In order to build up your library of Assets in Ooyala Flex, you must ingest files first. "Ingest" means to take a standalone digital file such as a film clip, stored locally on your computer or on a remote server, and converting it into an asset that is managed by Ooyala Flex. When Ooyala Flex ingests a digital file into the platform, a number of steps will take place.

An Asset is a different concept to a digital file: An Asset is a Ooyala Flex Object that encompasses all of the information about a digital file, including metadata, keyframes, and technical information. A digital file on the other hand, is simply a file that resides on a file system. A full list of the file formats that Ooyala Flex automatically recognises and indexes on Ingest is provided in the Types and Formats section under the Supported File Formats sub-heading.

Most Assets in Ooyala Flex represent an underlying digital file which will reside on a Ooyala Flex Storage Resource. It is however perfectly legal to create an Asset that does not point to a digital file. This is often referred to as a "Placeholder Asset" as it does not reference a digital file.

The Asset is one of the most important concepts in Ooyala Flex as it represents a User's content. Most other concepts within Ooyala Flex relate to managing and interacting with Assets. First we will discuss the core concepts that define an Asset in Ooyala Flex.

Note: An Asset is a type of a Ooyala Flex Object and therefore inherits all of their properties.

The Ingest Process

The assets guide contains the following topics: