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Recent updates - July 2024

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Kollaborate Encoder 1.8 - Jul 5 2024


  • Support for customizable encoding profiles (configure this in the Admin Area of the webserver)
  • Support for larger hoverscrub thumbnails
  • Fixed an issue where combining multiple audio channels could cause peaking
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Kollaborate Server 3.8 - Jul 5 2024

Important: The Docker image is configured to convert the current database to your MariaDB version automatically. As such, we would recommend backing up the database before upgrading to any version as you may be unable to downgrade otherwise. You can download the current database as a .sql file from the Tools section of the Admin Area. We recommend doing this before copying the newer version's files over.

Major New Features:

  • Single-Sign On (Preview) - You can now have authentication handled by a third-party SAML provider. This can be enabled from the Configure page of the Admin Area. If you enter the wrong details and end up locked out, delete config/sso_config.php to disable SSO.
  • UI refresh - darker color scheme, new fonts, new icons, layout improvements.
  • Higher quality thumbnails and better handling of non-16:9 thumbnail sizes
  • Redesigned login flow
  • New permissions - modifying other users' files and modifying other users' comments. This allows you to modify others' assets without needing to be an admin
  • Saved Searches - Save an advanced search to apply it as a file filter. (Note that while you can apply a filter that searches the entire project, in most cases you will want it to only apply to the current folder.)
  • Template Projects - Create a template project with folders, saved searches, departments, users, tasks and workflows. These can be applied when creating a new project
  • Custom Encoding Profiles - Change the frame size, bitrate, etc of the videos created by Kollaborate Encoder. (Requires Kollaborate Encoder 1.8.) This can be edited from the Admin Area of the webserver. Note that while you can create multiple proxies of different frame sizes, this is of limited utility right now because you can't switch between them in the player. We plan to offer more features to enable this in future.

Other Changes:

  • In-progress uploads are now stored on the storage volume instead of inside the webserver container. This solves issues if the webserver has limited storage space, with the added bonus of making the finishing stage much faster
  • Admin - Overhauled the UI of the Tools page
  • History is now shown in the project navigation bar to increase accessibility of this feature
  • Upgrader - Database tables / columns that already exist are now ignored. This can solve issues where you may have ended up with a partial upgrade
  • Admin - Added the ability to hide the Help link at the bottom of the page
  • Player - Improved JKL key behavior to be more in line with NLEs
  • Files - New filters: Uploaded by Me and Uploaded by Others
  • Files - Only allow those with file modification permissions to manually set a file's workflow
  • Custom file permissions feature has been removed. Please use departments to manage file access
  • File rename events are now stored in history
  • File move events for each individual file are stored in history when moving a folder
  • History - Better support for accented user names
  • Player - Original file extension is shown in the Metadata pane
  • Files - Added the ability to import comments, metadata and captions by right-clicking a file on the Files page
  • Upload Workflows - Fixed an issue where workflows set to the project root wouldn't apply inside departments
  • Files - Fixed an issue where renaming a file and leaving the name unchanged would show an alert that the file already exists
  • Files - Fixed an issue where it may exit file renaming unexpectedly if you rename immediately after uploading
  • API - Fixed an issue where special characters in a folder name could cause duplicate folders to be created
  • API - Fixed a crash when special characters exist in file title
  • Advanced Search - Fixed an issue where "has versions" parameter wouldn't return results
  • Files - Fixed an issue where version count wouldn't update when combining a new version
  • Projects - Fixed controls overlapping long project descriptions
  • Tasks - Fixed an issue where history description could be garbled
  • Files - Upload speed is now shown in Mb/s
  • Many small fixes and tweaks
Posted by Jon Chappell on Jul 7 2024 to DR News