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View Components

MediaBeacon has several types of components that display assets in a variety of presentations.

This includes: Infinite Scroll, Tile View, and List View (formerly called Text View).

Infinite Scroll

Tile View

List View

Common Features

View components share some common features.

Column Headings

At the top of the view component is a set of metadata fields that may be used to sort or filter the assets shown. Common options include:

  • Sort A to Z: for string fields
  • Sort Z to A: for string fields
  • Sort Smallest to Largest: for numeric fields
  • Sort Largest to Smallest: for numeric fields
  • Size to Fit: automatically size the column to fit


An administrator may change the list of displayed column headings.

View Switch Buttons

If more than one view component is present in a workspace. A set of icons will be displayed in the upper left of the view component to allow users to change the view component that is currently displayed.


Shown here, left to right, are:

  • Infinite Scroll
  • Tile View
  • List View
  • Video Edit View

Contextual Menus

All view components have contextual menus containing an array of asset-oriented commands. Depending on the type of asset or search criteria, these may display differing commands, only showing those pertinent in a given case.



Several view components use a paginated interface to move between pages of assets:


Left to right these controls are:

  • First Page
  • Previous Page
  • Current page Indicator
  • Next Page
  • Last Page

Asset View


Asset View is accessed in any view component by either double clicking an asset or selecting the asset and pressing the space bar.

This dialog is the main way to view in-depth metadata and larger previews of assets.

Action Buttons


  1. Exit Asset View, this also may be performed with the Escape key.
  2. Quick Download: Downloads a copy of the asset.
  3. Add to Cart: Adds the asset to the user's cart.
  4. Send External Link: Sends a link allowing non-system users to download a file.
  5. Toggle Info panel: Opens/closes the Info panel.
  6. Pagination: Located on either side of the asset preview, these buttons allow the user to view the next or previous asset. Metadata values that have been entered but not been saved, will be saved when the pagination is used.
  7. Add Metaform tab
  8. Toggle metaform tab indicator

Info Panel


This area displays metaform tabs, each containing a specific set of metadata fields. These may be clicked to open show the fields inside.


This area can be resized by mousing over the edge of the panel and click-dragging. When pulled fully to the left, the "General" tab will be displayed below the asset preview.


Additional metadata Forms may be added by clicking the "Add metaform" button in the upper right.


For more information on metaforms, see [Metaforms].

Multimedia Assets

Audio, video, and animated assets (that are playable in the browser) have a play icon in the upper right. This button will open the asset view and begin playing the asset.




Additionally, hovering over a video asset will auto-play a set of keyframes of the video. GIF files will also preview in this way.

Selecting Assets

See the [Asset Selection] section for more information on ways to select assets.

Highlights and Badges

To denote a specific metadata status, assets in view components may display a color strip overlay in the upper-left corner of the preview image and/or one or more icons.


Icons may be hidden until the asset is hovered over.


Icons may also show a label when they are individually hovered over.


Asset Menu

While hovering the mouse over an asset, the asset menu is shown.


Hovering over this icon, a Quicl Download button is shown.


The command shown here is Quick Download, but this may be replaced with a list of other download conversions.


Infinite Scroll


This component will show all assets that are available in a user's current view, that is, the set of assets defined by their current search criteria. It does not have a paginated interface. Instead, users can scroll through a continuous list of asset previews.

The assets are presented without filenames until the mouse is hovered over them.


Tile View


Tile View is very similar to Infinite scroll, except that:

  • The asset previews are a fixed size, showing the center area of the asset preview.
  • The interface is paginated, not continuous.
  • The asset name is always shown.

Optional Configuration

A sizing slider may be present to the right of the pagination controls.

List View


The List View displays assets as rows of information: a small preview image and the data corresponding to each metadata field used as a column heading.

Notable differences from the infinite scroll interface view components include:

  • The interface is paginated, not continuous.
  • Highlights only show the color tag, which is positioned in the corner of the row.

This view makes the search and filter capabilities of the column headings much more powerful because the data can be seen and edited directly.


Editing metadata in this way is similar to the way cells in a spreadsheet are edited. The user double clicks on a field and can enter data and then use the following:

  • Return, to begin editing the same field on the asset directly below,
  • Tab, to begin editing the next field to the right of the current, or
  • Shift-tab, to begin editing the next field to the left of the current.

Some fields types, such as a dictionary or text area may interfere with this, and may be clicked manually to begin editing.

Once a change has been made, that row will be highlighted in red, and any changed values will be highlighted with a contrasting color.


To reject the edits or commit them, click the Reset or Save icon respectively.


Note: An automatic save which will occur 20 seconds after activity has stopped.

Optional Configuration

The list view may also have the Import / Export Wizard functionality enabled. For more information on this function, see the [Import / Export Wizard] section.

Video Edit View

The Video Edit View component allows users to create video storyboards called timelines. These can be saved as .xmpvt files. These can be opened and played by the Video Edit View.

The Video Edit View is similar to the Tile View, adding a video editing panel above a row of assets.


When using this view, 2 criteria are added that filter the assets shown to showing only video assets and timeline assets.


Creating Timelines

When an asset is dragged and dropped over the timeline area, it is added to the timeline as a clip.


Multiple clips can be added and rearranged with drag and drop.

Each clip is be represented by set of video frames whose width is relative to the clip length, with trimming handles on the beginning and end of the clip.

The user may drag the handles to trim the in/out points for a given clip, or by clicking on the handle, the user may enter a specific in or out time respectively. To close the time entry box, click on an untrimmed part of a clip.



The timeline may be cleared by clicking the "Clear Timeline" button.

Playing Timelines

The play button will play the trimmer contents of all clips in the timeline sequence.

The time indicator and progress bar represent the combined length of all untrimmed parts of clips in the timeline, as though they were one continuous movie.

Saving and Loading Timelines

Click the "Export Timeline" button and choose "To Metadata Asset" to open the "Create metadata asset from video timeline" dialog. This allows the user to enter a name for the asset, and upon clicking the "Create Asset" button, a timeline asset will be created. Note that the timeline's Asset ID will be added as a search criteria.


An timeline asset (.xmpvt) can be loaded into the editor by opening the contextual menu for the assets and choosing "load video timeline into editor".


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