Making the most of CoreMedia Studio Hub

20. March 2018 / Katherine Thompson / Labs, TechTalk

The CoreMedia Studio Hub enables connections to content and asset sources directly in Studio. OOTB adapters are provided for Dropbox, YouTube, RSS feeds, and file systems. Browse, search, and preview items from these systems right in the Studio library. Create rich user experiences without leaving the comfort of Studio.

I work on several different computers at the office and at home. And sometimes I even prepare for meetings on the way to the office using my phone in the train. I like always having all my data – my files, everything I need to do my job – accessible at all times. But it’s not always possible to store everything in a central location, especially if I’m working with shared repositories.

Sometimes, at the end of the day when I’m working on a document (like one of these blog posts), I’ll even email it to myself just to ensure I have access to it on the way home. Every time I do this, I think: “This is embarrassing. I’m supposed to be a content management expert. There’s got to be a better way!”

That’s why CoreMedia gives customers the opportunity to have access to many different data sources right in CoreMedia Studio – all assets, files, and content (i.e. everything that you need to create unique user experiences with CoreMedia), without leaving the comfort of Studio.

Are you collaborating with colleagues on projects? Or are you getting content streams from external sources, such as RSS or image feeds? Shared file stores or streams can be made accessible to all users, improving the pool of resources for content creation.

Features

Connecting systems via the Studio Hub gives you a view of these systems in the Studio library. These appear as nodes on the same level as CoreMedia content. Clicking on one of these nodes provides an overview of the available content, and clicking on a content item shows a preview and information about the item. This information and the preview are kept in sync with the connected system.

With this resource at your fingertips, you can create content from it directly by importing it into CoreMedia. For example, articles can be created directly from Microsoft Word files.

You can select several images and create a picture gallery. Or grab an RSS feed article and add it as related content to another article. Attributes like teaser text or image captions are also transferred to the new CoreMedia content. Creating an article that contains images automatically imports those images, too.

Want to open an item in the connected system? Just right-click on the item to open the external system, or click on the button in the toolbar. Want to download the item to your local computer? That’s just as easy.

And to search through items on these systems, you can filter by type.

The available features depend on the attributes of the connecting system. For example, RSS feeds and YouTube are read-only and can’t be altered directly. Other systems, like Dropbox or file systems, provide functionality that allows you to upload or delete files right from the connected system within the Studio library.

Supported Connector Systems

The Connector extension currently supports the following systems:

  • File system – connect a shared file folder on the server side
  • RSS feeds – instantly have access to your selected feeds
  • S3 buckets – connect a cloud-based folder in AWS
  • Dropbox – connect to an account with full access or a Dropbox app with access limited to a specific folder
  • YouTube – specify a particular channel or user

The CoreMedia Advantage

With these building blocks in place, it’s easy to compose amazing content in CoreMedia, then take advantage of our other powerful features. For example, use our personalization feature with user profiles, facilitate omnichannel delivery including social media push, and collaborate via automatic translations through our powerful workflow system.

And our open source code allows you to create even more connections, such as image delivery systems or other content management systems. The sky’s the limit.

Resources

Interested in connecting your files and assets to CoreMedia? See what we’ve cooked up for you in our CoreMedia Labs.

  • Github project: open source “connectors” extension for the CoreMedia workspace
  • Technical wiki: documentation on installing and configuring the CoreMedia Studio Hub

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