Control Room Management Suite

Control Room Management Suite
Control Room Management Suite
Getting Started
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Control Room Management Suite
Getting Started
Enter the license key (sticker on the CMS DVD) and click Update: the pin code gets created (specific for the server
machine the cms server is running on).
Click the link "To download your license file …" . On the registration web page, enter your pin code and your
license key: the license file is created and can be downloaded to any location in the network. Click Browse and
navigate to this location, select the file, and click Upload.
CMS Control Room Management Software features user control and access rights management. In case
commands are grayed out or not available, contact your CMS administrator to adjust your permissions in CMS
Control Panel application!.
In the Sidebar, items can only be created via copy/paste/edit of existing items. The new item will always be of
the same type. The type cannot be changed.
Creating new sources of type remote desktop or of type video, host name and/or IP addresses are required.
These type of sources *should* be created in the CMS Control Panel by the CMS administrator.
Introduction
Control Room Management Suite (CMS) enables control room displays and operator workstations to connect,
control and collaborate with each other. The Control Room Management Suite manages a typical control room
set-up consisting of:
• a central server,
• an IP network with multicast switches,
• operator workstations,
• a display wall or large screen displays, and
• multiple video sources (analog and streaming video, PCs and servers, remote desktops and applications).
For web sources the URL is required – this does not differ from visiting a web page via a browser.
The CMS server is the central point for the further installation of CMS client applications like CMS Control Panel
(for administrators) and CMS Sidebar (for operators) as well as CMS Display Agent for (Windows based) displays.
The CMS server also hosts the the Universal Display Agent for NGP display controllers (Linux based).
Make sure to know the computer name and/or the IP address of the CMS central server!
Example:
CMS server computer name: CMSServer01
CMS server IP address: 123.456.789.0
Download and launch the CMS Display Agent application
This needs to be done for computers/workstations used as display wall controller, e.g. NGP-400 or ECU-200.
Please refer to the chapter "Download and launch the CMS Sidebar application" and proceed accordingly using
the link Display Agent.
Download and launch the CMS Sidebar application
Open a web browser.
In its address bar, enter computer name (or IP
address) of the CMS server:
http://CMSServer01
or
http://123.456.789.0
The home page of CMS server opens.
Click Sidebar to download and launch the client
application.
Make sure to accept all proposed software
installations.
When the installation has been completed, the
application is launched.
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Further information
The Sidebar is the user interface for operators and contains 4
shelves: Perspectives, Sources, Decorators, Displays.
(This "minimal view" can be enhanced by selecting some options
from the View menu. Feel free to select/unselect the various
options and watch the result).
Hit F1 to access the online help of CMS.
The help window might be very small and docked to the Sidebar. Either resize the Sidebar panel, or just drag
the help window outside!
A perspective is a container for sources and the arrangement of
their "windows" (source views). (Actually the source is not
displayed in a window – no borders, status bar etc.).
The available sources are listed in the Sources shelf. There are
three type of sources: videos, web sources, remote desktop
sources.
Decorators serve for adding information (like date, source
name…) to a source and "reside" in the Decorators shelf.
A perspective (=the arrangement of sources) and/or an
individual source can be shared on one of the displays and
operator workstations listed in the Displays shelf.
Open the shelves and look at the available items. In case there
are no sources or no additional*) operator workstations/displays,
contact your CMS administrator!
*)It is understood that the computer "your" Sidebar is running is
listed as operator workstation.
Further information is also available on the
CMS server in the section Documentation.
Creating perspective
Watch the tutorials!
Make sure that the
Perspectives shelf is
opened.
Click in Create
Perspective. The label
changes to New
Perspective and gets
editable.
Read the manual!
Final remarks
CMS comes with an evaluation license (valid: 14 days). To receive a project specific license, proceed like this:
Connect to the CMS server (launch a web browser. In its address bar enter the name (or IP address) of the CMS
server. The CMS server home page gets opened. Naviagate to and click Licensing.
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Hit enter: the window of
the perspective opens.
The perspective may or
may not show a grid.
In case a grid is
displayed, a source will
be placed in a cell of the
grid and automatically
"fill" the cell. No resizing
is possible.
In case no grid is
displayed, a source can
be positioned arbitrarily
and resized using the
handles of the source
view.
Click on the Tile Preset button
on the tool bar and select or
create the desired tiling.
The tiling will be shown as grid
in the mini display
.
Open the Perspectives shelf in the
Sidebar and drag the desired perspective
to the desired position.
Open the Sources shelf and drag the
desired source to the desired positon.
Please note:
Dragging a source onto a mini display will
create a perspective containing this source.
Check the entry in the Perspectives shelf
in the Sidebar!
You can save your arrangement as layout.
Populating perspectives
Any source
listed in the
Sources shelf
can be inserted
into a
perspective:
Open the
Sources shelf,
drag a source
and drop it into
a cell in the
perspective.
That's it.
Depending on some
settings (see below:
enable/disable
rendering), either the
source content is shown,
or a placeholder showing
information on the source.
Assign a shortcut the layout:
This allows loading the entire
content of a display via one key
stroke.
.
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Adding information to sources
Editing decorators
Open the Decorators
shelf and check the
available decoratos.
Apply the Source
Name decorator to the
top left source:
Select the decorator
from the Decorators
Shelf and drag it onto
the source: there is no
need to position the
decorator: its position is
defined in its properties
sheet!
Decorators can be changed globally (= via
the Properties dialog of the decorator
template on the Decorators shelf in the
Sidebar.)
They can also be changed locally for a
source view via the Properties dialog of
the applied decorator.
To change e.g. the position of a local
instance of a decorator:
Right click into the desired source view.
The context menu opens.
Select Properties.
Navigate to the Position tab.
The Source Name decorator is
added on mid bottom of the source
view.
Change the position of the decorator, e.g.
to mid top. The preview immediately gets
adjusted.
Click Apply: the decorator on the source
view is re-positioned on mid top.
Explore/change other parameters. The
effect can immediately be checked in the
preview on the Properties dialog.
To change the position of all Source Name
decorators you want to apply in future,
adjust the properties on the decorator
template in the Decorators shelf in the
Sidebar.
Sharing a perspective
Currently the perspective (and the
sources) are only shown on our
desktop.
You can share the entire
perspective with another operator
workstation (=a computer where
CMS Sidebar application is running)
or with a display wall (= a desktop
of a computer where CMS display
agent is running).
Open the Displays shelf to see the
displays and operator workstations
of your CMS network.
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Display layout
To arrange perspectives and sources on a
display, open the Displays shelf in the
Sidebar and double click on the display:
A mini display opens.
Like with the perspectives, it is
recommended to apply a tiling for easy
positioning of perspectives and sources.
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Creating sources
Click on the Share With button
on the perspective's tool bar: a
list of available targets opens.
Since the window of the
perspective is opened on your
desktop your computer is ticked.
To share it with e.g. the display
karclt1032, just select/click it.
Without further notice the
perspective will be opened on
the display.
In case you share it with an
operator workstation, the
operator is notified via a blinking
button in the task bar. He can
accept / reject showing the
perspective.
New sources are created
via copy/paste/editing of
existing sources.
This procedure results in a
source of the same type.
Open the Sources shelf on
the Sidebar and right-click
on a source to open its
context menu.
Click Copy.
Right-click again and click
Paste.
A new source called
Copy(1) of … is added to
the source list.
Right-click on this source
and select Properties from
the context menu.
The Properties dialog
allows renaming the source
(General tab) as well as
editing the URL of the
source (Detail tab)
Click Apply to assign the
new settings.
The entry in the Sources
shelf gets updated.
Replacing a source in a perspective
To replace a source just drag
the new source into the cell
(you might also first delete
the current source using the
context menu (right-click the
source, but this is not
required)
The video source on top left had been replaced by a
web source.
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Replacing a source in a perspective
Enable/disable Interaction
To change the position of a source just drag it from "the
start cell" into the desired "target cell". The "target cell"
does not need to be empty: in case the cell is already
populated with a source, this source will automatically
be moved to the "start cell".
Depending on source type and access rights the context
menu of a source allows selecting Enable Interaction.
If enabled, you may for example follow links on a web page
or take control on a remote desktop.
The command for disabling interaction is
available on the tool bar only. Click on the button
Disable Interaction to open the drop down: the
sources with interaction enabled are listed with a
tick. Select/untick to disable interaction.
The web source on top left has been moved to top
right; the video source has been moved to top left.
Change the tiling of perspective
The tiling (grid)serves for easy positioning of
sources. If a grid is applied, it also defines the
max. number of sources for a perspective: one
per cell.
Enable/disable Rendering
Displaying the
source content
requires the setting
Enable Rendering.
Else only a place
holder is shown.
The tiling can be changed using the Tile Preset
menu of the tool bar..
Either select one of the existing tile presets (if
available), or create a new one:
Just enter the desired number of rows and
columns into the dialog. If the checkbox Apply
the new tiling is ticked, the tiling will be applied
when hitting the OK button.
The already assigned sources will be re-arranged
in the new grid.
This setting can be
done on source
level (right-click
the source) and on
perspective level
via the Edit menu
in the Sidebar.
Please note:
If this command is
grayed out your
CMS administrator
needs to grant you
permission.
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