MediaStar Digital Media Decoder and IP Television Receiver (780-AV)

Quick Start Guide
The MediaStar Evolution 780 is a fully featured video
and audio media player ideally suited for corporate,
educational, sports, digital-signage and other
commercial applications. It can play out SD and HD
MPEG-2 or H264 encoded video and audio network
streams, show live web pages from the internet or
show files and web pages stored in internal flash
memory (xGB models).
What’s in the box
• 780 unit
• AC mains adaptor (non PoE versions)
• HDMI to HDMI cable
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Getting started with the MediaStar 780
Digital Media Decoder
• 3.5mm to 2 x Phono (audio) cable
• Phono to Phono (video) cable
It is specifically designed to be deployed close to the
display screen and provides Composite, RGB, YPbPr
or HDMI video outputs. The video output resolution
can be up to 720p or 1080i for HD and xGB units or
480i/576i for SD units.
Important Safety Instructions
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles,
and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
1. Read these instructions.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with a dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators,
heat registers, stoves or other apparatus (including
amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarised or
grounding-type plug. A polarised plug has two blades
with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug
has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide
blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If
the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult
an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
12. Use only with the cart, stand tripod, bracket,
or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold
with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use
caution when moving the cart/apparatus
combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms
or when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or
plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects
have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been
exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally,
or has been dropped.
Warning: There are no user serviceable parts within
the Mediastar 780 Unit.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or
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When locating the 780 unit, ensure that a clearance
distance of 25mm (1”) is maintained around the
ventilation airflow. Items that could accidentally block
the ventilation grills or impede the cooling airflow
must not be located near the unit.
The 780 must not be installed where there is a
possibility of exposure to condensation, dripping or
splashing liquids. Containers filled with fluid should not
be located in the vicinity of this unit.
Connect the 780 unit to the display device using the
desired video interface. Composite Video is available
from the yellow CVBS phono connector, Component
YPbPr/RGB from the three coloured phono connectors,
or HDMI/DVI from the HDMI connector. Connect the
stereo analogue audio output from the 3.5mm Jack
socket if required. If you are using the HDMI output,
digital audio is provided on this cable, as well as digital
The 780 unit can be powered using an external mains/
DC power supply, or units ordered with the Power over
Ethernet (PoE) option (denoted with a part number
ending with - PoE) can also be powered with an
802.3af compliant PoE system.
cable is inserted in the 780’s RJ45 sock. A blue LED (on
the side of the unit close to the RJ45 socket) will be
illuminated to indicate PoE is operational.
The operation of the 780 is then identical to that when
an external DC power supply is used. If a DC power
supply is connected at the same time as PoE is in use,
the 780 will take most power from the local DC supply,
but will maintain the PoE power supply link.
Booting Up
Once powered, the LED indicator close to the Composite
output phono connector will initially be orange. After
approximately 15 seconds, the video outputs will
become active and then show an initialising screen.
During the boot sequence the screen may go blank for
a few seconds, then return to showing the initialising
prompt. When booting is complete (typically 90
seconds after power up) the indicator LED will turn
green and the INFO menu will be shown on screen.
When this menu clears, the 780 is fully booted.
The INFO menu will show important information about
the 780 unit, including its network IP address settings
(these may have been automatically obtained from a
network DHCP server). The default 780 settings are as
Powering with an external mains/DC power
IP Network Address:
Video Output:
HDMI and YPbPr 720p
The external mains/DC power supply input rating
must meet the specifications of the mains supply at
the installation location. Only the LPS (Limited Power
Source) power supply provided with this equipment
should be used.
USB Keyboard/Mouse: Enabled
This device must be installed using a mains (AC supply)
plug and socket that is located near the equipment,
that remains operable and be easily accessible to
disconnect the unit in the case of an emergency.
Insert the DC jack plug of the mains/DC power supply
unit into the jack socket on the Endpoint unit. Plug in
the mains/DC power supply unit, switch on and check
that the indicator LED on the connector edge of the
unit is lit.
Powering as a 802.3af PoE Powered Device (PD)
On the PoE equipped network system, power to the
780 unit can be supplied via the CAT5/6/6e/7 cable.
The 780 unit will automatically negotiate with the
power supply equipment and power up when the
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The 780’s network MAC address is printed on the
underside of the unit.
780 configuration can now be carried out using the
MediaStar Infra-Red Remote Control unit (RCU) (ordered
separately) with on-screen menus, or by using HTTP
browser software and the configuration web pages on
the 780 unit.
Infra Red Remote Control
The 780 configuration menus can be setup using the
MediaStar Infra-Red Remote Control Unit - RCU (order
separately - 791/3W). Ensure the RCU is at least 1
metre (3”) away from the IR receiver for reliable
operation. Pressing any key on the RCU will cause
the green indicator LED to flash off then on again to
verify IR reception. If this does not occur, check the
RCU batteries and ensure no other IR ‘emitters’ are in
view of the IR receiver (this will corrupt the IR signals
from the RCU).
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Please note that on-screen menus take a short time to
update. Repeated key presses are stored and may lead
to menu selection difficulties.
When moving around on-screen menus, use the up/
down arrows to jump between fields, and the +/arrows select different field settings.
Video Output Control
The 780 unit will output active video on either the
Composite output or the HDMI/YPbPr outputs. The
active output can be switched with the RCU or via web
page menus.
To check your display is connected to the active
video output, press the INFO (or MENU) button on the
RCU. If you see the info menu showing the IP address,
Unit name, serial number etc (or the main menu),
you are watching the active video output. If you see
a prompt on-screen saying ‘Press [] to move active
video to this output’ your display is connected to the
in-active video output.
To switch the active video output using the RCU,
press the INFO (or MENU) button. The Info menu (or
main menu) will be shown on the active output, and
‘Press [] to move active video to this output’ is shown
on the in-active output. Press the [] button on the RCU
- the in-active video output then asks for the GREEN
button to be pressed to confirm the change. After a few
seconds the active video output will swap displays.
If you do not have an RCU, use the 780’s configuration
web pages to make this change. In the Video Output
Selection/Active output field, select SD for Composite
output or HD for HDMI/YPbPr output.
• If you are using the Composite output and the image
appears in monochrome, then it is likely the NTSC/
PAL setting is wrong.
• If the YPbPr/RGB output image colour is incorrect, it
is likely the current YPbPr or RGB video setting does
not match your display input. If the YPbPr image
cannot be seen, try changing the video refresh rate
• If you are using the HDMI output, the 780 will
automatically negotiate with the display to select a
visible picture format.
Setting the 780’s IP address
Each 780 unit is pre-configured with its IP address
set to DHCP. When connected to the network the 780
will automatically obtain an IP address from the DHCP
server. The IP address being used can be seen on the
Info menu shown after boot-up, or shown when the
RCU INFO button is pressed.
If no DHCP server is available on the network, use the
RCU and on-screen menus to set a fixed IP address.
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A remote IR receiver module can be used with the 780
unit if required. This can be ordered separately - part
number 911-4141. When the remote IR sensor is used,
the IR receiver on-board the 780 is disabled.
The MAC address of the unit can be found on the Info
menu and also on the label on the bottom face of the
Once IP connectivity is established with the unit, use
standard browser software (MS Windows Internet
Explorer or Firefox for example) to access the
configuration menus. Enter the IP address (or host
name) of the 780 unit into the URL address bar, to see
the menus.
The Network Setup menu will allow you to make
specific IP network configuration settings. Contact your
network administrator to ensure any manual settings
made are appropriate for your network.
Using RS232 Serial or USB Communications
Use a terminal emulator program (e.g. Hyperterminal)
to issue commands. The serial communications settings
are: 9600 Baud, 8 bits data, 1 stop bit, no parity,
no flow control. To set the static IP address using this
method, turn echo on by using the command: echoon.
Then use the command:
setipconf, dhcp=”false”,dnsaddr=””, gatewayaddr=””,
Please note that the dhcp parameter is set to “true”
by default, and will have to be set to “false” before
any other network parameters can be configured.
Localaddress and localnetmask will have to be
specified as a minimum requirement for this command
to work.
780 Operating Mode
The 780 unit can be configured to work in Standalone
mode, in Playlist Mode (for operation with the Drag &
Drop Administrator), or in Login Mode (for operation
with the MediaStar Pro Administrator system). The
operating mode can be set on the Main menu/
Operating Mode menu.
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In standalone mode, the 780 unit can be configured
to display different types of media, in a similar way to
selecting different TV channels at home. Each channel
number has video and audio ‘media’ associated with it,
and a URL that enables the 780 to access that content
when the channel is selected.
The media can be network UDP TV streams, web pages,
JPEG files etc. The channel URLs are defined in menus
and stored locally on the unit. Each 780 unit operates
on its own, with user channel selection from a RCU or
he web page menus.
Playlist Mode
Playlist Mode allows an unlimited number of 780
units to be configured and administered centrally with
the MediaStar Evolution Drag & Drop Administration
software. 780 units download a play list file from a
central server that defines the media that is shown,
its sequence and timing. In addition, user channel
changes can be defined that start playing out
pre-defined media sequences. See the MediaStar
Evolution Drag & Drop Administration Software Guide
for more details.
Login Mode
Login Mode allows the 780 device to operate in
conjunction with the MediaStar Pro Admin system.
This allows multiple 780 units to have a series of
channel tiers defined centrally. Users can change
channels in a similar manner to Standalone Mode, and
timed channel switching events can also be configured.
See the MediaStar Pro Administration Software Guide
for more details.
Configuration Menus
The 780 unit’s configuration menus allow operational
parameters to be set. These can be accessed on-screen
with a RCU or networked units can be accessed with
a standard PC browser. The menus are functionally
similar in both cases.
When using web pages, full contextual help is provided
on the right side of the screen. When changes have
been made, press the APPLY button at the bottom of
the page to ensure these take effect.
Configuration menus include:
Status - shows the current status of the Endpoint,
including the IP Address, Netmask, Gateway, DNS,
Controller, Software Version, Serial Number, Mac
Address, Temperature and Video Output. Please note,
the temperature shows the internal unit temperature
and not the ambient temperature. Readings up to 70ºC
are normal.
Operating Mode – specifies the 780 Mode of operation
(as described).
Standalone Channels - sets the parameters necessary
for the standalone channels and the display device
such as whether a channel is enabled (on/off) the
name displayed on the screen for the channel, the
prefix for the URL defining the channel, and the main
part of the URL for the channel.
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Standalone Mode
Standalone Channels - sets the parameters necessary
for the standalone channels and the display device
such as whether a channel is enabled (on/off), the
name displayed on the screen for the channel, the
prefix for the URL defining the channel, and the main
part of the URL for the channel.
Channel URLs have the following forms:
udp://multicast_ip_address:port - Specifies an MPEG2/H264 multicast transport stream.
udp://port - Specifies an MPEG-2/H264 unicast
transport stream.
http://server/page OR http://server:port/path specifies the channel is a rendered HTML page.
file://filename - specifies a video file to display.
This will be downloaded from the media download
location and stored locally (on xGB units only).
monitor://#off - specifies that the video output is
switched off when this channel is selected. This also
requires the menu Display Device/Control Display
Device to be ticked and the Display type to be set to
make it work! Setting Display Type = Videoblanking
disables the video signals.
Network Setup - allows specification of Network
Connection, Static or DHCP addressing, Hostname, IP
Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway settings.
Confirm these with the network administrator before
Video Output Selection - allows the output video
format to be specified, including HD image resolutions
and NTSC/PAL composite video standards.
Display Device - allows the display device to be
switched on/off or switched to a particular input.
Supported display devices include Pioneer, Panasonic,
Fujitsu, NEC, Sony, Samsung and LG. Inputs supported
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Event Log - displays a list of events generated by the
On/Off Control - allows the display device to be set to
switch on or off at a specific time each day.
Media Files - shows a list of files stored locally on xGB
Date/Time - allows setting of correct date and time
including connection to a NTP Time Server if accessible
via the network.
Display Control - change channel, volume, mute,
brightness, contrast and hue.
Update Locations - specify where the unit will look
for software updates, media files and centralised unit
configuration files.
SNMP - allows configuration of SNMP community and
trap targets.
Email Logs - configuration of who log files are emailed
to and when.
Set 780 Unit Password - a password may be set to
prevent the unauthorised modification of the 780
configuration. A password must consist of exactly six
digits from 0-9. If a password gets lost, contact Cabletime
for assistance.
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are BNC, DVI, HDMI, AV and Component (appropriate to
the display). Video output blanking is also supported.
Enablement - enter enablement codes here to reconfigure
or expand the capabilities or your unit. Details can be
obtained from your reseller or Cabletime.
Product Specification
780 support
165 x 95 x 31mm, 220g
Ambient operating temperature range
0º - 40º Centigrade
5VDC, 8W, 10W for Power over Ethernet variant
Power Supply
Input: 100-240VAC, 47-63Hz
Output: +5VDC (+/- 5%), 2.0 - 3.5 Amps, with a DC jack plug
(centre positive voltage, 2.5/5.5mm)
10/100 Base-T, Auto MDIX, Power over Ethernet Powered Device (PD)
Composite Output
480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 50, 60Hz, 1080i, 50, 60Hz
(25, 30 frames per second)
HDMI Stereo
Single channel stereo digital audio
Analogue Audio
Stereo (2.2V pk-pk into a 10K Ohm load)
1 x USB 2.0 high Speed Host
USB Device Support
Memory Stick (for software and Media upgrades only)
Keyboard, Mouse
Integrated IR Receiver
External IR Receiver
911-4141 Order separately
Infra-Red Remote Control Unit
791/3W Order separately
Ancillary Port
Control interface to external 1/0 devices
RS232 Port
Rx, Tx. CTS, RTS up to 115200 Baud
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780 support
Internal Storage
4, 8, 16 GByte options
Network Stream Format Support
Video Decoder
Audio Decoder
MPEG1 part2, AAC Stored File Formats MPEG2 TS file (*To be
Stored Web Pages
Full web pages including associated content
On-board Browser
Firefox to access stored or internet web pages
Operating System
Linux 2.6 kernel
Operating Modes
Playlist (with Drag & Drop Admin)
MediaStar pro Admin (login)
NTP Time Load
User specified time server
Date/Time Retention
2 days with power off
Temperature Monitoring
Operating temperature available remotely via web interface or
on-screen menu
Monitor On/Off
RS232 monitor control
Video blanking (no signal output) on all outputs
Configuration via Web Browser or
On-screen Display
IE 5.5, Firefox, Chrome
On-Screen menus used with infra-red Remote Control Unit (RCU)
External IP Control Interface
Commands via IP interface, channel change etc.
(Specification available on request)
SNMP traps
Defined ‘Events’ sent to third party SNMP manager
Remote Software Upgrade
From HTTP server
Remote HTTP Playlist and Media Download
Schedulable time-off day network access
Download Protocols
Co-operative (subnet) Media Download
Between units on local network sub-net
Playout Synchronisation
Via network IP triggers
Proof of Play
Rolling logs, up to 2500 entries held in RAM
Automatic Email of Proof of Play Logs
Via external SMTP server
Configurable Proxy Support
Config Menus Available in Playlist Mode
All (some menu items can be disabled for centrally
controlled systems)
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Product Specification
Quick Start Guide
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Installation Notes:
IP Address:
Unit Name:
Serial Number:
Unit Location:
Output Resolution:
Display Type:
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• 73/23/EEC amended by 93/68 EEC Low Voltage Directive
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Regulatory Requirement Notices
Limits and methods of measurement of radio interference characteristics of information technology equipment
Electromagnetic compatibility - generic immunity standard
EMC Immunity
Specification for safety of information technology equipment, including electrical business equipment, with CB variations for US, Canada, Japan and Australia.
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against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in
a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the
interference at his own expense.
• This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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