Xinet is going to be releasing version 16 of it’s suite of tools including a new, faster version of Portal, a unified web interface for all administration, easier tools and setup for PDF Image replacement, greatly enhanced video capabilities, basic web based markup and annotation tools and a whole bunch of other “under the hood” improvements. Currently, NAPC is testing beta 2 of version 16 and we’re all pretty impressed with it so far. One of the biggest features I’m excited about is the enhanced video features. Let me esplain (as Ricky would say).
Xinet, in the new soon to be released version of video in Suite 16, has greatly enhanced how users in Portal interact with video assets. In the current release of Video 2.0 in Xinet, it is possible to stream many video formats, create keyframes at a preset interval, and really, thats about it. With the new version, you’ll be able to do much, much more. First and foremost, the ability to create what I would call mini-reels, is now available as a basket plugin in Portal. This is how it works:
1) User logs in to a Portal site and identifies the files they want to work with. Those files could be video files of various formats, InDesign files, static picture files, just about anything you can have in Xinet.
2) The user would then add those files to a shopping basket.
3) Once in the basket, the user would click the basket plugin named “Video Generation”
4) This brings up a new Web 2.0 type of interface to arrange the assets into whatever order makes sense to the end user. Asset arrangement is made simple by using drag and drop in a web browser-me likey!
5) Once in the correct order, the user can set the ‘in and out’ times of the files based on keyframes generated by Xinet or by hours:minutes:seconds.
6) The user can also set basic fade outs from clip to clip as well. Gives it a nice touch!
7) Once the files are arranged in the correct order and the in/out times are set, a new video file can be generated from those assets in either a Quicktime, Windows Media, or Flash format.
8) The server then generates the appropriate file on the Xinet file system and once done, it gives the end user the ability to download the file to their desktop.