Product Updates

Introducing Closed captions search enhancements and feature updates to streamline media and user management

Release date and time : September 17, 2015 around 11 PM

The NJVID software development team is glad to announce the launch of the following features on the night of September 17, 2015.

Updates pertaining to Closed Captions

  • Closed caption search widget on media view page. Media resources which have captions will now include a widget which will let let users search for text or phrase and see all occurrences of the search term within the media resource . The user can also then jump to a scene in the media (video or audio) by selecting the desired result and time. The widget also lets the user search in multi-language closed captions if they have been added by the content owners or administrators. 
  • Search media resources using closed caption text
    • If closed captions are available or added to a resource, the text within the captions will instantly be indexed and searchable. End users can find a media resource using the text present in the closed captions for that resource. 
    • Users will also be able to filter the search results for media content to display objects that have closed captions associated with them. This feature is presented as an additional search option under the Refine your search filter category. 
    • In search results, some media resources will have a “CC” message next to it to indicate that captions are available for viewing in the view page

Updates to Manage Media Admin interface for content owners and administrators:

  • Add content to new or existing lists (playlists) from Manage, Add and Edit Media admin interface
  • Users can now choose multiple objects and add them to existing or new lists (playlists) from the Manage Media interface.
  • Users can now also add an object to lists (playlists) during creation.
  • Edit object interface now allows users to add the object to lists (playlists) as well.
  • Modify listing permissions in bulk for objects in a collection.
    • `This update will let content owners and administrators modify the listing permissions for one or more objects in the collection from the interface directly without having to visit the individual object page.
  • Search for users from the Manage Users administrative panel.
    • Users that have the administrative role to manage institutional users can now search and find added users from the Manage Users window. 
    • Users can search for users based on their first name, last name or UserID to view the filtered list.
    • The users list will also feature pagination to improve the organization of displayed users.

Please note that there will not be any downtime or service interruption during the roll-out of these new features.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send an email to

Introducing new Closed Caption creator tool and other captioning enhancements

We are pleased to announce that we will be releasing a closed captioning creator and editor tool that will allow media owners to manually create captions for their existing and new media files on the night of December 8, 2014.

Some of the features of the captioning tool are

  • Adjust delay time to captions (suitable while working with external caption files)
  • Ability to import existing captions (in SRT, TTML formats) created by external applications or services. The caption creator tool can then be used to edit captions and their timings.
  • Keyboard shortcuts to simplify the caption creation process
  • Import plain text transcripts and adjust start and end time for quicker creation of captions
  • The caption creator tool will automatically create WEBVTT caption format for showing captions on HTML5 player on mobile devices (phones, tablets)
  • Users can also provide caption text in different languages and can insert symbols with the provided onscreen multilingual keyboard
  • Export and download created captions.
  • Save drafts of captioning work to resume at a later time

Other enhancements related to Captions

  • The user will be able to not just toggle on or off captions but also be able to switching to captions in other languages (if they exist) on the Flash and HTML5 player
  • Ability to add existing captions from within LMS (Canvas, Blackboard, Sakai, Moodle etc)
  • The user will be able to not just toggle on or off captions but also be able to switching to captions in other languages (if they exist) on the Flash and HTML5 player
  • Ability to add existing captions from within LMS (Canvas, Blackboard, Sakai, Moodle etc)

Please note that there will not be any downtime or service interruption when this feature is released. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send an email to, 


Feature updates – releasing October 3, 2014

We are excited to announce the availability of some new features and updates that we have been working on. This update will be made available to all NJVID users on October 3, 2014 at approximately 11 PM EST

List of new updates

1. Enhanced Media Upload Functionality Tool

NJVID now features an updated and enhanced media upload tool. Some of the significant features of this updated functionality are:

  • We have increase the upload size limits from 2 GB to 5 GB. Now users can easily upload large files directly from your computer or any device instead of using a FTP or web server.In the past, users had to use a FTP or web server to bypass the 2 GB limit.
  • The Flash based file uploader has been replaced with a HTML5 file uploader, thus allowing users to upload media files directly from their mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. Instructors and students can record lectures or presentations from these devices and upload them directly to NJVID.
  • New ‘Drag and Drop’ functionality lets users on newer browsers (that support HTML5) select media files from their windows or file explorer and drop it into the interface for easier and faster file selection.
  • We have also updated bulk upload interface and increased the number of files that can be uploaded from a personal device from 10 media files to 20.

2. Support for more video and audio codecs

The NJVID platform now supports an exhaustive list of video and audio codecs enabling users to upload a wider variety of file formats and extensions. The complete list of all the supported Video and audio codecs that are now supported can be viewed at

3. Support for Collection level access permissions

NJVID Collection managers now have the added capability to specify collection level access permissions and can restrict access to specific users, groups or all users of the Institution. This is similar to how object level share permissions are provided today. Additionally collections can also be kept private as well and visible only to the collection manager and administrator. Similarly the listing visibility of the collection on the website can be set to inherit the access permissions in addition to the  listed or unlisted permissions that are available today. This update will not affect the listing options or access permissions that may have been set on existing collections.

4. New features and bug fixes for NJVID Reporting tool

A new feature has been added to the NJVID Reporting tool that will display a drill down pie chart for the media views or media asset data set. These charts can be accessed by clicking on the pie chart icon under the available filter options. We have also taken care of some bug fixes that were reported to us.

Feel free to send an email to if you have any questions regarding this email.

Availability of media asset reporting tool and other new features

The following new features will be available to all NJVID subscribers on September 1, 2014 at approximately 11 PM EST.

New reporting tool: Monitor your usage (media assets, storage and views) of the service

We are proud to announce the availability of a new reporting tool for NJVID users and administrators. This tool will help administrators, librarians and users in viewing detailed statistics of NJVID services usage in their institution. The reporting tool will provide key insights into how NJVID is being used within the institution through a combination of graphs and statistics. Administrators can not only track number of media uploads, usage, and views but also track amount of storage being used. Using an intuitive interface users can filter the reports based on media types, collections and platforms. 

The Media asset report lets administrators, owners and authorized users see data on creation trends and monitor storage used. Data visualization through graphs and reports let them track the asset creation trends and then filter and sort based on where the assets were uploaded (website,  LMS or capture device), uploaded hosts, media type and collections. The tool will also have the listing of all commercial assets and their licenses integrated into it, allowing a single pane access of all institutional assets for administrators and librarians and will soon replace the existing Commercial license listing tool. 

The Views report is an enhanced version of the existing Usage Statistics tool and will soon be replacing it. The report provides administrators, owners and authorized users with a comprehensive report on the views for media uploaded by the institutional users. The administrators and users can then filter views data and  see device and browser specific statistics across specific category types of media, or collections. Librarians can also filter views based on the commercial vendor’s name or collection. The tool will also let administrators view other key data such as  top viewers and top viewed media from the Institution. In addition, all reports can be easily exported to CSV file for further analysis.

Automatic title suggestion based on uploaded file name

In the “Add media” screen in the website as well as in LMSes, if the title was not entered in form, the name of the uploaded media file will be suggested as the title in the Title field.


Email notification when the media is ready for viewing

While adding a new media file, the user can choose to be notified when the media file is ready to be viewed. The user can also specify additional email addresses to notify other users. 

Please feel free to contact us with your questions or comments by sending an email to 

New features to be released on June 26, 2014

We are excited to announce the availability of following new features. These features will be made available to all users on June 26, 2014 at approximately 11 PM EST

1. Users an now move multiple objects in bulk from one collection to another

Users will now be able to move media objects in bulk to another collection that they have access to.  In the manage media page, owners of media objects and other authorized users will be able to select one or more media objects and then choose the collection they want these objects to be moved to. With this new features users can move up to 100 objects at a time to a different collection.

2. Institutional Administrators can now enable student uploads for individual LMS

Institutional Administrators can now enable student uploads for each LMS that is integrated with NJVID. This option is now available on the Institutional Profile page.

3. Institutional Administrator’s now have the option to show Userids/Usernames in their statistics report.

By default, Userids/usernames are not shown in the Usage statistics report by default (except for the Institutional Administrator). However, the Institutional Administrator can now choose to enable this for the institution by changing the option in the Institution Profile. All users who have access to view the report will be able to see the usernames instead of a generic term.

4. Bulk export of MARC records of commercial videos.

The Institutional administrators and library staff who have permissions to view the licenses of commercial videos will now also be able to export MARC records in bulk from the “Commercial Video Licenses” screen. Authorized users will be able to filter the videos down to a specific publisher before exporting the MARC records. The records will be mailed to the user requesting it to the user’s email address.

Please feel free to contact us with your questions or comments by sending an email to

– NJVID staff

Changes and updates to be released on April 14, 2014

Announcement date: April 7, 2014
Release rollout date: April 14, 2014

We are excited to announce the following features and updates to the NJVID platform effective the night of April 14, 2014. These changes are based on the feedback we have received from the NJVID administrators & users.

1. Administrators can specify a default listing option in the “Add media” interface for a collection
Currently, when a media object is created, the visibility of the object is set to “List video in public searches and listings” by default. With this update, administrators can now go to collection properties and change the default listing setting for objects in the “Add media” interface. Any changes made to this setting will not affect the search listing setting on existing objects in the collection. The search listing can still be changed to other values if required by the user uploading content.
2. Changes in our LMS integration tool 
  • Enhanced Collection listing for Instructors in “Pick a media” screen – In the “Pick a media” screen, Instructors are able to select a collection before selecting a media object from the collection. Currently Instructors can see only publicly listed collections in the selection interface. With this update, Instructors will be able to see unlisted collections as well, if they have access to at least one media object in the collection that they have view access to and if the object’s visibility is not hidden. 
  • Hierarchical Collection listing for “Select a source” dropdown menu in LTI tool – Today, when a user wants to a pick a media file from a particular collection, the collection is displayed as flat list under the ‘Select a Source’ option. We realize that the flat listing of collections does not provide the best user experience, especially if the collection structure becomes more complex at each Institution. With this update, when the user clicks on “Pick a collection” from the drop-down menu, the collections are now presented as a tree structure. This hierarchical representation will allow users to easily navigate through institutional collections to select a media file.
  • Larger widescreen player in LMS – The media player within Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai and others will now be available in an increased size to improve visibility of the media file and player functionality.  Additionally for Canvas users, the instructor has the option to choose a small player (current size) or the widescreen media player.

Please feel free to contact us with your questions or comments by sending an email to 
– NJVID staff

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NJVID Basic LTI Tool Update – January 19, 2013 at 12:00 A.M(EST)

NJVID gladly announces updates to the existing NJVID Basic LTI tool interface, for your institution’s Learning Management Systems.

The updates will be rolled out on January, 19 at 12:00 A.M (Eastern Standard Time).  Please note that there will be no downtime associated with this update, and users should be able to use the service normally during this time.

In addition to providing a newer interface, the enhanced BLTI tool will now offer users the following additional capabilities:

·         Updated ‘Pick a Video/ Import video’ feature: This feature allows users to easily browse, available clips and favorites videos and upload them easily as lecture content.

·        Search feature: Users can now search for titles among collections for faster and easier upload as well as access to needed content.

·         Browse and select commercial videos licensed by your institution as well as commons and institutional titles, and upload them to your courses.

·       Upload to specific collections: Users can now choose to upload content to specific collections, that they have access to on NJVID.

The links for support documentation on the updated tools for the respective Learning Management Systems are provided below:


Should you have any question or concerns, please feel free to contact us at

Announcing a new feature: Video Usage Statistics

We are pleased to announce the display and graphical view of usage statistics of your videos. Institutional administrators, Collections Managers and Content creators can now gauge the usage and response of a published video in NJVID. The graphical tools will not disrupt any existing workflow pertaining to uploading and managing videos.

Video Usage Statistics: The number of views for a video is shown under the video player. Clicking on the graph icon/button will reveal a widget which shows a graphical representation of the views. Advanced Graphing based on custom date ranges and Day/Month/Year segments are also available.

Please note that for Learning on Demand and Commercial videos, viewing of statistics is available only for the following category of users.

  • Institutional Administrators
  • Collection Managers
  • Authorized librarians
  • Content/video owners

For Commons videos, basic video statistics are displayed for all viewers.

If you need assistance with any of these tools or think that you do not have access, please email our Support team.

Announcing new feature: A tool that lists NJVID Video titles andLicense Expiration dates

We are excited to announce the availability of a tool that allows Institutional administrators and Librarians to view the list of commercial video titles licensed by the Institution that are available in NJVID. The tool also displays the expiration dates of the licenses for those titles.

This tool is designed to complement your existing workflows and will not disrupt any existing workflow with NJVID at your institution. To access this service, librarians can log into NJVID and select the ‘Commercial Videos Licenses Listing’ option from the dropdown that appears under your username or userid in the top menu.

Once logged in, you will find various sorting and filtering options to customize your view. The list can also be exported to a CSV file for further report customization and printing. If you notice any discrepency regarding the expiration dates or the license type (perpetual or periodic) then please bring it to our attention immediately.

If you need assistance with any of these tools or think that you do not have access, please email our Support team.

Shibboleth Service Provider changes

The NJVID Shibboleth Service Provider (SPs) are now and The pre-August 30th version of the website used the host as the SP.

NJTrust participants who have subscribed to NJVID services will need to allow release of attributes to these SPs for using the NJVID service. Please contact if you need any assistance.