously unless it is checked in by the same user. Now administrators will have option to force check in any check out projects (in situations where that user has left the company, etc) by clicking on check in button.
  • Archive/Restore dashboard to show user details: A new column has been introduced in Archive tab of live dashboard of eMAM Super Admin, eMAM Admin and eMAM Director interface to show the user who requested for Archive/Restore of the asset.
  • Search eShare/eSend using UUID: Users can now search for eShare/eSend messages using the UUID in sent messages of eBIN widget in eMAM Director interface.
  • Group operations using “Select All” in List view: In eMAM Director Interface, a ‘Select All’ checkbox has been added on the top right corner of the List view grid in the Browse Widget which allows users to select all the listed assets at once in the current page and perform bulk operations like Purge, Archive, Restore & add to eBIN.
  • Get eMAM Feeder Logs: Users now have option in the eMAM feeder Help tab to send the logs to support as a zip attachment or in an email body. Using this option, users can get the last 5 eMAM Feeder log files in their machine.
  • MD5 Checksum: The MD5 checksum for a file is a 128-bit value and is useful both for comparing the files and their integrity control. It has now been included in eMAM transcode manager & eMAM Feeder. By enabling this option, eMAM Feeder will always calculate the MD5 CheckSum value for all files before uploading and updating the value in eMAM database.
  • Progress bar for files: Users can view the status of all uploads through Progress bar (graphic and textual representation of the progress in a percent format) under the eMAM Uploader in the  Ingest widget of the  eMAM Director Interface
  • New Current project tab in Premiere panel with Export and Save as options
  • Auto detect the fastest connection available for ingest in eMAM Feeder
  • eMAM now supports archive and restore with Blackpearl 1.2 and also tape tracking.
  • Add Projects and Categories in eMAM Feeder:
  • Ingest profile to support NTFS/CIFS/NFS/FC/FTP configurations on the same ingest profile
  • Option to Add/Remove metadata columns in List view
  • IPAD app has been updated with new features like:
    • Help menu added: When a user launches eMAM app, introduction details are automatically shown to the user as help menu.
    • Offline video support: eMAM can now support offline download of video in iPAD
    • Support for iOS9 : eMAM can now support iOS9
    • Multiunit login feature: iPAD users can now login to multiple units using same email address
  • New iPAD app has now been published to AppStore & new android app published in Playstore.
  • Optimized Android app for smart phones
  • Localization of UTC time in client machine based on their region in eMAM Client,eMAM Admin & Super Admin dashboard.
  • Custom metadata fields in the list view as metadata columns.
  • Resubmit and Delete option in Cloud dashboard.
  • Date format localized in eMAM Director and eMAM Client interface.
  • Option to search within markers as part of advanced search.
  • eSend pages to support video quality selection.
  • Option to add new version, audio track file and subtitle file in file version widget.
  • Option to purge in list view of Browse widget
  • Introduced "Metadata Change" as Event type and "Change Metadata" as Action type under workflow in eMAM Super Admin console.
  • Priority can now be set for ingest in eMAM Feeder.
  • Asset Options window: Users can double click on the assets in projects/categories or in the assets tab to see the asset options window in eMAM Premiere panel.
  • eMAM now supports Adobe Premiere pro CC 2015.1 and 2015.2.