VBrick Systems VBrick EtherneTV Media Control Server Version 2.0.0 User manual

VBrick Systems VBrick EtherneTV Media Control Server Version 2.0.0 User manual
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VBrick EtherneTV Media Control Server
Users Guide
Version 2.0.0
August 19, 2004
4410-0097-0001
VBrick Systems, Inc.
12 Beaumont Road
Wallingford, Connecticut 06492
Telephone: 1-203-265-0044
Toll Free (USA Only): 1-866-VBrick-1
www.VBrick.com
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Copyright
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Disclaimer
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statements, technical information, and recommendations in this manual and in any guides or
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not guaranteed or warranted and they are not intended to be, nor should they be understood
to be, representations or warrants concerning the products described. VBrick reserves the
right to make changes in the specifications of the product without notice and without
obligation to notify any person of such changes.
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Table of Contents
COPYRIGHT........................................................................................................................................... 2
DISCLAIMER .......................................................................................................................................... 2
TRADEMARKS ........................................................................................................................................ 2
TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................................................................................. 3
1: OPERATION ...................................................................................................................................... 4
OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................................................ 4
OPERATION ........................................................................................................................................... 4
DESKTOP REQUIREMENTS ...................................................................................................................... 4
Windows-based PCs........................................................................................................................ 4
Macs ................................................................................................................................................ 5
HOME PAGE .......................................................................................................................................... 6
DOWNLOAD COMPONENTS (WINDOWS-BASED PCS ONLY) ......................................................................... 6
WATCH TELEVISION ............................................................................................................................... 7
VIDEO ON DEMAND ................................................................................................................................ 9
SCHEDULED PROGRAMS ...................................................................................................................... 12
MENU ................................................................................................................................................. 13
OPTIONS............................................................................................................................................. 13
ADD/MODIFY THUMBNAIL ..................................................................................................................... 14
ADD VIDEO ......................................................................................................................................... 15
STB REMOTE CONTROL....................................................................................................................... 16
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CHAPTER one
1: Operation
Overview
The VBrick EtherneTV Media Control Server (MCS) is a web-based Portal for accessing Live
and On-Demand audio and video files. A key component of VBrick’s EtherneTV Media
Distribution System, the MCS provides a simple interface to easily locate available media
assets from Windows PCs, Macs, and Set Top Boxes. Upon accessing the main portal
page, users can navigate or search for specific videos, select the video, and immediately
begin viewing television quality video. For on-demand videos, users can Fast
Forward/Rewind and Seek to specific points in the video.
Details on the specific functionality are provided below.
Operation
The Media Control Server can be accessed by Windows-base PCs, Macs, or by the
EtherneTV Set Top Box (STB). For the most part, the operation of the MCS from a
Windows-based PC, Mac1, or STB is the same; however, there are some subtle differences.
The majority of this document is written from a PC perspective, so certain screen shots may
be slightly different for Macs or STBs. For example, the Mac client uses QuickTime Player
to display the video, so the player window will look different from the screen shots provided
here.
NOTE: The interface pages on the MCS were designed to be viewed with a screen
resolution of 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768. Screen resolutions lower or higher than this may
not display appropriately.
Desktop Requirements
Windows-based PCs
Windows 98, 2000, XP.
300 MHz Pentium II processor for MPEG-1 streams.
500 MHz Pentium III processor for MPEG-2 streams.
500 MHz (minimum), 750 MHz Pentium III processor (recommended) for MPEG-4
streams.
128 MB RAM.
SVGA video card 640x480, 256 colors, video card acceleration recommended.
Windows compatible sound device.
Minimum 10 MB hard disk space for installation.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher.
Windows Media Player Version 6.4, 7.1 or 9.
DirectX Media Version 8.1 and higher.
Windows XP operating systems: Service Pack 1
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For Mac users, the MCS uses the QuickTime player to display the video. The QuickTime player supports MPEG-4
video; therefore Mac users can only view MPEG-4 video, and MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 videos on the system will
not display for Mac users.
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Macs
Mac OS 9 with Internet Explorer for Mac 5.1.7 and QuickTime Player 6.0.3
Mac OS X with Safari 1.0 (or higher) or Internet Explorer for Mac 5.2.3; QuickTime
Player 6.0 or higher
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Home Page
Access to the server is through the address bar on Internet Explorer browser:
Open an Internet Explorer browser.
Enter the EtherneTV MCS host name or IP address (for example, http://
mcsservername).
This directs a user to the EtherneTV MCS Home Page, where the choices available are:
Watch Television – View live streams available on the network.
Video-on-Demand – View pre-recorded content available from the EtherneTV-NXG
server.
Scheduled Viewing – View scheduled programs.
Download Components (Windows-based
PCs only)
For Windows-based PC users, VBrick uses StreamPlayer software-based components to
decode streams on the desktop. The EtherneTV MCS downloads these components to the
desktop the first time the server is accessed, with user permission. No download is
necessary for subsequent access.
If this is a new installation, it is necessary to answer Yes to security requests to download
components.
The EtherneTV MCS may require the installation of up to five components. If the box is
checked, “Always trust content from VBrick Systems Incorporated,” the user only answers
one time and content will be automatically downloaded.
NOTE: It is not necessary to restart the computer after each download.
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Watch Television
The Watch Television page enables a user to view live streams available on the network.
The list of available streams are either live streams from a VBrick or another encoder or
stored files that are multicast from an EtherneTV-NXG Video on Demand or other Video-onDemand server.
The administrator can assign a channel number to a live video stream in the administration
section. The channel appears as a number in a column to the left of the entries.
Search – Search Channels by Title or Keyword. Search criteria are entered in the MCS
server administration section. It is possible to search by:
All
Title
Keyword
NOTE: Press the Enter key or the Go button to execute the search.
The results of the search are displayed in the program listings area. To return to the entire
listing, select Watch TV from the MENU.
Selection – To select a video to preview, position the cursor button over the desired entry
and use the left mouse button to select.
Scroll Up and Scroll Down – The scroll bar on the right of the table of available videos
allows the user to scroll up or down through the entries. Users can also scroll up or down
through the entries by using a mouse wheel or standard keyboard keys such as Page Up
and Page Down.
Preview Window – To select a video to preview, position the cursor button over the desired
entry and use the left mouse button to select. When an entry is selected, it appears in the
Preview Window.
Note: In certain instances where the video link is to a non-MPEG video, an external
player, such as Windows Media Player, Real Player, or QuickTime Player, may
launch.
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Control Buttons – The icons on the bottom of the Preview Window control the video (note,
these buttons are for the Windows-based player. Mac users will see the familiar QuickTime
Player buttons):
Play – Starts the video stream if has been previously stopped
Stop – Stops the video
Record – Records the video to the On-Demand Server. Depending on your user
permissions your may not have the ability to record.
Full Screen – Selecting the icon changes the view to Full Screen.
Exit Full Screen Mode – To Exit Full Screen, use the Escape key on the keyboard.
Volume Control – Controls the audio volume with a slider bar.
Launch External Viewer – Launches the player in another browser window, along
with the control buttons. Once the window is launched, subsequent selections will
play in the external player. The launched window can be moved or resized. Closing
the main EtherneTV MCS window leaves the smaller player on the screen.
NOTE: The viewer may be resized after launch by dragging from the corners or
from any side.
Time Counter – The time counter displays the amount of time elapsed since the
viewer began viewing the currently selected video.
Message Board – The Message Board area serves three purposes:
Displays, by default, any Global Message entered by the administrator.
Displays the name of the selected video being played.
Displays additional information about the selected video if text is entered in the MCS
administration configuration.
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Video on Demand
If the MCS installation includes an EtherneTV-NXG Video on Demand server, the Video on
Demand link on the Home Page displays a list of content stored in folders and files on the
server.
Title – The title of the video clip is displayed after the symbol indicating it is a video clip or a
thumbnail which provides a visual preview as to what is in the clip.
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Search – Search Channels by Title or Keyword. It is possible to search by:
All
Title
Keyword
NOTE: Press the Enter key or the Go button to execute the search.
The results of the search are displayed in the program listings area. To return to the entire
listing, select Video on Demand from MENU.
Folders – This information is obtained from EtherneTV-NXG server. The folders are listed
in alphabetical order by default. Folders may contain subfolders.
Files – The Video on Demand folders contain files that can be requested and played. Each
listing displays either a file icon or a thumbnail image of the clip, as well as information about
the clip, such as Duration and Key Words.
Folder Up – When inside a folder, the top row displays the folder up icon. Selecting this
allows the user to move up a folder level.
Scroll Up and Scroll Down – The scroll bar on the right of the table of available videos
allows the user to scroll up or down through the entries. Users can also scroll up or down
through the entries by using a mouse wheel or standard keyboard keys such as Page Up
and Page Down.
Preview Window – To select a video to preview, position the cursor button over the desired
entry and use the left mouse button to select. When an entry is selected, it appears in the
Preview Window.
Note: In certain instances where the video link is to a non-MPEG video, an external
player, such as Windows Media Player, Real Player, or QuickTime Player, may
launch.
Control Buttons – The icons on the bottom of the Preview Window control the video. There
is also a long slider bar that controls Seek and a short slider bar that controls volume; and a
time counter that displays the total length of the video and the elapsed time.
*NOTE: Fast Forward and Rewind are supported for MPEG-1 and MPEG-2. The Scroll
bar is used to seek through MPEG-4 content.
Full Screen – Full Screen Mode – Selecting this icon changes the view to Full
Screen.
Exit Full Screen Mode – To Exit Full Screen, use the Escape key on the keyboard.
Volume Control – Controls the audio volume with the slider bar.
Launch External Viewer – Launches the player in another browser window, along
with the control buttons. Once the window is launched, subsequent selections will
play in the external player. The launched window can be moved or resized. Closing
the main EtherneTV MCS window leaves the smaller player on the screen.
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NOTE: The viewer may be resized after launch by dragging from the corners or
from any side..
Message Board – The Message Board area serves two purposes for Video on Demand:
Displays, by default, any Global Message entered by the administrator
Displays the name of the selected video being played.
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Scheduled Programs
Scheduled Programs displays content scheduled to be shown at a particular date and time.
The list of available streams are either live streams from a VBrick or another encoder, or
stored files that are multicast from an EtherneTV-NXG Video on Demand or other Video-onDemand server.
To access the Scheduled Programs page, select Scheduled Programs from the Home page
or select the Menu button from any page and select Scheduled Programs. Scheduled
programs that are currently playing will display a Now Playing message and can be played
directly from the Scheduled Programs page.
NOTE: Programs in the process of being played are also displayed in the Live Video
selection.
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Menu
Select the Menu button to switch between
viewing choices:
Home – Return to the Home Page.
Watch Television – View live streams
available on the network.
Video on Demand –View pre-recorded
content available from the EtherneTVNXG server.
Scheduled Programs – View content
scheduled at a particular date and time.
Create Thumbnail – If you have
publishing permissions, you can assign
a thumbnail to that content. If you do
not have publishing permissions this
button will not appear.
Add Video – If you have publishing
permissions you can publish an MPEG
video that you recorded using a VBStar
or StreamPlayer Plus.
Status – Check the record and publishing status of the videos you are recording or
publishing from the MCS user interface.
Options – Turn Closed Captioning on or off. NOTE: Closed Captioning does not
work with the Windows 98 operating system.
Logout/Login – Allows you to logout or login to the server.
NOTE: Closed Captioning does not work with the Windows 98 operating system.
Options
Captions menu turns captions off and on.
NOTES:
Captions are supported for MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video.
Closed Captioning is not supported for the Windows 98 Operating System.
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Add/Modify Thumbnail
If given permission, you have the ability to replace the generic video clip icon with a
snapshot of the video or your own image. The folders to which you can upload thumbnails to
are configured by your Administrator. The folder list that you can upload thumbnails to may
be different from the folders from which you may view content.
Simply click the video you would like to create a thumbnail for. You can then:
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Click Take a Snapshot at anytime in the video to capture that frame, this will
automatically replace the existing thumbnail. If you don’t like it the fist time you can
keep trying.
•
Delete the existing thumbnail.
•
Upload your own thumbnail.
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Add Video
If given permission, you have the ability to Add Video to the EtherneTV-NXG Video-onDemand server. The folders to which you can Add Video to are configured by your
Administrator. The folder list that you can Add Video to may be different from the folders
from which you may view content.
If you have MPEG-1,2 or 4 video saved on to your PC (which may be acquired by recording
with StreamPlayer Plus or a VBrick VBSTAR), then you can publish this to the on-demand
server by using the Add Video page.
Source File: Browse to the folder on your PC or a network drive that have the video you
wish to add.
Destination: choose a folder that you would like to publish the video too. Only the folders to
which you have permission to publish will display.
Video Name: Define that name that you would like the video to display on the MCS
interface. There can be no spaces in the name.
Keyboard: Assign keywords that can be used to search for the video later.
Description: Define a brief description of the video. This is displayed in the messages area
of the EtherneTV user interface when the video is played.
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STB Remote Control
1. Video-On-Demand Controls allow you to Stop,
Play, Pause, Rewind, and Fast Forward just like
you would on a DVD Player or VCR.
2. Mouse Controls can be used to navigate and
select any of the buttons that you see on the
screen.
3. On-Screen Display Navigation Buttons.
•
Arrow Up/Down buttons will scroll through the
content screens one full page at a time. These
buttons can also be used to scroll on the MCS
Home page and Menu selections.
•
Channel Up/Down button will scroll through
the content screens one title at a time.
•
Full Screen button will make your preview
video go to full screen mode. Once in full
screen mode simply hit the button again to
return back to the menu.
•
TV button will take you to the live television
menu.
•
WWW brings up a web browser that will allow
you to navigate the World Wide Web. This
requires the use of the optional wireless
keyboard, or a keyboard directly attached to
the Set Top Box.
•
VOD button will take you the Video-OnDemand menu.
4. Record (if you have permissions) will allow you
to record the channel (live only) that you are
tuned into.
5. Menu Allows the user to navigate to all available MCS pages including Add/Record
Video Status page.
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