Panda 1.2 released
We’ve just released version 1.2 of Panda.
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been busy working on a couple of features:
- Optionally storing videos on the local filesystem instead of S3.
- Changing the clipping (thumbnail and screenshot) for videos through the admin interface.
Filesystem storage is great news if you want to host Panda yourself without relying on S3. It’s also great if you’re hacking on Panda because local storage is so much faster than waiting around for S3; also, it’s much easier to see what’s happening!
The second change allows you to specify that Panda should generate a range of clippings for your video when the encoding process happens. Then, through the admin interface, you can change the default clipping for the video. This will immediately be reflected in the screenshot displayed before the video starts playing, and in the default thumbnail if you’re making use of it.
The Getting Started guide has been updated to reflect these changes. There are also a few niceties which should make life simpler for new users of panda.
If you’re upgrading please note that the
tmp_video_dir configuration option was renamed to
private_tmp_path. It won’t hurt to take a look through the new
panda_init.rb.example file either.