Parashift’s Animated Thumbnails for Alfresco: XThumb
Across virtually every Digital Asset Management system the process of identifying an asset is the same. This process has evolved in recent years from simply searching for files through metadata tags, to the use of static thumbnails to visually determine what is in a file. All great solutions to a small portion of the problem.
Metadata searches and static thumbnails for a video file are not sufficient enough and the need to download the entire file to determine its content exists.
For industries who are heavily reliant on digital assets such as museums, collection units, archival associations and case management teams this is time lost. An issue that we saw needed solving.
Welcome to XThumb.
At a recent Parashift Hackathon, one of our software engineers, Ye Yan, got very creative and generated XThumb. A solution that collects frames from any video file such as MP4, MPEG, AVI and MOV and then packages those frames into a GIF file. Providing users, a visual preview of the entire video.
How does XThumb work?
XThumb uses ffmpeg to decode the video, as ffmpeg supports almost every video format popular in the market, ensuring that no matter what type of video format you have, you too can receive an animated preview.
Depending on personal preference and lengths of videos, users can request when they would like the frames to be exported in the video. Theoretically the GIF can grab every frame in the file. We however, recommend this to be done between 30% and 70% of the films duration. Grabbing a total of 30 frames per preview.
Ye has designed XThumb so that you can now search the way we know most of our clients work – Visually. This makes XThumb effective, resulting in boosts in productivity and gains in efficiency.
To find out more about XThumb, contact us here.