VBrick Systems VB Directory System User guide

VBrick Systems VB Directory System User guide
VBrick
EtherneTV Portal Server
EtherneTV v4.4 Portal Server
User Guide
January 15, 2009
4410-0097-0010
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About VBrick Systems
Founded in 1997, VBrick Systems, an ISO 9001 certified vendor, is a privately held company that has enjoyed rapid
growth by helping our customers successfully introduce mission critical video applications across their enterprise
networks. Since our founding, VBrick has been setting the standard for quality, performance and innovation in the
delivery of live and stored video over IP networks—LANs, WANs and the Internet. With thousands of video
appliances installed world-wide, VBrick is the recognized leader in reliable, high-performance, easy-to-use
networked video solutions.
VBrick is an active participant in the development of industry standards and continues to play an influential role in
the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA), the MPEG Industry Forum, and Internet2. In 1998 VBrick
invented and shipped the world's first MPEG Video Network Appliance designed to provide affordable DVDquality video across the network. Since then, VBrick's video solutions have grown to include Video on Demand,
Management, Security and Access Control, Scheduling, and Rich Media Integration. VBrick solutions are
successfully supporting a broad variety of applications including distance learning and training, conferencing and
remote office communications, security, process monitoring, traffic monitoring, business and news feeds to the
desktop, webcasting, corporate communications, collaboration, command and control, and telemedicine. VBrick
serves customers in education, government, healthcare, and financial services markets among others.
Contents
Portal Server v4.4 User Guide
Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
Font Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi
Printer-Friendly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi
1. Introduction
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Desktop Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Downloaded Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Portal Server Home Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Login Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Home Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2. Using the Portal Server
Live Broadcasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Channel Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Viewing Multiple Streams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Recording Live Streams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Customizing Live Streams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Controlling Live Streams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Asset Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Customizing Stored Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Creating Thumbnails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Creating Bookmarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Viewing Closed Captions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Scheduling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Priority Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Add Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Supported Stream Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Creating Playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Editing Playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Presentations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Logout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
3. Using the Scheduler
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Schedule Privileges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
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Viewing the Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Scheduling an Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Recurrence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Advanced Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Create Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Delete Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Live Broadcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Stored Broadcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Record by Program Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Record by Manual Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Script . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Control Device. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
4. Using the Remote Controllers
Using the VB-PC Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Using the Amino STB Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Using the Amino Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Using the WM IPR Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Using the STB Remote. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
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Contents
Portal Server v4.4 User Guide
This Portal Server User Guide is written for anyone who will be using or evaluating the VBrick
EtherneTV Portal Server. This includes system administrators, software developers, network
technicians, and end users in a variety of business environments. The EtherneTV Portal
Server is a web-based portal for accessing and managing video assets including both live or
stored audio and video files. The ETV Portal Server is a key component in VBrick's
EtherneTV Media Distribution System. The ETV Portal Server provides a simple, intuitive
interface that easily discovers available media assets in your network. Key components in
VBrick's EtherneTV solution include:
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EtherneTV-VOD Video-on-Demand Servers – Provides all standard video-on-demand
(VOD) features including support for MPEG, WM (Windows Media), and H.264 for
maximum flexibility.
VBrick Hardware Encoders/Decoders – Rugged, reliable video appliances that can
reside anywhere on your network to provide either distributed or high-density centralized
encoding/decoding of MPEG, WM (Windows Media), and H.264 video.
EtherneTV IP Receivers – Leading edge digital set top boxes that provide a low-cost
standalone decoder for DVD-quality MPEG, H.264, and Windows Media video assets.
Organization
Introduction
provides a brief overview of the Portal Server and includes
desktop requirements and a description of the home page.
Using the Portal Server
explains how to use all of the major functionality in the
ETV Portal Server. It includes an Introduction and an
overview of Desktop Requirements and step-by-step
procedures that guide you through the entire application.
Using the Scheduler
explains how to create scheduled events including live and
stored broadcasts, conferences, recordings, and scripts.
Using the Remote Controllers explains how to use the remote controllers for the Portal
Server, the WM IP Receiver (Amino), and the Digital IP
Receiver (Set Top Box).
Getting Help
If you need help, or more information about any topic, use the online help system. The
online help is cross-referenced and searchable and can usually find the information in a few
seconds. Use the tree controls in the left pane to open documents and the up and down
arrows to page through them. Use the Search box to find specific information. Simply enter
one or more words in the box and press Enter. The search results will return pages that have
all of the words you entered—highlighted in yellow (Internet Explorer only). The Search box
is not case-sensitive and does not recognize articles (a, an, the), operators (+ and – ), or
quotation marks. You can narrow the search by adding words.
If you can't find the information you need from the online help, or from your certified
VBrick reseller, you can contact VBrick Support Services on the web. Support Services can
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usually answer your technical questions in 24 business hours or less. Also note that our
publications team is committed to accurate and reliable documentation and we appreciate
your feedback. If you find errors or omissions in any of our documents, please send e-mail to
[email protected] and let us know. For more information about any VBrick
products, all of our product documentation is available on the web. Go to www.vbrick.com/
documentation to search or download VBrick product documentation.
Font Conventions
Arial bold is used to
Programs > VBrick
describe dialog boxes and menu choices, for example: Start > All
Courier fixed-width font
is used for scripts, code examples, or keyboard commands.
Courier bold fixed-width font
is used for user input in scripts, code examples, or keyboard
commands.
This bold black font is used to strongly emphasise important words or phrases.
Folder names and user examples in text
User input in text
are displayed in this sans serif font.
is displayed in this bold sans serif font.
Italics are used in text to emphasize specific words or phrases.
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Preface
Chapter 1
Introduction
Topics in this section
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Portal Server Home Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Overview
The VBrick EtherneTV Portal Server is a web-based portal for accessing Live and OnDemand audio and video files. A key component of VBrick’s EtherneTV Media Distribution
System, the ETV Portal Server provides a simple interface to easily locate available media
assets from Windows PCs, Apple Macintoshes, and IP Receivers. Upon accessing the main
portal page, users can navigate or search for specific videos, select the video, and immediately
begin viewing television quality video. For on-demand videos, users can Fast Forward /
Rewind and Seek to specific points in the video. Details on the specific functionality are
included later in this document. The EtherneTV Portal Server can be accessed by Windowsbase PCs, Macintoshes, or by the EtherneTV IP Receiver (IPR). For the most part, the
operation of the Portal Server is the same from a Windows-based PC, an Apple Macintosh
(see note below), or an IPR but there are some subtle differences. The majority of this
document is written from a PC perspective, so certain screen shots may be slightly different
on a Macintosh or a IP Receiver. For example, the Macintosh client can be configured to use
QuickTime Player (or the VBrick Player) to display video. With QuickTime, the player
window will look different from the screen shots provided here.
Desktop Requirements
The following requirements show what is required on each end user desktop in order to run
the Portal Server interface. The user interface in the ETV Portal Server is designed for
viewing at a screen resolution of 1024x768. Lower screen resolutions may not display
properly. Note that the Admin Console runs only on Internet Explorer.
Table 1. Desktop Requirements
PC Type
Requirements
Windows PCs
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Windows 2000, XP (Service Pack 3), or Vista.
750 MHz Pentium III processor (Pentium IV required for H.264).
512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended for H.264).
SVGA video card 1024x768, video card acceleration and 32 bit color
recommended.
Minimum 250 MB hard disk space for installation.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher.
Microsoft Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher.
Firefox 2.0 or higher.
DirectX Media Version 8.1 and higher.
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PC Type
Requirements
Macintosh PCs
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Linux PCs
• Red Hat Fedora 9.1
• Firefox 2.0.
• 512 MB RAM.
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher for PowerPC.
Mac OS X 10.4 or higher for Intel-based PC.
Firefox for Macintosh 2.0 or higher.
QuickTime Player 6.0 or higher.
Internet Explorer on a Macintosh is not supported.
Table 2. Supported Operating Systems and Browsers †
Operating System
Browser †
Windows 2000
Internet Explorer 6.0, Firefox 2.0
Windows XP
Internet Explorer 6.0, Firefox 2.0
Windows Vista
Internet Explorer 7.0, Firefox 2.0
Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)
Safari 3.1.1, Firefox 2.0
Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
Safari 3.1.1, Firefox 2.0
Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
Safari 3.1.1, Firefox 2.0
Linux Red Hat 9.0
Firefox 2.0
Linux Fedora 9.1
Firefox 2.0
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Use version shown or higher.
Downloaded Components
For Windows PC users, the ETV Portal Server uses VBrick StreamPlayer software-based
components to decode video streams on the desktop. Depending on how your system is
configured, the Portal Server may need to download components to your computer the first
time you access the server. No download is necessary for subsequent access. You must
answer Yes to security requests when prompted to download components. The ETV Portal
Server may require the installation of up to five components. If you check the box Always
trust content from VBrick Systems Incorporated , any required components will be
automatically downloaded the next time they are needed. After a download, you don’t have to
restart your computer—just close the browser.
Firefox users will also be prompted to install additional components the first time you launch
a stream—if you are configured to receive these download components. Links for the
appropriate stream types (MPEG, WM, and/or H.264) will be displayed in the area where the
embedded player is normally displayed. These additional plugins must be installed. You will
also be required to install an additional plugin when you use Add Video for the first time (if
you have permission).
For Macintosh PC users, the Portal Server may need to download components to your
computer the first time you access the server. If so, the Home page (see Figure 1) displays a
link prompting you to download components that are appropriate for your computer. If you
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agree, these components are automatically installed and no additional download is necessary
for subsequent access.
For Linux PC users, the Portal Server may need to download components to your computer
the first time you access the server. This can only be performed by a system administrator.
See "Installing Linux Components" in the Portal Server Release Notes.
Portal Server Home Page
Login Window
The ETV Portal Server Home page is automatically displayed when you logon with a valid
Username and Password . All ETV Portal Server functionality and commands are available
from this page but you may not have access to all features and functions depending on your
user privileges. For example, you may not be able to access certain live broadcasts or VOD
servers. Note that after three unsuccessful logon attempts, you will need to close the window and start
again.
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To launch the ETV Portal Server Home Page
1.
Open a browser that is appropriate for your operating system Supported browsers for
Windows, Macintosh, and Linux are shown in Table 2.
Enter the ETV Portal Server hostname or IP address (e.g. http:// mcsservername ) in
the address bar.
Log in with a valid User Name and Password to launch the Portal Server (Figure 1). If
your site uses multiple authentication servers, you may need to select a Domain name as
well. Contact your system administrator for more information.
Depending on how your system is configured, the Portal Server may need to download
additional components the first time you access the server. If prompted to download
components, you must answer Yes to the security requests.
Use the navigation bar at the bottom of the page to access other Portal Server pages. All
Portal Server features and functions are briefly described below and explained in detail
later in this guide. Remember that depending on your privileges you may not have access
to some functions in which case these items are not shown on the navigation bar.
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Home Page
There is no specific Portal Server "home" page. When started, the Portal Server displays the
Live Broadcasts, Asset Library, or Scheduling page, depending on which page you last
accessed. All of the options on the navigation footer are explained below the following
screenshot.
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Figure 1. Live Broadcasts Page
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Live Broadcasts
View live streams (for example, TV channels) currently available
on the network. See Live Broadcasts on page 5.
Asset Library
View pre-recorded content available from the VOD (Video-onDemand) servers on your network. See Asset Library on page 12.
Scheduling
View or create scheduled broadcasts of live or stored content. See
Using the Scheduler on page 29.
Status
Shows the status of any videos currently being added or recorded.
See Status on page 19.
Priority Alert
Launch a previously-defined emergency broadcast that preempts
all other content. See Priority Alert on page 20.
Add Video
If you have publishing permissions you can publish an MPEG,
WM, or H.264 video that you recorded using a VBStar or
StreamPlayer Plus. See Add Video on page 21.
Presentations
Launches a page from which you can access legacy rich media
presentations that were published to an earlier version of the
Portal Server. See Presentations on page 27. If you have no have
legacy presentations, this hyperlink is not shown.
Playlist
Opens the Playlists page from which you can create and manage
playlists. See Playlists on page 23.
Help
Get help for any Portal Server feature or function. See Getting
Help on page v.
Logout
Always log out when done. The system will automatically log you
out if idle for more than a few minutes. See Logout on page 28.
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Chapter 2
Using the Portal Server
Some Portal Server functionality may be restricted to certain users. If you are not authorized
to launch a Priority Alert or Add Video, for example, those menu items will not be displayed
on the navigation footer on the Portal Server home page as shown in Figure 2. Your system
may also have a hand-held remote control device. The VB-PC Remote is a hand-held infrared
device that can be used to control (stop/start/pause etc.) any stream running on the Portal
Server. After you manually start a stream using the Portal Server interface, you can use the
VB-PC Remote to control it. The remote controller has a line-of-sight range of
approximately 40 feet. See Using the VB-PC Remote on page 49 for more information.
Topics in this section
Live Broadcasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Asset Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Scheduling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Priority Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Add Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
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Live Broadcasts
The Live Broadcasts page lets you view live streams, TV stations, and rich media
presentations available on the network. The list of available streams is determined by the
VBricks or other encoders in your network. The administrator can assign a channel number,
an icon, and other data to a live video stream. The channel appears as a number in a column
to the left of each live stream. To launch a live broadcast or a presentation, simply click on
any live channel and it will launch in the "preview window" on the right. The preview window
has standard video controls. For example, click Full to go to full screen; press Esc to return to
preview. If you receive a message indicating the broadcast exceeds the maximum number of
concurrent viewers, contact a system administrator. The Live Broadcasts page may include
some or all of the following items:
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Channel Guide
The Live Broadcasts page has a list of streams and stations. The "Channel Guide" is simply
the list of stations (both custom stations and TV stations) shown at the top of the list.
Custom Stations are defined by an administrator at your site. TV Stations already have
program information provided by a third-party content provider. Other auto-discovered
streams on your network may be displayed but these do not include "programming" data and
are not considered to be part of the Channel Guide. The message "Program Unavailable" in
the Channel Guide means there is no programming data associated with the stream. It does
not mean the stream itself is unavailable. You can still click on the stream to launch it in the
preview window. The message "Sign Off" means a network TV Station (for example ABC or
CNN) does not have programming scheduled in that time slot. During "Sign Off" time, local
stations air their local content. You can perform all of the following tasks from the Channel
Guide:
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Play programs and record programs
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Note VBrick has partnered with a leading content provider, to provide news, information,
and entertainment content on the Portal Server. This is optional service that requires a
license and may not be supported at your site. The program listing includes some 80+
television programs. These programs are generally all "network" listings, such as ABC,
CBS, NBC, CNN, National Geographic Channel, etc. The programming is hosted on a
VBrick-maintained server.
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Note A red Record image in the Channel Guide is a visual cue that indicates a recording is in
progress or scheduled. You use the Record push button below the preview window to
record a live stream or the Record Program option on the popup menu to record (or
schedule a recording of) a program
Find
Find content using specific search criteria. Enter characters or text, for
example type "CNN," in the text field on the left and click Search . You
can search by All , Title, Keyword , Description , or any custom fields
created by an administrator. The results of the search are displayed in a
new window. To return to the original program listing, click Live
Broadcasts.
Date/Time Box
Use to display programming for a different date and time in the Channel
Guide. You can also enter the values manually as long as you use the
same format. Alternately, you can use the left and right arrows to
advance to the next hour.
Icon and Channe Icon and number assigned to the station. Mouseover the icon to and
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click View Info to display additional information about the station.
Program Name
The program name (or stream name) for the current time period. Use
the right or left arrows (or search using the Date/Time search box) to
display a different time slot. Mouseover the program name and click Info
to display any custom program data entered by an administrator. Note
that the message "Program Unavailable" means there is no programming
data associated with the stream. It does not mean the stream is unavailable.
You can still click on the stream to launch it in the preview window. The
message "Sign Off" means a network TV Station (for example ABC or
CNN) does not have programming scheduled in that time slot. During
"Sign Off" time, local stations air their local content. This popup also
has options that let you record a program in progress or schedule a
future recording.
• Record Program – Use to start or stop a recording of the video
currently playing in the preview window.
• Schedule Options – Opens the Scheduler in order to schedule a
future recording. See Record on page 41 for more about scheduled
recording.
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Icons
The Live Broadcasts page shows stations and streams that can be
requested and played. Each item has its own icon and is preceded by a
channel number.
Custom icons can be assigned by an administrator to each station.
A station may, or may not, have programming data.
This icon denotes standard live streams. For example TV
channels, without programming data, may have this icon.
This icon denotes rich media presentations (those that have both
video and PowerPoint slides, for example). See the VBPresenter
User Guide for more about rich media presentations.
This icon denotes live streams from a DVD, VCR, or other device
(for example a satellite receiver) that can be controlled from the
Portal Server. See Controlling Live Streams on page 11 for details.
Selection
To select a video to preview, move the cursor over the desired entry and
click once using the left mouse button. This launches the video in the
Preview Window (the embedded video player area at the right side of the
window).
Scroll Up/Down The scroll bar on the right of the table of available videos allows the user
to scroll up or down through the entries. You can also scroll up or down
through the entries by using a mouse wheel or standard keyboard keys
such as Page Up and Page Down.
Preview Window The embedded video player area at the right side of the window. In
certain instances where the video links to a non-MPEG video file, an
external player, such as Windows Media Player, Real Player, or
QuickTime Player, may launch to play the stream.
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Control Buttons
The icons on the bottom of the Preview Window control the video.
(Note that the controls shown here for live broadcasts are different from those
used for stored videos.) The buttons shown are for the Windows-based
player. (Macintosh users may see the QuickTime Player buttons.)
Mouseover each button to see the tool tip title.
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– Slider at top. Not used with live video.
– Starts the video stream if it was previously stopped.
Pause – Not used with live broadcasts.
Stop – Stops the video from playing. Does not stop recording.
Record – Records the video to the VOD server. Depending on your
user permissions you may not have the ability to record. Press once
to start recording; press again to stop recording. Click on Status to
see the progress of recording.
Full – Selecting the icon changes the view to Full Screen. To exit Full
Screen, press Esc on the keyboard.
Volume – Use slider to adjust volume.
Mute – Click to mute volume.
CC On/Off – Turn closed captions on or off.
Launch External Player – Launches the player in another browser
window along with the control buttons. Once the window is
launched, subsequent selections will play in the external player. The
launched window can be moved or resized. Closing the main ETV
Portal Server window leaves the smaller player on the screen. The
viewer can be resized by dragging from the corners or sides. The
player can also be configured by an administrator so that multiple
streams can be displayed in separate windows. See Viewing Multiple
Streams on page 10.
Seek
Play
Time Counter – The time counter displays the amount of time
elapsed since the viewer began running the currently selected video.
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Messages
The Messages area under the control panel displays any Global Message
entered by the administrator; it will also display additional information
about the selected video if it was customized by an administrator. The
video title is shown above the Preview Window.
Viewing Multiple Streams
The video player can be configured by an administrator so that you can view multiple
streams in separate windows. Click on any live or recorded stream and then click the Launch
External Player button below the preview window. If this feature is enabled, you can repeat
this step to launch multiple streams in separate windows. This feature is particularly useful in
security and surveillance applications. Note that the number of streams you can view display
depends on the resources of your computer. Note also that when multiple windows are
displayed, recording and bookmarking on the external windows is disabled. You can only record
the stream currently displayed in the preview window.
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Right-click in an empty area on the Windows taskbar at the bottom of your screen.
Then select Tile Windows Horizontally or Tile Windows Vertically.
When done click Undo Tile.
Recording Live Streams
If you have permission, you can record any live channels being played in the Preview
Window. (You cannot record or copy stored videos.) The live channel gets recorded and
auto-ingested, usually into an assigned folder on the VOD server. The default recording
length is defined by an administrator but you can stop recording at any time. See "Control
Buttons" described above for a description of all the controls in the Preview Window.
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Press the red "record" button under the preview window. A message will note that a
recording is in progress. Optionally, you can mouseover the program name and select
Record Program . A red ball in the Channel Guide (Figure 2) indicates that a recording is
in progress.
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To stop recording
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Press the red "record" button again. A message will note that the recording has been
stopped.
If necessary, go to the Status page to view the status (or cancel) any "record" or
auto-ingestion in progress. See Status on page 19 for more about this page.
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Customizing Live Streams
Note End users cannot customize live streams. Administrators can customize live streams by
changing the name, channel number, and adding keywords, custom fields, etc. Live
streams are broadcast by VBricks and auto-discovered by the Portal Server. They
cannot be added or removed except at the VBrick layer using the IWS (Integrated Web
Server) program.
Live streams can only be customized by administrators as explained in the ETV Portal Server Admin
Guide. Live streams that have been customized will display a View Info hyperlink when you
mouseover the stream icon on the Live Broadcasts page. This page is used to display
additional information about the stream. For example it may have a description or keywords
that can be used for searching, as well as links to external web sites and desktop files like
PowerPoint presentations. You must have the appropriate application (for example
PowerPoint) installed locally in order to open these files.
Controlling Live Streams
If defined by an administrator, DVDs, VCRs, and other devices can be controlled
remotely using a graphical control panel on the screen. For example, you can start, stop,
rewind, or fast forward a DVD player using the control panel associated with that device on
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the Live Broadcasts page. Once a device has been defined, it is available to all users (with
access to that device) unless it is reserved for a scheduled event. If reserved for a scheduled
event and in order to avoid conflicts, only the user who created the schedule can access the
device. (Mouseover the hyperlink for a schedule event to see the owner.) Once defined, you
can control a device using a graphical control panel. On the Live Broadcasts page, any stream
originating from a control device is distinguished by a special icon. Click on the icon to
launch the stream and the control panel for the device. The control panel you see will vary
depending on the actual device. Click on the arrow icons on the right side of the panel to
show or hide the panel.
Asset Library
If the ETV Portal Server installation includes one or more VOD Video-on-Demand servers,
the Asset Library link on the home page displays a list of content stored in folders and files
on the server. Note that you will only see those folders for which you have been given
permission. To launch a stored video, simply click on any video and it will launch in the
Preview Window. Note that video content may be limited to a specific number of viewers. If
you receive a message indicating the stream exceeds the maximum number of concurrent
viewers, contact a system administrator. You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to
work with streams if you first click on the player.
Table 3. Keyboard Shortcuts
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Description
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Play (from the beginning)
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Stop
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Fast Forward
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Figure 3. Asset Library
Title
The title of the video clip is displayed after the icon indicating it is a video clip. A
a thumbnail which provides a visual preview as to what is in the clip.
Search
Find videos using search criteria. Enter characters or text, for example type
"CNN," in the text field on the left. You can search by All , Title, Keyword ,
Description , or any custom field created by an administrator. The results of the
search are displayed in the program listings area (the main area of the window).
To return to the program listing, click on Asset Library.
Folders
This information is obtained from the VOD server(s). The folders are
listed in alphabetical order by default and may contain subfolders. These
folders are created on the Servers page in the Admin Console.
Folder Up
When inside a folder, the top row displays the folder up icon. Select this
icon to move up one folder level.
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Content
The Asset Library folders have streams that can be requested and played. Each
listing displays either a default file icon or a thumbnail image of the clip (see
Creating Thumbnails on page 17), as well as information about the clip such as
duration and keywords.
This icon denotes standard video content. It can be replaced by an
image or a thumbnail.
This icon is used for bookmarks and playlists. Playlists are used to
consolidate several video files, or video file segments, into a single,
virtual video file.
You can replace the standard video icon with a custom image or a
thumbnail of any frame. See Creating Thumbnails on page 17 for
details.
This icon denotes rich media presentations (those that have both video
and PowerPoint slides, for example). See the VBPresenter User Guide for
more about rich media presentations.
This icon denotes documents (PDFs, Word documents, etc.) that were
manually entered by an administrator.
This icon denotes content (PowerPoint presentations, Flash demos, etc.)
that was manually entered by an administrator.
Scroll Up/Down The scroll bar on the right of the table of available videos allows the user to scroll
up or down through the entries. Users can also scroll up or down through the
entries by using a mouse wheel or standard keyboard keys such as Page Up and
Page Down.
Preview Window The Preview Window is embedded on the right side of the window. To select a
video to preview, position the cursor button over the desired entry and use the
left mouse button to select. When an entry is selected, it appears in the Preview
Window. Note: In certain instances where the video link is to a non-MPEG
video, an external player, such as Windows Media Player, Real Player, or
QuickTime Player, may launch to play the stream.
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Control Buttons
The icons on the bottom of the Preview Window control the video. (Note that the
controls here are different from those used for live broadcasts, for example, there is no
Record button.) Mouseover each button to see the button title. Note that Seek,
Rewind, and Fast Forward are not available with MPEG-4 content.
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Seek – Use slider at top of control panel to move forward or backward in the
video.
Play – Starts the video stream if it was previously stopped.
Pause – Pauses the video stream until restarted.
Stop – Stops the video from playing.
Rewind – Rewind to beginning of stream.
Fast Forward – Fast forward to end of stream.
Full – Selecting this icon changes the view to Full Screen. To exit full screen,
press Esc on keyboard. You can also double-click on any video to go
fullscreen and double-click again to close.
Volume – Use slider to adjust volume.
Mute – Click to mute volume.
CC On/Off – Turn closed captions on or off.
Mark – Use to bookmark a stream. This creates a playlist in MyMedia with one
bookmark. Press Mark again only if you want to create another bookmark to
the same stream.
Thumbnails – Create thumbnails or Upload images.
Launch External Player – Launches the player in another browser window
along with the control buttons. Once the window is launched, subsequent
selections will play in the external player. The launched window can be moved
or resized. Closing the main ETV Portal Server window leaves the smaller
player on the screen. The viewer may be resized after launch by dragging from
the corners or from any side.
The Messages area under the control panel displays any Global Message entered
by the administrator; it will also display additional information about the selected
video if it was customized by an administrator. The video title is shown above the
Preview Window.
Customizing Stored Videos
Users (with Content Publishing permission) and administrators can customize or delete stored
videos; they can change the name, the folder, keywords, etc. All stored videos have an Info
hyperlink button that displays additional information (if available) about the video. For
example it may have a description or keywords that can be used for searching, as well as links
to external web sites and desktop files. (You must have the appropriate application installed
locally; for example, you need PowerPoint to open a PowerPoint presentation.)
Note Note that some early NXG 7.0.1 servers do not support name or folder changes and
will return a validation error if you try to make changes.
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Click on the Info button to the right of any stored video.
Click Delete Video and confirm. This will permanently remove the video from the Portal
Server.
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Click on the Info button to the right of any stored video.
Click Modify Info to display the customization page.
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Change the Name, or Folder, and add a Description and Keywords as appropriate. For
video Name, use any combination of alphanumeric characters and the following special
characters . ! ~ / ( ) _ Click Add New link to create a link to a web page or a file.
a. Enter a Link Title and Link Type.
b. Click Add Link when done. Repeat as many times as necessary.
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Link Title
The title actually displayed on the Info page, for example "Click
Here for More Information."
Link Type
• Web page URL – Enter a valid URL or copy and paste one
from your web browser.
• Uploaded File – Browse to select an upload file. This can be a
PowerPoint, an image, or any file you want to make available to
end users.
Creating Thumbnails
You can create thumbnails for all videos stored in the Asset Library that were recorded on the Portal
Server. If given publishing permissions, you can replace the generic video clip icon with a
snapshot of the video or with any .jpg or .gif image you choose. The folders to which you can
upload thumbnails are configured by an ETV Portal Server administer. (Note that thumbnail
images that exceed 512 K in size are not displayed in the VOD list on an IP Receiver; a
special icon is used instead).
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Launch a stored video and click Create on the Thumbnails menu at anytime to capture
the first frame in the video. This will automatically replace the existing thumbnail if any.
Repeat until you are satisfied or mouseover the title and click Remove Thumbnail to
replace the thumbnail with the standard icon.
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Launch a video and select Upload .
Browse to the jpg or gif image and click Upload Image.
Click Upload again to close the window.
Note When creating an MPEG-4 thumbnail on a Macintosh, the thumbnail will always be
the first frame—even if you take a snapshot in the middle of the video.
Creating Bookmarks
You can quickly bookmark any location in a stream playing in the preview window using the
Mark button. This basically creates a playlist in MyMedia with one bookmark. To add
additional streams or perform other editing functions, open this bookmark from the Playlists
page.
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To bookmark any point in a stream playing in the preview window
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Launch any video from the Asset Library.
Click the Mark button at any point in the video. This displays a message and creates a
bookmark/playlist in the MyMedia folder. The bookmark defaults to the end of the file
and has the following format:
<video_title><date><time> ,
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To edit the playlist, go to MyMedia , mouseover the playlist you just created, and click Edit
Playlist .
You can change the name, folder, duration, etc. using the editing options explained
below.
Note Use the Mark button to bookmark a stream. This creates a playlist in MyMedia with one
bookmark. To add additional streams, open this bookmark from the Playlists page.
Press Mark again only if you want to create another bookmark to the same video file.
For more about playlists, see Playlists on page 23.
Viewing Closed Captions
The ETV Portal Server supports closed captions. Captions can be turned on or off for
hearing-impaired individuals. If a video stream (either live or stored) is encoded with captions,
they can be set to on or off; if a video stream is not encoded with captions, captions will not be
displayed regardless of the setting. If set to ON, captions are displayed for all caption-enabled
streams subsequently launched from the Portal Server, until turned OFF. A video stream must
be encoded with captions in advance. VBrick can add a date/time stamp to a live stream from
a security camera, for example, but it provides no other functionality to encode live or stored
video with closed captions. Note that the Portal Server supports closed captions for MPEG-4 live
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server. For all other content, the closed captions are superimposed on the video as shown
here. The actual placement of the closed captions will vary depending on encoding options.
Scheduling
The Scheduling page let you create (or view) a schedule of future VBrick events. These
include scheduled broadcasts (of live or stored video), video conferences, auto-recording of
future broadcasts, and the execution of previously defined scripts. You set all configuration
parameters in advance and the scheduled event will occur without further intervention,
assuming that all devices and streams are available at runtime. See Using the Scheduler on
page 29 for a complete description of this feature.
Status
This window shows the status of videos being added to the Video on Demand server or of
any recordings in progress. Use Refresh to update the screen or Purge to remove all entries.
Click the Cancel icon to the left of each to cancel a recording or ingestion in progress. This
also cancels the recording on the Live Broadcasts page.
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Priority Alert
A priority alert can be launched by any ETV Portal Server user with appropriate permissions.
It broadcasts a live or stored priority alert to specified VBricks or IPRs in case of an
emergency. The broadcast is launched instantly, for a specified duration, and preempts all
other broadcasts. (Any schedules whose start times occur during a priority alert are
discarded.) It is not subject to copyright restrictions or expiration dates. When done (or
manually stopped) all preempted schedules automatically resume. Priority alert templates are
pre-defined in advance by administrators as explained in the ETV Portal Server Admin Guide.
Note Priority alert streams are shown only on monitors or TVs attached to VBricks and
IPRs respectively. They are not shown on the Portal Server user interface. If you are
watching a stream in the embedded player on the user interface browser, you will not
see a priority alert (except as selectable live stream).
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Click Priority Alert on the navigation bar.
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Click a previously-defined template name.
Set the broadcast Duration in minutes (or click No Limit (Stop Manually) .
Click Start Priority Alert and confirm. (A message will indicate the broadcast is in
progress. Any streams currently in progress will be preempted and replaced by the
priority alert.) If necessary, click Stop Priority Alert when done.
Template Name
Pre-defined template created by an administrator.
Maximum Duration
Maximum duration in minutes after which the broadcast will
automatically stop.
No Limit (Stop Manually)
Broadcast will run indefinitely until manually stopped.
Start Priority Alert
Launch priority alert.
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Stop Priority Alert
Stop priority alert.
Add Video
If given publishing permissions, you have the ability to Add Video to any VOD servers for
which you have access. The folders to which you can add video are configured by your system
administrator. The folder list that you can add video to may also be different from the folders
that you can view content from. If you have MPEG, WM, or H.264 video content saved on
your PC, you can publish this content to the VOD server(s) using the Add Video page.
Content acquired by recording with VBrick StreamPlayer Plus or a VBrick VBStar will always
ingest and play at a consistent high quality; content acquired from third-party vendors or
elsewhere may not. See Supported Stream Types below for more details.
Note MPEG-4 files with closed captions cannot be added to the EtherneTV-NXG Videoon-Demand server until the closed caption track is removed. See "Removing MPEG-4
Closed Captions" in the ETV Portal Server Admin Guide for details.
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Click Add Video on the navigation bar.
Browse to a Source File for the video content.
Select a Destination folder. You can add the video to any folder shown in the dropdown
list.
Enter a required Name (with file extension for WM files) and optional Keyword and
Description . (The name will be shown on the Asset Library page; the keyword and
description will be shown on the Info page.)
Optional. Complete Additional Info, Reference Links, and Advanced as explained below.
Click Start to begin ingestion to the selected folder. This may take several minutes
depending on the size of the file. Click Status on the navigation bar to see the status of
the ingestion. When done, the video will be added to the Asset Library in the folder you
selected.
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Source File
Browse to the folder on your PC or a network drive that have the
video you wish to add.
Destination
Choose a folder you would like to publish the video to. Only the
folders you have permission to publish to will be shown in the
dropdown list.
Video Name
Enter the name you want displayed on the ETV Portal Server
interface. If adding Windows Media files, you must include the file
extension; valid file extensions are .asf, .wmv, .wma , .mp3 , and .wsx .
Use any combination of alphanumeric characters and the following
special characters . ! ~ / ( ) _ -
Keywords
Assign keywords that can be used to search for the video later.
Description
Define a brief description of the video. This is displayed in the
messages area of the user interface when the video is played.
Additional Info
A window similar to this is shown only if an administrator has added
Custom Field(s). It can be used to provide additional descriptive
information about a video.
Reference Links
Use this window to add or delete related web page links on the Info
page associated with a video.
Advanced
Shown only if you have Expiration Privileges. Use to set expiration date,
viewing period, and copyright restrictions.
• Expiration – content will expire after the Expiration Date or the
Viewing Period, depending on which radio button you select.
• Copyright Restrictions – Use to set the maximum number of
concurrent viewers. This overrides the default Global Setting.
Supported Stream Types
You can add any of the video types shown below in Table 4. Note that the Portal Server
supports MPEG-2 video delivered as a transport stream only. It does not support video
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delivered as a program stream. If your MPEG-2 content fails to ingest and play (and you have
the right permissions), it may be a program stream. Try running it in StreamPlayer. If it does
not run in StreamPlayer, it is likely a program stream in which case you can either re-stream
the video and record it as a new file, or you can use third-party tools to transcode it.
Table 4. Supported Stream Types
Video Type
Supported Stream Type
MPEG-1
Any stream type.
MPEG-2
Transport streams only.
MPEG-4
Most stream types. All ISMA-compliant streams.
WM
Any stream type including .asf, .wmv, .wma , .mp3 , and .wsx.
H.264
Most stream types. All ISMA-compliant streams.
Playlists
Playlists are saved in the Asset Library. A playlist is a mechanism to consolidate
multiple video files, or video file segments, regardless of format, into a virtual file. A playlist
is a list of video streams, or parts of streams, that can be played as if they were a single video
file. Playlists can include files encoded in different formats and at different bit rates including
MPEG, WM (Windows Media), and H.264. Playlists have a special icon and are only created
from stored streams. They are not available with live streams and they are not available when
multiple windows are displayed. (Playlists and bookmarks are supported on WM IP
Receivers; they are not supported on Digital IP Receivers or Amino set top boxes.)
You create a playlist from the Playlists page and they can be saved under any name and
played back later. They can also be modified, re-ordered, or changed in a variety of ways as
explained below. Playlists can only be played in realtime. They cannot be scheduled in the
Portal Server to run at a later time. Bookmarks are slightly different. A bookmark is simply a
pointer to a specific location in a file or to an entire file. In general, you can think of a
bookmark as a playlist with a pointer to one segment in a video. You create bookmarks using
the Mark button in the preview window. For more information, see Creating Bookmarks on
page 17. Note that if the computer you are using to access a playlist does not support a
certain encoding type, a bookmark to that item in the playlist will not be displayed.
Playlists are saved by default in the MyMedia folder. A MyMedia folder is automatically
created for each defined user and is available and viewable only to the user who is currently
logged in. If Access Control is enabled, each user has their own MyMedia folder which no one
else can access. If Access Control is not enabled, everyone's playlists are stored in MyMedia .
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To run an existing playlist
1.
Click on the Asset Library and navigate to the MyMedia folder or to any folder that has a
playlist.
Click on any item with a playlist icon to launch the playlist in the preview window.
Use the Previous and Next buttons to move up and down the playlist. (Use the Forward
and Rewind buttons to navigate to the beginning or end of the clip in progress—not to
the beginning or end of the playlist.)
2.
3.
There may be a slight delay between clips—this is normal Portal Server behavior as the video
loads. If any content in a playlist is unavailable for any reason (for example the file was
moved or the content expired), the Portal Server will skip that clip, advance to the next clip,
and display an informational message. below the preview window. As explained below, there
are two ways to create playlists. You can quickly bookmark a stream playing in the preview
window using the Mark button; this creates a playlist with one bookmark. You can also create
a playlist from the Playlists page. This is the standard way to create a playlist.
Creating Playlists
T
To create a playlist from the Playlists page
1.
2.
Click Playlists on the navigation bar at the bottom of the page.
Mouseover any video from the folders you have permission to access and select Add to
Playlist . This adds the selected stream to the new playlist. By default, it starts at the
beginning of the file and ends at the end of the file.
Repeat for each stream you wish to add.
Edit the start and end times or reorder the playlist as necessary. Mouseover any item in
current playlist to see editing options (Up, Down Start, etc.). See Editing Playlists below
for more details.
Enter a title for the playlist and select a folder where it will be stored (the default is the
MyMedia folder of the user who logged in.) Note that only those folders for which you have
"publish" access are displayed.
3.
4.
5.
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Click Save Playlist and you are done.
Note You may have folders without content but they are not displayed in the Asset Library.
Playlists without content, however, are not allowed. You cannot create a playlist
without first selecting content.
Editing Playlists
T
To edit an existing playlist
1.
2.
3.
Navigate to any existing playlist (or bookmark). Playlists have a special icon.
Mouseover any playlist and click Edit Playlist .
Use any of the functionality explained below (Up, Down , Remove, etc.) to modify the
playlist. You can also change the Title or Folder location.
To add additional items to a playlist, mouseover any file in the Available Content list and
click Add to Playlist.
4.
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Info
Each playlist has its own searchable metadata. You can add/change
the name, the folder, keywords, etc. For example you can add a
description or keywords that can be used for searching, as well as links
to external web sites and desktop files. See Customizing Stored Videos
on page 15.
Up
Move clip up one position in playlist.
Down
Move clip down one position in playlist.
Remove
Use to delete individual clips from the playlist. If the deleted clip is the
last item in the playlist, the playlist itself will be removed.
Start †
Sets the bookmark start time (default = beginning of file). There are
two ways to set Start time. (1) Launch the clip in the preview window
and click Start at the point where the clip will start. Use the Forward/
Rewind buttons to advance through the video as necessary. (2)
Mouseover and click Start without launching the clip and use the
popup to enter Start time in exact format shown, for example 0h 23m
57s
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End †
Sets the bookmark end time (default = end of file). There are two
ways to set End time. (1) Launch the clip in the preview window and
click End at the point where the clip will end. Use the Forward/
Rewind buttons to advance through the video as necessary. (2)
Mouseover and click End without launching the clip and use the
popup to enter End time in exact format shown, for example 0h 23m
57s
†
With Internet Explorer, this popup window will not function properly unless the Portal
Server host name or IP address has been added to the list of trusted websites.
Presentations
This launches a page (see below) from which you can access legacy rich media presentations
that were published to an earlier version of the Portal Server. If you have no have legacy
presentations, this hyperlink is not shown on the navigation bar. Live or recently published
presentations, are available on the Live Broadcasts and Asset Library pages.
Help
This command launches an online version of the Portal Server User Guide in a new window.
This online help system provide fast full-text search and makes it easy to find the information
you need. To navigate in the help window, use the tree controls on the left to expand a topic
and the navigation buttons at the top to move to a different page. See Getting Help on page v
for more information.
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Logout
This command logs you out of the application and lets you log back in as a different user.
This may be necessary to gain access to certain functionality. For example, some users may
not be allowed to create thumbnails and you may want to login as a user who has the
permissions to do this. The Logout hyperlink is only shown when Access Control is enabled
by an administrator.
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Using the Scheduler
Topics in this section
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Live Broadcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Stored Broadcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Script . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Control Device. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Introduction
The Scheduling page lets you create (or view) a schedule for future VBrick events. These
include scheduled broadcasts of live or stored video, video conferences, and the execution of
previously defined scripts. You set all configuration parameters in advance and the scheduled
event will occur without further intervention, assuming that all devices and streams are
available at runtime. The initial steps required to create a scheduled program are described
below followed by a detailed explanation of each schedule type (for example, live broadcast,
video conference, etc.).
In order to schedule an event, you must have the appropriate permissions enabled by an ETV
Portal Server administrator. You may have full permissions, partial permissions (with no
access to Advanced Settings ) or no privileges at all in which case you will not see the Add
button on the Scheduling page. To modify or delete a scheduled event, including one that's
running, click on the event on the calendar page, then click Modify or Delete.
When using the Scheduler, be aware that all VBrick encoder/decoder resources must be
available at the date and time of the scheduled event. When creating a schedule, the ETV
Portal Server verifies that the resources are currently present on the network but there is no
way to determine if these resources will still be available at runtime. If there is a subsequent
resource conflict, for example if a VBrick is not available (or the hard drive on a VBStar is
full), the encoder/decoders will not connect for the scheduled event and there will be no
video between the devices. When this happens, an error message, for example
172.16.127.29:Failed to Set will be displayed in the Portal Server Status log window.
Similar problems will occur if the ETV Portal Server and VOD server clocks are not
synchronized.
Note When navigating in the Scheduler, use the Next and Back buttons in the application.
Do not use the navigation controls in your browser or you may get unpredictable
results.
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Schedule Privileges
As shown below, Portal Server users may have limited schedule privileges in which case their
ability to create or modify schedules is restricted. For example, anyone can view a schedule
on the calendar page but users with "partial" privileges, for example, will only be able to drill
down and modify a schedule they "own" (i.e. one they created). Mouseover any scheduled
event on the calendar page to view the owner.
Table 5. Schedule Privileges
User
Privileges
Super
Create/modify/delete all schedules and access all features.
Full
Create/modify/delete owned schedules.
Partial
Create/modify/delete owned schedules; no Advanced Settings.
None
No schedule privileges; no Add button shown on Scheduling page.
Viewing the Schedule
Anyone can view scheduled events but only those users who have been granted permissions
can actually "schedule" an event. The following window shows a Month view (with several
events scheduled) for a user who does not have schedule permissions (there is no Add button).
Mouseover a scheduled event as shown below to see schedule details. The schedule details
include the dates, recurrence pattern, and owner.
Figure 4. Scheduling Page without Add Permissions
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Scheduling an Event
The available content for creating a scheduled program include live streams from a VBrick
encoder or stored files on an VOD server (or a VBStar). You can access the Scheduling page
from anywhere in the application. Any scheduled programs currently in progress will display
a TV icon and can be launched by clicking the icon or from the Live Broadcasts page. (They
can also be viewed from a PC if VBrick's StreamPlayer is installed) The first steps in creating a
schedule are the same for all types of schedules.
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To schedule an event
1.
Click Scheduling on the Portal Server home page to display the "calendar" page shown
below. This pages uses special icons to indicate recurring events or events currently in
progress. Switch to the view (Month , Week , Day ) you prefer. (The Month view is shown
here.)
Figure 5. Scheduling Page with Add Permissions
2.
Click Add on the date of the scheduled event to display the Schedule Live Broadcast
page. (In Day view, you must click on a specific hour.)
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3.
Enter a Schedule Name and complete the Start and End fields. (To avoid format errors,
click in the date and time fields and use the calendar and dropdown list respectively.)
Depending on the view you selected above, these fields may be pre-filled.
Schedule Name
Alphanumeric, no special characters, must be unique. Maximum 128
characters.
Start
Use the calendar and the dropdown menu respectively to select start
date and time.
End
Use the calendar and the dropdown menu respectively to select start
date and time.
Recurrence
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Create a Recurrence schedule if appropriate. This feature uses an intuitive interface that
makes it easy to schedule recurring events. If a Recurrence schedule is in effect, the
Remove Recurrence button will be displayed at the bottom of the window (and a
recurrence icon will be shown on the "calendar" page).
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Schedule time
Set start, end, and duration. Duration cannot exceed 24 hours.
Recurrence pattern
Use the radio buttons and check boxes to set a Daily, Weekly, or
Monthly recurrence pattern. A recurring event is shown on the
scheduler with a special icon.
Range of recurrence
Describe the start and end of the range. End can be none, number
of occurrences, or a specific date.
5.
Select a Schedule Type.
Each schedule type has a different wizard as explained on the following pages but
basically, you select the source and destination targets (for live and stored broadcasts),
the VBricks (for a video conference), the live program you will record, or the script or
control device you will manipulate. Go to the appropriate section below depending on
the Schedule Type you select.
Schedule Type
6.
7.
8.
•
•
•
•
•
•
Live Broadcast – Broadcast a live channel.
Stored Broadcast – Broadcast a stored video.
Conference – Set up a video conference.
Record – Schedule and save a recording.
Script – Schedule a script to run on a device.
Control Device – Schedule and manipulate an external device.
Configure Advanced Settings for VBricks as necessary (see Advanced Settings below).
Click Next to page through each wizard. Click Finish when done.
Verify the information and click Create Schedule when prompted (see Create Schedule
below). If you need to make changes, click Modify and adjust the schedule as necessary.
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When done, the named schedule is added to the calendar page of scheduled events. Any
scheduled links use color-coded text as shown in Table 6.
Table 6. Color-coded Scheduled Events
Text Color
Description
Red
Expired. The scheduled event is over.
Yellow
Future. The scheduled event will occur in the future.
Green
Active. The scheduled event is currently in progress. If the event is
viewable (for example a stored video), a TV icon is displayed and you
can click on it to launch the stream.
Advanced Settings
Advanced Settings are available to configure VBricks and IPRs with exceptional
configuration parameters—often with help from VBrick Support Services. It is unlikely you
will ever need to change these settings. In all cases you can safely ignore these settings and use the
defaults provided by the Portal Server. The available settings depend on the device
characteristics. For example, the following window shows advanced settings for an MPEG-4
encoder. See the VB4000-5000-6000 Admin Guide for more about these device settings.
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Create Schedule
The final step in creating a schedule is to review and confirm the settings. If you are satisfied
with the schedule and/or the recurrence pattern, click Create Schedule. If not click Modify
and change the settings as necessary. Note that if you schedule a recording with a recurrence
pattern, the filenames shown on the following window are automatically appended with the
date and time, for example: filename>d>t.mp4
Delete Schedule
To delete a schedule, simply click on the scheduled event and click Delete. This removes the
schedule and all future recurrences. To change a schedule without deleting it, open the
schedule, click Modify, and page back to the item you want to change—then page forward to
Finish . In this manner you can change the devices, recurrence pattern, or other details in a
schedule without deleting the schedule and starting from scratch.
Live Broadcast
Use these steps to create a schedule for a live broadcast. This means that at the scheduled
date and time a live stream will be added to the Live broadcasts page and be available to
authorized users for viewing.
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To schedule a live broadcast
1.
2.
Select a schedule name, dates, and (optionally) recurrence pattern (see Scheduling an
Event).
For Schedule Type, select Live Broadcast and click Next .
3.
In Select Video Source, choose one of the following and click Next .
VBrick
Select a live stream by VBrick name.
Program Name
Select a live stream by Program Name from all available.
Enter Manually
Enter an appliance source.
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To use a VBrick as the Video Source
1.
2.
Select VBrick as the Video Source.
Select one VBrick by Hostname and click Next (or Finish if no destinations are to be
specified).
Select one or more destination VBrick(s) or IPR(s) that will receive the video and click
Finish .
Verify the information and click Create Schedule to add the new schedule to the
calendar.
3.
4.
Note If you create a "server" schedule whereby a unicast stream is pulled from a WM server
(this means the Destination is Server rather than Multicast ), the scheduled event
cannot be launched from the Schedule page and will not display a TV icon. To launch
this stream, you must know the IP address of the VBrick resource, or an administrator
can add a URL for a live stream as explained in the Portal Server Admin Guide.
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To use a Program Name as the Video Source
1.
2.
Select Program Name as the Video Source.
Select one Program Name and click Next .
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4.
Select the destination VBrick(s) or IPR(s) that will receive the video and click Finish .
Verify the information and click Create Schedule to add the new schedule to the
calendar.
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To use Enter Manually as the Video Source
1.
Select Enter Manually and click Next .
2.
Enter the Schedule Start Options and click Next . The options vary as follows depending
on the Source device type.
Source
Select one: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, or WM.
Source IP Address
Destination multicast IP address that will receive the broadcast. Range
224.0.0.0–239.255.255.255.
Port
Destination port number that will receive the broadcast. Range
1040–65534.
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Connection Mode
(MPEG-4 only)
Enter the video source location to connect to using one of the
following. No special characters are allowed. If you enter the IP
Address or Hostname of a VBrick encoder managed by the Portal
Server, the availability will be verified.
• IP Address/Host Name – must include Slot number (if dual
encoder/decoder) and Management Port.
• URL – use VBHTTP or RTSP format. For example:
vbhttp://MPEG4Unit1/vbs1d1.sdp
rtsp://172.2.3.4/vbrickvideo1
• SDP on Flash – read the onboard SDP file to make a connection.
Enter the path to where file resides on the VBrick decoder (not in
ETV Portal Server), for example: vbs1d1.sdp
• Program Name – any valid Program Name that is available on the
network (or one that will be available on the scheduled date and
time).
Use care when specifying the IP Address/Host Name or the URL
Connection Mode and entering the host name of a VBrick encoder
not managed by ETV Portal Server. These entries will not be
accessible by IPRs (and in some cases by VBrick decoders either).
Host names must be resolved at some point into IP Addresses and the
processes that accomplish this may not always be available. When
using IPRs or when Host Name resolution is questionable, use the
specific device IP address.
3.
4.
Select the destination VBrick(s) or IPR(s) that will receive the video and click Finish .
Verify the information and click Create Schedule to add the new schedule to the
calendar.
Stored Broadcast
Use these steps to create a schedule for broadcasting a stored video. This means that at the
scheduled date and time a stored video from a VOD server or a VBStar (MPEG-2 or WM)
will be added to the Live Broadcasts page and be available to authorized users for viewing.
(You cannot schedule a broadcast of a video stored on a file server.)
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To schedule a stored broadcast
1.
Select a schedule name, time, date, and (optionally) recurrence pattern (see Scheduling an
Event).
For Schedule Type, select Stored Broadcast and click Next .
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Select the source of the stored broadcast. It can be either a VBrick VBStar (with a hard
drive) or a VOD server. Each has a different icon.
This icon denotes a VOD Server with a specific IP address. Navigate through the file
system to a source video on the VOD server.
This icon denotes a named VBStar with a hard drive (MPEG-2 or Windows Media).
Navigate through the file system to a source video on the VBStar.
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To use a stored video on a VOD server
1.
Select a server by IP address and navigate to a video that will be the source of the
broadcast.
Select a video and click Next (or Finish if no destinations are to be specified). Do not use
the same stored video for broadcasts that will run concurrently.
Select the destination VBricks or IPRs that will receive the video and click Finish .
Verify the information and click Create Schedule to add the new schedule to the
calendar.
2.
3.
4.
T
To use a stored video on a VBStar
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select a VBStar and navigate to a video that will be the source of the broadcast.
Select a video and click Next .
Select the destination VBricks or IPRs that will receive the video and click Finish .
Verify the information and click Create Schedule to add the new schedule to the
calendar.
Note Be aware that regardless of how much time you scheduled for the video on the
calendar, the time blocked out will automatically adjust to the actual length of the
video.
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Conference
Use these steps to create a video conference between two encoders/decoder pairs at different
locations. This means that at the scheduled date and time a video conference will
automatically be launched using two specified VBricks—one at each end.
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To schedule a video conference
1.
2.
Select a schedule name, dates, and (optionally) recurrence pattern (see Scheduling an
Event).
For Schedule Type, select Conference and click Next .
3.
Select VBrick 1 , specify Private or Public and click Next .
VBrick 1
VBrick at one end of conference. For MPEG-4 RTSP conferencing,
the RTSP ports must be set to 554 (the default) on each VBrick. In
IWS, go to Configuration > System > Security > RTSP Server Port.
Private
Limited to the specified participants. Configure for Unicast using the
Advanced Settings.
Public
Available to any participants. Configure for Multicast using the
Advanced Settings.
Note
4.
5.
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Advanced Settings are available to configure encoders and decoders with exceptional
configuration parameters. It is unlikely you will ever need to change these settings. In
all cases you can safely ignore the Advanced Settings and use the defaults provided by
the ETV Portal Server. See the ETV Portal Server Admin Guide for details.
Select VBrick 2 and click Finish .
Verify the information and click Create Schedule to add the new schedule to the
calendar.
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Record
Use these steps to create a schedule that will initiate the recording of live content. This means
that at the scheduled date and time the live content will be recorded, optionally ingested and
FTPed, and made available on the Asset Library page to authorized users for viewing.
T
To schedule a recording
1.
Select a schedule name, dates, and (optionally) recurrence pattern (see Scheduling an
Event).
For Schedule Type, select Record and click Next .
2.
3.
Select a Program Name as a record source and click Next . (Alternately, click Advanced
and select Manual Entry. See Record by Manual Entry on page 45.)
Settings
Program Name
Select a live stream by Program Name from available live streams.
Manual Entry
•
•
•
•
•
MPEG-1 – enter a Program Name, or IP Address and Port number.
MPEG-2 – enter a Program Name, or IP Address and Port number.
MPEG-4 – enter a Program Name, or URL.
WM – enter a Program Name or URL.
H.264 – enter a Program Name or URL.
Record by Program Name
When the Record Source is Program Name , you can Record To an NVR (Network Video
Recorder) or to a VBrick as explained below.
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To use a Program Name as the record source
1.
2.
Select a live stream from the list of Program Names.
Go to Advanced Settings > Record To and select NVR or VBrick .
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NVR
The recording will be saved to an NVR on the ETV Portal Server or
to a standalone Network Video Recorder. See the Portal Server Admin
Guide for more about NVRs.
VBrick
The recording will be saved to an MPEG-2 or WM VBStar.
Record to NVR
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To use an NVR to save the recording
1.
Select NVR and click Next . Use the tabbed windows explained below to define specific
attributes for the recording. Some of these attributes (e.g. Custom Fields and Links ) will
be displayed on the Info page for the recording on the Asset Library page. Others (e.g.
Expiration and Copyright ) are used solely for administrative purposes.
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Filename
Name of file to be recorded. The default is based on the Program
Name and device Type. If you schedule a recording with a recurrence
pattern, the filenames are automatically appended with the date and
time.
Title
Title to be shown on VOD server. No special characters or
embedded spaces. Can be the same or different from Filename above.
If you append >d or >t to title, it will include the date and time in
mmddyy and hhmm format. For example, if you enter the record title
as history>d>t.mpg, the recorded title will be history0608051105.mpg
if the recording started at 11:05 AM on 06/08/05.
Location
Use the dropdown to select the folder in which the recording will be
saved.
Keywords
Enter metadata text for Keyword search.
Description
Enter metadata text for Description search.
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Custom Fields
Field name
Shown only if custom fields are defined by an administrator.
Dropdown list
Shown only if custom dropdown lists are defined by an administrator.
Links
Title
Link title shown on the Info page for the recording.
Web Page URL
Actual web URL displayed when you click on the title.
Expiration
Expiration Date
Shown if current user has copyright and expiration privileges.
Content will expire after specified date in format: mm/dd/yyyy
hh:mm AM.
Viewing Period
Shown if current user has copyright and expiration privileges.
Content will expire after the specified viewing period.
Copyright
Max. Concurrent
Viewers
Set the maximum number of concurrent viewers. Default =
unlimited. Enter a value or select the default.
Advanced
Add to VOD Server Check to automatically ingest to VOD server.
Delete Recorded Fil Check to delete file from the Portal Server after ingestion to VOD
eAfter Ingestion
server.
Overwrite Current
File on NVR
Check to overwrite a file on the NVR with the same name.
Batch
Enable Batch
Use to divide the recording into the specified number of batch files.
The files are divided evenly for the duration of the schedule. Note
that in "batch" mode, the record files are not FTPed and ingested:
they are saved to D:\Inetpub\ftproot\MCS\Record and all other
options are disabled.
Continuous
Recording
Enable Batch must be selected. Records continuously for the
specified number of seconds per file (ignoring the scheduled
duration).
• Recycle file number – reuses the file numbers after the specified
number of batch files is reached.
• Keep file number chronologically – appends new file numbers
after the specified number of batch files is reached.
Overwrite File On
Save
2.
Check to overwrite a file on the VOD server with the same name.
When done click Finish , then verify the information and click Create Schedule to add the
new schedule to the calendar.
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Record to VBrick
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To use a VBrick (MPEG-2 or WM VBStar) to save the recording
1.
Select VBrick and click Next .
2.
Enter a filename and then select a VBrick ServerName. This is the MPEG-2 or WM
VBStar that will save the recording. Then click on the Advanced tab, and complete the
other fields.
Filename
Filename of new recording. Filenames cannot exceed 25 characters
and cannot include " : * ? < | [ ] If you append >d or >t to filename, it
will include the date and time in mmddyy and hhmm format. For
example, if you enter the record filename as history>d>t.mpg , the
recorded file will be history0602081105.mpg if the recording started
at 11:05 AM on 06/02/08. If you schedule a recording with a
recurrence pattern, the filenames are automatically appended with the
date and time.
Add to VOD
Server
The recorded file will be ingested to all VOD servers. This option is
available when a VBStar is configured as a VOD server.
FTP After Record
(deprecated)
If an FTP server is configured, check this box to FTP the file after
recording. Use this parameter for a VBStar it is not configured as a
VOD server.
Overwrite Current
File
Check to overwrite an existing file with the same name.
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When done click Finish , verify the information, and click Create Schedule to add the new
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Record by Manual Entry
When the Record Source is Manual Entry, you can only Record To an NVR.
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To use Manual Entry as the record source
1.
2.
Select a live stream from the list of Program Names.
Go to Advanced Settings and select Manual Entry.
MPEG-1
Enter a Program Name, or IP Address and Port number.
MPEG-2
Enter a Program Name, or IP Address and Port number.
MPEG-4
Enter a Program Name or URL. If URL, use VBHTTP or RTSP in
following format:
vbhttp://MPEG4Unit1/vbs1d1.sdp
rtsp://172.2.3.4/vbrickvideo1
WM
Enter a Program Name or URL.
H.264
Enter a Program Name or URL.
3.
Select and define MPEG-1 , MPEG-2 , MPEG-4 , WM , or H.264 as the record source and click
Next .
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4.
5.
Use the tabbed windows to define specific attributes for the recording. These are the
same fields described above in Record by Program Name.
When done click Finish , then verify the information and click Create Schedule to add the
new schedule to the calendar.
Script
Scripts and Script Devices are created by Portal Server administrators. Use the following
steps to create a schedule that will execute a previously-defined script on a previously-defined
script device such as a camera or a VCR. This means that at the scheduled date and time the
script will run against a networked script device. For example, PTZ cameras respond to pan,
tilt, and zoom commands; these commands can be scripted and executed from the Portal
Server. A script device must be physically connected to the network and must be available at
the runtime of a scheduled event. See the Portal Server Admin Guide for a discussion of how
to define script devices and create scripts.
T
To schedule a script execution
1.
Select a schedule name, dates, and (optionally) recurrence pattern (see Scheduling an
Event).
For Schedule Type, select Script and click Next .
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3.
4.
Select a previously-defined script and click Finish .
Verify the information and click Create Schedule to add the new schedule to the
calendar.
Control Device
Control devices are video sources like DVDs or VCRs that can be controlled by end users
from the Portal Server. A control device is connected to a VBrick encoder. It allows clientside control of the device and must be configured by a system administrator. (If no control
devices are configured, Control Device is not shown as a Schedule Type.) Once configured, a
special icon on the Live Broadcasts page indicates that you can control a stream from the
device using a graphical control panel similar to the one shown here. This panel is displayed
when you launch the stream and you can use it for supported functions like Start , Stop, Fast
Forward , etc.
T
To schedule a control device
1.
Select a schedule name, dates, and (optionally) recurrence pattern (see Scheduling an
Event).
For Schedule Type, select Control Device and click Next .
2.
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3.
Select a device and click Next .
4.
5.
Select the destination VBricks that will receive the video and click Finish .
Verify the information and click Create Schedule to add the new schedule to the
calendar.
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Chapter 4
Using the Remote Controllers
Topics in this section
Using the VB-PC Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Using the Amino STB Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Using the WM IPR Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Using the STB Remote. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Using the VB-PC Remote
The VB-PC Remote is a hand-held infrared device you can use to control (stop/start/pause,
etc.) any stream running on the Portal Server. The VB-PC Remote is compatible with
Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher; it is not compatible with Firefox. The VB-PC Remote can be
used for all Portal Server streams (MPEG, WM, and H.264) and has a line-of-sight range of
approximately 40 feet. After you manually start a stream using the Portal Server interface, you
can use the VB-PC Remote to control it. The VB-PC Remote includes an IR Remote Control
and an IR Remote Receiver that has a USB connector at one end.
T
To use the remote control
1.
Launch the Portal Server and manually start any stream using the mouse pointer on your
computer.
Control the steam by pointing the remote control at the receiver device and using any of
the control buttons listed in Table 7. Only the buttons listed here are operational and the
functionality varies slightly depending on whether you are viewing a live stream or a
stored stream.
2.
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Table 7. VB-PC Remote Control Functions†
Button
Function
Live Stream
Stored Stream
Mute
Mute volume
X
X
Vol +, Vol -
Adjust volume
X
X
Play
Start playback
X
X
Pause
Pause playback
Stop
Stop playback
X
X
Full Screen
Go full screen
X
X
Fast-Forward
Fast-Forward
X
Rewind
Rewind stream
X
Record
Record stream
X
X
† Only the buttons listed here are operational on the VB-PC Remote control.
Remember that your computer has the primary volume controls. You can use the Vol+ or Volbuttons on the remote control but you can't go any higher than the computer setting. For
best results, set the volume to an intermediate level using the mouse, then you can use your
VB-PC Remote to fine-tune the volume as desired. Use the Full Screen button to go full
screen at any time and hide all Portal Server functionality. Press Esc on the keyboard (or Full
Screen on the Remote) to exit full screen.
Using the Amino STB Remote
The Amino STB Remote is a handheld infrared device you can use to control live and stored
MPEG-2 streams running on an Amino set top box. The Amino is fully integrated with the
Portal Server, and with certain exceptions (e.g. you cannot Add Video ), provides access to
most Portal Server functionality. You use the Amino remote control (or the wireless
keyboard) to navigate through the application and select streams. The buttons and
functionality on the hand-held remote are explained in Table 8 starting at the top. See the
AmiNet110 User Guide that was shipped with the device for more information. Note that the
Amino set top box does not enforce copyright restrictions.
Note The Amino does not recognize "control devices" defined in the Portal Server. Any
devices configured as Control Devices in the Portal Server will not display a "virtual"
remote control panel on the Amino set top box. See the Portal Server Admin Guide.
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Table 8. Amino Remote Control Functions
Button
Function
Power
Power on/off.
STB/TV
Press STB for normal operation to communicate with
the STB. Use TV to communicate with the TV.
0–9
PIN entry only. Do not use to select channels.
Left arrow
Enter.
Mute
Not used. (Use volume controls on TV).
AV
Not used.
Vol +/-
Not used. (Use volume controls on TV).
CH +/-
Page Up/Page Down.
Menu
Display the list of menu commands.
Blue arrow button Up/Left – up one channel.
s
Down/Right – down one channel.
OK – Enter.
Shortcut buttons
Red – not used.
Green – toggle stream information on/off.
Yellow – toggle mouse pointer on/off.
Blue – change screen transparency.
Rewind
Stored streams.
Play
Stored streams.
Pause
Stored streams.
Fast Fwd
Stored streams.
Record
Live streams.
Pg Up
Live or stored streams. Page up/down a list of streams.
Pg Down
Live or stored streams. Page up/down a list of streams.
Stop
Stored streams.
Refresh
Refresh page.
Pg Back
Not used.
Pg Fwd
Not used.
Home
Go to Portal Server Home page.
†
If desired, you can program the remote to communicate with the TV. In order for the
remote to transmit the correct signals to control the TV, it must be programmed with a
3-digit code that matches the TV. See the Amino Remote Controls User Guide for
more information.
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Using the Amino Menu
Click on MENU at the bottom of the window, or press the MENU button on the remote
control, to access other Portal Server functionality. (Note that some Portal Server functions,
e.g. Add Video, are not available on the Amino.) To return to the original program listing after
viewing the menu, click MENU again. Note that you must have a wireless keyboard in order to
use the Search command.
Table 9. Amino Menu Commands
Command
Description
Search
Search for live or stored content using text or keywords. You must
have a wireless keyboard to use this function.
Live Broadcasts
View live streams (or rich media presentations) on the network.
Video Library
View pre-recorded content from VOD servers on the network.
Scheduling
View or create scheduled broadcasts of live or stored content.
Status
View the status of any videos currently being added or recorded.
Settings
Read-only view of current network settings.
Logout
Always log out when done.
Using the WM IPR Remote
This wireless remote control device is used with the WM IPR (also called the WM IP
Receiver). You can use the IR (infrared) Remote Control in Portal Server mode and in Local
mode; it is non-functional in Local-Fullscreen mode. (You can also plug a USB keyboard and
mouse into the back of the IPR to perform all navigation tasks.) The infrared Remote
Control works basically the same regardless of how the start mode is configured. It is
important to note that many of the controls, for example Ch/Page up or down, have slightly
different functionality depending on where the focus is. Also, several of the buttons are not
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mapped to any item and are non functional. Be sure to point the remote at the IPR—not at
the TV.
Button
Function
Standby
Mute
Mute the audio.
Rew
VOD content only: Rewind the current stream.
Play
Play the selected stream.
Pause
VOD content only: Pause the current playing stream.
FF
VOD content only: Fast forward the current stream.
Replay
Reserved for future use.
Skip
Reserved for future use.
Stop
Close the current stream.
Rec
Portal Server mode: Record stream. During recording, a
red indicator is shown in lower right area of window.
Back
Return to the previous web page.
Info
Portal Server mode only. Displays information about the
currently selected stream.
Arrows
Change focus to next item; select previous stream.
OK
Initiate an action or select an option depending on where the focus is.
Guide
Got to fullscreen; exit fullscreen.
Menu
Toggle the Menu on or off in Portal Server mode.
Vol
Adjust the audio up or down.
F1–F4
Reserved for future use.
Page
Move toward top or bottom of current page.
Live
Portal Server mode. Go to Live Broadcasts page.
VOD
Portal Server mode. Go to Asset Library page.
Sched
Display scheduled streams available for viewing.
Search
Portal Server mode. Display the search window. Press Search again to exit
window.
Space
Enter a space when using the number keypad for text entry
Mark
Use to create a bookmark on the Portal Server.
0–9
Portal Server mode. Enter a PIN, or enter a search string using the text keypad
for entry.
Del
Deletes the previous digit or character when entering search parameters or a
PIN.
Enter
Press when input complete.
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Using the STB Remote
This wireless remote control device is used with the Set Top Box (also called the Digital IP
Receiver). The remote control unit is an infrared remote control device you point at the
sensor on the front of the STB above the LEDs. As described below, the buttons on the remote
control only work if the STB is configured for MCS or Local mode. If configured for LocalFullscreen , you can only use the Volume and Mute buttons. See Start Mode on page 10 for
more information. The buttons on the handheld IR remote control are described in the
following table from left to right and top to bottom.
Note If playing a file on an NXG VOD server in Local mode, the Play button on the IR
remote will start (or re-start) the video from the beginning. For best results, use the
Channel and Select buttons rather than the mouse controls.
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Stop, Play, Pause
Once a stream is selected, the buttons across the
top can be used to stop, play, or pause a video. Stop
and pause are useful when playing VoD streams.
Power
Power the STB on or off.
Begin/End
The outer buttons on the second row are not used.
Fast Forward/
Rewind
The middle buttons on the second row are used
with VoD to go Fast Forward or Rewind MPEG-1
and MPEG-2 videos; not supported with MPEG-4.
Left Mouse Button
Green. Corresponds to left mouse button.
Cursor Pad
Press circular pad to move the cursor in the same
manner as you move a mouse.
Right Mouse Button Black. Not used.
Help
Not used.
Up/Down Arrows
Page up and down menus.
Info
Provides useful information about a live stream or a
video in progress. MCS Start Mode only.
Mute
Mute/un-mute the sound.
Select
Yellow. Selects the currently highlighted stream or
menu selection.
Volume
Adjust volume up or down.
Full Screen
Press for Full Screen; press again to close.
Channel
Press up or down to page through streams or
videos.
TV
Opens Watch Television page. MCS Start Mode
only.
WWW
Launches a web browser if enabled.
VOD
Opens Video on Demand page. MCS Start Mode
only.
0–9
Use to enter a PIN if security is enabled.
Record
Red. Press once to start recording if ETV Portal
Server and video-on-demand servers are present;
press again to stop recording.
Menu
Displays the Menu commands.
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