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This chapter contains the list of all changes and fixes to the system published in 2021.

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2021

09.12.2021TranscodingFull support for x265 codec with available optionsNEWThe x265 codec support added and additional options provided.
09.12.2021MediaNew video editor featureNEWA new feature - video editor is available in the Publisher portal interface.
09.12.2021MediaMedia password entry field fixFIXThe media password field did not show any input when a user entered it.
09.12.2021RecordingsAWS Glacier token added to CSV export for backed up recordingsNEWThe list of recordings which is obtained as a CSV file now contains another column with the token value for the file which allows to find it in the AWS Glacier storage.
22.11.2021MediaA correct rotation information handlingFIXIn some cases, rotation information was not handled correctly by the transcoding process and the video was upside down or sideways.
22.11.2021ProfileNew fields for upload file patterns NEWPossible new fields for uploaded files naming patterns - [frameRate], [videoHeight], [videoWidth], [videoCodec], [audioCodec], [audioChannels]
01.11.2021ChannelsNotifications for channel statusesNEWChannel status changes are sent over notifications to webhooks, Slack, and RabbitMQ.
01.11.2021Media7.1 sound support for downmix to 2.0NEWDownmix option now works for 7.1 audio tracks layout.
18.10.2021APIA new poster URL field in the theme→list action NEWAdded placeholder_url (poster URL) field in the returned values.
18.10.2021APINew Theme actions add_media and remove_mediaNEWNew actions for themes added - add_media and remove_media.
18.10.2021MediaCSV export for filtered dataFIXCSV export fixed to export only filtered items.
18.10.2021MediaPoster image generation fixFIXThe poster image was sometimes generated from lower resolutions. Fixed to always use either source video or highest bitrate.
18.10.2021MediaTranscoded files package generation fixFIXFixed when on some occasions packages were generated with errors and missing log files.
18.10.2021PresetAutomated aspect ratioNEWTranscoding presets are made more universal. Set only the video height of the rendition and aspect ratio will be kept as in source or set as specified. This allows to make more general presets for most use cases.
18.10.2021ChannelsAuto-shutdown fixFIXFixed bug that caused channel automated shut-downs on some occasions regardless of recent or actual streams.
07.10.2021RecordingsAutomated backup of the recording filesNEWChoose any Upload Destination for automated backup of the recording files.
07.10.2021MediaAudio on-demand streamingNEWChanged the logic of media asset - if no video file is present but only audio, the manifest is generated to provide an audio-only stream.
07.10.2021PresetCustom bitrate valuesNEWSet your own bitrate values for video renditions in the Transcoding Preset in addition to the predefined list.
07.10.2021GeneralNew outputs for Upload Destinations - S3 and AWS GlacierNEWUpload destinations used for backup or external sharing of media and recording files are expanded with a new destination type - S3 compatible (AWS or other) and AWS Glacier.
07.10.2021APIAdded Themes to Content PackagesNEWContent Packages can contain assets from Themes in addition to individual assets and assets from Categories.
07.10.2021APIMedia→list output sorting fieldsNEWNew parameters to media→list function to define the output sorting field and order.
27.09.2021APIFilter media→list results by tagsNEWUse Media Tags as filtering conditions for the media→list API function.
21.09.2021APIAdded single URL API call example with proper MD5 hashNEWThere is a new field in the API keys assignment popup with the full URL including MD5 of the key making it easier to use.
21.09.2021Embed/playerBackend functionality for JavaScript-based embed codeNEWThe embed code generator is rewritten from scratch to support JavaScript-based embed code instead of iframe. It will be available for general usage in one of the next updates.
26.08.2021APIAdded excluded itemsNEWNow you can define the package of a content category and exclude some of the assets from that category.
26.08.2021APINew Themes→list fieldsNEWNew fields and arrays were added to the Media list function. Check Theme: List for additional information.
26.08.2021APINew Media→list fieldsNEWNew fields and arrays were added to the Media list function. Check Media: List for additional information.
26.08.2021MediaFile package re-generationNEWFile packages are generated after the transcoding process. Now it's possible to update files without re-transcoding if only subtitle files have changed or for another purpose. This includes DVB subtitle re-muxing into TS files.
19.08.2021MediaNew description and PG rating fieldsNEWA new Description text area and PG rating field in the main edit tab for media.
19.08.2021MediaMissing base package video fixFIXFixed error which in some cases lead to missing transcoded package.
19.08.2021APINew content analytics functionNEWA new API function getpopular returning the list of media assets by viewing popularity.
19.08.2021APINew Content packages featureNEWDefine content packages to limit access to specific assets or categories of channels or media. Currently only limited availability - send us the list of assets to assign to a specific API key.
19.08.2021APINew fields for better API keys managementNEWNew parameters Comment, Expire date, IP whitelist for better management of API keys.
19.08.2021APIMedia list placeholder URL returned fullFIXThe media list function now returns the full URL of the placeholder (poster) image instead of the relative URL.
22.07.2021Embed/playerUpdate to password-protected embed codeNEWNow password works for embed code both for channels and media. Added poster image as background and video title. Some small visual fixes.
22.07.2021APISingle URL JSON API updatesNEWAdded media→listmetadata function and support for GET parameters.
22.07.2021MediaThumbnail generation fixedFIXFixed when in some rare occasions thumbnail was not generated. Also, fixed thumbnail aspect ratio for videos which are not standard 16:9.
22.07.2021MediaCallback notification on availability status changeNEWWhen media Available from or Available to times come, a status message is sent to the configured callback URL allowing automated publishing/de-publishing.
05.07.2021MediaAdditional option for token protection NEWThe new option 'Use token for submanifests and chunks' comes together with the option 'Use token for playback' and improves the protection of the content. May be used only with compatible players.
05.07.2021MediaVideo cloning actionNEWMake a full copy of the video
05.07.2021ChannelsFramerate reduction optionNEWNew option for channels to reduce the framerate by half.
05.07.2021ChannelsRTMP query string for restreamingNEWAdded RTMP query string parameter for restreaming configurations.
05.07.2021Embed/playerAd button overlap fixFIXOn smaller screens player buttons overlapped with the ad link buttons.
05.07.2021GeneralFaster image updatesNEWThe update process for thumbnails, posters, and other images was redesigned to display the changes immediately. Previously it took a minute or two.
17.06.2021MediaIngest from Files sectionNEWNew option to ingest a media asset from Files section. Convenient for testing.
17.06.2021MediaMJPEG image streams ignored during transcodingNEWMJPEG streams will be ignored by the transcoding process to avoid detection of it as a second video stream.
17.06.2021Embed/playerNew default options for embed codeNEWAdded new allow options by default in the embed code - autoplay, encrypted-media, picture-in-picture, xr-spatial-tracking.
17.06.2021Embed/playerCSS update to prevent buttons from overlappingFIXSome player buttons were placed one over the other in some cases.
17.06.2021Embed/playerVPN/proxy detectionNEWAdded a new option for VPN/proxy detection as an optional check in addition to geographical IP address checking.
27.05.2021MetadataComment and id for metadata list itemsNEWAdded id and comment fields for systems and users being able to distinguish between visually similar values.
27.05.2021ChannelsImages for player not purged from the cacheFIXFixed when player images like poster, thumbnail, play button, and logo were not purged from the CDN cache after being updated, resulting in the old image displayed.
27.05.2021MediaAdditional info for media filesNEWAdded new fields to the file information popup in file packages section - video and audio profiles and levels.
27.05.2021MediaIncorrect manifest was set on ingestFIXFixed when the default manifest was set to source manifest after the new source was ingested but asset was already transcoded.
27.05.2021MediaSource auto-delete fixFIXFixed when a newer source file was deleted due to the after transcoding auto-delete criteria.
20.05.2021NotificationsNew system notification messagesNEWNew notification messages configuration added to Client Settings section - configure Slack, RabbitMQ messages, or HTTP webhooks.
20.05.2021ThemesThemes for content categorizationNEWNew Themes functionality for extended categorization aimed at subscriber frontends is added to the new Publisher interface and API.
20.05.2021MediaThe total number of media assets displayedNEWThe media assets list now displays the number of assets. Also, when the filter or search is used.
20.05.2021MediaNew media asset without a fileNEWA media asset placeholder can be created without a media file to set up the data etc.
20.05.2021APIAPI key managerNEWMultiple API keys can be set per account with different permissions on objects and actions.
07.05.2021MediaTranscoding queue prioritizationNEWSet transcoding queue priority to the media category to maintain different transcoding queues, e.g., prioritizing the fresh content over a large back-catalog library.
07.05.2021MediaSpecial case for audio namingNEWWhen 5.1 surround audio is downmixed to 2.0 stereo the '5.1' text is removed. All other descriptions remain the same.
29.04.2021MetadataNew option for metadata - import formatNEWAdded import format for date and time fields for metadata.
29.04.2021MetadataWarning on metadata import failuresNEWIf metadata import fails or field values do not validate correctly, a warning is issued. An additional option is possible for fields where value warnings should be ignored.
29.04.2021APIFunctions for channelsNEWAPI now has several new functions to create, update and perform other operations on channels.
29.04.2021MediaNew Transcoded media view NEWA view section was added to the media list showing only transcoded media assets.
29.04.2021MediaA new popup with all media actionsNEWEach media asset has a shortcut to a popup that lists all actions performed on media. Available only with special advanced permissions.
29.04.2021MediaIngest validation XML file updateNEWAdded new options for audio tracks inside the video container.
15.04.2021MediaFix for temporary files uploaded to externalFIXFixed when temporary files were incorrectly uploaded to external servers.
15.04.2021MediaUpdate text subtitles without re-transcodingNEWNow it is possible to update text-based subtitles for transcoded assets without re-transcoding.
15.04.2021Embed/playerAirplay playback fixesFIXFixed Apple Airplay playback issues when encrypted content did not play and in some cases, the Airplay icon was not visible.
15.04.2021MediaTotal number of assets in a categoryNEWThe list of categories displays the total number of assets in each category.
31.03.2021MediaMetadata search by fieldsNEWAdded metadata fields to filter criteria.
31.03.2021FilesBroken download link for some filesFIXFixed broken download links in the Files section.
25.03.2021PresetElemental SMIL for MP4 filesNEWA new type of SMIL manifest - Elemental Delta compatible SMIL for MP4 files with video and audio muxed together.
25.03.2021PresetMax. source resolution conditionNEWAdded new video encoding condition of maximum source video resolution.
25.03.2021MediaRe-transcoding of failed assetsFIX

Fixed when an asset was loaded in and failed validation/transcoding but new fixed files were loaded after, it did not re-transcode.

25.03.2021MediaFixed addition to an asset with errorFIXFixed when an asset was in an error state and newly ingested or replaced files were rejected.
25.03.2021MediaNew transcoding processNEWThe new transcoding process creates all renditions in parallel significantly reducing the time.
25.03.2021MediaAdded Category to Media in the listNEWNew field Category in the large view of Media assets.
25.03.2021PresetVertical resolutions addedNEWVertical media resolutions 1:1, 5:6, 9:16 added to the preset options.
25.03.2021Embed/playerFixed deleted subtitle displayFIXFixed when the deleted subtitle language remained in the player selector.
18.03.2021MediaCategories dropdown fixFIXFixed when Categories dropdown on the Media asset edit page did not contain all possible categories.
18.03.2021MediaMedia list display subtitlesFIXFixed when subtitle languages were not displayed in the list when the source files were deleted.
18.03.2021APIFunctions for the new Recordings NEWAPI now contains the functions for the new Recordings system with several new functions and options.
18.03.2021Embed/playerClickable logo to open URLNEWThe logo image overlayed on the player may have a URL that will open when the logo is clicked. Look for it in the PLAYER FUNCTIONS section.
11.03.2021FilesIngest into Files section failedFIXFixed when a file was ingested into the Files section the ingest often failed.
11.03.2021MediaSubtitles with empty lines failedFIXFixed the when the subtitle file contained some extra empty lines or empty lines where the subtitle text was expected, subtitle conversion stopped at that line.
04.03.2021APIRecordings→Delete returned 504FIXFixed API function Recordings→Delete which did not work properly returning error 504.
04.03.2021MediaMultiple same language subs fixedFIXWhen subtitles were ingested again for the same language they were added to the subtitle file rather than replaced resulting in occasional errors when old subtitles were displayed to viewers.
04.03.2021GeneralUser permissions for web uploadNEWSeparate user permission for web upload introduced in User groups.
04.03.2021Embed/playerVisual icon for 4K contentNEWThe player icon for 4K content is displayed automatically when a 4K rendition is streamed.
25.02.2021MediaDelete was slowFIXImproved process speed.
25.02.2021MediaProgressive download URLsNEWNew progressive download URLs to MP4 files for players using such and download-to-own scenarios. Warning!!! Additional configuration/integration is required for this option to be available.
25.02.2021ChannelsStatus information not updatedFIXFixed when channel status was not updated for a long time.
25.02.2021APIFix for asset file languageFIXThe language setting for asset files was ignored.
25.02.2021APIFix for embed codeFIXThe embed code returned by several functions had the missing option allow="encrypted-media" in the responses.
18.02.2021ReportsNew Reports menuNEWAll reports accessible through the menu.
18.02.2021AnalyticsGemius integrationNEWGemius analytics integrated into the Video Cloud embed code.
04.02.2021GeneralWelcome screen for new usersNEWA welcome screen is displayed showing quick tips on how to start using the service for new users.
04.02.2021AnalyticsGoogle Analytics integration upgradeNEWUpdated GA integration allows more precise video event reporting. Added GA to Reports menu for quicker access.
04.02.2021MediaTranscoding report parameters fixFIXSome filter parameters were reset to default when another report page was opened.
04.02.2021MediaEOL characters conversion fixFIXSome EOL characters that rarely appear but sometimes still are used were not handled correctly.
04.02.2021APIUpgraded Media→Update functionNEWA new feature allows adding files to the asset using this function.
28.01.2021MediaNew media file ingest moduleNEWCompletely rewritten ingest module with much better capacity and S3 bucket ingest supported.
22.01.2021MetadataImport from JSON structured fileNEWMetadata can be imported from a file that contains JSON structured data.
22.01.2021Embed/PlayerRelated videos in the playerNEWNew feature to show random videos from the same category as related after the video is finished.
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