VBrick StreamPlayer

VBrick StreamPlayer
VBrick
StreamPlayer
StreamPlayer v4.4
Release Notes
January 25, 2007
4410-0098-0004
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© 2007 VBrick Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
12 Beaumont Road
Wallingford, Connecticut 06492, USA
www.VBrick.com
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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.
StreamPlayer v.4.4 Release Notes
Product Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
What’s New in StreamPlayer v4.4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
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This document provides release notes for the VBrick StreamPlayer Product Family of
software applications, and includes the following. Any information contained within this
document is to be considered VBrick Systems customer confidential and should not be
reproduced nor distributed to non-VBrick Systems customers.
Product Overview
The StreamPlayer Product Family empowers viewers to watch live high quality MPEG video
and audio on PCs anywhere the network reaches. StreamPlayer automatically displays a
“Program Guide” that lists live or stored videos that are available for viewing. Users simply
click on the program name, and they are instantly watching television quality video on their
PCs. StreamPlayer also allows Closed Captions to be displayed on screen for MPEG-1,
MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 streams. StreamPlayer Family consists of the following products:
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StreamPlayer WM – plays MPEG-1 and Windows Media streams. Can also play
MPEG-2 video if the user has a preexisting MPEG-2 decoder (a DVD player for
example) on their machine.
StreamPlayer – is a free desktop installed software program used either for viewing
MPEG-1, MPEG-4, and Windows Media streams or files. MPEG-2 viewing is only
available with this free program if an MPEG-2 decoder (e.g. a DVD player) is present on
the computer.
StreamPlayer with MPEG-2 Playback – includes all of the functionality of
StreamPlayer as well as the ability to view MPEG-2 streams or files.
StreamPlayer Plus – is a desktop install version that, in addition to viewing MPEG-1,
MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and Windows Media streams, allows recording and basic editing of
MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video streams and recording of MPEG-4 and Windows Media
streams. Additionally, as part of the StreamPlayer Plus package, a software component
called the Capture Driver may be installed. Capture Driver provides the ability to accept
an MPEG-1, MPEG-2, or MPEG-4 stream and convert it into uncompressed digital
video. Capture Driver can be used with any software program which inputs video using
PC capture cards. It allows the video to be more easily converted to .jpg images, edited,
or re-encoded into other non-MPEG video formats using third party software.
StreamPlayer License Server – Manages concurrent MPEG-2 license usage.
StreamPlayer Web Deployment Kit – provides a free software component used for
viewing within a Web Page. Administrators can use files installed by
Setupstreamplayerwebdeploymentkit_4_4_0.exe to setup web pages that
automatically download the components necessary for viewing MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and
MPEG-4 streams for easy distribution to viewers.
Streamplayer Release Notes
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Note StreamPlayer Plus software can be installed on Windows XP (Home and Professional
Editions) and Windows 2000 (Professional Edition) only.
What’s New in StreamPlayer v4.4
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StreamPlayer supports MPEG-2 unicast over IPv6 transport on XP and newer versions
of Windows. Users must manually enter the IPv6 unicast address and port number from
which they will receive the MPEG-2 unicast.
Users can select and run multiple bit rate WM streams from the StreamPlayer interface
by selecting the desired stream in the Program Name field.
When selecting a multiple bit rate WM stream, if the Kbits/sec column (see Preferences >
Custom Columns ) displays Auto, StreamPlayer will auto-select the stream with the most
appropriate bit rate.
Open Options have been removed from StreamPlayer Preferences. StreamPlayer always
uses the latest Windows Media Player installed on your computer.
The Anti-Pixelator utility addresses a compatibility issue with CyberLink's PowerDVD.
Anti-Pixelator Utility
The StreamPlayer installation folder includes a utility to work
around compatibility issues with CyberLink's PowerDVD. If
PowerDVD is installed on your computer, you may
experience pixelated video when playing movies through the
Windows Media Player. To workaround this issue, run
AntiPixelator.exe and then reboot your computer.
Features from Previous Releases
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A separate Setup exe (Setup_WM_StreamPlayer_4_4_0.exe) now available that only installs
those components required for windows media playback. This setup will not prompt for
a license file.
Ability to playback Windows Media streams
Ability to record Windows Media streams.
Supports Source Specific Multicast playback for the 232.x.x.x address space.
Playback of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 streams
Support for MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 Closed Captioning
Recording and Hinting of MPEG-4 streams
Recording of MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 streams
Capture Driver support for MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 streams
StreamPlayer is provided in several different versions, each of which support playback of
different video types.
MPEG-4 stream playback uses the correct pixel aspect ratio
VBrick capture driver is not installed by default. User needs to go to the maintenance
part of the Setup to install the capture driver.
Supports silent (user interaction free) installation
Playback of HTTP Tunneled and RTSP Interleaved MPEG-4 streams
Events for Meta Data and Closed captioning during playback
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StreamPlayer v.4.4 Release Notes
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Support for recording MPEG-4 Meta Data to File
Support for VBrick Metered Streams (using RTCP sender reports from VBrick Encoder
for MPEG4 streams)
VBrick MCS Player Control .cab is included as part of StreamPlayer Family.
Installation
Detailed installation instructions are available in the StreamPlayer Administrator Guide. Please
reference this document for instructions on how to install all of the StreamPlayer
components. Capture driver is separately installed by rerunning the Setup after installing the
StreamPlayer or StreamPlayer Plus software. If there is an earlier version of StreamPlayer or
StreamPlayer Plus already present in the system the Setup program automatically upgrades
the old installation to the new version.
Note When installing StreamPlayer for the first time or re-installing a newer version, the
computer should be restarted before launching the application if prompted.
Caveats
This section addresses known issues in this release, most of which have an easy workaround.
For more information about any item, or help with an issue not listed here, contact your
reseller or VBrick Support Services.
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StreamPlayer is not supported on machines running Windows 98.
Do not use Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs to modify or repair the
StreamPlayer installation. To update or reinstall StreamPlayer, double-click on the setup
program and follow the prompts.
Changing the encoder settings during playback will lead to playback freezing
Display card drivers on XP machines should be up to date for the closed caption overlay
to work properly
If using a Tablet PC in Tablet mode, you may experience 100% CPU utilization. For best
results, do not view video in Tablet mode.
In some cases, uses may receive this error message when attempting to play a video:
0xC00D10B3: Windows Media Player cannot play this file. Connect to the Internet or
insert the removable media on which the file is located, and then try to play the file
again.
This problem occurs because Microsoft Windows Media Player automatically tries to
detect whether the player is connected to a network. If Windows Media Player cannot
detect a network connection, and if you try to play online content, you receive an error.
This problem may also occur if your browser is set to Work Offline. To force the player to
always assume that the player is connected to a network, follow these steps:
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1. Go to Tools > Options.
2. On the Player tab, under Player settings, check the Connect to the Internet
(overrides other commands) check box. Please see the following URL for more
information: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;838101
We do not recommend running StreamPlayer Plus on Tablet PCs while in Tablet Mode.
Running Tablet PCs in laptop mode works fine.
StreamPlayer Release Notes
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When playing an HTTP tunneled or RTSP Interleaved stream, Windows Media Player
may take several seconds to close after clicking on the Close button.
The Wrap function in MPEG-4 recording not supported. MPEG-4 files created in batch
can be played individually but multiple files cannot be selected and played as a group.
Do not change the encoded bit rate during the recording process. If the bit rate is
changed on the encoder during recording, the resulting file will not be valid.
The recorder starts recording when it gets an “I” or Key frame. Therefore, long intervals
between “I” frames (which is set on the VBrick MPEG-4 encoder) delays the recording
process and might slightly reduce the length of the actual recording.
When playing an SDP file, a popup window might appear when using Windows Media
Player, indicating that "The selected file has an extension that is not recognized by
Windows Media Player, but the Player may still be able to play it." Selecting "Don't ask
me again for this extension." and entering Yes plays the video.
When StreamPlayer or StreamPlayer Plus are used to access the EtherneTV-NXG VoD
server in conjunction with the Cisco VPN client, users should install the VPN client
version 4.0.2 or above. This is a limitation in previous versions of the Cisco VPN client.
Errors in file recording and local file playback can be caused by decoder conflicts. For
example, other software players and StreamPlayer/StreamPlayer Plus use .mp4 file types.
The last one to be installed is the one with which the file type is associated. If another
software player is installed after StreamPlayer, it associates the .mp4 file extension with
itself. File associations are set and changed in File Explorer, Tools >> Folder Options,
under the File Types tab. To change the association, go to MP4 and associate it with
Windows Media Player. If that doesn’t work, uninstall the other software player and
reinstall StreamPlayer Plus.
Editing options not currently available for MPEG-4 streams.
An application error occurs in XP installations if there are previous uninstalled versions
on the desktop. The error is on installation only and does not affect operation. There
appears to be incompatibility between the installation and Windows HotFix (SP2)
Q328310. To avoid the error, do a fresh install (i.e., uninstall all old versions of the
StreamPlayer before proceeding with the new installation).
Statistics within Windows Media Player will not display for live streams through
Windows Media Player 7.1.
An error results if an attempt is made to edit or FTP multiple saved files that were not
created in the same batch recording. Only files in the same batch recording can be FTP’d
concurrently.
On rare occasions while un-installing StreamPlayer Plus, the uninstall program might
complain that it is unable to remove the file VBExchange.exe because it is locked. In this
case, please wait for about a minute before proceeding with the uninstall.
Closed Caption data may lag slightly behind the video. The delay is not significantly
different than what one would see with Closed Captioning on a television.
On XP, Closed Captioning Overlay works best when Service Pack 1 or higher is installed.
On XP, if the latest Direct-X version is installed on the machine, it is recommended that
the driver for the display adapter be updated.
When Closed Captioning Overlay on video is selected, statistics will not display the
selected and actual frame rate.
Windows Media Player windows need to be closed before changes in the Closed
Captioning settings on StreamPlayer or StreamPlayer Plus are registered.
© 2007 VBrick Systems, Inc.
StreamPlayer v.4.4 Release Notes
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For PCs running XP, only one Windows Media Player window can provide Closed
Captioning Overlay unless Service Pack 1 or higher is installed.
On PCs running XP, when Closed Caption Overlay is enabled for MPEG-1 or MPEG-4,
the video size is twice as normal.
On MPEG-4 streams that contain only closed caption stream (no audio or video)
playback will display Closed Caption only in the overlay mode.
StreamPlayer Release Notes
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© 2007 VBrick Systems, Inc.
VBrick Systems, Inc.
12 Beaumont Road
Wallingford, Connecticut 06492, USA
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