Combine higher-rated content with lower-than-average network connections, and the viewing experience can become a real drag. In the past, you may have had to inspect the media files to ensure proper encoding – a time consuming and redundant task.
Now when you upload a video, the Simian Encoding Analyzer will extract and analyze the meta data to identify its bit rate. Simian automatically creates a warning label for files that have high bit rates and flags the video in the Media Library.
Not all users will experience difficulty with video playback. Older computers, weak wireless signals and overloaded network connections are most likely to cause problems.
tags: video playback, encoding, bit rate, data rate
PRLog (Press Release) - Groundbreaking media management platform features powerful new ways to share video, capture user analytics and collaborate on content creation.
Simian announced today the launch of version 2.0 of its industry-leading, web-based multimedia platform for creative companies in the advertising, film, television, music and interactive media industries. Revamped design and streamlined functionality gives more power to production and creative teams and bolsters support for sales and marketing. Simian 2.0 highlights include feature-rich project workspaces, enhanced analytics, social syndication, metadata tagging, website integration and custom presentations.
Development of Simian 2.0 was driven by customer feedback and market demand for one easy-to-use platform to build, manage, present and analyze a range of creative deliverables from media files to documents. “Companies want to save time and increase productivity. It doesn’t make sense to use a dozen different software applications for a dozen different tasks,” states Jay Brooks, co-founder of Simian. “As an integrated platform, Simian 2.0 replaces such random tools with one feature-rich portal that improves accessibility to the workflow and increases collaboration for the entire creative team.”
Simian Projects features an expanded toolset for collaborating on video, images, audio, documents and rich media. Role-based logins and secure link sharing make review and approval efficient. In addition to workflow tools, Projects also includes a Microsite builder which allows non-technical users build dynamic websites using predesigned themes to present content in new and exciting ways.
Simian Reels features an expanded interface and simplified toolset so that everyday users can build and distribute media reels with ease. It boasts a highly evolved analytics tracking system that gives users critical data on who, what and how media assets are being viewed and shared.
Simian Media Library includes a customizable asset manager for cataloging digital assets. Media files can be categorized, credited, and tagged for easy search and retrieval. Existing technical metadata is also imported and displayed in the same interface. Simian’s video transcoding allows clips to be shared across multiple platforms and devices.
Additionally, the system provides simple tools for managing online access to media assets. Uniquely, Simian allows users to share direct links or instantly post media directly to Facebook, Twitter and other social sites to support their sales, marketing and promotional efforts. For users who wish to use Simian as their video host single videos can be embedded or Simian’s API can be used to power an entire media portal.
tags: 2.0, Simian, Platform
Scoble highlights the fact that Simian is a new kind of project collaboration system for the creative industry. Co-founders Jay Brooks and Brian Atton demo the software and discuss the three key components they had in mind when they set out to develop the next generation of Simian: user experience, content sharing and scalability.
The first thing subscribers will see is a completely redesigned user interface that reflects actual workflow. New and improved reel analytics, dynamic microsite creator and extensive social casting features will give users a big boost in sharing and distributing videos. And the platform and underlying infrastructure of Simian was completely updated for future scalability
"The new Simian framework gives us the power to be nimble and implement user feedback quickly," says Brooks. "Also, we're poised to continue to lead the marketplace with innovative features that our creative clients are demanding. We're prepared to support them and stay ahead of the pack."
tags: Scoble, 2.0