xView - Frequently Asked Questions
I’m using existing review tools which are very good. What is xView's added value?
xView does not require its users to upload or download versions of the original videos. Once one machine has access to the video file or stream all other collaborators can start work on the file. Since our latency is around 40ms on top of the internet latency, distant collaborators will not notice it.
When I want to show my work to someone else, we use applications such as Team Viewer. Why should I use xView?
A remote control software allows you to share your desktop with others and in some cases give control. xView, on the other hand, is a working tool for distributed teams: Each collaborator has its own material and working tools. xView orchestrate them all into a single unit, so they can work together in real time, without upload or download.
When I want to control another workstation I’m using remote desktop. Why should I use xView?
xView allows multiple colleagues to co-work rather than controlling other's station. All your colleagues materials (i.e. video, audio, image files and stream) are made available to you and to the other remote collaborators.
My organization works on movies that are not released yet. How do you protect our materials from being stolen?
xView streams your media in real-time. This means that your files are not moved or copied. The stream is secured using ssl encryption in conjunction with token-based authentication via a secured real-time transport protocol. Moreover, no buffering or caching are used, and a watermark is burned into the stream to minimize at-rest hazards.
The security policy in my organization prohibits moving the video file from a protected storage. Will I be able to work with xView?
Absolutely. xView is built in a way that does not move, buffer or cache the original file. The magic of real time collaboration is done by streaming the media on demand. The original file is never copied or moved from its storage in the process.
In some cases the reviewers may not be connected to the strong network we have in our organization. How xView will work with poor network?
xView has a smart bandwidth balancing algorithm that keeps it alive even in very weak networks (like 3G). xView keeps measuring the network bandwidth, the power of the participating devices and many other factors repeatedly, to adapt the stream bit rate.
how many concurrent users can work on a session?
Up to 10 concurrent users.
My colleagues are in a different continent. Will we be able to work with xView?
Defiantly. xView works cross continents. xView's ~40ms latency on top of the medium latency may sum up to ~1s delay in edge cases.
Our content is volume is very big, we shoot each day Tera’s of materials. Will xView work properly?
By all means! xView is agnostic to the media volume.
We are working with professional video formats and very high resolutions. Will xView be able to cope with that?
xView supports most of the industrial formats, and allows reviewing media in high resolutions. While the media is played or scrubbed xView dynamically reduces the stream resolution to enable the real time user experience. The bit rate reduction is calculated dynamically, and is minimal when network bandwidth allows. Nevertheless, once a user stops on a frame xView pushes the full resolution image to allow accurate work for all collaborators.
I have noticed that xView can work only on browser or as an extension. What are the differences between these two applications?
Professionals need to work with high resolutions and with industrial formats. The xView extension allows streaming such sources, that may not be streamed by the web client. Yet, its important to understand that the client on the receiving end of the stream may use either the web client or the extension (since he is not streaming the media).
At my organization we have software developers. Can they customize xView to fit our specific needs?
Yes! xView exposes a web API that allows customization beyond the product standard. For more details regarding the configuration capabilities contact us.
I’m using materials from different sources. Some are not stored at my organization storage. Can I review materials from different locations?
xView has a complimentary product called ediX. ediX is a real time remote storage editor, that is embedded into your NLE, allowing real time access from remote locations. For more info about ediX contact us.
I would like to review multiple clips/videos in the same session (playlist). Do you support it?
Yes. xView allows creating a bin of clips for review and switching between them during the review session.
You keep saying that xView is a real-time review tool, what does that actually mean?
It means that any action done on one collaborator’s machine is seen in real time at all other collaborators machines. If you scrub the play-head to a certain frame all other collaborators will see the frames being scrubbed and will stop on the same frame. If you play the video all other collaborators will also be set to play the video, so everybody stay in sync.
While reviewing content in xView, how will I communicate with my colleagues?
xView has two built in communication alternatives. The chat widget allows standard textual communication, and the voice chat allows collaborators to discuss issues directly.
What happens when my colleague and I try to do some contradicting actions (such as scrubbing or annotating a frame) simultaneously?
While xView allows real time collaboration it has a locking mechanism that locks specific actions based on who initiate them first. So for instance if one of the collaborators is scrubbing all the rest of the collaboration will not be able to move the play head until he or she will release it.
If the media file is not uploaded, how is it available to other reviewers, in other words - are you cheating?
xView is build on top of Modus, powerful media engine, created by XTRMX. Modus allows real time streaming and mutual manipulation on media without moving the media itself. The core of the technology eliminates the need for upload and download of media as prerequisites to work with it.
What are the hardware prerequisites for xView?
See ***xView white paper****
I want it! Do I need to buy a server?
Not if you want to use the SaaS service – where the server is hosted on the XTRMX cloud. Another alternative is to use an on-premises installation, where the customer provides the hardware. For the on-premises alternative, check the hardware pre-requisites in the xView data sheet.
Can xView be used by mobile devices/tablets?
xView can work on any device that can run a web browser and has internet connection. xView has been verified to work on all major tablets/OS’s/devices.