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.

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: