The GRAVITY Asset Manager software is the media management tool for users of the system. It allows users to capture, playout, move, monitor and manage media assets across the entire system. The extent of the control the user has depends on the privilege level authorized.
Each different aspect (window) of the software program can be moved, docked or locked on the screen for each user’s preference. These preferences can be saved and will be applied each time the specific user starts the application.
The Main components of the software are: Source Video Window, Auxiliary Video Windows, Media Browser, Playlist, Sub-clip Manager, DataGrid, Workflow, Scheduler and System Monitor.
Video can be scrubbed by dragging the cursor across the video window, which can be expanded to full screen, relocated, resized and docked as required. Meters display audio output levels. Just below the window there is a scrub bar and play bar, and at the bottom of the Asset Manager description is a complete listing of features.
Up to four additional (auxiliary) video windows can be opened for any purpose; all 5 video windows can play simultaneously. Right clicking on the window brings up following choices: Load from/to source window, Play/pause, Audio mute on/off, Full screen toggle. Each video-window can be minimized, maximized and restored; they can be relocated, resized and docked. When an additional video window has the focus, all keyboard transport keys (play, stop, frame forward/reverse) are redirected to that window. Right clicking on the picon in the media browser includes the option to load media to any existing video window and to any available decoders for playout.
The Media Browser is a scrollable window which supports multiple views to the rich media assets which can be browsed, managed and viewed in all their forms: streams, files, stories, sub-clips, playlists and search results. Users can select different views: a single picon for each media object, Picon plus text (picon plus select text fields) or text only view (with more data fields). Live streams refresh the picon with a new key frame every two seconds. Objects are color coded to indicate: Recording, Audio only, Bitmap/still or Story. Clips can be selected, dragged and dropped as required. Right clicking brings up options to Set Media Rights, Delete, Export, Assign to decoder, Assign to monitor-window or show Properties. Sort tools are available to order content as desired. The Media Tabs running along the bottom of the Media Browser provide convenient and quick ways to organize media objects. These can include encoders and decoders, represented as picons, as well as any stored content.
In Schedule View the scheduler is shown in a calendar format and provides access to all scheduled events. The user can add a single or recurring event, set meta data, set router cross points and save settings to be used again.
The System View is used to graphically monitor the status of the entire system. Each major system component appears as a single picon which is color coded to indicate, at a glance, its state of health. Components that are monitored in the system view include: Media Servers, Proxy Servers, Web Servers, Data Servers, MOS Server, Media Managers, Schedulers, Encoders, Decoders, User Units, VTRs and Disk Storage. Clicking on a system component displays status of that component in the Data Grid.
Router status and the control matrix can also be accessed from the Asset Manager providing the user has the appropriate privileges. Selecting “Router Control” from the tools menu displays a router cross-point grid that graphically depicts the current usage status of the router as a matrix. Router control can be set to read only or full control; tuner control is also available. Crosspoints / channels can be changed, locked and unlocked as needed.