This documentation is for Release 6.1. For the Release 5.x version of this page, see v.111. For the Release 4.x version of this page, see v.88. For the Release 3.x version of this page, see v.68. For the Release 1 version of this page, see v.23. For the Release 2 version of this page, see v.47.

Content Creation

Manual Creation

  • An Avalon item is created every time you choose the Create menu even if you do not associate any media or metadata with the item. Once the Create Item button is clicked, there is no way to cancel the item from being created.

  • Items can be published without adding any media to them. To keep them hidden, edit the item and then, on the Preview page, click "Unpublish" at the top of the item.

Batch Ingest

  1. The confirmation email sent upon a successful batch ingest displays raw CSS text at the bottom.
  2. Batch ingest sometimes picks up wrong files intermittently or returns an unrelated job's metadata.

Thumbnails

  1. For multi-section items, thumbnails can only be selected from the first section.

Delayed Job

Skip Transcoding

  • When using Adobe Media Server with Avalon, MP3s are unable to be played back in the application if they are uploaded using the skip transcoding option.

Metadata

  • When performing multiple bibliographic imports where more than one identifier is used, some catalog data will persist, and new data will be appended.

File Management

  • When using skip transcoding for single or multiple derivatives, Avalon's master file management setting is applied to the highest quality derivative (or single) only. This means that if your application is set to move files to another location (removing them also from the dropbox) then only the highest quality derivative is affected - leaving other two in place.

Group Management

  • The Manage Groups interface will allow the creation of a group name with embedded (blank) spaces, but sometimes members of that group will not have access to items in the collection. Solution: For now, don't create groups with spaces in the name–use hyphens or underscores.
  • In the Manage Groups interface it is possible for members of group_managers to delete any Ad Hoc groups even if they are not the group creator. If you do try to delete these groups, you will receive a delete confirmation message.
  • Renaming a group may remove permissions from collections and items. To fix this problem be sure to reapply any exceptions after the group has been renamed.

Avalon Media Player

Playback

  1. Scrolling or dragging the timeline bar to the end of a video causes the video to continuously load
  2. When Chrome is set so that Flash needs to ask before running, Avalon does not ask to run flash; instead, Chrome just fails to run.

Display

  1. For video navigation and playback of structured segments, links jump to the closest previous keyframe boundary (keyframes are every two seconds for any Avalon transcoded materials) which can result in the previous structure link being played and highlighted until the player catches up to the correct time offset.  
  2. If you are using the AMS streaming server on any desktop platform - from a paused player state, clicking the first segment link (only after a later time offset is selected) does not register. You must click it twice for it to register the correct time offset. This is an issue with RTMP playback on AMS and will be addressed in Release 5.
  3. If you are using the Red5 streaming server on any desktop platform, the player will not update to a current still image in pause mode. It will display the poster image instead.
  4. If you are using an Android or iPhone device, seeking prior to playback displays the poster image rather than a still of the current point in the video. Once playback is started, the video plays normally.
  5. Volume adjust icon does not display in certain configurations of Chrome running on a Windows machine.

Accessibility

  • In certain configurations of Chrome, the media player cannot be accessed using the TAB button on the keyboard
  • In certain configurations of Firefox, Play/Pause is not accessible with the SPACEBAR

Markers

  • Newly created markers do not display their Time value in the tooltip that displays when the mouse cursor is over the marker icon in the media player.
  • Markers toward the end of the video do not align correctly with the time rail.

Auto-advance

  1. Auto-advancing between items in a playlist sometimes skips items.
  2. Auto-advance fails to play the next section after switching if the section is of a different type.

Standalone Media Player

  1. Links to specific sections of an item do not always navigate to the correct point in a recording.

 

 

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