The Interface

When you have logged in, you will see the MAM browse page as shown below. In the MAM browse page you will be able to see the assets, collections, and edits you have permission to view. These will be organised by the date they were last modified. The most recently modified item will appear at the beginning of each carousel.

 

The Top Toolbar

At the top of the MAM interface, you will see a toolbar which houses several options.

These options are as follows:

  • The Search Bar: Here you can perform quick searches, by entering a keyword and pressing the Enter key. The search bar also includes an FQL drop down, that provides suggestions for search query syntax, enabling you to perform complex searches using the Ooyala Flex Query Language (FQL).
Note: The Ooyala Flex Query Language in MAM is only available from 6.1.0 onwards. If you are using a previous version of MAM, you can only use the standard search bar.
  • Upload: By clicking this icon you can upload assets of any size straight into MAM.
  • Start a Wizard: By clicking this icon you are presented with a list of existing wizards. Simply select one from the list to run it.
  • Default Collection: By clicking this icon you can list available collections and set a default to quickly add assets.
  • Metadata Tasks: By clicking the tasks icon you will bring up the Tasks panel. This panel lists your available or assigned tasks.
  • Bulk Actions: This icon will appear when you have selected multiple items. You can select multiple items and then perform actions against those items from the Bulk Actions panel.
  • Profile Picture: On the top right-hand corner, you will see your profile picture. If you click this icon, a drop down menu will appear, where you can access the Settings section, and sign out of MAM.

The Left-hand Toolbar

On the left-hand side, you will see another toolbar.

This toolbar houses three options:

  • Browse: Clicking this option will return you to the main browse page, where you can browse through your existing assets, collections, and edits.
  • Search: Clicking this option brings up the MAM search panel. Here you can specify advanced search options.
  • Edit: Clicking this option brings up a new edit window, in which you can set up a new edit project.

Filters

There are two filters located on the MAM dashboard. These are as follows:

Workspace Filter: This enables you to select a workspace.

Asset Filter: This filter enables you switch between asset types, such as media assets and group assets

Using the Workspace Filter

To use the workspace filter, follow these steps:

1) On the top toolbar, click the Select a Workspace icon.

2) From the drop down, select a workspace from the list.

3) When a workspace has been selected, the text for that workspace will turn grey.

Alternately, if you have a very long list of workspaces, you can use the search bar at the top of the list, in order to search for your workspace. Simply enter the name of your workspace, and click the Search icon.

Note: Your default workspace will always be selected by default.

Note: There will only be six workspaces displayed in the drop down list at any one time. To view more workspaces in the list, simply scroll through the list.

Using the Asset Filter

To use the asset filter, follow these steps:

1) Above the Asset carousel, click the Asset Filter drop down.

2) From the drop down, select either the Media Asset, or Group Asset option.

3) The Asset carousel will change accordingly, to display a list of your group assets, or your media assets.

Components

Tiles

Each item in MAM, such as group assets, media assets, collections, and edits, are represented as a tile. These can be seen on the MAM interface. Each tile for the different object types will display different information. The image is an example of a tile for a media asset, where there is a representative thumbnail, title, format and duration of the media.

Panels

Each item in MAM, such as an asset, a collection, and edit will have a panel which gives you an overview of the item, and allows you to quickly and easily edit various details. To access the panel for a specific item, simply click on the tile, and the panel will appear on the right-hand side of the screen.

Player

The player has several controls and features, as shown below:

You can scrub back and forth by dragging the slider. While hovering over or dragging the slider, you will see the timecode in the form of a pop-up, as shown below.

Keyboard Mapping on the Video Player

When using the player, you can use certain keys to perform certain functions, such as playing the asset, previewing a frame, skipping to the next frame, and marking in and out points.

The keys that can be used to control the player are as follows:

Table 1.
Key Function

Spacebar

Toggle Play

Left Arrow

Previous Frame

Right Arrow

Next Frame
i Mark an In point
o

Mark an Out point

Timeline

The timeline component is designed to act as an indication of playback in addition to displaying a logical reference to time-code specific attributes such as user comments.

In the example below, you can see a timecode specific comment that have been made against an asset. If you were to press and hold the Shift key and click anywhere within one of these comments, the comment block will be highlighted and the player will jump straight to that point in the video.

The timeline also has a zoom and pan feature. To zoom in on a specific section of the timeline, simply drag the slider to the right. To zoom out again, simply drag the slider to the left.

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