Searching in Ooyala Flex

Search can be an extremely useful tool in Ooyala Flex, as it can help you locate items you need to access quickly and easily. There are several different searches that can be run, including global searches, object specific searches, advanced searches, and pre-populated searches.

Ooyala Flex supports “structured search”, which involves:

  • Selecting values in search fields.
  • Text search, where you can add wildcard terms to drill down in more detail.

Text searches enable you to search in a more natural way, by matching content in an unstructured fashion. Ooyala Flex provides a rich query language, so you have the ability to create your own queries that accurately find the information that is relevant to you. Text searches can be used in the global search, as well as dashboard specific searches (in the Search For field in the advanced search screens). Text searches can also be used in combination with more structured search terms.

You may choose to combine field-based and text base searches. For example, in the asset dashboard, you can search for all assets that are owned by Joe Blogs that have a creation date of 19/10/2015 and comprise text matching the fuzzy term roam~.

Ooyala Flex uses an internal indexing engine to index a range of content belonging to an object. These are name, keyframe, description, comments, keyframe, title, description, contents of attachments -PDF, Word, etc.

The Global Search field is located in the top right corner of the global navigation. Global search allows you to search for any keyword, phrase, or sentence in Ooyala Flex. This search field allows you to search across every object type in Ooyala Flex in one go. It is important to note that when search results are returned, you will only see objects that you have permission to see.

For example, you could search for the word “video”, and all objects that include this word will be present in the search results.

In Ooyala Flex, you can perform object specific searches. A search field will be visible in your toolbar and will only search for object types relevant to the dashboard you are in. For example, if you are in the Assets dashboard, any query you generate will only search for assets.

To change the origin of the asset:

  1. Expand the Asset Options section above the asset search results.

  2. Click the Asset Origin drop down and select an asset origin, such as Clip, Copy, Import, Ingest, New, Proxy, Rendered Clip, Rendered Sequence, or Transcode.

  3. The results will then filter down to only contain the origin category that you have selected. So if you have selected “Ingest”, the results will only contain assets that have an ingest origin.

It is possible to navigate to an advanced search screen that has some fields pre-populated. This can happen if you click through from Dashboard Summary views, or via a saved search. In this case, all field sections will be collapsed, but a default modified message will be shown to indicate that fields have been selected.

An advanced search allows you to customise your search criteria by selecting various fields such as Owner, Created Date and Modified date. You will see the advanced option below the search input field.

  1. Navigate to a dashboard, e.g. the Assets dashboard.

  2. On the toolbar, click Advanced underneath the Search bar.

  3. Clicking on this field will take you to a search screen with a range of options. All advanced searches will offer General Options.

You may also see other fields which relate to each specific object type. For example, when looking at the Advanced Search screen in the Assets tab, you will also see search options for file formats and other asset-specific properties.