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The Oasis Web Page
The page is broken down into two sections. The left pane provides navigational tools such as default category views as well as standard and advanced search capabilities. The right pane provides a list of content as a result of the searches performed on the left.
Content Search in OASIS
The OASIS Search function is one of the most important and helpful features of OASIS. The Search function allows you to narrow your selection down to a manageable number of choices.
There are two types of searches; a standard search and an advanced search.
The Search and navigation functionality is located in the leftmost pane of the interface. You can search for content using keywords, a date range, by category or a combination of the three.
To conduct a standard search simply type a keyword or phrase into the box labeled "Enter Search Terms" and choose a date range. The date range can cover all dates, thus the entire database, or you can narrow your search by specifying the starting and ending date.
Clicking on the calendar icon will bring up a calendar that will make selecting a specific date easier. After entering your data, hit the Search button on the right side of the Search Bar.
The results will be displayed in the main content area. You can reverse the result order by clicking one time on the small arrow next to the Column label header.
Oasis also provides an advanced search function to help the user further narrow their search. This feature allows the user to specify where in the story or metadata to look for keywords along with how to use those keywords. The user may also further narrow their search by specifying categories and a date range to search.
Clicking on the Advanced Search icon, just below the Search button, will bring up the Advanced Search popup window. Filling in the information on the screen will allow you to refine your search to find the exact story you're looking for. The more search criteria you provide the more precise the search results you will get.
After OASIS has provided you a list of stories that meet your particular criteria you can view the list of stories in the results pane. The lower left portion of the results pane provides page navigation capabilities.
Requesting a File
Oasis system users can request a terrestrial download of available content. To request a story for download click the checkbox to the left of the story and click Request.
The request window will open. The user will select the location to download the video to and the format or formats required.
Click the Request button. The Download Manager window will open to provide a status on the download of the requested file. Here are some of the download statuses you may see during the download process:
- Transfer Detail Sent
- Download Ready
If the transfer encounters any problems during the transfer the user may restart the download by clicking on the green circle to the right of the current status.
When the status shows Complete the file will be downloaded to the location specified. Close the Download Manager window. Close the Request window.
Story Details View
To access the Story Details View double click on an item. The Story Details View will open. In the Story Details View users can access information associated with a story, view a low resolution version of the video, proxy edit the video and request a download of all or part of the video.
The Story Details View window is divided into three sections:
- Media Player
- Story Metadata
- Story Script
The media player is located in the upper left portion of the window. This player is user to view a frame accurate low resolution proxy of the video associated with the story.
Story information details are displayed in the lower left portion of the window.
The script of the story is displayed on the right side of the window.
Users may scroll down the page to find a close and request button. The Close button will return the user to the previously viewed results pane. The Request button will initiate a request for download as described previously.
How to Use the Proxy Edit Feature:
This feature allows users to select a portion of a clip that they want to request for download and have only that portion sent to them. After locating the desired story double click on the story to open the story details view as done previously. Click on the Proxy Video Edit Button to open the proxy editor.
Click on the "Preview" button to start playing out the video. Select the desired In and Out points during playback. You can click on the mini PLAY button once items have been chosen to preview what you have selected. Once you have decided that the selection is what you want, click on the REQUEST button.
You will then be prompted to select the type of file you wish to receive and the local location to which to download the content. In the case of a proxy edited item only the selected portion of the story will be sent to you.
Click the Request button to initiate the transfer of the file from the BitCentral Oasis Station Service to the location specified in the request page. The download manager page will open automatically when the file request is made. The download manager page provides status on item currently requested for download.
Once the download is complete, the status of the item will change from "Downloading" to "Complete." Once the status is shown as complete you may close the Download Manager window. A copy of the selected video will be available at the location specified in the request screen.