Release Notes - Grass Valley

Release Notes
SME-1911 – Upgrade Package 1.2.0
Release
Version
Comprising:
Release Date
Version
Details
User Manual for this
release (Grass Valley
document #)
Firmware Version
Software Version
1.2.0
1.2.0 build 3
1.2.0-RC-1
2015.04.01
(go)
M935-9900-120
1.1.0
1.1.0 build 9
1.1.0-RC-2
2014.11.21
(go)
M935-9900-110
1.0.2
1.0.2 build 240
1.0.2-RC-2
2014.08.21
(go)
M935-9900-102
Upgrade Package Release History
NOTES: The iControl compatibilities shown below are officially supported by Grass Valley. Earlier versions may also
work, with bugs or limited features.
The Reference number (Ref#) given for each feature or bug in these Release Notes refers to internal Grass
Valley documentation.
UPGRADE PACKAGE: 1.2.0
Release date: 2015-04-01
iControl compatibility: 4.43 (build 55) – 5.0 (build X) for upgrades
iControl Solo compatibility: 4.43 (build 55) – 6.0 (build 3) for upgrades
RCP-200 compatibility: Not supported
Custom software compatibility: NA
Hardware compatibility: This upgrade package applies to all existing hardware assemblies.
ENHANCEMENTS & NEW FEATURES
Ref#
Description
SME-750
Improved streaming performance
The streaming output performance was improved to allow decoding by the
Grass Valley IRD-3802 and IRD-3811.
SME-708
Higher MPEG 1 Layer 2 audio bitrate
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Release Notes
The bitrate of the MPEG 1 Layer 2 audio was changed from 128 kbps to 256
kbps. The SME-1911 iControl interface was not updated to reflect this
change because it still indicates “MPEG 1 L2 @ 128 kbps”.
SME-700
Update using the Miranda Interface Updater
Once the SME-1911 is updated with this version, the next updates can use
the Miranda Interface Updater (MIU) stand-alone application instead of the
Densite Upgrade Manager (DUM) available in iControl Solo 5 and later and
iControl 6 and later. Consult the User Manual M935-9900-120 for more
details.
BUGS FIXED IN THIS RELEASE
Ref #
Description
SME-729
Video input status indicates 1080i59 or 1080i60 after switching from a 3G input
signal to no lock
When switching from a valid 3G input signal to no lock (i.e. with a carrier
present), the card can indicate no lock (OK), 1080i59 (not OK) or 1080i60
(not OK).
SME-724
SME-1911 iControl panel may disappear when Ethernet port is physically
disconnected or reconnected
Physically disconnecting and reconnecting the Ethernet port on the card’s
rear panel may ultimately affect communication with the Densite frame
controller. Turning off and on the LAN Ethernet switch to which the card is
connected can cause the same problem. The SME-1911 front panel and iControl
panel will no longer be accessible until the card is reinserted.
Streaming may not start when switching input from an invalid signal to a 3G
signal.
If the input status is “No Lock” in the iControl interface (a carrier
exists but the signal is invalid), switching to a valid 3G signal may send
invalid data to the encoder thereby preventing it to initiate a stream.
SME-715
The front-panel menu STATUS > VIDEO INPUT will indicate NO LOCK.
The iControl SME-1911 control panel’s input status LED will be yellow.
If the input status is “No Carrier”, switching to a 3G signal does not
cause the problem.
Workarounds:
- Remove the input signal and send it again OR
- Change the input to an SD or HD bitrate format and back to 3G
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Release Notes
SME-704
Streaming stops if the card’s IP address is modified.
If the gateway IP address is already set to 0.0.0.0, changing the card’s IP
address causes the streaming to stop.
Workaround: set the gateway to an IP address other than 0.0.0.0 and then
change the card’s IP address.
SME-694
Stream may have a very high bitrate after an input format change.
After a format change, the stream’s bitrate could be 4 or 5 times the
preset’s target bitrate.
SME-617
Output IP stream is currently incompatible with the Grass Valley IRD-3802 and
IRD-3811
The streaming performance was improved as described in SME-750 above.
KNOWN BUGS & LIMITATIONS
Ref #
Description
Card update or frame power-on can cause “card not ready” in iControl
After updating a card, “card not ready” may appear in the iControl
navigator instead of “SME-1911”. This can also happen when a Densité frame
containing the SME-1911 is powered-up. This state is permanent unless the
workaround is applied.
SME-749
Workaround: Reset the frame controller. This can be done using one of the
following methods:
- Remove and reinsert the controller from the frame OR
- Use the controller’s web interface and click on the “Reset” button in
the Tools > Reset Controller menu.
SME-748
720p Main “Low” preset may cause unstable streaming
In the “Codec Config” tab, selecting the 720p Main “Low (960x540 @ 1Mbps)”
preset for a 720p59.94 input may cause interruptions in the output stream.
Workaround: Use the “Medium high (1280x720 @ 3Mbps)” preset.
AAC audio may not be decoded by certain IRDs or set-top boxes
The AAC audio generated by the SME-1911 may not be decoded by certain
equipment like the Grass Valley IRD-3802, IRD-3811 and the Amino A140.
SME-735
Workaround: Instead of AAC, select MPEG 1 Layer 2. The bitrate of MPEG 1
Layer 2 was augmented in this version to allow similar audio quality with
respect to AAC. The interface shows “MPEG 1 L2 @ 128 kbps” but in reality
is it 256 kbps as described in SME-708 above.
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Release Notes
SME-702
New SME-1911 hardware assembly.
Firmware v110 and later supports the SME-1911 hardware assembly 0935-0100401 and later. Do not downgrade these assemblies to versions earlier than
v110.
The hardware assembly is written in black on a white rectangular sticker
applied on the back of the card near the ejector.
After power-up, a card may fail to lock to the 3G input signal.
When a 3G signal is already present at the input and the card is poweredup, it may not lock to the signal. The front panel LED remains yellow after
the card appears in iControl (or equivalently when the card’s front-panel
menu becomes available). This indicates that a carrier is present but the
card is not locked to the signal.
SME-699
The front-panel menu STATUS > VIDEO INPUT will indicate NO LOCK.
The iControl SME-1911 control panel’s input status LED will be yellow.
Possible workarounds:
- Remove the input signal and send it again OR
- Change the input to an SD or HD bitrate format and back to 3G OR
- Reslot the card and check that it is locked to the input
SME-636
Audio Video Lag may be perceived on Main or Proxy IP output when there are
Capture Failures in the encoder.
This can be observed when the video source is always the same format but
contains a glitch, for example after an upstream switch. Usually,
resynchronization takes approximately 40 to 60 seconds. In the case of many
consecutive glitches, resynchronization can take up to 4 minutes.
---
Amino A130 compatibility with version 0.11.0 or later
---
Amino A140 compatibility with version 2.6.2 or later
---
VLC player compatibility with version VLC 0.8.6 or later
For input interlaced formats, “Force progressive mode encoding” in the
“Codec Config” tab must be checked when using VLC 0.8.x as this version
does not decode interlaced formats.
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Release Notes
UPGRADE PACKAGE: 1.1.0
Release date: 2014-11-21
iControl compatibility: 4.43 (build 55) – 5.0 (build X) for upgrades
iControl Solo compatibility: 4.43 (build 55) – 6.0 (build 3) for upgrades
RCP-200 compatibility: Not supported
Custom software compatibility: NA
Hardware compatibility: This upgrade package applies to all existing hardware assemblies.
ENHANCEMENTS & NEW FEATURES
Ref#
Description
SME-388
RTP, RTSP, and MPEG-TS transport stream protocols.
The following protocols are supported:
- Unicast TS-over-UDP
- Multicast TS-over-UDP
- Unicast TS-over-UDP/RTP
- Multicast TS-over-UDP/RTP
- RTSP/TS-over-UDP/RTP
- RTSP/TS-over-TCP
SME-616
Encapsulation of Dolby Digital into the streaming transport.
When the audio channels selected for the audio encoder contain a Dolby
Digital signal, it will be encapsulated in the output stream.
SME-702
New SME-1911 hardware assembly.
Firmware v110 supports the SME-1911 hardware assembly 0935-0100-401 and
later. Do not downgrade these assemblies to versions earlier than v110.
The hardware assembly is written in black on a white rectangular sticker
applied on the back of the card near the ejector.
SME-708
MPEG 1 Layer 2 audio bitrate.
The bitrate of the MPEG 1 Layer 2 audio was changed from 96 kbps to 128
kbps.
SME-711
Main 1080 Medium preset resolution.
The resolution of the 1080p/i Main “Medium” preset was changed from
1440x800 to 1440x1080.
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Release Notes
BUGS FIXED IN THIS RELEASE
Ref #
Description
SME-694
Stream may have a very high bitrate after an input format change.
After a format change, the stream’s bitrate could be 4 or 5 times the
preset’s target bitrate.
SME-695
No streaming output at power-up when input signal is absent.
After card insertion, streaming is not initiated when an internal test
pattern generator is activated while the input signal is absent.
SME-705
“Shellshock” bug.
The corrective patches were applied to the bash shell.
SME-707
Encoder may not handle 3:2 frame sequence correctly.
The encoder will now use interlaced mode for input interlaced formats and
progressive mode for progressive formats. Some decoders, e.g. VLC 0.8.6,
cannot decode a stream encoded in interlaced mode. If this is the case,
“Force progressive mode encoding” in the “Codec Config” tab should be
checked. Forcing progressive mode for interlaced formats may cause
artifacts in moving content.
KNOWN BUGS & LIMITATIONS
Ref #
Description
SME-617
Output IP stream is currently incompatible with the Grass Valley IRD-3802 and
IRD-3811
SME-636
Audio Video Lag may be perceived on Main or Proxy IP output when there are
Capture Failures in the encoder.
This can be observed when the video source is always the same format but
contains a glitch, for example after an upstream switch. Usually,
resynchronization takes approximately 40 to 60 seconds. In the case of many
consecutive glitches, resynchronization can take up to 4 minutes.
SME-699
After power-up, a card may fail to lock to the 3G input signal.
When a 3G signal is already present at the input and the card is poweredup, it may not lock to the signal. The front panel LED remains yellow after
the card appears in iControl (or equivalently when the card’s front-panel
menu becomes available). This indicates that a carrier is present but the
card is not locked to the signal.
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Release Notes
The front-panel menu STATUS > VIDEO INPUT will indicate NO LOCK.
The iControl SME-1911 control panel’s input status LED will be yellow.
Possible workarounds:
- Remove the input signal and send it again OR
- Change the input to an SD or HD bitrate format and back to 3G OR
- Reslot the card and check that it is locked to the input
SME-704
Streaming stops if the card’s IP address is modified.
If the gateway IP address is already set to 0.0.0.0, changing the card’s IP
address causes the streaming to stop.
Workaround: set the gateway to an IP address other than 0.0.0.0 and then
change the card’s IP address.
Streaming may not start when switching input from an invalid signal to a 3G
signal.
If the input status is “No Lock” in the iControl interface (a carrier
exists but the signal is invalid), switching to a valid 3G signal may send
invalid data to the encoder thereby preventing it to initiate a stream.
SME-715
The front-panel menu STATUS > VIDEO INPUT will indicate NO LOCK.
The iControl SME-1911 control panel’s input status LED will be yellow.
If the input status is “No Carrier”, switching to a 3G signal does not
cause the problem.
Workarounds:
- Remove the input signal and send it again OR
- Change the input to an SD or HD bitrate format and back to 3G
---
Amino A130 compatibility with version 0.11.0 or later
---
Amino A140 compatibility with version 2.6.2 or later
---
VLC player compatibility with version VLC 0.8.6 or later
For input interlaced formats, “Force progressive mode encoding” in the
“Codec Config” tab must be checked when using VLC 0.8.x as this version
does not decode interlaced formats.
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Release Notes
UPGRADE PACKAGE: 1.0.2
Release date: 2014-08-21
iControl compatibility: 4.43 (build 55) – 5.0 (build X) for upgrades
iControl Solo compatibility: 4.43 (build 55) – 6.0 (build 3) for upgrades
RCP-200 compatibility: Not supported
Custom software compatibility: NA
Hardware compatibility: This upgrade package applies to all existing hardware assemblies.
ENHANCEMENTS & NEW FEATURES
Ref#
---
Description
Upgrade procedure revised.
Please use the procedure described in Annex 2 of the current user manual,
M935-9900-102.
BUGS FIXED IN THIS RELEASE
Ref #
SME-697
Description
Densite frame filled with up to 20 SME-19x1 cards – some cards may not boot.
KNOWN BUGS & LIMITATIONS
Ref #
Description
SME-388
RTP, RTSP, and MPEG-TS transport stream protocols.
Only MPEG-TS protocol is supported.
SME-616
Re-encapsulation of AC3 into the streaming transport.
An AC-3 signal is muted in the card. It will be passed or decoded in the
next phase.
SME-617
Output IP stream is incompatible with the Grass Valley IRD-3802 and IRD-3811
SME-636
Audio Video Lag may be perceived on Main or Proxy IP output when there are
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Release Notes
Audio Video Lag may be perceived on Main or Proxy IP output when there are
Capture Failures in the encoder.
This can be observed when the video source is always the same format but
contains a glitch, for example after an upstream switch. Usually,
resynchronization takes approximately 40 to 60 seconds. In the case of many
consecutive glitches, resynchronization can take up to 4 minutes.
After power-up, a card may fail to lock to the 3G input signal.
When a 3G signal is already present at the input and the card is poweredup, it may not lock to the signal. The front panel LED remains yellow after
the card appears in iControl (or equivalently when the card’s front-panel
menu becomes available). This indicates that a carrier is present but the
card is not locked to the signal.
SME-699
The front-panel menu STATUS > VIDEO INPUT will indicate NO LOCK.
The iControl SME-1911 control panel’s input status LED will be yellow.
After performing one of the following workarounds, the card will always
lock to a 3G input signal until it is powered-down.
- Remove the input signal and send it again OR
- Change the input to an SD or HD bitrate format and back to 3G OR
- Reslot the card and check that it is locked to the input
---
Amino A130 compatibility with minimum version 0.11.0
---
Amino A140 compatibility with minimum version 2.6.2
---
VLC player compatibility with minimum version VLC 0.8.6
For input interlaced formats, “Force progressive mode encoding” in the
“Codec Config” tab must be checked when using VLC 0.8.x as this version
does not decode interlaced formats.
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