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Installing Blade Encoders
The VBrick Rack Mount Shelf is a customized enclosure that
accepts VBrick blades only. It provides common redundant
power sources and common cooling, and supports up to 11
H.264 blade encoders. In general, the blades are fully functional
encoders housed within a shelf rather than as standalone appliances. Each blade is configured independently of the others
and has its own network connection and IP address.
If you purchased blades with your order they will be packaged
separately and not installed in the shelf prior to shipment.
Like the appliance, each blade is configured by default for DHCP.
You connect and configure each blade in the same manner as
a standalone appliance. If you have a rack mount shelf, the first
thing you will need to do is install the blades:
1. Find the anti-static wrist strap that was shipped with your
order and attach the banana pin to the receptacle in the upper
right corner of the shelf.
2. Unpack and inspect each blade. Remove and save as many
blank filler panels as necessary.
3. Install blades from left to right beginning in Slot 1. Be sure
each blade is properly seated in guides before connecting
to the backplane.
VBrick 9000 Series
Network Video Appliance
4. When properly seated, hand-tighten top and bottom springloaded screws.
5. Repeat for each blade and then go to Step 1 on previous page
and complete Steps 1–5.
About VBrick Systems, Inc.
VBrick is the leader in Enterprise IP Video solutions, with over 9,000 corporate, education and government customers and 60,000 installations worldwide. VBrick solutions work over standard IP networks and the Internet to deliver rich media communications that connect people everywhere –
from employees and customers, to partners and shareholders. Our comprehensive product suite and end-to-end solutions are used in a wide range
of live and on-demand applications including meeting and event broadcasts, distance learning, digital signage, TV distribution, video surveillance,
and Web-­based marketing campaigns. Headquartered in Wallingford, CT, VBrick’s products and services are available through industry-leading
value-added resellers.
VBrick Systems Inc.
Worldwide Headquarters
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Wallingford, Connecticut 06492
+1 203.265.0444
Boston Office
500 West Cummings Park
Suite 5900
Woburn, MA 01801
Regional sales offices located throughout the US and EMEA
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E ac h S h i p m e n t I n c l udes :
9000 Series Encoder Appliance
9000 Series Blade*
•H.264 network appliance (1 per order)
•H.264 encoder blades (1–11 per shelf)
•H.264 Quick Start Guide (1 per order)
•H.264 Quick Start Guide (1 per order)
•H.264 Product CD (1 per order)
•H.264 Product CD (1 per order)
•Power supply and cable (1 per appliance)
•Anti-static wrist strap (1 per order)
•Serial cable and adapter (1 per appliance)
•Serial cable and adapter (1 per order)
•Ethernet cable (1 per appliance)
•Ethernet cable (1 per blade)
•HDMI cable and adapters (1 per channel)
•HDMI cable and adapters (1 per channel)
•A/V breakout cables (1 per slot)
•A/V breakout cables (1 per slot)
* T he H.264 rack mount shelf must be purchased
separately. It includes a cable management panel
and 2 AC power supply cords.
Power-on the Appliance
Attach the provided power cable to the appliance or rack mount
shelf (which has two cables) and to appropriate AC power
source(s) as explained below. When powered-on, the appliances
will automatically run a power-on self-test sequence.
This Quick Start Guide
explains how to quickly
verify that you can
stream audio and video
from the encoder to your
desktop--over your local
area network. Just follow the steps, in order,
and you will be able
to play a stream from
a video camera or DVD
player (on your Windows
or Macintosh desktop)
using Windows Media
Player or QuickTime.
The following technical
publications explain how
to set up, configure,
and operate your 9000
Series appliance. They
are available on the 9000
Series Product CD or can
be accessed from the
Help link in the VBAdmin
management program.
Note that all VBrick
documentation is posted
on the web. For detailed
information about other
compatible products in
the VBrick ecosystem,
go to www.vbrick.com/
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H.264 Getting Started
.264 Admin Guide
.264 Release Notes
2. For a rack mount shelf, insert the two power connectors into
the dual power supplies on the back panel.
3. Connect the other power connector end(s) to a conventional
110/220 VAC power source.
4. Wait until the appliance or blade completes the boot
sequence before continuing. This may take up to 60 seconds
and the unit will self-test while displaying status messages on
the optional LCD display on the front panel.
5. The appliance will then search for a DHCP server and display
the IP address on the LCD panel (if present). If this process
completes successfully, note the IP address and go to Step 5.
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The audio and video connectors allow the H.264 video appliance to receive audio and/or video
from your input source, for example a video camera or a DVD player. (If you have a rack mount
shelf, be sure to install any encoder blades before performing this step. See "Step 6. Installing
Blade Encoders.")
1. Connect the video. On the back panel, connect one end of the
VBrick-provided "breakout" cable to the Micro-D15 A/V connector
in Slot 1. Note that Slot 1 is on the right.
2. Using the labeled component connectors on the other end of
the cable, connect the three "channel 1" component video cables
(YPbPr) to the three source video connectors on your video
camera or DVD player.
Note: There are two channels on each breakout cable for a maximum of four video channels
in an appliance with two slots. In this Quick Start demo we only need to connect one set of (three)
component connectors.
3. Connect the audio. Connect the "channel 1" (left and right) audio cables on the breakout cable
to the source audio connectors.
Note: The previous steps explain how to setup a 9000 Series encoder or a blade using "component"
connections. If you will be using the VBrick-provided HDMI cable, you will need to change the
"How is Video Connected" parameter in the VBAdmin management application (go to Video/Audio
Configuration > Video) after connecting to the network.
6. If you do not have an LCD display, and/or your network is
not DHCP-enabled, you will need to connect an ASCII terminal
to the serial port to find or set the IP address as explained
in Step 4.
Connect Audio and Video
Connect to the IP Network
Use the provided Ethernet cable to connect the appliance to your IP network.
1. For standalone appliances, insert the power connector that
comes with the appliance into the 24 VDC power receptacle
in the lower left corner of the back panel.
Find or Set the IP Address
All VBrick appliances are configured by default with DHCP
enabled. This means that when you power on the appliance,
if a DHCP server is present on your network, the VBrick will
automatically get its IP Address and Subnet mask from the DHCP
server. If the appliance cannot find a DHCP server, you will
need to set a static IP address manually using the serial (COM1)
port. Similarly, if your network requires a Gateway IP Address,
and this is not provided by the DHCP server, you will also need
to enter this address manually.
Find or Set IP Address Using the Serial Port
1. Connect an ASCII terminal from the RJ-45 serial port (COM1)
on the appliance to the COM port of the computer or terminal
device (usually COM1), using the provided serial cable.
2. From the Windows Start menu, go to: Start > All Programs >
Accessories > Communications > HyperTerminal and press
Enter to display the login prompt. Configure the Port Settings
for 9600 baud, 8 Data bits, no Parity, 1 Stop bit (8N1).
3. Login to the appliance using "admin" (case-sensitive) for both
User Name and Password.
1. Plug
one end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port (to the left of the COM port)
on the H.264 appliance.
4. When the Command Line Interface is displayed, type "nt"
to display the Ethernet Network Options. This will let you set
IP Address, Subnet Mask, and other options.
2. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into a network port or switch.
5. When done, type "apply" and press Enter to save your changes.
Verify Streaming Video and Audio
The last step is to verify the appliance is running properly and
streaming audio and video. Assuming you connected a video
source as explained in Step 1, you can use the VBAdmin management application or VBrick StreamPlayer to verify that video is
streaming from the appliance.
Verify Operation with VBAdmin
(Windows or Macintosh)
You can verify operation on Windows or Macintosh desktops
by playing the stream directly from the appliance using the
VBAdmin management application. This method requires the
Apple QuickTime plugin.
1. Open a browser and launch VBAdmin with the appliance
IP Address from Step 3 or Step 4 in the following format:
Then login with "admin" and "admin"
Note: These steps assume that the video source you connected
in Step 1 is streaming at 1080i/60. If not streaming at 1080i/60,
go to the Video/Audio Configuration > Video page in VBAdmin
and set the "Video Format" to match your video source.
2. Navigate to the Program Configuration > Servers and click
the Edit button. Then click on the link labeled "Click Here
to Play Stream."
3. This will launch the stream using the QuickTime plugin.
QuickTime 7.0 or higher is required. If QuickTime is not
installed, you will be prompted to download it from Apple.
Note: If you have streaming problems with Quicktime 7.0, go
to Edit > Preferences > QuickTime Preferences > Advanced >
Video > DirectX and uncheck "Enable Direct3D video acceleration".
Verify Operation with StreamPlayer
(Windows only)
You can verify operation on Windows desktops by playing
the stream directly from the appliance with StreamPlayer 5.3.
VBrick's StreamPlayer application lets you receive and play
streaming video originating from the appliance on a PC. You
can install StreamPlayer 5.3 from the StreamPlayer Product
CD (if purchased) or you can download and install the 30-day
demo version available from our website. Once StreamPlayer
is installed:
1. Launch the StreamPlayer application. Go to Start >
All Programs > VBrick > StreamPlayer.
2. In the IP Address field (near bottom of player) type the
following text and press Enter:
(type vbstream1s2...1s3...1s4 to test other channels)
3. This will launch the stream in the Windows Media Player.
If you hear audio and see video, you are successfully
streaming from the VBrick appliance to your local PC.
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