Friday, October 24, 2014

Maintenance Notification: November 2, 2014 from 6 AM to 8 AM

On Sunday, November 2, 2014, between 6 A.M. and 8 A.M., NJVID staff will be involved in extending the NJVID service infrastructure to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and perform server configuration changes, DNS migrations and other work related to this extension.

This move to AWS for certain services will provide NJVID technical staff the ability to quickly scale up the service and provide agility to our infrastructure especially since our service and storage demand has seen a phenomenal increase in usage. We are confident that the AWS platform coupled with the NJEDge infrastructure will provide greater processing power, high availability, offer scalability on demand and will ultimately provide a superior end user experience.

Please note that during this time window, the NJVID service may be impacted in part or in full. In the event this maintenance activity does impact service, the possible outage duration should not exceed 30 minutes.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Feature updates - releasing October 3, 2014

We are excited to announce the availability of some new features and updates that we have been working on. This update will be made available to all NJVID users on October 3, 2014 at approximately 11 PM EST

List of new updates

1. Enhanced Media Upload Functionality Tool

NJVID now features an updated and enhanced media upload tool. Some of the significant features of this updated functionality are:

  • We have increase the upload size limits from 2 GB to 5 GB. Now users can easily upload large files directly from your computer or any device instead of using a FTP or web server.In the past, users had to use a FTP or web server to bypass the 2 GB limit.
  • The Flash based file uploader has been replaced with a HTML5 file uploader, thus allowing users to upload media files directly from their mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. Instructors and students can record lectures or presentations from these devices and upload them directly to NJVID.
  • New ‘Drag and Drop’ functionality lets users on newer browsers (that support HTML5) select media files from their windows or file explorer and drop it into the interface for easier and faster file selection.
  • We have also updated bulk upload interface and increased the number of files that can be uploaded from a personal device from 10 media files to 20.

2. Support for more video and audio codecs

The NJVID platform now supports an exhaustive list of video and audio codecs enabling users to upload a wider variety of file formats and extensions. The complete list of all the supported Video and audio codecs that are now supported can be viewed at

3. Support for Collection level access permissions

NJVID Collection managers now have the added capability to specify collection level access permissions and can restrict access to specific users, groups or all users of the Institution. This is similar to how object level share permissions are provided today. Additionally collections can also be kept private as well and visible only to the collection manager and administrator. Similarly the listing visibility of the collection on the website can be set to inherit the access permissions in addition to the  listed or unlisted permissions that are available today. This update will not affect the listing options or access permissions that may have been set on existing collections.

4. New features and bug fixes for NJVID Reporting tool

A new feature has been added to the NJVID Reporting tool that will display a drill down pie chart for the media views or media asset data set. These charts can be accessed by clicking on the pie chart icon under the available filter options. We have also taken care of some bug fixes that were reported to us.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Availability of media asset reporting tool and other new features

The following new features will be available to all NJVID subscribers on September 1, 2014 at approximately 11 PM EST.

New reporting tool: Monitor your usage (media assets, storage and views) of the service

We are proud to announce the availability of a new reporting tool for NJVID users and administrators. This tool will help administrators, librarians and users in viewing detailed statistics of NJVID services usage in their institution. The reporting tool will provide key insights into how NJVID is being used within the institution through a combination of graphs and statistics. Administrators can not only track number of media uploads, usage, and views but also track amount of storage being used. Using an intuitive interface users can filter the reports based on media types, collections and platforms. 

The Media asset report lets administrators, owners and authorized users see data on creation trends and monitor storage used. Data visualization through graphs and reports let them track the asset creation trends and then filter and sort based on where the assets were uploaded (website,  LMS or capture device), uploaded hosts, media type and collections. The tool will also have the listing of all commercial assets and their licenses integrated into it, allowing a single pane access of all institutional assets for administrators and librarians and will soon replace the existing Commercial license listing tool. 

The Views report is an enhanced version of the existing Usage Statistics tool and will soon be replacing it. The report provides administrators, owners and authorized users with a comprehensive report on the views for media uploaded by the institutional users. The administrators and users can then filter views data and  see device and browser specific statistics across specific category types of media, or collections. Librarians can also filter views based on the commercial vendor’s name or collection. The tool will also let administrators view other key data such as  top viewers and top viewed media from the Institution. In addition, all reports can be easily exported to CSV file for further analysis.

Automatic title suggestion based on uploaded file name

In the “Add media” screen in the website as well as in LMSes, if the title was not entered in form, the name of the uploaded media file will be suggested as the title in the Title field.


Email notification when the media is ready for viewing

While adding a new media file, the user can choose to be notified when the media file is ready to be viewed. The user can also specify additional email addresses to notify other users. 

Please feel free to contact us with your questions or comments by sending an email to 

Sunday, August 10, 2014