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Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS ..................................................................................................... II
1.
INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................................... 1
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
Overview .....................................................................................................................1
Workflow .....................................................................................................................1
Main features ..............................................................................................................2
System Requirements .................................................................................................2
Limitations...................................................................................................................3
2.
INSTALLATION ....................................................................................................... 4
3.
APPLICATION LAUNCH ......................................................................................... 13
4.
OPERATIONS ....................................................................................................... 14
4.1
4.2
IPDirector Logging Session .......................................................................................14
Viewing Logs in Third-Party Systems ........................................................................ 15
4.3
IPLog2Post Monitoring ..............................................................................................17
4.2.1
4.2.2
Avid Interplay Access ...........................................................................................................15
Avid Media Composer ..........................................................................................................16
4.3.1
4.3.2
4.3.3
4.3.4
4.3.5
Managing Logging Session ..................................................................................................17
Managing Log Gateway........................................................................................................19
Managing Referencing Agent ...............................................................................................21
IPLog2Post Statistics ............................................................................................................23
Error Messages ....................................................................................................................23
5.
CONFIGURATION FILES ........................................................................................ 24
6.
IPLOG2POST LOG FILES ...................................................................................... 25
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Introduction
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The IPLog2Post is a product that allows IPDirector logging session to be instantly
available in some third-party editing applications. In its first version, IPLog2Post interacts
with Avid Interplay.
1.2
Workflow
The workflow illustrated in the following schema is explained below:
1. IP Director requests XTAccess/Xsquare to back-up a stream to Avid.
2. XTAccess gets video feed from XT server.
3. XTAccess performs backup to Avid and references media into Interplay.
4. XTAccess sends notifications to notification center about media streamed into Avid.
5. IPLog2Post system receives logs from IPDirector logging session.
6. IPLog2Post system receives information about media streamed to Avid.
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7. IPLog2Post system sends to Avid Interplay information about logging session: logs
created, updated, deleted, and additional information.
8. Editor view in Avid Media Composer and Interplay access the content of the logging
session in live mode as it is created (provided the application refresh functionality is
applied).
1.3
Main features
• Instant visibility on logs created, updated or deleted in IPDirector's IPLogger logging
session in Avid Media Composer or Avid Interplay Access
• Monitoring interface with following functionalities:
o
Start /stop Logging session
o
Start / Stop Log Gateway
o
Start / Stop Referencing Agent
o
Statistics on logs, log sheets, referencing and successful, failed or waiting log
jobs notifications.
o
Details for failed log jobs: operation, comment, error, date, ID
o
Possibility to remove uncompleted jobs.
• Avid Interplay web server used for referencing logs is either the web server used for
referencing media into Interplay or a dedicated Avid Interplay web server (configured
during installation process).
•
1.4
Xsecure protection: code 180 required on computer hosting IPLog2Post.
System Requirements
The following software is required:
• Multicam 11.01
• IP Director 6.08.45+
• XTAccess 1.19.15+/ Xsquare 1.01.21
• Avid Interplay 2.4 or higher
• Avid Media Composer 5.5.2 or higher
• .Net framework 4.0
• SQL Server Express editition
• VC Redist 2010
• XSecure manager 1.1.3
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Limitations
• Works only with Avid Interplay (No Avid Standalone, Apple FCP nor Adobe Premiere
Pro)
• No application/services redundancy
• It is not possible to view a log on the first and last frame of the video in Avid.
• Time to insert logs into Interplay increases with amount of logs already linked to the
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Installation
In this chapter we describe the steps to install the IPLog2Post.
Note that IPLog2Post may be installed alone, or within a suite that includes all the
external components mandatory to execute it correctly. The suite install procedure is
described hereafter:
1. Launch the setup executable:
The suite setup executable provides the user with a wizard:
2. Click Next to start configuring the suite setup.
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3. Define a path where IPLog2Post suite will be installed:
4. Choose an installation type:
o
Standard installation type automatically installs all components that need to be
installed.
o
Advanced installation type allows users selecting which components must be
installed, as well as removing some:
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Once .Net framework 4.0, SQL Server, VC Redist 2010 and Xsecure manager are
installed, the actual IPLog2Post installation setup procedure begins.
1. Specify IPLog2Post destination folder
2. Specify if the database is hosted on the local machine or on a distant one:
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3. When you first install the solution, specify whether a new database has to be created
or select a database in the list:
4. When you install an upgrade, the database used in the previous version of
IPLog2Post is proposed first:
5. If a database on a distant server is chosen, the user must set SQL Server path:
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6. Configure the IPDirector API address and credentials, as well as the Notification
Center address:
• IPDirector API address (Web Service Node)
• IPDirector login
• IPDirector password
Note
The IPDirector login and password are the credentials of the user that performs
the login session in IPDirector.
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• Notification Center address, that is set in the Reporting System settings of
XTAccess (right-click on XTAccess title bar):
The address is typically: http://[IP]:48888/Services/Notification/NotificationCenter
where [IP] is either localhost or the IP address of the machine thats host the
notification center if it is on a distant machine.
Note
If the setup is managed by Xsquare, the Notification Center address has the
same IP address as Xsquare. In case of mirrored configuration,
NotificationCenter virtual IP address must be used.
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7. Specify whether a dedicated Avid Interplay Web Server must be used:
8. If “Yes”, configure Avid Interplay Web Server and related credentials (if “No”, there is
nothing to configure):
Note
The AVID WS Uri field is used in case only one URI must be used. If the media
must be sent to different URIs, then leave this field empty.
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9. Configure the queue size, that is the maximum number of elements (IPDirector or
XTAccess notifications), that can be kept in memory before being processed. Setting
a value between 50 and 50000 is recommended.
Note
A small value may lead to loss of notifications, whereas a value too big may
increase the need of memory for the process.
10. Configure queue management:
Note
When scheduled operations are processed before initialization of the system,
IPLog2Post services are not referenced as running in the monitoring window
until queue is completely processed.
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11. Once all parameters have been defined, the user clicks the Install button to launch
the installation process:
12. Click Finish, and IPLog2Post is ready to be used.
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Application Launch
Launching the Application
On the desktop, click the following shortcut icon to launch the IPLog2Post Monitor
window:
Overview of the Monitoring Window
When you launch the application, the IPLog2Post monitoring window opens. The title bar
of the monitoring window displays the solution version and the user connected to the
IPDirector API. The monitoring window is composed of 5 areas:
1. Title bar: Application version number, user connected to the IPDirector API and
XSecure licence validity.
2. Logging Session: statistics, starting/stopping session and remove waiting/error jobs
3. Error filter: filtering error messages
4. Errors: details on failed jobs
5. Services: starting/stopping services individually
The last four areas are described in details in the following chapter.
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Operations
From the logger point of view, there are no extra operations to be performed with
IPLog2Post. IPLog2Post just reflects the log session in Avid Interplay.
4.1
IPDirector Logging Session
In IPDirector, the editor performs its logging session in IPLogger with logsheets linked to
record train streamed to Avid Interplay: creating, updating or deleting logs. A log is
characterized by a Timecode, Interest level, Color, Description and Keywords.
In addition, the editor may append the log metadata of the metadata profile linked to the
logsheet definition. All these metadata will be available on Avid side.
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All these operations will then be available, by means IPLog2Post, in Avid Interplay, as it is
described in the next section.
4.2
Viewing Logs in Third-Party Systems
4.2.1 Avid Interplay Access
Viewing the logs in Avid Interplay Access requires the Object Inspector view to be
activated. The Frame Locators tab then displays all the logs attached to the media.
Refresh the view by pressing F5, which makes all new logs available, as represented in
the following picture:
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4.2.2 Avid Media Composer
In Avid Media Composer, the logs are available in the Locator window as well as in the
time-code ruler below the previewer, as shown in the following picture:
In order to view new logs, right-click on the media in the bin, and select Update from
Interplay.
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IPLog2Post Monitoring
4.3.1 Managing Logging Session
Starting Logging Session
To start a login session, click the Start logging session button. It launches all services
required for IPLog2Post:
Stopping Logging Session
To stop a logging session, click the Stop logging session button. This will stop all
services launched for IPLog2Post.
Warning
Beware that all information in the database is deleted when you stop a logging
session. This implies that all logs that have not yet been sent to Avid Interplay
are lost.
A confirmation is required to stop the logging session:
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Removing Incomplete Jobs
The user can cancel waiting/failed jobs by clicking the Remove incomplete jobs button.
A confirmation is prompted to the user:
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4.3.2 Managing Log Gateway
Starting Log Gateway
Log Gateway services can be started individually by clicking the Start Service button in
Log Gateway Services area:
A confirmation is then prompted to the user:
Once the user has clicked Yes, the services are started:
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Stopping Log Gateway
Log Gateway services can be stopped individually by clicking the Stop Service button in
Log Gateway Services area:
A confirmation is then prompted to the user:
Once the user has clicked Yes, the Log Gateway services are stopped:
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4.3.3 Managing Referencing Agent
Starting Referencing Agent
Referencing Agent service can be started individually by clicking the Start Service button
in Referencing Agent Service area.
A confirmation is then prompted to the user:
Once the user has clicked Yes, the service is started:
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Stopping Referencing Agent
Referencing Agent service can be stopped individually by clicking the Stop Service
button in Referencing Agent Service area:
A confirmation is then prompted to the user:
Once the user has clicked Yes, the Referencing Agent service is stopped:
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4.3.4 IPLog2Post Statistics
The IPLog2Post monitoring interface gives information about logging session statistics:
• Total of successful, failed, or waiting IPDirector logs
• Total of successful, failed, or waiting IPDirector logsheets
• Total of media referenced in Interplay as successful, failed, or waiting
• Total of successful, failed, or waiting logs submitted to Interplay
These statistics are displayed in the Session area of the monitoring interface, as
displayed in the following screenshot:
4.3.5 Error Messages
When some elements have failed, the monitoring gives more precise information, on the
kind of element that failed. The error information is displayed n the Errors area.
Element
Comment
Error
Date
ID
Log
Comment of the log
Error
message
Date of reception
of notification
IPDirector Guid
Logsheet
Logsheet and name of
logsheet
Error
message
Date of reception
of notification
IPDirector Guid
Medias
N/A
Error
message
Date of referencing
Media Umid
Log Job
Comment of the log
Error
message
Creation date of
log job
Log IPDirector Guid
and Umid
If there are too many error messages, it is possible to filter them and only display messages created
after a date and time specified by the user. Click the Update Filter button to apply the defined filter:
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Configuration Files
Four configuration files are stored in the IPLog2Post folder shown below:
You will find below the list of the configuration parameters for each configuration file:
• IPLog2Post.LogGateway.Monitoring.exe.config:
o
Monitoring refresh frequency
o
Connection to the database (connection string)
• IPLog2Post.LogGateway.Service.exe.config:
o
Information about IPDirector API (User and password)
o
Paths for logs and dumps
o
Information about Avid configuration (User, password, Interplay Web server
location, ...).
o
Possibility to assign specific values for requests to the API in order to avoid
timeouts.
• IPLog2Post.ReferencingAgentService.exe.config:
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IPLog2Post log files
IPLog2Post produces applicative log files that are stored under C:\EVSLogs\IPLog2Post:
Logs are created relatively to Installation, Log Gateway and Referencing Agent services
and stored in dedicated folders.
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