Some object types allow you to define variants. A variant is a more specific type of an existing object type which is defined by a user. For example: Ooyala Flex supports media and image assets. This means that in Ooyala Flex you can create, update and search for assets. But what about if you want to create a new object type that is like an asset but more specific? What if you wish to assign different data fields to your more specific type? Let's say you want to create a type called "Trailer" that is simply a type of asset with more specific data felds. To do this you create a variant.
When you create a variant, you do the following:
• Select the Ooyala Flex object type you want to base your variant on (such as a media asset)
• Create a name for your variant (Example: Trailer)
• Supply an optional metadata schema to help describe properties of your variant
Creating a Variant
To create a variant, follow these steps:
1) In the Ooyala Flex console, click the Settings tab.
2 On the Toolbar, select Variants.
3) The Metadata Designer opens.
4) On the right-hand side of the screen, click the icon.
5) In the Name field, enter a name.
6) From the Object Type drop down, select the object type that you want to associate the variant with. For example: Media Asset or Image Asset.
7) From the Metadata Schema drop down, you can select a metadata a metadata schema if required. These metadata fields could contain information that is relevant to the variant. These metadata fields will then appear every time a variant of that type is created.
8) To set this variant as the default, select the Default Variant checkbox.
9) Click Create.