Classified Media

Media of all kinds, training / entertainment / news / support, is hosted on services like Youtube and Vimeo. Many network administrators want to block such sites, or report extensively on activity.

The Media Room enables media hosting sites to be blocked, but still enable the user to view media that is classified in "allow" Categories.

How Classifying Works

When the user enters a media URL, the Log Cabin Console performs the following steps:

  1. Makes an API call to the hosting service, and retrieves the text content of that media file - Title / Keywords / Description.
  2. Passed the text to Redwood for classification.
  3. Saves the resulting Categories scores to the Media file.

If the main Category action is "allow", the user will be able to play the video.

(The Media Classifer does not perform object detection or computer vision analysis of the media file.)

Classifier Circuit Breakers

The top-scoring "allow" category will be overriden if:

  1. Any Boulder-rated Category is found, regardless of score.
  2. An unwanted "stop word" is found in the text.


Media Views are reported on in the Media View section of Report Templates.

Also, the hamburger menu in the breadcrumbs bar on each Media Detail page has a "Media views by User", which jumps to a listing of all the users who viewed the Media title.

Media Preferences


By default, media can be viewed if Redwood was able to determine a top-scoring Category and that action is "allow".

This setting can be defined on both Company and Policy levels.

  1. Allowed Category Only (Default)
  2. Allowed Category or Unclassified - media can be viewed if no category information was available.
  3. Viewing Classified Media Disabled - media viewing disabled entirely.

User Permission

Viewing permission can be set on an individual User level be adding or removing the "Media Viewer" group.

Per Category Permissions

Preferences can be defined on Company & Policy levels to Block or Allow Media views by Category, even if the Category is allowed.

For example, Weather or News categories might be allowed when accessing them through web pages, but the Company or Policy admin wishes to block Media scored in those categories.

This can be accomplished by keeping the Viewability Status setting as:

Allowed Category Only

Then selecting the Always Block Categories preference and add entries blocking the Weather and News categories.


Policy Preferences supersede Company Preferences when the Policy is more restrictive than the Company.

When the Company Preference is more restrictive than the Policy, then the Company supersedes.

For 2 scenarios:

  1. Policy Preference blocks viewing Media classified as Hunting & Fishing, while a Company assigned to that Policy specifically allows Hunting & Fishing media.

When a User attempts to view the Media it will be blocked because of the Policy Preference.

The reverse is also true.

  1. Policy Preference allows viewing Media classified as Hunting & Fishing, while a Company assigned to that Policy specifically blocks Hunting & Fishing media.

The User will still be blocked from viewing the Media - this time because of the Company Preference.