BlackStorm User Guide Version 1.2
User Guide
Version 1.2
BlackStorm Video Server · User Guide
• Ross Part Number: 3150DR-002-1.2
• Release Date: January 28, 2013. Printed in Canada.
• Software Issue: 1.2
The information contained in this Guide is subject to change without notice or obligation.
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Ross Video Limited. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. This work is proprietary and
confidential to Ross Video Limited, its subsidiaries and its other affiliated corporations and may not be copied,
distributed, sold or otherwise used or relied upon without the express written permission of Ross Video Limited.
Reproduction or reverse engineering of copyrighted software is prohibited.
Patents
This product is protected by the following US Patents: 4,205,346; 5,115,314; 5,280,346; 5,561,404; 7,034,886;
7,508,455; 7,602,446; 7,834,886; 7,914,332. This product is protected by the following Canadian Patents: 2039277;
1237518; 1127289. Other patents pending.
Notice
The material in this manual is furnished for informational use only. It is subject to change without notice and should
not be construed as commitment by Ross Video Limited. Ross Video Limited assumes no responsibility or liability
for errors or inaccuracies that may appear in this manual.
Trademarks
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is a registered trademark of Ross Video Limited.
• Ross, ROSS, ROSS®, and MLE are registered trademarks of Ross Video Limited.
• DashBoard Control System™ is a trademark of Ross Video Limited.
• All other product names and any registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned in this guide are used for
identification purposes only and remain the exclusive property of their respective owners.
Important Regulatory and Safety Notices to Service Personnel
Before using this product and any associated equipment, read all the Important Safety Instructions listed below so
as to avoid personal injury and to prevent product damage.
The BlackStorm system makes use of a number of individual component products to make up a complete turnkey
system. The Important Safety Instructions section of this manual is intended to compliment individual OEM
product manuals and the User must refer to, and heed, any safety instruction outline in these supplementary product
manuals.
This system may also require specific equipment, and /or installation procedures be carried out to satisfy certain
other regulatory compliance requirements. Notices have been included in this publication to call attention to these
specific requirements.
Symbol Meanings
Protective Earth — This symbol identifies a Protective Earth (PE) terminal, which is provided for
connection of the supply system’s protective earth (green or green/yellow) conductor.
This symbol on the equipment refers you to important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions
within the Product Manual Documentation. Failure to heed this information may present a major risk of
damage or injury to persons or equipment.
Warning — The symbol with the word “Warning” within the equipment manual indicates a potentially
hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Caution — The symbol with the word “Caution” within the equipment manual indicates a potentially
hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury. It may also be used to
alert against unsafe practices.
Warning Hazardous Voltages — This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of
uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of shock to persons.
ESD Susceptibility — This symbol is used to alert the user that an electrical or electronic device or
assembly is susceptible to damage from an ESD event.
Important Safety Instructions
• Read these instructions.
• Keep these instructions.
• Heed all warnings.
• Follow all instructions.
Warning
1) Read these instructions.
2) Keep these instructions.
3) Heed all warnings.
4) Follow all instructions.
5) Do not use this apparatus near water.
6) Clean only with a dry cloth.
7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with
manufacturer's instructions.
8) Do not install near heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9) Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized
plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades
and a third grounding prong. The third prong is provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit in to your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete
outlet.
10) Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11) Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12) Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of
time.
13) Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the
apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug damage,
liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been
exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
14) Do not expose this apparatus to dripping or splashing and ensure that no objects filled
with liquids, such as vases, are placed on the apparatus.
15) To completely disconnect this apparatus from the AC Mains, disconnect all power
supply cord plugs from the AC receptacles.
16) The mains plug of the power supply cords shall remain readily operable.
17) The BlackStorm Server chassis is to be rack mounted only. To ensure safe operation
and maintain long-term system reliability, proper installation requires that the front and
back area of the chassis are clear from obstructions so as not to restrict airflow.
18) Indoor Use: WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this
apparatus to rain or moisture.
19) The safe operation of this product requires that a protective earth connection be
provided. A grounding conductor in the equipment's supply cord provides this protective
earth. To reduce the risk of electrical shock to the operator and service personnel, this
ground conductor must be connected to an earthed ground.
20) WARNING: This apparatus when equipped with multiple power supplies can generate
high leakage currents. To reduce the risk of electric shock ensure that each individual
supply cord is connected to it own separate branch circuit with an earth connection.
21) Service barriers within this product are intended to protect the operator and service
personnel from hazardous voltages. For continued safety, replace all barriers after
servicing.
22) CAUTION: This apparatus contains a Lithium battery, which if replaced incorrectly,
or with an incorrect type, may cause an explosion. Replace only with the same type
recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the
manufacturer's instruction by qualified service personnel.
23) Certain parts of this equipment still present a safety hazard, with the power switch in
the OFF position. To avoid electrical shock, disconnect all A/C power cords from the
chassis' rear appliance connectors before servicing.
24) This product contains safety critical parts, which if incorrectly replaced may present a
risk of fire or electrical shock. Components contained within the product's power supplies
and power supply area, are not intended to be customer serviced and should be returned to
the factory for repair.
25) To reduce the risk of fire, replacement fuses must be the same type and rating.
26) Use only power cords specified for this product and certified for the country of use.
Refer to the Product Power Cord Requirement Section that follows.
27) The Safe operation of this equipment requires that the User heed and adhere to all
installation and servicing instruction contained within the equipment's Engineering
Manuals.
EMC Notices
US FCC Part 15
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class A Digital device, pursuant to part 15
of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the
equipment is operated in a Commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful
interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.
Notice
Changes or modifications to this equipment not expressly approved by Ross Video Ltd. could
void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
CANADA
This Class “A” digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numerique de la classe “A” est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
EUROPE
This equipment is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of CE Directive
93/68/EEC.
INTERNATIONAL
This equipment has been tested to CISPR 22:1997 along with amendments A1:2000 and A2:2002 and found to
comply with the limits for a Class A Digital device.
Notice
This is a Class A product. In domestic environments, this product may cause radio interference,
in which case the user may have to take adequate measures.
Warranty and Repair Policy
Ross Video Limited (Ross) warrants its BlackStorm Server systems to be free from defects under normal use and
service for the following time periods from the date of shipment:
• BlackStorm Server — 12 months
• BlackStorm Server Software Upgrades — 12 months free of charge
• System and Media hard drives — 36 months
If an item becomes defective within the warranty period Ross will repair or replace the defective item, as
determined solely by Ross.
Warranty repairs will be conducted at Ross, with all shipping FOB Ross dock. If repairs are conducted at the
customer site, reasonable out-of-pocket charges will apply. At the discretion of Ross, and on a temporary loan basis,
plug in circuit boards or other replacement parts may be supplied free of charge while defective items undergo
repair. Return packing, shipping, and special handling costs are the responsibility of the customer.
This warranty is void if products are subjected to misuse, neglect, accident, improper installation or application, or
unauthorized modification.
In no event shall Ross Video Limited be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages
(including loss of profit). Implied warranties, including that of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose,
are expressly limited to the duration of this warranty.
This warranty is TRANSFERABLE to subsequent owners, subject to Ross’ notification of change of ownership.
Extended Warranty
For customers that require a longer warranty period, Ross offers an extended warranty plan to extend the standard
warranty period by one year increments. For more information about an extended warranty for your BlackStorm
Server system, contact your regional sales manager.
Environmental Information
The equipment that you purchased required the extraction and use of natural resources for its production. It may
contain hazardous substances that could impact health and the environment.
To avoid the potential release of those substances into the environment and to diminish the need for the extraction
of natural resources, Ross Video encourages you to use the appropriate take-back systems. These systems will reuse
or recycle most of the materials from your end-of-life equipment in an environmentally friendly and health
conscious manner.
The crossed-out wheeled bin symbol invites you to use these systems.
If you need more information on the collection, reuse, and recycling systems, please contact your local or regional
waste administration.
You can also contact Ross Video for more information on the environmental performances of our products.
Company Address
Ross Video Limited
Ross Video Incorporated
8 John Street
Iroquois, Ontario
Canada, K0E 1K0
P.O. Box 880
Ogdensburg, New York
USA 13669-0880
General Business Office: (+1) 613 • 652 • 4886
Fax: (+1) 613 • 652 • 4425
Technical Support: (+1) 613 • 652 • 4886
After Hours Emergency: (+1) 613 • 349 • 0006
E-mail (Technical Support): techsupport@rossvideo.com
E-mail (General Information): solutions@rossvideo.com
Website: http://www.rossvideo.com
Contents
Introduction
1
About This Guide ..................................................................................................................................................1-1
Documentation Conventions .................................................................................................................................1-2
Getting Help ..........................................................................................................................................................1-2
Software Installation
2
BlackStorm Client Usage ......................................................................................................................................2-1
System Requirements ............................................................................................................................................2-2
Client Software Installation ..................................................................................................................................2-2
Client Software Update .......................................................................................................................................2-10
BlackStorm Server Software Update ..................................................................................................................2-12
BlackStorm Server Software Uninstall ...............................................................................................................2-19
BlackStorm Server Services ...............................................................................................................................2-21
Server Configuration
3
Logging on to the Server .......................................................................................................................................3-1
Network Connections ............................................................................................................................................3-2
Server Performance ...............................................................................................................................................3-4
Firewall Configuration ..........................................................................................................................................3-4
Client Configuration .............................................................................................................................................3-5
Channel Name Configuration ...............................................................................................................................3-8
GenLock Configuration ........................................................................................................................................3-9
Remote Control Configuration ...........................................................................................................................3-10
House Time Configuration .................................................................................................................................3-12
Channel Time Configuration ..............................................................................................................................3-13
BlackStorm Client Layout
4
Connecting to a BlackStorm Server ......................................................................................................................4-2
Accessing BlackStorm Clients in Dashboard .......................................................................................................4-2
Creating a BlackStorm Client Layout ...................................................................................................................4-3
Additional DashBoard Windows for BlackStorm Clients ..................................................................................4-10
Saving and Recalling BlackStorm Client Layouts ..............................................................................................4-11
Adding Media Items to a BlackStorm Server
5
Targa File Resolution ............................................................................................................................................5-1
Loading Media Files through the Media Manager ...............................................................................................5-2
Using the Drop Folder to Load Media Files .........................................................................................................5-6
Importing Media Files from Selected Folders ......................................................................................................5-7
Managing Media Items .........................................................................................................................................5-8
Playing Media Items from a BlackStorm Server
6
Playing Media Items .............................................................................................................................................6-1
Working with Media Item Buckets .......................................................................................................................6-6
Custom Media Item Playout ...............................................................................................................................6-11
Viewing Multiple Timecodes in One Place ........................................................................................................6-15
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Working with Playlists
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Creating Playlists .................................................................................................................................................. 7-1
Editing Playlists .................................................................................................................................................... 7-5
Playing Out Playlists .......................................................................................................................................... 7-10
Coloring BlackStorm Clients
8
Client Background and Text Colors ..................................................................................................................... 8-2
Customizing Colors .............................................................................................................................................. 8-2
Appendix A. Specifications
9
Media Formats and Codecs .................................................................................................................................. 9-1
VDCP Commands for the BlackStorm Server ..................................................................................................... 9-2
AMP Commands for the BlackStorm Server ....................................................................................................... 9-3
Communication Serial Port .................................................................................................................................. 9-4
Appendix B. Configuration File Settings
10
Editing Configuration Files ................................................................................................................................ 10-1
Settings Set by Editing Configuration Files ....................................................................................................... 10-2
Crispin NewsCat Settings ................................................................................................................................... 10-4
Horizontal and Vertical Video Offset Settings .................................................................................................. 10-5
Index
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Introduction
Thank you for choosing a Ross Video BlackStorm Server.
Ross Video designed the BlackStorm product line with the needs of live production in mind. The BlackStorm
Server is an easy to use, yet powerful, production video server. The BlackStorm Server supports file-based
workflows to enable easy networked integration of media items from non-linear editing systems and graphics
packages. The Configuration, Media Manager, Play, and Playlist clients contain a wide range of features to
configure and control a BlackStorm Server BlackStorm uses the VDCP protocol to interface with a wide variety of
production switchers, controllers and automation systems.
The user interface of the BlackStorm Server and clients support the UTF-8 character set to enable the entry and
display of international characters for channel, media item, playlist, and bucket names.
We appreciate your business and sincerely hope that you have a great experience with your new BlackStorm Server.
As always, if there is anything that we at Ross Video can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us.
About This Guide
This guide covers the use of the BlackStorm Video Server. This guide includes the following chapters:
• Chapter 1, “Introduction” summarizes the guide and provides important terms, conventions and feature
descriptions.
• Chapter 2, “Software Installation” provides instructions for installing BlackStorm Client software on a separate
computer to remotely access the BlackStorm Server.
• Chapter 3, “Server Configuration” provides instructions for using the Configuration Client to configure
BlackStorm Server communication, inputs, and outputs.
• Chapter 4, “BlackStorm Client Layout” provides instructions for creating and saving custom BlackStorm
Client application layouts to match your workflow.
• Chapter 5, “Adding Media Items to a BlackStorm Server” provides instructions for using the watch folders to
add media items to a BlackStorm Server.
• Chapter 6, “Playing Media Items from a BlackStorm Server” provides instructions for using the Play Client to
play media items from a BlackStorm Server.
• Chapter 7, “Working with Playlists” provides instructions for creating and playing out selections of
custom-ordered media items.
• Chapter 8, “Coloring BlackStorm Clients” provides instructions for changing the background and the text color
for Media Manager, Play, and Playlist Clients.
• Appendix A, “Appendix A. Specifications” describes the basic properties of your BlackStorm Server, including
specifications and capabilities.
• An Index for reference.
If you have questions pertaining to the operation of the BlackStorm Video Server, please contact us at the numbers
listed in the section “Contacting Technical Support” on page 1–3. Our technical staff is always available for
consultation, training, or service.
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Documentation Conventions
This guide uses special text formats to identify parts of the user interface, text that a user must enter, or a sequence
of menus and submenus that to follow to reach a particular command.
Interface Elements
Bold text identifies a user interface element such as a dialog box, a menu item, or a button. For example:
In the Media Manager, click Channel 1 in the Channels section.
User Entered Text
Courier text identifies text that a user must enter. For example:
In the File Name box, enter Channel01.property.
Referenced Guides
Italic text identifies the titles of referenced guides, manuals, or documents. For example:
For more information, refer to the section “GenLock Configuration” on page 3–9 in the BlackStorm User Guide.
Menu Sequences
In a procedure menu arrows identify a sequence of menu items that you must follow. For example, if a step reads
“Server > Save As,” you would click the Server menu and then click Save As.
Important Instructions
Star icons identify important instructions or features. For example:
‘ When the Media Manager cannot connect to the BlackStorm Server, a Message dialog box opens to report the
connection problem.
Getting Help
To access the BlackStorm Server Online Help system, select Help Topics from the Help menu in a BlackStorm
Client. Alternatively, press the F1 key while working in a BlackStorm client or a dialog box.
The Online Help system contains the following navigation tabs to locate information contained in the Online Help
topics and User Guide:
• Contents — table of contents
• Index — keyword reference
• Search — full text search
• Favorites — preferred information storage and access
The BlackStorm Server Software Installation DVD includes BlackStorm Server guides in the format of print-ready
PDF files.
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Contacting Technical Support
At Ross Video, we take pride in the quality of our products, but if problems occur, help is as close as the nearest
telephone. Our 24-hour Hot Line service ensures you have access to technical expertise around the clock. Ross
Video personnel directly provide after-sales service and technical support. During business hours (Eastern Time),
technical support personnel are available by telephone. After hours and on weekends, a direct emergency technical
support phone line is available. If the technical support person who is on call does not answer this line immediately,
please leave a voice message for a return call. This team of highly trained staff is available to react to any problem
and to do whatever is necessary to ensure customer satisfaction.
• Technical Support: (+1) 613-652-4886
• After Hours Emergency: (+1) 613-349-0006
• E-mail: techsupport@rossvideo.com
• Website: http://www.rossvideo.com
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Software Installation
This chapter includes procedures for installing and uninstalling BlackStorm Client software on computers that
remotely access a BlackStorm Server; as well as, installing and uninstalling BlackStorm Server software on a
BlackStorm Server computer.
This chapter discusses the following topics:
• BlackStorm Client Usage
• System Requirements
• Client Software Installation
• BlackStorm Server Software Update
• BlackStorm Server Software Uninstall
• BlackStorm Server Services
BlackStorm Client Usage
The BlackStorm Server can be controlled by BlackStorm Clients installed in the following locations:
• On remote computers connected to the BlackStorm Server by a Local Area network.
• Directly on the BlackStorm Server
Working from a Remote Computer
To access a BlackStorm Server from a remote computer connected to the same Local Area network as the server,
start by installing Ross Video DashBoard and BlackStorm Client software on the remote computer. BlackStorm
Client software includes the following applications:
• Configuration Client
• Media Manager
• Play Client
• Playlist Client
• Timecode Client
Before you install BlackStorm Client software on a computer, verify that the computer meets the following
requirements:
• The remote computer must meet the list of system requirements in the section “System Requirements” on
page 2–2.
• Folders must be shareable over the network with the BlackStorm Server. Refer to the section “Firewall
Configuration” on page 3–4 for further information on sharing folders over the network.
For More Information on...
• BlackStorm Clients, refer to the following sections:
› “Server Configuration” on page 3–1
› “Adding Media Items to a BlackStorm Server” on page 5–1
› “Playing Media Items from a BlackStorm Server” on page 6–1
› “Working with Playlists” on page 7–1
Working Directly from the BlackStorm Server
If required, connect a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the USB ports on the back or front of the BlackStorm Server
to use the installed BlackStorm Client software on the BlackStorm Server. Refer to the Cabling Your BlackStorm
Server Quick Start Guide for further information on the rear peripheral connections of the BlackStorm Server.
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System Requirements
To ensure that BlackStorm Client software functions correctly, verify that the selected computer to install
BlackStorm Client software on meets the requirements described in the following sections.
Hardware
Ross Video recommends the following minimum computer hardware configuration to run BlackStorm Client
software:
• Intel® Pentium 4, 1.6 GHz (Intel® Core™ 2 Duo recommended)
• 1 GB or more of RAM (2GB recommended)
• 450 MB free disk space
Software
Ross Video recommends the following minimum computer software configuration to run BlackStorm Client
software:
• Ross Video DashBoard 5.0.0 or higher
• Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or Microsoft® Windows® 7
• Microsoft® Internet Explorer® version 5 (minimum)
‘ Install all of the operating system updates, the necessary security patches, and the available service packs on the
remote computer before installing BlackStorm Client software on the computer.
Client Software Installation
To access a BlackStorm Server, a remote computer requires connectivity to the BlackStorm Server and the
following installed software:
• DashBoard™ Control System — the BlackStorm Server Software DVD shipped with the BlackStorm Server
contains the DashBoard application installer. The installer is also downloadable from the Ross Video website.
When installing DashBoard for the sole purpose of controlling a BlackStorm Server, complete the following
recommended component selections on the Choose Components screen of the DashBoard application installer:
› Select the DashBoard Framework box.
› Clear the openGear Control box.
› Clear the Router Control box.
› Select the Video Servers box.
• BlackStorm Clients — install Client software in DashBoard from a BlackStorm Server.
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For More Information on...
• DashBoard application installation or uninstall, refer to the DashBoard Control System User Manual and the
DashBoard Online Help system.
• DashBoard plug-ins updates, refer to the DashBoard Control System User Manual and the DashBoard Online
Help system.
• where to download the Dashboard application installer, refer to the Terminal Equipment | openGear | Control
& Monitoring | DashBoard section of the Ross Video website.
DashBoard Configuration for BlackStorm Clients
Before you install BlackStorm Clients in Dashboard, you must properly configure the DashBoard application on the
remote computer.
To configure DashBoard for BlackStorm Clients:
1. On the Client computer, verify that the following conditions are true:
• The remote computer uses the current version of DashBoard software.
• The Client computer can access a running BlackStorm Server on the network.
2. Use one of the following methods to launch DashBoard:
• Double-click the DashBoard icon on the desktop.
• Use the Start menu to select All Programs > DashBoard > DashBoard.
DashBoard opens.
3. Use the Window menu to select Preferences.
The Preferences dialog box opens.
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4. In the tree view, select Automatic Discovery.
The Automatic Discovery panel opens.
5. In the Automatic Discovery of Devices section, select the Disable option.
6. In the tree view, expand the Install/Update node and select Available Software Sites.
The Available Software Sites panel opens.
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7. Clear all of the check boxes in the Name column.
8. Click Add.
The Add Site dialog box opens
9. In the Name box enter a name to describe the software site.
10. In the Location box, enter the IP address or hostname of the BlackStorm Server with the following suffix:
:8080/Plugin/BlackStorm
Your Network Administrator can provide you with the IP address of your BlackStorm Server.
To use a BlackStorm Server with the IP address of 192.168.1.1 as a software download site for BlackStorm
Client software, enter the following URL in the Location box:
• http://192.168.1.1:8080/Plugin/BlackStorm
11. Click OK.
The Add Site dialog box closes and the list of available software sites displays the new software site.
12. Select the check box to the left of the new software site if it is clear.
13. Click OK.
The Preferences dialog box closes after saving the set preferences.
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14. Use the File menu to select New > Manual Connection.
The Manually Detect Device dialog box opens.
15. In the IP Address box, enter the IP address of the BlackStorm Server. This IP address is the same as the IP
address entered in the Add Site dialog box (step 10 on page 2-5).
16. Click Detect Settings.
The Attribute and Value columns display information about the selected BlackStorm Server.
When BlackStorm Server settings go undetected, use one of the following methods to restart the
BlackStormHttpService:
• On the BlackStorm Server, use the Services tab in the Windows Task Manager to restart the
BlackStormHttpService.
• Restart the BlackStorm Server.
17. Click Finish.
The DashBoard Tree View displays a node for the added BlackStorm Server.
BlackStorm Server Node
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Installing BlackStorm Clients
With DashBoard now configured, use the BlackStorm Server displayed in the DashBoard Tree View to install
BlackStorm Client software.
To install BlackStorm Client software in DashBoard on a client computer:
1. On the Client computer, verify that the following conditions are true:
• The remote computer uses the current version of DashBoard software.
• DashBoard software properly configured to access a BlackStorm Server.
• The Client computer can access a running BlackStorm Server on the network.
2. In the DashBoard Tree View, double-click the BlackStorm Server node
Client software.
from which to install BlackStorm
BlackStorm Server Node
The Install wizard opens.
3. In the Name column of the Available Software screen, select the BlackStorm Video Server check box if it is
clear.
4. Clear the Group items by category check box.
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5. Click Next.
The Install Details screen opens.
6. Click Next.
The Review Licenses screen opens.
7. Select the I accept the terms of the license agreement option.
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8. Click Finish to begin updating BlackStorm Client software.
A progress bar displays the installation status.
After the installer finishes installing the required files, the Software Updates dialog box opens.
9. Click Yes.
The DashBoard restarts to complete the installation of BlackStorm Client software.
10. Manually add the BlackStorm Server to Dashboard by following step 14 on page 2-6 to step 17 on page 2-6 in
the To configure DashBoard for BlackStorm Clients: procedure.
The DashBoard Tree View displays a node for the new BlackStorm Server.
BlackStorm Server Node
11. Hover the mouse over the BlackStorm Server node to view the following information about the BlackStorm
Server:
• IP address
• Installed software version
• Client to Server connection status
12. Expand the BlackStorm Server node to access the BlackStorm Clients.
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Client Software Update
After updating the software on a BlackStorm Server, you should also update the BlackStorm Client software on
Client computers to make use of the new features of the updated BlackStorm Server.
To update BlackStorm Client software on a computer:
1. Use the Help menu in DashBoard, to select Check for Updates.
The Available Updates wizard opens.
2. In the Name column of the Available Updates screen, select the BlackStorm Video Server check box if it is
clear.
It is optional to select any additional updates listed with the BlackStorm Video Server update. To skip over
the installation of an update, clear the associated check box in the Name column.
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3. Click Next.
The Update Details screen opens.
4. Click Next.
The Review Licenses screen opens.
5. Select the I accept the terms of the license agreement option.
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6. Click Finish.
A progress bar displays the installation status BlackStorm Client software update.
After the installer finishes installing the required files, the Software Updates dialog box opens.
7. Click Yes.
DashBoard restarts to complete the update of BlackStorm Client software.
BlackStorm Server Software Update
• After each new release of BlackStorm Server software, you should update existing BlackStorm Servers with the
newly released BlackStorm Server software. BlackStorm Server software updates are downloadable from the
Ross Video website.
The upgrade processes for the various models of BlackStorm Server to BlackStorm software version 1.2 are as
follows:
• 2 Channel BlackStorm Server
› “BlackStorm Version 1.2 Software Update” on page 2–13
› “AJA Corvid 22 Card Firmware Update” on page 2–15
• 4 Channel BlackStorm Server
› “BlackStorm Version 1.2 Software Update” on page 2–13
› “AJA Corvid 24 Card Firmware Update” on page 2–17
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BlackStorm Version 1.2 Software Update
To update BlackStorm Server software to version 1.2:
1. Use the following credentials to log on to the BlackStorm Server computer:
• User name — blackstorm
• Password — blackstorm
2. Shut down all Windows applications.
3. Right-click the BlackStorm Service Manager icon in the System Tray and select Exit to exit the BlackStorm
Service Manager.
BlackStorm Service Icon
BlackStorm Service Running
BlackStorm Service Stopped
The BlackStorm Service Manager closes and the icon leaves from the System Tray.
4. Download the BlackStorm Version 1.2.zip file from Ross Video.
5. Unzip the BlackStorm Version 1.2.zip file to the desktop.
6. On the desktop, open the BlackStorm Version 1.2 folder.
7. Double-click BlackStorm-Installer-1.2.0.####.exe.
The BlackStorm-1.2.0.#### Setup wizard opens.
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8. Click Install to begin updating BlackStorm Server software.
The Installing screen opens to display the progress of the software installation.
During the installation, multiple run to install the various components of the BlackStorm Server. After the
installer finishes installing the required files, the Completing the BlackStorm-1.2.0.#### Setup Wizard
screen opens.
9. Select the Reboot now option
10. Click Finish.
The BlackStorm Server computer restarts to complete the installation of the BlackStorm Server software.
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AJA Corvid 22 Card Firmware Update
To check the firmware version of the AJA Corvid 22 card in a BlackStorm Server:
1. On the BlackStorm Server computer, start the following application:
• C:\ProgrameFiles(x86)\AJA\Xena\SDK\DiagnosticsAndTools\XenaControlPanel
The XenaControlPanel icon opens to the System Tray.
Xena Control Panel
2. In the System Tray, click the XenaControlPanel icon and select About from the menu.
The About tab opens in the Control Panel for Corvid22 dialog box.
3. Check the firmware version displayed in the PCI FPGA Version field.
4. Depending on the version of the installed firmware, continue the BlackStorm Server software upgrade with one
of the following procedures:
• If the firmware version is NOT D, continue with the procedure “To update an AJA Corvid 22 card to
firmware version 13:” on page 2–15.
• If the firmware version is D, the AJA Corvid 22 card does not require a firmware update.
5. Close the Control Panel for Corvid22 dialog box.
To update an AJA Corvid 22 card to firmware version 13:
1. On the BlackStorm Server computer, open the C:\ross\BlackStorm\AJADrivers folder.
2. Unzip the corvid22firmware_13.zip file to the desktop.
3. On the desktop, open the corvid22firmware_13 folder.
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4. Double-click pciburner.exe.
The PCI Bitfile Burner dialog box opens.
5. Double-click in the Update To PCI Bitfile box.
The Open Video File dialog box opens.
6. Select the top_c22_13.bit file from the Bit Files list.
7. Click OK.
The Open Video File dialog box closes. In the PCI Bitfile Burner dialog box and the Update To PCI Bitfile
box displays Corvid22_13.bit and the Status boxdisplays Ready.
8. Click Start.
After the installer finishes installing the firmware, the Reboot dialog box opens.
9. Click OK.
The BlackStorm computer reboots to complete the installation of the AJA Corvid 22 card firmware.
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AJA Corvid 24 Card Firmware Update
To check the firmware version of the AJA Corvid 24 card in a BlackStorm Server:
1. On the BlackStorm Server computer, use the Start menu to select All Programs > AJA > Watcher.
The AJA OEM Card Watcher dialog box opens.
2. Click the Info tab.
The Info tab opens.
3. Check the firmware version displayed in the PCI FPGA Version field.
4. Depending on the version of the installed firmware, continue the BlackStorm Server software upgrade with one
of the following procedures:
• If the firmware version is NOT 4, continue with the procedure “To update an AJA Corvid 24 card to
firmware version 4:” on page 2–18.
• If the firmware version is 4, the AJA Corvid 24 card does not require a firmware update.
5. Close the AJA OEM Card Watcher dialog box.
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To update an AJA Corvid 24 card to firmware version 4:
1. On the BlackStorm Server computer, open the C:\ross\BlackStorm\AJADrivers folder.
2. Unzip the corvid24firmware_11-19-12 Ver. 4 - Released 19 Nov 2012.zip file to the desktop.
3. On the desktop, open the corvid24firmware_11-19-12 Ver. 4 - Released 19 Nov 2012 folder.
4. Double-click pciburner.exe.
The PCI Bitfile Burner dialog box opens.
5. Double-click in the Update To PCI Bitfile box.
The Open Video File dialog box opens.
6. Select the corvid24quad_11-19-12.bit file from the Bit Files list.
7. Click OK.
The Open Video File dialog box closes. In the PCI Bitfile Burner dialog box and the Update To PCI Bitfile
box displays corvid24_quad.ncd 2012/11/19 09:29:54 and the Status boxdisplays Ready.
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8. Click Start.
After the installer finishes installing the firmware, the Power Off dialog box opens.
9. Click OK.
The BlackStorm computer reboots to complete the installation of the AJA Corvid 24 card firmware.
BlackStorm Server Software Uninstall
The BlackStorm Uninstall Wizard removes BlackStorm Server software from a server computer.
To uninstall BlackStorm Server software from the server computer:
1. Use the following credentials to log on to the BlackStorm Server computer:
• User name — blackstorm
• Password — blackstorm
2. From the Start Menu, select All Programs > BlackStorm > Uninstall.
The BlackStorm-1.2.0.#### Uninstall wizard opens.
3. Click Next.
The Uninstall BlackStorm-1.2.0.#### screen opens.
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4. Click Uninstall to begin uninstalling BlackStorm Server software.
The Uninstalling screen opens to display the progress of the software removal.
After the BlackStorm-1.2.0.#### Uninstall wizard has removed the required files, the Completing the
BlackStorm-1.2.0.#### Uninstall screens opens.
5. Select the Reboot now option
6. Click Finish.
The BlackStorm Server computer restarts to complete the removal of BlackStorm software from the server
computer.
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BlackStorm Server Services
The following services run on the BlackStorm Server computer to enable the BlackStorm Server to playout and to
catalog media items:
• BlackStorm Server — plays out media items from the BlackStorm Server.
• Database — catalogs media items in the BlackStorm Server Media database.
• Service Location Protocol (SLP) — locates BlackStorm Servers on the local network.
The BlackStorm Server icon in the System Tray reports the status of BlackStorm Server services. You can also use
the icon to control BlackStorm Server services.
BlackStorm Service Icon
BlackStorm Service Running
BlackStorm Service Stopped
When the BlackStorm Server or Database Status LED in a BlackStorm Client turns red, the associated service may
have stopped. Use the BlackStorm Server icon in the System tray of the BlackStorm Server computer to restart a
stopped service.
To control BlackStorm Server services:
1. To stop a service, right-click the BlackStorm Service Manager icon in the System Tray and select one of the
following commands:
Service
Command
BlackStorm Server
BlackStorm Server > Stop
Database
Database > Stop
Service Location Protocol
SLP > Stop
All
Stop All
‘ Stopping the SLP service also stops the BlackStorm Server service.
The BlackStorm Service Manager icon turns red when the BlackStorm Service is stopped.
2. To start a service, right-click the BlackStorm Service Manager icon in the System Tray and select one of the
following commands:
Service
Command
BlackStorm Server
BlackStorm Server > Start
Database
Database > Start
Service Location Protocol
SLP > Start
All
Start All
The BlackStorm Service Manager icon turns green when the BlackStorm Service is running. Starting the
BlackStorm Server service also starts the SLP service.
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Server Configuration
The BlackStorm Server Configuration Client provides access all of the properties to set up the BlackStorm Server
inputs and outputs. Before you can use a BlackStorm Server to playout video, you must use the Configuration
Client to set BlackStorm Server to configure the BlackStorm Server communication, inputs, and outputs.
This chapter discusses the following topics:
• Logging on to the Server
• Network Connections
• Server Performance
• Firewall Configuration
• Client Configuration
• Channel Name Configuration
• GenLock Configuration
• Remote Control Configuration
• House Time Configuration
• Channel Time Configuration
The BlackStorm Server Configuration Client does not contain all available BlackStorm Server configuration
settings. To configure settings for some BlackStorm Server features, you must use a text editor to a configuration
file. For information on setting BlackStorm Server configuration settings that are not available in the Configuration
Client, refer to “Appendix B. Configuration File Settings” on page 10–1.
Logging on to the Server
Each BlackStorm server comes with a couple of Windows accounts the you can use to working directly from the
BlackStorm Server.
‘ Ross Video recommends maintaining BlackStorm Server passwords as per your company password policy.
Default User
Use the BlackStorm account for routine operation of the BlackStorm Server and to configure the Server. Use the
following credentials to log on to the BlackStorm Server as the default user:
• User name — blackstorm
• Password — blackstorm
Administrator
Use the Administrator account to manage the operating system of a BlackStorm Server, or to run consistency
checks on the system and the media drives. Use the following credentials to log on to the BlackStorm Server as the
default user:
• User name — administrator
• Password — pr0gram
When entering the password, use the number zero (0) to replace the letter “o”.
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Network Connections
In order for the BlackStorm Server to function, it must have a connection to a network. A network connection
enables remote access to the BlackStorm Server, and remote BlackStorm Clients to access media stored on the
BlackStorm Server.
‘ Ross Video recommends that a qualified Network Administrator perform any required network configurations.
Some network settings, if configured incorrectly, could prevent the BlackStorm Server from communicating on
the network.
Keep the following in mind when configuring the BlackStorm Server network connections:
• If the network within the production environment does not use bridges to connect subnets, the BlackStorm
Server must have a connection to the same subnet as the remote client computers.
• When assigning an IP address to the BlackStorm Server, Ross Video recommends assigning a static IP address,
rather than using DHCP to dynamically assign an IP address. Since the static IP address of the BlackStorm
Server does not change it restarts, BlackStorm Clients can always connect the BlackStorm Server without having
to reconfigure the BlackStorm Server IP address.
Multiple Network Interface Cards
When configuring a BlackStorm Server with multiple network interface cards, you must bind the static IP address
of the BlackStorm Server to one of the network interface cards. You must also and set the selected network interface
card as the first network connection that network services access.
Complete the following procedures to set the BlackStorm Server IP address for FTP, BlackStorm Client user
interface, and external controllers (VDCP and AMP):
To set the BlackStorm Server network connection as the first connection accessed by network services:
1. Check with your IT Department for the IP address or hostname of your BlackStorm Server.
2. From the Windows desktop, open the Start menu.
3. In the Search programs and files box, enter the prompt command.
4. In the Command Prompt window, enter the ipconfig command.
5. In the report displayed by the ipconfig command, note the name of the network connection associated with the
IP address of your BlackStorm Server.
step 12 on page 3-2 requires the name of the BlackStorm Server network connection.
6. From the Start menu, select Control Panel.
7. In the Control Panel window, use the View by menu to select Large icons.
8. Click the Network and Sharing Center icon.
9. In the Network and Sharing Center window, click Change adapter settings in procedures list along the left
side of the window.
10. Press ALT to display the Menu toolbar.
11. Use the Advanced menu to select Advanced Settings.
12. In the Connections list of the Advanced Settings dialog box, move the BlackStorm Server network
connection to the top of the list.
Use the BlackStorm Server network connection name obtained in step 5 on page 3-2.
13. Click OK to save changes and close the Advanced Settings dialog box.
14. Restart the BlackStorm Server computer.
15. Close and reopen any DashBoard windows open on the BlackStorm Server.
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To set the BlackStorm Server IP address for FTP:
1. Check with your IT Department for the IP address or hostname of your BlackStorm Server.
2. Navigate to the C:\Ross\BlackStorm folder.
3. Use a text editor to open and edit the FTPConfig.xml file.
4. In the FTPConfig.xml file, locate the following line of text:
<m_strBoundIp type="string"/></m_strBoundIp>
5. Replace the found line of text with the following line of text, where 192.168.1.1 is the IP address or
hostname of your BlackStorm Server:
<m_strBoundIp type="string">192.168.1.1</m_strBoundIp>
6. Save the updated FTPConfig.xml file.
7. Stop and restart the BlackStorm Server service running on the BlackStorm Server.
To set the BlackStorm Server IP address for the user interface of BlackStorm Clients:
1. Check with your IT Department for the IP address or hostname of your BlackStorm Server.
2. Navigate to the C:\Ross\BlackStorm folder.
3. Use a text editor to open and edit the HttpConnectionServiceConfig.xml file.
4. In the HttpConnectionServiceConfig.xml file, locate the following line of text:
<m_boundAddress type="string"/></m_boundAddress>
5. Replace the found line of text with the following line of text, where “192.168.1.1” is the IP address or
hostname of your BlackStorm Server:
<m_boundAddress type="string">192.168.1.1</m_boundAddress>
6. Save the updated HttpConnectionServiceConfig.xml file.
7. In the SOAPConfig.xml file, locate the following line of text:
<m_boundAddress type="string"/></m_boundAddress>
8. Replace the found line of text with the following line of text, where “192.168.1.1” is the IP address or
hostname of your BlackStorm Server:
<m_boundAddress type="string">192.168.1.1</m_boundAddress>
9. Save the updated SOAPConfig.xml file.
10. Restart the BlackStorm Server computer.
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To set the BlackStorm Server IP address for external controllers:
1. Check with your IT Department for the IP address or hostname of your BlackStorm Server.
2. Navigate to the C:\Ross\BlackStorm folder.
3. Use a text editor to open and edit the ControllerPortsConfig.xml file.
4. In the ControllerPortsConfig.xml file, locate the following line of text:
<m_boundIpAddress type="string"/></m_boundIpAddress>
5. Replace the found line of text with the following line of text, where 192.168.1.1 is the IP address or
hostname of your BlackStorm Server:
<m_boundIpAddress type="string">192.168.1.1</m_boundIpAddress>
6. Save the updated ControllerPortsConfig.xml file.
7. Restart the BlackStorm Server computer.
Server Performance
Virus scanning software and Automatic Updates can impact the performance of a BlackStorm Server. To ensure
peak performance, BlackStorm Servers are shipped from the factory as follows:
• Virus scanning software not installed
• Automatic Updates turned off
Contact Ross Technical Support for information about running virus scanning software or Automatic Updates on a
BlackStorm Server.
Firewall Configuration
To use BlackStorm Server software directly from the BlackStorm Server, you must disable the Windows Firewall
on the server computer. A Firewall stops BlackStorm Clients from launching or functioning properly.
‘ The BlackStorm Server ships from the factory with the Firewall disabled.
To disable the Windows Firewall on the BlackStorm Server:
1. From the Start Menu, select Control Panel.
The Control Panel window opens.
2. Use the View by list to select Large icons.
3. Click the Windows Firewall control panel.
The Windows Firewall window opens.
4. In the panel to the left, select Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
The Customize Settings window opens.
5. For each Network Location, select the Turn off Windows Firewall option.
6. Click OK to disable the Firewall on the BlackStorm Server.
7. Close the Control Panel window.
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Client Configuration
You must set the FTP server address and communications ports to enable loading and exporting of media items onto
and from the BlackStorm Server.
To configure FTP server settings and the client information logging level:
1. Use one of the following methods to launch the DashBoard software:
• Double-click the DashBoard icon on the desktop.
• Use the Start menu to select All Programs > DashBoard > DashBoard.
DashBoard opens.
2. In the DashBoard Tree View, expand your BlackStorm Server node
.
The BlackStorm Server node displays the available channels, applications, and tools.
3. Expand the Configuration Tools node
.
The Configuration Tools node displays the available configuration tools.
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4. Double-click the Configure Client node
.
The Configuration Client opens in the Device View.
5. Click the Client tab.
The Client tab opens.
6. An FTP Server runs on the BlackStorm Server computer to enable file transfers between the BlackStorm
Server and the Media Manager or FTP client. The available FTP server address settings are as follows:
• default or 0.0.0.0 — enables connection of any active IP interface to the FTP service. For BlackStorm
Servers that use a single network interface card, the setting indicates that the FTP address is the same as the
address displayed in the Server Name field.
• Specific IP address — limits FTP service response to communication sessions on the IP interface
associated with the entered IP address.
When a BlackStorm Server computer contains two network interface cards, complete the following steps to set
the IP address of the BlackStorm FTP Server:
a. Enter the IP address of the second network interface card in the FTP Server Address box.
Check with your IT Department if you do not know the IP address or hostname of your BlackStorm or FTP
Server.
b. In Windows, Navigate to the C:\Ross\BlackStorm folder.
c. Edit the FTPConfig.xml file and locate the following line of text:
<m_strBoundIp type="string"/>
d. Replace the found line of text with the following line of text, where 192.168.1.1 is the IP address
entered in the FTP Server Address box:
<m_strBoundIp type="string">192.168.1.1</m_strBoundIp>
e. Save the updated FTPConfig.xml file.
f.
Stop and start BlackStorm Server service.
7. In the FTP Data Port box, enter the port number used by the FTP Server on the BlackStorm Server computer
to exchange data with BlackStorm Clients.
The default FTP Data Port is port 20.
8. In the FTP Control Port box, enter the port number used to control the FTP Server on the BlackStorm Server
computer.
The default FTP Control Port is port 21.
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9. In the Client Diagnostics section, use the Logging Level list to select the level of information to log. You can
use logs to help with troubleshoot client connection issues. Messages more severe than the selected level are
logged along with the selected logging level. Select from the following logging levels:
• SEVERE — log messages indicating a serious failure. This level captures the least information.
• WARNING — log messages indicating a potential problem, including SEVERE messages.
• INFO — log informational messages, including SEVERE and WARNING messages.
• ALL — log SEVERE, WARNING, and INFO messages. This level captures the most information and may
impact server performance.
10. Click Apply.
To save Blackstorm Server log files in a log bundle:
1. In the Client Diagnostics section of the Configuration Client, click the Grab Logs button.
The Location to Save Log Bundle dialog box opens showing the local file system of the computer running the
DashBoard application.
2. Locate the folder in which to save the BlackStorm Server log files, and then click Location to Save Log
Bundle.
A .ZIP file is the container that stores all of the BlackStorm Server log files in the selected folder. The filename
for the .ZIP file conforms to the following format:
BVS_logs_<current date and time>_<local computer name>.ZIP
For example:
BVS_logs_2013Jan02_16_33_THUSHOVD-XPS.ZIP
3. To view individual log files, open the BlackStorm Server log bundle file (.ZIP).
For More Information on...
• stopping and starting the BlackStorm Server service, refer to the section “BlackStorm Server Services” on
page 2–21.
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Channel Name Configuration
You can add names to channel numbers to help clarify selecting an output channel from a BlackStorm Client. Use
the Channel Name tab in the Configuration Client to set BlackStorm Server channel names. Channel names set on a
remote computer are only available on that computer. BlackStorm Clients run on a remote computer use the channel
names set on that computer.
To assign names to the channels of a BlackStorm Server:
1. In the Configuration Client, click the Channel Names tab.
The Channel Names tab opens.
2. For each BlackStorm Server Output Channel, enter a name for the channel in the Name box to the right of the
channel number. Twenty characters is the maximum length for a channel name.
To clear the current channel name from the Name box associated with a channel, click Clear to the right of the
Name box. Click Clear All to clear channel names from all of the Name boxes.
Channels with an empty Name box automatically receive the channel name of “Channel” and the channel
number, for example “Channel 3”.
3. Click Apply.
BlackStorm Clients and nodes in the DashBoard Tree View immediately make use of the set channel names.
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GenLock Configuration
Use the GenLock tab in the Configuration Client to set BlackStorm Server video output GenLock properties. This
tab is also sets the resolution for all BlackStorm Server output channels.
‘ Before you change the output channel resolution, you must idle all channels and eject all media items.
To configure BlackStorm Server GenLock and global output settings:
1. In the Configuration Client, click the GenLock tab.
The GenLock tab opens.
2. In the Resolution section, use the Resolution list to select the proper resolution for all BlackStorm Server
output channels. The available resolutions are as follows:
• 1080i 50 — 1920 x 1080 interlaced resolution with a field rate of 50 Hz
• 1080i 59.94 — 1920 x 1080 interlaced resolution with a field rate of 59.94 Hz
• 720p 50 — 1280 x 720 progressive resolution with a frame rate of 50 Hz
• 720p 59.94 — 1280 x 720 progressive resolution with a frame rate of 59.94 Hz
• 480i — 480 interlaced lines (NTSC) with a field rate of 59.94 Hz
• 576i — 576 interlaced lines (PAL) with a field rate of 50 Hz
3. In the Source section, use the Source list to select the source of the genlock signal. The BlackStorm Server
requires a genlock signal to lock the server to the video timing of your facility. Ross Video recommends using
an external reference for the genlock signal source.
The available genlock signal sources are as follows:
• Free Run — do not synchronize the BlackStorm Server with a genlock signal from an external source.
Ross Video recommends using an external reference for the genlock signal source. Only select Free Run as
the genlock signal source in an emergency.
• External — synchronize with a genlock signal from an external source through the REF IN BNC connector
of the BlackStorm Server computer. The BlackStorm Server accepts Analog Color Black or HD Tri-level
sync genlock signals. Ross Vide recommends Tri-level sync for progressive and HD formats.
The Genlock Status LED icon uses the following states to indicate the status of the selected genlock signal
source for the BlackStorm Server.
•
— locked to the genlock signal source
•
— free running
•
— not locked to the genlock signal source
4. Click Apply to save the GenLock and resolution settings.
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Remote Control Configuration
Before you can control a BlackStorm Server from a remote device, you must first configure the server control ports
and select the communications protocol.
To configure the remote control ports and the communication protocol:
1. In the Configuration Client, click the Remote Control tab.
The Remote Control tab opens.
2. To control the BlackStorm Server with a remote device connected to a Serial Control port of the BlackStorm
Server computer, use the Com3 and Com4 lists to set the communication protocol for the associated RS-422
Serial Control port of the Breakout cable or panel connected to the BlackStorm Server. The available
communication protocols are as follows:
• VDCP — receive VDCP commands through the associated Serial Control port. The VDCP protocol uses a
tightly-coupled master/slave method of communication. The controlling device initiates communication
between itself and the controlled device.
• None — do not receive remote control commands through the associated Serial Control port.
3. Select the Enable VDCP over Ethernet check box to receive Video Disk Communications Protocol (VDCP)
commands through the GigE Ethernet port on the back of the BlackStorm Server.
4. Select the Enable AMP over Ethernet check box to receive Advanced Media Protocol (AMP) commands
through the GigE Ethernet port on the back of the BlackStorm Server.
‘ The BlackStorm Server supports AMP control by the Ross Video Carbonite switcher. Ross Video does not
certify AMP control of the BlackStorm Server with any other control devices.
5. Select the Use Server-entered Trimpoints check box to use media item trimpoints when the BlackStorm
Server does not receive trimpoints from an upstream controller as part of a VDCP Cue command.
‘ The BlackStorm Server always uses trimpoints received from an upstream controller, regardless of this check
box setting.
6. Click Apply to save the remote control settings.
An Info dialog box opens.
7. Click OK.
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For More Information on...
• BlackStorm Server supported VDCP commands, refer to the section “VDCP Commands for the BlackStorm
Server” on page 9–2.
• Serial Control port pinouts, refer to the section “Communication Serial Port” on page 9–4.
Mapping VDCP Ports
The BlackStorm Server uses a one to one mapping to set the association between BlackStorm Server channel to
control and VDCP port. For example, VDCP port 1 controls Server output channel 1. Use the Port Mapping dialog
box to set Custom VDCP port mappings.
To set the BlackStorm Server channel controlled by a VDCP port:
1. In the Remote Control tab of the Configuration Client, click VDCP Port Mapping.
The Port Mapping dialog box opens.
2. Use the Port box to enter or select the VDCP port to control a BlackStorm Server channel. The available
VDCP ports are 1 to 256.
3.
Use the Channel Type list to select the type of BlackStorm channel controlled by the selected VDCP Port.
The available channel types are as follows:
• Output — control an output channel, selected from the Channel list.
• None — do not control a channel.
4.
Use the Channel list to select the Output channel on the BlackStorm Server to control. The available channels
depend on the selected Channel Type and BlackStorm Server configuration.
5. Click OK to save the set VDCP port mappings and close the Port Mapping dialog box.
An Info dialog box opens.
6. Click OK.
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House Time Configuration
Use the House Time tab in the Configuration Client to select and configure the house time signal source for a
BlackStorm Server. After selecting and configuring a house time signal source, use the Timecode Client to view the
current house time.
To configure the house time source for a BlackStorm Server:
1. In the Configuration Client, click the House Time tab.
The House Time tab opens.
2. Select one of the following options to choose the time signal source used to set house time:
• None — do not receive a time signal for house time and do not display the current house time (--:--:--:--) in
the House Time section of the Timecode Client.
• LTC — set house time using a Linear Timecode (LTC) time signal from one of the LTC In ports on the back
of the BlackStorm Server. After selecting this option, continue with step 3 in this procedure.
• NTP Server — set house time using a time signal from a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server. After
selecting this option, continue with step 4 in this procedure.
The timecode returned by a NTP server is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). To display the local time in
the House Time section of the Timecode Client, you must set the local time zone on the BlackStorm Server
computer. To set the local time zone on the BlackStorm Server:
› Log on to the BlackStorm Server computer as the blackstorm user.
› From the Start Menu, select Control Panel.
› In the Control Panel window, use the View by list to select Large icons.
› Click the Date and Time control panel.
› In the Time zone section of the Date and Time dialog box, click Change time zone.
› In the Time Zone Settings dialog box, use the Time zone list the select the local time zone.
› Select the Automatically adjust clock for Daylight Saving Time check box.
› Click OK.
› In the Date and Time dialog box, click OK.
› Close the Control Panel window.
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3. Use the list to the right of the LTC option to select the LTC In port number on the back of the BlackStorm
Server from which to receive a time signal for house time.
After selecting this option, continue with step 7 in this procedure
4. In the box to the right of the NTP Server option, enter the IP address or hostname of the NTP Server from
which to receive a time signal for house time.
5. Click Test NTP to verify that the Black Storm Server can receive a time signal from the selected NTP server.
6. In the Polling Interval box, enter he number of seconds to wait between consecutive connections to the NTP
server for values used to update the local house time on the BlackStorm Server.
Shorter polling intervals can correct large errors in local house time, while longer intervals can help refine local
house time accuracy.
7. Click Apply to save the House Time settings.
When House Time settings have changed, complete the following steps:
a. Click OK to close the Server Restart Required alert.
b. Restart the BlackStorm Server computer to make the changes take effect.
Channel Time Configuration
Use the Channel Time tab in the Configuration Client to set how to output the timecode signal from each
BlackStorm Server output channel.
When the media item loaded on a channel contains a QuickTime Timecode Track, the BlackStorm Server outputs
the timecode from the QuickTime Timecode Track through the set timecode output. When a loaded media item
does not contain a QuickTime Timecode Track, the BlackStorm Server uses the media item frame count to generate
a timecode for output through the set timecode output.
‘ When a BlackStorm Server sends out a timecode signal as an Ancillary Time Code (ATC) or through a Linear
Timecode (LTC) port, the Frames field of the timecode complies with the 30 frames per second (fps) limit in
accordance with the SMPTE 12M-1-2008 specification.
To configure the timecode output from a BlackStorm Server channel:
1. In the Configuration Client, click the Channel Time tab.
The Channel Time tab opens.
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2. For each Channel # section, configure the following timecode settings:
a. Select the ATC (VITC) Insertion check box to embed the timecode retrieved from the media item playing
out on the selected channel of the BlackStorm Server as VITC in the ATC space.
b. Select the ATC (LTC) Insertion and Analog LTC Output check box to embed the timecode retrieved
from the media item playing out on the selected channel of the BlackStorm Server as LTC in the ATC
space.
Analog LTC output through the LTC 1 Out and LTC 2 Out ports on the back of the BlackStorm Server is
only available for channels 1 and 2.
c. Use the Timecode list to select the timecode counting direction for the selected channel. The available
timecode counting directions are as follows:
• Ascending — the timecode counts up from the start of a media item to report the length of time that the
media item has played out.
• Descending — the timecode counts down from the end of a media item to report the remaining time
that the media item can playout.
3. Click Apply to save the Channel Time settings.
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BlackStorm Client Layout
The BlackStorm Client applications used to control and configure a BlackStorm Server are part of the Ross Video
DashBoard Control System™ application. Dashboard enables monitoring and control of one or more BlackStorm
Servers from a computer. Through DashBoard, you can create and save custom BlackStorm Client application
layouts that match your workflow.
DashBoard is a free application that comes pre-installed on every BlackStorm Server. You can also install
DashBoard on other computers to control BlackStorm Servers connected to the same Local Area network as these
computers. The BlackStorm Server Software DVD shipped with the BlackStorm Server contains the DashBoard
application installer. The installer is also downloadable from the Ross Video website.
This chapter discusses the following topics:
• Connecting to a BlackStorm Server
• Accessing BlackStorm Clients in Dashboard
• Creating a BlackStorm Client Layout
• Additional DashBoard Windows for BlackStorm Clients
• Saving and Recalling BlackStorm Client Layouts
The procedures in this chapter build upon each other to create a well-suited layout for playing out media items from
the BlackStorm Server. The completed layout enables easy access to the Media Manager, Channel, and Playlist
clients.
Figure 4.1 Completed Layout
For More Information on...
• Dashboard, refer to the DashBoard User Guide.
• how to download the Dashboard application installer, refer to the following section of the Ross Video website:
› Products | Terminal Equipment | openGear | Control & Monitoring | DashBoard
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Connecting to a BlackStorm Server
After installing DashBoard on a remote computer, you then add the BlackStorm Server or Servers to control to the
DashBoard Tree View. The DashBoard Tree View displays each BlackStorm Server as a node (Figure 4.2). Each
BlackStorm Server node contains the BlackStorm Clients used to control the associated BlackStorm Server. The
name of a BlackStorm Server node comes from the BlackStorm Server IP address or hostname.
BlackStorm Server Node
Figure 4.2 BlackStorm Server Node in the DashBoard Tree View
Connection Status
The LED in the lower right corner of a BlackStorm Server node indicates the current connection status between
DashBoard and the BlackStorm Server. The LED reports the following connection states:
Table 4.1 BlackStorm Server Connection States
LED
State
A connection exists between DashBoard the BlackStorm Service running
on the BlackStorm Server computer.
DashBoard is trying to establish a connection with the BlackStorm Server,
but there may be a connectivity problem. For example, there is no FTP
connection with the BlackStorm Server.
There is not connection between DashBoard the BlackStorm Service
running on the BlackStorm Server computer. Check with your IT
Department to verify that the BlackStorm Service and Server are running.
The connect state between DashBoard and the BlackStorm Server is
unknown.
Accessing BlackStorm Clients in Dashboard
After adding a BlackStorm Server to DashBoard, BlackStorm Clients are available to configure and control the
BlackStorm Server. The BlackStorm Server node contains all of the available BlackStorm Clients.
To open BlackStorm Clients:
1. In the DashBoard Tree View, expand your BlackStorm Server node
.
The expanded BlackStorm Server node lists the available channels, applications, and tools.
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2. Expand the Channels, Control Applications, and Configuration Tools nodes to access the available
BlackStorm Clients.
The available BlackStorm Clients are as follows:
Creating a BlackStorm Client Layout
You can select BlackStorm Clients from the Tree View and open them in the Device View to the right of the Tree
View. Newly opened BlackStorm Clients occupy the entire Device View. After opening multiple BlackStorm
Clients in the Device View, you can move and resize the clients to tailor the Device View to your workflow. You
can create and save multiple Device View layouts.
To position BlackStorm Clients in the Device View:
1. In the DashBoard Tree View, expand the BlackStorm Server node and all of the nodes it contains.
2. In the Channels node, use one of the following methods to open Output Channel 1 in the Device View:
• Double-click the Output Channel 1 node.
• Right-click the Output Channel 1 node and select Open from the Shortcut menu.
Output Channel 1 opens in the Device View tab.
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3. In the Channels node, double-click the Output Channel 2 node.
Output Channel 2 opens in a second Device View tab, overlapping the Output Channel 1 tab.
4. In the Control Applications node, double-click the Media Manager node.
The Media Manager opens in a third Device View tab, overlapping the other open tabs.
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5. In the Control Applications node, double-click the Playlist Client node.
The Playlist Client opens in a third Device View tab, overlapping the other open tabs.
6. To access a BlackStorm Client, click the client tab at the top of the Device View.
You may need to move and resize BlackStorm Clients in the Device View to form a layout that displays all
relevant clients at once.
To Move a BlackStorm Client:
1. In the Device View, place the mouse pointer on the title bar of the BlackStorm Client (Media Manager) to
move, then click and hold the mouse button.
2. Drag the selected BlackStorm Client to a new location in the Device View (left side).
As the client is dragged, a gray outline and an arrow preview the new location for the view.
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3. Release the mouse button to place the BlackStorm Client at the selected location.
4. Move the Output Channel 2 client to the top right corner of the Device View.
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5. Move the Output Channel 1 client to the left of the Output Channel 2 client in the Device View.
After moving the last BlackStorm Client, the layout of the Device View is as follows:
You can resize any BlackStorm Client in the Device View to fine-tune the layout.
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To resize a BlackStorm Client:
1. In the Device View, place the mouse pointer on a border of the BlackStorm Client (Playlist Client) to move,
then click and hold the mouse button.
2. To change the height of a BlackStorm Client (Play Client) in the Device View, place the mouse pointer on the
top or the bottom border of the client.
Cursor position to change height
3. To change the width of a BlackStorm Client (Play Client) in the Device View, place the mouse pointer on the
left or right border of the client.
Cursor position to
change width
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4. When the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow, click and drag the border to shrink or enlarge the
BlackStorm Client.
Click and drag to resize
5. Release the mouse button to set the size of the BlackStorm Client.
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To close a BlackStorm Client:
• In the tab of the BlackStorm Client to close, click Close
.
Additional DashBoard Windows for BlackStorm Clients
When working on a computer with multiple monitors, you can open an additional DashBoard window to hold more
BlackStorm Clients on your second monitor.
‘ Do not launch the DashBoard application twice to open two windows, only use the New Window command to
open a second DashBoard window.
To open an additional DashBoard Window for BlackStorm Clients:
1. In the DashBoard window, use the Window menu to select New Window.
A new DashBoard window opens.
2. Use one of the following methods to add BlackStorm Clients to the new DashBoard window:
• In the new DashBoard window, use the DashBoard Tree View to open BlackStorm Clients.
• Drag a BlackStorm Client from the original DashBoard window into the new DashBoard window.
The selected BlackStorm Client closes in the original DashBoard window and opens in the new DashBoard
window.
For More Information on...
• opening BlackStorm Clients, refer to the procedure “To open BlackStorm Clients:” on page 4–2.
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Saving and Recalling BlackStorm Client Layouts
After setting BlackStorm Client positions in the Device View, you can save the client layout. Each layout saves the
DashBoard window state, size, and position. Layouts do not save the background and the text color of a client set
using the Color Chooser dialog box.
To save a BlackStorm Client layout:
1. In DashBoard, use the Layouts menu to select Save Layout.
The Save Current Layout dialog box opens.
2. In the Layout Name box, enter a name with which to save the current layout of the Device View.
3. Click OK.
The entered layout name saves the current layout of the Device View. The Layouts View and the Layouts
menu display new layout name.
To recall a BlackStorm Client layout:
• In DashBoard, use one of the following methods to select the layout to recall:
› Use the Layouts menu to select the Name of the layout to recall.
› In the Layouts View, double-click the Name of the layout to recall.
The Device View displays the window layout as defined by the selected layout.
For More Information on...
• layouts, refer to the DashBoard User Guide.
• how to change the background and the text colors of a client, refer the chapter “Coloring BlackStorm Clients”
on page 8–1.
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Adding Media Items to a
BlackStorm Server
You can add media items to a BlackStorm Server by importing selected media items, or by loading media items
from the drop folder. Use the following BlackStorm Clients to add media items to a BlackStorm Server:
• Media Manager — import media files to a BlackStorm Server from any connected Client computer.
• Media Import Wizard — add media files to a BlackStorm Server from a selected folder.
• FTP — add or manage media files on a BlackStorm Server via an FTP client.
This chapter discusses the following topics:
• Targa File Resolution
• Loading Media Files through the Media Manager
• Using the Drop Folder to Load Media Files
• Importing Media Files from Selected Folders
• Managing Media Items
‘ Ross Video recommends using the Media Manager or an FTP client to add media items to a BlackStorm Server.
Ross Video does not recommend adding files directly to the media directory, which may create mismatches
between the files system and the Media Manager.
Adding media items to a BlackStorm Server through the file system via the dropped folder is slower and less
reliable when handling a large numbers of files. Adding media items via the Media Import Wizard can result in
lost data (such as trimpoints) if the current database is dropped.
Targa File Resolution
When loading Targa (.TGA) files onto a BlackStorm Server, the server uses the following rules to set Targa file
resolution:
• 720 x 576 Targa files imported at a resolution of 567i.
• 720 x 480 Targa files imported at a resolution of 480i.
• 1920 x 1080 Targa files imported using the set framerate at the time of the import:
› 1080i 50 or
› 1080i 59.94
• 1280 x 720 Targa files imported using the set framerate at the time of the import:
› 720p 50 or
› 720p 59.94
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Loading Media Files through the Media Manager
You can add media items to a BlackStorm Server by loading the following types of media files from outside of the
BlackStorm Server environment onto the server:
• QuickTime files (.MOV) — a BlackStorm server can directly play QuickTime Standard Definition (SD) and
High Definition (HD) media items that use the QuickTime Animation or the DV family of codecs.
‘ Stutter may occur when the BlackStorm Server RAID controller goes into Patrol Read state during the playout of
high bit rate, greater than 600 Mbps, QuickTime Animation RLE encoded video files. Patrol Read is a disk drive
consistency check that verifies the virtual disk drives for physical disk errors that could lead to drive failures.
Patrol Read is a scheduled task that you can disable in extreme conditions. If you do disable Patrol Read, please
schedule a time to run the Patrol Read during non-peak times. Use the Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager on the
BlackStorm Server to modify the Patrol Read settings.
• Uncompressed Targa files (.TGA) — a BlackStorm server can directly play 24 and 32 bit Targa files.
• Run Length Encoded Targa files (.TGA) — a BlackStorm server can directly play 24 and 32 bit Targa files.
‘ When importing Targa files, note the current BlackStorm video format and the frame rate. Targa media items are
only available for playout when the BlackStorm Server is running in the same format and the frame rate as it was
at time of Targa file import.
To import a media file onto the BlackStorm Server:
1. In the DashBoard Tree View, expand the BlackStorm Server node
.
The expanded BlackStorm Server node lists the available channels, applications, and tools.
2. Expand the Control Applications node
.
The expanded Control Applications node lists the available applications.
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3. Double-click the Media Manager node
.
The Media Manager opens in the Device View.
Sort — use this list to
select the sort method for
the Media Items list.
Filter — use this list to limit the
media items shown in the
Media Items list to those that
contain a selected file type.
Channel — click a
channel panel to select
the channel as the default
channel to load media
items from the Media
Items or Current Bucket
areas.
Channel # — click a
channel button to select
the channel as the default
to load media items from
the Media Items or Current
Bucket areas.
Refresh — click this
button to refresh the
media items displayed in
the Media Items list..
Picon — click this button
to display media item
picture icons in the Media
Items list.
Folders — select from
this tree view the folder
containing the media
items to load into
channels.
Info — click this button to
display media item
information and picture
icons in the Media Items
list.
List — click this button to
only display media item
information in the Media
Items list.
Bucket — use this list to
select the bucket to add
media items.
Media Items — select
from this list the media
item to load into a
channel, view information
about, delete, or add to a
bucket.
Contents — this list
displays the media items
contained in the current
bucket.
To Bucket — click this button
to add the selected media
items in the current bucket.
Status LEDs — these
LEDs indicate the current
status of the
MediaManager Client
connection with the
BlackStorm Server and
the Media Database.
Details — click this button to
view information about the
selected media item in the
Media Item Details dialog box.
Load — click this button to
load the selected media item
into the default channel.
Delete — click this
button to delete the
selected media item.
4. Verify that the Server and Database LED icons are green, indicating a valid connection between the Media
Manager and the BlackStorm Server and Media Database
5. In the Media Items section, click the Directory tab.
6. Expand the folders in the Directory tree view to locate the folder in which to import a media file.
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7. In the Directory tree view, right-click the import folder and select Import Content from the Shortcut menu.
The Select Source File dialog box opens showing the local file system of the computer running the DashBoard
application.
8. Locate the media file to import onto the Media Manager, and then click Select Source File.
The BlackStorm Server loads the selected media file and adds it to the Media Database as a media item. The
name of the new media item is the same as the media file, but without the file name extension.
Deleting Media Items
Deleting a media item from the BlackStorm Server removes the media item entry in the Media Database and deletes
the associated media file from the BlackStorm Server. The Media Manager cannot delete the following types of
media items:
• A media item that is on air.
• A playlist that is on air.
For More Information on...
• how to work with playlists, refer to the chapter “Working with Playlists” on page 7–1.
To delete a media item from a BlackStorm Server:
1. Open the Media Manager in the Device View.
2. In the Directory tab, use the Directory tree view to select the folder that contains the media item or items to
delete.
The Media Items list, to the right of the Directory tree view, displays the media items contained in the selected
folder.
3. In the Media Item list, select the media item or items to delete.
4. Click Delete at the bottom of the Media Items list.
The Item Deletion dialog box opens.
5. Click Yes.
The BlackStorm server deletes the selected media item from the Media Database and from any associated
playlists.
‘ You cannot delete on air media items or media items contained in an on air playlist.
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When the media item selected for deletion is part of one or more playlists, the Modify Playlists? alert opens.
Click OK to delete the selected media item and remove it from the associated playlists. Click Cancel to keep
the selected media item as well as leave the associated playlists unchanged.
When the media item or items selected for deletion are on air or contained in a playlist that is on air, the Media
On Air dialog alert. Click OK to keep the selected media item or items and close the dialog box.
Exporting Media Files
You can use the Media Manager to export a copy of the media file associated with a media item from the
BlackStorm Server to a folder in the local file system. Exporting a media file from the Media Manager enables you
to transfer the file to another system for editing.
To export a copy of the media file associated with a media item to a folder in the local file system:
1. Open the Media Manager in the Device View.
2. In the Media Item list, locate the media item to export.
Selecting a Targa sequence media item exports each Targa media item in the sequence as an individual Targa
(.TGA) format image file.
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3. Right-click the media item to export and select Export Content from the Shortcut menu.
The Select Destination Directory dialog box opens.
4. Locate and select the folder on the local file system in which to save a copy of the media file associated with
the media item selected for export.
5. Click Select Destination Directory.
BlackStorm exports a copy of the media file associated with the selected media item to the selected folder in
the local file system.
Using the Drop Folder to Load Media Files
You can use the Drop folder on the BlackStorm Server computer to load supported media files onto a BlackStorm
Server. The BlackStorm Server loads all media files placed in the Drop folder onto the BlackStorm Server and adds
a media item to the Media Database for each file. The name of a new media item is the same as the media file, but
without the file name extension.
‘ After loading a media file from the Drop folder onto the BlackStorm Server, replacing the media file in the Drop
folder with a revised version of the same media file does not update the associated media item on the BlackStorm
Server. You must delete the associated media item from the BlackStorm Server before you load the revised media
file onto the BlackStorm Server.
The BlackStorm Server does not automatically generate Picons for media items loaded onto the BlackStorm
Server through the Drop folder.
To load media files onto a BlackStorm Server through the Drop folder:
1. Locally or remotely open the D:\Drop folder on the BlackStorm Server computer.
2. Copy the media files to load onto the BlackStorm Server into the D:\Drop folder.
‘ The full path name of a media file placed in the Drop folder for loading onto the BlackStorm Server cannot be
longer than 260 characters.
The BlackStorm Server loads all media files placed in the Drop folder onto the BlackStorm Server and adds a
media item to the Media Database for each file. The New Items bucket in the Media Manager automatically
collects all new media items.
3. Use the Media Manager to generate picons for the new media times.
For More Information on...
• how to delete media items, refer to the section “Deleting Media Items” on page 5–4.
• how to use media items in buckets, refer to the section “Working with Media Item Buckets” on page 6–6.
• how to generate a picon for a media item, refer to the procedure “To generate a new picon for a media item:”
on page 6–13.
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Importing Media Files from Selected Folders
The Media Import Wizard enables you to load supported media files from one or more folders onto a BlackStorm
Server. The Media Import Wizard loads all of the media files in the selected folders onto the BlackStorm Server and
adds a media item to the Media Database for each file. The name of a new media item is the same as the media file,
but without the file name extension.
To import media files from a folder:
1. On the BlackStorm Server, use the Start menu to select All Programs > BlackStorm > Media Import.
The Media Import Wizard dialog box opens.
Save Folders — click this button to
save the folders in the Folders list as
watched folders. The BlackStorm
Server must be restarted to activate
new watched folders.
Drop Media — select this check box to
delete all media items from the Media
Database before importing new media
items to the Media Database.
Add Folder — click this button to use
the Browse for Folder dialog box to
select a folder from which to import
clips or use as a watched folder.
Import — click this button to start
importing media files into the Media
Database from the listed folders.
Remove Folder — click this button to
remove the selected folder from the
Folders list.
Media Folder — root folder that stores
media files added to the BlackStorm
Server.
Additional Media Folders — this list
displays the additional folders used to
store media items.
Import Log — this area displays
entries from the Import Log file.
2. Click Add Folder.
The Browse for Folder dialog box opens.
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3. In the Folder tree view, locate the folder that contains the media files to import into the BlackStorm Server.
4. Click Open.
The Browse for Folder dialog box closes and the Folders list in the Media Import Wizard dialog box adds
the selected folder.
5. To import media files from additional folders, follow step 2 on page 5-7 to step 4 on page 5-8.
‘ When using more than one folder to import media files, the names of all the media files contained in all of the
folders must be unique. When two folders contain a media file with the same name, the Media Import Wizard
only imports the media file from the uppermost of the two folders in the Folder tree view. The Media Import
Wizard does not import the media file from the lower folder since the BlackStorm Server already contains a
media item with the same name as the media file.
Only add directories as import folders to the D: drive of the BlackStorm Server. Ross Video does not guarantee
optimal performance for import folders on C: drive or external storage.
6. If the Folders list contains unnecessary folders, do the following:
a. In the Folders list, select the unnecessary folders.
b. Click Remove.
c. For each selected folder, click OK to verify the removal of the folder from the Folders list.
7. Click Import.
The Media Import wizard imports all of the supported media files in the selected folders onto the BlackStorm
Server. The BlackStorm Server adds a media item to the Media Database for each media file.
8. Close the MediaImportApp dialog box.
Managing Media Items
You can use a mapped FTP folder or an FTP client to manage the media items on a BlackStorm Server. Media item
management through FTP includes: loading media files, renaming media items, moving media items, deleting
media items, creating media item folders, renaming media item folders, and deleting media item folders.
Mapped FTP Folder
Mapping the BlackStorm Server FTP server to a folder on a computer enables you to use the Windows File
Explorer manage media items. BlackStorm Server does not support managing media items through a mapped FTP
folder on computers that use the Apple OS X operating system.
‘ After changing the Media folder on the BlackStorm Server through the Media Import Wizard, you must re-map
your mapped FTP folder to the new Media folder on the server.
‘ Do not map FTP folder to D:\. When using more than one media folder, each media folder must be mapped to an
unique FTP folder to ensure correct and efficent file management.
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To map the BlackStorm Server FTP server to a folder:
1. Log on to the computer from which to manage media items, the BlackStorm Server computer or a Client
computer.
2. On the desktop, right-click the Computer icon and select Map Network Drive from the Shortcut menu.
The Map Network Drive dialog box opens.
3. Click on Connect To a Web site that you can use to Store your documents and pictures near the bottom of
the dialog box.
The Add Network Location wizard opens.
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4. Click Next.
The Where do you want to create this network location? screen opens.
5. Select Choose a custom network location.
6. Click Next.
The Specify the location of your website screen opens.
7. Enter the following URL in the Internet or network address box, where Media-One is the hostname or IP
address of your BlackStorm Server:
ftp://Media-One/Media
Remember, URLs are case sensitive. Your Network Administrator can provide you with the hostname or IP
address of your BlackStorm Server.
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8. Click Next.
The Specify a User Name and Password if Required screen opens.
9. Clear the Log on anonymously check box.
10. Enter blackstorm in the User name box.
11. Click Next.
The What do you want to name this location? screen opens.
12. Enter a name for the mapped FTP folder in the Type a name for this location box
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13. Click Next.
The Completing the Add Network Location Wizard screen opens.
14. Clear the Open this network location when I click Finish check box.
15. Click Finish.
The operating system maps the selected folder to the BlackStorm Server FTP server and the Add Network
Location wizard closes.
To manage media items through a mapped FTP folder:
1. Log on to the computer that contains a folder mapped to the Media folder on your BlackStorm Server.
2. On the desktop, double-click the Computer icon.
A File Explorer window opens for the computer.
3. In the File Explorer, locate the folder mapped to the Media folder on your BlackStorm Server.
4. Double-click the mapped folder.
A File Explorer window opens for the Media folder on your BlackStorm Server.
5. Use an open File Explorer to manage media items on the BlackStorm Server as follows:
• drag media files into the File Explored to load the media files onto the BlackStorm Server.
• rename media items on the BlackStorm Server.
• move media items between folders on the BlackStorm Server.
• delete media items from the BlackStorm Server.
• create new folders for media items on the BlackStorm Server.
• rename folders on the BlackStorm Server.
• delete folders from the BlackStorm Server.
‘ Deleting a folder also deletes the media items contained in the folder.
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FTP Client
You can use an FTP client to manage media items on a BlackStorm Server from a computer running the Windows
or Apple OS X operating system. The FileZilla FTP client works with computers running the Windows or Apple
OS X operating system and is available free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
‘ An FTP client used to manage files on a BlackStorm Server must support passive mode.
To manage media items through an FTP client:
1. Log on to the computer from which to manage media items, the BlackStorm Server computer or a Client
computer.
2. Start your FTP client.
3. Use the following credentials to log on to your BlackStorm Server FTP server:
• User name — blackstorm
• Password — blackstorm
4. Open the Media folder on the BlackStorm Server FTP server.
5. Use your FTP client to manage media items on the BlackStorm Server as follows:
• upload media files to the BlackStorm Server.
• rename media items on the BlackStorm Server.
• move media items between folders on the BlackStorm Server.
• delete media items from the BlackStorm Server.
• create new folders for media items on the BlackStorm Server.
• rename folders on the BlackStorm Server.
• delete folders from the BlackStorm Server.
‘ Deleting a folder also deletes the media items contained in the folder.
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Playing Media Items from a
BlackStorm Server
The Media Manager and Play Clients provide the controls to play media items from a BlackStorm Server. The
Media Manager can load and playout media items on up to four channels at the same time. You can open a Play
Client for each output channel on a BlackStorm Server. The Configuration Client contains the properties that set the
video output GenLock for the Media Manager and Play Clients.
This chapter discusses the following topics:
• Playing Media Items
• Working with Media Item Buckets
• Custom Media Item Playout
• Viewing Multiple Timecodes in One Place
Playing Media Items
The Media Manager contains an interface to load media items and control media item playout from a BlackStorm
Server. Each output channel on a BlackStorm Server has an associated Channel panel in the Media Manager. The
media items loaded into the Channel panels are controlled individually.
To play a media item in the Media Manager:
1. In the DashBoard Tree View, expand your BlackStorm Server node
.
The expanded BlackStorm Server node lists the available channels, applications, and tools.
2. Expand the Control Applications node
.
The expanded Control Applications node lists the available applications.
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3. Double-click the Media Manager node
.
The Media Manager opens in the Device View.
Sort — use this list to
select the sort method for
the Media Items list.
Filter — use this list to limit the
media items shown in the
Media Items list to those that
contain a selected file type.
Channel — click a
channel panel to select
the channel as the default
channel to load media
items from the Media
Items or Current Bucket
areas.
Channel # — click a
channel button to select
the channel as the default
to load media items from
the Media Items or Current
Bucket areas.
Refresh — click this
button to refresh the
media items displayed in
the Media Items list..
Picon — click this button
to display media item
picture icons in the Media
Items list.
Folders — select from
this tree view the folder
containing the media
items to load into
channels.
Info — click this button to
display media item
information and picture
icons in the Media Items
list.
List — click this button to
only display media item
information in the Media
Items list.
Bucket — use this list to
select the bucket to add
media items.
Media Items — select
from this list the media
item to load into a
channel, view information
about, delete, or add to a
bucket.
Contents — this list
displays the media items
contained in the current
bucket.
To Bucket — click this button
to add the selected media
items in the current bucket.
Status LEDs — these
LEDs indicate the current
status of the
MediaManager Client
connection with the
BlackStorm Server and
the Media Database.
Details — click this button to
view information about the
selected media item in the
Media Item Details dialog box.
Load — click this button to
load the selected media item
into the default channel.
Delete — click this
button to delete the
selected media item.
4. Verify that the Server and Database LED icons are green, indicating a valid connection between the Media
Manager and the BlackStorm Server and Media Database.
When the Server and Database LED icon is red, right-click the BlackStorm Server node in the DashBoard
Tree View and select Connect from the Shortcut menu to re-connect to the BlackStorm Server.
5. In the Channel Control Area, click the Channel from which to play out a media item.
The Channel Control Area section highlights the selected channel. When the Media Manager does not
display the Channel Control Area, select View > Channel Control Area to display the area.
6. In the Media Items section, click the Directory tab.
You can use the Filter list to limit the media items displayed in the Media Items list.
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7. Expand the folders in the Directory tree view to locate and select the folder that contains the media item to
load into the selected Channel panel.
The Media Item list to the right of the Directory tree displays the media items contained in the selected folder.
8. Use the Sort list to select the method with which to sort the media items in Media Item list. The available sort
methods are as follows:
• Sort by Name (case insensitive) or AaBbCc — alphabetical by media item name.
• Sort by Name or ABCabc — alphabetical by media item name, except list all media items that start with an
uppercase letter before those that start with a lower case letter.
• Sort by Date or Date — numerically by media item creation date.
9. Use the Filter list to limit the media items displayed in the Media Items list. The Filter list contains the
following file types:
• Video Filter (MOV) or .MOV — list the media items that contain QuickTime format video files.
• Video Filter (TGA) or .TGA — list the media items that contain Targa format image files or image file
sequences.
• Video Filter (ALL) or Video — list the media items that contain QuickTime format video files or Targa
(.TGA) format image file sequences.
• Video Filter (HD) or HD — list the media items that contain video files in High Definition (HD) format.
• Video Filter (SD) or SD — list the media items that contain video files in Standard Definition (SD) format.
• No Filter (ALL) or ALL — list all of the media items in a folder.
• Playlists — list the all of the playlist media items on a BlackStorm Server.
10. Click View to select the information displayed in the Media Items list about each media item. The available
view options are as follows:
•
•
— display media item file names in the Media Items list.
— display media information and picture icons in the Media Items list. In this view, right-click an
information column heading to select the information columns displayed in the Media Item list. The
available information columns are as follows:
› Name — media item name.
› Date — the creation date of the media item.
› Resolution — video format of the media item.
› Duration — media item duration in the standard timecode format of 00:00:00:00 (hours, minutes,
seconds, and frames).
› Codec — codec used to decode the media item for playout.
Click and drag the divider between column headings to resize column headings.
•
— display media item picture icons and file names in the Media Items list. This display option
limits the file name displayed below the media item picture icon to the first 20 characters of the file name.
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11. Use the Media Item list to select the media item to load into the selected channel.
You can expand and collapse the following types of media items:
• Targa Media Items — the
icon indicates that a media item is a Targa sequence.
‘ Targa media items are only available for playout when the BlackStorm Server is running in the same format and
the frame rate as it was at time of Targa file import.
Double-click the icon to view the Targa images contained in the selected Targa sequence. The selected
Targa sequence expands to display the Targa images contained in the playlist and the icon changes to .
Double-click the icon to collapse the Targa sequence to a single item.
‘ You must use a Playlist Client to playout Targa sequences. The Media Manager and the Play Client are not able
to playout Targa sequences.
• Media Items with Alpha — the
icon indicates that a media item contains an alpha channel that plays
out on a secondary output channel.
• Playlist Media Items — the
icon indicates that a media item is a playlist.
Double-click the icon to view the media items contained in the selected playlist. The selected playlist
expands to display the media items contained in the playlist and the icon changes to . Double-click the
icon to collapse the playlist to a single item.
12. Use one of the following methods to view details about a media item:
• Select a media item in the Media Items list, then click Details.
• Right-click a media item in the Media Items list, then select the Details command from the Shortcut
Menu.
13. To view details about the selected media item, click Details.
14. After selecting a media item from the Media Item list, click Load.
The Media Manager loads the selected media item into the selected channel and cues it for playout. The loaded
channel displays the media item picon, video file name, and the current status. The Media Manager can load
and playout media items on up to four channels at the same time.
Double-click a media item in the Media Items list to quickly load the media item into the currently selected
channel. You can also load a media item into a channel by dragging a media item from the Media Items list
and dropping it on a Channel panel in the Channel Control Area.
15. Click the channel Play button to start playing the loaded media item. Clicking this button changes the button
state as follows:
Media Item State
Play Button
Click to...
Newly Loaded
Start playing the media item.
Playing
Pause the playing media
item.
Paused
Start playing the media item.
16. Use the Play button to control the playout of the media item.
To eject or unload a media item from a channel, drag the media item from the Channel and drop it on the
Media Items list.
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To use a phrase to find media items:
1. In the Media Manager, select a media item from the Media Items list.
2. Press CTRL+F or F3 to find media items in the Media Items list.
The Find box opens at the bottom of the Media Items list.
Close
Enter search phrase
3. In the Find box, enter a search phrase.
As you enter a search phrase, the Media Items list updates to display only the media items that match the
entered phrase.
4. Use one of the following methods to close the Find box:
• Click Close
to the left of the Find box.
• Press ESC.
For More Information on...
• how to position BlackStorm Clients in the DashBoard Device View, refer to the chapter “BlackStorm Client
Layout” on page 4–1.
Playing Media Items that Contain an Embedded Alpha Channel
Media items that contain an embedded Alpha Channel require two channels for playout, one channel for the video
and another channel for the alpha. The Play Client opened for the Alpha channel displays message Channel:
Alpha.
‘ When using a BlackStorm Server with the Ross Video OverDrive production automation system, the OverDrive
operator must be aware of which media items contain an embedded Alpha Channel. OverDrive does not warn the
operator that channels 3 or 4 are not available after loading channel 1 or 3 with a media item that contains an
embedded Alpha Channel.
To play a media item with an embedded Alpha Channel in the Media Manager:
1. Verify that the Server and Database LED icons are green, indicating a valid connection between the Media
Manager and the BlackStorm Server and Media Database.
When the Server and Database LED icon is red, right-click the BlackStorm Server node in the DashBoard
Tree View and select Connect from the Shortcut menu to re-connect to the BlackStorm Server.
2. In the Media Manager, select the channel to load a media item that contains an embedded Alpha Channel as
follows:
• 2 channel BlackStorm Server — click Channel 1 in the Channels section.
• 4 channel BlackStorm Server — click Channel 1 or Channel 2 in the Channels section.
The Channel Control Area section highlights the selected channel.
3. Use the Media Item list to select a media item with an embedded Alpha Channel to load into the selected
channel. The
icon identifies media items that contain an embedded Alpha Channel.
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4. Click Load.
On a 2 channel BlackStorm Server, the media item loads into Channel 1 and the embedded Alpha Channel
loads into Channel 2. The media item cues for playout from Channel 1.
On a 4 channel BlackStorm Server, channel pairs are as follows:
• When loading a media item into Channel 1, the embedded Alpha Channel loads into Channel 3. The media
item is cues for playout from Channel 1.
• When loading a media item into Channel 2, the embedded Alpha Channel loads into Channel 4. The media
item is cues for playout from Channel 2.
Media Manager
Play Client
Video Channel
Video Channel
Link Icon
Link Icon
Alpha Channel
Alpha Channel
One of the following alerts opens when attempting to improperly load a media item with an embedded Alpha
Channel.
• The Disallowed alert opens after attempting to load a media item with an embedded Alpha Channel on
Channel 3 or Channel 4.
• The Eject Channel # alert opens in the following situations:
› loading a media item with an embedded Alpha Channel into Channel 1 when Channel 3 contains a media
item.
› loading a media item with an embedded Alpha Channel into Channel 2 when Channel 4 contains a media
item.
› load a media item into Channel 3 when Channel 1 contains a media item with an embedded Alpha.
› load a media item into Channel 4 when Channel 2 contains a media item with an embedded Alpha.
5. Click the Channel 1 Play button to start playing the loaded media item with an embedded Alpha Channel.
Working with Media Item Buckets
You can use Media item buckets to do the following:
• Quickly access groups of often used media items stored in one or more folders.
• Categorize media items (media wipes, bugs, and others).
You can quickly load selected media items directly from a bucket into a channel by clicking the Load button or by
dragging the media items from the bucket on to a channel.
Adding a media item to a bucket tags the media item with the bucket name, it does not physically move the media
item on the BlackStorm Server. The buckets created on a BlackStorm Server are available to all Media Managers
that connect to the server.
‘ A bucket cannot contain playlists.
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Creating and Managing Buckets
You can use the Media Manager to create, manage, rename, and delete buckets.
To create a bucket to hold media items:
1. In the Media Manager, click the Buckets tab.
The Buckets tab opens.
Buckets — this list
displays the available
buckets.
Rename — click this
button to use the Rename
Bucket dialog box to
change the name of the
bucket selected in the
Buckets list.
Delete — click this button
to delete the bucket
selected in the Buckets
list.
Create — click this button
to use the Create Bucket
dialog box to create a
new bucket for media
items.
2. Click Create at the bottom of the Buckets tab.
The Create Bucket dialog box opens.
3. In the Enter Name box, enter a name for the new bucket.
The Media Manager supports the UTF-8 character set to enable the entry and display of international
characters for bucket names.
4. Click OK.
The Media Manage adds the new bucket to the Buckets list.
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To load media items into a bucket:
1. In the Media Manager, click the Directory tab.
The Directory tab opens.
Folders — select from
this tree view the folder
containing the media
items to load into
channels.
Media Items — select
from this list the media
item to add to a bucket.
Bucket — use this list to
select the bucket to add
media items.
Contents — this list
displays the media items
contained in the current
bucket.
To Bucket — click this button
to add the selected media
items in the current bucket.
2. Use the list in the Current Bucket section to select the name of the bucket to load media items.
3. Use the Directory tree view to select the folder that contains the media items to load into the current bucket.
The Media Item list to the right of the Directory tree view displays the media items contained in the selected
folder.
4. Use the Media Item list to select the media item or items to load into the current bucket.
5. Click To Bucket or drag the selected media items to the bucket.
The Media Manager loads the selected media items into the current bucket.
To delete media items from a bucket:
1. In the Media Manager, click the Buckets tab.
The Buckets tab opens.
Buckets — this list
displays the available
buckets.
Media Items — select
from this list the media
item to delete from a
bucket.
Delete — click this
button to delete the
selected media item.
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2. Use the Bucket list to select the bucket from which to delete media items.
The Media Item list displays the media items contained in the selected folder.
3. Use the Media Item list to select the media item or items to delete from the current bucket.
4. Click Delete at the bottom of the Media Items list.
The Item Deletion dialog box opens.
5. Click Yes.
The Media Manager deletes the selected media item or items from the current bucket, but does not delete the
media items from the BlackStorm Server.
To rename a bucket:
1. In the Media Manager, click the Buckets tab.
The Buckets tab opens.
2. Use the Bucket list to select the bucket to rename.
3. Click Rename at the bottom of the Buckets tab.
The Rename Bucket dialog box opens.
4. In the Enter Name box, enter a new name for the selected bucket.
The Media Manager supports the UTF-8 character set to enable the entry and display of international
characters for bucket names.
5. Click OK.
The Media Manager updates the Bucket list with the new name of the selected bucket.
To delete a bucket:
1. In the Media Manager, click the Buckets tab.
The Buckets tab opens.
2. Use the Bucket list to select the bucket to delete.
3. Click Delete at the bottom of the Buckets tab.
The Delete Bucket dialog box opens.
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4. Click Yes.
The Media Manager deletes the selected bucket from the BlackStorm Server, but does not delete the media
items contained in the bucket list from the BlackStorm Server.
‘ Deleting a bucket from a BlackStorm Server deletes the bucket for all users that work on the server.
Loading Channels from Media Item Buckets
You can use Media item buckets to do the following:
• Quickly access groups of often used media items stored in one or more folders.
• Categorize media items (media wipes, bugs, and others).
You can quickly load selected media items directly from a bucket into a channel by clicking the Load button or by
dragging the media items from the bucket on to a channel.
To load a channel from a bucket:
1. In the Channels section of the Media Manager, click the Channel panel on which to load a media item.
When the Media Manager does not display the Channel Control Area, you can use the Channel buttons to
select the channel to load media items.
2. In the Media Items section, click the Buckets tab.
The Buckets tab opens.
Media Items — select
from this list the media
item to load from a
bucket.
Buckets — this list
displays the available
buckets.
Load — click this button
to load the selected
media item into the
selected channel.
3. Use the Bucket list to select the bucket that contains the media item to load.
The Media Item list displays the media items contained in the selected bucket.
4. Use the Media Item list to select the media item to load into the selected channel.
5. After selecting a media item from the Media Item list, click Load.
The Media Manager loads the selected media item into the selected channel and cues it for playout.
Double-click a media item in the Media Items list to quickly load the media item into the currently selected
channel. You can also load a media item into a channel by dragging a media item from the Media Items list
and dropping it on a Channel panel in the Channel Control Area.
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Custom Media Item Playout
You can also use the Play Client to playout media items from a BlackStorm Server. The Play Client enables the
following playout methods of media item playout:
• Play from any point in a media item.
• Play only a portion of a media item.
• Loop the playout of a media item.
• Play a media item one frame at a time.
‘ The Play Client is not able to playout individual Targa sequences. A Targa sequence must be part of a playlist to
enable playout through the Play Client.
To control media item playout in the Play Client:
1. Open the Media Manager in the Device View.
2. In the DashBoard Tree View, expand your BlackStorm Server node
.
The expanded BlackStorm Server node lists the available channels, applications, and tools.
3. Expand the Channels node
.
The expanded Channels node lists the available output channels on the BlackStorm Server.
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4. Double-click the Output node for the output channel on which to playout a media item.
A Play Client opens in the Device View for the selected output channel.
Status LEDs — these LEDs
indicate the current status of the
Play Client connection with the
BlackStorm Server and the
Media Database.
Channel — use this list to
select the channel from which
to playout a media item.
Timecode — this field displays
the timecode of the play head
position or the time remaining in a
media item using the standard
timecode format of 00:00:00:00
(hours, minutes, seconds, frames)
Clip File Name — this field
displays the name of the media
item file selected on the
BlackStorm Server for playout.
Picon Viewer — this area
displays a still image captured
from a frame in the media item
being played out.
Audio Meters — the two
meters display real-time audio
levels, in decibels, for the first
two channels of audio
associated with the media item
being played out.
Playout Controls — use these
buttons to control media Item
playout.
Timecode Progress — use
this bar to monitor and control
media item playout.
In Point — this box displays the
timecode of the media item In
Point.
Duration — this field displays
the duration of the media item
using the standard timecode
format.
Out Point — this box displays
the timecode of the media item
Out Point.
5. Drag the media item to playout from the Media Manager to the Play Client.
The selected media item loads onto the output channel controlled by the Play Client.
‘ Media items that contain an embedded Alpha Channel require two channels for playout, one channel for the
video and another channel for the alpha. Channel pairings for media items with and embedded Alpha Channel
are as follows:
System
Video Channel
Alpha Channel
2 Channel
1
2
4 Channel
1
3
2
4
The Play Client opened for the Alpha Channel displays the message Channel: Alpha.
6. Click Play in the playout controls along the bottom of the Play Client.
Button
Function
Play — play the media item. During media item playout,
this button changes into the Pause button.
The Timecode displays the hours, minutes, seconds, and frames of the current position of the play head or the
time remaining in the media item. The play head on the Timecode Progress Bar graphically indicates the
current position of the play head in the media item. Use the View > Time Code Font Size command to set the
size of the timecode numbers.
7. Click Pause in the playout controls.
Button
Function
Pause — pause the media item from the current state.
Click the Play button to resume playing the media item.
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8. Click Rewind to move the play head to the start of the media item, or click Fast Forward to move the play
head to the end of the media item.
Button
Function
Rewind — rewind the media item to the In Point.
Fast Forward — fast forward the media item to the Out
Point.
9. Click and drag the play head along the Timecode Progress Bar to advance or rewind to a specific point in a
media item. To move the play head to a specific timecode:
a. Use the Media menu to select Jump to Timecode.
The Jump to Time code dialog box opens.
b. In the Timecode box, use the standard timecode format of 00:00:00:00 (hours, minutes, seconds, and
frames) to enter the timecode at which to place the play head.
Do not enter timecodes that are less than the In Point or greater than the Out Point timecodes set for the
media item.
c. Click Jump.
The play head moves to the enter timecode on the Timecode Progress Bar. The play head does not move
when the entered timecode is less than the In Point or greater than the Out Point timecodes set for the
media item.
10. After playing a media item, click Eject to unload the media item loaded in the current channel of the Play
Client.
Button
Function
Eject — unload the current media item from the Play
Client.
Use the Color Chooser dialog box to change the background and the text color for each channel open in a Play
Client. When using multiple channels on a BlackStorm Server, identifying each channel with a different color
can be very helpful in enabling an operator to quickly differentiate between channels. For more information,
refer to the chapter “Coloring BlackStorm Clients” on page 8–1.
To generate a new picon for a media item:
1. In the Media Manager, select the media item for which to generate a picon.
2. Load the selected media item into an open Play Client in the Device View.
3. Click Play to start playout of the loaded media item.
4. When the media item frame to use as the new picon displays on the monitor, click Pause.
5. Use the Media menu to select Generate Picon.
The Play Client generates a new picon for the media item from the paused frame and displays the picon in the
Picon Viewer. Newly generated picons replace existing picons.
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To set the In Point and Out Point to play a portion of a media item:
1. In the Media Manager, select the media item to playout.
2. Load the selected media item into an open Play Client in the Device View.
3. Use one of the following methods to adjust the In Point for the media item:
• Click and drag the In Point (green) marker along the Timecode Progress Bar to set the position of the
media item In Point. The In Point Timecode box displays the timecode of the new In Point.
• Click the In Point Mark icon to the right of the In Point Timecode box to set the play head position as the
media item In Point. The In Point (green) marker moves to the play head position on the Timecode
Progress Bar and the In Point Timecode box displays the timecode of the new In Point.
• Use the Media > Jump to Timecode command to position the play head at an entered timecode. After
positioning the play head, click the In Point Mark icon to the right of the In Point Timecode box to set the
play head position as the media item In Point. The In Point (green) marker moves to the play head position
on the Timecode Progress Bar.
The Play Client automatically saves the new In Point position with the media item.
In Point — click and
drag this marker to
set the In Point.
Play Head — view and
set the current position.
Out Point — click
and drag this marker
to set the Out Point.
Timecode Progress — use
this bar to monitor and control
media item playout.
In Point Set — click this icon
to set the In Point to the
timecode of the slider.
Out Point Timecode — enter
in this box the timecode at
which to place the Out Point.
In Point Timecode — enter in
this box the timecode at which
to place the In Point.
Out Point Set — click this
icon to set the Out Point to the
timecode of the slider.
Duration — this field displays
the duration of the media item
using the standard timecode
format.
4. Use one of the following methods to adjust the Out Point for the media item:
• Click and drag the Out Point (red) marker along the Timecode Progress Bar to set the position of the
media item Out Point. The Out Point Timecode box displays the timecode of the new Out Point.
• Click the Out Point Mark icon to the right of the Out Point Timecode box to set the play head position as
the media item Out Point. The Out Point (red) marker moves to the play head position on the Timecode
Progress Bar and the Out Point Timecode box displays the timecode of the new Out Point.
• Use the Media > Jump to Timecode command to position the play head at an entered timecode. After
positioning the play head, click the Out Point Mark icon to the right of the Out Point Timecode box to set
the play head position as the media item Out Point. The Out Point (red) marker moves to the play head
position on the Timecode Progress Bar.
The Play Client automatically saves the new Out Point position with the media item.
5. Click Cue to cue the media item to the set In Point and ready it for playout.
Button
Function
Cue — return the play head to the In Point set for the
media item. After cueing the media item, use the Play
Controls to begin playout from the new In Point.
6. Click Play in the playout controls to start playing the media item from the In Point and continue playing until
the play head reaches the Out Point or you click Pause.
Use the playout controls to control media item playout.
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To loop the playout of a media item:
1. In the Media Manager, select the media item to playout.
2. Load the selected media item into an open Play Client in the Device View.
3. Click Loop in the playout controls to turn the loop mode on and start playout from the play head location.
Button
Function
Loop — click to turn loop mode on. A playing media
continues playout until the play head reaches the Out Point
where it loops back to the In Point and restarts playout of
the media item.
Looping playout continues until you turn loop mode off.
4. When the loop mode is on, the arrows on the Loop button turn green. When the Loop button arrows are green,
click Loop to turn off loop mode.
Button
Function
Loop On — click to turn loop mode off. A playing media
item continues playout until the play head reaches the Out
Point and stops the playout.
To view a media item one frame at a time to locate an exact frame:
1. In the Media Manager, select the media item to playout.
2. Load the selected media item into an open Play Client in the Device View.
3. Click Play in the playout controls to begin playing the media item.
4. At the point to start viewing the media item one frame at a time, click Pause in the playout controls.
5. Click Frame Forward in the playout controls to view the next frame in the media item, or Frame Back to
view the previous frame in the media item.
Button
Function
Frame Forward — move one frame forward in the media
item.
Frame Back — move one frame backward in the media
item.
For More Information on...
• how to play out media items that contain an embedded Alpha Channel, refer to the section “Playing Media
Items that Contain an Embedded Alpha Channel” on page 6–5.
Viewing Multiple Timecodes in One Place
The Timecode Client enables you to view timecodes from one or more of the following time sources in one place:
House Time, Channels 1 to 4, and Playlist Channels 1 to 4. You can add time source sections to, moved within, or
remove from the Timecode Client as required.
The Timecode Client displays time source timecodes in separate sections using the standard timecode format of
00:00:00:00 (hours, minutes, seconds, and frames). The timecode displayed for a channel or playlist channel
restarts at 00:00:00:00 after 24 hours.
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To view timecodes in the Timecode Client:
1. In the DashBoard Tree View, expand your BlackStorm Server node
.
The expanded BlackStorm Server node lists the available channels, applications, and tools.
2. Expand the Channels node
.
The expanded Channels node lists the available output channels on the BlackStorm Server.
3. Double-click the Timecode Client node
.
The Timecode Client opens in the Device View.
Time Source — This field displays
the name of time source connected
to the timecodes displayed in the
section.
Name — this field displays the
name of the media item or playlist
loaded on the time source.
Primary Timecode — this field
displays the timecode of interest
using the standard timecode format
of 00:00:00:00 (hours, minutes,
seconds, frames)
Secondary Timecodes — these
fields display additional timecodes
for a source using the standard
timecode format of 00:00:00:00
(hours, minutes, seconds, frames)
Each section in the Timecode Client displays the following timecodes for a time source:
• C — current time
• R — remaining time
• D — the duration of the media item or playlist
Each section displays a selected time code in a larger font to highlight it from other timecodes.
To open an additional Timecode Client in the DashBoard Device View:
1. In the DashBoard Tree View, right-click the Timecode Client node
menu.
and select Open from the Shortcut
An additional Timecode Client opens in the Device View.
2. Position the new Timecode Client in the Device View.
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Customizing the Timecode Client Layout
You can customize the Timecode Client for your environment as following:
• Change the highlighted timecode in a timecode source section.
• Add timecode source sections to the Timecode Client.
• Move timecode source sections within the Timecode Client.
• Remove timecode source sections from the Timecode Client.
• Compress the size of the Timecode Client.
To customize the layout of the Timecode Client:
1. To change the highlighted timecode in a section, click the section to rotate the timecode positions.
Click to highlight the
Duration timecode
Click to highlight the
Remaining timecode
2. To add a time source section to the Timecode Client, right click the section in the Timecode Client above
which to add the new section and then select the time source from the Shortcut menu. Time sources include
house, channel, and playlist time.
The Timecode Client adds the new section above the selected section.
3. To move a section within the Timecode Client:
a. Place the mouse pointer on the section to move, then click and hold the mouse button.
b. Drag the section to a new position in the Timecode Client.
As the section is dragged, a red line previews the new location for the section.
c. Release the mouse button to place the section at the selected location.
4. To remove a time source section from the Timecode Client, right click the section in the Timecode Client to
remove and then select the Remove command from the Shortcut Menu.
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5. To compress the size of the Timecode Client, right click the Timecode Client and select Compress View from
the Shortcut Menu.
Compressed View
Expanded View
In Compress View mode the Timecode Client only displays the highlighted timecode for each section.
6. To view other timecodes in a compressed section, click the section to rotate through the available timecodes.
7. To expand a compressed Timecode Client, right click the Timecode Client and select Expanded View from
the Shortcut Menu.
For More Information on...
• how to position a BlackStorm Client in the Device View, refer to the chapter “BlackStorm Client Layout” on
page 4–1.
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Working with Playlists
The Playlist Client provides the controls to create and playout playlists. A playlist is a selection of custom-ordered
media items that defines the following:
• The number of media items to playout
• The order of media item playout
• The portion of each media item to playout
• The method used to transition from the currently playing media item to the playout of the next media item.
You can open multiple playlist editors in the Playlist Client to create new playlists. For playout, the Playlist Client
can open a playlist for each BlackStorm Server output channel. The Configuration Client contains the properties
that set the video output GenLock for the Playlist Client.
This chapter discusses the following topics:
• Creating Playlists
• Editing Playlists
• Playing Out Playlists
Creating Playlists
You can use the Playlist Client to create and edit playlists on air or off-line. The BlackStorm Server treats playlists
as media items.
‘ A playlist can only contain media items from the same BlackStorm Server as the playlist.
To layout the Device View to work with playlists:
1. In the DashBoard Tree View, expand your BlackStorm Server node
2. Expand the Channels node
.
.
The Channels node displays the available output channels.
3. Open an Output Channel
for each playlist you want to create.
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4. Expand the Control Applications node
.
The Control Applications node displays the available control applications.
5. Double-click the Media Manager node
.
The Media Manager opens in the Device View.
6. Double-click the Playlist Client node
.
The Playlist Client opens in the Device View.
7. Position the Media Manager, Play Client, and Playlist Client so that all clients are visible in the Device
View.
With the Media Manager, Play, and Playlist Clients positioned in the Device View, the example work area is
ready to create and use playlists.
For More Information on...
• how to position BlackStorm Clients in the Device View, refer to the chapter “BlackStorm Client Layout” on
page 4–1.
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To create a playlist:
1. In the Playlist Client, use the File menu to select New Playlist.
The New Playlist dialog box opens.
2. In the Playlist Name box, enter a name for the new playlist.
The Playlist Client supports the UTF-8 character set to enable the entry and display of international characters
for playlist names.
‘ Playlist names cannot contain the % (percent) character.
3. Select one of the following options to specify the editor in which to create a new playlist:
• New Editor — select this option to open a new Playlist Editor in which to create a new playlist. Use the
Playlist Editor to create playlists off-line.
• Channel 1 — select this option to create a new playlist on air in the Channel 1 panel of the Playlist Client.
This option enables the immediate playout of the new playlist on Channel 1, but disables editing the on air
(red background) and next (green background) media items.
• Channel 2 — select this option to create the new playlist on air in the Channel 2 panel of the Playlist
Client. This option enables the immediate playout of the new playlist on Channel 2, but disables editing the
on air (red background) and next (green background) media items.
• Channel 3 — select this option to create a new playlist on air in the Channel 3 panel of the Playlist Client.
This option enables the immediate playout of the new playlist on Channel 3, but disables editing the on air
(red background) and next (green background) media items.
• Channel 4 — select this option to create the new playlist on air in the Channel 4 panel of the Playlist
Client. This option enables the immediate playout of the new playlist on Channel 4, but disables editing the
on air (red background) and next (green background) media items.
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4. Click OK.
The Media Manager saves the new playlist as a media item. Depending on the selected playlist editor, the new
playlist opens in either an Editor panel or the selected Channel panel.
Playlist Name
Playlist Duration
New Playlist in a Playlist Editor
On Air Media Item
Remaining Time
Playlist Name
Playlist Duration
New Playlist in a Channel Panel
5. Use the Media Manager to list the available media items that you can add to a playlist.
6. In the Media Manager, click and drag media items or playlists from the Media Item list into an open playlist
Editor panel or Channel panel.
A playlist may contain a maximum of 300 media items. The Playlist Client automatically saves the playlist
after each media item addition.
‘ A playlist can only contain media items encoded with the same video format and frame rate.
Media items in the Edit panel
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After adding a Targa sequence media item to a playlist, the Playlist Client breaks the Targa sequence into
individual Targa media items that construct the playlist. Changes made to the original Targa sequence media
item do not affect the Targa media items added to the playlist.
When adding a playlist to another playlist, the Playlist Client only adds the individual media items in the
selected playlist to the other playlist. Changes made to the original playlist do not affect the media items added
to the other playlist.
Editing Playlists
You can use the Playlist Client to edit existing playlists as follows:
• Add media items to a playlist.
• Move media items in a playlist.
• Delete media items from a playlist.
• Set the portion of a media item to playout (in/out points).
• Set the action performed when a media item finishes playout.
• Set the method used to transition between media items.
You can use the Editor panel or a Channel panel in the Playlist Client to edit a playlist. The Editor panel enables
off-line editing of a playlist. A Channel panel enables you to edit a playlist during playout, but disables editing the
On Air (red) or Next (green) media items.
‘ The Playlist Client does not restrict multiple users from editing a playlist.
To add a media item to a playlist:
1. In the Media Manager, click and drag the playlist to edit from the Media Item list into an open Editor or
Channel panel of the Playlist Client.
The Playlist Client displays the media items contained in the selected playlist.
Playlist loaded in the Edit panel
Playlist loaded in a Channel panel
You can also use the File > Load/Edit Playlist command to open a playlist for editing.
2. Click and drag a media item from the Media Manager into the playlist open in an Editor panel or Channel
panel.
‘ A playlist can only contain media items encoded with the same video format and frame rate. Also, playlists
cannot contain a mixture of media items with alpha channels and no alpha channels.
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3. Move the pointer to the position in the playlist to add the selected media item.
A black bar indicates the selected playlist position for the new media item.
4. Release the mouse button to add the media item to the playlist at the selected position.
The playlist displays the added media item at the selected position, and the Playlist Client saves the updated
playlist.
When adding a playlist to another playlist, the Playlist Client only adds the individual media items in the
selected playlist to the other playlist. Changes made to the original playlist do not affect the media items added
to the other playlist.
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To move a media item in a playlist:
1. In the Media Manager, click and drag the playlist to edit from the Media Item list into an open Editor or
Channel panel of the Playlist Client.
The Playlist Client displays the media items contained in the selected playlist.
2. In the playlist, click and drag the media item to move.
3. Place the pointer in the playlist at the new position for the selected media item.
A black bar indicates the new playlist position for the media item.
4. Release the mouse button to place the media item at the selected location in the playlist.
The playlist displays the moved media item at the new location, and the Playlist Client saves the updated
playlist.
To delete media items from a playlist:
1. In the Media Manager, click and drag the playlist to edit from the Media Item list into an open Editor or
Channel panel of the Playlist Client.
The Playlist Client displays the media items contained in the selected playlist.
2. In the playlist, right-click the media item to delete from the playlist and select Delete from the Shortcut menu.
The Playlist Client deletes the selected media item from the playlist, but not from the BlackStorm Server.
‘ Deleting media items through the Media Manager or FTP are also removes the media items from any associated
playlists.
To set the In Point and Out Point to play a portion of a media item:
1. In the Media Manager, click and drag the playlist to edit from the Media Item list into an open Editor or
Channel panel of the Playlist Client.
The Playlist Client displays the media items contained in the selected playlist.
2. In the playlist, double-click the media item to edit.
The background color of the selected media item turns tan to indicate that the media item is in Edit mode.
The Channel panel cannot edit On Air (red) or Next (green) media items in a playlist.
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3. In the In Point box, enter the timecode at which to start playing the media item.
Enter timecodes as hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. The BlackStorm Server save entered timecodes with
the playlist and do not affect individual media items when played outside of the playlist.
4. In the Out Point box, enter the timecode at which to stop playing the media item.
When playing out a media item as part of the playlist, only the portion of the media item from the set In Point
timecode to the set Out Point timecode plays out.
5. Press Enter to save timecode changes, or press ESC to discard the changes.
The background color of the media item returns to the default color.
To set the action and transition performed when a media item finishes playout:
1. In the Media Manager, click and drag the playlist to edit from the Media Item list into an open Editor or
Channel panel of the Playlist Client.
The Playlist Client displays the media items contained in the selected playlist.
2. In the playlist, double-click the media item to edit.
The background color of the selected media item turns tan to indicate that it is in Edit mode.
3. Use the End Action list to select the action to perform when playlist playout reaches the Out Point of the
selected media item. The available actions are as follows:
• X-Fade — gradually transition playout from the playing media item to the next media item in the playlist.
Use the list to the right to select the number of frames in which to complete the transition.
This end action applies the set transition duration to the current and next media items in the playlist. For
example: for a set duration of 30 frames, the transition uses 30 frames from each media item. The Playlist
Client ignores this end action when the transition length is equal or longer than the current or next media
item in the playlist.
• V-Fade — gradually transition playout from the playing media item to black and then gradually transition
from black to the next media item in the playlist. Use the list to the right to select the number of frames in
which to complete the transition.
This end action applies half of the set transition duration to the current and next media items in the playlist.
For example: for a set duration of 30 frames, the transition uses 15 frames from each media item. The
Playlist Client ignores this end action when the transition length is equal or longer than the current or next
media item in the playlist.
• V-Fade with Pause — pause playlist playout after gradually transition playout from the playing media item
to black and then gradually transition from black to the next media item. Use the list to the right to select the
number of frames in which to complete the transition.
This end action applies half of the set transition duration to the current and next media items in the playlist.
For example: for a set duration of 30 frames, the transition uses 15 frames from each media item. The
Playlist Client ignores this end action when the transition length is equal or longer than the current or next
media item in the playlist.
• Play Next — instantaneously switch playout from the playing media item to next media item in the playlist,
or pause playout of the playlist.
• Pause — pause playlist playout.
• Hold, Cue, Pause — hold playout on the last frame of the current media item for a set number of frames,
cue the next media item in the playlist, then pause the media item on the first frame of video. Use the list to
the right to select the number of frames to hold on the last frame of the current media item. During the hold,
the BlackStorm Server plays out the last frame of the current media item.
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When using this end action:
› The set hold interval adds to the playlist length.
› The set hold interval does not change the reported media item length.
› For cued and paused media items, clicking Step to next and Play in the Playlist Client ignores the
current media item end action and advances to the media item in the playlist.
› This end action works when initiating a playlist from an external controller. The playlist continues after
receiving the next play command from the external controller (AMP and VDCP).
› If a Play command arrives from an external controller during the hold, it ends the hold and advances to
the cued media item.
› If a Pause command arrives from an external controller during the hold, use a Continue command to
resume the hold for the remaining time. An Advance command cues and then pauses the medial item.
The Playlist Client automatically saves the selected end action with the playlist. End actions do not affect
individual media items when played outside of a playlist.
‘ When you change End Action span times, In Points, Out Points, or media item durations so that there is overlap
in End Actions from one media item to another, may result in unexpected video changes during the overlap of
End Action times.
4. Press Enter to save action and transition changes, or press ESC to discard the changes.
The background color of the media item returns to the default color.
Targa Duration
When you add a Targa file to a playlist, you can set the number of frames to keep the Targa file on a channel before
playing out the next media item in the playlist.
1. In the Media Manager, click and drag the playlist to edit from the Media Item list into an open Editor or
Channel panel of the Playlist Client.
2. In the playlist, double-click the added Targa file to edit.
The background color of the Targa file turns tan to indicate that the media item is in Edit mode.
When editing a playlist in a Channel panel, you cannot edit the On Air (red) and Next (green) media items.
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3. In the Duration box, enter the number of frames to keep the Targa file on a channel before playing out the next
media item in the playlist.
When playing out individual Targa media items outside of the play list, the Targa durations saved with the
playlist do not effect the playout.
4. Press Enter to save timecode changes, or press ESC to discard the changes.
The Playlist Client converts the entered number of frames to a standard timecode (hours, minutes, seconds, and
frames) and displays the timecode in the Out box and saves the set Targa duration with the playlist. The
background color of the media item returns to the default color. The playlist duration is also updates to include
the duration set for the Targa file.
Playing Out Playlists
You can playout playlists from the Media Manager, Play, or Playlist Client. To edit an on air playlist you must use
the Playlist Client.
‘ When using a BlackStorm Server with the Ross Video OverDrive production automation system, the OverDrive
operator must be aware of which playlists contains media items with an embedded Alpha Channel. OverDrive
does not warn the operator that channels 3 or 4 is not available after loading channel 1 or 2 with a playlist that
contains one or more media items with an embedded Alpha Channel.
To playout a playlist:
1. In DashBoard, position the Media Manager, Output Channels, and Playlist Client so that all clients are
visible in the Device View. Refer to step 7 on page 7-2 for an example client layout.
2. In the Directory tab of the Media Manager, use the Filter list to select PlayLists.
The
icon displayed on a media item thumbnail indicates that the media item is a playlist.
‘ The
icon displayed on a playlist thumbnail indicates that the playlist contains a media item with an embedded
Alpha Channel. Playlists that contain media items with an embedded Alpha Channel require two channels for
playout, one channel for the video and another channel for the alpha.
System
Video Channel
Alpha Channel
2 Channel
1
2
4 Channel
1
3
2
4
The BlackStorm Server reserves Alpha Channels for the full duration of a playlist. The Play Client opened for the
Alpha Channel displays the message Channel: Alpha.
3. Double-click the
icon to view the media items contained in the selected playlist.
The selected media item expands to display the media items contained in the playlist and the icon changes to .
Double-click the icon to collapse the playlist to a single item.
4. Use one of the following methods to load a playlist into a channel.
• Drag a media item from the Media Manager to a Channel panel in the Playlist Client.
• Use the File > Load/Edit Playlist command from the Playlist Client to open a playlist in a Channel panel.
• Use the Media Manager to select a media item and to load it into a channel.
• Drag a media item from the Media Manager to an open Output Channel.
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The link
and key
icons indicate that a playlist loaded in a Channel Panel or Playlist Editor contains a
media item with an embedded Alpha Channel.
Link Icon
Video Channel
Key Icon
Alpha Channel
Playlist with Alpha in a Channel Panel
Playlist with Alpha in a Playlist Editor
5. Use one of the following methods to start playout of the loaded playlist.
• In the Media Manager, click Play in the channel that contains the loaded playlist.
• In the Output Channel panel that contains the loaded playlist, click Play.
• In the Playlist Client, right-click the first media item in the loaded playlist and select Play Now from the
Shortcut menu.
The first media item in the playlist starts playing out on the loaded channel of the BlackStorm Server. The
Playlist Client shades the background of the on air media item is red and the background of the next media item
to go on air green.
On Air Media Item
Playlist Controls
Next Media Item
Playlist Media Items
“On Air” and “Next” Media Items Shown
Hidden “On Air” and “Next” Media Items
6. To cue a playlist to a selected media item in the playlist, right-click a media item and select Cue Now from the
Shortcut menu.
The playlist cues to the selected media item. To start playout from the cued media item, click Play in the
Media Manager or Play Client channel that contains the loaded playlist.
7. To start playout of a selected media item in the playlist, right-click a media item and select Play Now from the
Shortcut menu.
Playout of the playlist continues from the selected media item.
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8. To select a media item as the next media item to play, right-click a media item and select Set to Play Next from
the Shortcut menu.
After playout of the currently playing media item finishes, playout of the playlist continues with the selected
media item.
9. Select the Show “On Air” and “Next” clip command from the View menu to toggle the display of the on air
and next media items around the Playlist Controls.
10. During playout, the Playlist section automatically scrolls to display the on air media item at the top of the
section.
Use the Playlist section scroll bar to view media items that are not visible in the Playlist section. Automatic
scrolling of the Playlist section stops when the on air and next media items are not visible the section.
11. To view the on air media item in the Playlist section, click Jump to Live
in the Playlist Controls to scroll
the on air media item to the top of the Playlist section and resume automatic scrolling of the section.
To control a playlist during playout:
1. Use any of the controls in an Output Channel panel to control playout of the loaded playlist.
2. Each Channel panel in the Playout Client contains the following playlist controls:
Button
Function
Step to Next and Play — click this button to put the next
media item in the playlist on air and start media item
playout.
Step to Next — click this button to put the next media
item in the playlist on air. This button does not start media
item playout.
Eject — click this button to eject the playlist from the
current channel.
Jump to Live — click this button to scroll the on air
media item to the top of the Playlist section and resume
automatic scrolling of the section.
3. You can edit all but the on air and next media items during playlist playout. You can use a Channel panel in the
Playlist Client to perform the following edits to a playlist during playout:
• “To add a media item to a playlist:” on page 7–5
• “To move a media item in a playlist:” on page 7–7
• “To delete media items from a playlist:” on page 7–7
• “To set the In Point and Out Point to play a portion of a media item:” on page 7–7
• “To set the action and transition performed when a media item finishes playout:” on page 7–8
For More Information on...
• Output Channel controls, refer to the section “Playing Media Items” on page 6–1.
• how to playout playlists that contain media items with an Alpha Channel, refer to the section “Playing Media
Items that Contain an Embedded Alpha Channel” on page 6–5.
• how to edit playlists, refer to the section “Editing Playlists” on page 7–5.
• how to delete playlists, refer to the procedure “To delete media items from a playlist:” on page 7–7
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Coloring BlackStorm Clients
You can use the Color Chooser dialog box to independently change the background and the text color for each open
Media Manager, Play, or Playlist Client. When using multiple channels on a BlackStorm Server, identifying each
channel with a different color can be very helpful in enabling an operator to quickly differentiate between channels
and clients. For example, you can select red for channel 1, green for channel 2, yellow for the Media Manager, and
blue for the Playlist Client.
Figure 8.1 Colored Clients
This chapter discusses the following topics:
• Client Background and Text Colors
• Customizing Colors
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Client Background and Text Colors
You can independently change the background and the text color used to label the sections and tabs in any open
Media Manager, Play, or Playlist Client.
To change the background and the text color of an open BlackStorm Client:
1. In an open Media Manager, Play Client, or Playlist Client select one of the following commands from the
View menu:
• Background Color — change the background color of a client.
• Foreground Color — change the text color of a client.
The Color Chooser dialog box associated with the selected command opens.
2. In the Swatches tab, click the square that contains the color to use for the background or text. Click the Reset
button to return to the default color.
3. Use the Preview section to view an example of the selected color scheme.
4. Click OK to apply the selected color and close the Choose Color dialog box.
Customizing Colors
In addition to the predefined colors on the Swatch tab in the Choose Color dialog boxes, it is also possible to define
custom colors using one of the following methods:
• HSB — Hue, Saturation, and Brightness
• RGB — Red, Green, Blue
Defining a Color Using HSB
Use HSB values as follows to define a color:
• Hue — the location of a color in the spectrum. The six basic divisions of the hue spectrum are: red, yellow, blue,
orange, green, and purple.
• Saturation — the intensity of a color within the spectrum. The less gray in a color, the more saturated it appears.
• Brightness — the intensity which light reflects from or transmits through a color.
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To use HSB values to define a custom background or text color:
1. In an open Media Manager, Play Client, or Playlist Client, select one of the following commands from the
View menu:
• Background Color — change the background color of a client.
• Foreground Color — change the text color of a client.
The Color Chooser dialog box associated with the selected command opens.
2. Click the HSB tab.
The HSB tab opens.
3. Select the H option, then set the hue for the new color using one of the following methods:
• Drag the slider up or down the hue scale.
• Enter or select a hue value in the box to the right of the H option.
4. Select the S option, then set the saturation for the new color using one of the following methods:
• Drag the slider up or down the saturation scale.
• Enter or select a saturation value in the box to the right of the S option.
5. Select the B option, then adjust the brightness of the new color using one of the following methods:
• Drag the slider up or down the brightness scale.
• Enter or select a brightness value in the box to the right of the B option.
6. Use the Preview section to view an example of the selected color scheme.
7. Click OK to apply the new color and close the Choose Color dialog box.
After setting a hue, saturation, or brightness value, select the new color from the Color Square. The selected point
in the Color Square sets the remaining values for the new color.
Defining a Color Using RGB
Use RGB values as follows to define a color:
• Red — the level of red in the defined color.
• Green — the level of green in the defined color.
• Blue — the level of blue in the defined color.
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Coloring BlackStorm Clients • 8–3
To use RGB values to define a custom background or text color:
1. In an open Media Manager, Play Client, or Playlist Client, select one of the following commands from the
View menu:
• Background Color — change the background color of a client.
• Foreground Color — change the text color of a client.
The Color Chooser dialog box associated with the selected command opens.
2. Click the RGB tab.
The RGB tab opens.
3. Set the level of red in the new color using one of the following methods:
• Drag the slider along Red scale. The box the right of the Red scale displays the set red level value.
• Enter or select a value for the red level in the box to the right of the Red scale.
4. Set the level of green in the new color using one of the following methods:
• Drag the slider along Green scale. The box the right of the Green scale displays the set green level value.
• Enter or select a value for the green level in the box to the right of the Green scale.
5. Set the level of blue in the new color using one of the following methods:
• Drag the slider along Blue scale. The box the right of the Blue scale displays the set blue level value.
• Enter or select a value for the blue level in the box to the right of the Blue scale.
6. Use the Preview section to view an example of the selected color scheme.
7. Click OK to apply the new color and close the Choose Color dialog box.
8–4 • Coloring BlackStorm Clients
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Appendix A. Specifications
This appendix describes basic properties of the BlackStorm Server, including specifications, capabilities, and
specific conventions to follow when using the BlackStorm Server.
This appendix discusses the following topics:
• Media Formats and Codecs
• VDCP Commands for the BlackStorm Server
• AMP Commands for the BlackStorm Server
• Communication Serial Port
Media Formats and Codecs
The BlackStorm Server supports the following media formats and codecs for playout.
Media File Formats
The BlackStorm Server supports the following video media formats:
• QuickTime files (.MOV) — a BlackStorm server can directly play QuickTime Standard Definition (SD) and
High Definition (HD) media items that use the QuickTime Animation or the DV family of codecs.
‘ Stutter may occur when the BlackStorm Server RAID controller goes into Patrol Read state during the playout of
high bit rate, greater than 600 Mbps, QuickTime Animation RLE encoded video files. Patrol Read is a disk drive
consistency check that verifies the virtual disk drives for physical disk errors that could lead to drive failures.
Patrol Read is a scheduled task that you can disable in extreme conditions. If you do disable Patrol Read, please
schedule a time to run the Patrol Read during non-peak times. Use the Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager on the
BlackStorm Server to modify the Patrol Read settings.
• Uncompressed Targa files (.TGA) — a BlackStorm server can directly play 24 and 32 bit Targa files.
• Run Length Encoded Targa files (.TGA) — a BlackStorm server can directly play 24 and 32 bit Targa files.
‘ When importing Targa files, note the current BlackStorm video format and the frame rate. Targa media items are
only available for playout when the BlackStorm Server is running in the same format and the frame rate as it was
at time of Targa file import.
The BlackStorm Server supports the following audio media formats:
• Interleaved — 48 KHz x 16, 24, or 32 bit audio inteleaved in a video file.
Codecs
Table 9.1 BlackStorm Server Native Codecs
Format
Bitrate
Hours / TB
DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO
Codec
SD
25
82
DVCPRO 50
SD
50
43
QUICKTIME ANIMATION
SD
DVCPRO HD
HD
100
22
QUICKTIME ANIMATION
HD
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Appendix A. Specifications • 9–1
VDCP Commands for the BlackStorm Server
The Video Disk Communications Protocol (VDCP) is a tightly-coupled master/slave communication method based
on the RS-422 signal standards. The controlling device initiates communication between itself and the controlled
device. This protocol also conforms to the Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) reference model.
The BlackStorm Server responds to the following commands under VDCP control:
Table 9.2 Supported VDCP Commands
Command From Controller
CMD-1
CMD-2
Name
Return from Controlled Disk
CMD-1
CMD-2
Name
1X
00
Stop
04
ACK
1X
01
Play
04
ACK
1X
04
Still
04
ACK
1X
05
Step
04
ACK
1X
06
Continue
04
ACK
1X
07
Jog
04
ACK
1X
08
Variable Play
04
ACK
2X / AX
ID
Rename ID
04
ACK
2X
21
Close Port
04
ACK
2X
22
Select Port
04
ACK
2X / AX
24
Play Cue
04
ACK
2X / AX
25
Cue with Data
04
ACK
2X / AX
26
Delete ID
04
ACK
3X
01
Open Port
3X
81
Grant/Denied
3X / BX
02
Next
3X
82
List of IDs
3X / BX
03
Last
3X
83
Last Response
3X
05
Port Status Request
3X
85
State Status
3X
06,
Position Request
3X
86
Position
3X / BX
07
Active ID Request
3X
87
Active ID
3X
08
Device Type Request
3X
88
Device Type
3X
10
System Status Request
3X
90
System Status
3X / BX
11
ID List
3X
91
List of IDs
3X / BX
14
ID Size Request
3X
94
ID Size
3X / BX
15
IDs Added to Arch.
3X
95
List IDs Trans.
3X / BX
16
ID Request
3X
96
ID Presence
3X / BX
18
IDs Added List
3X
98
List IDs Added
3X / BX
19
IDs Deleted List
3X
99
List IDs Deleted
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AMP Commands for the BlackStorm Server
The Advanced Media Protocol (AMP) is a set of commands used to control video equipment. Odetics Broadcast
Corporation defined the initial set of AMP commands in the document Video Disk Recorder Command and
Control Specification. Grass Valley has extended existing commands and added new commands to the protocol.
The BlackStorm Server responds to the following commands under AMP control:
Table 9.3 Supported AMP Commands
Command
Returns
Command
2X.00
Stop
Name
ACK
A0.16
ID Loaded Request
Name
Returns
ACK
2X.01
Play
ACK
A0.26
ID Count Request
ACK
20.0F
Eject
ACK
AX.14
List First ID
ACK
20.10
Fast Forward
ACK
AX.15
List Next ID
ACK
2X.11
Jog Forward
ACK
0X.06
Set Drop Frame Mode
ACK
2X.12
Variable Forward
ACK
0X.11
Device Type Request
ACK
20.20
Rewind
ACK
4X.31
Pre Roll
ACK
2X.21
Jog Reverse
ACK
4X.45
Get Stop Mode
ACK
2X.22
Variable Reverse
ACK
AX.04
Preview In Preset
ACK
40.40
Auto Mode Off
ACK
AX.0E
Set Working Folder Request
ACK
40.41
Auto Mode On
ACK
AX.0F
Get Working Folder Request
ACK
4X.14
In Preset
ACK
AX.10
Erase Id
ACK
4X.15
Out Preset
ACK
AX.13
Clip Data Request
ACK
40.20
In Reset
ACK
AX.14
First ID
ACK
4X.21
Out Reset
ACK
AX.15
Next ID
ACK
41.42
Set Loop Playback Mode
ACK
AX.17
ID Duration
ACK
61.0C
Current Time Sense
ACK
AX.18
ID Status Request
ACK
61.20
Status Sense
ACK
AX.21
Device Id Request
ACK
A0.06
Preview In Reset
ACK
AX.25
Id Start Time Request
ACK
AX.07
Preview Out Reset
ACK
AX.2C
Device Name Request
ACK
AX.05
Preview Out Preset
ACK
‘ The behavior of the List First Folder (AX.2A), List Next Folder (AX.2B), First ID (AX.14), and the
Next ID (AX.15) commands change after the BlackStorm Server receives the
Set Working Folder Request (AX.0E) command. By default the BlackStorm Server treats the media file system
as a single directory that contains all of the media items on a server. With only one directory to manage, the
switcher only uses the First ID (AX.14) and Next ID (AX.15) commands to retrieve all of the clips on the
server.
After the BlackStorm Server receives the Set Working Folder Request (AX.0E) command, the server sees the
contents and sub-directories in the media directory as they actually are on the server hard drive. Use the
List First Folder (AX.2A) and List Next Folder (AX.2B) commands to navigate the sub-directories within the
media directory. Use the First ID (AX.14) and Next ID (AX.15) commands to retrieve the clips in the working
directory.
There is no AMP command to switch the BlackStorm Server back to viewing the media directory as a single
directory. After sending the Set Working Folder Request (AX.0E) command to the BlackStorm Server, you
must restart the server to once again view the media directory as a single directory.
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Appendix A. Specifications • 9–3
Communication Serial Port
The pinouts for the serial communication ports (Com3 and Com4) in the breakout cable attached to the rear of a
BlackStorm Server are as follows:
1
2
6
3
7
4
8
5
9
Figure 9.1 BlackStorm Server RS-422 Male DB9 Serial Communication Port (Com 3 and Com 4)
Table 9.4 BlackStorm Server Serial Communication Port Pinouts
Pin #
Signal
1
Ground
2
RxD-
3
TxD+
4
Ground
5
Not Connected
6
Ground
7
RxD+
8
TxD-
7
Ground
Use the following information to create an RS-422 serial interface cable (Male DB9 to Male DB9) to connect a
Ross Video switcher to BlackStorm Server.
1
2
6
3
7
4
8
5
5
9
4
9
To Switcher
Male Connector on Cable
3
8
2
7
1
6
To BlackStorm Server
Female Connector on Cable
Figure 9.2 RS-422 DB9 Serial Communication Cable Connectors
Table 9.5 RS-422 DB9 Serial Communication Cable Pinouts
To Switcher
To BlackStorm Server
Signal
Pin #
Not Connected
1
RxD-
2
8
TxD-
TxD+
3
7
RxD+
Not Connected
4
Ground
5
Not Connected
6
RxD+
7
3
TxD+
TxD-
8
2
RxD-
Not Connected
7
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Pin #
Signal
1, 4, 6, 9
Ground
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Appendix B. Configuration File
Settings
The BlackStorm Server Configuration Client does not contain all available BlackStorm Server configuration
settings. To configure obscure BlackStorm settings, you must edit a configuration file using a text editor. This
appendix describes how to set the BlackStorm Server configuration settings that are not available in the
Configuration Client.
This appendix discusses the following topics:
• Editing Configuration Files
• Settings Set by Editing Configuration Files
• Crispin NewsCat Settings
• Horizontal and Vertical Video Offset Settings
Editing Configuration Files
BlackStorm Servers store configuration settings in a series of XML formatted text files.
To edit BlackStorm Server configuration files:
1. Use the following credentials to log on to the BlackStorm Server as the default user:
• User name — blackstorm
• Password — blackstorm
2. Navigate to the C:\Ross\BlackStorm folder. This folder includes the following configuration files that contain
configuration settings that may require editing:
• “BoardSettings.xml” on page 10–2
• “defaultSettings.xml” on page 10–2
• “FTPConfig.xml” on page 10–3
• “MediaFolders.xml” on page 10–4
• “ServerSettings.xml” on page 10–4
3. Before editing a configuration file, make a copy of the configuration file.
You can use the copy of a configuration file to restore a broken configuration file.
4. Use a text editor to open and edit the configuration file that contains the settings to change.
For descriptions of the available configuration settings, refer to the sections in this chapter.
5. Save the updated configuration file.
6. Restart the BlackStorm Server computer.
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Appendix B. Configuration File Settings • 10–1
Settings Set by Editing Configuration Files
To configure obscure BlackStorm settings, you must edit a configuration file with a text editor. This section
describes the BlackStorm Server configuration settings that you set by editing configuration files with a text editor.
BoardSettings.xml
This file contains the following settings:
Setting Name
m_HorizontalOffset
Default Value Unit
5000
pixels
Descriptions
The number of pixels that the BlackStorm Server applies to the
video signal horizontal offset. The valid range is -2048 to +2048
pixels. Enter a value of 5000 pixels for no horizontal adjustment.
Use the AJA Xena Control Panel to adjust this setting in
real-time.
m_VerticalOffset
5000
pixels
The number of pixels that the BlackStorm Server applies to the
video signal vertical offset. The valid range is -1024 to +1024
pixels. Enter a value of 5000 pixels for no vertical adjustment.
Use the AJA Xena Control Panel to adjust this setting in
real-time.
For More Information on...
• setting video offsets in real-time, refer to the section “Horizontal and Vertical Video Offset Settings” on
page 10–5.
defaultSettings.xml
Each BlackStorm Server DashBoard client computer contains a defaultSettings.xml file in the following folder:
• C:\DashBoard\workspace\.metadata\.plugins\com.rossvideo.softmetal.rice\conf
Since DashBoard is a client side application, you must make setting changes to the defaultSettings.xml files on each
DashBoard client computer connected to your BlackStorm Server.
This file contains the following settings:
Setting Name
Default Value
Unit
Description
defaultNewECAType
None
N/A
The default playlist End of Clip Action (ECA) to use when
adding multiple clips to a playlist. Available values are
xfade, vfade, vfadepause, next, pause, or holdcuepause.
defaultNewECAParam
None
Frames
The default duration to apply to each ECA.
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FTPConfig.xml
This file contains the following settings:
Setting Name
Default Value
Unit
Description
m_nNumDataPorts
10
N/A
The TCP port number used by FTP clients to
communicate with the BlackStorm Server
FTP service. Use this setting with the
m_nDataPort setting to specify a range of
FTP ports for data transmission.
m_strBoundIp
None
N/A
The IPv4 string, assigned to a local
BlackStorm Server NIC, that identifies the
NIC to use for FTP communication.
m_strUser
blackstorm
N/A
The username used to access to the
BlackStorm Server FTP service.
The BlackStorm Server FTP service always
allows the username “blackstorm”, even if
this setting uses a different username.
m_strPassword
blackstorm
N/A
The password used to gain access to the
BlackStorm server FTP service.
The BlackStorm Server FTP service always
allows the password “blackstorm”, even if
this setting uses a different password.
m_BVSReadIOLimit
100,000,000
bytes/second
The BlackStorm Server FTP service read
rate threshold before FTP throttling.
Use this setting with the m_FTPDelayInMs
and the m_DelayEveryXReadWrite settings
to throttle FTP bandwidth.
m_FTPDelayInMs
25
millisecond
The delay time before the BlackStorm
Server FTP service continues with FTP I/O
operation.
Use this setting with the
m_BVSReadIOLimit and the
m_DelayEveryXReadWrite settings to
throttle FTP bandwidth.
m_DelayEveryXReadWrite
5
FTP I/O operation
The frequency at which the BlackStorm
Server FTP service delays FTP I/O.
Use this setting with the m_FTPDelayInMs
and the m_BVSReadIOLimit settings to
throttle FTP bandwidth.
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Appendix B. Configuration File Settings • 10–3
MediaFolders.xml
This file contains the following settings:
Setting Name Default Value Unit
m_dropFolder
D:\Drop
N/A
Description
The folder in which you place media files for the BlackStorm Server to
import as media items into the database and the Taget folder.
Use the the m_targetFolder setting to set the Target folder.
m_targetFolder
D:\Media
N/A
The folder to which the BlackStorm Server imports media files as
media items from the Drop folder.
Use the the m_dropFolder setting to set the Drop folder.
m_rootFolder
D:\Media
N/A
The absolute Windows pathname of the FTP root folder.
ServerSettings.xml
This file contains the following settings:
Setting Name Default Value Unit
playlist_cap
300
N/A
Description
The maximum number of clips that you can add to a playlist.
Increasing the value of this setting adversely affects the performance of
the BlackStorm Server and Playlist Client when working with playlists.
Crispin NewsCat Settings
When using Crispin NewsCat to control a BlackStorm Server, you must configure the server to add file extensions
to clip IDs sent by AMP or VDCP commands. The m_useFileExtensionsAMP configuration setting controls wether
or not to add file extensions to clip IDs.
To add file extensions to clip IDs:
1. Use the following credentials to log on to the BlackStorm Server as the default user:
• User name — blackstorm
• Password — blackstorm
2. Navigate to the C:\Ross\BlackStorm folder.
3. Use a text editor to open and edit the ControllerPortsConfig.xml file.
4. In the ControllerPortsConfig.xml file, locate the following line of text:
<m_useFileExtensionsAMP type="bool">false</m_useFileExtensionsAMP>
5. Replace the word false with true.
6. Locate the following line of text:
<m_useFileExtensionsVDCP type="bool">false</m_useFileExtensionsVDCP>
7. Replace the word false with true.
8. Save the updated ControllerPortsConfig.xml file.
9. Restart the BlackStorm Server computer.
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Horizontal and Vertical Video Offset Settings
On a running BlackStorm Server, you can use the AJA Xena Control Panel to set the vertical and horizontal offset
values that the BlackStorm Server applies to the output video signal.
To set video signal horizontal and vertical offset:
1. On the BlackStorm Server, start playing out a media item.
2. On the BlackStorm Server computer, start the following application:
• C:\ProgrameFiles(x86)\AJA\Xena\SDK\DiagnosticsAndTools\XenaControlPanel
The XenaControlPanel icon opens to the System Tray.
Xena Control Panel
3. In the System Tray, click the XenaControlPanel icon and select Settings from the menu.
The Settings tab opens in the Control Panel for Corvid 22 or 24 dialog box.
4. Use the Vertical Offset box to enter or select the number of pixels that the BlackStorm Server applies to the
video signal vertical offset.
The valid range is -1024 to +1024 pixels. Enter a value of 0 pixels for no horizontal adjustment.
5. Use the Horizontal Offset box to enter or select the number of pixels that the BlackStorm Server applies to the
video signal vertical offset.
The valid range is -2048 to +2048 pixels. Enter a value of 0 pixels for no horizontal adjustment.
6. Click Apply.
7. Use the playing media item to verify that the new offset values are correct.
8. After setting the correct offset values, close Control Panel for Corvid 22 or 24 dialog box.
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Appendix B. Configuration File Settings • 10–5
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Index
A
Alpha Channel ................................................ 6-5
AMP
commands .................................................... 9-3
Ancillary Time Code (ATC) ......................... 3-13
Audio Format .................................................. 9-1
B
Background Color
blue level ...................................................... 8-4
brightness ..................................................... 8-3
green level .................................................... 8-4
hue................................................................ 8-3
red level........................................................ 8-4
saturation...................................................... 8-3
Browse
import folder ................................................ 5-7
Buckets............................................................ 6-6
adding media items ...................................... 6-8
creating......................................................... 6-7
deleting......................................................... 6-9
deleting media items .................................... 6-8
loading channels......................................... 6-10
renaming ...................................................... 6-9
C
Channels
loading.......................................................... 6-4
loading from buckets.................................. 6-10
naming.......................................................... 3-8
Client Software
installation.................................................... 2-2
update ......................................................... 2-10
usage ............................................................ 2-1
Clients
Configuration ............................................... 3-1
Media Manager ............................................ 5-3
moving ......................................................... 4-5
opening......................................................... 4-2
Play ...................................................6-11, 6-12
Playlist.......................................................... 7-1
resizing ......................................................... 4-8
Timecode.................................................... 6-16
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Codecs .............................................................9-1
Color Chooser
background color ..........................................8-2
blue level.......................................................8-4
brightness......................................................8-3
foreground color ...........................................8-2
green level.....................................................8-4
hue ................................................................8-3
opening .........................................................8-2
red level ........................................................8-4
saturation ......................................................8-3
Configuration Client
opening .........................................................3-5
tabs
Channel Name ...........................................3-8
Channel Time...........................................3-13
GenLock ....................................................3-9
House Time..............................................3-12
Remote Control........................................3-10
Configuration File
Settings .......................................................10-1
Configuring
information logs............................................3-7
output resolution ...........................................3-9
Connections
network .........................................................3-2
status .............................................................4-2
Controllers
Crispin NewsCat.........................................10-4
Creating
buckets ..........................................................6-7
playlist ..........................................................7-1
Cueing
media items.................................................6-14
D
DashBoard .......................................................2-3
additional windows.....................................4-10
configure for clients......................................2-3
opening .........................................................3-5
Database
Service ........................................................2-21
Deleting
buckets ..........................................................6-9
media item ....................................................5-4
media items from buckets.............................6-8
Index • 1
Documentation Conventions ........................... 1-2
Drop Folder ..................................................... 5-6
International Characters...................................1-1
L
E
Export
media item .................................................... 5-5
F
Files
MOV............................................................. 9-1
QuickTime.................................................... 9-1
Targa ............................................................. 9-1
TGA.............................................................. 9-1
Firewall
configuration ................................................ 3-4
Firmware
AJA card version
check.............................................. 2-15, 2-17
update ............................................ 2-15, 2-18
Folders
drop............................................................... 5-6
import ........................................................... 5-7
Formats
audio ............................................................. 9-1
codecs ........................................................... 9-1
media ............................................................ 9-1
video ............................................................. 9-1
G
GenLock .......................................................... 3-9
Getting Help .................................................... 1-2
H
LED
connection status...........................................4-2
genlock status................................................3-9
Linear Timecode (LTC) .......................3-12, 3-13
Logs .................................................................3-7
Loop ...............................................................6-15
M
Media Item.......................................................5-1
alpha channel ................................................6-5
deleting..........................................................5-4
deleting from buckets....................................6-8
exporting .......................................................5-5
importing from folders..................................5-7
In Point........................................................6-14
loading...........................................................5-2
Out Point .....................................................6-14
picon............................................................6-12
selecting ........................................................6-4
Media Manager
opening..........................................................5-2
playout controls.....................................6-4, 6-6
tabs
Buckets.......................................................6-7
Directory ....................................................6-2
N
Network Configuration ....................................3-5
Network Connections ......................................3-2
Network Time Protocol (NTP) server............3-12
Horizontal Video Offset ................................ 10-5
I
Import
drop folder .................................................... 5-6
media items from folders.............................. 5-7
Media Manager ............................................ 5-2
In Point
media item .................................................. 6-14
Installing
client software ...................................... 2-2, 2-7
server software ........................................... 2-12
2 • Index
O
Opening
clients ............................................................4-2
Color Chooser ...............................................8-2
Configuration Client .....................................3-5
DashBoard.....................................................3-5
Media Manager .............................................5-2
Out Point
media item...................................................6-14
Output Channel
resolution.......................................................3-9
selecting ........................................................6-2
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P
Picon
generation................................................... 6-13
media item.................................................. 6-12
Play Client
media item picon........................................ 6-12
playout controls.......................................... 6-12
Playlist
add media item ............................................. 7-5
alpha channel ............................................. 7-10
client............................................................. 7-4
create ............................................................ 7-1
creating......................................................... 7-3
delete media item ......................................... 7-7
editing .......................................................... 7-5
end action and transition .............................. 7-8
playout........................................................ 7-10
re-order......................................................... 7-7
trim points .................................................... 7-7
Playout
advanced .................................................... 6-11
loop ............................................................ 6-15
one frame at a time..................................... 6-15
playlist........................................................ 7-10
portion of a media item .............................. 6-14
Playout Controls
Media Manager .....................................6-4, 6-6
Play Client.................................................. 6-12
Q
QuickTime ...................................................... 9-1
R
RGB Levels
blue............................................................... 8-4
green............................................................. 8-4
red ................................................................ 8-4
S
Selecting
background color ......................................... 8-2
foreground color........................................... 8-2
media items .................................................. 6-4
output channel .............................................. 6-2
Server
software uninstall ....................................... 2-19
software update .......................................... 2-12
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Services..........................................................2-21
Start.............................................................2-21
Stop .............................................................2-21
Settings
firewall..........................................................3-4
network .........................................................3-5
Software
client update................................................2-10
install clients .................................................2-7
installing clients............................................2-2
server uninstall............................................2-19
server update...............................................2-12
uninstall ......................................................2-19
System Requirements
hardware .......................................................2-2
software ........................................................2-2
T
Tabs
Buckets .........................................................6-7
Channel Name ..............................................3-8
Channel Time..............................................3-13
Directory.......................................................6-2
GenLock .......................................................3-9
House Time.................................................3-12
Remote Control...........................................3-10
Targa ................................................................9-1
duration.........................................................7-9
Technical Support ............................................1-3
Timecode Client ............................................6-16
Trimpoints
video ...........................................................6-14
U
Uninstalling
client software.............................................2-19
server software............................................2-19
Updating
client software.............................................2-10
UTF-8 ..............................................................1-1
V
VDCP
commands.....................................................9-2
port mapping...............................................3-11
protocol.......................................................3-10
Index • 3
Vertical Video Offset ..................................... 10-5
Video Offset .................................................. 10-5
W
Wizard
Media Import................................................ 5-7
4 • Index
BlackStorm Video Server User Guide (v1.2)
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