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Videolinq - Release Notes

May 31, 2023

Today we released part 1 of Videolinq version 4:

  • UI change: The channel Source, Destinations, Scheduler, and Channel Statistics boxes moved to the left side. The Preview player moved to the right side.

  • Edit for live streams: A new AI-based automated closed captioning service for live streams with the ability to edit the captions before they are added to the live video. The service supports the CEA-608 standard for closed captioning distribution on video for the English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, and Portuguese languages. 

  • Edit for files: A new AI-based automated closed captioning service for pre-recorded media. The service supports 60+ languages.

December 3, 2022

Today we released an update to the Videolinq platform. New features include:

  • Ability to monitor the number of viewers on a channel when using the Videolinq player or 3rd party players pointing to the channel HLS path. 

  • Customers using the Premium and Enterprise plans can use Studio to measure viewers on the Videolinq player together with viewers of their broadcast on social media platforms. 

October 19, 2022

Today we released an update to the Videolinq platform. New features include:

  • Ability to protect live streams, hosted by Videolinq, by restricting playback to specific websites, geographic locations, or set of IP's. 

  • Ability to add create a player for live or recorded streams, and add stream protection by restricting playback to specific websites, geographic locations, or set of IP's. When using the player streams can be hosted by Videolinq or any streaming video platform or CDN that support the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) format. 

  • Fixed minor bugs in Studio.

March 21, 2022

Today we released an update to the Videolinq platform. New features include:

  • Ability to upload recorded MP4 files with matching VTT closed captioning files, and simulate. a live broadcast with closed captioning that can be sent to destinations or stream on the Videolinq player or any other HTML5 player with closed captioning support.

  • Minor bug fixes.

January 17, 2022

Today we released an update to the Videolinq platform. New features include:

  • Ability to upload recorded MP4 files via web browser, and use the files as video source for the channel. Files size is limited to 4 GB, the maximum file size browsers support for direct upload.

  • Ability to build a playlist from uploaded MP4 files, and rearrange the order of the playlist without creating a new playlist. Playlist can be used as video source for a channel to simulate a live broadcast.

  • Ability to create a daily or specific day of the week Scheduler, that points to individual files or playlist as video source.

  • Minor bug fixes.

August 3, 2021

Today we released an update to the Videolinq platform. New features include:

  • Social Media Studio - a workspace for live event producers to collaborate with their team or customers, in the preparation and delivery of live broadcasts on social media.

  • Ability to create new channels, without the need to assign video source or destinations as part of the workflow.

  • Minor bug fixes.

April 5, 2021

Today we released an update to the Videolinq platform. New features include:

  • Added LinkedIn as destination.

  • Added Amazon Live as destination.

  • Fixed Facebook expired stream key. Added count down indication while the new stream key is configured in the backend. 

  • Added product tours to all sections of the media dashboard.

December 7, 2020

Today we released an update to the Videolinq platform. New features include:

  • Add multi-origin entry points to the Videolinq network via the video source configuration.

  • Ability to send RTMP streams to other ports except TCP 1935.

  • Added 1080p 4 MBps resolution to ABR streams.

  • Removed channel stream quality color indicator that was confusing operators.

  • Add closed captioning support for real-time caption in the SDI.

October 12, 2020

New update released for the Videolinq platform include:

  • RTMP automation with the Scheduler. Use this feature to configure an RTMP encoder to auto connect to destinations without the need to press "Go Live" on the channel page.

  • Videolinq Chrome App - launch Videolinq as standalone application on computers and mobile devices. 

  • Removed Mixer as destination.

  • Instant player creation with HLS path pointing to the channel.

  • Improved alert system to notify operators about resource availability or malfunction. 

  • Ability to turn account and system alerts on/off from the User Settings section.

  • Minor bug fixes.

June 21, 2020

The Videolinq media dashboard version 3.0 was released today with new exciting features and workflows. See below the list of new features, changes, and issues we identified in this version:

  • New simple design layout simplifies stream management.

  • Responsive design for computers and mobile devices.

  • Visible plan features with resource allocation and use. 

  • New terms are used: video Sources, Destinations, and Channels replaced Users, Endpoints, and Stream Jobs.

  • Less steps to create a new channel (previously called Stream Job).

  • Video sources now include RTMP (encoder), URL (RTSP/RTMP/HTTP live path or HLS manifest), Webcam (new), and Desktop Share (new).

  • Ability to connect to a computer or mobile device camera for fast and efficient live streaming.

  • Add/edit/remove sources to a channel without stopping the live stream. 

  • Add/edit/remove to a channel, and Start/Stop output video to a destination without stopping the live stream.

  • Attach a Scheduler to a channel. 

  • Set channel rules (by the Scheduler) to live stream 24/7, repeat daily, or different schedule each day of the week. 

  • New player wizard with enhanced features:

- Cross platform responsive player embed code.

- Floating player on page (PiP).

- Multi lingual closed captioning support.

- Select from multi audio channels (VOD).

Platform known issues:

  • Minimum system requirements: 

Operating systems - Mac 10.11, Windows 8.1, iOS 11, Android 7.

Browsers - Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge.

  • The Webcam feature does not work in iOS version 12.3 and below.

  • The Webcam feature does not work on Firefox version 76 and up.

  • When using Chrome browser an idle login screen with credentials will result in the browser hiding the username and password. 

  • Real-time human-generated closed captioning insertion does not work on Webcam or stream sources. 

  • Closed captioning files in the VTT format cannot be uploaded to the platform when using Mac/Chrome browser. Use instead Safari or Firefox.

 

We are updating this page with issues we identify and find on the existing platform release. If you want to alert our team about issues you find, please send us an email.

Updated May 24, 2023

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