Product Updates

DatoCMS changelog for new features and general improvements
Adjust auto-generated captions
June 20th, 2024

You can now easily fix any mistake in your 🤖 generated subtitles, to perfectly match your video content!

Just click on the icon next to the subtitles name to download the generated subtitles in .vtt format, open the file in your preferred editor to make any necessary changes, and re-upload the file.

That’s it! You are now in full control of your subtitles.

Video API
Stream videos in 4K
May 30th, 2024

Please note: this feature is currently available only for Enterprise plans, and needs to be enabled by our team, as a different streaming price applies for videos delivered above 1080p (read more).

If you upload a video with a resolution exceeding 1080p and have the “4K Video Streaming” feature activated on your plan, your viewers can experience ultra-high-definition streaming in 2K (1440p) or 4K (2160p).

The video player smartly selects the optimal resolution based on both the screen’s density and the player’s size on the page, ensuring it delivers these stunningly sharp resolutions only when supported. Enjoy a visually immersive experience like never before!

P.S. Want to see 4K videos in action? Have a look at the ones on the DatoCMS User Guides!

NewVideo API
Add subtitles and audio tracks to your videos
May 13th, 2024

We've made it easier to make your videos more accessible and reach a wider audience! You can now:

  • 📝 Upload SRT or VTT subtitle files

  • 🎧 Add alternate audio tracks in M4A, MP3, or WAV format

  • 🤖 Auto-generate captions from your videos' audio (for videos uploaded in the last 7 days)

To get started, upload your video and head to the "Additional audio tracks and subtitles" section once it's processed. For auto-generated captions, you will simply need to provide the video language and a description.

For more details, check out our docs.

DashboardNew
Data usage stats in Dashboard = Peace of Mind 😌
May 8th, 2024

Our Dashboard now provides comprehensive access to how much data your projects are using. We've made two significant changes to improve your experience.

Easily forecast monthly usage

We've added a new section to the "Plan and billing" page, which clearly displays your usage of bandwidth, API calls, and video streaming.

  • A green light indicates that everything is within normal usage limits.

  • An orange light warns that, given the current usage trends, some metrics may exceed your monthly limits.

  • A red light means that usage has already surpassed the monthly limits provided in your plan and you will incur in additional fees.

As a result of this addition, we renamed the "Resources consumption" section to "Plan limits and usage", and removed bandwidth, API calls, and video streaming metrics, since they now have a dedicated section.

Introducing the Data Usage Page

We've created a new Data Usage page that offers a comprehensive overview of your usage metrics.

  • Three graphs display the current month's bandwidth, API calls, and video streaming usage, aggregated across all projects within your scope (personal projects for personal accounts or organization-wide).

  • Similar to the CMS, you can now track usage and easily compare it to the previous month.

  • If you select "Distribution", a pie-chart view will show usage distribution across all projects. By clicking on a slice, you can drill down to view data for a specific project.

The Data Usage page also provides:

  • Warning messages on each graph when usage levels are high, providing access to a detailed forecast for the month.

  • Ability to download usage information in CSV format for further analysis.

  • Access to historical data from previous months.

NewUI Improvement
Set Default Organization on Dashboard
April 15th, 2024

We've just shipped an update that will save unnecessary clicks (and frustration!) for those who primarily operate within Organizations. You can now set an Organization as the default destination upon logging into the DatoCMS Dashboard, instead of always being directed to your personal account.

To activate this option, simply click on the "bookmark" icon next to an Organization to make it your default account.

And don't worry, you can also switch back to your personal account or select a different Organization whenever you need to.

NewUI ImprovementCLI
Environments renaming
April 11th, 2024

It is now possible to change the name of existing environments, including the primary environment:

Renaming the environments does not cause work interruptions for the connected editors, and it is possible to perform this operation even using the latest version of the CLI:

npx datocms environments:rename old-name new-name
NewIntegrationsPerformance optimization
New lightweight Image component for React, Vue and Svelte
April 9th, 2024

Now that both loading=lazy and aspect-ratio are broadly supported (> 93% of browsers), we are thrilled to enhance our React, Vue and Svelte SDKs by introducing a new image component that takes advantage of the browser's native capabilities!

What does it do?

The new image component:

  • Generates a single <picture /> element — much easier to style, no need for a layout prop!;

  • Implements lazy-loading using the native loading="lazy" attribute;

  • Sets the blur-up thumb placeholder as the background to the image itself;

  • Creates the smallest possible JS footprint — in the case of React, it's implemented as a server component, therefore it doesn't generate any JS and can be rendered and optionally cached on the server.

What's it called?

On React, this new image component is called <SRCImage /> to emphasize that it's a server component.

Its Vue and Svelte equivalents are both called <NakedImage />, to distinguish them from the existing <Image /> component that generates a more complex HTML output composed of multiple elements around the main <picture /> element.

What about the existing image component?

The "old" component <Image /> continues to be supported and remains relevant. Since it runs on the browser, it has the ability to set a cross-fade effect between the placeholder and the original image. It also implements lazy-loading through IntersectionObserver, which allows customization of the thresholds at which lazy loading occurs.

So in short, if you need more advanced configuration options, or need to support older browsers, the existing <Image /> continues to be the preferable solution.

Releases

For all the details, you can refer to the release page of individual npm packages:

UI Improvement
Record titles on display when editing
March 22nd, 2024

We've just released a small yet nifty enhancement to the Content section. As you dive into editing a record, you'll now see the record's title displayed prominently at the top of the editing area, along with the collection's emoji if there is one. This tweak provides a clearer context as you make updates.

For those times when you need to switch from editing a record to viewing its associated model, and provided your account has the necessary permissions, just click on the menu located right next to the record title for quick access.

UI ImprovementIntegrations
One-Click Field Access in Vercel Content Link
March 11th, 2024

We've just rolled out an enhancement to our Vercel Content Link experience - when you click a visual editing spot on your site preview, you'll now be taken straight to the corresponding field on the record page. Exactly like this👇

It's a small update, but a big win for editors dealing with complex models, as they can skip the hassle of hunting for the right field, and get straight to work, saving time and avoiding potential errors.

Please note that Vercel Content Link is in beta for Pro and Enterprise Vercel customers, while it's currently available for Enterprise DatoCMS customers.

Performance optimizationImages APINew
Automatic Image Optimization + Block serving raw videos
March 4th, 2024

We're introducing a new "Asset CDN settings" section to the "Project settings" area, where administrators have precise control over the optimization of media assets in a project.

Automatic Image Optimization

You can now set a configuration that automatically applies imgix's powerful transformations to all image assets delivered through our CDN, without any code change.

DatoCMS presets (recommended)

To simplify the developer experience, all images will be automatically fine-tuned with a curated preset of imgix parameters.

This preset handles the trade-off between image quality and compression, for an optimal user experience and reduced bandwidth usage and costs - all without touching your frontend.

This setting is the default for new DatoCMS projects.

Custom imgix parameters

If you need more control, you can customize your image delivery by applying different parameters available through imgix for compression, improvements, format, and more

We strongly recommend you read the documentation carefully before applying custom parameters, and stick with the DatoCMS presets if you have doubts.

No parameters

No parameter will be attached automatically - but you can still implement any of imgix's optimizations and transformations in your frontend code.

Block Serving Raw Videos

Administrators now have the option within the CDN settings to prevent raw video files from being served, thereby safeguarding your project against severe slowdowns and excessive bandwidth consumption. This feature is enabled by default for new projects.

Enabling this feature means that accessing a video's imgix URL will result in a Cloudflare Worker returning a 422 error. This policy supports our standard best practice of utilizing Mux for video delivery, optimizing video streaming and ensuring consistency across the platform.

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