We are proud to announce the arrival of Ensemble Video version 4.8, which includes several new features, enhancements, and a continuation of system improvements from previous versions. Learn more about the new features and enhancements below:
A new player interface includes an Interactive Transcript for any video that has closed captions. This feature can be enabled for any Embed Code, Permalink, or Portal.
With Interactive Transcript you can view the scrolling transcript while watching the video; current captions are highlighted as the video plays. You can also scroll through the transcript and click any word to play the video from that point. Interactive Transcript also enables you to search for a word, and whenever the word appears, you can click to play the video from that point.
With Ensemble Video, you can easily add an Audio Description to your videos. You can upload an MP3 or M4A formatted audio file or use the Ensemble Video text-to-speech audio description generator.
What is an Audio Description? Audio Descriptions insert narration to enable persons of any visual ability (blind, low vision, or who are otherwise visually impaired) access to the visual nuances of video. When video has natural pauses, Audio Descriptions detail what the audience might otherwise miss. Audio Descriptions empower visually impaired participants to independently access total video content.
The Ensemble Video Player supports a set of Keyboard Shortcuts, enabling viewers to have an effortless and accessible video experience without the use of a mouse.
Screen Reader Support
Ensemble Video 4.8 works with Screen Reader tools designed to read text displayed on-screen, a crucial advancement for anyone with visual impairment. We recommend JAWS Screen Reader using the Firefox browser. JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse.Review Ensemble Video's Screen Reader support article to learn more.
Captions "On" By Default
In Player Settings, you can force captions "on" by default for an Organization video player. This is a powerful administrative setting that will allow Ensemble customers to ensure their Closed Captions are always being displayed in the player.
Automatic Captioning Organization Level Licenses
In Ensemble Video 4.8, Organization Administrators can now add an Automatic Captioning license to their Organization. This is a great way for distributed organizations within Ensemble Video Institutions to purchase Automatic Captioning hours for their individual Organization. For example, an Institution can have 500 Automatic Caption hours and an Organization (inside of the Institution) can purchase 300 Automatic Caption hours to be used for their organizational content.
Spanish Language Captions
We support the display of Spanish Language captions if your Ensemble Video language is set to Spanish and if you are using the Automatic Captioning service or Automatic Sync Technologies integration.
Adding Media to Ensemble Video
Import Videos from YouTube™
Ensemble Content administrators can import videos from YouTube™ into their Ensemble Video library. This is useful if content administrators want to mix their own content and YouTube™ content in Ensemble Video playlists, portals and publishing methods.
The new Ensemble Video Image Gallery will display a set of images that can be embedded into (or linked to) an LMS, webpage or blog. Your audience can click on any image to launch a full-size carousel allowing them to scroll through the entire gallery one image at a time. With the slideshow option, images will automatically move from one to the next after a few seconds.
New Viewer Interface
A new viewer interface takes advantage of greater viewer screen real estate. It has a side panel enabling several options:
- About: Includes meta data, description, keywords, links and attachments.
- Annotations: Includes clickable annotations (chapter points) to enable jumping to specific time points within a video.
- Embed: Includes customizable embed code that will insert Ensemble Video's HTML5 player into a webpage, CMS, LMS, or blog.
- Link: Includes a hyperlink that can be copied and pasted to enable sharing with friends.
- Share: Enables users to share a video to social platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Email.
- Interactive Transcript: Viewers can view a scrolling transcript while watching the video with current captions highlighted as the video plays. You can also scroll through the transcript and click any word to play the video from that point. The Interactive Transcript also enables you to search for a word, and wherever the word appears in the transcript you can click to play the video from that point.
- Viewers: Displays a report that shows who has watched the video, when they watched and for how long.
Ensemble Video content administrators can now set the default sorting and filtering for the content in a playlist. After making the customizations, the changes will be reflected when viewing the Playlist Permalink and any Portals the playlist is published to.
Add a Logo to a Playlist
Ensemble Video playlists can be customized with a logo or image which would now be displayed on the playlist. The logo or image can also be displayed on a Playlist Permalink. Learn how to add a logo or image to a playlist.
New Portal Customization Options
The Ensemble Video Portal enables users to create their own Campus or Corporate YouTube™ so they can deliver private and public media content. In this version, new display options have been added so portal administrators can specify featured videos, featured categories, custom playlist order and other display options.
Auto-publish to playlist from Ensemble Studio
Ensemble Studio, our lecture capture system, simplifies lecture capture for any organization. One of the primary functions of Ensemble Studio is the ability to schedule a recording, whether user-controlled or auto recording. In both cases, users can now use the Scheduled Recording Content Processing options to automatically route the recording to a specific Organization, Library, Playlist and Playlist Category.
Media Cleanup Report
When using the Media Cleanup Report users can filter, sort and analyze specific column headings such as file size, views and date uploaded to identify the file(s) you would like to cleanup/delete. For example, if you would like to delete large files with very little views that have been in the system for an extended period of time you can sort by the Total Views or the Size column.
If we analyze the information in the image below, the Media Cleanup Report is sorted by Total Views and it reveals two large files (12.34 GB and 7.35 GB) that have little or no viewership.
Video Duration Report
The Video Duration Report shows the total titles, total duration, average duration and non-captioned duration for media content. Additionally, the report displays itemized duration information for media titles. For example, you can use this report if you would like determine the total duration of video in your deployment and how much of it is not closed captioned. Many Ensemble Video customers use this report to understand how much Automatic Captioning time is needed to caption their content.