Vidispine 4.4 Released – Bridging the Cloud Gap

By Vidispine - October 31, 2015 (Last updated: April 5, 2017)

This week we released Vidispine version 4.4. With this version we proudly introduce the Vidispine Server Agent to bridge the gap between cloud and local systems, a number of new transcoder features, even better support for Amazon S3, and also some visualisation goodies.

We have just released Vidispine version 4.4 with some very interesting features for better integration between the cloud and your local system. We have also updated the packaging on AWS Marketplace to make it simpler for you to find the right one. We’ll tell you some about some of the new features here, and next week you will get a deep-dive into a few of them. Subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out.

Vidispine Server Agent

The Vidispine Server Agent (VSA) is a marvellous piece of software to connect your on-premise file storage to a remote Vidispine system, enabling cloud deployments of Vidispine while keeping essence in the original place. The VSA comes with an onboard transcoder, controllable from your cloud based Vidispine, enabling you to perform all kinds of local file surgery and movements without a single byte of essence ever leaving your local premises VSA is available both for Ubuntu/Debian and CentOS/RedHat releases. Read more about the Vidispine Server Agent in our API documentation.

VSA illustration

Other features in version 4.4


  • Transcoder sharing: Transcoders can now be shared between Vidispine instances, allowing you to squeeze the most out of your software and hardware investment at all times. Read more about transcoder sharing in the API documentation.
  • Transcoder discovery: Transcoders can now be automatically discovered via either DNS or https, allowig integration with DNS servers and services such as Amazon Route 53 and Consul. Read more about transcoder discovery in the API documentation.
  • Transcoder dedication: Transcoders can now be dedicated to certain job types with Task groups, a new entity that pairs an entity with a resource according to rules. You can use this to e.g. enforce jobs to use a certain transcoder or reserve transcoders for high priority jobs. Read more about transcoder dedication in the API documentation.

Waveform visualization support

We’ve added an shape analysis algorithm that will extract RMS data to produce a representative audio waveform, made available to you as numerical values or PNG images (one per audio channel). Read more about shape analysis in general and waveform function in particular in the API documentation.


Amazon S3 Notification Support

Amazon S3 file notifications are now supported, making it possible to have Amazon push file event notifications to Vidispine instead of Vidispine performing expensive poll requests to your S3 buckets. Read more about S3 event notifications in our API documentation. While we were at it we added support for the latest AWS SDK including the new signature version 4 signing process, enabling buckets stored in Beijing and Frankfurt to be used with Vidispine.