Asante 10T Hub/24 Product specifications

Avid Digital News
Gathering System
®
Hardware Guide
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tools for storytellers™
Copyright and Disclaimer
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“This software contains V-LAN ver. 3.0 Command Protocols which communicate with V-LAN ver. 3.0 products developed by Videomedia, Inc. and V-LAN ver. 3.0 compatible products developed by third parties under license from Videomedia, Inc. Use of this software
will allow “frame accurate” editing control of applicable videotape recorder decks, videodisc recorders/players and the like.”
Attn. Government User(s). Restricted Rights Legend
U.S. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use, duplication or disclosure by the government of the software, documentation and
other technical data is subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (c) of FAR clause 52.227-19, COMMERCIAL COMPUTER
SOFTWARE-RESTRICTED RIGHTS or, in the case of the Department of Defense or its contractor, is subject to DFARS 227.7202-3,
Rights in Commercial Computer Software or Commercial Computer Software Documentation.
Electromagnetic Compatibility
FCC Notice
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not
cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection 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 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. Ref:
C97029a
Canadian ICES-003
This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference Causing Equipment Regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de class A respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.
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Declaration of Conformity (according to ISO/IEC Guide 22 and EN 45014)
Application of Council Directives: 73/23/EEC, 89/336/EEC. Standards to which Conformity is Declared: EN 60950: 1992 + A1, A2:
1993, IEC950: 1992 + A1, A2: 1993 Mod., CISPR 22:1985 / EN 55022:1988 Class A (1), EN 50082-1, IEC801 -2, -3, -4. Manufacturer’s
Name: Avid Technology Inc., 1925 Andover Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876, USA. European Contact: Nearest Avid Sales and Service
Office or Avid Technology Int’l B.V., Sandyford Business Center, Unit 3, Dublin 18, Ireland. Type of Equipment: Information Technology
Equipment. Product Name: Avid Editing System, PCI Media Composer, MCXpress for Macintosh, Film Composer. Base Model Numbers: 400S, 800, 900, 1000, 4000, 8000, MC Offline, Media Station. Product Options: All. Year of Manufacture:1997. (1) The product
was tested in a typical Avid Editing System configuration.
I the undersigned, hereby declare that the equipment specified above conforms to the above Directives and Standards.
George R. Smith, Quality Manager
Ref: C97029a, C97030a
Trademarks
AirPlay, Avid, Media Composer, MediaMix, Media Recorder, NewsCutter, OMF, OMF Interchange, Open Media Framework, and the
Avid logo are registered trademarks and ADR/Loop Record, AMP, AutoLoop, AVIDdrive, AVIDdrive Expander, AVIDdrive Towers, AvidDroid, AvidNet, AVIDstripe, CamCutter, Digital Media Architecture, FieldPak, MCXpress, MediaDock, MediaDock Shuttle, MediaLog,
MediaServer, MediaShare, NetStation, NewsView, PowerSwap, and Work-N-Play are trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. Digidesign
and Pro Tools are registered trademarks and 442 I/O, Audiomedia III, Digidesign Bridge I/O, Disk I/O, Session 8, Sound Designer II,
and Video Slave Driver are trademarks of Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc.
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Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. AppleCD, Balloon Help, Disk First Aid, MacroMaker, MoviePlayer,
Power Mac, and QuickDraw are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Cabletron Systems, HubSTACK, and LANVIEW are trademarks
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a registered trademark of Farallon Communications, Inc. FORE Systems and ForeRunner are registered trademarks of FORE Systems, Inc. Compact Pro is a trademark of Bill Goodman. Performer is a registered trademark of Grass Valley Group. Editcam is a
trademark of Ikegami Tsushinki Co., Ltd. Informix is a worldwide trademark of Informix Software, Inc., or its subsidiaries, registered in
the United States and in numerous other countries worldwide. IEEE is a registered trademark of Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Engineers, Inc. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. Panasonic is a registered trademark of Matsushita
Electric Industrial Company, Limited. MX/500 is a trademark of MediaDrive Systems, Incorporated, registered within the U.S. and
other countries. SoftWindows is a trademark used under license from Microsoft Corporation. Windows NT is a registered trademark of
Microsoft Corporation. DECK II is a trademark of OSC. CHALLENGE is a registered trademark and IRIX and XFS are trademarks of
Silicon Graphics, Inc. Mac-PC Manager is a trademark of Software Architects, Inc. Sony is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Track-It is a trademark of Sprocket Development International. Norton Disk Doctor is a trademark of Symantec Corporation. VersaTerm is a trademark of Synergy Software. Novell is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc. NuBus is a registered trademark of Texas
Instruments, Inc. NuVista+ is a registered trademark of Truevision, Inc. V-LAN and VLXi are registered trademarks of Videomedia, Inc.
Ethernet is a trademark of Xerox Corporation. Xinet is a registered trademark of Xinet, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the
United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other trademarks and registered trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
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Avid Digital News Gathering System Hardware Guide • Part 0130-00944-01 Rev. A • July 1997
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Contents
Preface
Who Should Use This Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
About This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Included in This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Symbols and Conventions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If You Need Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Related Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If You Have Documentation Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 1
NewsCutter and Media Recorder Introduction
NewsCutter and Media Recorder Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NewsCutter System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NewsCutter Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media Recorder System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media Recorder Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NewsCutter and Media Recorder Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NewsCutter and Media Recorder Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Storage Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 2
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Single-Channel AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Introduction
AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Overview . . . . . . . . . . . .
Single-Channel AirPlay MP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Combination System. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Single-Channel AirPlay MP and
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Components . . . . . . . . . . 38
Storage Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Chapter 3
Multichannel AirPlay MP Introduction
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Overview . . . . . . . . . . . .
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP System . . . . . . . . . . .
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Layout . . . . . . . . . . .
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Installation . . . . . . . . . .
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Components . . . . . .
Two- and Three-Channel AirPlay MP Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Two- and Three-Channel AirPlay MP Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Two- and Three-Channel AirPlay MP Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Two- and Three-Channel AirPlay Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Two- and Three-Channel AirPlay MP Components . . . . . . . . .
Components for Linking the Channels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AirPlay MP Storage Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 4
Avid Media Processor Overview
About the Avid Media Processor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Avid System Cabling Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Avid Media Processor Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Plugging in the Avid Media Processor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Macintosh Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Peer-to-Peer Networking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 5
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Avid Media Processor Hardware
About Peripheral Boards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Video Board Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Additional Peripheral Boards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NuBus Slot ConÞgurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NuBus Power Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Broadcast Panel and Cover Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing Peripheral Boards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Expanding Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Servicing Internal MediaDrives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 6
User Control and Serial Device Connections
Control and Serial Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Control Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Serial Devices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting User Control Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Serial Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using AirPlay MP Remote Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 7
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Video, Decks, and GPI Control Connections
About Video Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Video Input and Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Monitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Control for Decks and Other External Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reference Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Monitors and Video Input/Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ConÞguring the Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Deck Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a Reference Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting GPIs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 8
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Audio Connections
About Audio Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Four-Channel Audio Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Eight-Channel Audio Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Digital Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting to a Master Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a Reference Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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ConÞguring Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
ConÞguring the Four-Channel Audio Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
ConÞguring the Avid Eight-Channel Audio Interface . . . . . . 133
Chapter 9
Storage Drive Connections
About Storage Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media Storage Drive Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Buffer Drives and Shared Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Understanding SCSI Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Drive ConÞgurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Storage Expander ConÞgurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Multichannel Storage ConÞgurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Single-Ended and Differential SCSI Connections . . . . . . . . . .
ATTO SiliconExpress Boards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SCSI Cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SCSI Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SCSI Terminators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SCSI IDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Storage Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting One MRS Enclosure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Two MRS Enclosures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting MRS Enclosures with Storage Expanders . . . . . .
Connecting SCSI RAID Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting 9-GB MediaDrives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting the MediaShare Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Systems to the MediaShare Unit. . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Storage Drives to the MediaShare Unit. . . . .
Connecting the MediaDock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Naming Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 10
Multiple Channel Connections
About Connecting Channels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Record/Engineering Workstation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
User Interface ADB Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ADB Switch Jumpers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting the ADB Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Ethernet Channels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 11
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Client/Server Hardware
Hardware Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Database Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ATM Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Network Modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ethernet Port. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Display Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Switch Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Switch Administration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ethernet Hub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Status LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RAID Storage Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ciprico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Supply Shuttles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Audio Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MegaDrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LCD Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Controller LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fault Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Power Supplies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fast, Wide SCSI-2 Ports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Cycling RAID Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Swapping RAID Unit Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 12
Configuring Multichannel AirPlay MP
Linking Multichannel AirPlay MP Channels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Naming the Channels and Enabling Program Linking . . . . . .
AutoGuest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Completing the Channel Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ConÞguring Access to the Central Disk Array . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ConÞguring the Multichannel AirPlay MP System . . . . . . . . . . . .
Understanding the Database Server Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Quitting from the Database Server Window . . . . . . . . . . .
Relaunching the Database Server Window . . . . . . . . . . . .
ConÞguring Playback Channels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ConÞguring the Record Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ConÞguring the Control Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing Media Sharing from the Status Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Taking Local Control of a Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Grouping Channels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 13
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211
Starting Up and Shutting Down
Starting Up and Shutting Down Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Starting Up the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
If the Application Fails to Launch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Displaying ConÞguration Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Shutting Down the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Starting Up and Shutting Down Multichannel AirPlay MP Systems
219
Starting Up Multichannel AirPlay MP Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Shutting Down Multichannel AirPlay MP Systems . . . . . . . . 221
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Starting Up and Shutting Down MediaServer Systems. . . . . . . . .
Starting Up the Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shutting Down the Server. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rebooting the Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting Up an ATM Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shutting Down an ATM Switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 14
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223
223
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223
Operating Safely
Save and Back Up Frequently . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Why Saving is Important. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Why Backups are Important . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Backing Up Bins and Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
Hints for Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Choose the Correct Storage Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Store Media Files on MediaDrivesÑProjects on the Avid System
Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Do Not Completely Fill MediaDrives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Record Video and Audio to Separate Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Choose Drives with Enough Storage Space. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Store Fewer Than 100 Clips in Each Bin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Create Large Rather Than Small Master Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Keep Only One System Folder Online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Removing Extra System Folders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Unplugging the Keyboard or Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
If the Keyboard or Mouse Accidentally Disconnects . . . . . . . 231
Switch MediaDrives Safely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Switching Drives Without Turning Off the System. . . . . . . . . 232
Switching Drives After Turning Off the System . . . . . . . . . . . 233
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Chapter 15
Maintenance
AirPlay MP Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Daily AirPlay MP Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Weekly AirPlay MP Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Monthly AirPlay MP Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Single-Channel Monthly Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Multichannel Monthly Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Single and Multichannel Monthly Maintenance . . . . . . .
MediaServer Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Maintaining Drives with Disk First Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Disk First Aid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If Drive Status Cannot Be VeriÞed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 16
Troubleshooting
When You Run into Trouble. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Responding to Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting Over . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Solutions to Common Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 17
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237
238
238
238
239
240
242
243
243
245
246
246
247
249
Hardware Specifications
Site Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Source Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Synchronization Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Networking Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Telephone Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Environmental Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Component Weights and Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Avid-Supplied Rack SpeciÞcations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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261
262
262
262
262
262
263
263
267
270
Broadcast Panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Serial Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Keyboard, Remote, and GPI Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
UI Monitor Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Avid Broadcast Video Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 18
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276
278
279
280
Supported Decks
Direct Serial Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fully Supported Direct Serial Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Conditionally Supported Direct Serial Control . . . . . . . . . . . .
Untested Direct Serial Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Logging Only Direct Serial Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
V-LAN Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fully Supported V-LAN Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Untested V-LAN Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Logging Supported V-LAN Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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290
Figures
Figure 1-1
Sample NewsCutter System Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Figure 1-2
Sample Media Recorder System Layout. . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Figure 2-1
Sample Layout for a Single-Channel AirPlay MP or
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Combination System . . . . . 36
Figure 3-1
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP
Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Figure 3-2
Rack-Mounted Components for Single-ChannelWith-Record AirPlay MP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Figure 3-3
Additional Components for Single-Channel-WithRecord AirPlay MP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Figure 3-4
Three-Channel AirPlay MP Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Figure 3-5
Three-Channel AirPlay MP Rack-Mounted
Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Figure 3-6
Three-Channel AirPlay MP Additional
Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Figure 4-1
Avid Media Processor (Front View) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Figure 4-2
Avid Media Processor (Rear View with Analog
Broadcast Panel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Figure 4-3
Digital Broadcast Panel Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Figure 4-4
Analog Broadcast Panel Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Figure 4-5
Plugging In the Avid Media Processor . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Figure 4-6
Online Macintosh Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Figure 5-1
NuBus Slot Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Figure 5-2
Removing the Broadcast Panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Figure 5-3
Connectors When Broadcast Panel Is Not
Attached. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Figure 5-4
Removing the Top Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
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Figure 5-5
Discharging Static Electricity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Figure 5-6
Removing Slot Covers and Hold-Down Rails . . . . . . . 89
Figure 5-7
Handling NuBus Boards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Figure 5-8
Aligning the Peripheral Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Figure 5-9
Dislodging the Power Harness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Figure 5-10
Removing the Air Baffle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Figure 5-11
Moving the Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Figure 5-12
Installing SIMMs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Figure 5-13
Removing the Drive Bracket Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Figure 5-14
Diskette Drive Screws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Figure 5-15
MediaDrive Screws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Figure 5-16
Connecting the MediaDrive Cables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Figure 5-17
Removing the Drive Bracket Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Figure 5-18
Internal SCSI Cable Connection and Terminators . . 102
Figure 5-19
Connecting the MediaDrive Power Cable to
the Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Figure 6-1
User Control for NewsCutter and Media Recorder . 107
Figure 6-2
User Control for Single- and Multichannel
AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter . . . . . . . . 108
Figure 6-3
Serial Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Figure 6-4
Desktop AirPlay MP Remote Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Figure 6-5
Rack-mounted AirPlay MP Remote Control . . . . . . . 110
Figure 7-1
Video I/O for Analog Broadcast Panel. . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Figure 7-2
Video I/O for Digital Broadcast Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Figure 7-3
Serial Deck Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Figure 7-4
V-LAN VLXi Deck Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Figure 7-5
Reference Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
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Figure 7-6
Avid GPI Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Figure 7-7
V-LAN VLXi GPI Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Figure 8-1
Audio Input and Output Using the Four-Channel Audio
Interface, AB Amplifier, and Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Figure 8-2
Audio Input and Output Using the Optional
Eight-Channel Audio Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Figure 8-3
Reference Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Figure 9-1
Avid Internal and External Media Drives . . . . . . . . . 137
Figure 9-2
Multichannel AirPlay MP SCSI Network for
Sharing Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Figure 9-3
Identifying Single-ended and Differential
SiliconExpress Boards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Figure 9-4
Single-ended and Differential SCSI Cables . . . . . . . . 145
Figure 9-5
Single-ended and Differential SCSI Connectors on
MRS Enclosures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Figure 9-6
Single-ended SCSI Connectors on External
MediaDrives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Figure 9-7
SCSI Connectors on the MediaDock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Figure 9-8
SCSI Terminators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Figure 9-9
Terminating the MediaDock Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Figure 9-10
Setting SCSI IDs on MRS Enclosures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Figure 9-11
Setting SCSI IDs on MediaDrives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Figure 9-12
Setting SCSI IDs on the MediaDock Chassis . . . . . . . 150
Figure 9-13
Installing One MRS Enclosure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Figure 9-14
Cables, SCSI IDs, and Terminator for Two MRS
Enclosures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Figure 9-15
Cables, SCSI IDs, and Terminators for MRS with
Storage Expanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Figure 9-16
Avid MediaShare Display and Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . 159
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Figure 9-17
Avid MediaShare Connectors and Power Switch . . . 160
Figure 9-18
MediaDock Slots and SCSI Buses
(Tower Configuration). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Figure 10-1
User Interface ADB Switch (Front View) . . . . . . . . . . 166
Figure 10-2
Connecting the Record/Engineering Workstation . . 167
Figure 10-3
Ethernet Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Figure 11-1
Sample CHALLENGE XL Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Figure 11-2
CHALLENGE DM Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Figure 11-3
CHALLENGE XL Server. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Figure 11-4
ASX 200BX Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Figure 11-5
Switch Ports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Figure 11-6
Server Ethernet Hub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Figure 11-7
Ciprico Front Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Figure 11-8
MegaDrive Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Figure 11-9
MegaDrive Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Figure 11-10
MegaDrive Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Figure 11-11 Direct RAID Connections to the Server . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Figure 11-12 RAID Connections to the Server and Other
RAID Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Figure 13-1
Power-On Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Figure 13-2
User Interface ADB Switch and Power-On Key . . . . 220
Figure 14-1
Project and Bins Saved on the Avid System Drive . . 225
Figure 17-1
Two-Rack Enclosure (front view) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Figure 17-2
Rack Dimensions and Service Access
(overhead view) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
Figure 17-3
Base for a Rack (overhead view) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270
Figure 17-4
Original Broadcast Panel Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
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Figure 17-5
Digital Broadcast Panel Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Figure 17-6
Analog Broadcast Panel Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
Figure 17-7
9-Pin Serial Connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
Figure 17-8
Keyboard, Remote, and GPI Connector . . . . . . . . . . . 278
Figure 17-9
UI Monitor Connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
Figure 17-10 ABVB Analog 15-Pin Video Connector. . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Figure 17-11 ABVB Digital 9-Pin Video Connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
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Tables
Table 1-1
NewsCutter and Media Recorder
Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Table 1-2
NewsCutter and Media Recorder Storage Options . . 33
Table 2-1
Components for Single-Channel AirPlay MP or
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Combination . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Table 2-2
Single-Channel AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/
NewsCutter Combination System Storage Options . . 42
Table 3-1
Components for Each Channel in a Single-ChannelWith-Record AirPlay MP System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Table 3-2
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP: Additional
System Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Table 3-3
Multichannel AirPlay MP Channel Components . . . . 61
Table 3-4
Multichannel AirPlay MP Linking Components. . . . . 66
Table 3-5
AirPlay MP Storage Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Table 5-1
Avid Media Processor Slot Configurations . . . . . . . . . 83
Table 5-2
NuBus Slot Power Usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Table 5-3
Broadcast Panel Cable Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Table 7-1
Avid GPI Controller Pin Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Table 7-2
V-LAN VLXi Serial Pin Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Table 11-1
AvidNet Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Table 11-2
Database Console Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Table 11-3
ASX 200BX ATM Switch Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Table 11-4
Cabletron Systems Status LED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Table 11-5
Ciprico User Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Table 11-6
Controller LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Table 17-1
Environmental Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
Table 17-2
Physical Specifications for Components. . . . . . . . . . . 263
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Table 17-3
Avid System Rack Enclosure Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
Table 17-4
Power Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
Table 17-5
Pin Assignments for Serial Connectors. . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Table 17-6
Keyboard, Remote, and GPI Connector Pin
Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
Table 17-7
UI Monitor Connector Pin Assignments . . . . . . . . . . 279
Table 17-8
NuBus ABVB Video Connector Pin Assignments. . . 281
Table 17-9
ABVB Video Connector Pin Assignments . . . . . . . . . 282
Table 18-1
Direct Serial Control: Fully Supported Decks . . . . . . 284
Table 18-2
Direct Serial Control: Conditionally
Supported Decks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Table 18-3
Direct Serial Control: Untested Decks. . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Table 18-4
Direct Serial Control: Logging Decks Only . . . . . . . . 286
Table 18-5
V-LAN Control: Fully Supported Decks . . . . . . . . . . 287
Table 18-6
V-LAN Control: Untested Decks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
Table 18-7
V-LAN Control: Logging Decks Only. . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
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Preface
This guide provides hardware information for Avid¨ broadcast and
Digital News Gathering (DNG) systems. The guide explains how to
install and operate the hardware for AvidÕs NewsCutter¨ editing
system, Media Recorder¨ recording system, and AirPlay¨ MP
playback system that are all based on the Avid Media Processor. The
Avid MediaServerª hardware is explained for server and client
applications.
Who Should Use This Guide
Read this guide if you are responsible for installing, moving, or
attempting to solve a problem with an Avid DNG system.
About This Manual
In addition to the system integration instructions, this guide provides
basic information on each standard and optional DNG component.
The information includes features, connections, and operation.
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Included in This Manual
The Table of Contents that precedes this preface lists all topics
included in the book. They are presented with the following overall
structure:
¥
The Þrst three chapters introduce the DNG products and list the
standard and optional components of each. References to detailed
installation information to speciÞc chapters are also provided.
¥
The body of the guide provides information on opening the Avid
Media Processor and describing its internal components. Step-bystep procedures for connecting each broadcast component to the
Avid Media Processor are provided.
¥
Also in the body of the guide is information on starting up and
shutting down the hardware, safe operation of the system,
maintenance, and troubleshooting. SpeciÞcations include
environmental, physical, and electrical.
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Finally, a detailed index helps you to locate speciÞc topics quickly.
Symbols and Conventions
The guide uses the following special symbols and conventions:
1. Numbered lists, when order is important.
a. Alphabetical lists, when the order of secondary items is
important.
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Bulleted lists, when the order of the items is unimportant.
-
Indented dashed lists, when the order of subtopics is
unimportant.
k This symbol refers to the Apple or Command key. Hold down the
Command key and another key to perform the desired keyboard
equivalent.
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n
A note provides important related information, reminders, recommendations,
and strong suggestions.
c
A caution means that a speciÞc action you take could cause harm to
your computer or cause you to lose data.
w
A warning describes an action that could cause you physical harm.
Follow the guidelines in the manual or on the unit itself when
handling electrical equipment.
If You Need Help
If you are having trouble using your Avid Digital News Gathering
(DNG) product, you should:
1. Retry the action, carefully following the instructions given for that
task in this guide.
2. Check the documentation that came with your hardware for
maintenance or hardware-related issues.
3. Check the Services & Support section of the Avid web site at
http://www.avid.com for the latest FAQs, Tips & Techniques,
Avid Answers, and other Avid online offerings.
4. Check the Avid Bulletin Board, ÒAvid Online,Ó for product
information. If you do not Þnd the solution to your problem, you
can exchange information with other Avid customers and
Customer Support representatives.
5. News DNG Maintenance Agreement contract customers can
contact Avid Broadcast Customer Support at 800-NEWS DNG
(639-7364).
(For more information about support and News DNG Maintenance
Agreements, call Avid TeleSales at 800-949-2843.)
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Related Documentation
The following documents provide more information pertaining to
broadcast and DNG products:
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Avid NewsCutter UserÕs Guide Ñ describes how to operate the
NewsCutter system and software.
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Avid MediaServer Administration Guide Ñ describes the
administrative functions of the MediaServer.
¥
Avid MediaServer Client UserÕs Guide Ñ describes how to operate
MediaServer clients and software.
¥
Avid AirPlay MP UserÕs Guide Ñ describes how to operate the
AirPlay MP system and software.
¥
Avid Media Recorder UserÕs Guide Ñ describes how to operate the
Media Recorder and software.
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CHAPTER 1
NewsCutter and Media
Recorder Introduction
This chapter introduces the hardware for NewsCutter and Media
Recorder. The introduction includes an overview of each system, a list
of the standard and optional components, and references to
conÞguration information later in this guide.
NewsCutter and Media Recorder Overview
NewsCutter is a disk-based, nonlinear, random access system for
editing news stories, commercials, promotional material, and other
broadcast needs.
Media Recorder is a disk-based, non-linear, random access, recorder
station that offers broadcast quality recording and playback. Media
Recorder captures and plays directly from the drive. You can record
material from satellite or microwave feeds, microphone, audio
sources, or decks.
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NewsCutter System
The Avid Media Processor is a computer that serves as the central
processing unit (CPU) for NewsCutter. The system and peripheral
boards installed in the Avid Media Processor convert the incoming
video and audio analog signals into digital format for storage.
A user interface (UI) monitor displays the user interface, including
command menus and buttons. The keyboard and mouse serve as
communication devices for entering commands and operating the
system. A customer-supplied playback monitor displays material the
system is playing or recording.
When the system records, it stores the audio and video media data in
digital format on storage drives. The system plays back the digital
material from the drives
During playback, the system converts the digital media stored on disk
to the correct output format (either analog or serial digital format
depending on the type of video board installed in the system).
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NewsCutter Layout
Figure 1-1 shows all standard and optional NewsCutter components
except for a source of reference video or a black burst generator. The
rack shown in the Þgure is not supplied with a NewsCutter system.
Customer-supplied deck, feed, router, or
other video input/output source
UI monitor
Modem
Customer-supplied playback monitor
Speakers and audio amplifier
(optional)
Speaker
Video Slave Driver
Audio interface
VLX
POW
Keyboard
ER
POW 1
ER
2
COO
LING
TERM
BUS
TERM A
BUS
B
ACTI
VITY
Mouse
DEVI
CE
SCSI
ID
V-LAN VLXi
(option required to connect a deck
without Avid direct serial protocol)
Disk drives:
MediaDock, MRS, or MediaDrives
Avid Media
Processor
Customer-supplied rack
MRS – multidrive rack-mountable storage
V-LAN – video local area network
Figure 1-1
Sample NewsCutter System Layout
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Media Recorder System
Media Recorder uses the same basic hardware as NewsCutter.
However, it has a smaller UI monitor.
Media Recorder Layout
Figure 1-2 shows all standard and optional Media Recorder
components except for a source of reference video or a black burst
generator. The rack shown in the Þgure is not supplied with a Media
Recorder system.
Customer-supplied deck, feed,
router, or other video source
UI monitor
Modem (optional)
Customer-supplied
playback monitor
Speaker
(optional)
V-LAN VLXi
(option required to connect a deck without
Avid direct serial protocol)
Video Slave Driver
Speaker
(optional)
Audio interface
VLX
POW
ER
POW 1
ER
2
COO
LING
TER
M BUS
TER
A
M BUS
B
ACT
IVIT
Y
DEV
ICE
SCS
I ID
Keyboard
Mouse
Disk drives:
MediaDock, MRS, or MediaDrives
Avid Media
Processor
MRS – multidrive rack-mountable storage
V-LAN – video local area network
Figure 1-2
Customer-supplied rack
Sample Media Recorder System Layout
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NewsCutter and Media Recorder Installation
The basic steps for installing a NewsCutter or Media Recorder system
are:
1. Unpack and position or mount the Avid Media Processor on a
desktop or rack, respectively.
2. Connect the communication and control devices, such as the
keyboard and mouse.
3. Connect the audio hardware.
4. Connect program input/output devices, such as one or more
decks, feeds, or routers.
5. Connect the monitors.
6. Connect the disk drives for storing digital video and audio.
7. Start the system.
All Avid systems ship with the latest release of the Avid software
installed. However, if your system includes some third-party
software, you must install it yourself after reviewing the thirdparty licensing agreements and terms. Exported systems might
not include some or any of the third-party software.
c
Some third-party software conßicts with Avid DNG software, causing unpredictable system operation. Before installing any thirdparty software, call Avid Broadcast Customer Support to Þnd out if
the software will degrade the Avid system performance.
NewsCutter and Media Recorder Components
The components listed in Table 1-1 are part of the NewsCutter and
Media Recorder systems, unless otherwise noted. The table brießy
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describes each piece of hardware and lists the chapters where
information on connecting the components is provided.
Table 1-1
NewsCutter and Media Recorder
Components
Components
Purpose of Components
See:
Avid Media Processor
The rack-mountable computer that runs the system; Chapter 4
has industry-standard connectors for broadcast
video input and output. The CPU has a minimum of
40 MB of RAM and a 250-MB or similar size internal
hard drive (called the Avid system drive) for storing
the system software.
Peripheral boards
Video, audio, and disk controller boards installed in Chapter 5
the Avid Media Processor.
Avid Broadcast Video Board
(ABVB)
Processes video input and output. Compatible with Chapter 5
either analog video (composite or component) or
component serial digital video, depending on the
board option purchased.
Advanced JPEG (Janus) board
Performs video compression using JPEG; handles
two video streams for real-time effects.
ATTO SiliconExpress IV board
(also called the SCSI controller)
Connects the Avid Media Processor to drives storing Chapter 5
digital video, audio, and graphics. Version IV is for
wide, single-ended SCSI storage devices.
Digidesign Pro Tools¨ board
(also called the SA4 board)
Works with the audio interface to process digital
audio.
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Chapter 5
Chapter 5
Table 1-1
NewsCutter and Media Recorder
Components (Continued)
Components
Purpose of Components
See:
User control devices
Devices that allow the user to control the system.
Chapter 6
Chapter 6
Apple¨ design keyboard, mouse, The keyboard is for typing commands; the mouse
selects
and
drags
items
displayed
on
the
UI
monitor;
mouse pad, and color keycaps
the keycaps show the commands mapped to each
key.
Dongle
Serial port devices
A ÒkeyÓ that provides access to the system software. Chapter 6
Devices for communicating messages or system
data.
Chapter 6
Customer-supplied printer
Prints system data (for example, data in bins).
Chapter 6
Modem
(standard for NewsCutter,
optional for Media Recorder)
Sends and receives electronic messages and Þles
over telephone lines.
Chapter 6
Display video and information required to run the
system.
Chapter 7
Monitors
UI monitor
The color monitor displays the user interface, which Chapter 7
includes a menu bar for entering commands to
operate the system, and bins displaying source shots
(clips) and edited material (stories).
Customer-supplied playback
monitor
Displays incoming video when recording. Also
displays playback material during the edit session.
Chapter 7
Timecode In (customer-supplied
house or master clock)
Chapter 7
The timecode is connected to the Avid Media
Processor, decks, audio, and external devices. The
timecode is used to synchronize all of the input data
to a common clock time.
Video input and output devices
Hardware for bringing video into and out of the
Avid system.
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Chapter 7
Table 1-1
Components
NewsCutter and Media Recorder
Components (Continued)
Purpose of Components
See:
Customer-supplied deck
A video deck for playing and recording source
Chapter 7
material. Also for recording from the Avid system to
videotape.
Router or other video device
A router output or feed that can provide video input Chapter 7
to the system.
Black burst generator or house
reference signal (required for all
systems; customer-supplied)
A reference video signal must be provided to several Chapter 7
components in the system for proper system
performance.
Control for decks or external
devices
Devices and cable connections that enable the Avid
system to control decks or other external video
devices.
Chapter 7
Direct serial control
If a deck is supported by the Avid direct serial
protocol, control is possible directly via an Avid
serial control cable.
Chapter 7
V-LAN VLXi control
If a deck does not support Avid direct serial
protocol, control is possible via V-LAN VLXi
hardware, which includes a transmitter and
appropriate receivers.
Chapter 7
General-purpose interface (GPI)
(optional)
Triggers external hardware to play or create effects, Chapter 7
generate characters, or create other special video
effects using a parallel control interface.
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Table 1-1
NewsCutter and Media Recorder
Components (Continued)
Components
Purpose of Components
See:
Audio hardware
Interface devices for sampling, recording, and
playing audio.
Chapter 8
Audio interface (standard)
(also called the Pro Tools)
Converts analog to digital format and/or accepts
Chapter 8
AES/EBU digital audio (48 kHz locked to video) to
and from digital audio for the Pro Tools board.
Avid eight-channel audio
interface (optional)
Chapter 8
An alternative to the standard audio interface.
Additional input and output AES/EBU connectors
provide two channels of stereo digital audio. Also
provides more analog audio connectors, but only
four input and four output channels are supported.
Video Slave Driver
Locks audio and video sampling together to keep
Chapter 8
video and audio aligned; locks the system to a black
burst generator reference signal.
Audio ampliÞer and two
speakers (NewsCutter only,
optional in Europe and on
Media Recorder)
Hardware for monitoring audio.
Speaker/ampliÞer
combination (optional)
A one-rack unit device for audio monitoring.
Chapter 8
Replaces the audio ampliÞer and separate speakers.
Chapter 8
Storage Options
Table 1-2 lists the storage options available for NewsCutter and Media
Recorder systems. The listing includes a brief description of the
storage option and where to Þnd the installation instructions for each
option.
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Table 1-2
NewsCutter and Media Recorder Storage Options
Options
Description
See:
MediaDock chassis
An enclosure that houses up to eight 3.5-inch ÒConnecting the MediaDockÓ
drives or up to four 5.25-inch drives. The
on page 161
chassis can stand alone or be rack mounted.
Drives slide into slots and plug into a SCSI
bus in the chassis.
9-GB MediaDrives
ÒConnecting 9-GB MediaDrivesÓ
Individual 9-GB MediaDrives linked in a
single-ended SCSI chain connected to a
on page 158
SiliconExpress IV board. Connect no more
than seven disks per SiliconExpress IV board.
Multidrive rackmountable storage
(MRS)
Provides multiple 9-GB drives enclosed in
rack-mounted enclosures.
ÒConnecting Storage DrivesÓ on
page 151
One MRS
enclosure
One MRS enclosure contains one to four 9-GB ÒConnecting One MRS
disk drives. Use single-ended SCSI
EnclosureÓ on page 151
connectors to link the MRS to a
SiliconExpress IV board.
Two MRS
enclosures
Two MRS enclosures linked in a chain
provide a total of Þve to seven 9-GB disk
drives. Use single-ended SCSI connectors to
link the MRS enclosures to a SiliconExpress
IV board.
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ÒConnecting Two MRS
EnclosuresÓ on page 152
CHAPTER 2
Single-Channel AirPlay MP
and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter
Introduction
This chapter introduces the hardware for single-channel AirPlay MP
and the AirPlay MP/NewsCutter combination system. The
introduction includes an overview of each system, a list of the
standard and optional components, and references to conÞguration
information later in this guide.
AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Overview
Avid AirPlay MP is a disk-based, random-access playback system. As
a replacement for the traditional video cassette library system,
AirPlay MP automates the scheduling and playback of short
segments, including news stories, commercials, promotional material,
bumpers, IDs, and other broadcast audio and video.
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Single-Channel AirPlay MP
The Avid Media Processor is a computer that serves as the CPU for
AirPlay MP. The system and peripheral boards installed in the Avid
Media Processor convert the incoming video and audio analog signals
into digital format for storage.
A UI monitor displays the user interface; a keyboard and mouse serve
as communication devices for entering commands and operating the
system. A playback monitor displays material the system is playing or
recording.
When the system records, it stores the audio and video media data in
digital format on storage drives. The system plays back the digital
material from the drives.
n
AirPlay MP can be conÞgured as a one-, two-, or three-channel system. This
section describes the single-channel system. See Chapter 3 for information
about multichannel AirPlay MP.
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Combination System
The AirPlay MP/NewsCutter combination system has the same
hardware as the single-channel AirPlay MP system. However, both
NewsCutter and AirPlay MP software are installed on the system, so
you can in turn, use NewsCutter features for editing programs and
AirPlay MP features for playing back material.
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AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Layout
Figure 2-1 shows the standard and optional components for singlechannel AirPlay MP or an AirPlay MP/NewsCutter combination
system.
Customer-supplied deck,
feed, router, or other video
input/output device
Customer-supplied
playback monitor
UI monitor
AirPlay Remote Control
AirPlay MP remote
control (optional)
Keyboard
Mouse
Speaker/amplifier
(optional)
Modem (optional)
Customer-supplied switcher (optional)
Rack-mounted remote
control (optional)
Avid GPI controller (optional)
V-LAN VLXi
(one or more required for GPIs, external events,
or decks without Avid direct serial protocol)
GPI Controller
Video Slave Driver
VLX
Audio interface
Power Sequencer
D0
D1
D3
D2
O
Disk drives:
MRS, RAID, or MediaDrives
MRS – multidrive rack-mountable storage
V-LAN – video local area network
RAID – redundant arrays of independent disks
Figure 2-1
Avid Media Processor
Avid-supplied rack
(optional)
Sample Layout for a Single-Channel AirPlay MP or
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Combination System
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Single-Channel AirPlay MP and
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Installation
Avid fully integrates single-channel AirPlay MP systems; the
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter combination system requires assembly.
The basic steps for installing or checking the connections for a singlechannel AirPlay MP or AirPlay MP/NewsCutter combination system
are:
1. Set up the Avid Media Processor.
2. Connect the communication and control devices.
3. Connect the audio hardware.
4. Connect input/output devices, such as one or more decks, feeds,
or routers.
5. Connect the monitors.
6. Connect the drives for storing digital video and audio.
7. Make sure all the components are plugged into the power
sequencer and their power switches are on.
8. Start the system by turning on the power sequencer. The
sequencer starts the components in the proper order.
All Avid systems ship with the latest release of the Avid software
installed. However, if your system includes some third-party
software, you must install it yourself after reviewing the thirdparty licensing agreements and terms. Exported systems might
not include some or any of the third-party software.
c
Some third-party software conßicts with Avid broadcast software,
causing unpredictable system operation. Before installing any thirdparty software, call Avid Broadcast Customer Support to Þnd out if
the software will degrade the Avid system performance.
37
AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Components
Table 2-1 lists the standard and optional hardware for single-channel
AirPlay MP and the AirPlay MP/NewsCutter combination system.
The table brießy describes each piece of hardware and lists the
chapters where information on connecting the components is
provided.
Table 2-1
Components for Single-Channel AirPlay MP or
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Combination
Component
Purpose of Component
See:
Avid Media Processor
The rack-mountable computer that runs the system; Chapter 4
has customized connectors for broadcast video input
and output. The CPU has a minimum of 72 MB of
RAM and a 250-MB or similar size internal hard drive
(called the Avid system drive) for storing the system
software.
System enclosure (rack)
Expandable rack housing for the system.
System boards
Auxiliary video and audio processors installed in the Chapter 5
Avid Media Processor.
Chapter 17
Avid Broadcast Video Board
(ABVB)
Processes video input and output. Compatible with Chapter 5
either analog video (composite or component) or
component serial digital video, depending on the top
card selected for the board.
Advanced JPEG (Janus) board
(optional)
Performs two-Þeld video compression using a JPEG Chapter 5
algorithm; handles two streams of video for real-time
effects.
ATTO SiliconExpress IV board
(also called the SCSI controller)
Connects the Avid Media Processor to magnetic
Chapter 5
storage devices. SiliconExpress IV is for wide, singleended SCSI storage devices.
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Table 2-1
Components for Single-Channel AirPlay MP or
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Combination (Continued)
Component
ATTO SiliconExpress 4D
(differential) board
(optional)
Purpose of Component
See:
Chapter 5
Connects the Avid Media Processor to wide,
differential SCSI storage devices. Required if using
storage expander hardware or connecting disks to the
Avid Media Processor using long cables.
Digidesign Pro Tools board (also Works with the audio interface to process digital
called the SA4 board)
audio.
Chapter 5
Hurdlerª 4-port serial I/O
expansion board
Provides four additional serial ports for connecting
the Avid Media Processor to serial devices (for
example, a modem, serial printer, or automation
device).
Chapter 5
Devices that allow the user to control the system.
Chapter 6
User control devices
Apple design keyboard, mouse,
mouse pad, and color keycaps
The keyboard is for typing commands; the mouse
Chapter 6
selects and drags items displayed on the UI monitor;
the keycaps show the commands mapped to each key.
Dongle
A ÒkeyÓ that provides access to the system software.
Chapter 6
AirPlay MP remote control
(optional)
Manual user interface for controlling the system
remotely by using buttons (desktop and rackmountable versions).
Chapter 6
Serial port devices
Devices for communicating messages or system data. Chapter 6
Customer-supplied printer
Prints system data (for example, data in bins and
playlist).
Modem (optional)
Sends and receives electronic mail messages and Þles Chapter 6
over telephone lines.
Monitors
Display video and information required to run the
system.
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Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Table 2-1
Components for Single-Channel AirPlay MP or
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Combination (Continued)
Component
Purpose of Component
See:
UI monitor
Chapter 7
Displays the user interface, which includes a menu
bar for entering commands to operate the system,
and bins for displaying source shots (called clips) and
edited material (called stories).
Customer-supplied
playback monitor
Displays incoming video when recording. Also
displays material during the work session.
Chapter 7
Timecode In (customer-supplied
house or master clock)
The timecode is connected to the Avid Media
Processor, decks, audio, and external devices. The
timecode is used to synchronize all of the input data
to a common clock time.
Chapter 7
Video input and output devices
Hardware for bringing video into and out of the Avid Chapter 7
system.
Customer-supplied deck
A deck for viewing and recording source material.
Also for recording digital cuts from the Avid system
to videotape.
Router or other video device
(optional)
A router output or feed that can provide video input Chapter 7
to the system.
Chapter 7
Black burst generator or house
A reference video signal must be provided to several Chapter 7
reference signal (required for all components in the system for proper system
systems; customer-supplied)
performance.
Control for decks or external
devices
Devices and cable connections that enable the Avid
system to control decks or other external video
devices.
Chapter 7
Direct serial control
If a deck is supported by the Avid direct serial
Chapter 7
protocol, control is possible directly via an Avid serial
control cable.
V-LAN VLXi control
If a deck does not support Avid direct serial protocol, Chapter 7
control is possible via V-LAN VLXi hardware, which
includes a transmitter and appropriate receivers.
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Table 2-1
Components for Single-Channel AirPlay MP or
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Combination (Continued)
Component
Purpose of Component
General-purpose interface (GPI) Triggers external hardware to play or create effects,
(optional)
generate characters, or create other special video
effects using a parallel control interface.
Audio hardware
See:
Chapter 7
Interface devices for sampling, recording, and
playing audio.
Chapter 8
Audio interface
(also called the Pro Tools)
Converts analog to digital format and/or accepts
AES/EBU digital audio (48 kHz locked to video) to
and from digital audio for the Pro Tools board.
Chapter 8
Avid eight-channel audio
interface (optional)
Chapter 8
An alternative to the standard audio interface.
Additional input and output AES/EBU connectors
provide two channels of stereo digital audio. Also
provides more analog audio connectors, but only four
input and four output channels are supported.
Video Slave Driver
Locks audio and video sampling together to keep
video and audio aligned; locks the system to a black
burst generator reference signal.
Chapter 8
Audio ampliÞer and two
speakers (optional)
Hardware for monitoring audio.
Chapter 8
Speaker/ampliÞer combination
(optional)
A one-rack unit device for audio monitoring.
Chapter 8
Storage Options
Table 2-2 lists the storage options available for single-channel
AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter systems. The listing
includes a brief description of the storage option and where to Þnd the
installation instructions for each option.
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Table 2-2
Options
Single-Channel AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter
Combination System Storage Options
Description
See:
MediaDock chassis An enclosure that houses up to eight 3.5-inch ÒConnecting the MediaDockÓ on
drives or up to four 5.25-inch drives. The
page 161
chassis can stand alone or be rack mounted.
Drives slide into slots and plug into a SCSI bus
in the chassis.
9-GB MediaDrives
ÒConnecting 9-GB
Individual 9-GB MediaDrives linked in a
single-ended SCSI chain connected to a
MediaDrivesÓ on page 158
SiliconExpress IV board. Connect no more than
seven disks per SiliconExpress IV board.
Multidrive rackmountable storage
(MRS)
Provides multiple 9-GB drives enclosed in
rack-mounted enclosures.
ÒConnecting Storage DrivesÓ on
page 151
One MRS
enclosure
One MRS enclosure contains one to four 9-GB ÒConnecting One MRS
disk drives. Use single-ended SCSI connectors EnclosureÓ on page 151
to link the MRS to a SiliconExpress IV board.
Two MRS
enclosures
Two MRS enclosures linked in a chain provide ÒConnecting Two MRS
a total of Þve to seven 9-GB disk drives. Use
EnclosuresÓ on page 152
single-ended SCSI connectors to link the MRS
enclosures to a SiliconExpress IV board.
Multiple MRS
enclosures with
storage
expanders
Use storage expanders to chain together a
maximum of two MRS enclosures with a total
of up to seven 9-GB disk drives. Use
differential SCSI connectors to connect the
MRS enclosures to a SiliconExpress 4D board.
Redundant arrays
of independent
disks (RAID)
ÒConnecting MRS Enclosures
with Storage ExpandersÓ on
page 154
RAID storage provides built-in backup: 20% of ÒConnecting SCSI RAID UnitsÓ
the drive storage contains data to restore lost on page 157
media. Each RAID unit contains multiple
drives that can be replaced without shutting
down the unit or losing data. RAID units use
either a differential SCSI or Fibre Channel
interface.
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CHAPTER 3
Multichannel AirPlay MP
Introduction
This chapter introduces the hardware for multichannel AirPlay MP
systems. The Þrst half of the chapter describes single-channel-withrecord AirPlay MP; the second half describes two- or three-channel
AirPlay MP.
The introduction includes an overview of each system, a list of the
standard and optional components, and references to conÞguration
information later in this guide.
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Overview
Avid AirPlay MP is a disk-based, random-access playback system. As
a replacement for the traditional video cassette library system,
AirPlay MP automates the scheduling and playback of short
segments, including news stories, commercials, promotional material,
and other broadcast audio and video. A functional diagram of the
single-channel-with-record AirPlay MP system is shown in Figure 3-1.
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Shared library of storage disks
SCSI network
UI
monitor
Playback
monitor
UI
monitor
Keyboard and mouse
Keyboard and mouse
Avid Media Processor
Avid Media Processor
Playback
monitor
Buffer
Buffer
Audio
Audio hardware
Audio hardware
Audio
Video
Video
Video and audio input/
output devices
Figure 3-1
Video and audio input/
output devices
Ethernet
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Diagram
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP System
The single-channel-with-record AirPlay MP includes two channels,
which can serve as a record and a playback channel, and central and
local storage for digital video.
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The conÞguration allows you to:
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Simultaneously record and play back material
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In an emergency, switch the record channel to take over playback
from the playback channel
The single-channel-with-record AirPlay MP system comprises two
identical channels. Each channel includes an Avid Media Processor as
the CPU, with additional system boards and video and audio
hardware to convert incoming video and audio to digital format for
storage.
Each channel also has a UI monitor for displaying the user interface; a
keyboard and mouse for entering commands and operating the
channel, and a customer-supplied playback monitor for displaying
material the system is playing or recording.
Input video and audio by connecting a deck or feed to the system.
When the system records, it stores the new material in digital format
on magnetic buffer storage disks connected to the record channel via
the SCSI. The system then copies the material into a shared library of
magnetic storage drives. Each channel is linked to the shared library
via a second SCSI network.
When the system plays back material, it copies the material from the
shared library to the buffer disks for the playback channel. The system
converts the digital media saved on the buffer disks to the correct
output format (for example, the video output can be either analog or
serial digital format depending on the type of video board installed in
the system). The material plays back in real time.
Ethernetª links the channels so they can exchange database
information. The database is located on the record channel and is
shared with the playback channel.
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n
In contrast to the single-channel-with-record AirPlay MP system that provides one record and one playback channel, single-channel AirPlay MP
includes only one channel that alternates between recording and playing
back. Two- and three-channel AirPlay MP systems include one record channel, one or more playback channels, as well as an independent control channel
to provide a centralized interface for the system. See Chapter 2 and the next
sections of this chapter for more information about the other versions of
AirPlay MP.
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Layout
Figure 3-2 shows the rack-mounted components in a fully installed
single-channel-with-record AirPlay MP system. Figure 3-3 shows the
workstation components for single-channel-with-record AirPlay MP.
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Avid-supplied racks
Speaker/amplifier unit
(optional for each channel)
Customer-supplied switcher
(optional for each channel)
Avid GPI controller
(optional for each channel)
V-LAN VLXi
(one or more required for GPIs,
external events, or decks without
Avid direct serial protocol)
GPI Controller
Audio for each channel:
Video Slave Driver (top)
Audio interface (bottom)
VLX
Power Sequencers
(one for the shared library
and each channel)
b
D0
D1
D3
D2
Ethernet hub
O
Playback channel
Channel components:
a) Avid Media Processor
b) MRS Disks
a
Avid MediaShare
LINK STATUS
b
D0
D1
D3
D2
D0
D1
D3
D2
O
O
Record channel
D0
D1
D3
D2
O
a
D0
D1
D3
D2
Shared library of disk drives:
MRS or RAID
O
MRS – multidrive rack-mountable storage
V-LAN – video local area network
RAID – redundant arrays of independent disks
Figure 3-2
Rack-Mounted Components for Single-ChannelWith-Record AirPlay MP
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Playback channel
workstation
Record channel
workstation
Customer-supplied
playback monitor
for each channel
UI monitor
UI monitor
Modem
(optional for
each channel)
AirPlay Remote Control
Keyboard
Mouse
Customer-supplied deck,
feed, router, or other video
input/output device
Figure 3-3
Keyboard
Mouse
AirPlay MP remote control
(optional for each channel)
Additional Components for Single-Channel-WithRecord AirPlay MP
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Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Installation
Avid fully integrates the single-channel-with-record AirPlay MP
system. You need only to connect the system to your house signals and
equipment.
However, if you need to check or reinstall the system, follow these
basic steps:
1. For each channel, including one playback channel and one record
channel:
a. Set up the Avid Media Processor.
b. Connect the communication and control devices, such as the
keyboard and mouse.
c. Connect the audio hardware.
d. Connect input/output devices, such as one or more decks,
feeds, or routers.
e. Connect a UI monitor.
f. Connect the buffer disk drives for storing digital video and
audio.
2. Install Ethernet to link the channels.
3. Connect the shared library of central storage disks.
4. Make sure all the components are plugged into the power
sequencer and their power switches are on.
5. Start the system by turning on the power sequencer. The
sequencer starts the components in the proper order.
All Avid systems ship with the latest release of the Avid software
installed. However, if your system includes some third-party
software, you must install it yourself after reviewing the thirdparty licensing agreements and terms. Exported systems might
not include some or any of the third-party software.
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c
Some third-party software conßicts with Avid broadcast software,
causing unpredictable system operation. Before installing any thirdparty software, call Avid Broadcast Customer Support to Þnd out if
the software will degrade the Avid system performance.
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Components
Table 3-1 lists the components included in each individual channel.
Table 3-2 lists the components that link the channels together. These
tables list all the standard and optional components for singlechannel-with-record AirPlay MP systems. The tables brießy describes
each piece of hardware and lists the chapters where information on
connecting the components is provided.
Table 3-1
Components for Each Channel in a Single-Channel-With-Record
AirPlay MP System
Component
Purpose of Component
See:
Avid Media Processor
The rack-mountable Avid Media Processor that runs
the system; has customized connectors for broadcast
video input and output. The CPU has a minimum of
72 MB of RAM and a 250-MB or similar size internal
hard drive (called the Avid system drive) for storing
the system software.
Chapter 4
System boards
Auxiliary video and audio processors installed in the
Avid Media Processor.
Chapter 5
Avid Broadcast Video Board
(ABVB)
Processes video input and output. Compatible with
either analog video (composite or component) or
component serial digital video, depending on the top
card selected for the board.
Chapter 5
Advanced JPEG (Janus) board
(optional)
Performs two-Þeld video compression using a JPEG
Chapter 5
algorithm; handles two streams of video for real-time
effects.
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Table 3-1
Components for Each Channel in a Single-Channel-With-Record
AirPlay MP System (Continued)
Component
Purpose of Component
See:
ATTO SiliconExpress IV board
Connects the Avid Media Processor to buffer storage Chapter 5
devices. Connects to wide, single-ended SCSI storage
devices, is conÞgured using software, and handles two
video streams for real-time effects.
ATTO SiliconExpress 4D
(differential) board
Connects the Avid Media Processor to the shared
library of storage disks using wide, differential SCSI
hardware.
Chapter 5
Digidesign Pro Tools board
(also called the SA4 board)
Works with the audio interface to process digital
audio.
Chapter 5
Hurdler 4-port serial I/O
expansion board
Provides four additional serial ports for connecting the Chapter 5
Avid Media Processor to multiple serial devices (for
example, a modem or printer).
User control devices
Devices connected to each channel that allow the user Chapter 6
to control the channel.
Apple design keyboard, mouse, The keyboard is for typing commands; the mouse
Chapter 6
mouse pad and color keycaps
selects and drags items displayed on the UI monitor;
the keycaps show the commands mapped to each key.
Dongle
A ÒkeyÓ that provides access to the system software.
Chapter 6
AirPlay MP remote control
(optional)
Manual user interface for controlling the system
remotely by using buttons.
Chapter 6
Devices for communicating messages or system data.
Chapter 6
Customer-supplied printer
(optional for any channel)
Prints system data (for example, data in bins and
playlists).
Chapter 6
Modem (optional for any
channel)
Sends and receives electronic mail messages and Þles
over telephone lines.
Chapter 6
Serial port devices
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Table 3-1
Components for Each Channel in a Single-Channel-With-Record
AirPlay MP System (Continued)
Component
Purpose of Component
See:
Monitors
Display video and information required to run the
system.
Chapter 7
UI monitor (high-resolution,
color multisync monitor)
Chapter 7
Displays the central user interface, which includes a
menu bar for entering commands to operate the
system, bins displaying events, and playlists showing
the events to air on each channel.
Customer-supplied
playback monitor
Displays incoming video when recording. Also
displays material during the work session.
Chapter 7
Timecode In (customer-supplied
house or master clock)
Chapter 7
The timecode is connected to the Avid Media
Processor, decks, audio, and external devices. The
timecode is used to synchronize all of the input data to
a common clock time.
Video input and output devices
Hardware for bringing video into and out of the Avid Chapter 7
system. Use decks connected directly to the system or
some other external source of video.
Customer-supplied deck
A deck for viewing and recording source material.
Chapter 7
Also for recording digital cuts from the Avid system to
videotape.
Router or other video source
A router output or feed that can provide video input to Chapter 7
the system.
Black burst generator or house A reference video signal must be provided to several
reference signal (required for all components in the system for proper system
systems; customer-supplied)
performance.
Control for decks or external
devices
Direct serial control
Devices and cable connections that enable the Avid
system to control decks or other external video
devices.
Chapter 7
Chapter 7
If a deck is supported by the Avid direct serial
Chapter 7
protocol, control is possible directly via an Avid serial
control cable.
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Table 3-1
Components for Each Channel in a Single-Channel-With-Record
AirPlay MP System (Continued)
Component
V-LAN VLXi control
Purpose of Component
See:
If a deck does not support Avid direct serial protocol,
control is possible via V-LAN VLXi hardware, which
includes a transmitter and appropriate receivers.
Chapter 7
General-purpose interface (GPI) Triggers external hardware to play or create effects,
(optional)
generate characters, or create other special video
effects using a parallel control interface.
Audio hardware
Chapter 7
Interface devices for sampling, recording, and playing Chapter 8
audio.
Audio interface (standard)
(also called Pro Tools)
Converts analog to digital format and/or accepts
AES/EBU digital audio (48 kHz locked to video) to
and from digital audio for the Pro Tools board.
Avid eight-channel audio
interface (optional)
Chapter 8
An alternative to the standard audio interface.
Additional input and output AES/EBU connectors
provide two channels of stereo digital audio. Also
provides more analog audio connectors, but only four
input and four output channels are supported.
Video Slave Driver
Locks audio and video sampling together to keep
video and audio aligned; locks the system to a black
burst generator reference signal.
Chapter 8
Audio ampliÞer and two
speakers (optional)
Hardware for monitoring audio.
Chapter 8
Speaker/ampliÞer
combination (optional)
A one-rack unit device for audio monitoring.
Chapter 8
Chapter 8
The components listed in Table 3-2 link the channels in the singlechannel-with-record AirPlay MP system.
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Table 3-2
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP: Additional System
Components
System Component
Purpose of Component
See:
System enclosure (rack)
Expandable rack housing for the system.
Chapter 17
Ethernet
Chapter 11
A high-speed network for transmitting database information
¨
between channels. Conforms to IEEE 802.3 speciÞcations for
10Base-T networks. Uses standard, unshielded twisted pair
(UTP) telephone cable; can also use co-axial cable. Avid recommends using Category 5 or better cable for external connections.
Asante 10T hub/8
The center of the Ethernet ÒstarÓ conÞguration. Connects to the Chapter 11
network Òspokes,Ó or nodes. There is one node for each channel
in the Avid system. Uses standard RJ-45 telephone connectors.
Asante FriendlyNet 10T Required for linking an Avid Media Processor to an Ethernet
adapter (one per chan- cable plugged into the Ethernet hub. Needs one adapter per
nel)
record/playback channel.
Chapter 11
Two- and Three-Channel AirPlay MP Overview
Avid AirPlay MP is a disk-based, random access playback system. As
a replacement for the traditional video cassette library system,
AirPlay MP automates the scheduling and playback of short
segments, including news stories, commercials, promotions, and other
broadcast audio and video. A functional diagram of the singlechannel-with-record AirPlay MP system is shown in Figure 3-4.
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Record/engineering
workstation
Control
workstation
User interface
ADB switch
Ethernet
Avid Media
Processor
Buffer
(optional)
Avid Media
Processor
Avid Media
Processor
Buffer
Audio hardware
Buffer
Buffer
Audio hardware
Audio hardware
Video/audio
input/output
Video/audio
input/output
Control
channel
Avid Media
Processor
Record
channel
Playback
channel 1
SCSI network
Shared library of storage disks
Figure 3-4
Three-Channel AirPlay MP Diagram
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Audio hardware
Video/audio
input/output
Playback
channel 2
Two- and Three-Channel AirPlay MP Systems
Two- and three-channel AirPlay MP systems include a control channel
to provide a centralized interface for the system and two or three
record/playback channels. Only one channel can record at a time, but
any of the record/playback channels can serve as the record channel.
The systems also provide local and central storage for digital video.
The multichannel conÞguration allows you to:
¥
Simultaneously record and play back material.
¥
Play back on multiple channels.
¥
Play back the same material on multiple channels to provide
redundancy; if the primary channel fails, you can quickly switch
to the backup channel.
The multichannel AirPlay MP system includes two or three identical
channels for recording or playing back material. Each channel includes
an Avid Media Processor as the CPU, with system boards and video
and audio hardware to convert incoming video and audio to digital
format for storage.
Each record/playback channel also has a customer-supplied playback
monitor for displaying material the system is playing or recording.
Input video and audio by connecting a deck or feed to any channelÑ
generally only the record channelÑto input video and audio. When
the system records, it stores the material in digital format on SCSI
buffer storage disks connected to the record channel. The system then
copies the material to a shared library of magnetic storage disks. Each
channel is linked to the shared library via a SCSI network, but only the
record channel has write-access to the shared library.
When the system plays back material, it copies the material from the
shared library to the buffer disks for the playback channel. The system
converts the digital media saved on the buffer disks to the correct
format for output to a deck or broadcast channel (for example, the
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video output can be either analog or serial digital format depending
on the type of video board installed in the system). The material plays
back in real time.
Each playback and record channel does not have its own UI monitor
for displaying the user interface or keyboard and mouse for operating
the channel. Instead, each channel is linked to the record/engineering
workstation through a user interface ADB switch. The monitor,
keyboard, and mouse functions for each channel are selected by the
user interface ADB switch and controlled by the record/engineering
workstation.
The control channel has the same hardware as the playback and record
channels with the addition of a monitor for displaying the central
control user interface and keyboard and mouse for entering central
control commands.
Ethernet links the channels so they can exchange control and database
information. The database is located on the record channel and is
shared with the playback channels.
n
In contrast to the two- or three-channel AirPlay MP system, single-channel
AirPlay MP includes only one channel that alternates between recording and
playing back. The single-channel-with-record AirPlay MP system does not
provide a control channel with a centralized interface. See Chapter 2 and
previous sections of this chapter for more information about the other versions
of AirPlay MP.
Two- and Three-Channel AirPlay MP Layout
Figure 3-5 and Figure 3-6 show the standard and optional components
for a three-channel AirPlay MP system.
Two-channel system components for the second playback channel are
omitted, and the record channel is located below playback channel 1.
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Audio for each channel:
Video Slave Driver (top)
Audio interface (bottom)
Speaker/Amplifier
(optional for each record/
playback channel)
Power Sequencer
(one for the shared
library and each channel)
Avid-supplied racks
Customer-supplied switcher
(optional for each
record/playback channel)
Avid GPI controller
(optional for each
record/playback channel)
GPI Controller
V-LAN VLXi
(one or more required for
GPIs, external events, or
decks without Avid direct
serial protocol)
VLX
b
D0
D1
D3
D2
b
O
D0
D1
D3
D2
Control
channel
(local
storage
optional)
O
Playback channel 1
Channel components:
a) Avid Media Processor
b) MRS
Playback channel 2
(assigned as the record
channel for two-channel
systems)
LINK STATUS
a
a
b
D0
D1
D3
D2
b
O
D0
D1
D3
D2
O
D0
D1
D3
D2
D0
D1
D3
D2
D0
D1
D3
D2
O
O
a
a
MRS – multidrive rack-mountable storage
V-LAN – video local area network
RAID – redundant arrays of independent disks
Figure 3-5
Record channel
(omit for two-channel
systems)
O
Ethernet hub
Avid MediaShare
Shared library of disk drives:
MRS, MediaDock, or RAID
Three-Channel AirPlay MP Rack-Mounted
Components
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Record/engineering
workstation
Control channel
workstation
Playback monitor
for each record and playback channel
UI monitor
Record/engineering monitor
Modem
(optional for any
record/playback channel)
User interface
ADB switch
AirPlay Remote Control
VIDEO SWITCH
1
Keyboard
Mouse
2
3
4
Keyboard
Mouse
Customer-supplied deck,
feed, router, or other video
input/output device
AirPlay MP remote control
(optional for each
record/playback channel)
Figure 3-6
Three-Channel AirPlay MP Additional Components
Two- and Three-Channel AirPlay Installation
Avid fully integrates two- and three-channel AirPlay systems. You
need only to connect your system to your house signals and
equipment.
59
However, if you need to check or reinstall the system, follow these
basic steps:
1. For each channel:
a. Set up the Avid Media Processor.
b. Connect the communication and control devices, such as
keyboard and mouse.
c. Connect the audio hardware.
d. Connect input/output devices, such as one or more decks.
e. Connect a UI monitor to the control channel, but not to the
record or playback channels.
f. Connect the buffer disk drives for storing digital video and
audio.
2. Connect the record/engineering workstation to each record and
playback channel.
3. Install Ethernet to link the channels.
4. Connect the shared library of central storage disks.
5. Make sure all the components are plugged into the power
sequencer and their power switches are on.
6. Start the system by turning on the power sequencer. The
sequencer starts the components in the proper order.
All Avid systems ship with the latest release of the Avid software
installed. However, if your system includes some third-party
software, you must install it yourself after reviewing the thirdparty licensing agreements and terms. Exported systems might
not include some or any of the third-party software.
c
Some third-party software conßicts with Avid broadcast software,
causing unpredictable system operation. Before installing any thirdparty software, call Avid Broadcast Customer Support to Þnd out if
the software will degrade the Avid system performance.
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Two- and Three-Channel AirPlay MP Components
Table 3-3 and Table 3-4 list the standard and optional components for
two- and three-channel AirPlay MP systems. The tables brießy
describe each piece of hardware and list the chapters where
information on connecting the components is provided.
Table 3-3 lists the components required to set up individual channels.
A system must include one control channel; it also has two or three
playback channels or a record channel with one or two playback
channels.
Record and playback channels have exactly the same components, but
differ from the control channel. Therefore, each component is marked
to show whether it is part of the control channel, a record or playback
channel, or all channels.
Table 3-4 lists the components used to link the channels.
Table 3-3
Multichannel AirPlay MP Channel Components
Channel: Component
Purpose of Component
Control
Record
Playback
The rack-mountable Avid Media Processor that Chapter 4
runs the system; has customized connectors for
broadcast video input and output. The CPU has
a minimum of 72 MB of RAM and a 250-MB or
similar size internal hard drive (called the Avid
system drive) for storing the system software.
Avid Media Processor
(with rack-mount housing
and slide)
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See:
Table 3-3
Multichannel AirPlay MP Channel Components (Continued)
Channel: Component
System boards
Purpose of Component
See:
Auxiliary video and audio processors installed
in the Avid Media Processor.
Chapter 5
Control
Record
Playback
Avid Broadcast Video
Board (ABVB)
Processes video input and output. Compatible
with either analog video (composite or
component) or component serial digital video,
depending on the top card selected for the
board.
Chapter 5
Control
Record
Playback
Advanced JPEG (Janus)
board
Performs two-Þeld video compression using a
JPEG algorithm; handles two streams of video
for real-time effects.
Chapter 5
Control
Record
Playback
ATTO SiliconExpress IV
board (also called the
SCSI controller)
Connects the Avid Media Processor to the local, Chapter 5
buffer magnetic storage drives using wide,
single-ended SCSI hardware connections.
Control
Record
Playback
ATTO SiliconExpress 4D
(differential) board
Connects the Avid Media Processor to the
Chapter 5
shared library of magnetic storage drives using
wide, differential SCSI hardware.
Control
Record
Playback
Digidesign Pro Tools
Works with the audio interface to process digital Chapter 5
board (also called the SA4 audio.
board)
Record
Playback
Hurdler 4-port serial
I/O expansion board
(optional)
User control devices
Provides four additional serial ports for
connecting the Avid Media Processor to serial
devices (for example, a printer).
Chapter 5
Devices that allow the user to control the
system.
Chapter 6
Control channel: Includes a keyboard, mouse,
and dongle for centralized control of the system.
Record/playback channel: Includes only a dongle,
not keyboard and mouse. The record/
engineering workstation provides control for
the record/playback channels.
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Table 3-3
Multichannel AirPlay MP Channel Components (Continued)
Channel: Component
Purpose of Component
Control
Apple design keyboard,
mouse, mouse pad and
color keycaps
Chapter 6
The keyboard is for typing commands; the
mouse selects and drags items displayed on the
UI monitor; the keycaps show the commands
mapped to each key.
Control
Record
Playback
Dongle
A ÒkeyÓ that provides access to the system
software.
Record
Playback
AirPlay MP remote
control (optional)
Manual user interface for controlling the system Chapter 6
remotely using buttons.
Serial port devices
See:
Chapter 6
Devices for communicating messages or system Chapter 6
data.
Control
Record
Playback
Customer-supplied
printer
Control
Record
Playback
Modem (optional for any Sends and receives electronic mail messages and Chapter 6
channel)
Þles over telephone lines.
Record
(channel
with
database)
Control
Prints system data (for example, data in bins
and playlists).
Chapter 6
Timecode In (customersupplied house or master
clock)
The timecode is connected to the Avid Media
Processor, decks, audio, and external devices.
The timecode is used to synchronize all of the
input data to a common clock time.
Chapter 7
Monitors
Display video and information required to run
the system.
Chapter 7
UI monitor (highresolution, color
multisync monitor)
Chapter 7
Displays the central user interface, which
includes a menu bar for entering commands to
operate the system, bins displaying events, and
playlists showing the events to air on each
channel.
Record/playback channels: Connect to the record/
engineering monitor, which shows the UI for
one record/playback channel at a time.
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Table 3-3
Multichannel AirPlay MP Channel Components (Continued)
Channel: Component
Purpose of Component
See:
Record
Playback
Displays incoming video when recording. Also
displays material during the work session.
Chapter 7
Customer-supplied
playback monitor
Video input and output
devices
Hardware for bringing video into and out of the Chapter 7
Avid system.
Record
Playback
Customer-supplied deck
A customer-supplied deck for viewing and
recording source material. Also for recording
digital cuts from the Avid system to videotape.
Chapter 7
Record
Playback
Router/other device
A router output or feed that can provide video
input to the system.
Chapter 7
Control
Record
Playback
Black burst generator or A reference video signal must be provided to
house reference signal
several components in the system for proper
(required for all systems) system performance.
Control for decks or external Devices and cable connections that enable the
devices
Avid system to control decks or other external
video devices.
Chapter 7
Chapter 7
Record
Playback
Direct serial control
If a deck is supported by the Avid direct serial Chapter 7
protocol, control is possible directly via an Avid
serial control cable.
Record
Playback
V-LAN VLXi control
If a deck does not support Avid direct serial
protocol, control is possible via V-LAN VLXi
hardware, which includes a transmitter and
appropriate receivers.
Chapter 7
Control
Record
Playback
General-purpose
interface (GPI)
Triggers external hardware to play or create
effects, generate characters, or create other
special video effects using a parallel control
interface.
Chapter 7
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Table 3-3
Multichannel AirPlay MP Channel Components (Continued)
Channel: Component
Audio hardware
Purpose of Component
See:
Interface devices for sampling, recording, and
playing audio.
Chapter 8
Converts analog to digital format and/or
accepts AES/EBU digital audio (48 kHz locked
to video) to and from digital audio for the Pro
Tools board.
Chapter 8
Control
Record
Playback
Audio interface
(standard)
(also called Pro Tools)
Control
Record
Playback
Avid eight-channel audio An alternative to the standard audio interface. Chapter 8
interface (optional)
Additional input and output AES/EBU
connectors provide two channels of stereo
digital audio. Also provides more analog audio
connectors, but only four input and four output
channels are supported.
Control
Record
Playback
Video Slave Driver
Control
Record
Playback
Audio ampliÞer and two Hardware for monitoring audio.
speakers (optional)
Chapter 8
Control
Record
Playback
Speaker/ampliÞer
combination (optional)
Chapter 8
Locks audio and video sampling together to
Chapter 8
keep video and audio aligned; locks the system
to a black burst generator reference signal.
A one-rack unit device for audio monitoring.
Components for Linking the Channels
The components listed in Table 3-4 link the channels in a multichannel
AirPlay MP system.
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Table 3-4
Multichannel AirPlay MP Linking Components
System Components
Purpose of Components
See:
System enclosure (rack)
Expandable rack housing for the system
Chapter 17
Ethernet
A high-speed network for transmitting control and
database information between channels. Conforms to
IEEE 802.3 speciÞcations for 10Base-T networks. Uses
standard, unshielded twisted pair (UTP) telephone
cable.
Chapter 11
Asante 10T hub/8
The center of the Ethernet ÒstarÓ conÞguration.
Connects to the network Òspokes,Ó or nodes. There is
one node for each channel in the Avid system. Uses
standard RJ-45 telephone connectors.
Chapter 11
Asante FriendlyNet
10T adapter (one per
channel)
Required for linking an Avid Media Processor to an
Chapter 11
Ethernet cable plugged into the Ethernet hub. Needs one
adapter per control and record/playback channel.
Record/engineering
workstation
Includes a monitor and control devices that switch
between the record/playback channels. Lets the user
operate one channel at a time for recording, playing
back, and organizing material.
Chapter 10
Control channel: Not usually connected to the record/
engineering workstation.
Record/playback channel: Each channel is connected to the
record/engineering workstation.
Keyboard and mouse
For controlling each channel.
17-inch record/
engineering monitor
Displays the user interface for one channel at a time. The Chapter 10
interface includes a menu bar for entering commands to
operate the system and bins for displaying events.
User interface ADB switch Switches the monitor and keyboard control between
record/playback channels.
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Chapter 10
Chapter 10
AirPlay MP Storage Options
Table 3-5 lists the storage options available for single- and
multichannel AirPlay MP systems. The listing includes a brief
description of the storage option and where to Þnd the installation
instructions for each option.
Table 3-5
Options
AirPlay MP Storage Options
Description
See:
MediaDock chassis An enclosure that houses up to eight 3.5-inch ÒConnecting the MediaDockÓ on
page 161
drives or up to four 5.25-inch drives. The
chassis can stand alone or be rack mounted.
Drives slide into slots and plug into a SCSI bus
in the chassis.
ÒConnecting 9-GB
9-GB MediaDrives Individual 9-GB MediaDrives linked in a
single-ended SCSI chain connected to a
MediaDrivesÓ on page 158
SiliconExpress IV board. Connect no more than
seven disks per SiliconExpress IV board.
Multidrive rackProvides multiple 9-GB drives enclosed in
mountable storage rack-mounted enclosures.
(MRS)
ÒConnecting Storage DrivesÓ on
page 151
One MRS
enclosure
One MRS enclosure contains one to four 9-GB ÒConnecting One MRS
disk drives. Use single-ended SCSI connectors EnclosureÓ on page 151
to link the MRS to a SiliconExpress IV board.
Two MRS
enclosures
Two MRS enclosures linked in a chain provide ÒConnecting Two MRS
a total of Þve to seven 9-GB disk drives. Use
EnclosuresÓ on page 152
single-ended SCSI connectors to link the MRS
enclosures to a SiliconExpress IV board.
Multiple MRS
enclosures
with storage
expanders
Use storage expanders to chain together a
maximum of two MRS enclosures with a total
of up to seven 9-GB disk drives. Use
differential SCSI connectors to connect the
MRS enclosures to a SiliconExpress 4D board.
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ÒConnecting MRS Enclosures
with Storage ExpandersÓ on
page 154
Table 3-5
AirPlay MP Storage Options (Continued)
Options
Description
Shared library
(buffer storage)
Each channel is connected to the shared library, ÒMultichannel Storage
which is a group of SCSI storage disks used as ConÞgurationsÓ on page 140
a central storage location for digital media.
Material recorded on a channelÕs buffer disks is
transferred to the shared library for long-term
storage, then transferred back to a buffer for
playback.
MediaShare
Redundant arrays
of independent
disks (RAID)
See:
Functions as the central controller between the ÒConnecting the MediaShare
SCSI shared library of storage disks and
LibraryÓ on page 159
multiple Avid Media Processors. Regulates the
transfer of digital media to and from the shared
library.
RAID storage provides built-in backup: 20% of ÒConnecting SCSI RAID UnitsÓ
the drive storage contains data to restore lost
on page 157
media. Each RAID unit contains multiple
drives that can be replaced without shutting
down the unit or losing data. RAID units use
either a differential SCSI or Fibre Channel
interface.
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CHAPTER 4
Avid Media Processor
Overview
The core of all Avid DNG client systems is the Avid Media Processor
with a broadcast connector panel attached to the back to accept input
and output signals. This chapter identiÞes the Avid Media Processor
hardware and its connections.
About the Avid Media Processor
The Avid Media Processor is the central processor that runs each Avid
broadcast system. The Avid Media Processor is based on the Apple
Macintosh¨ computer. Installed in the Avid Media Processor are
peripheral boards that process the audio, video, and storage data.
The Avid Media Processor is based on, and fully compatible with, the
Power Macintosh¨ 8100/100. The Avid Media Processor is designed to
process media, and not to be used as general-purpose computer.
However, the Avid Media Processor can perform all the functions of a
general-purpose computer.
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The Avid Media Processor provides 100 MHz of processor
performance with an enhanced NuBus¨ design to allow for six
expansion slots. The main system board contains the PowerPC 601
100-MHz CPU and features two NuBus slots, diskette and hard disk
controllers, as well as Apple Desktop Bus (ADB), AppleTalk¨, SCSI
controllers, graphics support circuits, microphone, speaker, printer,
Ethernet, and modem ports. The NuBus expander contains four
additional NuBus slots.
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For information about installing peripheral boards in the Avid Media Processor, see Chapter 5.
The base Avid Media Processor system consists of:
¥
System board with the 100-MHz processor, 8 MB of random-access
memory (RAM), 2 MB of video RAM, and the NuBus
¥
NuBus expander that allows the system to support up to six
NuBus slots
¥
Additional system memory (exact amount depends on
conÞguration)
¥
250-MB hard disk (or larger)
¥
1.44-MB diskette drive
¥
303-watt power supply
The Avid Media Processor can be rack-mounted. A patch panel
attached to the rear of the Avid Media Processor converts the standard
Apple and Avid connections to industry-standard broadcast
connections.
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Each channel in a multichannel AirPlay MP requires an Avid Media Processor. For example, a two-channel AirPlay MP system includes three Avid
Media Processors. The record, playback, and control channels each have one
Avid Media Processor.
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Avid System Cabling Guidelines
Please note the following guidelines when setting up the system.
¥
The conÞguration of the Avid Media Processor and the disks must
be maintained according to the standards described in this guide.
Rearranging disks without following the standards described in
this guide for SCSI cabling, IDs, and termination can cause the
system to malfunction.
¥
Do not use SCSI cables other than those supplied by Avid.
Avid SCSI cables provide proper impedance matching and deliver
the best performance for tested and qualiÞed Avid broadcast
system conÞgurations.
¥
The monitors should be within 25 feet (7.6 meters) of the Avid
Media Processor.
Greater distances degrade the images displayed on the monitors.
¥
The keyboard and mouse should be within 12 feet (3.6 meters) of
the Avid Media Processor.
The maximum distance is greater when the remote control and
GPI connectors on the broadcast panel are not used.
¥
The Pro Tools unit (audio interface and Video Slave Driver) must
be within 12 feet (3.6 meters) of the Avid Media Processor.
The Pro Tools unit provides the system audio interface to the
external user components. If the unit is located more than 12 feet
(3.6 meters) away from the Avid Media Processor, the
synchronization signal is delayed and will not operated properly.
¥
The V-LAN VLXi must be within 100 feet (30 meters) of the Avid
Media Processor and the decks. Avid supplies a 6 foot (1.83 meter)
cable.
This limit is imposed by RS-422 cable connections requirements.
¥
The AirPlay MP remote control must be within 10 feet (3 meters)
of the Avid Media Processor.
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Avid Media Processor Hardware
Figure 4-1 shows the Avid Media ProcessorÕs front user controls and
the location of the internal drives. Use only 3.5-inch diskettes in the
diskette drive.
Diskette drive
Reset button
Interrupt button
Hard disk drive (Internal)
Figure 4-1
Avid Media Processor (Front View)
Figure 4-2 shows the hardware ports located on the back of the Avid
Media Processor. This Þgure shows the analog broadcast panel
attached to the Avid Media Processor. Refer to this illustration when
connecting the equipment described later in this guide.
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Video inputs
Serial ports
Video outputs
Composite
Power cord
socket
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Output
Accessory
socket
(not used)
Serial
Ports
4
3
Peripheral
board slots
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
Timecode In
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
Power switch
Apple SCSI port
(not used)
Avid GPI port
UI monitor
Ethernet port
Figure 4-2
SiliconExpress
SCSI port
Avid remote control port
Keyboard ADB port
Avid Media Processor (Rear View with Analog
Broadcast Panel)
One of two possible broadcast panels might be attached to the rear of
the Avid Media Processor. The broadcast panel centralizes many
external connectors used for attaching the Avid DNG system
components. Figure 4-3 shows the digital broadcast panel, Figure 4-4
shows the analog broadcast panel.
n
See Chapter 17 for the broadcast panel connector pin assignments. If connecting your Avid system with older Avid Media Processors, see Figure 17-4
for references to analog and digital connections on the original broadcast
panel.
See Chapter 5 for information on removing the broadcast panel and
the connections to the Avid Media Processor behind the panel.
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Digital
Input
Serial
Ports
4
Out 1
Out 2
3
Analog
Ref In
2
Monitor Out
Time Code In
1
UI Monitor
Figure 4-3
Composite
Keyboard
Remote
Digital Broadcast Panel Connectors
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
GPI
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Figure 4-4
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
Analog Broadcast Panel Connectors
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Plugging in the Avid Media Processor
Plug in the Avid Media Processor before connecting anything to it. The
plug grounds and protects the Avid Media Processor from electrical
damage while you set up the system. Surge protection and an
uninterruptible power supply (UPS) are recommended for all systems.
Do not turn on the Avid Media Processor until at least the keyboard
and UI monitor have been attached.
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The Avid Media Processor is equipped with a three-wire grounding
plug. As a safety feature, this plug only Þts into grounded ac outlets.
Contact a licensed electrician to replace the outlet if the Avid plug
does not insert into the outlet properly. Avid does not warranty failures due to power sources that do not meet electrical codes.
To plug in the Avid Media Processor:
1. Plug the socket end of the Avid Media ProcessorÕs power cord into
the recessed power socket.
2. Plug the other end of the power cord into a three-hole grounded
outlet or power strip.
Recessed power socket
Outlet
Power cord
Power strip
Figure 4-5
Plugging In the Avid Media Processor
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Macintosh Basics
The software installed on Avid Media Processor runs by using the
Macintosh operating system. After connecting the applicable
components to the Avid system (described in the following chapters),
learn how to create folders, move Þles, and perform other system tasks
by referencing the online Macintosh Guide.
To access the guide:
1. Click the question mark icon on the Apple menu bar at the top
right corner of the screen.
2. Choose Macintosh Guide from the pull-down menu.
Apple menu bar
Question mark icon
Macintosh Guide
Figure 4-6
Online Macintosh Guide
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Peer-to-Peer Networking
Avid offers a peer-to-peer networking solution called the AvidNetª
Transfer Tool. The Transfer Tool provides media transfer and sharing
capabilities as well as a standalone application for transferring Þles
between Avid systems. The Transfer Tool might require a network
board to be installed in the Avid Media Processor. When speciÞed, an
optional network board is preinstalled in Avid systems.
Because of the diversity and complexity of possible network
conÞgurations, Avid can only be responsible for the operation of the
AvidNet Transfer Tool software. Problems with network hardware or
network operation should be addressed by in-house networking
personnel or a network consultant.
If your site does not have in-house networking expertise, Avid
recommends that you hire a network consultant for the task of setting
up, conÞguring, and maintaining your Ethernet or ATM network site.
For more information, see the AvidNet Peer-to-Peer Setup and UserÕs
Guide.
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CHAPTER 5
Avid Media Processor
Hardware
This chapter explains how to install or replace peripheral boards,
additional memory, and internal MediaDrives. Avid DNG systems
come with the following peripheral boards installed.
NewsCutter Ð The Avid Broadcast Video Board (ABVB) with analog or
serial digital top board, Advanced JPEG board, Pro Tools, and ATTO
SiliconExpress IV boards are standard. An optional upgrade is the
Advanced JPEG board.
Media Recorder Ð The ABVB with analog or serial digital top board,
Advanced JPEG board, Pro Tools, and SiliconExpress IV boards are
standard.
Single-Channel AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Ð The
ABVB with analog or serial digital top board, Advanced JPEG board
Pro Tools, and SiliconExpress IV expansion boards are standard.
Optional upgrade is the SiliconExpress 4D boards.
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Multichannel AirPlay MP Ð The Avid Media Processor for each
channel requires a complete set of peripheral boards, including the
ABVB with analog or serial digital top board, Advanced JPEG, Pro
Tools, and two SiliconExpress boards (Version IV for connecting buffer
drives and Version 4D for connecting the shared library of drives).
About Peripheral Boards
Peripheral boards (or expansion boards) inside the Avid Media
Processor to record video and audio, store the digital media on drives,
and retrieve and play back the media.
Video Board Set
Each video board set includes two boards: a video input/output board
and a compression board.
The video input/output board converts analog or serial digital video
to digital format for editing, then converts the video back to analog or
serial digital format for playback or output to tape. The video input/
output board options are:
¥
ABVB with analog video top board
-
For composite or component analog video input/output
-
Requires analog genlock input
-
Accepts composite or component (Y, R-Y, B-Y) analog video
and outputs both
-
Controls both the UI and playback monitor displays
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¥
ABVB with serial digital top board
-
For component serial digital (4:2:2) video input/output
(provides one input and two outputs)
-
Does not accept analog video input
-
Provides composite analog monitor output
-
Requires analog video genlock source
-
Controls both the UI and playback monitor displays
The compression board uses an algorithm developed by the Joint
Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) to compress the video for storage.
Avid Media Processor uses the Advanced JPEG (Janus) compression
board to compress the video.
Both the analog and serial digital versions of the ABVB cannot be
installed in the Avid Media Processor at the same time. The ABVB
provides 720x248 nonsquare pixels per Þeld, which covers all of the
active video for NTSC, starting at line 16.
n
Depending on the running application, vertical interval material (lines 16
through 20) may not be captured.
The ABVB also provides:
¥
Full motion pop-up monitor playback and millions of colors for
the UI monitor.
¥
Ability to adjust Gain, Setup and Color difference signals on input
and output with separate input and output video tools on analog
interface systems.
¥
Separate genlock input for genlocking the video output to an
external reference signal.
¥
A user interface for adjusting genlock settings to facilitate system
setup and to allow users to set the system output timing. The
resulting digital material is the same, regardless of the video
interface used.
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Additional Peripheral Boards
In addition to the video boards, a system must include
¥
The Pro Tools board (also referred to as the sound accelerator or
SA4 board) for processing audio.
¥
The SiliconExpress board, which assists with media storage and
retrieval.
-
Version IV (single-ended SCSI) is for connecting fewer drives
closer to the Avid Media Processor.
-
Version 4D (differential SCSI) is for connecting more drives
farther from the Avid Media Processor.
The Hurdler 4-port serial I/O expansion board might be included for
additional serial ports for AirPlay MP. Use the boardÕs four serial ports
to connect the Avid Media Processor to additional serial devices (for
example, a modem or serial printer).
NuBus Slot Configurations
The Avid Media Processor has six expansion slots designed to accept
NuBus peripheral boards. Avid preconÞgures the Avid Media
Processor with the appropriate peripheral boards to support the
application.
The Avid Media Processor has six available NuBus slots:
¥
Four addressable superslots
¥
Two regular slots
Although the Avid Media Processor comes preconÞgured from Avid,
there are certain slot requirements you need to follow when installing
additional peripheral boards.
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The following Avid peripheral boards must be installed in a superslot:
¥
ABVB
¥
Avid compression boards - Advanced JPEG
¥
FORE Systems¨ ATM switch
Figure 5-1 identiÞes the NuBus connectors inside the Avid Media
Processor. The bridge board connects the system board to the NuBus
extender board. The NuBus extender provides four additional NuBus
connectors inside the Avid Media Processor. All peripheral boards are
installed into the NuBus connectors.
Connectors on back of Avid Media Processor
Bridge board
PDS slot
NuBus connectors
8
7
A
4
C D
Superslots
NuBus extender
Avid Media Processor system board
Figure 5-1
NuBus Slot Layout
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Table 5-1 outlines the peripheral slot conÞgurations for Avid Media
Processor. The slots are hardware set and cannot be changed.
Table 5-1
Avid Media Processor Slot Configurations
Peripheral Board
Slot
Pro Tools audio (SA4)
Slot 8
SiliconExpress IV (single-ended) or
SiliconExpress 4D (differential) boards
Slot 7
ATM switch or second SiliconExpress board
Slot A
Hurdler serial port expander board
(legacy AirPlay MP only)
Slot 4
ABVB
Slot C
Advanced JPEG board
Slot D
NuBus Power Requirements
The combined power consumption of NuBus boards in an Avid Media
Processor must not exceed 20.0 amperes. If installing additional
NuBus boards, make sure the total power consumption does not
exceed the total available power. Table 5-2 list the power consumption
for each Avid peripheral board.
Table 5-2
NuBus Slot Power Usage
NuBus Board
+5 Volt Power Usage
SiliconExpress IV or 4D boards
3.0 A
Advanced JPEG board
2.73 A
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Table 5-2
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NuBus Slot Power Usage (Continued)
NuBus Board
+5 Volt Power Usage
ABVB w/analog top board
2.62 A
ABVB w/digital top board
2.52 A
Hurdler serial port expander board
1.24 A
Pro Tools audio (SA4)
1.8 A
100Base-T adapter
0.8 A
FORE Systems ATM Switch
2.5 A
Exceeding the maximum power consumption could damage the
peripheral boards, Avid Media Processor, or both.
Broadcast Panel and Cover Removal
Remove the Avid Media Processor cover only if:
¥
Adding or replacing peripheral boards
¥
Adding or replacing expansion memory
¥
Replacing an internal MediaDrive
All Avid Media Processors have a broadcast connector panel attached
to the rear of the Avid Media Processor. The broadcast panel
centralizes the external connections for the Avid Media Processor. If
replacing the ABVB, you must Þrst remove the broadcast panel.
To remove the broadcast panel and cover:
1. Turn off the Avid Media Processor.
2. Label and disconnect all cables connected to the broadcast panel.
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Even if not removing the broadcast panel, unplug the keyboard to prevent
accidently turning on the Avid Media Processor.
3. Remove the broadcast panel as follows. If the panel does not need
to be removed, go to step 4.
a. Loosen the two panel thumbscrews that hold the broadcast
panel to the rear of the Avid Media Processor (see Figure 5-2).
b. Tilt the panel away from the Avid Media Processor and lift the
mounting tabs out of their slots in the rear panel.
Thumbscrews
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Figure 5-2
Keyboard
Remote
Removing the Broadcast Panel
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GPI
c. Disconnect the appropriate cables between the Avid Media
Processor and the broadcast panel (see Figure 5-3).
Monitor port
Ethernet
port
Sound out
(not used)
SCSI port
(not used)
Timecode in
High-density monitor
port (not used)
ADB port
Modem port
Printer port
Figure 5-3
Connectors When Broadcast Panel Is Not Attached
4. Open both front doors (see Figure 5-4).
a. Pull open the left door by gripping it from the bottom of the
door.
b. Release the two tabs on the right door and pull open.
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5. Loosen the two captive screws that secure the top cover (shown in
Figure 5-4) by turning them counterclockwise.
6. Remove the top cover from the Avid Media Processor.
Lift the front of the cover upward and pull to release it from the
retaining slots in the rear of the Avid Media Processor.
Captive screws
Right door
Left door tabs
Figure 5-4
Removing the Top Cover
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7. Put on a wrist strap and attach the ground clip to the Avid Media
Processor chassis (see Figure 5-5). You are grounded properly only
if the Avid Media Processor is plugged in.
Always do this before you touch any parts or install components
inside the Avid Media Processor.
c
c
Semiconductor devices are vulnerable to damage by electrostatic
discharge (ESD). Use an ESD wrist strap or other grounding device
to ensure against electrostatic discharge.
Do not dislodge any of the copper EMI strip material in the chassis.
Look for any missing segments before replacing the cover.
Figure 5-5
Discharging Static Electricity
Installing Peripheral Boards
This section explains how to install NuBus boards or to install an
additional Avid peripheral board (such as an additional drive
controller) in the Avid Media Processor.
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Only use NuBus boards designed speciÞcally for the Avid Media
Processor as described under ÒNuBus Slot ConÞgurationsÓ on
page 81. Rearranging factory-installed NuBus peripheral boards
may result in conÞgurations that do not function properly.
Follow these steps if installing a NuBus peripheral board:
1. Remove the top cover from the Avid Media Processor.
Use the procedure described in ÒBroadcast Panel and Cover
RemovalÓ on page 84 to remove the cover.
2. Discharge any static electricity by touching the power-supply case
or use an ESD wrist strap.
3. Remove the rear metal slot cover and the board hold-down rail for
the slot.
Metal tab fits into
slot in rear of chassis
Hold-down rail
(loosen thumbscrew
from end and lift)
Figure 5-6
Slot cover
(remove screw from
rear of chassis and lift)
Removing Slot Covers and Hold-Down Rails
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4. Remove the board from its staticproof bag.
Hold the board by its outer edges to avoid touching the connector
on the bottom of the board.
Connector
Figure 5-7
Handling NuBus Boards
5. Align the connector end of the board with the NuBus connector in
the Avid Media Processor (see Figure 5-8).
Metal tab fits into
slot in rear of chassis
Hold-down rail
Board
Figure 5-8
Aligning the Peripheral Board
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6. Press the board Þrmly until the connector is seated.
Do not force the board. If you meet with a lot of resistance, pull it
out, inspect the connector pins, and try again.
7. Install the board hold-down rail.
8. Replace the broadcast panel if you removed it.
a. Reconnect any cables that you disconnected. For details see
Table 5-3.
b. Carefully place the excess cables into the broadcast panel,
making sure they do not bind.
c. Hook the mounting tabs in their slots in the rear panel.
d. Tighten the thumbscrews.
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Some broadcast panels do not use all of the cables listed in Table 5-3.
Table 5-3
Broadcast Panel Cable Connections
Cable
Connection
Analog video cable
Connects to the bottom connector on the ABVB with analog
I/F board. (Leave disconnected when using the digital I/F board.)
Digital video cable
Connects to the bottom connector on the ABVB with
digital I/F board. (Leave disconnected when using the
analog I/F board.)
UI monitor cable
Connects to the top connector on the ABVB.
Remote ADB cable
Connects to the ADB port below the panel.
SIO cable 1 (Printer)
Connects to the Apple printer port below the panel.
SIO cable 2 (Modem)
Connects to the Apple modem port below the panel.
SIO cable 3
Connects to the top connector of the serial expander board.
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Table 5-3
Broadcast Panel Cable Connections (Continued)
Cable
Connection
SIO cable 4
Connects to the second connector of the serial expander board.
SIO cable 5
Connects to the third connector of the serial expander board.
SIO cable 6
Connects to the bottom connector of the serial expander board.
Timecode cable
Connects to the Apple microphone IN connector below the panel.
9. Replace the Avid Media Processor top cover and tighten the top
cover screws.
You might have to press the top cover to align the screws and
holes properly.
10. Reconnect any cables previously disconnected from the broadcast
panel.
Expanding Memory
The RAM in the Avid Media Processor can be expanded by adding
single inline memory modules (SIMMs) to those already installed or
by exchanging installed modules for ones that have greater storage
capacity.
Make sure the SIMMs you purchase for memory expansion are the
correct SIMMs for the Avid Media Processor. The Avid Media
Processor uses the same SIMMs as a Power Macintosh 8100 system.
SIMMs for the Avid Media Processor must be installed in pairs of the
same size into paired slots.
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Avid recommends using only Macintosh approved 70-ns SIMMs.
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To install SIMMs in the Avid Media Processor:
1. Remove the top cover from the Avid Media Processor.
Use the procedure described in ÒBroadcast Panel and Cover
RemovalÓ on page 84 to remove the cover.
2. Discharge any static electricity by touching the power-supply
case.
3. Put on a wrist strap and attach the ground clip to the Avid Media
Processor chassis (see Figure 5-5). You are grounded properly only
if the Avid Media Processor is plugged in.
c
Semiconductor devices are vulnerable to damage by electrostatic
discharge (ESD). Use an ESD wrist strap or other grounding device
to ensure against electrostatic discharge.
4. Disconnect the external power cord from the rear of the system.
5. Dislodge the power harness as shown in Figure 5-9, but leave the
connector attached.
Leave harness
connector attached.
Figure 5-9
Dislodging the Power Harness
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6. Loosen the two captive screws that secure the air bafße as shown
in Figure 5-10.
Air baffle
Screws
Figure 5-10 Removing the Air Baffle
7. Pivot the power supply up as shown in Figure 5-11.
Use care when lifting the power supply to ensure the drive and
fan power cables connected to power sockets are not stressed. If
these are stressed, disconnect them from the power supply. Be sure
to reconnect them before powering on the Avid Media Processor.
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Check to see that the power supply uplock falls into place before letting go of the power supply. The power supply uplock is located on
the left side of the power supply toward the rear.
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Power supply uplock
(located on the lower back corner
of the power supply; not shown)
D
C
B
A
Power sockets
Figure 5-11 Moving the Power Supply
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8. Install the new SIMMs as shown in Figure 5-12.
SIMMs must be installed in identical pairs, in the slots marked on
the system board. First pair, second pair, and so on (order or blank
slot pairs do not matter).
Insert the SIMM into the slot on a 45-degree angle, then rotate the
SIMM to the upright position until it snaps into place. If there
seems to be too much resistance, do not force the SIMM. Reinsert it
and try again.
Figure 5-12 Installing SIMMs
9. Raise the power supply slightly and hold the uplock out of the
way.
10. Lower the power supply and return the power harness to its
former location.
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Before lowering the power supply, ensure the fanÕs power cable is
securely connected to power socket A on the power supply. Proper
air ßow is critical to system performance.
11. Replace the air bafße.
12. Replace the Avid Media Processor top cover and tighten the top
cover screws.
You might have to press the top cover to align the screws and
holes properly.
13. Reconnect any cables previously disconnected from the broadcast
panel.
Servicing Internal MediaDrives
Your Avid Media Processors might have two internal 9-GB
MediaDrives installed. The internal MediaDrives are only installed by
Avid Manufacturing.
The internal MediaDrives are mounted on a modiÞed bracket that
now secures the two MediaDrives and the diskette drive. Reference
this procedure if replacing an internal MediaDrive or its components.
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If connecting external MediaDrives to the same SiliconExpress IV board that
the internal MediaDrives are connected to, use SCSI IDs 2 through 6. The
internal MediaDrives use SCSI IDs 0 and 1.
The following describes the complete procedure for replacing an
internal MediaDrive and components. To remove the drive bracket
and install an internal MediaDrive:
1. Remove the Avid Media Processor top cover as described in
ÒBroadcast Panel and Cover RemovalÓ on page 84.
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2. Loosen the captive screw that secures the drive mounting bracket
to the chassis as shown in Figure 5-13.
Mounting bracket screw
Support post
Figure 5-13 Removing the Drive Bracket Assembly
3. Slide the bracket assembly toward the rear of the unit until the
assembly clears the support post.
4. Lift the assembly out of the chassis.
There should be enough slack in the diskette drive cables so that
the assembly can be raised out of the unit.
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5. Remove the four screws securing the diskette drive to the bracket
assembly as shown in Figure 5-14 and remove the diskette drive.
Figure 5-14 Diskette Drive Screws
6. Position the MediaDrives so that the drive bracket holes match up
with the screw holes in the drive.
7. Secure each MediaDrive to the bracket assembly as shown in
Figure 5-15 with four screws.
Figure 5-15 MediaDrive Screws
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8. Reattach the diskette drive to the bracket assembly.
9. Connect the power and SCSI signal cables through the drive
bracket to the MediaDrives as follows (see Figure 5-16).
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The SCSI signal cable provides four SCSI connectors. The end of the SCSI
cable that has the SCSI connector farthest away from the other three connectors must be connected to the SiliconExpress IV board.
a. Connect the MediaDrives to the middle two SCSI signal cable
connectors.
b. Connect the drive power cables to the MediaDrives.
c. Connect a SCSI terminator to the SCSI cable end closest to the
MediaDrives.
Drive power cable
To SiliconExpress IV
board
SCSI signal cable
Terminator
Figure 5-16 Connecting the MediaDrive Cables
10. Reinstall the diskette drive removed earlier and be sure to reattach
the diskette drive cables if they were removed.
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11. Lower the bracket assembly onto the support post in the chassis.
Slide the assembly forward until the diskette drive is ßush against
the front bezel.
12. Tighten the captive screw that secures the bracket assembly.
Mounting bracket screw
Support post
Figure 5-17 Removing the Drive Bracket Assembly
13. Locate the SiliconExpress IV board.
14. Remove the board hold-down rail and lift the SiliconExpress IV
board out of the chassis.
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15. Connect the remaining end of the SCSI signal cable to the
connector on the SiliconExpress IV board as shown in Figure 5-18.
16. Remove the three terminators from the SiliconExpress IV board.
SCSI cable
SCSI board terminators
Hold-down rail
Figure 5-18 Internal SCSI Cable Connection and Terminators
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Route the cable to minimize front-to-rear air ßow disruption.
17. Reinstall the SiliconExpress IV board in its NuBus slot.
18. Install the board hold-down rail.
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19. Connect the loose end of the MediaDrive power cable to power
socket D on the power supply as shown in Figure 5-19.
If the access to the power socket is tight, see ÒExpanding MemoryÓ on
page 92 for information on how to raise the power supply and gain more
access to the socket.
D
C
B
A
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Figure 5-19 Connecting the MediaDrive Power Cable to the
Supply
20. Replace the Avid Media Processor top cover and tighten the top
cover screws.
You might have to press the top cover to align the screws and
holes properly.
21. Reconnect any cables previously disconnected from the broadcast
panel.
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CHAPTER 6
User Control and Serial
Device Connections
This chapter provides information on installing user control and serial
devices. Standard user control devices for all systems include a
keyboard, mouse, and dongle. SpeciÞc devices for Avid systems are
listed as follows.
NewsCutter Ð A modem is standard, a customer-supplied printer is
optional.
Media Recorder Ð A modem and a customer-supplied printer are
optional.
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Ð Each channel is
connected to a keyboard, mouse, and dongle. An Avid remote control
is optional.
Single-Channel AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter
Combination Ð A modem, printer, and Avid remote control are
optional.
Multichannel AirPlay MP Ð The control channel has a keyboard,
mouse, and dongle. For centralized control of the system, an Avid
remote control is optional. (For example, the control channel can build
playlists for all three playback channels.)
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To connect each record and playback channel to a dongle and a record/engineering workstation, see Chapter 10.
Control and Serial Devices
The control devices not only provide security, but are used to input
and operate Avid DNG systems. Use serial devices to transfer
information to or from the system.
Control Devices
These control devices are used to operate the Avid broadcast system:
¥
Dongle
Prevents unauthorized access to the system; this copyright protection device is required to run the software.
¥
Keyboard
For typing commands; color keycaps show the commands
mapped to each key.
¥
Mouse
Selects and moves items shown in the visual user interface displayed on the UI monitor.
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Avid remote control (optional for NewsCutter and AirPlay MP)
For controlling an AirPlay MP system from a distance; provides
buttons for the playback functions.
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Serial Devices
The following serial devices connect to the serial port and allow you to
transfer information to and from the system:
¥
Modem
For communicating with the Avid Bulletin Board System, which
provides technical tips and information, and allows you to send
feedback to Avid directly.
¥
Customer-supplied printer
For printing paper copies of system data, such as the information
stored in bins or playlists.
Connecting User Control Devices
Figure 6-1 shows the connections for a a keyboard, mouse, and dongle.
Dongles are required to gain access to Avid system software.
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Never connect or disconnect the mouse or the keyboard while the
Avid Media Processor is on. Disconnecting the mouse or keyboard
can damage the system board.
Trackballs and other input devices that were speciÞcally designed to work
with the Macintosh can be installed instead of a mouse, as shown in
Figure 6-1 and Figure 6-2.
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Avid Media Processor
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Serial
Ports
4
Input
Composite
Output
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
To Keyboard port
Apple-design keyboard cable
Built-in cable
Dongle with cable
Apple-design keyboard
Figure 6-1
Mouse with cable
User Control for NewsCutter and Media Recorder
Figure 6-2 shows the connections for a a keyboard, mouse, dongle, and
an Avid remote control for AirPlay MP systems. An Avid remote
control can be connected directly to any channel on multichannel
AirPlay MP but not to the NewsCutter, Media Recorder, or user
interface ADB switch.
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Avid desktop remote control
Avid rack-mounted remote control
DC
Rack-mounted
remote control cable
Desktop remote
control cable
Avid Media Processor
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
To Keyboard port
To remote control port
Apple-design keyboard cable
To power
Dongle with cable
Built-in cable
Apple-design keyboard
Mouse with cable
Figure 6-2
User Control for Single- and Multichannel
AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter
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Connecting Serial Devices
Figure 6-3 shows how to install a modem and a customer-supplied
printer.
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When using the modem, turn off AppleTalk (NewsCutter requires that AppleTalk always be off). Select Chooser from the Apple menu. At the bottom of the
Chooser window, click the Inactive button under AppleTalk.
Modem
(standard for NewsCutter,
optional for other systems)
To Modem serial input
Modem cable
To serial port 2 (modem port) on
the broadcast panel
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Avid Media Processor
Composite
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
To serial port 1 (printer port)
Customer-supplied Apple serial
compliant printer (optional)
To input port
Figure 6-3
Serial Connections
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Serial printer cable
Using AirPlay MP Remote Controls
The remote control is a user interface that operates AirPlay MP from a
remote location. Figure 6-4 shows the desktop remote control and
Figure 6-5 shows the rack-mountable version.
AirPlay Remote Control
Stop
Skip
Standby
Recue
Play
Figure 6-4
Desktop AirPlay MP Remote Control
AirPlay Remote Control
Skip
Stop
Standby
Recue
Play
Figure 6-5
Rack-mounted AirPlay MP Remote Control
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CHAPTER 7
Video, Decks, and
GPI Control Connections
This chapter provides information on the video input/output and GPI
control connections for Avid systems. All systems include UI and
playback monitors and require a video reference signal. All DNG
systems can connect to a deck or other video device.
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Information on compatible decks is listed in Chapter 18. Video input and
output connections are made to the Avid Broadcast Video Board (ABVB); see
Chapter 5 if installing the ABVB.
NewsCutter Ð The system ships with a UI monitor. Playback monitors
are customer-supplied. Support for GPIs is optional.
Media Recorder Ð The system ships with a UI monitor and a
customer-supplied playback monitor. Support for GPIs is not an
option.
Single-Channel AirPlay MP Ð The system ships with a UI monitor.
Playback monitors are customer-supplied. Support for GPIs is
optional.
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Ð Each channel ships with
a UI monitor. Playback monitors are customer-supplied.
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Multichannel AirPlay MP Ð Each record and playback channel uses a
customer-supplied playback monitor for displaying the video
recorded or edited on that channel. These record and playback channels are also connected to a record/engineering workstation which
provides the UI monitor for one channel at a time.
The control channel has a UI monitor for displaying the central user
interface. Support for GPIs is optional. For instructions on connecting
multichannels, see Chapter 10.
About Video Connections
This chapter describes how to connect the system to:
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Video input and output from decks, feeds, routers, or satellite
receivers
¥
Monitors
¥
Control for decks or other external video devices
¥
Reference signal
Video Input and Output
Video devices are connected to the ABVB, which is installed in the
Avid Media Processor, to input and output video signals. Depending
on the daughter board installed on the video board, the system accepts
either component serial digital or analog (composite and/or
component) video.
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Monitors
This chapter describes how to connect two types of monitors. The
Avid-supplied UI monitor displays a command menu bar for
operating the system and bins for organizing source clips and edited
stories. A customer-supplied playback monitor displays incoming
video when the system is recording or edited material during
playback.
Both monitors are connected to the ABVB, which is installed in the
Avid Media Processor.
Control for Decks and Other External Devices
These control systems allow the DNG system to operate attached
decks or external video devices:
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Deck control hardware
Two types of deck control hardware are available for controlling
the operation of a deck from within an Avid DNG system:
¥
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A serial direct deck control cable links the Avid Media Processor directly to a deck that supports Avid direct serial protocol.
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Video local area network (V-LAN VLXi) deck controllers link
the Avid Media Processor to a deck. V-LAN VLXi deck controllers do not support Avid direct serial protocol.
General-purpose interface (GPI) triggers
GPIs trigger special effects, such as character generation or special
video effects.
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Reference Signal
All systems require an analog video reference signal. The video
reference signal must be provided to several of the system components
and meet the standard NTSC or PAL speciÞcations. See ÒConnecting a
Reference SignalÓ on page 119.
Connecting Monitors and Video Input/Output
Figure 7-1 shows how to connect the UI monitor to an analog
broadcast panel. Figure 7-2 shows how to connect the UI monitor and
video deck to a digital broadcast panel and the customer-supplied
playback monitor. These diagrams also show how to connect video
input and output from decks, satellite feeds, or routers.
See ÒConnecting a Reference SignalÓ on page 119 to connect the
black burst generator or house reference video source after connecting
the monitor and video I/O.
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After starting the system, adjust the monitor setup using the Monitor control
panel. See ÒConÞguring the MonitorÓ on page 117.
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Analog video source
(a deck, router, or feed)
Customer-supplied cables
for either analog composite or analog
component (Y, R-Y, B-Y) video input
Avid Media Processor
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Customer-supplied cable
for analog composite video output
Composite
Output
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
To UI monitor port
Customer-supplied
playback monitor
UI monitor
UI monitor cable
To monitor connector
Figure 7-1
Video I/O for Analog Broadcast Panel
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Analog video source
(a deck, router, or feed)
Customer-supplied cable
for component
serial digital (4:2:2)
video outputs (two outputs)
Customer-supplied cable
for component
serial digital (4:2:2)
video Input
Digital
Input
Out 1
Serial
Ports
4
Avid Media Processor
Out 2
3
Analog
Ref In
2
Monitor Out
Time Code In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
Customer-supplied
playback monitor
To UI monitor port
Customer-supplied cable
for analog composite video output
UI monitor cable
UI monitor
To monitor connector
Figure 7-2
Video I/O for Digital Broadcast Panel
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Configuring the Monitor
When turning on the Avid Media Processor for the Þrst time or after
reconÞgure the ABVB, use the Monitor control panel to select the
monitor color settings.
1. Choose Control Panels from the Apple menu.
A window opens.
2. Double-click Monitors.
A window similar to the following opens.
3. Select the monitor settings:
a. Select Colors by clicking the circle beside Colors.
b. Highlight Millions for the number of colors.
4. Restart the Avid Media Processor for these changes to take effect.
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Connecting Deck Control
This section explains how to control a deck using either:
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A serial control cable to link the Avid Media Processor directly to a
deck that supports Avid direct serial protocol (see Figure 7-3).
¥
V-LAN VLXi deck controllers to link the Avid Media Processor to
a deck that does not support Avid direct serial protocol (see
Figure 7-4).
For a list of decks shown in the following Þgures that can be connected to the
system using a serial control cable or using V-LAN VLXi, see Chapter 18.
Composite
Avid Media Processor
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
To serial port 2
(modem port)
GPI
Direct deck serial control cable
To remote connector on deck
Deck
(serial deck only)
Figure 7-3
Serial Deck Control
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Deck
To remote connector on deck
Customer-supplied cables
(required only if the deck does not have
a built-in timecode reader)
9- to 9-pin cable
(shipped with the V-LAN VLXi)
Timecode out
To serial A
SERIAL
PARALLEL
REF
Timecode in
SERIAL A
TIMECODE A
IN OUT
SERIAL B
TIMECODE B
IN OUT
LAN
CF
AC
VLX TRANSMITTER
VLX 2R DUAL RECEIVER
To VLXi transmitter serial input
V-LAN VLXi
VLXi cable
To serial port 2 (modem port)
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
Output
Serial
Ports
4
Avid Media Processor
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
Figure 7-4
GPI
V-LAN VLXi Deck Control
Connecting a Reference Signal
All Avid DNG systems require a video reference signal from a black
burst generator or the house black reference signal.
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A single source video feed can be routed to other ÒgenlockÓ connectors by
using ÒTÓ connector. The video input connector on the Video Slave Driver is
a high impedance connection and is not terminated in a 75-ohm load.
The reference signal connects to the Video Slave Driver and Avid
Media Processor, as well as any deck and V-LAN VLXi that are part of
the system. The Video Slave Driver then uses the slave clock signal to
synchronize the audio interface (see Figure 7-5).
All cables are customer-supplied
Video source deck
To video reference input
To analog reference input
Black burst generator
or house reference video source
BB1
BB2
BB3
To black burst
connectors
COMPOSITE
Y
R-Y
B-Y
COMPOSITE
Y
R-Y
B-Y
SERIAL
PORTS
INPUT
4
3
OUTPUT
2
TIME CODE IN
ANALOG
REF IN
1
UI MONITOR
KEYBOARD
REMOTE
GPI
BNC T Connector
To Video Sync Input
Avid Media Processor
Video Slave Driver
VIDEO FORMAT
NTSC
VIDEO INPUT
PAL
SYNC SOURCE
VIDEO
WORLD CLOCK
INPUT
SLAVE CLOCK
OUTPUT
WORLD CLOCK
OUTPUT
WORLD
CLOCK
To slave clock output
To slave clock input
Terminator
Audio interface
ANALOG OUTPUT
CH4
CH3
CH2
SLAVE CLOCK
ANALOG INPUT
CH1
CH4
CH3
CH2
CH1
AUDIO CARD
In
Out
S/PDIF
In
Out
AES/EBU
In
Out
To reference
Terminator
V-LAN VLXi
SERIAL
PARALLEL
REF
SERIAL A
TIMECODE A
IN OUT
SERIAL B
TIMECODE B
IN OUT
LAN
CF
AC
VLX TRANSMITTER
Figure 7-5
VLX 2R DUAL RECEIVER
Reference Signal
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Connecting GPIs
Avid DNG systems support a general-purpose interface (GPI). Special
video effects and character generation can be triggered with GPIs. The
Avid system interprets the GPI trigger directive, which tells the system
when to trigger an external source. A V-LAN VLXi (GPI) or Avid GPI
controller is required to use this interface.
The GPI can control the Stop, Standby, Play, Record, Recue, Skip, and
Tally functions. The input signals for these functions are IN1 to IN8
and cannot be reassigned (see Table 7-1). IN7 and IN8 are not used.
These eight inputs provide 16 output signals that are user assignable.
For information on entering GPI triggers, see the userÕs guide for the
system.
Customer-supplied 50-pin parallel port
cable to external devices
(see Table 7-1 for pin assignments)
Avid Media Processor
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
Avid GPI
GPI
To GPI port
To either Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) port
GPI control cable
Figure 7-6
Avid GPI Connections
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Table 7-1
Avid GPI Controller Pin Assignments
Pin # Signal
Function
Pin # Signal
Function
1
IN1
Stop
18
VCC
+5 V pull-up 35
GND
Ground
2
VCC
+5 V pull-up 19
GND
Ground
36
VCC
+5 V pull-up
3
OUT5
Assignable*
20
IN2
Play/record
37
GND
Ground
4
OUT6
Assignable
21
IN3
Standby
38
VCC
+5 V pull-up
5
OUT7
Assignable
22
IN4
Recue
39
GND
Ground
6
OUT8
Assignable
23
IN8
Reserved
40
VCC
+5 V pull-up
7
OUT1
Assignable
24
IN7
Reserved
41
GND
Ground
8
OUT3
Assignable
25
IN6
Tally in
42
GND
Ground
9
OUT16
Play
Status Tally
26
IN5
Skip
43
GND
Ground
10
OUT14
Stop
Status Tally
27
OUT2
Assignable
44
GND
Ground
11
OUT9
Assignable
28
OUT4
Assignable
45
GND
Ground
12
OUT11
Assignable
29
OUT15
Standby
Status Tally
46
GND
Ground
13
GND
Ground
30
OUT13
Assignable
47
GND
Ground
14
VCC
+5 V pull-up 31
OUT10
Assignable
48
GND
Ground
15
GND
Ground
OUT12
Assignable
49
GND
Ground
16
VCC
+5 V pull-up 33
GND
Ground
50
GND
Ground
17
GND
Ground
VCC
+5 V pull-up
32
34
Pin # Signal
* Assignable means that the user can assign the output signal in the Avid application.
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Function
The V-LAN VLXi GPI controller in shown in Figure 7-7. Table 7-2 lists
the V-LAN VLXi serial pin assignments. All outputs are open collector
type; they ßoat when off and connect to ground when on. Each output
can drive up to 100 mA with an operating voltage range of up to 30 V.
The parallel port uses standard parallel pin assignment. See the
documentation that come with the V-LAN VLXi.
Composite
Avid Media Processor
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
To serial port 2 (modem port)
To VLXi transmitter serial input
V-LAN VLXi GPI
Customer-supplied 9-pin serial port
cable to external devices
(see Table 7-2 for pin assignments)
Figure 7-7
Customer-supplied 37-pin parallel port
cable to external devices
V-LAN VLXi GPI Connections
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Table 7-2
V-LAN VLXi Serial Pin Assignments
VLXi Pin
Function
1
Shield/ground
2
Receive A(Ð)
3
Transmit B(+)
4
Transmit common/ground
5
Not used
6
Receive common/ground
7
Receive B(+)
8
Transmit A(Ð)
9
Shield/ground
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CHAPTER 8
Audio Connections
All Avid DNG systems include a four-channel audio interface or the
optional Avid eight-channel audio interface attached to a Pro Tools
audio board and Video Slave Driver. This chapter provides audio
hardware information for each system.
NewsCutter Ð The system includes an audio ampliÞer and two speakers or the optional, rack-mountable speaker/ampliÞer combination.
Single-Channel AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter Combination Ð An audio ampliÞer and two speakers or a rack-mountable
speaker/ampliÞer unit are optional. Avid recommends synchronizing
AirPlay MP systems to the Society of Motion Picture and Television
Engineers/European Broadcast Union (SMPTE/EBU) master clock
system for accurate start times.
Multichannel AirPlay MP Ð An audio interface and Video Slave
Driver are connected to the Pro Tools board for each channel. An audio
ampliÞer and two speakers or a rack-mountable speaker/ampliÞer
combination are optional for each record and playback channel, but
not for the control channel. Avid recommends synchronizing
AirPlay MP systems to an SMPTE/EBU master clock system driver for
accurate start times.
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See Chapter 5 for information about installing the Pro Tools audio board.
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About Audio Hardware
Avid systems includes the following three devices for sampling,
recording, and playing audio:
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Audio interface
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Pro Tools board
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Video Slave Driver
The audio interface, which is connected to the Pro Tools board, converts analog or Audio Engineering Society/European Broadcast
Union (AES/EBU) digital audio (for example, audio from a videotape
or CD) to and from digital audio for the Pro Tools board.
The audio interface is connected to the Video Slave Driver and a black
burst generator reference signal which locks audio and video sampling together to keep video and audio synchronized. The audio interface is usually connected to an ampliÞer with speakers or a rackmountable speaker/ampliÞer unit for monitoring audio during
recording and playback.
Four-Channel Audio Interface
The standard four-channel audio interface has connectors for four
channels of analog audio input and four channels of output, which is
the maximum number of channels supported by Avid DNG systems.
Connectors are also provided for one input and one output channel of
AES/EBU digital audio.
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Eight-Channel Audio Interface
The Avid eight-channel audio interface is optional hardware that provides connectors for eight channels of analog audio input and eight
channels of output with high-resolution 15-segment LED output
metering. Note that Avid DNG systems accept up to four channels of
input and output.
The unit also provides four AES/EBU-format digital audio input
channels and four output channels.
Connecting Audio
Figure 8-1 and Figure 8-2 show how to connect the Pro Tools hardware
(that is, the audio interface and Video Slave Driver, which process up
to four channels of analog audio input and output) and an ampliÞer
with speakers.
After completing any audio hardware installation, changes, or maintenance, you must conÞgure the audio software and adjust the Pro Tools
settings.
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Disconnect the deckÕs audio input while recording and editing to
prevent feedback. When creating digital cuts, reconnect the audio
input and disconnect the audio output. Or, turn the input record levels on the deck down when recording into the Avid system and editing. Then readjust the levels when creating a digital cut.
Connecting Digital Audio
An optional digital audio device can be connected to the audio interface. Figure 8-1 shows the four-channel connections. Figure 8-2 shows
the eight-channel connections.
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Connect digital audio input only if a valid, uninterrupted digital
signal is available for the system. If digital audio input is disrupted,
system errors occur.
Digital audio devices that use 48 kHz sample rates can be connected.
¥
AES/EBU is a format used with professional digital audio equipment.
¥
Some digital audio tapes (DATs) use a Sony/Phillips Digital interface (S/PDIF) format found in consumer digital audio equipment.
Connecting to a Master Clock
If you are using AirPlay MP, Avid strongly recommends synchronizing the Avid Media Processor clock to the house master clock (SMPTE
for NTSC, and EBU for PAL) for accurate start times. The house master
clock can be connected to either the Ch4 audio input or the Timecode
In connector on the broadcast panel, but not both. This timecode is
used throughout the DNG system.
When the fourth audio channel input is used for the timecode, only
three channels of audio input are available, even if using the eightchannel audio interface.
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If you connect a master clock driver to the four-channel audio interface, only
three audio input channels remain.
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Speaker wire shipped with speaker and amplifier
(Amplifier and speakers are optional for Media Recorder.)
AB amplifier (Hafler is an alternative)
BAL
1
BAL
UNBAL
CH
2 HI
3 LO
1 GND
LIFT
UNBAL
MONO
2
NORM
CH TWO
CH ONE
GND
To Ch1/Ch2 audio input
Left speaker
4 x 4 audio harness cable
Phono (RCA) jack for
S/PDIF input and output
To Ch1/Ch2 audio input on
deck or other
audio destination
Balanced, three-conductor
XLR jacks for AES/EBU
input and output
Right speaker
Customer-supplied
cables
To analog Ch1/Ch2 audio output
(Ch3/Ch4 optional)
ANALOG OUTPUT
Four-channel audio interface
CH4
CH3
CH2
SLAVE CLOCK
ANALOG INPUT
CH1
CH4
CH3
CH2
CH1
AUDIO CARD
In
Out
S/PDIF
In
AES/EBU
Out
In
Out
To audio data port
To analog Ch1/Ch2 audio input
(Ch3/Ch4 optional)
Data cable (shipped with audio interface)
Customer-supplied cables
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
To deck or other audio source
Keyboard
Remote
Avid Media Processor
Figure 8-1
GPI
To Pro Tools
audio board
Audio Input and Output Using the Four-Channel
Audio Interface, AB Amplifier, and Speakers
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Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
To Pro Tools
audio board
GPI
Avid Media Processor
Data cable
(shipped with
audio board)
Balanced male XLR connectors for
analog Ch1-Ch4 audio output
to deck or other audio destination
Balanced female XLR connectors for
analog Ch1-Ch4 audio input
from deck or other audio source
Balanced, three-conductor
XLR jacks for Ch1/2 and Ch3/4
AES/EBU digital output and input
Not used:
Do not connect
peripherals to this port.
To audio data port
Computer 1
Computer 2
7
8
5
3
ANALOG OUTPUT
6
4
1
7
2
8
5
3
ANALOG INPUT
6
4
1
2
5/6
1/2
AES/EBU OUTPUT
7/8
3/4
5/6
1/2
AES/EBU INPUT
7/8
3/4
8 CH Mode
2 x 4 CH Mode
S/PDIF S/PDIF
IN
OUT
SLAVE CLOCK SLAVE CLOCK
IN
OUT
Eight-channel audio interface
Set button to out position (2x4Ch Mode).
Two unbalanced, two-conductor phono (RCA)
jacks for S/PDIF digital input/output
Figure 8-2
Audio Input and Output Using the Optional EightChannel Audio Interface
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Connecting a Reference Signal
All Avid DNG systems require a video reference signal from a black
burst generator or the house black reference signal (see
Figure 8-3). The reference signal connects to the Video Slave Driver
and Avid Media Processor, as well as any deck and V-LAN VLXi that
are part of the system. The Video Slave Driver then uses the slave
clock signal to synchronize the audio interface.
All cables are customer-supplied
Video source deck
To video reference input
To analog reference input
Black burst generator
or house reference video source
BB1
BB2
BB3
To black burst
connectors
COMPOSITE
Y
R-Y
B-Y
COMPOSITE
Y
R-Y
B-Y
SERIAL
PORTS
INPUT
4
3
OUTPUT
2
TIME CODE IN
ANALOG
REF IN
1
UI MONITOR
VIDEO FORMAT
NTSC
VIDEO INPUT
PAL
SYNC SOURCE
VIDEO
WORLD CLOCK
INPUT
SLAVE CLOCK
OUTPUT
WORLD CLOCK
OUTPUT
WORLD
CLOCK
To slave clock output
To slave clock input
Terminator
Audio interface
ANALOG OUTPUT
CH4
CH3
CH2
SLAVE CLOCK
ANALOG INPUT
CH1
CH4
CH3
CH2
CH1
AUDIO CARD
In
Out
S/PDIF
In
Out
AES/EBU
In
Out
To reference
Terminator
V-LAN VLXi
SERIAL
PARALLEL
REF
SERIAL A
TIMECODE A
IN OUT
SERIAL B
TIMECODE B
IN OUT
LAN
CF
AC
VLX TRANSMITTER
Figure 8-3
VLX 2R DUAL RECEIVER
Reference Signal
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REMOTE
GPI
Avid Media Processor
BNC T Connector
To Video Sync Input
Video Slave Driver
KEYBOARD
Configuring Audio
Once the audio components are connected, use the following sections
to conÞgure the audio hardware. The hardware only needs to be conÞgured the Þrst time you run the system.
Configuring the Four-Channel Audio Interface
If your system has the standard four-channel audio interface, use the
Pro Tools software to conÞgure your audio hardware the Þrst time you
run your system. If your system has the eight-channel audio interface,
see ÒConÞguring the Avid Eight-Channel Audio InterfaceÓ on
page 133.
1. Double-click on your Utilities folder to open it. This folder is
located on the Avid system drive.
2. Double-click the Pro Tools Setup icon.
The following dialog box opens.
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3. ConÞgure the dialog box so it looks like the previous example.
a. Choose the Card slot number that is being used for your system. Only the slot with the audio interface board will be
detected.
b. Choose 48000 for the Sample Rate. DNG systems only support
a sample rate of 48000.
4. If you are using Digital audio inputs, change the Ch 1, 2 Input to
Digital, the Digital Format to S/PDIF, and the Sync Mode to Digital.
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Choose Digital audio input only if a valid, uninterrupted digital signal is available for the system. If digital audio input is disrupted,
system errors occur.
5. Click Recalibrate Inputs, then click OK.
Configuring the Avid Eight-Channel Audio Interface
If your system has an Avid eight-channel audio interface, use the
Hardware Setup software to conÞgure your audio hardware the Þrst
time you run the system. If the system has the four-channel audio
interface, see ÒConÞguring the Four-Channel Audio InterfaceÓ on
page 132.
1. Double-click on your Utilities folder to open it. This folder is
located on the Avid system drive.
2. Double-click the Hardware Setup icon.
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The following dialog box opens.
3. Select 442 Card as the Card Type.
4. ConÞgure the dialog box so it looks like the previous example.
However, choose the Card slot number that is being used for your
system.
a. Choose 888 I/O as the Peripheral.
b. Choose 48000 as the Sample Rate.
c. Choose the appropriate Sync Mode:
Internal Ð Sets the clock and timing for the sample rate internally. When using black burst as a reference signal for your
source decks and a Video Slave Driver (which is the standard
setup), set the Sync Mode to Internal.
Digital Ð When using a source deck that provides a digital
word-clock signal that is wired to a Video Slave Driver, set the
Sync Mode to Digital.
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d. Choose a digital format:
Audio Engineering Society/European Broadcast Union (AES/
EBU)
(Sony/Phillips Digital Interface Format (S/PDIF)
e. Choose the appropriate Ch 1, 2 Input:
Analog Ð If using analog inputs, choose Analog.
Digital Ð If using digital audio inputs, change the Ch 1, 2 Input
to Digital, the Digital Format to S/PDIF, and the Sync Mode to
Digital.
-If you are using four digital inputs, click the Other Options
button. The following dialog box opens.
-Click to select Digital as the input for Ch 1-2 and Ch 3-4.
-Click Done.
5. Click OK.
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CHAPTER 9
Storage Drive Connections
This chapter supplies information on connecting external storage
drives to Avid systems. All the storage drives described in this chapter
connect to the ATTO SiliconExpress SCSI boards.
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Chapter 5 provides instructions for installing ATTO SiliconExpress boards.
SpeciÞc devices for Avid systems are listed as follows.
NewsCutter and Media Recorder Ð Attach MediaDrives, one or two
MRS enclosures, and MediaDocks. Chapter 1 provides a complete list
of NewsCutter and Media Recorder options.
Single-Channel AirPlay MP and AirPlay MP/NewsCutter
Combination Ð Attach one or two MRS enclosures, multiple MRS
enclosures with storage expanders, MediaDocks, or RAID. Chapter 2
provides a complete list of Single-Channel AirPlay MP and
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter options.
Multichannel AirPlay MP Ð Each channel of multichannel
AirPlay MP systems has two SiliconExpress boards. One board
connects to the local buffer drives; the other board connects to the
shared library of storage drives.
Buffer drives can be MediaDocks, one or two MRS enclosures, or
multiple MRS enclosures with storage expanders.
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Shared libraries use an Avid MediaShareª with MediaDocks, one or
two MRS enclosures, multiple MRS enclosures with storage
expanders, or RAID. Chapter 3 provides a complete list of
multichannel AirPlay MP options.
About Storage Drives
Avid systems include an Avid drive and MediaDrives. The Avid drive,
or startup drive, is a hard disk drive installed inside the Avid Media
Processor. It stores the software that is required to start and run the
system.
MediaDrives store digital video and audio and are connected to the
Avid Media Processor via a SiliconExpress board, a storage processor
board installed in the Avid Media Processor. This chapter explains
how to install the external MediaDrives.
External MediaDrive
AVID
4GB
Avid Media Processor
contains internal system drive
two internal MediaDrives are optional
MRS enclosure
contains up to four media drives
D0
D1
D3
D2
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MediaDock rack-mounted (as shown) or
positioned upright
contains up to eight 3.5-in or
four 5.25-inch drives
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Avid Internal and External Media Drives
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Media Storage Drive Options
Media storage drive options include:
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Multidrive rack-mountable storage (MRS)
Each rack-mounted enclosure can contain as many as four drives.
¥
Multiple MRS enclosures with storage expanders
Some of the MRS enclosures include storage expanders, which
make it possible to connect more drives to the system.
¥
Redundant arrays of independent drives (RAID)
Each RAID enclosure includes media storage drives and a backup
drive for restoring lost media.
¥
MediaDrives
Individual Þxed drives (MediaDrives) can be linked together in
chains, then connected to the system to provide more storage.
¥
MediaDock
This rack-mountable chassis provides slots for up to eight
removable drives.
Buffer Drives and Shared Library
Multichannel AirPlay MP systems include buffer storage drives
connected directly to each channel and a single, central shared library
of storage drives linked to all the channels via a SCSI network.
When a channel records new material, the digital video is stored on
the buffer drives for the channel. The system automatically uploads
the material to the shared library of storage drives. The system
automatically downloads the material from the shared library to the
playback channelÕs buffer from which it is played.
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Understanding SCSI Hardware
This section provides background information about the hardware
used to connect storage drives to the system. Information on hardware
preparation is included.
See ÒConnecting Storage DrivesÓ on page 151 for step-by-step
storage drive installation instructions.
Drive Configurations
Up to seven SCSI devices can be connected to a SiliconExpress IV
single-ended board. You can connect one MRS enclosure containing
four drives and a second MRS enclosure containing three additional
drives. The drives have SCSI IDs ranging from 0 to 6. Procedures are
provided later in this chapter.
Storage Expander Configurations
Storage expanders provide additional drive connections using
SiliconExpress 4D boards. Although each storage expander can be
linked to as many as seven drives, the system considers each storage
expander to be a single SCSI device. For example, chain two storage
expanders together and link them to a SiliconExpress 4D board, then
connect seven drives to each storage expander for a total of 14 drives.
Systems that include storage expanders require both differential and
single-ended SCSI hardware. Differential hardware links the storage
expanders to a SiliconExpress 4D board. Single-ended hardware links
the storage drives to each storage expander.
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However, knowing which hardware to use is complicated because
each storage expander could be installed inside an MRS enclosure,
which also contains MediaDrives. An MRS enclosure that includes a
storage expander can also be connected to an enclosure that contains
only drives.
See ÒConnecting MRS Enclosures with Storage ExpandersÓ on
page 154 for procedures.
Multichannel Storage Configurations
Multichannel AirPlay MP systems include buffer storage drives
connected directly to each channel and a central shared library of
storage drives linked to all the channels via a SCSI network.
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The basic drive-sharing architecture is illustrated in Figure 9-2.
Shared library of storage drives
SCSI network
Playback channel
Playback channel
Local drive
Figure 9-2
Playback/record
channel
Local drive
Local drive
Control channel
Local drive
Multichannel AirPlay MP SCSI Network for Sharing
Drives
When a channel records new material, the digitized video is stored on
the buffer drives for the channel. The system uploads the material to
the shared library of storage drives.
When a channel plays material, the system downloads the material
from the shared library to the playback channelÕs buffer. Each
playback channel examines its active playlist and determines the next
several events it needs to play. It then uses the time when it is not
playing to download the required events from the shared library to its
buffer. Because the system needs to download material for playback,
you cannot play back from a channel continuously for 24 hours.
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Although you can play events directly from the central shared library,
normally events are downloaded to local storage buffers for playback.
Using buffers with a shared library increases the reliability of the
system. When each channel plays material from its own buffer drives,
the demands placed on the shared library are reduced, the same event
can play on multiple playback channels, and there is no single point of
failure.
In the multichannel drive-sharing system, the Avid Media Processor
for each channel includes two SiliconExpress boards. One board is
connected to the buffer drives for the channel. The other board is
connected to the SCSI network that links the channel to the shared
library of storage drives.
Only the record channel has write-access to the shared library of
storage drives. The record channel uses the write-access privileges to
transfer newly recorded material from the record buffer to the shared
library. All the other channels have read-only access, which they use to
download material from the shared library to their buffers for
playback.
Write protection is set up by mounting the storage drive volumes on
each channel as read-only or read/write, based on a Þle installed in
each channelÕs system folder and initialization software that runs on
each Avid Media Processor at startup. Each channel periodically
updates its view of the shared Þle system, so any changes posted by
one channel are available to all channels.
Single-Ended and Differential SCSI Connections
All drives are linked to the Avid Media Processor using SCSI. SCSI is a
high-speed data interface between the Avid Media Processor and
attached devices.
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Due to the high data transfer rates associated with digital audio and
video, Avid systems use wide, 68-pin SCSI connections to link the
Avid Media Processor to the media storage drives. There are two types
of wide SCSI connections:
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Single-ended SCSI
For linking fewer storage devices close to the Avid Media
Processor.
¥
Differential SCSI
For linking storage devices farther away from the Avid Media
Processor, using storage expanders for connecting more storage
devices, and for higher data rates.
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Single-ended and differential SCSI are incompatible with each
other. Mixing the two interfaces can seriously damage any or all
connected devices due to electrical and cabling incompatibilities.
A single-ended SCSI bus complements each data line with a ground
path connection, so for every line that passes information between the
host and a device, there is one connector that is always at ground
potential.
In contrast, a differential bus has no data ground lines. Instead, each
signal line is complemented by a negative data line. When a signal line
goes high, its complement goes low, and vice versa.
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Single-ended and differential SCSI devices must be attached to the
correct type of single-ended or differential SCSI board. Failure to
install the hardware correctly could cause the system to fail or could
damage the connected devices.
The differences between the two types of SCSI hardware are explained
in the following sections. The installation instructions at the end of this
chapter specify the hardware to use for the storage option.
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ATTO SiliconExpress Boards
All media storage devices are connected to the Avid Media Processor
via a SiliconExpress board installed in the Avid Media Processor.
When the system is recording and playing video, the SiliconExpress
board provides a fast SCSI connection for transferring digital media
between the Avid Media Processor and each storage device.
Avid Media Processors can include one or two, single-ended or
differential SiliconExpress boards. All SiliconExpress IV boards have
68-pin connectors. The differences between the single-ended and
differential versions of the board are shown in Figure 9-3.
Side view
Single-ended 68-pin SCSI connector
with female jackscrews.
(SiliconExpress IV board)
Figure 9-3
Side view
Differential 68-pin SCSI connector
with male jackscrews.
(SiliconExpress 4D board)
Identifying Single-ended and Differential
SiliconExpress Boards
SCSI Cables
Each storage device is connected to a SiliconExpress board using the
appropriate single-ended or differential SCSI cables, connectors, and
terminators.
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Figure 9-4 shows the mating single-ended or differential SCSI cables
for the connectors shown in Figure 9-3.
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Use the appropriate single-ended or differential SCSI cables
specially designed and supplied by Avid. Terminate the system as
described in ÒSCSI TerminatorsÓ on page 147.
Differential cable
(female jackscrews)
Single-ended cable
(has male jackscrews)
Figure 9-4
Single-ended and Differential SCSI Cables
SCSI Connectors
Some systems include only one media storage device connected to the
SiliconExpress board. One end of a SCSI cable plugs into the board
and the other end plugs into a SCSI connector at the back of the
storage device.
Most systems include multiple storage devices. SCSI cables connect
the devices in a chain by linking the SCSI connector at the back of the
Þrst device to a SCSI connector at the back of the second device, and so
on. Then the chain is attached to the SiliconExpress board.
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Figure 9-5 shows the location of the SCSI connectors on the MRS
enclosures. Figure 9-6 shows the location of the SCSI connectors on the
Þxed and removable drive chassis. Figure 9-7 shows the location of the
SCSI connectors on the MediaDock chassis.
MRS with single-ended connectors only
Single-ended 68-pin SCSI connectors
with female jackscrews
MRS with single-ended and differential connectors
(includes storage expanders)
Differential 68-pin SCSI connectors
with male jackscrews
Single-ended 68-pin SCSI connectors
with female jackscrews
Figure 9-5
Single-ended and Differential SCSI Connectors on
MRS Enclosures
Single-ended 50-pin SCSI connectors with bail-latches
or high density 68-pin SCSI connectors
+
5
MediaDrive
Figure 9-6
Single-ended SCSI Connectors on External
MediaDrives
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MediaDock Unit
GPI failure and reset port
SCSI bus A (IN) connector
SCSI Bus A (OUT)
SCSI Bus A (IN)
SCSI bus A (OUT) connector
SCSI Bus B (IN)
SCSI Bus B (OUT)
SCSI bus B (IN) connector
SCSI bus B(OUT) connector
68-pin high density SCSI connectors
Figure 9-7
SCSI Connectors on the MediaDock
SCSI Terminators
After the storage devices are connected to the system, one or more
terminators are used to terminate each SCSI chain. Terminators ensure
the proper transmission of data to and from the Avid Media Processor
and each connected device. Figure 9-8 shows the types of terminators.
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50-pin narrow terminator
Single-ended terminator
(purple, gray, or blue with male jackscrews)
Figure 9-8
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Differential terminator
(red with female jackscrews)
SCSI Terminators
The MediaDock ships with an Avid ultra, wide 68-pin (blue) terminator.
Terminate the SCSI bus B (OUT) connector on the rear of the
MediaDock chassis (see Figure 9-9) when the MediaDock is conÞgured
as a single bus conÞguration. When the MediaDock is conÞgured as a
dual-bus conÞguration, terminate both the SCSI bus A and B (OUT)
connectors on the rear of the MediaDock chassis.
SCSI bus A (IN) connector
SCSI Bus A (OUT)
SCSI Bus A (IN)
SCSI bus A (OUT) connector
SCSI Bus B (IN)
SCSI Bus B (OUT)
SCSI bus B (IN) connector
Figure 9-9
SCSI bus B(OUT) connector
Terminating the MediaDock Chassis
SCSI IDs
The Avid Media Processor identiÞes each storage device using its SCSI
identiÞcation number (ID). Set the SCSI ID for each device when
installing it or when changing the SCSI device conÞgurations.
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SCSI IDs for AirPlay MP systems are set at the factory before they are
shipped.
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Each device connected to a SiliconExpress board must have a unique
SCSI ID that is in the acceptable range for the storage system option.
Failure to set the IDs according to the speciÞcations for the storage
option could damage the drives.
Figure 9-10 shows the SCSI ID display locations on the back of the
MRS enclosures. Figure 9-11 shows the SCSI ID locations on the back
of the external MediaDrive. Press where indicated in the Þgures to set
the IDs for each device. See ÒConnecting Storage DrivesÓ on page 151
when connecting the devices.
Press to decrease the SCSI ID.
MRS
1 2 3 4
Press to increase the SCSI ID.
Display showing IDs for four drives
Press to decrease
the SCSI ID.
MRS with storage expander
1
0 1 2
Press to increase
the SCSI ID.
Drive IDs
Storage expander ID
Figure 9-10 Setting SCSI IDs on MRS Enclosures
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Decreases the ID
Press these
switches to
change the
SCSI ID.
5
Increases the ID
+
5
Figure 9-11 Setting SCSI IDs on MediaDrives
The MediaDock control panel displays two numbers, one on either
side of a colon. The number on the left represents the selected slot
location or terminator position; the number on the right is the slotÕs
SCSI ID assignment or internal terminator status.
Selected slot
Assigned SCSI ID
SC
SI
ID
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ts
Slo
Ac
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Wi
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Pw
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Slot button
SCSI ID button
Figure 9-12 Setting SCSI IDs on the MediaDock Chassis
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To assign SCSI bus ID numbers to the devices on the system:
1. Press and hold the Slot button for 5 seconds.
This activates Set Mode and the colon in the center of the digital
readout ßashes.
2. Press the Slot button repeatedly until the left digit of the readout
displays the target slot location.
3. Press the SCSI ID button repeatedly until the right digit of the
readout displays the SCSI ID number you want to assign to the
bay.
Connecting Storage Drives
The following sections provide procedures with diagrams for
connecting storage drives to Avid systems.
Connecting One MRS Enclosure
This procedure describes how to connect a single MRS enclosure to a
channel to provide local or buffer storage. Figure 9-13 shows a
diagram of the connections. To install a single MRS enclosure:
1. Use a 68- to 68-pin single-ended SCSI cable to connect the Avid
Media Processor to an MRS enclosure.
a. Plug one end of the cable into a single-ended SCSI connector
on the Avid Media Processor.
b. Plug the other end of the cable into a single-ended SCSI port
on an MRS.
c
Use only Þngers to tighten the jack screws on the cable connectors.
Excess torque can damage the screw socket.
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2. Set the SCSI ID for each drive in the MRS to a unique number from
0-6, inclusive.
3. Plug a single-ended terminator into the available SCSI port on the
MRS.
Avid Media Processor
Single-ended wide
SCSI terminator
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
Single-ended cable
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
0
3
1
2
Drive
GPI
SCSI ID
To SiliconExpress IV sIngle-ended board
MRS
Figure 9-13 Installing One MRS Enclosure
Connecting Two MRS Enclosures
This procedure describes how to connect two MRS enclosures to a
channel to provide local or buffer storage. Figure 9-14 shows a
diagram of the connections.
c
When connecting two MRS enclosures to the system, make sure that
the enclosures contain a total of no more than seven drives. The
MRS enclosures connect to the Avid system using single-ended
SCSI connectors.
To install two MRS enclosures:
1. Use a 68- to 68-pin single-ended SCSI cable to connect the Avid
Media Processor to an MRS enclosure that contains four drives:
a. Plug one end of the cable into a single-ended SCSI connector
on the Avid Media Processor.
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b. Plug the other end of the cable into a single-ended SCSI port
on the MRS.
c
Use only Þngers to tighten the jack screws on the cable connectors.
Excess torque can damage the screw socket.
2. Use a 12-inch 68- to 68-pin single-ended SCSI cable to connect the
Þrst MRS to a second MRS that includes no more than three
drives:
a. Plug one end of the cable into the remaining single-ended
SCSI port on the Þrst MRS.
b. Plug the other end into a single-ended SCSI port on the second
MRS.
3. Set the SCSI ID for each drive in the MRS enclosures to a unique
number from 0-6, inclusive.
4. Plug a single-ended terminator into the available SCSI port on the
second MRS.
Avid Media Processor
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
To SiliconExpress IV sIngle-ended board
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
Single-ended wide
SCSI terminator
Single-ended cable
SIngle-ended cable
Drive
0
3
4
SCSI ID
1
2
5
6
MRS
MRS
Figure 9-14 Cables, SCSI IDs, and Terminator for Two MRS
Enclosures
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Connecting MRS Enclosures with Storage Expanders
This procedure describes how to connect two MRS enclosures that
include storage expanders to a channel to provide local or buffer
storage. Figure 9-15 shows a diagram of the connections.
To install MRS enclosures with storage expanders:
1. Use a 68- to 68-pin differential SCSI cable to connect the Avid
Media Processor to an MRS that includes a storage expander and
three drives:
a. Plug one end of the cable into a differential SCSI connector on
the Avid Media Processor.
b. Plug the other end into a differential SCSI port on the MRS
that includes a storage expander.
2. Use 68- to 68-pin differential SCSI cables to connect each
remaining MRS enclosure that includes a storage expander:
a. Plug one end of a differential cable into a differential SCSI
connector on the back of the previously installed MRS that has
a storage expander.
b. Plug the other end of the cable into a differential SCSI
connector on the back of the next MRS that has a storage
expander.
c. Repeat steps a and b, using additional differential cables to
connect the second MRS that has a storage expander to the
third, the third to the fourth, and so on.
c
Connect no more than two MRS enclosures that contain storage
expanders.
3. Use a 68- to 68-pin single-ended SCSI cable to connect each MRS
that has a storage expander to an MRS that contains only drives.
a. Plug one end of the cable into a single-ended SCSI port on an
MRS that includes a storage expander.
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b. Plug the other end of the cable into a SCSI port on an MRS that
does not include a storage expander.
c
An MRS that includes a storage expander and an attached MRS that
includes only drives can enclose a total of no more than seven
drives.
4. Set the SCSI ID for each drive and storage expander:
a. Set the SCSI ID for each storage expander to a unique number
from 0-6, inclusive.
b. Set the SCSI ID for each drive connected to a particular storage
expander to a unique number from 0-6, inclusive.
5. Terminate the storage devices:
a. Plug a differential terminator into the available differential
SCSI connector on the back of the last MRS that contains a
storage expander.
b. Plug a single-ended terminator into the available single-ended
SCSI connector on the back of each MRS that does not contain
storage expanders.
c
No more than fourteen 9-GB drives can be connected.
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Avid Media Processor
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
Output
Differential connector
Single-ended connector
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
To SiliconExpress 4D board
Differential cable
Differential terminator
or
Differential cable to attach another MRS
with a storage expander
Differential cable
Storage
Expander
SCSI0ID 0
SCSI
LUN ID 0
Storage
Expander
SCSI
LUN ID 2
SCSI1ID 1
SCSI
LUN ID 0
SCSI
LUN ID 1
SCSI
LUN ID 2
SCSI
LUN ID 1
MRS with a storage expander
MRS with a storage expander
Single-ended wide
SCSI terminator
Single-ended wide
SCSI terminator
Single-ended cable
Single-ended cable
SCSI
LUN ID 3
SCSI
LUN ID 6
SCSI
LUN ID 3
SCSI
LUN ID 6
SCSI
LUN ID 4
SCSI
LUN ID 5
SCSI
LUN ID 4
SCSI
LUN ID 5
MRS
MRS
Figure 9-15 Cables, SCSI IDs, and Terminators for MRS with
Storage Expanders
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Connecting SCSI RAID Units
Use the following procedure in conjunction with the RAID
documentation that comes with the RAID units. This procedure
summarizes connecting differential SCSI units to Avid systems.
Additional server information can be found in Chapter 11.
1. Use a 68- to 68-pin differential SCSI cable to connect a RAID unit
to the Avid Media Processor:
a. Plug one end of the cable into a differential SCSI connector on
the Avid Media Processor.
b. Plug the other end into a differential SCSI connector on the
back of the RAID unit.
2. Connect any additional RAID units to the Þrst using 68- to 68-pin
differential SCSI cables:
a. Plug one end of a cable into the remaining differential SCSI
connector on the back of the Þrst RAID unit.
b. Plug the other end of the cable into a differential SCSI
connector on the back of the next RAID unit.
c. Repeat steps a and b by using additional differential SCSI
cables to connect the Þrst RAID unit to a second RAID unit,
the second to a third, and so on.
c
No more than seven SCSI RAID units can be connected per SCSI
board.
3. Set the SCSI ID for each drive to a unique number from 0-6,
inclusive.
Set the RAID controller SCSI ID using the control panel as
described in the user manual supplied with the RAID hardware.
4. Plug a differential terminator into the available differential SCSI
connector on the back of the last RAID unit in the chain.
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Connecting 9-GB MediaDrives
The following procedure applies when connecting Þxed and
removable drive chassis to a system.
c
Failure to install storage devices correctly can prevent the system
from starting or operating successfully. Use only Avid-supplied
cables for optimal performance.
Use up to seven drives. A chassis includes two drives.
1. Use a 68- to 68-pin single-ended SCSI cable to attach a MediaDrive
to the Avid Media Processor:
a. Plug one end of the cable into a single-ended SCSI connector
on the Avid Media Processor.
b. Plug the other end of the cable into one of the single-ended
SCSI connectors on the back of the MediaDrive.
Or to connect a chassis, use an ATTO-to-chassis cable:
a. Plug one end of the cable into a single-ended SCSI connector
on the Avid Media Processor.
b. Plug the other end of the cable into one of the single-ended
SCSI connectors on the back of the chassis.
2. Attach the remaining devices using a SCSI-to-SCSI cable between
drives, a SCSI-to-Chassis cable to connect a MediaDrive to a
chassis, and a Chassis-to-Chassis cable between chassis.
3. Set the SCSI ID on each drive to a unique number from 0-6,
inclusive.
4. Terminate only the last drive in the chain using a purple or blue
active MediaDrive or chassis terminator (see Figure 9-8).
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Connecting the MediaShare Library
The Avid MediaShare is a SCSI router that allows you to connect
several Avid video and audio systems to a shared group of storage
drives. MediaShare allows up to four editors to collaborate on projects
from separate workstations, or work on separate parts of the same
project concurrently. Figure 9-16 shows the location of the status
display and the button used for selecting display choices. The Avid
MediaShare Installation and UserÕs Guide provides detailed information
on MediaShare connections and operation.
Status display
Status display buttons
Figure 9-16 Avid MediaShare Display and Buttons
Connecting Systems to the MediaShare Unit
MediaShare units can only connect to Avid systems using differential
SCSI connections. If the system does not already have a
SiliconExpress 4D board, you must purchase one. Any external singleended or differential SCSI storage drives currently connected to the
system can be connected to the MediaShare unit.
To connect the Avid system to the MediaShare unit:
1. Remove any external SCSI storage currently connected to the Avid
Media Processor.
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2. If the system is using a single-ended SCSI adapter board, replace it
with a SiliconExpress 4D board (see Chapter 5 for information on
installing system boards).
3. Use a 68- to 68-pin differential SCSI cable to connect Avid system
to the Avid MediaShare:
a. Plug one end of the differential cable into a SiliconExpress 4D
board installed in the Avid Media Processor.
b. Plug the other end of the cable into a differential SCSI host
connector on the back of the MediaShare (see Figure 9-17).
Serial interface
for diagnostics
Power switch
SCSI host differential connectors (4)
AC power
connector
SCSI drive single-ended connectors (2)
SCSI drive differential connector (1)
Figure 9-17 Avid MediaShare Connectors and Power Switch
n
Internal MediaShare switch settings can reconÞgure the drive ports. See the
Avid MediaShare UserÕs Guide for more information.
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Connecting Storage Drives to the MediaShare Unit
If you disconnected any external single-ended or differential SCSI
storage drives from the Avid system, you can reconnect them to the
MediaShare unit. The drives connected in the following procedure will
become the shared library of storage drives.
To connect the shared library of storage drives to the Avid MediaShare
unit:
1. Connect the SCSI cable to the Avid MediaShare unit as follows:
a. If connecting a differential cable, plug one end of a 68- to 68pin differential cable into the differential connector on the
back of the MediaShare unit (see Figure 9-17).
b. If connecting a single-ended cable, plug one end of a 68- to 68pin single-ended cable into one of the single-ended connectors
on the back of the MediaShare unit (see Figure 9-17).
n
The other end of the cable might already be connected to the external storage
drives if you are reconnecting the drives that were connected to the Avid
system.
2. Connect the shared library to the Avid MediaShare following the
appropriate ÒConnecting Storage DrivesÓ on page 151. Use the
MediaShare unit shown in Figure 9-17 in place of the Avid Media
Processor in each Þgure.
Connecting the MediaDock
The MediaDock is a chassis that supports up to eight drives. The
drives plug into a backplane in the chassis. The backplane can be split
to support two independent SCSI buses; SCSI bus A and B. The SCSI
IDs for the installed drives are set and displayed on the MediaDock
control panel (see ÒSCSI IDsÓ on page 148).
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The MediaDock chassis can also be positioned on its side and rackmounted. The MediaDock unit is shown in Figure 9-18. See the Avid
MediaDock Setup and UserÕs Guide for the many possible storage
conÞgurations.
Avid MediaDock
Control panel
PO
WER
PO
1
WER
CO
2
OLI
TE
NG
RM
TE
BU
SA
RM
AC
BU
SB
TIVI
DEV
TY
SC
ICE
SI
ID
Slot 1
Slot 2
SCSI bus A
Slot 3
Slot 4
Slot 5
Slot 6
SCSI bus B
Slot 7
Slot 8
Figure 9-18 MediaDock Slots and SCSI Buses (Tower
Configuration)
Avid ships the MediaDock conÞgured for one SCSI bus. You can
reconÞgure the I/O extender board inside the MediaDock for a dualbus conÞguration (two independent SCSI buses). Access to the I/O
extender board is provided when the MediaDock SCSI connector
panel is removed.
In a dual-bus conÞguration, two different SCSI boards within one Avid
Media Processor, or two separate Avid Media Processors can be
connected to the same MediaDock. Information on conÞguring the
SCSI bus and connecting storage drives is provided in the Avid
MediaDock Setup and UserÕs Guide.
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Naming Drives
All Þxed and removable drives are formatted before they are delivered
to you. For some systems, the drives are given the name Media, so you
must give each drive a unique name the Þrst time you start the system.
When turning on the Avid system, each online Þxed and removable
drive should appear on the desktop.
c
Do not change the names of drives on the multichannel AirPlay MP
systems. The drives are given unique names during system
integration and testing. Changing the names of drives connected to
the Avid MediaShare confuses the system. If the name is accidently
changed, data can be lost. Alert the system administrator.
To name the drive:
1. Highlight the old drive name by dragging the cursor across it.
Media
2. Type a new name and press Return.
Media One
3. For removable drives:
a. First turn off the Avid system, then the hard drives in the
chassis.
b. Open the chassis, slide the drive out, and label it with the
assigned name so you can identify it later.
c. If you have another drive, insert it and turn on the chassis
Þrst, and then turn on the Avid system. Repeat steps 1
through 3.
n
To avoid confusion about which removable drive you are naming, start the
Avid Media Processor with a single drive in the chassis.
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CHAPTER 10
Multiple Channel
Connections
This chapter applies only to multichannel AirPlay MP systems. It
explains how to set up the record/engineering workstation by
connecting each playback and record channel to a video/keyboard
switch, which in turn is connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Single-Channel-With-Record AirPlay MP Ð This system includes
Ethernet but not the record/engineering workstation. (See Chapter 6
for information about connecting each channel to its own keyboard
and mouse, and Chapter 7 for information about connecting each
channel to its own monitor.)
Multichannel AirPlay MP Ð All channels are connected to Ethernet,
but only the record and playback channels are connected to the
record/engineering workstation. (See Chapter 6 for information about
connecting the control channel directly to its own keyboard, monitor,
and mouse.)
n
See Chapter 12 for information about installing the appropriate multichannel AirPlay MP software for using the Ethernet.
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About Connecting Channels
The individual channels in a multichannel AirPlay MP system are
connected using the record/engineering workstation and Ethernet.
Each playback and record channel is connected to the user interface
ADB switch. The user interface ADB switch then connects to the
monitor, keyboard, and mouse and is referred to as the record/
engineering workstation. In addition, an Ethernet hub connects each
Avid Media Processor in the system.
Record/Engineering Workstation
The record/engineering workstation consists of a UI monitor, a
keyboard, and mouse. These components connect to the user interface
ADB switch, which in turn connects to each record and playback
channel.
The record/engineering workstation provides control of one record or
playback channel at a time. The workstation can be used to record a
new program, play back a story, display the menu bar, bins, and
playlists for the selected channel without physically being at that
channel.
User Interface ADB Switch
The user interface ADB switch is a video/keyboard switch that lets
you choose the channel you want to control. After the Avid system is
fully installed and started, use the ADB switch to select the channel
you want to operate from the record/engineering workstation (see
Figure 10-1). For example, when you press button 1 on the ADB
switch, the record/engineering workstation monitor, keyboard, and
mouse will control channel 1 of the AirPlay MP system.
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VIDEO SWITCH
1
2
3
4
These buttons correspond to the channels connected on
the back of the switch.
Figure 10-1 User Interface ADB Switch (Front View)
The record/engineering monitor displays the selected channelÕs user
interface, including a command menu bar. You can use keyboard and
mouse controls to select channels. Select the channels by typing a
command or choosing them with the mouse from the menu bar
displayed on the monitor.
ADB Switch Jumpers
Avid sets the jumpers inside the user interface ADB switch before
shipping the equipment. These jumpers should not be changed. To
verify the jumpers, remove the cover screws located on the sides of the
ADB switch. The jumpers are located behind the channel connectors.
The jumpers are positioned on pins 2, 4, and 6 for each channel. The
jumpers are not numbered; when checking the jumper positions, count
them from the top to the bottom.
Connecting the ADB Switch
Connect only the record and playback channels to the user interface
ADB switch, not the control channel. To set up a single operatorÕs
position for the system, connect all the channels (including the control
channel) to the user interface ADB switch.
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Figure 10-2 shows how to connect the user interface ADB switch to the
channels in a multichannel AirPlay MP system.
Record/engineering monitor
To monitor
UI monitor cable
User interface ADB switch
4
3
2
1 C
Use C ports for the record/engineering
workstation.
To channel 1 monitor input port
Apple-design keyboard
with cable
Use ports 2 and 3 for
linking record and playback
channels 2 and 3.
Dongle with cable
connected to the
ADB port for channel 1
Mouse with
cable
UI monitor port to user
interface ADB switch cable
Avid Media Processor
for channel 1
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
Output
Keyboard port to ADB cable
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
To UI monitor port
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
To keyboard port
Figure 10-2 Connecting the Record/Engineering Workstation
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n
Trackballs and other input devices that were speciÞcally designed to work
with the Macintosh can be installed instead of a mouse.
After installing the multichannel AirPlay MP hardware, install the
multichannel AirPlay MP system software to link the channels and
activate the record/engineering workstation.
n
For multichannel AirPlay MP software installation instructions, see
Chapter 12.
Connecting Ethernet Channels
Ethernet transfers the control and database information between
channels. For example, when you use the control channel to schedule
and air playlists on several playback channels, the system controls the
process via Ethernet. If you record new material on the record channel,
the system uses Ethernet to update the shared database with the new
program data for the playback channels. New program data can
include clip names, marks, and source tapes for the program.
Figure 10-3 illustrates the Ethernet hub connections to each channel.
n
The Ethernet connections conform to IEEE 802.3 speciÞcations for 10Base-T
networks. Use standard, unshielded twisted pair (UTP) telephone cable for
the connections. Avid recommends Category 5 or better cable for external
connections.
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To the built-In Ethernet port on the back of the Avid Media Processor
(each channel labeled with this symbol)
An Asante FriendlyNet 10T
adapter for each channel
(appearance may vary)
Power indicator
Link integrity indicator
Ethernet 10T cables
(RJ45 telephone jacks on each end)
1
2
3
OUT
4
5
6
IN
Ethernet Hub
(appearance may vary)
Figure 10-3 Ethernet Connections
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8
CHAPTER 11
Client/Server Hardware
This chapter provides an overview of the AvidNet client/server
hardware components. It includes a description of each component
and instructions for performing some common procedures.
The server is not supplied by Avid. Your Avid representative can
provide you with a list of Avid certiÞed vendors. The ATM switches,
Ethernet hub, and MegaDrives are all components of a MediaServer.
Your NewsCutter, Media Recorder, or AirPlay MP workstations can all
be used as the clients for the MediaServer.
Hardware Overview
Table 11-1 lists the hardware components of the AvidNet client/server
system.
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Table 11-1
AvidNet Hardware
Item
Quantity
Purpose
Avid certiÞed server
1
Stores and manages bins and
media.
Windows NT¨ database
console
1
Console for running Informix¨
OnLine Dynamic Server software.
Sever programming
terminal
1
Interface to server OS and
switch.
Handles media data trafÞc
between clients and the server.
FORE Systems
ATM switches
ASX-200BX
1 or 2
ASX-1000 (alternative) 1
Cabletron SEHI-24
Intelligent Ethernet hub
1
RAID storage
Store media.
MegaDrive
6 arrays
Ciprico¨
2 arrays
10Base-T Transceiver
Handles bin and database trafÞc between clients and the
server.
1
Approximately 24 hours of
storage
Approximately 16 hours of
storage
Connects built-in Ethernet port
to Ethernet.
Asante FriendlyNet Mac- 1 per client
intosh adapter
Connects built-in Ethernet
interface to Ethernet cable.
Differential SCSI cable
Connects RAID storage to
server or another RAID units.
1 per RAID unit
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The switches, the Ethernet hub, and the RAID storage are rackmountable. Figure 11-1 shows a sample layout of the major
components.
RAID unit (MX/500™)
Server (CHALLENGE® XL)
Ethernet
hub
RCV
LNK
12 11 10 9 8
7 6
5 4
3
E
2 1 2
12 11 10 9 8
7 6
5 4
3
E
2 1 1
RCV
LNK
PWR
CPU
CLN
RESET
COM
RX1
C
RX1
TX1
RX1
A
TX1
RX1
TX1
TX1
RESET
ASX 200BX
ATM switches
ETH
RX1
C
A
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
AvidNet
SER
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
TX1
RESET
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
AvidNet
SER
ETH
RX1
RX1
RX1
RX1
RX1
D
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
B
TX1
TX1
TX1
TX1
TX1
PWR
NEXT SELECT
RX1
RX1
RX1
RX1
RX1
D
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
B
TX1
TX1
TX1
TX1
TX1
PWR
NEXT SELECT
Power
sequencer
Customer-supplied Windows NT
database console
Drive module
Figure 11-1 Sample CHALLENGE XL Layout
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Control
panel
Servers
The server stores and plays back media at the request of clients. The
Silicon Graphics CHALLENGE DM and XL servers are the only two
Avid certiÞed servers. For operating and hardware information, see
the documentation that is provided with the server.
Figure 11-2 shows the CHALLENGE DM server hardware.
System
controller
I/O panel
Figure 11-2 CHALLENGE DM Server
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Figure 11-3 shows the front of the CHALLENGE XL server hardware.
Blower access door
Cardcage 1
System controller
SCSI box
Offline switches
(power supplies)
Power switch
Fault
LED
Power
LED
Figure 11-3 CHALLENGE XL Server
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Database Console
The customer is responsible for supplying a database console
computer with a Windows NT operating system. This console
computer requires the components speciÞed in Table 11-2.
Table 11-2
Database Console Requirements
Component
SpeciÞcation
Processor
Intel ¨ Pentium ¨ Pro; 200 MHz.
Memory
128-MB; internal system memory.
Hard drive
4-GB intelligent device electronics (IDE) hard
drive with NTFS format; primary drive that
contains the operating system and 3 GB of
database information.
Diskette drive
3.5-inch diskette drive; reads and writes to
1.44-MB diskettes. The Avid database installation
is distributed on diskette.
CD-ROM reader
Any CD-ROM reader: required for loading
software. The On-Line Dynamic Server is
distributed on CD.
SCSI accelerator
board
Any SCSI board; required for connected SCSI hard
drive and tape drive.
SCSI hard drive
3-GB SCSI hard drive; this is a database mirror
drive. The drive must be formatted as NTFS. Avid
recommends using separate drive controllers for
the primary and mirror database drives.
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Table 11-2
Database Console Requirements (Continued)
Component
SpeciÞcation
SCSI tape drives
Two Windows NT compatible, SCSI tape drives;
these tape drives must be able to work simultaneously with each other. Both connect to the SCSI
accelerator board and are used to back up the
database.
A minimum of four compatible tapes are required.
The total number of tapes depends on the
database size.
Network board
TCP/IP compatible network board; required for
network and server connections.
Modem
28,000 bps or greater modem.
Monitor
Compatible monitor for console computer;
required for viewing the database console
information.
Operating system Windows NT Workstation version 4.0.
Server software
Informix DB server software; ÒOn-Line Dynamic
ServerÓ version 7.2.2 or later. Do not use ÒOn-Line
Dynamic Server for Workgroups.Ó
Remote software
Timbuktu ¨ Pro for Windows software; version 4.1
or later (supports Windows NT).
ATM Switches
The ATM switches transfer media data between clients and the server.
Most AvidNet client/server conÞgurations use one ASX 1000 ATM
switch or two ASX 200BX switches. The ASX 1000 ATM switch is over
three times the size and functionality of the ASX 200BX. Figure 11-4
identiÞes the ASX 200BX switch parts.
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OC3 ports
Network interface module
Dual power supply switches
C
RX1
RX1
RX1
RX1
RX1
RX1
RX1
RX1
D
A
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
TX1
RX1
B
TX1
TX1
TX1
TX1
TX1
TX1
TX1
TX1
RESET
AvidNet
SER
Switch control
processor (SCP) module
ETH
PWR
NEXT SELECT
Ethernet port
Display LED
Port status LEDs
Figure 11-4 ASX 200BX Switch
Network Modules
A typical ATM switch may contain up to four network modules.
Network modules are swappable units containing the physical input/
output connections to the switch. AvidNet client/server systems use
ports with SC-style connectors. For detailed information about the
ATM switches, consult the ForeRunner ASX-200BX/ASX-200BX ATM
Switch UserÕs Manual or ForeRunner ASX-1000 ATM Switch UserÕs
Manual.
Ports
Ports are the physical input/output connections to the switch. Each
port has a transmit connector and a receive connector. Typically, ports
are labeled with the preÞx of the network module on which they
reside (see Figure 11-5).
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RX1
A
RX1
TX1
A1
RX1
TX1
A2
RX1
TX1
A3
Transmit indicator
TX1
A4
Receive indicator
Figure 11-5 Switch Ports
The status LEDs to the right of each port indicate the status of the
connection. The top LED describes the status of the receive line, and
the bottom LED describes the status of the transmit line. When these
LEDs are green, the port is receiving or transmitting data. ATM data
transmission is rapid, so the lights may appear to be blinking.
Ethernet Port
The Ethernet port is a 10Base-T port with a standard RJ45 connector.
There is a transmit status LED on the left of the port and a receive
status LED on the right. The LEDs are green when the port is
transmitting normally, and off when the port is not transmitting. If
either LED is red, there is a possible problem with the port.
Display Window
During normal operation, the display window shows the name of the
switch. During boot and troubleshooting processes, the display
window displays status messages and menu options.
Switch Connections
Table 11-3 provides the type of connection between the switches and
other components.
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Table 11-3
ASX 200BX ATM Switch Connections
From
To
Connection Type
Port A1
Server ATM board fa0
Fiber
Port A2
Server ATM board fa1
Fiber
Port A3
Server ATM board fa2
Fiber
Ports B1 and up
Client ATM boards
Fiber
Ethernet port
Ethernet hub, port X
Unshielded twisted pair
Port A1
Server ATM board fa3
Fiber
Port A2
Server ATM board fa4
Fiber
Port A3
Server ATM board fa5
Fiber
Ports B1 and up
Client ATM boards
Fiber
Ethernet port
Ethernet hub, port X
Category 5 Ethernet cable
ATM Switch 1
ATM Switch 2
n
If upgrading to the 2.0 Release with twelve clients, ports A1 through A4 and
B1 are connected to the CHALLENGE ATM boards on both ASX 200
switches.
Switch Administration
The switch in the AvidNet system is preconÞgured. Each switch is
connected to the Ethernet hub. The only time you will need to log in to
the switch is to perform a system upgrade or to Þx a problem. For
detailed information about the ATM switches, consult the ForeRunner
ASX-200BX/ASX-200BX ATM Switch UserÕs Manual or ForeRunner
ASX-1000 ATM Switch UserÕs Manual.
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Ethernet Hub
The Ethernet hub routes bin data between the clients and the server.
The hub is a Cabletron¨ SEHI-24. Network printers, NewsViewª,
MediaServer, and the MediaServer database all connect the Avid
Media Processors through the Ethernet hub.
The Ethernet hub looks similar to the one shown in Figure 11-6.
Ports
Status LEDs
HUBStack 10BASE-T HUB with LANVIEW
RCV
SEHI-24
LNK
PWR
CPU
CLN
RESET
TM
E
12 11 10 9 8
7 6
5 4
2 1
3
E
2 1 1
RCV
LNK
12 11 10 9 8
7 6
5 4
2
3
24X
23X
22X 21X
12X
11X
10X
20X
19X
18X
17X
16X
15X
14X
13X
8X
7X
6X
5X
4X
3X
2X
1X
9X
COM
Reset button
Status LEDs
Figure 11-6 Server Ethernet Hub
n
If the DNG Ethernet network is connected to any other network, a router
must be conÞgured to Þlter out all the broadcast and AppleTalk trafÞc.
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Status LEDs
The status LEDs are part of the Cabletron Systems LANVIEW¨ Status
and Monitoring Diagnostics System. Use the LEDs to monitor the
status of various hub components.
Table 11-4 describes the status LEDs.
Table 11-4
Cabletron Systems Status LED
LED
Description
PWR
When this LED is on (green), the hub is receiving power normally.
If this LED is off, there is a problem with the hubÕs power.
CPU
During normal operation, this LED blinks green. The LED turns
red if there is a problem with the processor.
CLN
If this LED turns red, a collision has occurred on one of the ports.
RCV
There is one RCV LED corresponding to each port on the hub.
When this LED ßashes yellow, it indicates that the corresponding
port is receiving data.
LNK
There is one LNK LED corresponding to each port on the hub.
When this LED is green, a link has been established between the
associated cable and the 10Base-T device at the other end of the
cable.
For more information about the SEHI-24 Ethernet hub, see the SEHI-24
10BASE-T Intelligent Stackable Hub UserÕs Guide.
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RAID Storage Units
AvidNet uses RAID storage units to store media Þles. Ciprico and
MegaDrive storage units are described in the following sections.
Ciprico
The Ciprico 7000 is a RAID level 3, high-availability storage device.
The medium over which it transfers data to and from the host is Þberoptics. The protocol it uses is Fibre Channel. Fibre Channel is a new
ANSI standard designed speciÞcally to provide high-speed data
transfers using several network topologies.
The Ciprico array and the Prisa¨ dual-channel HIO64 adapter board
together provide RAID storage to AvidÕs MediaServer. The Prisa
adapter board provides the Fibre Channel interface for the Ciprico
array units. Ciprico array units contain nine 9-GB drives. Eight 3.5inch drives are used to store data, and one drive is a parity drive that
can be used to reconstruct data if a drive fails. Ciprico arrays are rackmounted into Avid racks using Ciprico rail kits.
Use the information in PrisaÕs NetFX Fibre Channel Adapters UserÕs
Guide to install the Prisa Fibre Channel adapter. The Ciprico 7000 array
is described in the Ciprico Disk Array 7000 Disk Array Guide.
ConÞgure the adapter using CipricoÕs driver and utility software
called ÒSpectra.Ó Spectra is included on a distribution tape and
described in CipricoÕs Spectra Disk Array Installation Guide.
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Control Panel
Figure 11-7 describes the control panel on the front of the Ciprico
array.
LCD display
Drive 5
Drive 6
Drive 4
In set LED
Drive 7
Drive 3
Drive 8
Rocker arrow
switch
Drive 2
Drive 1
Drive 9
Array
busy
Select Key
Built-in self-test (BIST) error
Inefficient
Use
Figure 11-7 Ciprico Front Panel
Table 11-5 deÞnes the controls.
Table 11-5
Ciprico User Controls
Control
Function
Rocker arrow
switch
Use the rocker arrow switch to move through the menu.
LCD display
The LCD display shows menu options and failure messages. During normal operation the display reads ÒON
LINE STATUS OK.Ó
In set LED
When the LED is lit, the drive is operating as a working
member of the array. If the LED is blinking the array is performing a rebuild on the drive.
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Table 11-5
Ciprico User Controls (Continued)
Control
Function
Select key
After using the rocker arrow switch to maneuver through
the menu, press the select key to selected a new option or
default value. Defaults are indicated by an asterisk.
Power Supply Shuttles
The array contains dual hot-swappable power supplies. Each power
supply is in an individual shuttle and can be replaced without turning
off the array. No manual switching is required to set the input voltage.
Audio Alarm
An audio alarm sounds when any of the following conditions occur in
the Ciprico array:
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A drive fails.
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The overtemp sensor detects excessive heat or fan failure.
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A power supply failure or power failure.
The audible alarm can be turned ON or OFF through the menu
settings. The default is ON. To temporarily silence the alarm when
sounding, press any arrow on the rocker arrow switch.
MegaDrive
MegaDrive storage units contain Þve 9-GB drives. Four drives are
used to store data, and one drive is a parity drive that can be used to
reconstruct data if a drive fails. A sixth spare drive is optional.
MegaDrives are rack-mounted four to a rack. Each group of four
represents a single volume on the server.
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Figure 11-8 shows the front of a single MegaDrive drive array and
Figure 11-9 shows the back.
Drives
LCD
interface
Control
buttons
Activity graph
Drive module status LED
Power supply LED
Support system LED
Controller
Drive locks
Drive status LED
Activity LED
Figure 11-8 MegaDrive Front
RS 232 communications/
configuration port
Fans
1
Fast and wide
SCSI-2 Ports
2
3
1
2
Power switch
3
Fans
Figure 11-9 MegaDrive Back
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Power supplies
LCD Interface
The LCD interface provides a direct interface to the MegaDrive
controller. During normal operations, the LCD interface displays the
MegaDrive logo. When the MegaDrive is booted or encounters a fault,
the LCD displays status or informational messages.
You can use the LCD interface to display the following information
about the drive array:
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Current SCSI ID
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Current time and date
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Support system status
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RAID status
Use the menu selection control buttons next to the display to select
menus and functions. To make a selection, press the Up or Down
button until the selection is highlighted. Then press the Right button to
advance to the function menu. Press the Left button to return to the
previous screen.
Controller LEDs
The controller displays three LEDs under the activity graph. Table 11-6
shows how to interpret these LEDs referenced in Figure 11-8.
Table 11-6
Controller LEDs
LED
Green
Red
Yellow
Drive module status (left)
Normal
Drive failure. A drive needs to be
replaced.
Drive data reconstruction
is in progress.
Power supply (middle)
Normal
A power supply has malfunctioned.
Check the power supply LEDs on
the back of the chassis.
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Table 11-6
Controller LEDs (Continued)
LED
Green
Red
Yellow
Support systems (right)
Normal
One of the fans has failed. Call Avid.
Drives
Each MegaDrive chassis can house up to six 9-GB drives (the standard
is four or Þve). Drives 1 through 4 contain media data, drive 5 is a
parity drive, and the auxiliary drive is an unpowered optional spare.
The drives are numbered as shown in Figure 11-10.
1
2
The sixth one is an optional spare
3
4
5
Figure 11-10 MegaDrive Configuration
The drives can be locked into place. You must unlock a drive before
you can remove it from the MegaDrive chassis. The lock above drive 5
unlocks the drive controller (see Figure 11-8).
There are two LEDs on the front panel of each drive. The top LED
indicates the status of the drive. When the LED is green, the drive is
active and operating normally. If the LED is red, the drive has spun
down. Either the drive is about to spin up, or it has failed. When a
drive fails, an alarm sounds.
The lower LED on the front panel of each drive indicates activity on
the drive. This LED glows green when the drive is being read from or
written to.
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Fault Alarm
If a drive or any other component in the MegaDrive array fails, the
MegaDrive sounds an alarm and displays the problem in the LCD
interface. The LCD interface shows what has malfunctioned, the time
and date of the malfunction, the total number of malfunctions
occurring, and what to do to Þx the problem.
To silence the alarm, press the Down button next to the LCD.
Power Supplies
Each MegaDrive unit uses three identical power supplies (see
Figure 11-9). During normal operation, all three power supplies are
active and supply an equal share of power to the MegaDrive.
The power supplies are hot swappable. If a power supply fails, you
can change it without shutting down the MegaDrive.
The power supply status LEDs above the power supplies indicate the
status of the power supplies. The LEDs and the power supplies are
numbered. During normal operation, the LEDs are green. If a power
supply fails, the LED corresponding to that power supply turns red.
Fast, Wide SCSI-2 Ports
The MegaDrive unit contains two fast, wide SCSI-2 ports. AvidNet
uses these ports to connect MegaDrives to the server or another
MegaDrive, depending on the system conÞguration.
Connections
AvidNet storage is conÞgured (striped) in groups of six RAID units.
The racks house up to four RAID units. Each group of four MegaDrive
RAID units (1 volume) can store approximately 24 hours of media
data at AVR-70 resolution. In conÞgurations of twelve RAID units or
fewer, each RAID unit is connected directly to a SCSI port on the
server via a differential SCSI cable as shown in Figure 11-11.
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Terminator
SCSI cable
to server
Server
RAID units
Figure 11-11 Direct RAID Connections to the Server
In conÞgurations with more than eight RAID units, eight are
connected directly to the server, and additional units are daisy chained
to the Þrst eight, as shown in Figure 11-12.
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SCSI cable to
RAID unit
Terminator
SCSI cable
to server
Server
RAID unit
Figure 11-12 RAID Connections to the Server and Other RAID
Units
Power Cycling RAID Units
Power cycling RAID units involves shutting them off, then turning
them back on again.
1. Shut down the MediaServer application (see Chapter 13).
2. Shut down the server.
3. Shut off the RAID unit.
4. With the server terminal at the maintenance menu, turn on the
RAID units.
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5. Wait for the ÒonlineÓ or ÒOKÓ message to appear in the display of
each RAID, about one minute after you turn it on.
If the power supply on a MegaDrive unit fails (the alarm will go off),
shut off the MegaDrive unit, reseat the power supply, and try again.
The power supply in Ciprico units can be swapped while the unit is
running. See the Ciprico Disk Array 7000 Disk Array Guide for more
information.
Swapping RAID Unit Drives
You can swap drives in a RAID array while the unit is running. To
swap a drive:
1. Pull out the bad drive.
2. Gently plug in the spare. The drive connectors engage with very
little force.
For additional information about the MegaDrive arrays, see the
MegaDrive MX/500 RAID User Guide. For Ciprico arrays units, see the
Ciprico Disk Array 7000 Disk Array Guide.
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CHAPTER 12
ConÞguring Multichannel
AirPlay MP
This chapter describes how to conÞgure multichannel AirPlay MP
systems. Before conÞguring the multichannel AirPlay MP, install the
basic software on each individual channel, as described in the Release
Notes.
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The AirPlay MP 4.0 release does not support multichannel conÞgurations.
Failing to follow the startup instructions in this chapter could damage the Avid Media Processor or storage disk drives.
Linking Multichannel AirPlay MP Channels
The following procedures explain how to use the multichannel
software to select record and playback channels and link these
channels to the control channel. Once the system is installed and
operational, the channels communicate automatically.
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Naming the Channels and Enabling Program Linking
When installing or conÞguring the software, do not turn on the shared
library drives until all the software installation and settings are completed. The central library data and drive conÞgurations could get corrupted.
To name the channels and enable the program linking:
1. Start the Avid Media Processor for each channel in the system.
2. Use the record/engineering workstation to access the desktop, or
startup screen, for the Þrst record or playback channel.
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The record/engineering monitor should display the Apple menu bar for the
record or playback channel you are conÞguring. Switch between channels by
pressing the user interface ADB switch channel buttons. Use the record/engineering workstation to enter the conÞguration options described next.
3. Choose Control Panels from the Apple menu.
4. Double-click the Sharing Setup Control Panel to open it.
5. Type the following information in the Sharing Setup window:
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AirPlay MP as the owner name.
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ap as the owner password.
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Channel 1 (if appropriate) as the Avid Media Processor Name.
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6. Next to Program Linking, click Start to turn on the linking option.
7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 for each remaining record and playback
channel in the system. Name the successive channels Channel 2,
Channel 3, and so on.
AutoGuest
The AutoGuest init is installed in the System Folder for each channel in
the system. When AutoGuest is enabled, the enabled channels can
share Þles with each other.
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The System Folder is located on the Avid startup disk on the desktop,
or startup screen, for each channel.
AutoGuest INIT 2.0
Completing the Channel Links
Follow these directions for each channel in the system, including the
control, record, and playback channels.
1. Use the record/engineering workstation to access the desktop, or
startup screen, for a channel.
2. Choose Control Panels from the Apple menu.
3. Double-click Users & Groups.
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4. In the window that opens, double-click AirPlay, which is the
owner name.
Owner
Guest
5. Select Program Linking in the next window that appears, then
click the close box to return to the Users & Groups window.
Close box
Selected option
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6. Double-click the Guest in the Users & Groups window and select
Program Linking in the window that opens.
Close box
7. Close the Guest window.
8. Repeat the steps in this section for each remaining channel in the
system.
9. Close the Users & Groups window and start the AirPlay MP
software on each channel. To launch the AirPlay MP software:
a. Double-click the Avid system drive icon.
b. Double-click the Avid AirPlay folder icon.
c. Double-click the AirPlay icon.
Configuring Access to the Central Disk Array
Only the record channel has write access to the central disk storage
array. The other channels have read-only access. Write protection is
done by mounting the volumes on each channel as read-only or read/
write, based on a Þle in the system folder and an application that runs
at startup on each Avid Media Processor.
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The Þrst time the multichannel AirPlay MP system is launched, access
should be correctly conÞgured for all channels on the system. Most
systems are conÞgured by Avid. By default, new disks are conÞgured
with write access for all channels. If you are adding additional disks,
you should lock all channels, except the record channel.
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If you assign two channels write access to the same volume, you will
corrupt the volume. Do not change write access unless you are certain of what you are doing. If you are unsure, call Avid Broadcast
Customer Support.
Multichannel AirPlay MP storage uses a speciÞc naming scheme.
Media drives that are part of the central storage are named shared
libraryn, with Shared library indicating that the volume is part of central
storage and n indicating the name of the speciÞc partition. Local
drives are named Localn, with Local indicating that the volume is not
part of central storage and n indicating the name of the speciÞc
partition (1 Ð 99).
When names are changed on shared library drives, power off all other
channels, perform the name change (preferably on the record channel
with write access), and reboot the channel where the changes were
made.
Verify the lock status of the other channels from within VScanner volume information command, one channel at a time. Failure to do so
could corrupt one or more drives and cause system failures. The
VScanner icon is located in the Avid AirPlay folder.
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Changing the naming scheme of shared volumes affects media sharing.
1. Double-click to open the SCSI-NET preferences Þle in the System
Folder on the Avid system drive. Perform this step on the desktop,
using TeachText¨ or a text-only word processor.
2. Complete the following steps for each volume that you want to
modify:
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a. Scroll to the volume name. If you rename a volume, do not use
leading or trailing spaces or change the shared library preÞx.
b. On the next line type L to lock the drive or U to unlock a drive.
Unlocked drives have write access to the central disk array.
c
Do not assign two channels write access to the same volume.
c. Type 0 (zero) to indicate how frequently the drive information
should be updated. This is an Avid system requirement.
Configuring the Multichannel AirPlay MP System
When setting up the multichannel AirPlay MP system for the Þrst
time, locate and identify which are the playback, record, and control
channels. These channels only need to conÞgured once. Generally, one
person at each site is assigned to administer the system. This person is
usually responsible for maintaining the databases and deleting
outdated media Þles.
The control channel in a multichannel AirPlay MP system
communicates with the playback channel via an Ethernet network.
Multichannel AirPlay MP uses a database application to move
information about clips between channels. For example, if you change
the Mark IN on an event in the control channel, the database changes
the mark on all channels.The AirPlay MP database application must
be running on a channel for multichannel AirPlay MP to function
properly. Most systems come preconÞgured. The easiest method is to
place the AirPlay MP database application in the Startup Items for the
record channel. See the Macintosh documentation for information on
Startup Items.
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AirPlay MP automatically creates a bin called AirPlay Database bin.
This bin provides easy access to new material on the system. For
example, if you record new clips on the record channel, the new clips
appear in the AirPlay Database bin. You can then drag the clips to a
different bin. Since all new clips appear in the AirPlay Database bin,
the bin could easily contain thousands of clips for commercial
insertion applications. This would make it very difÞcult to identify
new material. The most efÞcient method is usually to organize clips by
ID numbers or kill dates. For example, have bins Ò0-100Ó, Ò101-200Ó if
organized by tape ID numbers.
Understanding the Database Server Window
The Database Server window provides information about the
exchange of bin information.The window displays the number of
items currently on the system, and ßashes when information is being
transferred. For example, if you set a Mark IN in a clip on the control
channel, this information is sent to each additional channel on the
system.
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Quitting from the Database Server Window
The Database Server window does not have a Close box; it usually
runs in the background on the control or record channel. Click in the
Database Server window to activate the window.
Choose Quit from the File menu to close the window and leave the
application.
Relaunching the Database Server Window
Avid systems ship with the AirPlay¥Database alias in the Startup
Items folder. The Database Server window opens automatically when
the Avid Media Processor is turned on. There are two options for
relaunching the application after quitting:
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Double-click the database application in the Startup Items folder.
The Startup Items folder is located in the System Folder on the
Avid system drive.
¥
Restart the Avid Media Processor.
Configuring Playback Channels
During playback, some functions are monitored from the control
channel, not the playback channel. For example, timecode displays
update on the control channel, not the playback channel.
1. Start the Avid Media Processors and launch the AirPlay MP
software. For information see Chapter 13.
The AP¥Database will automatically launch on the record channel.
2. At an Avid Media Processor that you want to be a playback
channel, click the Settings button in the Project window.
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3. Double-click Multichannel.
Settings button
Double-click here
The multichannel dialog box appears.
4. To choose the playback channel, click next to Playback channel.
Channel number
Click here
5. Type the correct channel number.
6. If the system is a single channel with record, click to select Show
Clocks While Playing.
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This option updates time displays on the playback channel during playback. If
the system has a control channel, do not select this option because updating
displays requires additional processing time.
7. Click to select Connect To It for the Local Database.
8. Click to select Connect To It for the Server Database.
9. Click Find to Þnd the server database application.
A dialog box opens. Your system might not display any AppleTalk
Zones. This is normal.
Click here
Click here
10. Click to select AirPlay record channel (that is, Channel 3).
11. Click to select the database server, and click OK.
The application is usually stored in the AirPlay Folder on the
control channel. It is called AirPlay•Database.
12. Click OK or press Return.
13. Complete steps 2 through 12 on each subsequent playback
channel.
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Configuring the Record Channel
To conÞgure the record channel:
1. Complete the steps in ÒConÞguring Playback ChannelsÓ on
page 201.
2. At the Avid Media Processor system that you want to be the
record channel, click the Settings button in the Project window.
(On a three-channel system, channel 3 is usually the record
channel.)
3. Double-click Multichannel.
Settings button
Double-click here
The multichannel dialog box appears.
4. To choose the record channel, click next to Record channel.
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Click here
5. If the system is a single channel with record, click to select Show
Clocks While Playing.
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This option updates time displays on the record channel during playback and
recording. If the system has a control channel, do not select this option
because updating displays requires additional processing time.
6. Click to select Connect To It for the Local Database.
7. Click to select Connect To It for the Server Database.
8. Click Find to Þnd the Server Database application.
A dialog box appears.
9. Click to select the application and click OK.
The application is usually stored in the AirPlay Folder on the
control channel. It is called AP•Database.
10. Click to select the appropriate options:
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Click to select Delete Media After Upload if you want to
automatically delete media Þles from the record channelÕs
local drives after they are transferred to the shared disks.
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Click to select Trim Media To Marks if you want to transfer
only the material between marks to the shared disks.
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If you select Trim Media To Marks, type a handle size in the
Add Secs Before Mark IN and Secs After Mark OUT boxes.
This provides handles on each event in case you need to reset
the marks.
11. Click OK or press Return.
Configuring the Control Channel
To conÞgure the control channel:
1. On the Avid Media Processor that serves as the control channel,
click the Settings button in the Project window.
2. Double-click Multichannel.
Settings button
Double-click here
The multichannel settings dialog box appears.
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3. Click next to Control channel.
Click here
4. Click the check box next to Playback channel #1 Connect to it.
5. Click Find, next to Playback channel #1 Connect to it.
A dialog box opens.
Click here
6. Click to highlight AirPlay Channel 1.
7. Click OK or press Return.
8. Repeat steps 4 to 7 for any additional playback channels on the
system.
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9. Click to select Connect To It for the Local Database.
10. Click to select Connect To It for the Server Database.
11. Click Find to Þnd the Server Database application.
A dialog box appears.
12. Click to select the application and click OK.
The application is usually stored in the AirPlay Folder on the
control channel. It is called AP•Database.
13. Click OK or press Return.
Changing Media Sharing from the Status Bar
Instead of using the multichannel settings, you should conÞgure the
downloading of media from the Status Bar window. On playback
channels, you can select or deselect the Download Media options.
While material is being transferred, the name and ID of the clip being
transferred appear in the Status Bar menu. A thermometer appears to
show the progress of the transfer. When the transfer is complete, you
can click the menu for a pop-up listing of the clips that were
transferred. Playlist events are highlighted in green during
downloading.
Click to select or deselect the Media Sharing button in the Status Bar
window. The green indicator is lit when downloading or uploading is
selected.
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The following illustration shows playback channel 1 conÞgured to
download media from the shared drives.
Download/upload indicator
Event being downloaded
Media sharing button
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You should download events to the local drives before playing. You
can only play directly from the central disk array if no other channel
is accessing the disk array. For example, if the record channel began
uploading while you were playing from the central disk array, the
system would experience video underruns. Events that are not local
display a ÒMedia is Not LocalÓ warning in the playlist. For information on warnings, see the Avid AirPlay UserÕs Guide.
Taking Local Control of a Channel
Each channel on a multichannel system is independent. For example,
one channel can be taken ofßine to perform maintenance, without
affecting the additional channels. To take a channel ofßine:
1. Click the Settings button in the Project window.
2. Double-click multichannel.
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Settings button
Double-click here
The multichannel settings dialog box appears.
3. Click next to Local channel.
Click here
4. Click OK or press Return.
5. To bring the channel online again, you must complete the steps
described in ÒConÞguring Playback ChannelsÓ on page 201.
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Grouping Channels
You can group channels to provide simultaneous rolling, redundancy,
or multicasting. When you play a grouped playlist in the control
channel, the active playlist simultaneously plays in each grouped
channel. The active playlist in each channel is indicated by the red
position arrow. For redundancy, load the same playlist in two
channels. For multicasting, open different playlists.
You can also group channels by using a GPI to command the channels
to play. The system must include a V-LAN VLX or Avid GPI controller
to use GPIs.You can connect a single GPI controller to the control
channel to command the grouped playback channels to play, stop,
recue, or skip. However, GPIs on the control channel will always
command the currently selected channel or channel group. You could
also connect GPI controllers to each playback channel. The advantage
of connecting a GPI controller to each channel is that the system does
not have a single point of failure. For information on using GPIs, see
the Avid AirPlay UserÕs Guide.
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Before playing a group playlist, make sure that each channel is in Standby
and Auto Mode.
1. On the control channel, click the Settings button in the Project
window.
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2. Double-click Channel Grouping.
Settings button
Double-click here
The Channel Groupings dialog box appears.
3. For each channel that you want to group, choose Group 1 from the
group pop-up menu that appears.
Channel 3
Group menu
4. Click OK or press Return.
5. To remove channels from the group, complete steps 1 to 4, but
choose None from the pop-up menu.
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To loop grouped channels, activate each playlist and click the Loop button.
Grouped channels are indicated in the Status Bar panel. In the
following example, channels 1 and 3 are grouped together. The
green LED is lit for the active channel. Playback channels that are
controlled by the control channel are indicated with an Active
Connection symbol in the channel selector.
Active connection symbol
Green LED
Grouped
channels
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CHAPTER 13
Starting Up and Shutting
Down
This chapter describes how to start up and shut down all Avid DNG
systems. When powering on for the Þrst time, or after reconÞguring
the storage devices, double-check the following:
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All interface and power cable connections
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SCSI IDs
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SCSI termination
Failure to follow the instructions in this chapter for starting up and
shutting down the system could damage the Avid Media Processor
or storage drives.
Drives installed in the MediaDock may be pulled out without powering off
the MediaDock and Avid DNG system. The drive must Þrst be unmounted
from the desktop and then spun down using the MediaDock control panel. See
the Avid MediaDock UserÕs Guide for details.
Do not unplug external MediaDrives while the drives are turned on,
or you will damage the Avid Media Processor and the drive.
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Starting Up and Shutting Down Systems
The following procedures explain how to launch and shut down
NewsCutter, Media Recorder, single-channel AirPlay MP, and the
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter combination systems.
See ÒStarting Up and Shutting Down Multichannel AirPlay MP
SystemsÓ on page 219 for information about multichannel AirPlay MP
systems.
Starting Up the System
AirPlay MP systems are shipped with a power sequencer. All
AirPlay MP components are connected to the sequencer. When the
power sequencer is turned on, all of the AirPlay MP components are
turned on in the proper sequence.
To start up a system:
1. Insert any removable disk into the system (skip this step if the
system does not have removable disks).
2. Turn on the external drives (if any) in the following order:
¥
MediaDock
¥
MRS
¥
RAID enclosures
¥
External MediaDrives
Wait 15-30 seconds for the drives to spin up before starting the
Avid Media Processor, or it will not communicate with the drives
successfully.
3. Turn on all other hardware except the Avid Media Processor.
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4. After all other hardware has been on for 10 seconds, press the
power-on key at the top right corner of the keyboard (see
Figure 13-1).
Power-on key
Figure 13-1 Power-On Key
The Avid Media Processor goes through its startup process, then
the desktop appears.
5. Double-click the Avid system drive icon.
6. Double-click the Avid application folder icon.
7. Double-click the Avid application icon for the system.
The application launches and the Project Selection dialog box
opens.
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Create an alias of the application icon and place it on the desktop. Then
double-click the alias to launch the Avid system. See the online Macintosh
Guide for instructions.
If the Application Fails to Launch
Each time the application is launched, the software checks the system
conÞguration. The system checks for all necessary supporting Þles and
control panels.
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If a supporting Þle is missing, there are initialization (INIT) conßicts,
or hardware problems are found, a dialog box similar to the following
appears.
Choose the appropriate option:
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Click Save to save a copy of the report. A window might open
asking where to the save conÞguration report Þle on the Avid
Media Processor.
¥
Click Quit to stop the software from launching.
¥
Click OK to launch the application. The software will launch, but
problems may occur (depending on the detected failure).
Displaying Configuration Information
The conÞguration report can be displayed while in the application.
Choose ConÞguration from the Windows menu to view the report. A
report of the complete test or only the information about conÞguration
tests that did not pass be can displayed. While the ConÞguration
Check Report window is displayed:
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Choose Show Full Listing from the Edit menu or press k-L to
display all the conÞguration test results.
¥
Choose Show Brief Listing from the Edit menu or press k-K to
display only the problems found (if any).
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This conÞguration report can also be displayed when not in the
application by using AppleÕs SimpleText.
Shutting Down the System
To shut down the system:
1. Quit the application and back up the bins and projects.
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Avid recommends that you safeguard the project by backing up the bins and
projects on 3.5-inch diskettes before shutting down the system. See
Chapter 14 for information on backing up bins and projects.
2. Choose Shut Down from the Special menu to turn off the Avid
Media Processor desktop.
3. Shut down each disk drive.
For removable disks, turn off each removable disk in the chassis
and then the chassis itself. Then remove the disks from the chassis,
if needed.
4. Turn off the remaining hardware.
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Starting Up and Shutting Down Multichannel
AirPlay MP Systems
These directions explain how to start up and shut down all
multichannel AirPlay MP systems. See ÒStarting Up and Shutting
Down SystemsÓ on page 215 for information about NewsCutter,
Media Recorder, and single-channel AirPlay MP systems.
Starting Up Multichannel AirPlay MP Systems
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When setting up the multichannel AirPlay MP system for the Þrst time,
locate and identify which are the playback, record, and control channels. For
information, see Chapter 12.
To start up a multichannel system:
1. Turn on all the peripheral hardware, such as the audio interfaces
and Video Slave Drivers, for all the channels.
2. Turn on all the buffer storage disks.
The buffer disks are contained in the MRS enclosures connected
directly to each channel.
3. Turn on all the disks that are part of the shared library, wait 10
seconds, then turn on the Avid MediaShare.
The shared library of disks is attached to the Avid MediaShare and
can include MRS and RAID enclosures.
4. Start the channels one at a time, with the control channel last:
a. Press the button for the channel on the user interface ADB
switch to select the channel that the record/engineering
workstation controls (see Figure 13-2).
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b. Press the power-on key at the top right corner of the record/
engineering keyboard. This keyboard is connected to the user
interface ADB switch (see Figure 13-2).
User interface ADB switch
Power-on key
VIDEO SWITCH
1
2
3
Keyboard
4
Channel selection buttons
Figure 13-2 User Interface ADB Switch and Power-On Key
The Avid Media Processor for the selected channel goes
through its startup process, then the desktop appears.
c. Start the multichannel AirPlay MP application on the channel.
Double-click the Avid system drive icon. When the Avid
application folder icon appears in the Avid disk directory
window, double-click the AirPlay icon.
The application launches and the Project Selection dialog box
opens. Select an existing project or create a new project. See
the Avid AirPlay UserÕs Guide for more information.
d. Repeat steps a to c to start each additional record and
playback channel, then start the control channel last.
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Create an alias of the application icon and place it on the desktop, then doubleclick the alias to launch the Avid system. Or install the AirPlay MP software
in the Startup Items of the System Folder, then AirPlay MP launches automatically when starting up the Avid Media Processor for the channel. See the
Macintosh documentation for instructions.
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Shutting Down Multichannel AirPlay MP Systems
Always shut down the system in the correct order.
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Failure to follow the instructions in this chapter for shutting down
the system could damage the Avid Media Processor or storage disk
drives.
1. Shut down one channel at a time:
a. Quit the application and back up the bins and projects.
n
Avid recommends that you safeguard the project by backing up the bins and
projects on 3.5-inch diskettes before shutting down the system. See
Chapter 14 for information on backing up bins and projects.
b. Choose Shut Down from the Special menu to turn off the Avid
Media Processor.
2. Shut down each disk drive.
For removable disks, turn off each removable disk in the chassis
and then the chassis itself. Then remove the disks from the chassis,
if needed.
3. Turn off the remaining hardware.
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Starting Up and Shutting Down MediaServer Systems
These directions explain how to start up and shut down the
CHALLENGE XL and DM MediaServer systems.
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Although the layout of the hardware is different in the XL and DM models,
the procedures for turning the server on and off, rebooting the server, and
using the System Controller are the same.
When you see the maintenance menu, the shutdown is complete. At
this point, you can turn off the server by pressing the power switch to
Off.
Starting Up the Server
To start the server from a power off state:
1. Turn the power switch on.
The maintenance menu appears.
2. Do one of the following:
¥
If the RAID storage units are off, turn them on.
¥
If the RAID storage units are on, turn them off, then back on
again. (This procedure is called power cycling.)
3. Wait until every RAID storage unit is online. (The word online will
appear in place of the activity graph on the controller).
4. Select menu item 1 (Start System) from the maintenance menu of
the console terminal.
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Shutting Down the Server
To shut down the server, you must be logged in as root. Use the
shutdown command:
% shutdown -g0
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The prompt used in the above example may differ depending on the server.
Rebooting the Server
To reboot the server, you must be logged in as root. Use the reboot
command:
wvid> reboot
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The prompt used in the above example may differ depending on the server.
The system displays the prompt again, then a series of status
messages.
Starting Up an ATM Switch
To restart an ATM switch, turn the power switch on and wait for the
switch to boot up. Typically, ATM1 or ATM2 will appear in the
window when the switch is ready.
Shutting Down an ATM Switch
To shut down an ATM switch:
1. Shut down the server.
2. Press the power switch on the front of the switch to 0 (zero).
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CHAPTER 14
Operating Safely
This chapter describes the basic principles for operating all Avid DNG
systems safely.
While using the system, feel free to experiment with the software by
trying new commands, using new techniques, and adjusting various
settings to learn what works best for you.
In most cases you can avoid damaging the system or destroying the
Þles as long as you follow a few simple operational rules.
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Failure to follow the basic safety rules listed in this chapter could
result in damage to the system.
Save and Back Up Frequently
NewsCutter users should save bins, projects, and rundowns
frequently while working. The Auto-Save feature protects the work in
most cases, but it is good practice to save the bins, rundowns, and
stories explicitly when you are satisÞed with the work.
The Auto-Save feature is disabled on AirPlay MP systems. You should
back up the source and work Þles whenever you have made
signiÞcant progress.
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Back up the bins and projects on 3.5-inch diskettes after each editing or
scheduling session.
Why Saving is Important
While you work, the project is only stored in volatile RAM.
If the power fails and the system shuts down unexpectedly, the Avid
Media Processor loses everything stored in RAM. Saving the bins and
projects protects the work by copying the information from RAM to
the storage drives.
Avid system drive
(All Avid Media Processors have a system drive
with the application software installed)
Figure 14-1 Project and Bins Saved on the Avid System Drive
Why Backups are Important
Drives can provide long-term storage, but over time, they might
become damaged, or the Þles saved on the drives could be
accidentally destroyed or corrupted.
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Make backups of work bins and projects on 3.5-inch diskettes at the
end of every editing or scheduling session. Then if the original Þles are
lost, the bin and project backups can be reinstalled. Batch record the
clips and stories to re-create any lost media Þles.
Backing Up Bins and Projects
NewsCutter users should back up bins and projects at the end of every
editing session to avoid losing work. If you are using AirPlay MP for
news applications, Avid strongly recommends copying important bins
and projects onto a 3.5-inch diskette at the end of each session.
Projects and bins require very little storage space and are easily saved
on 3.5-inch diskettes. Projects store general information about the job.
Bins store data about clips and stories.
The system can only play clips and stories if the associated media Þles
with the digital video and audio information are online, but media
Þles require too much storage space to be stored on 3.5-inch diskettes.
However, if the original Þles are deleted or corrupted, you can copy
the projects and bins from the backup diskette onto the Avid system
drive and then batch record to create new media Þles.
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You must have the original source footage to batch record; you cannot
rerecord clips that originated from a feed unless you record the feed to tape.
The easiest method is to copy the entire Project folder to the 3.5-inch
diskette.
1. Insert a formatted 3.5-inch diskette into the diskette drive.
n
On multichannel AirPlay MP systems, make sure you insert the diskette in
the diskette drive for the channel that has the material you want to back up.
2. Double-click the Avid Projects folder.
3. Drag the appropriate project folder to the diskette icon.
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The Avid Media Processor copies the folder and its contents onto
the diskette.
4. Drag the diskette icon to the Trash to eject it.
Hints for Recording
Use the guidelines in this section to ensure the best results when
recording.
Choose the Correct Storage Drive
AvidÕs broadcast resolutions provide more picture detail and crisper
sound, but also require faster drive access rates and more drive
storage space than other digital video. Some drives cannot handle
these demands. Use only 9-GB storage drives attached to a
SiliconExpress IV board installed in an Avid Media Processor.
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Store Media Files on MediaDrives—Projects on the Avid
System Drive
Mixing in a few small bin and project Þles with large media Þles can
cause drive fragmentation. To prevent fragmentation, store bins,
projects, and other small Þles on the Avid system drive, where the
Avid DNG system software is installed. Store all media Þles separately
on the MediaDrives.
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Do not run drive defragmentation software on Avid MediaDrives.
These have been found to corrupt the audio and video Þles. The
speed of the drives is able to overcome fragment Þle situations.
Storing media Þles on the MediaDrives, not the Avid system drive, is
also important because the system does not recognize media Þles if
they are located on the same drive as the Avid system application.
Do Not Completely Fill MediaDrives
If the MediaDrives are Þlled to capacity, the system slows down. If all
the online MediaDrives are Þlled to capacity, you will be unable to
record. A 9-GB drive holds approximately one hour of video with two
tracks of 48 kHz of audio.
Record Video and Audio to Separate Drives
Video and audio can be recorded across volumes; when a volume
reaches its capacity, stop recording, select a different drive, and resume
recording. For the longest continuous recording, record the audio and
video to separate drives. For the most efÞcient playback, be sure to
choose separate drives, not two partitions of the same drive.
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Choose Drives with Enough Storage Space
Choose MediaDrives with enough space to store the material. If you
are recording from a Mark IN to a Mark OUT and choose drives
without enough storage, a dialog box appears. Switch to drives that
have enough storage space for the clip and begin recording.
If the drive Þlls during recording, a dialog box appears. Switch drives
and the system continues recording at the timecode where it stopped
recording. When you Þnish, edit the two clips together into one clip.
When you have the Discontinuous Timecode option selected, the
system switches drives automatically. For more information, see the
section on recording discontinuous timecode in the applicationÕs
userÕs guide.
Store Fewer Than 100 Clips in Each Bin
Avid bins function most efÞciently when they contain fewer than 100
clips. When you are working with a lot of source material, create a
number of bins, each named according to the events it contains. Then
you can log or record an optimal number of clips into each bin. For
AirPlay MP commercial insertion applications, you may want to
organize the bins by ID numbers.
Create Large Rather Than Small Master Clips
The system works more efÞciently when there are fewer individual
media Þles online. Therefore, log and record larger master clips when
possible. Then you can break the master clips into smaller subclips.
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Keep Only One System Folder Online
The System Folder includes all the software required to operate the
Avid Media Processor. It is stored on the internal Avid system drive.
If you store another copy of the System Folder on the Avid system
drive or on any of the other drives attached to the Avid Media
Processor, the system may become confused.
The Avid Media Processor may access any of the online System
Folders when starting Ñ you cannot be sure which it will use. If one of
the folders does not have the correct initialization software installed,
the system will not start successfully.
Removing Extra System Folders
To check if you have more than one System Folder:
1. At the desktop, choose Find from the File menu, or press k-F.
2. Type the name System Folder and press Return.
3. To look for additional copies of the System Folder, choose Find
Again from the File menu, or press k-G.
The System Folder looks like the following example when viewed
as an icon. (To view icons, click the directory window where the
folder is stored, then choose By Icon from the View menu.)
4. If you Þnd additional System Folders, drag the unwanted versions
to the Trash so only one copy remains on the system.
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Unplugging the Keyboard or Mouse
Unplug the keyboard or mouse only when the Avid Media Processor is
turned off.
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Unplugging the keyboard or mouse while the Avid Media Processor
is turned on could damage the system board. As a result, the mouse
and keyboard would no longer function.
To unplug the keyboard or mouse:
1. Choose Quit from the File menu, or press k-Q, if you are running
an application.
2. At the Finder level of the Avid Media Processor, choose Shut
Down from the Special menu to turn off the Avid Media Processor.
3. Unplug the keyboard or mouse.
4. Reconnect the keyboard or mouse via the Avid Media Processor
ADB ports before restarting the system. For diagrams, see
Chapter 6.
If the Keyboard or Mouse Accidentally Disconnects
If the keyboard or mouse disconnects:
1. Shut down the Avid Media Processor by using its power switch as
soon as possible on the back of the unit.
2. Reconnect the keyboard or mouse.
3. Restart the system.
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Switch MediaDrives Safely
MediaDrives contain media Þles. Media Þles are the digital video and
audio the system captures and uses for playing back. During the
scheduling session, you may need to switch drives to bring speciÞc
media Þles online or to provide storage space for recording new media
Þles.
Although you can switch drives while the Avid Media Processor is
running, Avid recommends turning off the Avid Media Processor
before switching drives. Use one of the following procedures each
time you switch MediaDrives.
Switching Drives Without Turning Off the System
To remove a drive without turning off the system:
1. At the desktop, drag the drive icons to the Trash.
2. Turn off the MediaDrives.
For removable drives, turn off each drive in the chassis, then turn
off the chassis.
3. Switch the MediaDrives, making sure that the SCSI IDs for the
new drives are set correctly.
For removable drives, take the drives out of the chassis and insert
new ones. Make sure the drives spin down completely before you
remove the drives.
4. Turn on the new MediaDrives.
Restart the chassis and each drive in the chassis.
5. Within the Avid application, choose Mount All from the File menu
to mount the new drive.
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To reconnect storage devices, see Chapter 9.
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Make sure you use the correct SCSI cables, addresses, and termination when setting up the new storage conÞguration. Do not use the
Mount command from the SiliconExpress control panel to remount
the drives.
Switching Drives After Turning Off the System
To switch a MediaDrive after turning off the system:
1. Choose Quit from the File menu to quit the software, or
press k-Q.
2. Choose Shut Down from the Special menu on the desktop to turn
off the Avid Media Processor.
3. Power off the MediaDrives.
4. For removable drives, turn off each drive in the chassis, then turn
off the chassis.
5. Switch the MediaDrives, making sure that the SCSI IDs for the
new drives are set correctly.
Take out the removable drives and insert new ones. Make sure the
drives spin down completely before you remove the drives.
6. Restart the system in the following order:
a. The chassis and each drive in the chassis
b. The MediaDrives
c. All other hardware except the Avid Media Processor
d. The Avid Media Processor
7. Launch the Avid application.
8. Reopen the project.
9. Choose Mount All from the File menu.
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c
To reconnect storage devices, see Chapter 9. Always read the latest
documentation supplied with the drives. Technology and procedures change
over time.
Use the correct SCSI cables, addresses, and termination when setting up the new storage conÞguration. Do not use the Mount command from the SiliconExpress control panel to remount the drives.
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CHAPTER 15
Maintenance
This chapter describes maintenance routines that should be done on a
regular basis to minimize problems from occurring on the Avid DNG
systems.
AirPlay MP Maintenance Procedures
As part of the maintenance routine, always make sure that the cooling
fans and air ßow vents for the Avid components, racks, and storage
devices are unrestricted.
The following sections are AvidÕs recommended maintenance procedures. These procedures apply to both single-channel AirPlay MP and
multichannel AirPlay MP except where noted. In order to use these
procedures, the system setup should be as follows:
¥
General Controls ÒShow DesktopÓ selection.
General Controls is located in the Control Panels, System Folder.
Uncheck the Show Desktop box to turn it off. This hides the desktop when AirPlay MP is running. It prevents operators from inadvertently switching to the desktop unintentionally.
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Apple Menu Items folder should contain the following:
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AirPlay application alias
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Chooser (installed as part of Macintosh O/S)
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Control Panels alias (installed as part of Macintosh O/S)
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Find File (installed as part of Macintosh O/S)
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VScanner alias (multichannel only)
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AirPlay¥Database alias (multichannel record only)
The Apple Menu Items folder is located in the System Folder. All
other items can be removed.
¥
The Startup Items folder must contain the following Þles and in
the order listed:
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AvidNet Startup (single and record channels with peer-topeer option)
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VScanner alias (multichannel only)
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AirPlay¥Database alias (multichannel record only)
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AirPlay application alias (single and playback channels only this automatically launches AirPlay MP after a reboot and
minimizes restart time)
The Startup Items folder is located in the System Folder. Startup
items list and launch in alphabetical order.
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On the multichannel record, you must add a ÒspaceÓ character to the head of
the AvidNet Startup, VScanner and AirPlay¥Database alias names to put
them in the right order.
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Daily AirPlay MP Maintenance
Perform the following procedure on AirPlay MP systems each day.
1. Restart each channel of the system.
a. Quit out of AirPlay. From the File menu, choose Quit. Click
Quit in the dialog box that follows.
b. From the Application menu (upper right corner of the screen),
choose Finder. This step is only necessary if the Show Desktop
function is turned off in the General Controls Control Panel.
c. From the Special menu, choose Restart.
Each channel will automatically return to AirPlay.
2. For systems with the Asrun option; copy the As Run Log to diskette (skip this step for multichannel record).
a. Hide AirPlay MP. From the Application menu, choose Hide
AirPlay MP.
b. Display the Finder. From the Application menu, choose
Finder.
c. Open the internal Avid drive (double-click the icon).
d. Open the AirPlay MP folder.
e. Insert a formatted diskette.
f. Drag the desired As Run Log (labeled with the date and the
.LOG Þle extension to the diskette icon.
g. Eject the diskette by dragging its icon to the Trash.
h. From the Apple menu, choose AirPlay MP to return to
AirPlay MP.
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Weekly AirPlay MP Maintenance
Check that the date and time are correct on each channel. Select the
Date and Time window from the Control Panels folder. The Control
Panels are found in the Apple Menu Items list. Alternatively it can be
found on the internal Avid drive in the Control Panels folder. The Control Panels folder is located in the System Folder.
Monthly AirPlay MP Maintenance
Perform the following procedures on AirPlay MP systems each month.
On multichannel systems, perform the procedure on the record channel Þrst, then each playback channel. See ÒMultichannel Monthly
MaintenanceÓ on page 239.
Single-Channel Monthly Maintenance
This procedure is for single-channel AirPlay MP systems only. See
ÒMultichannel Monthly MaintenanceÓ on page 239 for multichannel
AirPlay MP systems. After completing this section, continue to ÒSingle and Multichannel Monthly MaintenanceÓ on page 240.
1. Delete the Media Database Þles on single-channel systems as follows.
a. Quit out of AirPlay MP and go to the desktop.
b. From the Apple Menu Items folder, choose Find File.
c. From the Find File window, choose Þnd items Òon all disks.Ó
d. Type media database and click Find.
e. When Find File locates the media database Þles, an Items
Found window will open. Select the media database Þles in
this window and drag them to the Trash.
f. Close the Items Found window.
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2. Check for creating and .write Þles using the Find File utility.
a. Type creating in the Find File window and click Find.
b. If Find File locates a creating Þle, the Items Found window
will open. Select the creating Þles in this window and drag
them to the Trash.
c. Close the Items Found window and type .write (note the
period before the word). Click Find. Select the .write Þles in
this window and drag them to the Trash.
d. Close the Find File windows.
e. Choose Empty Trash from the Special menu and click OK.
Multichannel Monthly Maintenance
This procedure is for multichannel AirPlay MP systems only. See ÒSingle-Channel Monthly MaintenanceÓ on page 238 for single-channel
AirPlay MP systems. After completing this section, continue to ÒSingle and Multichannel Monthly MaintenanceÓ on page 240.
1. Delete the Media Database Þles multichannel systems as follows.
Perform these steps on the record channel Þrst, then repeat this
procedure for each playback channel.
a. Quit out of AirPlay and go to the desktop.
b. Highlight the Database Server window (record channel Þrst).
From the File menu, choose Quit.
c. Highlight the VScanner window.
d. Choose Delete Media Database from the Volume menu.
e. Click Yes.
f. Highlight the VScanner window. From the File menu, choose
Quit.
2. Check for creating and .write Þles using the Find utility.
a. From the Apple Menu Items folder, choose Find File.
b. From the Find File window, choose Þnd items Òon all disks.Ó
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c. Type creating and click Find.
d. If Find File locates a creating Þle, an Items Found window will
open. Select the creating Þles in this window and drag them to
the Trash.
e. Close the Items Found window and type .write (note the
period before the word). Click Find. Select the .write Þles in
this window and drag them to the Trash.
f. Close the Find File windows.
g. Choose Empty Trash from the Special menu and click OK.
Single and Multichannel Monthly Maintenance
To complete the AirPlay MP monthly maintenance, perform the following:
1. Run Disk First Aidª. See ÒMaintaining Drives with Disk First
AidÓ on page 243 for additional information.
a. Open the internal Avid drive.
b. Open the Utilities folder.
c. Double-click the Disk First Aid icon.
d. Highlight the internal Avid drive and click OK on the warning
message that follows. Click Verify.
¥If Disk First Aid indicates the drive needs to be repaired, you
must boot from the Disk Tools diskette to repair it.
¥If Disk First Aid indicates there is no problem with the drive,
proceed to step e.
e. Repair any reported problems with Disk First Aid. Call Avid
Broadcast Customer Support if Disk First Aid cannot repair
the problem.
¥On the record channel, highlight all buffer drives and shared
library drive partitions and click Repair.
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¥On the playback channels, highlight only the buffer drive
partitions and click Repair.
f. Choose Quit from the Disk First Aid File menu.
2. Run Norton Disk Doctorª - Version 3.2 or higher (when using
striped MediaDrives).
a. Double-click on the Disk Doctor icon.
b. Set Preferences (Disk Doctor Edit menu). Click Use Defaults,
check box for Fix Automatically, uncheck box for Check for
Defective Media. Click Save. Preferences only need to be set
one time.
c. On the record channel, select all partitions of all drives. On the
playback channels, select only the internal Avid system drive
and the buffer drive partitions (click on the Þrst drive partition
and then hold down the Shift key while clicking on the additional partitions). Do not highlight the shared library partitions on the playback channels.
d. Click Examine.
e. View the reports. Unless Norton warns of a problem not
repaired, quit Disk Doctor by choosing Quit from the File
menu. Call Avid Broadcast Customer Support if Norton Disk
Doctor cannot repair the problem.
f. Close the Utilities folder.
3. Delete old playlists.
a. Open the Avid Projects folder.
b. Open the Station project folder.
c. Drag all old playlists to the Trash.
d. From the Special menu, choose Empty Trash. Click OK.
e. Close the Station project and Avid Projects folders.
4. Delete old As Run Logs.
a. Make certain all old As Run Logs are no longer needed.
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b. Open the AirPlay MP folder.
c. Drag all old As Run Logs to the Trash. These logs are identiÞable by the date in their names.
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This does not include the one labeled ÒAirPlay As Run Log.Ó It is the current
As Run Log.
d. From the Special menu, choose Empty Trash. Click OK.
e. Close the AirPlay MP folder.
f. Close the Avid system drive window.
5. On the single and record channels only, rebuild desktop Þles.
a. Restart the record channel with the k-Option keys pressed.
Hold the keys down until desktop rebuild prompt comes up.
b. Release the k-Option keys and click OK to rebuild the desktop Þle for each drive partition.
MediaServer Maintenance
Over time, the number of entries in the server database increases. This
causes database operation to be less efÞcient. When this number
grows to 5-6 times the number of spots (master clips) in the system, or
approximately 10,000 entries, a rebuild is recommended. See the Avid
MediaServer Administration Guide for details.
Avid recommends that the MediaServer clients be rebooted once a day.
The following server and database maintenance should be completed
on a regular schedule:
¥
Do a complete consistency, statistics, and database space check.
¥
Perform a complete backup of the database.
¥
Reboot the database server.
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Maintaining Drives with Disk First Aid
Every drive has a directory or drive index that tells the system where
Þles reside. If the drive directory becomes damaged or corrupted, the
system will not be able to locate the Þles.
If the system is reporting drive errors or if Þles cannot be opened, try
running Disk First Aid to Þnd and repair errors on the drive before
reformatting or calling Avid Broadcast Customer Support.
Using Disk First Aid
You can avoid drive errors by running Disk First Aid regularly. To use
Disk First Aid:
1. Insert the Disk Tools diskette in the drive and restart the Avid
Media Processor. (The Disk Tools diskette was included with the
system software and documentation.)
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Disk First Aid can be installed in the Utilities folder on the Avid system
drive. The Disk First Aid application can be used to check and repair
MediaDrives from the system drive. If checking or repairing the system drive,
Disk First Aid must be used from the Disk Tool diskette.
2. Double-click the Disk First Aid icon on the drive to start the
application.
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3. If you are checking the system drive or a shared drive, click OK in
the warning dialog box that appears.
The Disk First Aid window opens. This window contains all the
necessary controls for you to run Disk First Aid.
Select a drive to verify or
repair by clicking the icon
in the drive selection
window.
Verify a drive
Repair a drive
Stop the process
Drive First Aid instructions
4. Select the drive you want to verify by clicking the drive in the
drive selection window.
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5. Click the Verify button to verify the selected drive. Disk First Aid
veriÞes the selected drive and reports the results.
If errors appear when testing the Avid system drive, click Verify
before repairing them. Click Repair for any MediaDrive errors.
Verification results
6. If the drive needs to be repaired, click the Repair button.
After the drive has been successfully repaired, choose Quit from
the File menu to exit Disk First Aid. If Disk First Aid reports that
the selected drive cannot be veriÞed or repaired, see ÒIf Drive
Status Cannot Be VeriÞedÓ on page 245.
If Drive Status Cannot Be Verified
If Disk First Aid is unable to verify the status of a drive:
1. Copy all media to another drive.
2. Delete all media Þles on the damaged drive.
3. Run Disk First Aid again.
If Disk First Aid is unable to verify the status of a system drive,
call Avid Broadcast Customer Support for instructions.
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CHAPTER 16
Troubleshooting
This chapter provides information about solving or preventing
common problems.
When You Run into Trouble
While using the system, you may occasionally see a debugger screen,
an error message, or experience a problem such as the pointer
ÒfreezingÓ on the screen. If you have trouble with the Avid Media
Processor, take a moment to read the information in this section. See
ÒSolutions to Common ProblemsÓ on page 249.
For additional troubleshooting information, read the Þle named Power
Macintosh Read Me or access the online Macintosh UserÕs Guide. These
Þles are on the Avid system drive of the Avid Media Processor.
Responding to Error Messages
When an error message appears, capture the contents on the message
(for example; to a log book) and then note the conditions and actions
of the system prior to the error message.
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Click the OK button in the window to clear the message. If the system
does not respond, turn off the Avid Media Processor.
To help diagnose and correct the problem, gather as much information
about the situation as you can before starting over:
¥
Make a note of exactly what you were doing when the problem
occurred. Write down the message on the screen and its ID
number (if any). Also list the programs you were using and the
names of any items that have been added to the System Folder
since the system software was installed. This information helps
Avid Broadcast Customer Support diagnose the problem.
¥
Check the screen for any clues. Is a menu selected? What
programs and document icons are open? Note anything else that
seems relevant.
¥
If you were typing text and were not able to save it before the
problem occurred, you can write down the parts of the text still
visible on the screen so that some of the work will be easy to
replace.
¥
Ask your system administrator and other users about the problem
you are having Ñ they might have a solution or it might be a
known abnormality. If a system log is kept, check it for a solution
or record the problem.
¥
When the system does not respond to keyboard and mouse
commands, and the menus cannot be accessed, it might simply be
processing a command. Check the pointer Ñ if it appears as a
spinning wheel or a clock, the system is processing a command.
Starting Over
Sometimes you can eliminate a problem simply by clearing the Avid
Media ProcessorÕs memory and starting over.
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If possible, save any open documents before restarting the Avid Media
Processor. If the system does not respond to any input, or if the
debugger screen is displayed, saving might not be possible. Try
pressing k-Option-Esc to quit the program in use when the problem
occurred; if this works, you can then save the documents open in other
programs before restarting.
To restart the Avid Media Processor, try the following steps:
1. If possible, choose Restart from the Special menu or from the
dialog box that is on screen.
2. If Restart cannot be chosen, hold down the Option and Control
keys while you press the Power-on key.
This key combination restarts the Avid Media Processor. (Use this
key combination only when choosing Restart from the Special
menu does not work.)
3. If nothing happens, look for the Reset and Interrupt buttons on the
front of the Avid Media Processor and press the Reset button (see
Figure 4-1).
Pressing the Reset button is like turning the power switch off and
then on again. You will lose any work you have not saved. (The
Interrupt button is intended for use by programmers who have
debugging software installed.)
4. If pressing the Reset button does nothing, turn off the Avid Media
Processor by using the power switch, wait at least 10 seconds, then
turn it on again.
5. If the power switch does not turn off the Avid Media Processor,
cycle the power sequencer (if equipped) or unplug the Avid Media
Processor.
If you suspect that the problem is with a peripheral device, such as
a printer or external hard drive, turn the peripheral device off for
10 seconds or more, then turn it on again and restart the Avid
Media Processor.
If the problem persists, leave the suspected device powered off.
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Solutions to Common Problems
The following are possible problems followed by their possible
solutions.
The Avid Media Processor is turned on but the screen is dark.
The Avid Media Processor or the monitor is not getting power, a
program has darkened the screen, or the monitor controls are not
adjusted properly.
¥
If using a screen saver software, press a key or move the mouse to
turn off the screen saver. Remove the screen saver software from
the Avid system drive. Screen saver programs are not supported
on DNG systems.
¥
Check that the monitor is turned on.
¥
Check that the power cord is plugged in and Þrmly connected to
the Avid Media Processor and that the electrical outlet has power.
The power light on the Avid Media ProcessorÕs front panel should
be on.
¥
Check the monitorÕs brightness control and increase it if necessary.
¥
Check that the monitor is set up correctly in the Monitors control
panel.
¥
The Avid Media Processor may be having a problem recognizing a
SCSI device. Turn off external SCSI devices and restart.
If the Avid Media Processor starts after you turn off the SCSI
devices, see Chapter 9 for information on connecting SCSI devices
and assigning SCSI ID numbers.
Turn on the devices one at a time to isolate the defective unit.
¥
The system software is not installed on the Avid system drive, the
system software is damaged, or the system drive is not working
properly. See the Release Notes about reinstalling the system
software or call Avid Broadcast Customer Support.
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A diskette icon with a blinking question mark appears during startup.
The blinking question mark indicates that the Avid Media Processor
cannot Þnd system software. Repair the damaged drive or reinstall
system software from the supplied diskettes.
Start the Avid Media Processor using the Disk Tools diskette. If
repairing the drive does not help, call Avid Broadcast Customer
Support.
A diskette icon with an X appears and the diskette is ejected.
The Avid Media Processor ejected a diskette that is not a startup
diskette.
Wait a few seconds. The Avid Media Processor should start from the
Avid system drive. Only insert diskettes after the Avid Media
Processor has started.
A icon with a sad face appears during startup.
A Òsad MacintoshÓ icon appears and the Avid Media Processor will
not start.
The Avid Media Processor cannot start because of a problem with the
system software or the Avid Media Processor hardware.
¥
Eject any diskettes by turning off the Avid Media Processor and
then holding down the mouse button while you turn the Avid
Media Processor on again.
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¥
Try starting with a different startup diskette (such as the Disk
Tools diskette). If the Òsad MacintoshÓ icon appears again, note
any screen messages and call Avid Broadcast Customer Support.
¥
Turn off all the peripheral devices and restart the system.
The hard drive icon does not appear on the desktop.
If the Avid system drive icon does not appear on the desktop, try the
following:
¥
If the drive is the startup Avid system drive:
-
Shut down the Avid Media Processor, wait at least 10 seconds,
and then turn it on again.
-
Start the Avid Media Processor using the Disk Tools diskette.
If repairing the drive does not help, call Avid Broadcast Customer Support.
¥
If the drive is external, make sure it is turned on and its cable is
connected Þrmly. Restart the Avid Media Processor.
¥
Power cycle the suspected drive assembly.
¥
Check the ID numbers of all SCSI equipment connected to the
Avid Media Processor. For information on SCSI devices, see
Chapter 9.
Icons do not appear correctly on the screen.
You need to Òrebuild the desktopÓ Ñ a process that helps the Avid
Media Processor keep track of Þles and folders on the Avid system
drive.
Hold down the Option-k keys while starting the Avid Media
Processor. Keep holding down the keys until a message asks whether
you want to rebuild the desktop. Click OK.
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The Avid Media Processor cannot read a diskette.
If you see a message that a diskette is unreadable, try one of the
following:
¥
If the diskette has never been used, you may simply need to
initialize it.
¥
The diskette drive may need cleaning. Contact your local computer store.
¥
The diskette might be damaged.
If you are trying to use a DOS diskette:
¥
The diskette might have been formatted incorrectly on a DOS
computer. On DOS computers it is possible to format a standard
double-sided diskette in a high-density (1.44 K) format, and vice
versa. Diskettes formatted this way cannot be read by an Avid
Media Processor.
When formatting diskettes on a DOS computer, always format
standard double-sided diskettes in the 720 K format. Always
format high-density diskettes in the 1.44 K format.
If a diskette has been formatted incorrectly, use a DOS computer to
copy its contents onto another diskette that has been properly
formatted.
The pointer does not move when you move the mouse.
The mouse is not connected properly, or its signals are not reaching the
Avid Media Processor, or there is a software error.
¥
Turn off the Avid Media Processor using the power button, check
that the mouse cable is connected properly, then restart the Avid
Media Processor.
¥
Restart the Avid Media Processor and press the keyboard Tab key
and verify different desktop icons highlight with each press.
¥
Clean the mouse.
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¥
If you have another mouse or pointing device, try connecting and
using it. (Turn off the Avid Media Processor Þrst.) If it works, there
is probably something wrong with the mouse.
¥
Restart the Avid Media Processor with a different startup diskette
(such as the Disk Tools diskette). If the mouse works, reinstall
system software on the startup diskette.
¥
If the problem recurs, it may be due to an incompatible program.
Make sure that all programs, desk accessories, and system
extensions you are using are compatible with the system software.
¥
Detach all ADB, remote control, and GPI devices from the broadcast panel and restart the Avid Media Processor.
If none of these procedures solves the problem, call Avid
Broadcast Customer Support.
Typing on the keyboard produces nothing on the screen.
The insertion point has not been set, no text is selected, the keyboard is
not connected properly, the keyboardÕs signals are not reaching the
Avid Media Processor, or there is a software error.
¥
Make sure the program you want to type in is the active program.
¥
Place the pointer in the active window and click to set an insertion
point or drag to select text (if applicable).
¥
Turn off the Avid Media Processor by using the power button,
then check that the keyboard cable is connected properly at both
ends.
¥
Turn off the Avid Media Processor, then connect the keyboard
cable to the other ADB port on the keyboard. (You may have to
unplug the mouse to do this.) If the keyboard cable is connected to
the monitor, connect it to another ADB port on the monitor or
directly to the Avid Media ProcessorÕs ADB port (on the back of
the Avid Media Processor). If typing still does not work, the
problem is most likely with the keyboard.
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¥
If you have access to another keyboard, try using it instead.
Unplug the keyboard and try a mouse only. (Turn off the Avid
Media Processor before connecting it.)
¥
Restart the Avid Media Processor with a different startup diskette
(such as the Disk Tools diskette). If this solves the problem,
reinstall the system software on the startup diskette.
If none of these procedures solves the problem, call Avid
Broadcast Customer Support.
A dialog box with a picture of a bomb appears.
The system has a software problem.
¥
Write down what you were doing when the message appeared,
and write down the number on the message, if there is one.
¥
Restart the Avid Media Processor. Most software problems are
temporary and restarting usually corrects the problem.
¥
If the problem recurs, check the startup drive and program you are
using when the message appears. Make sure that all programs,
desk accessories, and system extensions you are using are
compatible with the system software. Reinstalling the system
software may correct the problem.
¥
Sometimes incompatible system extensions or control panels can
cause system software problems. Restart while holding down the
Shift key; this temporarily turns off all system extensions. If the
Avid Media Processor works normally with this method, remove
all extensions from the Extensions folder (inside the System
Folder) and put them back into the Extensions folder one at a time.
Restart after you add each extension. This procedure should
identify any incompatible extensions.
You cannot start the application or it quits unexpectedly.
When you try to open an application, a message appears that not
enough memory is available.
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¥
Avid applications do not run while other applications are running.
Check the Apple pull-down menu and verify no other
applications are running.
¥
The application needs more memory or the Avid Media Processor
ran out of memory.
¥
Quit the open applications and then open the application you
want to use, or restart the Avid Media Processor.
¥
Use the applicationÕs Info window to give it more memory. For
more information, refer to the online Macintosh UserÕs Guide.
¥
Use the Memory control panel to turn on virtual memory. This is
especially important if using applications designed for Power
Macintosh. For more information, refer to the online Macintosh
UserÕs Guide.
The application program cannot be opened because a file cannot be found.
Power Macintosh programs use special Þles called shared libraries. Any
necessary shared libraries should be installed automatically when you
install Power Macintosh programs.
Follow the directions that came with the application to reinstall the
application. If the shared library is still missing, contact the software
programÕs manufacturer for assistance.
You experience problems using a document from a DOS computer.
If you cannot open a DOS Þle using the Macintosh, try the following:
¥
Open the document from within the program by choosing the
Open command from the programÕs File menu.
¥
Use the PC Exchange control panel to change the documentÕs type
to one that can be opened by the program.
If a DOS document is displayed incorrectly, or you see strange codes
or characters in the document:
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¥
The application may have special procedures for opening
documents with different Þle formats. See the information that
came with the program.
¥
Try opening the document in another program.
Some characters that can be displayed on the Avid Media Processor are not
accurately displayed on DOS computers.
You see a message that an application program cannot be found.
The following dialog box appears if you try to open a document
created using software that is not on the hard drive.
Normally, this message appears when you try to open a document that
came from another Avid Media Processor using different software.
¥
Some documents can be opened by more than one application
program. Try starting a program that you think could open the
document, then choose the Open command from the programÕs
File menu to try to open the document. (Or drag the document to
the programÕs icon. If the program can open the document, the
programÕs icon is highlighted.)
¥
Purchase and install the correct software to use the document, or
Þnd out if the original owner of the document can convert it to a
usable format.
¥
Do not try to open the Þles in the System Folder. Most of the
System Folder Þles are used by the Avid Media Processor for
internal purposes, and are not intended to be opened.
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¥
Rebuild the desktop by holding down the Option-k keys while
starting the Avid Media Processor. Keep holding down the keys
until you see a message asking whether you want to rebuild the
desktop. Click OK.
¥
If the document is from a DOS computer, use the PC Exchange
control panel to specify which Macintosh program will open the
document.
The system fails to boot or hangs after drive installation.
If the system fails to boot or it hangs after you install a drive:
1. Check that all SCSI devices on the bus have a unique SCSI ID.
Duplicate SCSI IDs will cause system problems.
2. Make sure that all SCSI cables are properly connected.
3. Check that the SCSI bus is properly terminated (see Chapter 9).
4. If the system still will not boot or if it hangs, disconnect the drive
and bring the system back to its original conÞguration.
5. Turn on one external drive at a time and verify from within the
Control Panel SExpress application and conÞrm the SCSI setting
matches the one set on the drive.
6. If the system now operates properly, either the drive, a cable, or
terminator may be defective. Contact Avid Broadcast Customer
Support.
7. If the system still does not boot, recheck all connections and try
again. If it again fails to boot, contact Avid Broadcast Customer
Support.
A drive does not appear.
If drives do not appear on the desktop when you start the hardware
for the system, or do not appear in the menu of available storage
drives within the application, you can use the AVIDdriveª utility to
mount the drives.
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1. Go to the desktop and double-click the AVIDdrive Formatter icon.
The utility is usually located in the Utilities folder. It opens to the
Select Window, which displays bus and drive information along
with buttons for the FormatterÕs main functions.
SCSI buses
Expand and collapse
bus arrows
Drive type
SCSI ID and
logical unit number
Scan bus button
Cursor sensitive
help area
Mount button
2. If the drive that you want to mount does not appear in the Select
Window, then click the Scan Bus button.
When the Formatter is opened, it should scan the bus
automatically to identify all the drives attached to the Avid Media
Processor. Clicking the Scan button rescans the buses for any
devices that may have been turned on since the Formatter was
started.
If a drive still does not appear, double-check the SCSI cable
connections, the ID for each device, and the termination, then click
the Scan Bus button again. It might required power cycling the
Avid system and drives.
3. Select the drive you want to mount by clicking its icon.
4. Click the Mount button.
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5. Click the close box in the upper left corner of the Select Window to
close the utility.
The mounted drive should appear on the desktop and in the drive
menus within the Avid application.
6. Click the Close button in the upper left corner of the window.
The keyboard or mouse is pulled out.
If the keyboard or mouse is pulled out:
1. Turn off the Avid Media Processor by using the power switch (see
Figure 4-2).
2. Connect the keyboard or mouse.
3. Restart the system.
Liquid is spilled on the keyboard.
If liquid is spilled on the keyboard:
1. Turn off the Avid Media Processor immediately.
2. If the liquid is water or another clear liquid, unplug the keyboard,
turn it upside down to drain the liquid, and let it dry for 24 hours
with forced air (a fan) supplied.
3. If you spill a greasy or sticky liquid, call Avid Broadcast Customer
Support.
The mouse becomes sticky.
The mouse contains a small ball that must roll smoothly. Keep this ball
free of dirt and grease by using the mouse on a clean, lint-free surface
like the mouse pad that comes with the system. The mouse should be
cleaned occasionally.
To clean the mouse:
1. Turn the mouse upside-down.
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2. Rotate the mouse ball cover on counterclockwise and remove the
cover.
3. Turn the mouse right-side up to remove the ball from its socket.
4. Remove any dust from the ball and the socket.
5. Place the ball back into the socket.
6. Replace the mouse ball cover and rotate the cover clockwise to
secure it.
You See a “This product is not licensed” error message.
Sometimes when you launch AirPlay MP, NewsCutter, or Media
Recorder, the system displays the message, ÒThis broadcast product is
not licensed to run on this machine.Ó This message usually means that
the dongle has come loose or been disconnected, or a software item
has not been detected during startup.
1. Quit the software application.
2. Check that the dongle is present and correctly connected.
3. Check that the EvE INIT Þle is installed in the Extension folder.
The Extensions folder can be found in the System Folder. Make
sure that the extension has not been disabled.
4. Restart the system and launch the software.
5. If you still see the message, contact Avid Broadcast Customer
Support.
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CHAPTER 17
Hardware SpeciÞcations
This chapter provides information about requirements for the site
where the Avid system is installed and the physical dimensions and
power requirements for the Avid system components.
Site Requirements
The following are the site requirements for all Avid systems.
Power Requirements
Each channel of an Avid DNG product requires one circuit of 20 A, 110
to 120 V ac, 60 Hz or 10 A, 220 to 224 V ac, 50 Hz. Storage upgrades
might require additional electrical service. Consult your Avid
representative. Surge protection and an uninterruptible power supply
(UPS) are recommended for all systems.
Rack-mounted systems using 120 V ac require a female NEMA L5-20
receptacle located within 24 inches of the base of the rack. There must
be one connector for each Avid Media Processor.
The 220 V ac systems ship with pigtails on the input cable. Consult
your local electrical codes for details.
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Source Requirements
Avid systems accept video and audio that adhere to broadcast
standards. Excessive jitter and/or noise on a signal is not an
acceptable source.
Synchronization Requirements
A stable video reference source is required for synchronizing the
system. Multichannel systems might require multiple feeds of the
video reference.
Printing Requirements
The Avid Media Processor uses the standard Apple Macintosh serial
port printing capabilities. You can use network printers via Ethernet
connections.
Networking Requirements
Avid DNG systems are always connected to networks, isolated from
corporate networks. This protects your broadcast system from
network problems.
Telephone Requirements
Systems which include a modem require an analog telephone line.
Avid encourages all customers to use the Avid Online Bulletin Board
Service (BBS) to log feature requests, to report problems, and to access
the latest news from Avid headquarters and other users.
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Environmental Requirements
Table 17-1 lists the environmental speciÞcations for a standard
broadcast environment.
Table 17-1
Environmental Specifications
Condition
Range
Operating temperature 50°F to 75°F (10°C to 24°C)
Storage temperature
Ð40°F to 80°F (Ð40°C to 27°C)
Relative humidity
8% to 80% / Wet bulb 82°F (27.7°C maximum)
Altitude
0 to 6000 ft (0 to 1829 m)
Component Weights and Dimensions
Table 17-2 provides the dimensions and weights of Avid system
components.
Table 17-2
Component
Physical Specifications for Components
Rack Rack
Mount Units
Height x Width x Depth
Weight
ATM switch
ASX-200BX
(add a rack unit for cables)
Yes
3
+1
4.75x 17.5 x 18 in
(12 x 44.5 x 47.7 cm)
24.9 lb
(11.3 kg)
ASX-1000
(add a rack unit for cables)
Yes
14
+1
24.5 x 19 x 18 in
(62 x 48 x 45.7 cm)
89.7 lb
(41 kg)
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Table 17-2
Physical Specifications for Components (Continued)
Rack Rack
Mount Units
Height x Width x Depth
Weight
Two-channel audio
ampliÞer (optional)
Yes
1
2 x 19 x 12 in (5 x 48 x 30 cm)
16 lb (7 kg)
Audio interface
Yes
1
2 x 19 x 9 in (5 x 48 x 23 cm)
3.8 lb (1.7 kg)
Avid eight-channel audio
interface (optional)
Yes
2
3.5 x 19 x 9 in
(8.9 x 48 x 23 cm)
7 lb (3.2 kg)
Speakers
No
Ñ
10 x 6.5 x 7.5 in
(25 x 17 x 19 cm)
7 lb (3.2 kg)
Speaker/ampliÞer
combination
Yes
1
2 x 19 x 12 in (5 x 48 x 30 cm)
14 lb (6.4kg)
Video Slave Driver
Yes
1
2 x 19 x 9 in (5 x 48 x 23 cm)
3.8 lb (1.7 kg)
Avid Media Processor
(computer system)
Yes
5
8.68 x 16.68 x 23.12 in
(22 x 42 x 59 cm)
58 lb
(26 kg)
CHALLENGE XL
(server)
No
Ñ
74.5 x 46 x 59.75 in
(189 x 117 x 152 cm)
400 lb
(180 kg)
CHALLENGE DM
(server)
No
Ñ
40 x 39 x 34 in
(102 x 99 x 86 cm)
160 lb
(72 kg)
AirPlay MP remote control
(rack-mounted)
Yes
1
2 x 19 x 7 in (5 x 48 x 18 cm)
6.6 lb (3 kg)
AirPlay MP remote control
(desktop)
No
Ñ
3.5 x 7 x 5.5 in (9 x 18 x 14 cm)
Keyboard
No
Ñ
2 x 19 x 8 in (5 x 48 x 20 cm)
3.8 lb (1.7 kg)
Modem
No
Ñ
5 x 3 x 10 in (13 x 8 x 25 cm)
1.5 lb (0.7 kg)
Component
Audio
Communication devices
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Table 17-2
Component
Mouse
Physical Specifications for Components (Continued)
Rack Rack
Mount Units
Height x Width x Depth
Weight
No
Ñ
1 x 2 x 4 in (2.5 x 5 x 10 cm)
0.3 lb (0.1 kg)
Disk drives (local and shared library)
Avid MediaDrives
No
Ñ
4 x 10 x 11 in (10 x 25 x 28 cm) 15 lb (6.8 kg)
MegaDrive MX/500 RAID
Yes
8
7 x 19 x 20 in (18 x 48 x 50 cm) 65 lb (29.2 kg)
Ciprico RAID
Yes
4
7 x 17 x 22 in (18 x 43 x 56 cm) 75 lb (33.8 kg)
MediaDock unit
(MediaDock Shuttleª
drives are mounted inside
of the Media Dock)
Yes
4
17 x 7 x 14 in (44 x 18 x 50 cm) 25 lb empty
(11.3 kg)
2 lb/drive
(0.9 kg)
MediaShare
No
Ñ
5 x 8 x 9.2 in (13 x 20 x 23 cm) 6.3 lb (2.8 kg)
MRS without storage
expanders
Yes
3
5.25 x 19 x 23.5 in
(13 x 48 x 60 cm)
55 lb empty
(24.8 kg)
8 lb/drive
(3.6 kg)
MRS with storage
expanders
Yes
3
5.25 x 19 x 23.5 in
(13 x 48 x 60 cm)
60 lb empty
(27 kg)
8 lb/drive
(3.6 kg)
Ethernet hub (desktop)
No
Ñ
1 x 7 x 4 in (2.5 x 18 x 10 cm)
1.1 lb (0.5 kg)
Ethernet hub (rack-mounted)
(add a rack unit for cables)
Yes
2
+1
3.5 x 19 x 6 in
(8.9 x 48 x 15 cm)
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Table 17-2
Component
Physical Specifications for Components (Continued)
Rack Rack
Mount Units
Height x Width x Depth
Weight
Monitors
14-inch UI monitor
No
Ñ
14 x 14 x 14.5 in
(36 x 36 x 37 cm)
31 lb (14 kg)
17-inch record/engineering No
monitor
Ñ
16 x 16 x 17 in
(41 x 41 x 43 cm)
38 lb (17.1 kg)
20- and 21-inch UI monitor
Ñ
18 x 20 x 23 in
(46 x 51 x 58 cm)
71 lb (32 kg)
Ñ
Ñ
Ñ
1
1.75 x 19 x 7.5 in
(5 x 48 x 19 cm)
No
Playback monitor (userÑ
supplied; dimensions vary)
Power sequencer
Yes
Video input/output hardware (to be used with customer-supplied decks, feeds, or routers)
Avid GPI controller
Yes
1
1.75 x 19 x 7.5 in
(5 x 48 x 19 cm)
Black burst generator
(optional)
No
Ñ
1.75 x 7 x 8 in (5 x 18 x 20 cm) 1.9 lb (0.9 kg)
User interface ADB switch
Yes
3
4 x 11 x 5.5 in (10 x 28 x 14 cm) 4.5 lb (2 kg)
V-LAN and VLXi
Yes
1
1.75 x 19 x 11 in (5 x 48 x 28 cm) 8.5 lb (3.8 kg)
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6.7 lb (3 kg)
Avid-Supplied Rack Specifications
Avid provides a rack-mount housing for the AirPlay MP systems. The
enclosures are expandable to include one, two, or three racks,
depending on the size of the system (see Table 17-3).
Racks include rails, a ground bar, and cable tie bars for organizing and
securing the systemÕs cables. A rail is mounted to each of the four
corners of the rack. The rails have mounting holes from top to bottom.
Slide kits are supplied with system components and are secured to the
rails using three rack mounting holes. Each set of three mounting
holes is called a rack unit (1.75 inches in height).
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Table 17-2 lists whether the component is rack-mountable or not.
Table 17-3
Avid System Rack Enclosure Capacity
ConÞguration Rack Units
Width
Depth
Single rack
38
22.06 in (56 cm)
30 in (76 cm)
Double rack
76
44.12 in (112 cm)
30 in (76 cm)
Triple rack
114
66.18 in (168 cm)
30 in (76 cm)
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A cooling fan is mounted on the top panel of the rack. Provide a
minimum clearance of 12-inches above the rack for the air to exhaust.
Figure 17-1 shows the front view of an enclosure that has been
expanded to include two racks.
0.6 in (1.6 cm) cover height
3 in (7.6 cm) top panel height
0.6 in (1.6 cm) side panel width
75 in
(191 cm)
66.5 in
(169 cm)
17.5 in (44.5 cm)
19 in (48 cm)
Four rails with threaded holes
(inside width)
Rack opening (front panel width)
22 in (56 cm)
2 in (5 cm) crossbar height
3 in (7.6 cm) crossbar height
Figure 17-1 Two-Rack Enclosure (front view)
268
Be sure the installation site provides adequate front and back service
access, as shown in Figure 17-2.
3 ft (1 m) service access space in back
22.06 in (56.2 cm)
19 in (48 cm)
Ground bar
Rack rail
0.6 x 1.4 in (1.6 x 3.5 cm)
30 in (76.2 cm)
24 in (61 cm)
Front-to-back
side support rails
Rack rail
Rack-mounted
equipment removed
for servicing
4.5 ft (1.4 m) service access space in front
Figure 17-2 Rack Dimensions and Service Access
(overhead view)
269
The base of each rack has casters and leveling feet that you can remove
to bolt the enclosure to the ßoor (see Figure 17-3).
15.3 in (39 cm)
3.4 in (8.6 cm)
Back
Removable casters
and leveling feet
23.3 in (59 cm)
30 in (76.2 cm)
0.3 in (0.8 cm)
diameter hole for
bolting down rack
Front
3.4 in (8.6 cm)
22.06 in (56.2 cm)
Figure 17-3 Base for a Rack (overhead view)
Power Requirements
Make sure the site has an adequate power source with overcurrent
protection. If it is an existing power source, make sure that the
additional power draw will not overload the circuits. Take into
consideration the equipment nameplate ratings when addressing this
concern.
w
Most systems are designed to work with single-phase (3-wire)
power cord with a grounded neutral conductor. To reduce the risk of
electric shock, always plug the cord into a grounded power outlet
that meets all of the local electrical codes.
270
Avid rack-mount systems now include a power sequencer. This
component allows the entire rack to be started up with a single switch.
The power switch is also a circuit breaker. One power sequencer is
included with each Avid Media Processor.
Rack-mounted systems using 120 V ac require a female NEMA L5-20
connector located within 24 inches of the base of the rack. There must
be one connector for each Avid Media Processor in a multichannel
AirPlay MP system.
International rack-mounted systems are supplied with no input
connectors. Consult your local electrical codes for the proper
connector combination, for example, 10 A at 220 V ac. There is one
power input for each Avid Media Processor.
Table 17-4 lists the power requirements for individual system
components. The total approximate power for a system with one
MediaDrive is 915 W. Each system requires three surge and spikeprotected power strips (not supplied by Avid).
For best performance, keep all system power connections on the same
power feed distribution panel. Do not connect fans, lamps, coffee pots,
or other equipment to the same outlet that is powering the Avid
equipment.
Table 17-4
Item
Power Requirements
Type
Voltage
Frequency
Power
200 W
ATM switches
ASX-200BX
Auto-sensing 120 V ac
240 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
ASX-1000
Auto-sensing 120 V ac
240 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
271
Table 17-4
Item
Power Requirements (Continued)
Type
Voltage
Frequency
Power
60 Hz
50 Hz
16 W
60 Hz
50 Hz
300 W max
47 to 63 Hz
30 W
60 Hz
50 Hz
35 W
Auto-sensing 100 to 120 V ac
220 to 240 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
16 W
Auto-sensing 100 V ac
240 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
248 W @ 110
V ac, 60 Hz
(conÞguration
dependent)
AirPlay MP remote control
(desktop model)
Auto-sensing 90 to 264 V ac
47 to 63 Hz
25 W
AirPlay MP remote control
(rack-mounted model)
Auto-sensing 90 to 264 V ac
47 to 63 Hz
25 W
Audio
Audio interface
Auto-sensing 100 to 120 V ac
220 to 240 V ac
Two-channel audio ampliÞer Switch
selectable
Avid eight-channel audio
interface
(optional alternative)
Speaker/ampliÞer
combination
Video Slave Driver
Avid Media Processor
(computer system)
120 V ac
220 V ac
Auto-sensing 90 to 240 V ac
110 V ac
230 V ac
Communication devices
Modem
120 V ac
240 V ac
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60 Hz
50 Hz
Table 17-4
Item
Power Requirements (Continued)
Type
Voltage
Frequency
Power
Disk drive systems
MediaDrives
Auto-sensing 120 V ac, + 10%
240 V ac, + 10%
60 Hz
50 Hz
70 W
MediaDock
Switch
selectable
83 to 245 V ac
47 to 63 Hz
140 W (idle)
200 W (max)
MediaShare
Auto-sensing 90 to 240 V ac
47 to 63 Hz
25 W
MegaDrive MX/500 RAID
110 V ac, 220 V ac 47 to 63 Hz
200 W (idle)
Ciprico RAID
Auto-sensing 100 to 120 V ac
200 to 240 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
MRS expanders with or
without storage expander
Switch
selectable
90 to 132 V ac
180 to 264 V ac
47 to 440 Hz
Dedicated
110 V ac or
220 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
120 V ac
60 Hz
85 W
14-inch UI monitor (PAL)
Auto-sensing 110 V ac
220 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
85 W
17-inch record/engineering
monitor
Auto-sensing 100 to 120 V ac
200 to 240 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
120 W
20-inch UI monitor
Auto-sensing 120 V ac + 10%
220 to 240 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
140 W
Ñ
Ñ
Ñ
115 V ac or
230 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
Ethernet hub (desktop)
300 W
Monitors
14-inch UI monitor (NTSC)
Playback monitor (userÑ
supplied; requirements vary)
Power Sequencer
Switch
selectable
273
Table 17-4
Power Requirements (Continued)
Item
Type
Voltage
Frequency
System enclosureÕs fan
Dedicated
110 V ac or
220 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
Power
Video and input/output
hardware
Avid GPI controller
Auto-sensing 90 to 64 V ac
47 to 63 Hz
25 W
Black burst generator
Switch
Selectable
120 V ac
240 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
20 W
User interface ADB switch
(is not ac powered)
Ñ
Ñ
Ñ
Ñ
V-LAN and VLXi
Auto-sensing 120 V ac
220 V ac
60 Hz
50 Hz
20 W
Broadcast Panels
One of three possible rear broadcast panels may be attached to the
Avid Media Processor. Broadcast panels originally contained all the
external connectors for both the digital and analog connections. In an
effort to make the broadcast panel less cluttered, digital and analog
panels have been redesigned. The following Þgures identify the
connectors on the three broadcast panels.
274
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Y
R-Y
B-Y
Composite
Analog Ref
Digital Input
Digital Ref
Analog
Inputs
Analog
Outputs
1
Time Code In
Composite
2
3
1 Digital Out
Monitor
4
5
6
Serial
Ports
Keyboard
UI Monitor
Remote
Control
GPI
Figure 17-4 Original Broadcast Panel Connectors
Digital
Input
Out 1
Serial
Ports
4
Out 2
3
Analog
Ref In
2
Monitor Out
Time Code In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
Figure 17-5 Digital Broadcast Panel Connectors
275
2
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Input
Composite
R-Y
B-Y
Y
Output
Serial
Ports
4
3
2
Time Code In
Analog
Ref In
1
UI Monitor
Keyboard
Remote
GPI
Figure 17-6 Analog Broadcast Panel Connectors
Serial Ports
The original broadcast panel contains six serial ports; the other two
panels have four. The serial ports use 9-pin male connectors.
Figure 17-7 shows the pinouts for the serial ports.
1
6
5
9
Figure 17-7 9-Pin Serial Connector
276
Table 17-5 lists the pin assignments for the serial connectors. Not all
serial devices use every signal.
Table 17-5
Pin Assignments for Serial Connectors
Pin
Signal
1
DTR
2
CTS
3
TxD-
4
GND/Shield
5
RxD-
6
TxD+
7
Not used
8
RxD+
9
Not used
277
Keyboard, Remote, and GPI Connectors
The keyboard, remote control, and GPI connectors are 9-pin female
connectors. Figure 17-8 shows the pinouts for these connectors.
5
1
9
6
Figure 17-8 Keyboard, Remote, and GPI Connector
Table 17-6 lists the pin assignments for the keyboard, remote, and GPI
connectors.
Table 17-6
Keyboard, Remote, and GPI Connector Pin Assignments
GPI
Remote
Keyboard
Signal
6
6
6
ADB
Not used Not used 5
Power on
Not used Not used 4
+5 V, 500 mA maximum
2
GND/shield
2
2
278
UI Monitor Port
The UI monitor port is the connection for the UI monitor. It uses a
15-pin female connector. Figure 17-9 shows the pinouts for the UI
monitor connectors.
5
1
10
6
15
11
Figure 17-9 UI Monitor Connector
Table 17-7 lists the pin assignments for the UI monitor connector.
Table 17-7
UI Monitor Connector Pin Assignments
Pin
Signal
1
Red video
2
Green video
3
Blue video
4
MonID2
5
SYNC GND/HSYNC GND
6
Red GND
7
Green GND
8
Blue GND
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Table 17-7
UI Monitor Connector Pin Assignments (Continued)
Pin
Signal
9
Not used
10
SYNC GND/HSYNC GND
11
MonID0
12
MonID1
13
HSYNC
14
VSYNC
15
COMPSYNC
Avid Broadcast Video Board
When the broadcast panel is removed from the Avid Media Processor,
plug the UI monitor directly into the Avid Broadcast Video Board
(ABVB). The NuBus ABVB will have either an analog or digital top
card attached to it. The analog top card provides a external female
15-pin UI monitor connector. Figure 17-10 shows the pinouts for the
analog video connector.
5
1
10
6
15
11
Figure 17-10 ABVB Analog 15-Pin Video Connector
280
Table 17-8 lists the pin assignments for the ABVB 15-pin analog
connector.
Table 17-8
NuBus ABVB Video Connector Pin Assignments
Pin
Signal
1
Y out
2
CV out
3
Ground
4
CV in
5
Y in
6
Genlock
7
Blue Y out
8
Red Y out
9
Red Y in
10
Blue Y in
11
No connection
12
No connection
13
Ground
14
No connection
15
No connection
281
When the ABVB has the serial digital top card installed, a 9-pin male
connector is used. Figure 17-11 shows the pinouts for the digital video
connector.
1
6
5
9
Figure 17-11 ABVB Digital 9-Pin Video Connector
The following table lists the pin assignments for the ABVB serial
digital 9-pin connector. The signals on pins 1 through 5 are provided
on the digital broadcast panel via BNC connectors.
Table 17-9
ABVB Video Connector Pin Assignments
Pin
Signal
1
Analog monitor out
2
Reference/genlock in
3
Digital in
4
Digital out 1
5
Digital out 2
6
Not used
7
Ground
8
Ground
9
Ground
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CHAPTER 18
Supported Decks
This chapter provides a list of Avid compatible decks.
Direct Serial Control
Each deck listed in this section can connect directly to an Avid Media
Processor via a serial cable (see Chapter 7). The cable links the serial
port on the systemÕs computer to the serial remote connector on the
deck. Special conditions or qualiÞcations that apply to some decks are
described in this section.
c
The serial ports on the broadcast panel are not standard RS-422
pinouts. Use only Avid supplied cables for serial deck connections.
Fully Supported Direct Serial Control
The decks listed in Table 18-1 are supported for direct serial control
and do not require V-LAN control modules for recording or making
digital cuts.
283
Table 18-1
Direct Serial Control: Fully Supported Decks
Manufacturer
Model
Format
Comments
Ampex¨
CVR-60, 65, 70, 75
Betacam SP
Same as Sony BVW series.
Panasonic¨
AG-7650, 7750
S-VHS
LTC only, not VITC. Optional timecode
board required.
Panasonic
AJ-D350
D3
Panasonic
AU-60, 63, 65
MII
MII protocol works for logging only.
Panasonic
AU-505
MII
Portable deck. MII protocol works for logging only.
Panasonic
AU-550, 620, 630, 640
MII
MII protocol works for logging only.
Panasonic
AU-650, 660
MII
MII protocol works for logging only.
Sony¨
BVU-900, 920, 950
3/4-inch U SP Optional timecode board required
(BKU-905).
Sony
BVW-60, 65 70, 75
Betacam SP
Sony
VO-9800, 9850
3/4-inch U SP Optional timecode board required
(BKU-704 or 705).
Sony
EVO-9800
Hi8
Sony
PVW-2800, 2600, 2650
Betacam SP
Not frame accurate.
284
Conditionally Supported Direct Serial Control
The decks listed in Table 18-2 can be used for logging and recording,
but not for digital cut to timecode. If digital cut to timecode is
required, use a V-LAN with these decks.
Table 18-2
Direct Serial Control: Conditionally Supported
Decks
Manufacturer Model
Format
Ampex
CVR-10, 15, 40
Betacam
Sony
BVW-10, 15, 40
Betacam
Sony
BVU-800, 820, 850, 870
3/4-inch U
Sony
BVH-3000, 3100
1-inch
Sony
DVR-10, C10, 20, 28
D2
Comments
Optional timecode board required
(TC-20, not TC-13).
Untested Direct Serial Control
Table 18-3 lists the decks believed to work based on speciÞcations
alone. However, Avid has not tested these decks and Þeld test data is
not available.
Table 18-3
Manufacturer Model
Direct Serial Control: Untested Decks
Format
Comments
Timecode board required.
JVC¨
KR-M820U
3/4-inch U
Sony
BVH-2000, 2000PM
1-inch
285
Table 18-3
Direct Serial Control: Untested Decks (Continued)
Manufacturer Model
Format
Sony
BVH-2180, 2180PM
1-inch
Sony
BVH-2500, 2700
1-inch
Sony
BVH-2800, 2830,
1-inch
Sony
BVH-2000PS, 2180PS
1-inch
Sony
BVH-2500PS, 2800PS
1-inch
Sony
BVH-2830PS
1-inch
Sony
DVR-1000
D2
Comments
Logging Only Direct Serial Control
Table 18-4 lists the decks to be used only for logging. They are not supported for recording or digital cuts.
Table 18-4
Direct Serial Control: Logging Decks Only
Manufacturer Model
Format
Comments
Sony
BVW-35
Betacam
Problems with control, accuracy and video stability.
Sony
BVW-50
Betacam
Replaces BVW-35. Problems with control, accuracy
and video stability reported.
Sony
EVO-9850
Hi8
V-LAN required for recording. TC indicator not
present.
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V-LAN Control
The following decks are supported with V-LAN control. The V-LAN
VLX hardware is software conÞgurable.
Fully Supported V-LAN Control
Table 18-5 lists the fully supported V-LAN control decks.
Table 18-5
V-LAN Control: Fully Supported Decks
Manufacturer Model
V-LAN
VLXi Type
Format
Ampex
CVR-10, 15, 40
SBV
Betacam
Ampex
CVR-60, 65,70, 75
SBV
Betacam
SP
Ampex
VPR-3, 6, 80
VPR
1-inch
Ampex
VPR-200, 250, 300
VPR
1-inch
JVC
DS-DT900
JDA
DAT
JVC
CR-850U, 600U
J50
3/4-inch
U
Timecode board required. PROM
J50223TN required for timecode
indicator.
Panasonic
AG-7650, 7750
SBV
S-VHS
Timecode board required.
Panasonic
AU-60, 63, 65
MII
MII
Panasonic
AU-505
MII
MII
Panasonic
AJ-D350
SBV
D3
287
Comments
Portable deck.
Table 18-5
V-LAN Control: Fully Supported Decks (Continued)
Manufacturer Model
V-LAN
VLXi Type
Format
Panasonic
AU-550, 620, 630,
640, 650, 660
MII
MII
Sony
BVH-2000, 2000PM
SBV
1-inch
Sony
BVH-2180, 2180PM
SBV
1-inch
Sony
BVH-2500, 2700,
2800
SBV
1-inch
Sony
BVH-2830, 3000,
3100
SBV
1-inch
Sony
BVH-2500PS,
2800PS, 2830PS
SBV
1-inch
Sony
BVU-800, 820, 850,
870
SBV
3/4-inch
U
Optional timecode board
required (TC-20, not TC-13).
Sony
BVU-900, 920, 950
SBV
3/4-inch
U SP
Optional timecode board
required (BKU 950).
Sony
BVW-10, 15, 40
SBV
Betacam
Sony
BVW-60, 65, 70, 75
SBV
Betacam
SP
Sony
DVR-10, C10, 20, 28
SBV
D2
Sony
DVR-1000
SBV
D2
Sony
VO-9800, 9850
SBV
3/4-inch
U SP
Option timecode board required
(BKU-704 or 705).
Sony
EVO-9800
SBV
Hi8
Not frame accurate.
Sony
EVO-9850
SBV patch
Hi8
288
Comments
Table 18-5
V-LAN Control: Fully Supported Decks (Continued)
Manufacturer Model
V-LAN
VLXi Type
Sony
PVW-2800, 2600,
2650
SBV
Betacam
SP
Sony
PCM-7030
SBV
DAT
Format
Comments
Untested V-LAN Control
Table 18-6 lists the decks believed to work based on speciÞcations
alone. However, Avid has not tested these decks and Þeld test data is
not available.
Table 18-6
V-LAN Control: Untested Decks
Manufacturer Model
V-LAN
VLXi Type
Format
JVC
KR-M860U
MII
MII
JVC
PR-900U, PR-600U
J50
3/4-inch U Timecode board required.
JVC
KR-M820U
SBV
3/4-inch U Timecode board required.
Panasonic
TQ-2026F, 2027F
PQ2
LaserDisk
Panasonic
TQ-3031
PTQ
LaserDisk
Panasonic
LQ-4000
PLQ
Rewrite
Laser
Panasonic
LX-150
PLX
LaserDisk Plays consumer LaserDisks and
CDs.
Pioneer¨
LD-V8000, 4200, 4400
PLV
LaserDisk
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Comments
Table 18-6
V-LAN Control: Untested Decks (Continued)
Manufacturer Model
V-LAN
VLXi Type
Pioneer
VDR-V1000, V100
VDR
Rewrite
Laser
Sony
LVR-3000, 4000
LVR
Laser
WORM
Sony
LVR-5000, 6000
LVR
Laser
WORM
Sony
LVA-7000, 8000
LVR
Laser
WORM
Format
Comments
Logging Supported V-LAN Control
Table 18-7 lists the decks that support logging only. Problems with
video stability during recording and deck control have been reported.
Table 18-7
V-LAN Control: Logging Decks Only
Manufacturer Model
V-LAN
VLXi Type
Format
Comments
Ampex
CVR-35
SBV
Betacam
Problems including unstable digital
video.
Ampex
CVR-50
SBV
Betacam
Replaces CVR-35. Similar problems.
Sony
BVW-35
SBV
Betacam
Problems including unstable digital
video.
Sony
BVW-50
SBV
Betacam
Replaces BVW-35. Similar problems.
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Index
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W
A
single-channel-with-record
layout 44
overview 43
starting 215
user interface ADB switch 165
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter
basic installation 37
components 36, 38, 38
drives 41
layout 36, 36
overview 35
Alias
creating 216, 220
VScanner 236
Altitude 263
Amperes 83
Amplifier 127
Analog broadcast panel 115
Analog video board 79
Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) 70
Apple menu items 236
Application
fails 216
problems 254, 256
starting the software 215
Asante hub 54, 66
ATM switch
AvidNet hardware 171
ABVB See Avid Broadcast Video Board
ADB port 253
Advanced JPEG board
description 80
power usage 83
slot configuration 83
AirPlay MP
bin 199
components 36, 38
configuring the system 199
connecting a master clock 128
database 204
icon 197, 220
layout 36
linking 193
maintenance 235
multichannel
components 61
drives 67
system overview 54
remote control 39, 110, 110, 110
shutting down 218, 221
single-channel
components 38
layout 36
overview 34
291
board slot 82, 83
connections 178
network 176
network modules 177
power 84, 271
shutting down 223
specifications 263
starting 223
Audio
configuration 132
connections 125, 127, 127
files 228
hardware 32, 41, 53, 65
interface
digital 127
eight-channel configuration 133
four-channel configuration 126
Pro Tools setup 132
master clock connection 128
overview 126
power 272
setup 134, 135
specifications 264
Audio Engineering Society (AES) 126
Auto-save 224
Avid Broadcast Video Board (ABVB)
analog video top card 79
description 29
pin assignments 280
power 84
serial digital top card 80
slot 83
Avid compression 82
Avid Media Processor
broadcast panel 274
CPU 70
description 29
features 70
hardware 72, 78
internal drives 97
linking 193
memory 70
overview 69
panel 73
power cord 75
power requirements 272
power supply 94
reset 248
restarting 233
SCSI connections 144
specifications 264
Avid MediaDock See MediaDock
Avid rack 267
Avid system drive
icon 197, 220
safety 228
startup 137
AvidNet
hardware 170
linking 180
peer-to-peer 77
storage 182
B
Backups
bins and projects 226
how often
reasons 225
Batch record 226
Bins
AirPlay MP database 199
backing up 226
exchanging information in 200
storing clips in 229
Black burst generator
description 31
power 274
specifications 266
Blinking question mark 250
Board installation 81
292
Bomb icon 246, 254
Broadcast panel
analog 74, 115
connectors 73, 274
digital 74, 116
original 275
removal 84
Broadcast serial expander 84
Buffer drives
overview 138
sharing 56
Component
physical specifications 263
video 112
Composite video 112
Configuration
checker 216, 217
restrictions 81
Configuring
audio 132
central disk array 197
control channel 206
multichannel systems 199
playback channel 201
record channel 204, 204
Connecting
ATM switch 178
audio 125, 127
deck control 118
Ethernet 168
GPIs 121
MediaShare 159, 161
MegaDrive 188
RAID 188
record/engineering workstation 166
reference signal 119
Connectors
broadcast panel 74, 74, 275
GPI 278
keyboard 278
mouse 278
SCSI 145
serial 276, 282
UI monitor 279
Console
MediaServer 171
requirements 175
Control channel, configuring 206
Control devices 105
Cover removal 84
Customer support 22
Cycling RAID 190
C
Cabling
guidelines 71
SCSI 144
single-ended and differential 145
Central disk array 197, 197
CHALLENGE
models 173
specifications 264
Ciprico
alarms 184
control panel 183
overview 182
power supplies 184
power supply 273
specifications 265
volumes 171
Client
hardware 170
transfer media 176
Clips 229
Communication devices
connections 109
installing 105
power 272
serial 104
specifications 264
293
fully supported decks 283
logging only decks 286
untested decks 285
Disk Doctor See Norton Disk Doctor
Disk First Aid 240, 243
Disk Tools diskette 240
Diskette drive 70
Diskette problems 250, 252
Dongle
connection 105
description 30
Drives
configurations 139
connecting one MRS 151
connecting two MRS 152
do not appear 257
maintenance 243
MRS with storage expanders 154
naming 163
overview 137
power 273
sharing 142
specifications 265
Dual-bus configuration 162
D
Database
AirPlay MP 199
configuring array 197
console 175
control channel 206
MediaServer 175
playback channels 201
record channel 204
SCSI-NET 198
Database Server window 200
Deck
connections 111, 118
control 113
direct serial control 285
fully supported V-LAN control 287
logging only 286
supported 283
untested 285
untested V-LAN control 289
V-LAN control for logging only 290
Defragmentation 228
Deleting media 205
Differential SCSI
board 81
cabling 145
connections 142
connectors 146
terminators 148
versus single-ended 143
Differential SiliconExpress
board 144
overview 142
Digital
audio interface 127
serial board 80
Digital broadcast panel 116
Dimensions of components 263
Direct serial control
conditionally supported decks 285
E
Eight-channel audio
configuring 133
interface 127
Enclosure specifications 267
Environmental requirements 263
Error messages 246, 260
Ethernet
ATM switch 178
hub 54, 180
connections 168
MediaServer 171
power 273
specifications 265
294
status LED 181
overview 168
port 168
European Broadcast Union (EBU) 126
Expanding memory 92
Extensions folder 254
External drives See MediaDrives
H
Handles 206
Hardware
eight-channel audio 127
Ethernet hub 180
four-channel audio 126
MediaServer 170, 173, 173
MegaDrive 182
specifications 261
starting up and shutting down 215
House clock 40, 128
House reference signal 31
Hub See Ethernet
Humidity 263
F
Fan power 274
Fiber connections 179
FORE Systems 84, 171
Four-channel audio
configuring 132
interface 126
FriendlyNet 54, 66, 171
I
Icon
AirPlay MP 220
bomb 246
Disk First Aid 240, 243
diskette 226
Norton Disk Doctor 241
sad Macintosh 250
system folder 230
Installing
AirPlay MP remote control 110
AirPlay MP system 37
cabling systems 71
communication devices 105
internal MediaDrives 97
multichannel AirPlay MP system 59
NewsCutter system 28
NuBus boards 84
restrictions 71
single-channel-with-record AirPlay MP
system 49
G
General controls 235
General-purpose interface (GPI)
connections 111, 121
control 121
controller 266, 274
description 31
pin assignments 122, 278
triggers 113
Grounding
clip 88, 93
plug 75, 75
requirements 270
Grouping channels 211
Guidelines, cabling 71
295
database 242
MediaServer 242
monthly 238
weekly 238
Marks 205
Master clips 229
Master clock
connection 128
description 40
system driver 128
Media files 228
Media Processor See Avid Media Processor
Media Recorder
basic installation 28
components 27, 29
drives 32
layout 27
shutting down 218
starting 215
system overview 27
MediaDock
buttons 151
chassis slots 138
control panel 148, 150
digital readout 151
dual-bus 162
power 273
specifications 265
MediaDock Shuttle 265
MediaDrives
bracket 99
cabling, internal 100
connections 158
internal 97
options 138
overview 137
safety 232
MediaServer
ATM switches 176
CD-ROM 175
CHALLENGE DM 173
J
Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) See
Advanced JPEG board
K
Keyboard
description 105
pin assignments 278
power-on key 216
problem 253, 259
L
Layout
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter 36
Media Recorder 27
MediaServer 172
multichannel AirPlay MP 57
NewsCutter 26
NuBus slots 82
single-channel-with-record, AirPlay MP 46
Linking
channels 65
Ethernet connection 180
multichannel systems 192
M
Macintosh
Avid Media Processor 69
guide 76
monitor control panel 117
restarting 233
starting the hardware 215
Maintenance
daily 237
296
CHALLENGE XL 174
components 175
connections 180
console requirements 175
database 175
hardware 173
layout 172
maintenance 242
memory 175
modem 176
networking, NewsView 180
operating system 176
overview 170
rebooting 223
shutting down 223
startup 222
storage 182
tape drive 175
MediaShare
connectors 160
description 68
library 159
starting 219
MegaDrive
power requirements 273
power supplies 188
specifications 265
volume 171
Memory
database console 175
installed 70
installing 92
troubleshooting 247
Modem
database console 176
description 30
serial device 106
Monitor
configuring 117
connections 114
description 39
power 273
specifications 266
Mouse
cleaning 259
description 105
pin assignments 278
problem 252, 259
trackball 168
unplugging 231
MRS See Multidrive rack-mountable storage
(MRS)
Multichannel AirPlay MP
adding handles 206
basic installation 59
components 57, 61, 61, 61
configuring systems 199
connecting channels 165
drives 67
grouping 211
layout 57
linking 192
naming channels 193
offline 209
overview 165
record channel 204
SCSI-NET, configuring 198
settings 201
shutting down 221
starting 215, 219
storage configurations 140
system overview 54, 54, 56
users and groups 197
Multidrive rack-mountable storage (MRS)
connecting enclosures with expanders 154
connecting one enclosure 151
connecting two enclosures 152
drive slots 138
enclosures 146
power requirements 273
SCSI connectors 146
specifications 265
297
two-channel systems 152
P
Parity drive 182, 184
PC Exchange control panel 255, 257
Peer-to-peer 77
Peripheral boards
inside Avid Media Processor 79
installing 88
Physical dimensions 263
Pin assignments
ABVB (15-pin) 281
ABVB (26-pin) 282
GPI 122, 278
keyboard 278
mouse 278
serial 277
UI monitor 279
V-LAN VLXi 124
Playback channel
components 61
configuring 201, 201
connections 164
storage 141
Ports
ADB 253
Ethernet 178
network 177
Power
cord 75
MegaDrive supply 188
on key 216
requirements 261, 270
sequencer 266, 271
supply 94
switch 270
Printer
connections 109
description 30
serial device 106
Printing requirements 262
N
Naming channels 193
Network
100Base-T board 84
10Base-T 168, 171
ATM switch 176
channels 65
Ethernet hub 180
MediaServer console 176
modules 177
peer-to-peer 77
ports 177
printers connections 180
requirements 262
NewsCutter
basic installation 28
components 26, 28, 29
drives 32
layout 26
shutting down 218
starting 215
system overview 25
NewsView connections 180
Norton Disk Doctor 241
NuBus
design 70
power requirements 83, 83
slot connections 81
slot layout 82
O
Offline channel 209
Operating safely 224
Optional boards 79
298
connections 166
description 66
overview 165
Recording
across volumes 228
hints 227
Redundant arrays of independent drives See
RAID
Reference signal
connections 119, 131
requirements 114
Remote control
cable length 71
connections 110
description 39
installing 110
power 272
serial device 105
Requirements See Site requirements
Reset switch 248
Resolution, video 80
Restarting
ATM switch 223
RAID 190
Restrictions in configurations 81
Pro Tools
board 81
cable length 71
configuring audio interface with 132
description 29
hardware 127
power 84
settings 127
slot 83
Problems, solutions to 249
Program linking 196
Projects
backing up 226
safety 228
R
Rack
capacity 267
dimensions 268, 269
specifications 267
RAID
connections 157, 188
cycling 190
power 273
specifications 265
storage 171, 182, 182
swapping drives 191
Random-access memory (RAM) 92, 225
Rebooting the MediaServer 223
Record channel
adding handles 206
central disk array access 197
components 61
configuring 204
connections 164
deleting media 205
storage 142
trimming to marks 205
Record/engineering workstation
S
SA4 board
description 29
slot 81
Save See Backups
SCSI
boards 142
cables 71, 144, 144
card 101
connectors 144, 144
299
RAID units 190
systems 218
SiliconExpress
4D board 39, 83, 139
IV board 29, 38, 83
SiliconExpress board 81, 101, 144
Single inline memory modules (SIMM) 92
Single-channel AirPlay MP
basic installation 37
components 38
drives 41
starting 215
system overview 34, 35
with record components 46
Single-channel AirPlay MP with record
basic installation 49
components 46, 50
diagram 44
layout 46
shutting down 221
starting 219
system overview 43
Single-ended SCSI
board 81
cables 145
connectors 146
overview 142
terminators 148
versus differential 143
Single-ended SiliconExpress board 144
Site requirements
environmental 263
network 262
power 261
printing 262
source 262
synchronization 262
telephone 262
IDs
on MediaDock 150
problems with 249
settings 148
network 140
overview 139, 142
power usage 83
RAID cables 171
slot, board 81
storage connectors 145
tape drive 175, 176
terminators 144, 147, 147
SCSI-NET 198, 198
Serial
cabling 109
connector 276
control cable 118
digital board power 84
I/O board 51, 83, 84
interface 277
Serial devices 106
Server See MediaServer
Settings
multichannel AirPlay MP 201
SCSI 148
Setup
eight-channel audio interface 133
four-channel audio interface 132
monitor 117
Shared library
connections 159, 161
MediaDock 161
multichannel 56, 141
overview 138
single-channel 45
starting 219
Sharing media 208
Shutting down
ATM switch 223
MediaServer 223
multichannel AirPlay MP 221
300
overview 137
RAID 171, 182
RAID connections 188
shared library 161
single-channel AirPlay MP 41
space 229
Supported decks 283
Surge protector 271
Swapping RAID units 191
Switch
See also ATM switch
power supply 270, 271
user interface ADB 266
Synchronization requirements 262
Synchronizing 128
System
boards 38, 50, 62
enclosure 54
System Folder
added files 247
Avid files 256
extensions 254
icon 230
Slot
configuration 81, 83
MediaDock button 151
SiliconExpress boards 83, 83
Slot button 151
Software
starting 215
third-party 28
Solutions to problems 249
Sony/Phillips Digital Interface(S/PDIF) 128
Source requirements 262
Specifications
Avid-supplied rack 267
CHALLENGE 264
environmental 263
mechanical 263
monitor 266
power 270, 271
Starting
ATM switch 223
hardware 219
MediaServer 222
multichannel AirPlay MP 219
startup items 236
systems 215
Storage
See also Drives
AirPlay MP/NewsCutter 41
buffers 142
Ciprico 182
connecting MediaDrives 158
connecting MediaShare 159, 161
connecting RAID 157
drives do not appear 257
expanders 139, 154
installing drives 136
maintenance 243
Media Recorder options 32
multichannel AirPlay MP 67, 140
NewsCutter options 32
options 138
T
Tape drive 175
Telephone requirements 262
Temperature 263
Terminators
internal 102
MediaDock 148
SCSI 147
Timecode in
connections 128
description 30
Trackballs 168
Transfer Tool 77
Troubleshooting 246 to 260
301
V-LAN VLXi
cable length 71
connections 120
control 113
deck connections 118
requirements 274
serial pin assignments 124
specifications 266
VScanner 236
Two- and three-channel AirPlay MP See
Multichannel AirPlay MP
U
Uploading 205
User control
connections 106
devices 104
User interface (UI) monitor 113, 279
User interface ADB switch
connections 166
description 66
jumpers 166
overview 165
specifications 266
Users and groups, multichannel systems 197
W
Weights of components 263
Windows NT 171, 175
V
Video
connections 114, 114
drives 228
input and output 112
reference signal 114
Video board
analog 79
digital 80
Video local area network See V-LAN VLXi
Video Slave Driver
cable length 71
connections 120
description 41
Sync Mode 134
V-LAN control
decks 287
fully supported decks 287
logging only decks 290
untested decks 289
302