Creating content for eLearning applications is a complex and challenging task. The workflow involves managing a variety of digital media – including text, audio, images, animation, and streaming video – as well as software components such as mobile apps. Their delivery to multiple channels – such as a TV, CD-ROM, desktop apps, Web, and mobile – requires frequent repurposing of digital assets.

Typical LMS (Learning Management Systems) approaches focus on the administration, tracking, reporting, and delivery of education courses and/or training programs, yet they’re not designed for managing work-in-progress digital content that’s created during the eLearning content creation workflow.

Only Zoom provides end-to-end digital asset management over the entire eLearning content lifecycle. From integration with content authoring tools and industry-leading versioning of work-in-progress assets to iterative approval workflow, Zoom provides a fully integrated stack of solutions that eLearning groups could really benefit from.

Visual Versioning for Digital Assets

Smart version control can provide a competitive edge to creative organizations. Zoom provides all of the tools necessary to manage every iteration of your digital assets. It features visual search, a visual history log and provides a version comparison tool that animates the differences in assets. In addition, Zoom caches asset thumbnails and high-resolution previews on the server making them available instantaneously during browsing or search.

Reduce the Time Spent Locating Assets

With large numbers of files in the repository, many with multiple versions stored as separate assets, finding project assets is a tedious and cumbersome process. Creatives can spend several hours per week searching for the required versions of a required file. The resulting duplication of effort results in a significant loss of productivity. With Zoom, users can perform searches based on metadata, version information, comments, files or folder names to locate the required asset versions. Multiple copies of revisions will present as a single file with versions as a separate dimension, reducing the clutter that exists today.

Integration with LMS & Other Data Repositories

Zoom is built on open frameworks that allow easy integration with LMS and other Learning repositories. Using the Zoom scriptable client API, over 350+ DAM & Workflow functions allow for integration such as automatically pushing approved digital assets into LMS, extracting and updating metadata in Learning repositories. RESTful APIs allow thumbnails and renditions to be embedded in content authoring tools. Metadata forms to enforce mandatory learning schema based metadata can be built using the Java and AJAX/JSON programming APIs.

Streamline the Approval Chain

Digital asset projects often require multiple levels of approval. Comments, edits and instructions are often exchanged through manual processes including email, phone or in-person conversations. In the absence of an automated and structured process, updating assets with the necessary edits, managing and reporting progress and securing the necessary approvals can be a very time-consuming exercise.

Web-based Video Annotations

Video annotations and comments can now be applied to any video asset. Users can stop a video and place their annotations on an individual frame. Editors can then easily locate where in the timeline the comments exist, simplifying and speeding up the video revision process.

Work Unattended with Render Queue Plugins

Integrate with render queue in Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects to automatically classify and import rendered image sequences or videos into evolphin Zoom. Operators can avoid constantly monitoring the rendering process, which can take hours or even days. Image sequences created by multiple passes of 3D rendering tools can be automatically moved to a pass-specific sub-folder in the Zoom repository. Users can be notified via desktop alerts when rendered files are available for their inspection.

Asset Deduplication

Deduplication or adaptive version compression technology allows Zoom to store multiple versions of a large digital asset in a fraction of disk space required by traditional DAM. Not only will this reduce the storage space required to support your repository but will reduce the time needed to upload and download assets, improving the efficiency of your creative team.