TelVue HyperCaster – Release Notes


6.0.0 – March 30, 2017

Main Features

  • Supports HyperCaster AIO Model
  • Squeezeback Overlays
  • Series Management with flexible TBD program placeholder generator
  • Enhanced Recurring Events including rule updates and modify all
  • Enhanced Event Ripple
  • Calendar Copy/Paste between Channels

AIO Model

FEATURE: Built-in SDI matrix switching allows use of SDI inputs for events & continuity.
FEATURE: Native SDI file encoding supporting MPEG-2 & H.264 SD/HD formats
FEATURE: Native Simulcast.

Squeezeback Overlays

FEATURE: An optional squeezeback property can now be set for all types of overlays to define the location and window size for the video playback region.

Series

FEATURE: Series can now be created to help organize related episodic content.
FEATURE: Series episodes can be generated dynamically as TBD program placeholders when creating/updating a series with flexible naming based on variables.

Event Ripple

FEATURE: Re-designed Classic/Calendar ripple prompts.
FEATURE: Ripple can now be used to resolve conflicts when scheduling multiple events in Calendar view.

Recurring Events

FEATURE: Streamlined display of recurring events from a given content file edit page by more concisely summarizing the recurrence rule..
FEATURE: Added new view which list all events and metadata associated with a event recurrence and allows unscheduling individual events or all.
FEATURE: Increased flexibility when editing event recurrences. Users can now modify: Channel, Source, Start Date/Time, Recurrence Schedule and apply either individually or to all.

Scheduling & Reports

FEATURE: Calendar keyboard copy/paste now works across channels.
FEATURE: As Run event count has been added to the As Run summary view.

Content Management

FEATURE: Content that is pending purge/delete can be set back to available.
FEATURE: Improved thumbnail generation performance.
FEATURE: Content Save and Return button which saves and returns user to the content file index view.


5.5.7 – March 7, 2017

Fixed: Relax Connect upload speed restrictions


5.5.6 – February 27, 2017

Fixed: Small jitter noticed in some HEVC files.
Fixed: Fix to Transport padding algorithm to use Transport Padding instead of Continuous User Data.


5.5.5 – January 27, 2017

Fixed: Respect continuity playlist randomization setting.

5.5.4 – January 10, 2017

FEATURE: Live Streams will now automatically start when stream events for them are scheduled.

Fixed: Fixed a bug where capture events could get stuck on the dashboard and not clear out.
Fixed: Fixed a bug where playlist item edit page may display an incorrect order after an update.
Fixed: Restore Archived Content now properly handles a zero byte file by failing the job, and leaving the content file’s state as archived.
Fixed: Fixed a bug where importing a file to a TBD with a playout event in the schedule window would schedule SS with an erroneous filepath.
Fixed: Fixed Connect event sync issue where event durations would be different on HC vs Connect, leading to erroneous schedule conflicts.
Fixed: Content file XML API payload were missing some fields.
Fixed: Disabling automatic preview generation in UI now properly cancels all pending preview tasks.
Fixed: Failed uploads to connect are now handled more gracefully.
Fixed: Previews should not be enqueued if the file is missing.
Fixed: Fixed a bug where RTP on a ProVue Decoder could not be removed once set.
Fixed: Fixed an application error on ProVue Decoder page when provue was not responding.
Fixed: Media bitrate property was not always detected properly. Now it will be more accurate.
Fixed: Fixed issue where Feed form mux rate field may be parsed incorrectly.


5.5.2 – September 27, 2016

FEATURE: Deleting content from archive now asks for confirmation before proceeding.
FEATURE: Option added to use Variable Mux Rate when transmuxing. Defaults to off.
FEATURE: Feed index page now truncates long URLs for display.
FEATURE: Minerva upload now happens at 5am rather than 11pm.
FEATURE: Live RTMP and HLS feeds can now be previewed directly in the application.
FEATURE: Changed preview to only show trim sliders once play button is clicked.
FEATURE: Content Thumbnail Icons now display below the preview window on the content detail page
FEATURE: New configuration options added to hide calendar and next air date from external schedule.
FEATURE: Allow for more flexible total server bandwidth allocation across HyperCaster channels.

Fixed: External Schedule ‘next air date’ now scopes to the channel.
Fixed: Issue where poorly formed RTMP or HLS feed URLs could cause an application error.
Fixed: Issue where non-administrator users were incorrectly allowed to edit feeds.
Fixed: Bug where future events would fail to update on importing a TBD if the file needed to be transmuxed.
Fixed: Bug where next up event didn’t have a link if the name was blank.
Fixed: Issue where improper error messages would be displayed when changing Network settings.
Fixed: Issue where auto-export to CloudCast upon import option now works again.
Fixed: Issue where “Watch Now” links on the external schedule may require logging in to follow for Connect VOD.
Fixed: Dashboard tooltips for playout/stream/continuity re-enabled.
Fixed: Fixed a bug where < or @ in metadata on connect upload could cause the operations to fail.
Fixed:: Bug where special characters in SMB or FTP passwords would cause transfer operations to fail.
Fixed: Datetimes now always display on the same line.
Fixed: Issue where hung background job workers for Connect API could block Connect transfers.


5.5 – Aug 16, 2016

Main Features

  • Integration with new CloudCast streaming service featuring TelVue Connect as the CMS, adaptive streaming, responsive player, and new OTT apps including Roku and Apple TV.
  • 1-click upload content to TelVue Connect for ABR VOD publishing
  • Content visual trim editing
  • HLS streams support for StreamThru™ and IP Capture
  • Continuity Playlist randomization

TelVue Connect

FEATURE: 1-click upload single or multiple content files to TelVue Connect for ABR VOD publishing with metadata.

FEATURE: Add content to any of your Connect VOD playlists, series, or categories.

FEATURE: Watch published Connect VOD programs directly from the external program guide.

FEATURE: Link directly to Connect VOD video from single content page.

FEATURE: View Connect upload/download real-time statistics from tasks page including bandwidth and estimated time remaining.

FEATURE: Customizable download speed/timeout parameters to better support very slow networks.

FEATURE: Short Summary field added to Content File Metadata to aid in mapping to Connect.

FEATURE: Filenames sanitized on Connect upload to improve compatibility with cloud transcoder.

Fixed: Connect downloads that timeout may have imported partial file.

Fixed: Connect download failed if Connect user had certain characters in their username/password.

Content Management

FEATURE: With preview created, simply click and drag range sliders to customize offset and duration for any content.

Fixed: a form issue on content page where the delete_at date was incorrectly filled with ingest_at.

Fixed: Thumbnail play button no longer appears on top of dropdowns.

Content Ingest

Fixed: an issue where transmuxing could cause some H.264 files to have audio sync problems.

Fixed: Clearer error messages on failed transmux tasks.

Scheduling

FEATURE: A continuity playlist can now be randomized. Randomized playlist will play out in order the first time, then randomize all subsequent playouts within the playout event.

Fixed: Playout events for TBDs did not update their duration after import when track content metadata is unchecked.

Fixed: Allow canceling of stale capture events that previously couldn’t be canceled.

Fixed: Drag-and-drop on calendar view may not have unscheduled event with Media Server when start time updated.

Fixed: Calendar page would sometimes fail to remember search terms on page refresh.

Fixed: a bug causing an application error when updating a recurring overlay event.

Fixed: a bug that caused Minerva Guide Output to be wrong in some cases.

StreamThru™ & IP Capture

FEATURE: Support playback of single rate HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) Streams. Schedule as events or StreamThru™ continuity.

FEATURE: Support capture of single rate HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) Streams, requires IP Capture license.

FEATURE: Manage HLS Feeds (add/edit/delete, and start/stop). View live bitrate of incoming feeds.

Overlays

FEATURE: Overlays can now be duplicated using the copy button.

Fixed: Emergency Users properly disabled when graphics are disabled.

Reporting

Fixed: Application error when attempting to sort As Run report by channel name.

Fixed: As Run First Run Only will now only search for playout events and respect channel selection.

Fixed: a bug where all as-run data would be erroneously marked as missed when a continuity playlist was deleted soon after being removed from continuity.

Archiving

Fixed: Delete from archive option was not shown in single content view restore pop-up.

Fixed: Delete afterwards on archive task failed sometimes due to deletion attempt happening before archive finished.

Fixed: Changing content filename could orphan archive record in some cases.

Fixed: a bug where Remote Server FTP connectivity test would incorrectly fail.

Media Server

FEATURE: Improved PCR precision in the Stream Server.

Fixed: an audio grooming bug in the stream server’s audio grooming mode, generally only enabled for integration with specific encoders runnings pass-through AC-3.

Configuration

FEATURE: B1000 models max single channel bandwidth raised to 40 Mbps from 20 Mbps.

Fixed: a form issue on channel when removing continuity playout.

Fixed: Can now have more than one SSM feed with the same IP source but different ports.

Fixed: Prevent overwriting custom timeservers on upgrade.

Fixed: Channel bandwidth validation now updates immediately on changing a channel’s max bandwidth, rather than requiring a webapp restart to take effect.

Fixed: some unexpected behavior in corner cases on Remote Server form.

Fixed: Remote Server form can now edit an FTP Path, rather than needing to delete and recreate the remote Server

Fixed: A unit with a RAID array will now always come back online unattended after a power cycle.

Fixed: Application error when updating a ProVue with channel left blank.

General UI/UX Updates

FEATURE: Dashboard load time improved by increasing efficiency of loading Feed data.

FEATURE: Improved readability of various error messages.

Fixed: Long server names are now handled more gracefully by the UI.


5.4.3 – April 12, 2016

FEATURE: Connect distributions will now match TBDs with leading 0’s.
FEATURE: Sidebar infinite scrolling. Scroll size is configurable from Config.
FEATURE: Add more archiving search options.
FEATURE: Add “unaccepted EULA” to Connect system health check.
Fixed: Unable to create two SSM feeds with the same source IP address.
Fixed: Content files scheduled, then archived (deleted afterwards) may fail to playout correctly.
Fixed: Channels may not release feeds from continuity. This would result in being unable to delete feeds.
Fixed: Calendar sidebar thumbnails were not draggable after “Filter content for slot”.
Fixed: Feed source IP would show “0” instead of blank.
Fixed: For some files, transmux would find incorrect file parameters and create an invalid file.
Fixed: Connect distribution unable to download files with “#” in the filename.
Fixed: 5.4 version of Turbo could not communicate with 3.22 versions of HyperCaster.
Fixed: Multiple files in replacement file hotfolder at one time would fail.
Fixed: Content removed from Connect failed to remove related database artifacts.
Fixed: Fix serial switch integration.


5.4.2 – February 17, 2016

Fixed: Certain As-Run messages were not processed correctly. This could cause As-Run to stop processing new events.
Fixed: Files with .mp4 extensions could not be uploaded to CloudCast.
Fixed: Using a date or string longer than 64 chars in Connects “Episode ID” column may cause content sync to fail.
Fixed: Long content sidebar search may return results after a shorter request has already finished therefore returning an incorrect search.
Fixed: Use of MediaInfo would cause change in file permissions in Media directory.
Fixed: Fix 500 error on Schedule XML page.
Fixed: Some tasks could fail to fail, blocking attempts for retry.


5.4.1 February 5, 2016

FEATURE: Increased performance of Connect conflicting checking page.
FEATURE: Server domain name will now appear in Connect UI if applicable.
FEATURE: Content analysis of frame rate can be turn on from Config -> Content to protect against playout of 0 FPS content.
FEATURE: Add ability to persist content search data on a per-page basis instead of globally.
Fixed: Capture events would fail to block copy.
Fixed: Connect event scheduling did not respect timezone offset.
Fixed: User could not manually change playlist sequence number in Firefox.
Fixed: In some cases metadata entered before transmux may be deleted.
Fixed: Content metadata could not be updated if file did not support random access.
Fixed: Content sort by date-added was actually sorting by date-updated.
Fixed: In some case files transferred from Mac OSX to server may fail to import.
Fixed: If browser window is too narrow, ProVue reboot context menu may appear off the page.
Fixed: Content analysis tools may fail to find a valid Chroma Format, and cause imports to fail.
Fixed: Content API would fail to find archived files.
Fixed: Calendar keyboard copy paste could paste user clipboard text in quick search.
Fixed: Added features to better protect RAM resource utilization.
Removed: Content sidebar infinite scrolling that was added in 5.4.0
Known Issues:

  • If a capture starts without a feed present the dashboard will show a flashing stop button. This is expected to be fixed in the next major release.
  • If searching content quickly on Calendar page results may appear random due to original search not completing prior to creating a new search. This can be mitigated by waiting for searches to complete before running a second search.

 


5.4 January 12, 2016

FEATURE: New feed type: RTMP
FEATURE: RTMP Feed can be pulled directly from CDN
FEATURE: HyperCaster will now act as a RTMP server allowing RTMP feeds pushed to HyperCaster to become available locally at: `rtmp://localhost/telvue-rtmp/`
FEATURE: Live status and bitrate are available on the feeds index page
FEATURE: Allow user to start and stop RTMP feeds.
FEATURE: Add Overlay Event button added to Programming -> Calendar view
FEATURE: Add Capture Event button added to Programming -> Calendar view
FEATURE: ProVue managment page now includes ability to set ProVue input to “Input Connection”
FEATURE: Increase range of files that can be transmuxed on import
FEATURE: Ability to update scheduled runs after setting offset or duration
Fixed: User was not able to copy user-made transcode profiles
Fixed: Failed imports may not move to “/import/failed”


5.3.6 December 15, 2015

FEATURE: Issue warning to user that purging archived files will be deleted from broadcast server.
FEATURE: Better handling of background task management
FEATURE: Add categories column back to content table view.
Fixed: Media server could stop outputting video under very rare circumstances.
Fixed: Archived/Offline content not considered for deletion by background jobs.
Fixed: CCMS backup days was not set by default.
Fixed: Delete from archive after a restoration would fail.
Fixed: Connect scheduling times properly handled.


5.3.5 December 1, 2015

Fixed: Broadcast server could wrongly consider past Connect events for scheduling.
Fixed: Incorrect spacing between pagination input form and surrounding text on Content page.
Fixed: NTP configuration file could be malformed on save or upgrade causing system health to become critical.


5.3.4 November 19, 2015

FEATURE: System health changes are now logged for support purposes.
FEATURE: Connect content downloads will now retry if there is a timeout error.
Fixed: Loading the list of importable files on the content page could sometimes take a long time.
Fixed: Deleting content will now remove its related tasks.
Fixed: User would not see content import if there was currently no content on the page.
Fixed: Content advanced search would throw 500 error when categories where included in the search.
Fixed: Dashboard auto-refresh should wait until previous poll request has returned before sending another request.
Fixed: Connect content refresh local event job would fail to find fetch window end.
Fixed: In OS X, ctrl-click now acts as right click on content index.
Fixed: Content pagination summary could overlap import button if browser window was too narrow.
Fixed: Unable to import content that would attach to TBD via import dropdown.


5.3.3 November 4, 2015

FEATURE: Content quick search now includes search by: category, media type and source.
Fixed: Content dropdown on channel and schedule-playout page were not in alphabetical order. These orders are now controlled under content -> config.
Fixed: Content sidebar may not load all content in certain situations.


5.3.2 October 19, 2015

Fixed: Content could fail to import if there was purged content with the same name but different file extension.
Fixed: Program Code and Episode Code were being excluded from consideration during keyword content searches.
Fixed: Search params for content search were being remembered, but not re-displayed on the search form after navigating away and back to the content search page.
Fixed: When on the Content tab, in table view mode, importing a new content file would not immediately show the new content item.
Fixed: Block copy events were being deselected when choosing a different month in the date-picker widget.


5.3.1 October 17, 2015

NOTE: Server version 4.2.2 is a pre-requisite for this upgrade, as well as the OS upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04.5

  • FEATURE: AJA KUMO switch support.
  • FEATURE: Audio respects fade-in time.
  • FEATURE: Added help tooltips to the InfoVue form builder.
  • FEATURE: Users can now access a report of conflicting Connect events.
  • FEATURE: Default sort column and order for content search.
  • FEATURE: Ability to toggle automatic content synchronization with Connect.
  • FEATURE: Improved Connect synchronization efficiency.
  • FEATURE: Link to schedule overlays from the Overlay page.
  • Fixed: Playlist item program and episode may be misaligned.
  • Fixed: It was possible to set deleted/archived content as continuity.
  • Fixed: Tasks which stall will now be visible on the tasks page until resolved.
  • Fixed: Decreased response times for programming calendar page.
  • Fixed: Content sidebars were not respecting configuration setting for scheduling unattached content.
  • Fixed: Content sidebars were not respecting default content sort order.
  • Fixed: Previews could failed to be created in some rare cases.
  • Fixed: Turbos were failing to access broadcast servers transcode profile information.
  • Fixed: Turbo Status link on system health page was broken.
  • Fixed: Fixed minor bugs in Overlay editor.
  • Fixed: Fix InfoVue RSS feed URL generator min and max duration when some fields are left blank.
  • Fixed: Some files with certain characters in the filename may fail to import.
  • Fixed: Advanced content search was slow dependent upon pagination size.
  • Fixed: Certain files were showing up as importable when they were not.
  • Fixed: Some feeds would fail to playout after 5.2.0 upgrade.

5.2.0 – September 30, 2015

Main Features

  • Overlay User Interface now more WYSIWYG and includes Drag and Drop Positioning, Ticker Foreground/Background image options and Drop Shadow for Text.
  • Revamped and streamlined Content User Interface.
  • Complete rewrite of Connect sync for improved speed and error tolerance.
  • Global Switch Delay for Routing Switchers to fine tune timing for cleaner switches.
  • SNMP Traps for System Health status.
  • General User Interface and stability improvements throughout application.
  • Upgrades OS to Ubuntu 12.04.05.

Content Management

  • FEATURE: Content that has been uploaded to CloudCast now shows with a representative icon.
  • FEATURE: Quick and Advanced Searches have been improved.
  • FEATURE: Categories can now be nested to support sub-categories.
  • FEATURE: All content management functions and bulk actions can now be accessed by right-clicking a given content item or a group of selected items.
  • FEATURE: Content Show view now includes the video codec in the media inspector.
  • Fixed: Removed character limit from the Program and Episode metadata fields.
  • Fixed: Content files would fail to delete if the offset was defined as a null value.
  • Fixed: It was possible to change the name of a content file while it was defined as Continuity.
  • Fixed: Multiple slashes in a filename could cause issues importing the file.

Scheduling

  • FEATURE: Now possible to change the start time of a scheduled event in the Calendar View by double clicking on and editing the start time in-place.
  • FEATURE: System will now warn users if content will be pasted after midnight when using the shortcut keys.
  • FEATURE: Removed checkboxes in the Classic View in favor of the “Click to Highlight” used in the Calendar View currently.
  • FEATURE: Updated the date-picker dialogue boxes to be more modern.
  • FEATURE: Bulk Modify now starts with currently selected file.
  • Fixed: Bulk Modify wouldn’t take into account content offset or duration modifiers.
  • Fixed: TBD’s woudn’t show duration within Bulk Modify.
  • Fixed: Could not replace TBD’s within Bulk Modify.
  • Fixed: Block Copy wouldn’t work when copying events between channels.
  • Fixed: Content Offset would be ignored if using the gear icon to play a file immediately.

Previews

  • FEATURE: Bulk Preview Creation now possible through the Content page.
  • Fixed: Previews could occasionally have A/V Sync issues on captured files.

Overlays

  • FEATURE: Drop Shadow has been added as an option for all overlays that support text.
  • FEATURE: Drag and drop positioning for Tickers and Snipes.
  • FEATURE: Tickers can now have foreground and/or background images.
  • FEATURE: Tickers can now have a custom separator text when the message wraps around and starts over.
  • FEATURE: User can now adjust alpha channel for Bugs on top of alpha levels that may already be set in the uploaded PNG image; Also allows setting an alpha when none was present in the original image.
  • FEATURE: Improvements to Ticker preview in UI to match on-air appearance.
  • FEATURE: Overlay Designer now has option to show exact dimensions of objects.
  • FEATURE: Overlays will now automatically scale from 1080i to lower resolutions upon initial creation.
  • Fixed: Tab order of overlay fields included tool tips.

CCMS

  • FEATURE: VER files now contain end lines.
  • Fixed: Occasionally there would be no status update of a content replacement in CCMS.

TelVue Connect

  • FEATURE: Complete rewrite of Connect sync for improved speed and error tolerance.
  • FEATURE: Connect metadata syncs to the broadcast server when updated in Connect. Changes to override local metadata on the broadcast server are preserved providing Connect metadata is not updated subsequent to the local changes.
  • FEATURE: Additional Connect metadata fields now sync down to Broadcast Servers as an Extended Metadata tab in the Content Edit view.
  • FEATURE: Connect Thumbnails now match Content Thumbnails on the Broadcast Server.

CloudCast

  • Fixed: Issue where audio drift could occur when exporting to CloudCast on captured files.

Reporting

  • FEATURE: Missing files email now includes filenames.
  • Fixed: ROVI had problems with some X-List data.
  • Fixed: Categories would be removed from a Content record after deletion.

Media Server

  • FEATURE: Better handling of H.264 with poor IDR stamping.
  • FEATURE: Mute audio frames can now be 100% buffer compliant.
  • FEATURE: Improved handling of H.264 files that have PTS/DTS stamping behind PCR.
  • Fixed: Issue with Float Point Exceptions under certain rare circumstances.

Routing Switchers

  • FEATURE: Support can now add a global delay to routing switchers to allow for fine tuning of switch timing leading to cleaner switches.

ProVue Management

  • Fixed: Issue where a ProVue would incorrectly report network feed type.

API and XML Feeds

  • FEATURE: Added parameters for content API including: Offset, Duration, Custom Metadata, and Categories.
  • FEATURE: InfoVue XML Feed Builder to quickly generate custom XML feeds for integrating Program Guide and Programming information into your InfoVue digital signage templates.
  • FEATURE: InfoVue XML Feed now includes ability to parse by program duration, category, and display events starting X days in the future.
  • Fixed:  Content API would return false in certain cases when it should return true.

Configuration

  • FEATURE: SNMP System Health is now available as traps.
  • FEATURE: Option to select ProVue Optimized or Transport Stream Compliant transitions on a per-channel basis. When using ProVue decoders, ProVue Optimized tightens transitions.
  • FEATURE: Streaming output NIC Redundancy option on a per channel basis.
  • FEATURE: NTP health status now links back to NTP settings.
  • FEATURE: Server now ships with eth1 as the default route for all multicast.
  • Fixed: Feeds with the same multicast IGMP group/port could be created using different names.
  • Fixed: Resolved an issue preventing management of the firewall.
  • Fixed: Changes to network interfaces may not take effect immediately in some cases.
  • Fixed: DHCP could fail to pickup gateway address from some routers/DHCP Servers.

General UI/UX Updates

  • FEATURE: Improved UI support on mobile devices.
  • FEATURE: Dashboard will now auto-refresh every 10 seconds to remain current with scheduling.
  • FEATURE: Navigation tabs now have drop downs allowing for quicker access to certain pages such as the Calendar View for Programming.
  • FEATURE: Numerous updates and modernizations to Content, Playlist, Overlays, Channels, and Various Config pages.
  • FEATURE: Program number field removed and converted to Custom Metadata if currently in use.
  • Fixed: Certain versions of Internet Explorer would have Java Script errors preventing some functionality.

5.1.0 – March 20, 2015

Main Features

  • Multiple simultaneous IP Captures. Requires IP Capture licenses.
  • Channel video auto-fade transition option when playing to ProVue Decoders.
  • Combined/redesigned Content show/edit page.
  • Support for time-shifting continuity feeds by a constant time interval. Requires Timeshift license.
  • Support for passive FTP connections for content upload.
  • Keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V) for copy/paste on the Calendar View.
  • As-Run report first-run filter now allows specifying first-run from “beginning of time”, or “only in the filtered date range”.
  • GHOST vulnerability patch.

Scheduling

  • FEATURE: Stream sources may now be scheduled via Calendar view. A supplementary dialog will appear to collect the desired duration.
  • FEATURE: Current selection set for copy/paste on Calendar View is indicated by rendering a dark border around selected events.
  • FEATURE: To facilitate dragging and dropping on the Calendar View and Manage Playlist Item pages, the preview lightbox is only triggered if clicking directly on the play icon, rather than the entire thumbnail image area.
  • Fixed: Advanced search pane would not open on initial page load on Calendar View.
  • Fixed: Could not drag events onto last row of Calendar View in some cases.
  • Fixed: Block copy was not working immediately after creating a block (without dismissing the dialog).

IP Capture

  • Fixed: Capture events associated with TBD’s would not auto-import after capture completed.

Previews

  • Fixed: Enable Previews / Delete Previews jobs were being created every time the Config -> Content page was being saved, regardless of whether the ‘Create Content Previews’ setting had been changed.

Overlays

  • Fixed: Fixed Application Error when trying to schedule an emergency overlay for the first time.
  • Fixed: Fixed text position discrepancy between Snipe designer within the application and the rendered result on-screen.

Content Management

  • Fixed: Fixed Application Error when switching to Table view on the Content Tab.
  • Fixed: Offline content could not be selected on the Content Tab in table-view mode.
  • Fixed: Custom metadata attributes could not be deleted if there were any Playlists defined.

CCMS

  • Fixed: Time-zone issues causing CCMS content imports to miss downloading updated remote content.

TelVue Connect

  • FEATURE: Connect reachability health included in System Health.

ProVue Decoder Management

  • FEATURE: Video transition autofade time may be set for managed ProVue decoders. ProVue decoders must be running ProVue software version 2.5.0 or greater.
  • Fixed: Fixed Application error when saving a previously unreachable ProVue Decoder with a reachable IP address.
  • Fixed: Fixed Application Error when editing a ProVue Decoder that has 0 decoding quality.
  • Fixed: Fixed issue with restarting internal ProVue Decoders through the Config -> ProVue Decoders page.

Configuration

  • Fixed: Fixed Application Error when trying to edit server via Config -> Server.
  • Fixed: Current default gateway not shown when editing a network interface in static mode.
  • Fixed: Fixed admin user’s ability to delete users.
  • Fixed: Program ID is no longer considered for uniqueness against PIDS in a PMT Table.
  • Fixed: Fixed Application Error when trying to edit a PMT Table.
  • Fixed: Leaving PCR PID blank would cause Audio to be forcefully re-mapped to the VIDEO PID + 1.
  • Fixed: Restarting the Application through the web application was not working.
  • Fixed: Fixed error when trying to set IP address via LCD on units with an internal ProVue.
  • Fixed: Event validity with respect to channel maximum bitrate is now re-evaluated each time a channel’s bitrate is adjusted upwards or downwards, allowing events flagged as invalid due to mux-rate to become valid again.
  • Fixed: User may no longer create Remote Servers of type ‘Archive’ unless archiving is enabled.
  • Fixed: Remote Servers using the FTP protocol were being forced to use Active mode, regardless of the check box setting that was submitted.
  • Fixed: Remote Servers can now be updated without re-entering the password by leaving both the password and password confirmation fields blank. Passwords are still required when creating Remote Servers.
  • Fixed: Continuity sources were not being released when continuity was disabled for a channel. This was causing Live Stream Feeds to remain un-editable, even after it was no longer being used by any channels.

External Schedule

  • FEATURE: More granular date and time within the Schedule RSS feed to facilitate TelVue InfoVue digital signage program guide templates.
  • Fixed: ‘Next Air Date’ on external schedule was only populated for recurring events.

Reporting

  • FEATURE: New search mode for ‘first-run’ and ‘repeats’ in As-Run reports. Previously, searches would return the first-run instance within the search date range. The user now has the option to search for the first time a file has EVER played, whether or not that time falls within the search date range. The original behavior is also still available.
  • Fixed: Fixed various Application Errors when downloading Program Guide information.

Media Server

  • FEATURE: Black-frame insertion now inserts true black.

Routing Switchers

  • FEATURE: Support for ROSS NK series switchers.

5.0.3 – December 17, 2014

NOTE: Server version 4.2.2 is a pre-requisite for this upgrade

Calendar

  • FEATURE: Changed coloring of past and future scheduled events on the Programming Calendar view to add contrast.
  • FEATURE: Allow sorting by duration in the Calendar advanced search.
  • Fixed: Calendar advanced search filter by Connect event slot.

Previews

  • Fixed: Timeout while queueing a large number of previews after enabling automatic preview generation.
  • Fixed: Issue that would cause Preview jobs to stay queued indefinitely when queueing a large number of previews.

Config

  • Fixed: Regression in console config interface.

Overlays

  • Fixed: Issue preventing snipe overlays with single quote characters from playing.

Other

  • Fixed: Application error when editing or viewing tooltips for Connect content that originated from DVD.
  • Fixed: Minerva program guide now uses GMT time.
  • Fixed: Media Server Segmentation fault when playing very small files.

 


 

5.0 – October 28, 2014

Applicability

2nd Generation (Ubuntu-based) HyperCaster only.  The Overlay updates apply only to HyperCasters with ProVue integration and Graphics Upgrade, whether internal or external.

  • B100 HyperCaster
  • B100-HyperCaster-Analog (Composite/HDMI Internal ProVue)
  • B100-HyperCaster-SDI (HD-SDI Internal ProVue)
  • B1000-HyperCaster

Archiving Upgrade

  • FEATURE: Manage archived content directly in Content Management, alongside online content, and manage archiving workflow.
  • FEATURE: Any FTP or SMB NAS may be used as an archive location.
  • FEATURE: Content may be archived in bulk from the Content tab, with an option to delete the local file at the same time.
  • FEATURE: Content may be restored from archive in bulk from the Content Tab, with an option to automatically delete the file from archive when finished.
  • FEATURE: Archived content may be deleted from the NAS in bulk from the Content tab.
  • FEATURE: Scheduling archived content automatically triggers a download of the medium.
  • FEATURE: A destination directory may now be set for SMB remote servers.  The use is no longer constrained to store files in the root directory of the SMB share.
  • FEATURE: Content search includes filters for archived status.
  • FEATURE: Content may be set to automatically archive on import.
  • FEATUREIcons and other visual cues to easily determine whether content is online or archived.

Scheduling

  • FEATURE: One or more scheduled events in the Calendar view can now be dragged and dropped to a new time slot.  This reschedules (moves) the events.
  • FEATURE: Completed events can be selected so that they may be used as a basis for block copy/paste, or to drag and drop schedule in the future (copies the event).
  • FEATURE: Checkboxes on Calendar view events removed.  User may now click anywhere on the row to select it. Selected rows are highlighted and support Control/Shift multi-select.
  • FEATURE: Block Copy dialog has an option to move (cut and paste) the selected block, rather than copy it.
  • FEATURE: Make it easier to visually distinguish historical vs. future events on Calendar view.
  • FEATURE: Warn when a user tries to interact with an event that no longer exists because they had not refreshed the page and another user edited or deleted the event.
  • FEATURE: New tabbed styling for source selection on Calendar view (media, switch, etc…).
  • Fixed: When changing the date, existing selections were not being honored.
  • Fixed: Cancel conflicting events was not being honored when using the ‘Modify’ link on the Calendar view.
  • Fixed: Fixed ambiguities in wording and operation in the ripple form.
  • Fixed: Fixed issue preventing deletion of the last row on block copy popup.
  • Fixed: Fixed corner case issue when rippling events and including related switch events.

Previews

  • FEATURE: Previews may be generated for all content, either individually, or automatically on import.
  • FEATURE: Enabling automatic preview generation will queue all existing content for preview generation as a background task on the Task tab with real-time progress.
  • FEATURE: Previews may be played in a pop-up dialog anywhere a content thumbnail image is normally shown and on the Content Show and Edit pages.
  • FEATURE: Disk usage of all preview files is displayed on the Config -> Content page.
  • FEATURE: All existing preview files may be deleted in a single operation on the Config -> Content page to free disk space.
  • FEATURE: Playback speed can be specified between 1x and 10x.  Above 2x, audio will not be played.

Overlay Upgrade

  • FEATURE: New Snipe overlay type and designer for teasing programming, and other announcements.
  • FEATURE: Snipes support custom background image or color rectangle, dynamic variables inserted when triggered (program metadata, date/time), and fade-in effect.
  • FEATURE: Users may now choose between light and dark background in the overlay preview area.
  • FEATURE: Overlay parameter area is scrollable in the Overlay edit view.  Prevents the preview area from scrolling off-screen.
  • FEATURE: User may now create a new Overlay of any type directly from the Overlay list view.
  • FEATURE: Added dedicated Overlays tab to the top-level navigation bar.
  • Fixed: Could not use existing tickers as templates for new tickers.
  • Fixed: Uploading a new PNG before saving a bug overlay leaves the old PNG on the staging area.
  • Fixed: Rapid off/on cycling of overlays would cause text to re-start.
  • Fixed: Back-to-back scheduled overlays could cause the 2nd overlay to not play.
  • Fixed: Deleting overlays did not delete all Emergency Overlay event objects.  Could lead to application error.
  • Fixed: Saving a new ticker without a preset selected would cause an application error.
  • Fixed: Fixed issue with in rare cases the periodic resync could turn off an overlay that should be running.
  • Fixed: Fixed issue that could cause a momentary thin red line to display on the ticker designer.

Continuity As Run

  • FEATURE: Ability to enable as run logging for continuity events on a per channel basis, for affadavit purposes.
  • FEATURE: When continuity as run is enabled, display continuity events in as run and recent events list on Content details page.

Content Management

  • FEATURE: Thumbnail images include icons to visually display certain statuses (New – imported in the last week, Pending scheduled deletion, Archived, Offline).
  • FEATURE: Thumbnail images are now generated and displayed with the correct, native aspect ratio.
  • Fixed: The replacement file importer would sometimes import media in-place within the replacement_files hotfolder, causing repeated failed tasks.
  • Fixed: Reported Aspect Ratio incorrect for some non-standard aspect ratios.

ProVue Decoder Management

  • FEATURE: ProVue Decoder index page now automatically updates periodically without a refresh.
  • FEATURE: User can now restart/reboot ProVue Decoders from the ProVue Decoder index page.
  • FEATURE: ProVue Decoders associated with a Channel can be configured to use a different input source with just a warning. Useful for temporarily tuning into live feeds that require graphics.
  • FEATURE: Support for sd480i23.98 output format removed.
  • Fixed: ProVue decoders could not be edited if there were more than 2 ProVues assigned to the same channel.

Tasks

  • FEATURE: Admin can cancel tasks of certain types on the Tasks tab.
  • FEATURE: Touch-ups to the overall look and feel of the Tasks tab.

External Schedule

  • Fixed: Integrated VOD previews launched from the external schedule did not always stop playing when closing the lightbox.

Reporting

  • FEATURE: Categories, Location, Contributor, and all Custom Metadata fields included in As Run reports.
  • FEATURE: Program Guide tab moved under the Reports tab.
  • FEATURE: Missing Files report for scheduled events includes archived offline content in addition to TBDs.
  • FEATURE: Content status is now a column in the nightly Content CSV dump.

Connect

  • FEATURE: Connect content will now fill TBD’s.  TDB expected filename (without extension) must match the Connect ‘Title’ field.

Configuration

  • FEATURE: ‘TelVue Credentials’ no longer an option on Remote Server edit form.
  • Fixed: Remote server edit form remembers existing password correctly.
  • Fixed: NTP Configuration file was incorrectly formatted.

Media Server

  • FEATURE: Allow pass-through of PSIP metadata.
  • FEATURE: Improved support for streaming encrypted content.
  • Fixed: Handle large SPS for H.264 High/5.0.
  • Fixed: Treat Missing Splice errors detected on import as a warning.

Routing Switcher Upgrade

  • FEATURE: Support for Extron MAV-32.

 

4.3.0 – June 27, 2014

NOTE: Server version 4.2.0 is a pre-requisite for this upgrade

Applicability

2nd Generation (Ubuntu-based) HyperCaster only.  The Overlay updates apply only to HyperCasters with ProVue integration and Graphics Upgrade, whether internal or external.

  • B100 HyperCaster
  • B100-HyperCaster-CVBS (Composite/HDMI Internal ProVue)
  • B100-HyperCaster-SDI (HD-SDI Internal ProVue)
  • B1000-HyperCaster

Block Copy

  • FEATURE: In Programming View (both Calendar and Classic), Block Copy feature allows copy/paste of selected events to additional timeslots in the future
  • FEATURE: Scheduling blocks can be saved by name for future pasting

Scheduled Overlays

  • FEATURE: Schedule overlays from the Programming Classic view
  • FEATURE: Overlays, including Emergency Overlays, displayed in as-run report
  • FEATURE: Mouse-over tooltips for overlays on scheduling and as-run report for additional details

Networking

  • FEATURE: Manage network routes via the UI

Connect

  • FEATURE: Failed connect content downloads will make 3 retry attempts before reporting failed
  • FEATURE: If no checksum is provided by Connect, skip the check and allow importing

Media Server

  • Fixed: Audio grooming could cause segfaults under certain very rare conditions

Content Management & Import

  • FEATURE: Replacement file importer now neglects leading 0’s in filenames when searching for a Content File record to replace for CCMS
  • Fixed: Fixed feature that blocks MP2 audio from being imported for deployments that require AC3 only

Reports

  • FEATURE: Channel is now an included column in the as-run report

4.2.0 – May 23, 2014

Applicability

2nd Generation (Ubuntu-based) HyperCaster only.  The Overlay updates apply only to HyperCasters with ProVue integration and Graphics Upgrade, whether internal or external.

  • B100 HyperCaster
  • B100-HyperCaster-CVBS (Composite/HDMI Internal ProVue)
  • B100-HyperCaster-SDI (HD-SDI Internal ProVue)
  • B1000-HyperCaster

Emergency Ticker Overlays

  • FEATURE: Admin can create and select an emergency overlay ticker template. If none is specified, the app will provide a default template.
  • FEATURE: Admin can create emergency users, who are only allowed to view the emergency overlay console.
  • FEATURE: Emergency overlays can be started with an automatic end/expiration date.
  • FEATURE: Normal overlays are suppressed when an emergency overlay is started on a channel. They are automatically restored once the emergency overlay is stopped.
  • FEATURE: Page header indicated when an emergency overlay is active
  • FEATURE: Admin and emergency users are notified when an emergency overlay is started or stopped. Emergency users do NOT receive normal workflow/health emails.

Overlays

  • FEATURE: Text input field moved to top of Ticker Overlay edit form.
  • FEATURE: Drag and drop positioning of Bug overlay image.
  • FEATURE: Overlay list view is now filtered, allowing the user to view bug-only, Tickers-only, or all overlays.
  • FEATURE: New Overlay Config tab setting to select the default resolution to edit when managing overlay. Simplifies workflows not leveraging simulcast.
  • FEATURE: Automatic overlay re-synchronization. Internal and External ProVue Decoders reconcile overlays periodically and on start-up to ensure the proper overlays are on-air even after reboot, loss of communication (i.e. networking issue), or changing output resolutions.
  • FEATURE: Clearer error reporting on the Overlay Admin control panel if there are failures starting or stopping overlays, for example due to temporary networking issues.
  • Fixed: Fix bug auto scaling uploaded bugs for other resolutions.

ProVue Decoder Management

  • FEATURE: ProVue decoder control is now enabled by default across all HyperCaster model variants.
  • Fixed: ProVue decoder saved correctly even if it cannot be contacted at that time.

IP Capture (Upgrade) & StreamThru

  • FEATURE: For MPEG-2 video, insert black frames on transition when there are small time gaps between files rather than freezing the last frame. (This was already the case for h.264 video)
  • FEATURE: StreamThru and IP Capture errors now insert black frames on errors rather than passing the discontinuities to the stream or capture file. Errors handled include loss of source signal, continuity counter, and PCR stamp errors. Allows StreamThru and IP Capture to be highly resilient even in the case of source or network errors, to protect downstream equipment and ensure that capture files from a damaged source are still compliant, and can be opened in 3rd party tools such as editors and transcoders.
  • Fixed: Manual capture page would not correctly show the currently recording feed if refreshed.
  • Fixed: Stopping stream events from the dashboard would hide the partial event on the Programming tab.
  • Fixed: Captured files could throw off A/V sync in some transcoders.

Media Server

  • FEATURE: User can now remap PIDs from 16-31. They are no longer ‘reserved’.
  • FEATURE: Improved buffer compliance for MPEG-2 and H.264 video during transitions.
  • FEATURE: Default to pass DigiCipher through as MPEG-2 stream type.
  • FEATURE: Pass through SCTE-35 from source.
  • FEATURE: Pass through PSIP from source.
  • FEATURE: Audio Grooming for MPEG-1 Layer 2, AC-3 and AAC for integration with the Harmonic Electra’s audio passthrough mode.
  • FEATURE: Increase capture buffer size for improved capture resilience.
  • Fixed: Editing channel destination IP addresses were not being respected without restarting the media server.
  • Fixed: Various robustness improvements playing corner case content.

Content Management & Import

  • FEATURE: Allow import and transmux of .mov and .avi files containing H.264 video codec.
  • FEATURE: Transmux tooltip help reworded for clarity.
  • Fixed: Certain combinations of audio and video codecs would not transmux.
  • Fixed: Fixed bug causing Advanced Search to not work correctly in some cases.
  • Fixed: Fixed bug preventing deletion of content with special characters in the filename.

API

  • FEATURE: Tasks API. Tasks can now be requested as XML or JSON

Traffic & Billing

  • FEATURE: Support scheduled files with lower case .sch extension.
  • Fixed: FTP content fetcher was not taking into account the year that could lead to fetching unneeded content.
  • Fixed: Minor bug fixes to SMB and FTP CCMS file transfer modules.

Continuity

  • FEATURE: Playlist continuity resume picks up at the start of the next playlist item, rather than where it left off mid-item.

Connect Integration

  • FEATURE: Content distributed from Connect uses human-readable filenames based off the Connect title rather than UUID-based filenames.

Miscellaneous

  • FEATURE: Rename NTP to ‘Network Time Protocol’ on Health screen for clarity.
  • SECURITY: Plug NTP DDOS vulnerability, via change to ntp.conf configuration file.

Platforms

  • FEATURE: HyperCaster B1000 available with Quad ethernet NICs.

4.1 – March 3, 2014

Applicability:

2nd Generation (Ubuntu-based) HyperCaster only.  The Overlay updates apply only to HyperCasters with ProVue integration and Graphics Upgrade, whether internal or external.

  • HyperCaster B100 Gen 2
  • HyperCaster B100-Analog (Composite/HDMI ProVue Inside)
  • HyperCaster B100-SDI (HD-SDI ProVue Inside)
  • HyperCaster B1000 Gen 2

Graphic Overlays Upgrade

  • Feature: Design, manage, and trigger ticker and bug overlays for on-air text crawls and channel branding. Requires one or more internal or external TelVue ProVue Decoder with graphics license.
  • Feature: Ticker designer with control for speed, font, color, position, alpha and more. Includes ticker preview in the browser.
  • Feature: Bug designer with control for positioning, and uploaded logo. Includes bug preview in the browser.
  • Feature: Overlay management screen to easily turn overlays on/off per channel.
  • Feature: Simulcast graphic overlays allows designing each overlay for multiple resolution outputs.
  • Feature: Dashboard display per channel of whether any overlays are active on the channel, and a link to manage active overlays.

ProVue Integration

  • Feature: Edit ProVue Decoder page shows whether graphics license is enabled.

DVD, MPEG-2 Program, and MP4 Import Support

  • Fixed: issue where attribute files may not be generated properly for transmuxed files that could inhibit playout of those files.

SNMP Support

  • Fixed: issue with changing the default community string.

Media Import

  • Fixed: issue importing short files with large MEPG-2 Transport PTS gaps.

Traffic & Billing

  • Fixed: issue with CCMS verification file names for events ending on or very near midnight.

4.0.0 – November 11, 2013

Applicability:

2nd Generation TelVue HyperCaster only.

  • HyperCaster B100 Gen 2
  • HyperCaster B100-Analog (Composite/HDMI ProVue Inside)
  • HyperCaster B100-SDI (HD-SDI ProVue Inside)
  • HyperCaster B1000 Gen 2
  • HyperCaster B1000-SDI (Quad HD-SDI ProVue Inside)

Product Additions

  • Feature: Support for HyperCaster B1000-SDI model with Quad HD-SDI ProVue Inside decoders.
  • Feature: Support for 4TB Drives in the B1000.

DVD, MPEG-2 Program, and MP4 Import Support

  • Feature: Transmux MPEG-2 Program Stream and MP4(H.264) to MPEG-2 Transport Stream on import.
  • Feature: DVD Import hot folder for importing VIDEO_TS content.  Only applicable if transmux feature is enabled.

ProVue Integration

  • Feature: ProVue Configuration section added to the config tab to manage internal and external ProVue decoders.
  • Feature: HyperCaster B100 SDI and B1000 SDI models supports 708, 608(708), and 608ANC Closed Captioning for MPEG-2 in HD-SDI output formats.
  • Feature: ProVue status now included as one of the System Health criteria.  Monitors ProVue connectivity, and decoding status.
  • Feature: Crop mode. When set to an SD output format, 16:9 content will be scaled to fit the height of the screen, and cropped horizontally.
  • Feature: Change which HyperCaster channel an integrated ProVue decoder decodes. With the integrated Quad decoder system, multiple decoders can be set to the same channel for HD/SD Simulcast applications.

Connect Integration

  • Feature: SCH files line up to Connect content and vice versa.
  •    Connect medium description field will match a TBD’s expected filename (minus file extension) before trying to create a completely new content record.
  •    When importing a SCH file, the spot ID will attempt to match against Connect content’s title before creating a new TBD.
  • Feature: Human readable filenames based on Connect’s Title in VER files.
  • Feature: Can use HTTP proxy to reach Connect.  This must be set-up by TelVue Support personnel.
  • Fixed: Improves checking for duplicate Connect contributor records.  This was causing a slow-down of all content search methods.  Existing duplicates are removed by the upgrade process.
  • Fixed: Handles cancelling of Connect distributions before file download is complete. Previously could cause future distributions to fail.
  • Fixed: Fix “no task” errors that prevent Content distributions from completing.
  • Fixed: Connect content transfers were being held open, delaying import of distributed content.

SNMP Support

  • Feature: All system health status categories are now available via the SNMP protocol.

User Interface

  • Feature: Playlists can be edited live while in use as continuity.
  • Feature: Reboot action now re-directs after a timeout.  Refreshing no longer causes another reboot.
  • Feature: System Health no longer shows Turbo or ProVue categories, unless at least one is configured.
  • Feature: Media server errors are more descriptive.
  • Performance: Use AJAX to determine external IP address.  Speeds up loading of Config -> About.
  • (Removed Feature: Exceptional.io integration to automatically report application errors back to TelVue removed, due to low adoption.)
  • Fixed: Fixed logfile download.
  • Fixed: psguser password change was not propagating to Samba and FTP.
  • Fixed: Unable to delete a file set as continuity, after continuity is disabled.
  • Fixed: No longer accept gateway offered by DHCP for eth1.  This was causing routing problems when both interfaces were offered a default gateway via DHCP.
  • Fixed: Backup directory is now owned by psguser.  Previously, the end user could not delete anything from this directory.
  • Fixed: Reset Firewall to default was broken.
  • Fixed: Deleting a required PMT row was allowed, but re-adding it was dis-allowed.
  • Fixed: Fixed a number of CCMS Traffic & Billing integration failure scenarios to make schedule and content fetching more robust.
  • Fixed: Improper network masks were being allowed in the Networking config settings.
  • Fixed: Unsupported file types in media and replacement hotfolders no longer show cryptic errors on the Tasks tab.
  • Fixed: Console application was not working.
  • Fixed: Fixed race condition where a file import would attach to the wrong TBD.
  • Fixed: Capture destination directory was not being respected.  This was preventing captures from being auto imported upon completion, if a non-empty destination directory was specified to override the default
  • Fixed: Stop button was not being displayed on the dashboard for IP Captures whose source feed went away.
  • Fixed: IP Captures were allowed to be scheduled for different feed sources at conflicting times.

Media Server

  • Feature: Filter incoming multicast strictly by IGMP group.  E.g, different incoming streams may be directed at the same UDP port.
  • Fixed: Fixed interpretation of H.264 frame size and crop mode.