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New Name and Release Zero (R0) of Variations on Video Hydra-based Project

Bloomington, IN The Variations on Video project will transition to a new name: the Avalon Media System. This Indiana University and Northwestern University project aims to develop an open source software system to enable academic libraries and archives to easily provide online access to their video and audio collections.

"Release Zero" (R0) of the system is now available. The main objective for R0 was to demonstrate a working system based on the Hydra, Blacklight, and Matterhorn technologies that have been selected for use. Thanks to the project team at Indiana and Northwestern for their hard work towards reaching this important milestone.
You are invited to try out the system and send your feedback. Information on how to access the R0 test instance hosted at Indiana, along with a description of what's working in R0, is available on the Variations on Video wiki at
The short summary of R0 (code name: “Hydrant”): it allows users to search, browse, and view video and audio media, and (with a login) a user can upload media to be transcoded and made publicly available. The code is available in GitHub (, but since R0 is a proof-of-concept system rather than something ready for use in a pilot, we have not developed installation or formal testing documentation and do not recommend trying to install it in your own local environment at this time.
The R1 release in December 2012 is targeted to support pilots at partner institutions. Among other features, R1 will add:

• Mobile device support
• Scalability
• Authentication and group-based authorization for access control
• Support for more comprehensive descriptive and structural metadata
• Batch import of media and metadata

The VoV project team will be transitioning from Variations on Video to the new Avalon Media System name over the coming months with an expected launch of a new project website in the near future.
In the meantime, the VoV team welcomes questions and input from community members. Feel free to send a message to the list. For more information, including recent presentations on the project and to discover other ways of connecting, visit