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The latest Frequency Studio software releases.

Studio 5.22 (2024-06-12)

MANAGE | Program Templates

Program Templates are re-usable program patterns that are used to create linear programs. With Program Templates, the effort of creating Programs prior to scheduling is reduced by up to 95%.

  • Creating and Managing Program Templates

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    • Users can configure parameters for program components such ad pods, interstitials, and time fill.

  • Creating Programs Using Program Templates

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    • These patterns are used to create programs based on the availability of a video’s cue points and additional business logic.

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This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.21 (2024-05-29)

STUDIO | Performance Optimizations

  • Performance improvements to the dynamic loading for ANALYZE.

SCHEDULE | VOD Scheduling

  • Fixed an issue where the Cut option instead of the Copy option was displaying for past programs.

  • Default time for new VOD programs is now the current time instead of defaulting to 12:00.

INGEST | Filtering & Error Messaging

  • Set a threshold of 6 filter options before a “View more…” link becomes available.

  • Added additional information in the mouseover popups for Feeds that failed ingest due to technical errors.

This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.20 (2024-05-22)

STUDIO | Performance Optimizations

  • Performance improvements to the dynamic loading for ACCOUNT and CONNECT.

SCHEDULE | Repeat Scheduling

  • The weekly pattern now supports start and end time selection.

  • Weekly now correctly adds all the programs to the selected end date.

  • Weekly now correctly skips over existing programs when the option is selected.

SCHEDULE | User Roles

  • Fixed an issue where the SCHEDULE Manager role could not remove programs from the schedule.

This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.19 (2024-05-10)

This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.18 (2024-05-03)

SCHEDULE | Hybrid Scheduling

  • Transformation channels can schedule VOD/Live programs

  • Preview external programming as well as internal programming

  • EPG shows combined final viewing experience of all types of programs

  • Add Program to selected start time and duration of selected program

MANAGE | Improved Filtering

Added the ability to specify both an availability start date range and a separate expiration date range in video search.

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INGEST | Performance Optimizations

Ingest now loads significantly faster and will now automatically refresh any of its pages every 30 seconds.

CONNECT | Override Playout Validation

There is now validation that the stream being used for overriding playout is valid and playable, to prevent any switchovers to a bad stream.

This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.17 (2024-04-18)

INGEST | Video Filtering

The videos tab now supports scrolling to display a larger number of feeds when filtering.

SCHEDULE | Edit Block Functions

The cut, copy, paste and delete functions are now supported when creating or editing a schedule block.

SCHEDULE | Live Notifications Bar

Scheduled and current live events will now display in a bar along the top of Frequency Studio.  Click the status bar to expand details on each event, and click on the event to take you directly to it on the Schedule.  Click the status bar to expand and view items which require action to start and stop a live event.

This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.16 (2024-03-27)

SCHEDULE | Scheduled Manual Live Switching

Users are now able to manage live programming using an improved manual switching workflow and with lower latency.

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  • Live Feed Preparation: Scheduled Live Programs with Manual Switching can be Prepared in advance to enable quick playout switching to the live feed. Users are able to Prepare a live feed for manual switching up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled Start time, or Frequency Studio would automatically trigger live feed preparation 30 minutes in advance based on the scheduled Start time.

    • When preparing a live feed for live switching, this process may take about a minute to provision live feed receivers. A progress bar is shown to the user to indicate the estimated remaining time until completion.

    • When a live feed is ready for live switching, the user can Start live and switch the channel’s playout to the live feed with high accuracy (within 4 seconds of the video shown in the Live Feed Preview).

    • The Live Feed Playout preview comes from the Live receiver’s output rather than the original live feed source to minimize video preview latency for improved live switching accuracy.

  • New Manual Switch UI: Users can now manage the manual switch to live in the tab “Manual Switch” within the Live Program details modal. This replaces the existing workflow where the user would do so from the Broadcast pane side toolbar with the new workflow which can be found in the Live Program details modal in the Manual Switch tab, after a program has been saved with automatic switching turned off.

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SCHEDULE | Playout Override Live Programs Visualization

As part of a recent release, a Live Program is automatically added to the channel’s schedule when an Unscheduled Live Event is triggered from Playout Override. We have enhanced how we display in-progress Live Events when we do not yet know the end time by showing a dummy end time of 1 hour from the current playhead position.

SCHEDULE | Scheduled Automatic Live Switching

  • The “Start & End as Scheduled“ switch is now called “Automatic Switching“. When it is turned on, a live program will start and end at the scheduled time. An automatic switching program’s duration can be modified and saved even after the program has already started. Reducing the duration of an Automatic Switching program until the channel’s playhead is at or before the program’s end time will end the program immediately. The “End Broadcast“ button has been removed.

    Frequency Administrators are now able to choose to record Live Programs that are scheduled for Automatic Switching. To do so, the toggle “Record Program” must be enabled in advance of the Start time. Additional configuration is required when recording a Live Program:

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    • Since recorded Live Programs creates a new video found in MANAGE, additional metadata must be provided for Brand and Content Format. For special scenarios, optional metadata can be added such as Series, Content Type, Rating Descriptors, and Keywords. When setting a Series for the recording, the system would automatically set a season and episode number for each Live event in order to support episodic sequencing. The system would set the season to the current Year (4 digits, e.g. “2024”) and episode to the current month-day (e.g.: 130).

    • When recording videos, SCTE-35 ad markers are detected and ad slates are removed from the final asset. These ad break positions are then adjusted and stored as cue points for future ad pod insertion for the video.

    • Recorded videos are ingested and can be reviewed in MANAGE.

  • There are changes to metadata fields for Live Programs:

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    • Custom Metadata (new): This new field can be used to store any data for custom use as text or JSON. This value for this field flows through to the channel’s EPG outputs.

    • Required Fields: Description, Country of Origin, Parental Rating, Genre, Language, and Artwork are now required fields, consistent with the same metadata fields requirements as non-Live video content today. By default, the channel’s artwork is used and can be replaced by a HD-resolution 16:9 aspect ratio PNG or JPG asset.

CONNECT | Unscheduled Live Playout Override

  • Similar to the new Scheduled Manual Live switching, Unscheduled Live Playout Overrides now also support the ability to Prepare live feeds for quick-switching. When setting up for bulk channel Playout Override, the user can trigger live feed receiver provisioning using the Prepare button.

  • When performing an Unscheduled Live Playout Override, a schedule entry is now automatically added to the impacted channels. The Title and Description of this entry can be customized. Key details:

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    • The Live Program Start time would be based on the actual Playout Override switch time.

    • The End time and Duration of the added Live Program is undetermined while a Playout Override is active (not yet concluded).

    • The End Time and Duration of the added Live Program will reflect the actual end time and total runtime when a Live Playout Override concludes (Restored to Scheduled Content).

This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.15 (2024-03-20)

SCHEDULE | Playout Override Live Programs Visualization

As part of a recent release, a Live Program is automatically added to the channel’s schedule when an Unscheduled Live Event is triggered from Playout Override. We have enhanced how we display in-progress Live Events when we do not yet know the end time by showing a dummy end time of 1 hour from the current playhead position.

Studio 5.14 (2024-03-14)

SCHEDULE | Export to CSV

When exporting a channel’s schedule as CSV, we have added and adjusted certain fields in the export:

  • Program ID

  • Season Number

  • Episode Number

  • Duration (now in seconds)

SCHEDULE | Updated Program Colors

We have updated the colors used for Program types to meet accessibility guidelines.

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This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.13 (2024-03-07)

This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.12 (2024-02-29)

MANAGE | Video Results

When the user previews a video’s details and returns back to the video results, the videos will retain its original order. This allows users to resume working on the list of preloaded video results, specifically useful when working through multiple pages.

SCHEDULE | Broadcast Preview Player

When previewing the live feed for a channel, the icons have been cleaned up for the video player. The user has the control for toggling Full Screen, Volume, and Subtitles.

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This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.11 (2024-02-20)

SCHEDULE | Repeat Scheduling

This release includes support and bug fixes related to additional Repeat Scheduling configurations when using a combination of Restrict by Time, Until Date, and Overlap vs. Skip Over. The user is now able to schedule programs using new complex patterns related to day-parting with date ranges and exception handling.

Studio | User Roles

We updated the granularity of tool functionalities for non-Manager users. Certain buttons and options are no longer shown in the user interface for users without permissions to perform those activities.

This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.10 (2024-01-31)

SCHEDULE | Schedule Blocks Sorting

Schedule Blocks are now sorted by Newest by default. This allows the user to quickly see the latest Schedule Block at the top of the list for faster scheduling.

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SCHEDULE | Export Schedule

Channel schedules can now be exported as data in CSV in additional to visually as PDF. To export as CSV, click on the “Export to CSV” at the bottom right of the screen. The exported file would contain all the entries which is currently loaded in the tool for the channel, including longer periods than a week if the user has navigated across multiple weeks.

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This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.9.1 (2024-01-29)

CONNECT | Playout Override (Live)

When overriding playout with a Live feed, a schedule entry for the Live Program is automatically to the affected channels. The user is able to optionally set a Title and Description for the added Live Program.

  • The end time for the Live Program is only determined once the Playout Override has concluded. However, the EPG output would temporarily show an end time 3 hours into future for the live Program until the actual end time is determined.

  • If Title or Description is not customized by the user, the default value used would be “Live Program” for either fields.

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Studio 5.9.0 (2024-01-25)

INGEST | Custom Connector and Live Recording Videos

Two additional classifications are now available for videos ingested via Live Recording and Custom Connector. The two new classes are now filterable and shown in the Videos tab within INGEST:

  • DVR - Videos ingested from recording of Live Programs

  • CC - Videos ingested from a custom ingestion integration (Custom Connector)

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This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.

Studio 5.8.0 (2024-03-07)

This update includes general improvements and bug fixes.