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User Guide
Standalone VGA Grid
Release 3.15.3
November 9, 2015
UG103-05
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What's New in Release 3.15.3?
Firmware release 3.15.3 is a significant upgrade for Standalone VGA Grid that offers exciting new
streaming/recording features while improving the functionality of existing ones.
The system internals needed to support hardware accelerated encoding are available on most, but
not all VGA Grid systems. Some older models may not support the latest software. Use the
Firmware Upgrade feature to see if your device is upgradeable.
Live video production
The features described below are applicable on all channels for Standalone VGA Grid, VGADVI Broadcaster
Pro, and VGADVI Recorder Pro, but only on custom local channels for Networked VGA Grid (i.e. not HD
Encoder channels).
New custom layout designer
The new custom layout designer helps you create unique personalized layouts using multiple video sources,
pictures, logos, text overlays and backgrounds. Refine your sources and layout items to perfection with the
layout editor’s precision positioning, resizing, reordering and cropping tools before previewing the end result.
Learn how to create custom layouts in Create a custom channel or layout.
Live switching
You can now switch video sources and custom layouts seamlessly while live streaming/recording. Change your
streamed video content using the web interface (or HTTP and RS-232 APIs) to create dynamic and engaging
live streams that will captivate your audience. Learn more about live switching in Live video mixing /
switching.
Video source cropping
Selectively crop your video source content to remove unnecessary or redundant information, or crop multiple
sources strategically to create perfect custom layouts.
Pictures as video sources
Upload a picture file to use as a video source and further your creative streaming possibilities. Use pictures as
sources for custom pre-show announcement, a post-show display, or in conjunction with other images and
video sources in custom layouts – the options are entirely up to you.
Transparent PNG images
Use PNG images with transparent backgrounds for improved customization in your layouts. Add corporate
logos or other visual details to imbue a truly professional quality to your design.
Live streaming layout adjustments
Change video sources, swap visuals, adjust text overlays and modify backgrounds – all without disrupting the
live stream. Adapt to any contingency for added flexibility and peace of mind while live streaming.
Configuration improvements
Custom "No Signal" images for sources
You can now create and upload customized “No Signal” images. These images are assigned to a specific source
and display in any channel where the source is used but has no input detected. Ideal for enhancing
professionalism in your next live event!
Important firmware 3.15.3 upgrade notice
Firmware release 3.15.3 introduces the new visual channel layout editor which adds the ability to have
multiple layouts per channel and simplifies custom channel components like text overlays, images, and picture
in picture layouts.
The firmware update process preserves your channel's existing encoding, streaming and recording settings
and merges your previous visual channel setup in a new channel layout. We have tested this process carefully,
but in some circumstances you may still need to do some small manual adjustments to get the best possible
results.
Before you do a firmware update, take notes or a snapshot of your channel's layout. It is also a good idea
to note your current release version make a configuration backup for the rare case you choose to return to
your current release. After the firmware update, go to the sources page for your channel and review the
created layout for your channel. If needed, make adjustments using the procedures described in Create a
custom channel.
Table of contents
What's New in Release 3.15.3?
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Table of contents
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Start here
Standalone VGA Grid Overview
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AV inputs
14
What's in the box?
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Tech specs
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Quick Start
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Step 1: Physical set-up and power-on
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Step 2: Admin discovery and login
21
Step 3: Set up the video source
22
Step 4: Configure the channel
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Step 5: Testing the stream
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Step 6: Recording the stream
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What’s Next?
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PART 1: Setup
The admin interface
27
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Connect to the admin interface
28
User administration
32
View system information
45
Configure network settings
46
Verify IP Address and MAC address
46
Configure DHCP
47
Configure a static IP address
48
Tether to a mobile network
50
Perform network diagnostics
51
Configuration presets
53
Configuration presets overview
53
Configuration groups
56
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Create a configuration preset
57
Apply a configuration preset
58
Apply the Factory default configuration preset
60
Update a configuration preset
61
Delete a configuration preset
62
Configuration preset considerations
63
Configure date and time
67
Verify date and time settings
67
Configure synchronized time (NTP, PTP v1 and RDATE)
68
Configure the date and time manually
70
Change the time zone
70
Configure a local NTP server
71
PART 2: Capture
What is a channel?
72
73
Create a simple channel
74
Create a custom channel
78
Configure encoding
106
Add channel metadata
116
Preview a channel
117
Preview all channels at once
119
Rename a channel
120
Delete a channel
121
Live video mixing / switching
122
What is a source?
124
Connect a source
125
Preview a source
126
Configure a source
126
Rename a source
132
Control audio volume
133
Troubleshoot capture
Remove black bars (matte) from the video
135
135
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Force the capture card to use a specific EDID
138
Unstretch the output video
142
Video not centered (VGA sources only)
143
Remove the combing effect on images
144
Video looks squished (VGA sources only)
144
Video too bright, too dark or washed out (VGA sources only)
146
PART 3: Stream
What is streaming?
147
148
Choose a streaming option
148
Supported streaming formats
149
Stream to viewers
150
Stream content using HTTP or RTSP
150
Configure HTTP and RTSP streaming ports
152
Stream content using HLS (HTTP Live Streaming)
153
Send stream URLs to viewers
154
View the Flash stream
155
Viewing with a web browser
158
Viewing with a media player (RTSP)
159
Disable (and enable) streams for viewers
160
Restrict access to streams for viewers
161
Restrict viewers by IP address
163
IP restriction examples
164
Stream to a server
167
Stream to a CDN
168
Stream content using multicast
178
Stream to a media player
184
Stream content using multicast
184
Stream content using UPnP
191
Samples of stream settings
Streaming video content
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Streaming slide content
PART 4: Record
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What is a recording?
201
Recording basics
201
Record a channel via the web interface
202
Configure recording file size and type
204
Control recording with a mouse
206
Restart recording
207
Recorders
208
Add a recorder
208
Change the channels recorded by a recorder
209
Record with a recorder
210
Rename recorded files
212
Delete recorded files manually
212
Recorded files
215
View list of recorded files
215
Download recorded files manually
216
Extract tracks from a recording
217
Rename recorded files
219
Delete recorded files manually
219
File and recording transfer
221
Automatic file upload (AFU) overview
221
Choose files to include in AFU
222
Enable and set timing for AFU
224
AFU to an FTP server
227
AFU using RSync
228
AFU using CIFS
229
AFU to a secure FTP server
231
AFU using SCP
233
AFU or copy to USB drive
234
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View the AFU log
241
Manage the AFU queue
242
Local FTP server
244
Configure the local FTP server
244
Using the local FTP Server
246
PART 5: Maintenance
Mobile / tablet operator interface
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249
Connect to the tablet interface
249
Confidence monitoring using the tablet interface
251
Verify disk space via the tablet interface
253
Control recording via the tablet interface
253
Switch to the full admin interface
254
Power down and system restart
255
Restarting the device via the web interface
255
Shutting down the device via the web interface
256
Shutting down the device manually
256
Save and restore device configuration
258
Save device configuration
258
Load a saved device configuration
259
Perform factory reset
Restore factory configuration via the web interface
Firmware upgrade
261
261
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Check for firmware updates
263
Install firmware
264
Support
267
Download logs and "allinfo"
267
Configure remote support
269
Disable remote support
270
Storage disk maintenance
272
Check disk storage space
272
Schedule disk check
273
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Perform disk check
273
Rebuild or replace storage disks
274
Verify RAID storage
279
Read data from removed storage disks
281
Third party integration
283
Control with RS-232 / serial port
284
Control with HTTP commands
290
Configuration keys for third party APIs
294
Troubleshooting
307
Limitations and known issues
309
Previous releases and features
311
Software and Documentation License
313
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Start here
Start here
Welcome, and thank you for buying Epiphan’s Standalone VGA Grid™. This guide will help you configure your
new system.
To get started, review the Overview and What's in the Box? sections. Next, a Quick Start guide walks you
through the basic steps to get a single video (and optional audio) source configured as a streamable,
recordable output from the Standalone VGA Grid.
Following the quick start section, a set of task-based procedures help you to tweak the system exactly how
you want. These procedures are broken into five categories: Setup, Capture, Stream, Record and
Maintenance.
About this Guide
Warnings are depicted as follows.
This is a warning.
Tips and Notes are depicted as follows.
This is a tip.
Throughout this guide there are situations where more than one solution will complete a task. In those cases
the guide describes the simplest or most common variation first.
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Standalone VGA Grid Overview
Standalone VGA Grid Overview
Epiphan's VGA Grid allows you to capture, stream, and record audio and video from a large number of VGA,
DVI, HDMI, composite and component sources. It supports streaming to a large number of viewers using
industry-standard codecs such as H.264 and MPEG-TS. Supporting resolutions between 640×480 and
2048×2048, the VGA Grid is suitable for a broad range of applications.
This versatile system has a variety of options enabling you to create and configure any number of streaming
channels. You can choose to stream (or record) a single channel at once or a configuration of synchronized
channels with picture-in-picture or picture-with-picture multiplexing selections.
The VGA Grid comes in two styles to meet your needs: Networked and Standalone. The Standalone VGA
Grid captures video and audio through internal cards. Depending on the model, it has 4 or 6 DVI source ports,
4 or 6 SDI source ports and 4 or 6 S-Video source ports. The latest hardware models (with SDI capture) also
support HDMI and SDI audio capture. Encoding and synchronization of the stream is done locally on the
Standalone VGA Grid. The Networked VGA Grid has no internal capture cards, instead it uses VGA Grid HD
Encoders to capture and encode sources, sending the already encoded stream to the VGA Grid. Using external
encoders means the VGA Grid has less stress on its CPU so it can handle a greater number of inputs.
HDMI audio capture and SDI video capture are not supported with Networked VGA Grid systems.
AV inputs
The latest hardware revision of Standalone VGA Grid supports the following AV inputs directly. Nearly every
other AV input is supported provided you have the correct converter or adapter.
This document covers the Standalone VGA Grid.
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What's in the box?
Table 1 Comparison for Networked VGA Grid and Standalone VGA Grid
Model
Networked VGA Grid
DVI-I
DVI-I
(single link)
(dual link)
S-Video
SDI
up to 64
-
Audio
up to 64
encoders with
up to
-
up to
64
1920×1200
5 or 7
Standalone VGA Grid
4 or 6
(model)
(model)
-
local at up
to
4 of 6
(model)
2048×2048
4 or 6
+
(model) SDI and
HDMI
audio
What's in the box?
The Standalone VGA Grid is a 4U rackmount server with dimensions 522 mm (D) × 430 mm (W) × 176 mm (H)
(20.5” × 16.9” × 6.9”).
Latest hardware revision:
Standalone VGA Grid can now capture more HD content than ever before. The newest Standalone VGA Grid
comes with eight or twelve HD inputs (depending on the model). Half the inputs are for capturing from
DVI/HDMI/VGA sources while the other half are for SDI sources. As before there are also 4 or 6 S-Video ports.
With this combination of available input ports and applicable DVI, SDI or S-Video adapters/converters you can
bring in signals from nearly any source. This hardware upgrade also provides audio capture support for HDMI
and SDI in addition to pre-existing support for 3.5 mm analog audio input ports.
Previous hardware revisions
Previous versions of Standalone VGA Grid came with four or six HD inputs (depending on the model). Many,
although not all, previous hardware revisions can support the latest software release.Use the Firmware
upgrade feature to see if your device is upgradeable. Note previous hardware revisions do not support
HDMI audio capture.
Unpacking the box
The following list applies only to new devices with the latest hardware revision:
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What's in the box?
1. 4 or 6 (depending on model) VGA to DVI-I cables
2. 4 or 6 (depending on model) HDMI to DVI-I adapters
3. 4 or 6 (depending on model) DVI-I to DVI-I cables
4. 4 or 6 (depending on model) composite to S-Video cables
5. 4 or 6 (depending on model) SDI cables
6. One Ethernet cable
7. Power cable
Description of Included Cables (Images are for cable type identification, actual cable appearance may vary.)
Image
Name
VGA to DVI cable
HDMI to DVI adapter
DVI-I Single Link cable
Description
Connects a VGA source to the system’s DVI
port(s).
Connects an HDMI source to the system’s
DVI port(s).
Connects a DVI source to the encoder’s DVI
port(s).
Composite to S-Video
Connects a composite output from an analog
cable
sources to the system’s S-Video port(s).
SDI Cable
RJ-45 Ethernet cable
Connects an SDI source to the system via
BNC connectors.
Connects the system to your network.
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What's in the box?
Front and back panel view for the VGA Grid
Table 2 Rackmount Standalone VGA Grid Front and Back Panel Descriptions
Label Name
Power Button (behind
door)
Reset (behind door)
Description
Unlock the door to reveal the power button.
Press to turn on; press and release to turn off the system. Press and
hold for 4 seconds for a forced system shutdown.
Unlock the door to reveal the reset button.
Cycles the power off then on, like a computer reset button.
Power LED
Indicates the system is powered on.
Hard Drive LED
Blinks when the system is recording or accessing the hard drive.
Unlock the door to reveal two USB ports.
USB Ports (behind door)
For connection of external hard drives, flash drives or control
interfaces.
USB Ports
USB Ports
RJ-45 Ethernet
For connection of external hard drives, flash drives or control
interfaces.
For connection of external hard drives, flash drives or control
interfaces.
Auto-sensing gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base-T network port.
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Label Name
Tech specs
Description
Audio In (blue)
Connect amplified line in audio sources to the system.
Audio In (pink)
Connect unamplified microphone audio sources to the system.
Audio In (4 or 6)
Connect audio sources to the system.
S-Video ports (4 or 6)
Connect analog video sources (S-Video, composite etc) to the system.
DVI-I Dual Link (4 or 6)
Connect analog or HD video sources to the system.
SDI ports (4 or 6)
Connect digital SDI sources to the system.
Tech specs
This table outlines the technical specifications for the latest hardware revision of Standalone VGA Grid. Go to
the Professional Recording and Streaming Systems page of the Epiphan website to get the most recent
product specifications and additional information about Standalone VGA Grid.
Feature
Standalone
Style
Dimensions
Networked
4U Rackmount Server
445 mm (D) × 430 mm (W) × 176 mm (H) (17.5” × 16.9” × 6.9”)
Number of Encoders
-
up to 64
Maximum Resolution
2048×2048
1920×1200
VGA/DVI Screen Video Interfaces
4-6
up to 64 (via encoders)
S-Video/Composite Interfaces
4-6
up to 64 (via encoders)
SDI Interfaces
4-6
-
Audio Interfaces
Video Codecs / Compression
5-7 plus audio support
through SDI and HDMI
up to 64 (via encoders)
H.264, MPEG-4, MJPEG
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Feature
Tech specs
Standalone
Networked
Video Bitrate
10 Mb/s
Audio Codecs
PCM, MP3, AAC
Audio Sampling Rate
48000 Hz, 44100 Hz, 22050 Hz
Audio Bitrate
64 - 160 kb/s
Key Frames Intervals
programable
RGB plus HSync and VSync
Video Format Options
RGB plus CSync signal
RGB with Sync-on-Green synchronization
Update Rates
Resolution
fps
Resolution
fps
640×480
30-60
640×480
30
1280×1024
30-60
1280×1024
30
1920×1200
30-90
1920×1200
25
2048×2048
10-60
2048×2048
-
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Quick Start
Quick Start
This section helps you get up and running quickly with your Standalone VGA Grid.
l Step 1: Physical set-up and power-on
l Step 2: Admin discovery and login
l Step 3: Set up the video source
l Step 4: Configure the channel
l Step 5: Testing the stream
l Step 6: Recording the stream
Before you get started, make sure you have:
l an HD source (i.e. a computer, a tablet, or a phone)
l the appropriate cables or adapters to convert the output to DVI or SDI (if needed)
l ideally, a network with Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
l a computer with a web browser connected to the same network (this is referred to as the “admin”
computer in the steps below)
l optionally, an audio source such as a microphone or the headphone jack from a laptop . Note that
audio signals sent over HDMI and SDI are supported in the latest hardware revision(s). If you have
SDI ports, your system supports HDMI and SDI audio.
These instructions include steps for setting up and configuring audio. Skip these optional steps if
you do not want to configure an audio source at this time.
Step 1: Physical set-up and power-on
Complete the following steps to prepare and power on the system. Refer to the Front and Back Panel View
section for your system to locate the appropriate input ports.
1. Turn on your HD source and connect the output cable to a DVI-I or SDI port on the back of the system.
2. (optional) Attach a 3.5 mm audio cable from your audio source to the system’s motherboard audio
input port(blue port on the back of the system).
3. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Standalone VGA Grid.
4. Connect the Ethernet cable to your network.
5. Attach the power cable to the system and plug it into a power source.
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Step 2: Admin discovery and login
6. Unlock the front panel and press the power button to turn on the system.
7. Wait for the Standalone VGA Grid to complete the power up sequence. The power LED illuminates and
the hard drive LED flashes during start up.
Step 2: Admin discovery and login
The Standalone VGA Grid is managed from a web interface. This interface acts as a configuration utility and
system monitor. The first time you access the web interface you will not know the IP address of the system.
The steps below use DNS-based service discovery (a type of zero-configuration networking) to access the
system. Depending on the operating system on your admin computer you may need to install some software
before you can used DNS-based discovery.
This quick start is meant for systems that support DHCP and DNS, however if your system does
not support these mechanisms, refer to Connect to the admin interface and Connect to the
admin interface for alternative discovery mechanisms. Return to step 3 below you have
completed setting a static IP address for the Standalone VGA Grid.
Table 3 Installing Bonjour Print Services
System
Action Needed
You must install Bonjour Print Services:
1. Use the following URL - http://support.apple.com/kb/DL999
Microsoft Windows
2. Click Download.
3. Follow the system prompts to download and install the application.
Mac OS X
The Bonjour software used for service discovery is built in to the Mac OS. No special
actions are needed.
The Avahi implementation used for DNS-based discovery is shipped with most Linux
Linux
distributions. If necessary, check with your administrator to ensure you have the
Avahi package installed.
You are able to access the system web interface on the local network by specifying its serial number in a web
browser on your admin computer.
1. Find the system’s serial number. It is printed on a sticker on the back of the unit.
2. Type the following string into the address bar of your web browser on your admin computer (where
<serial> is the serial number of your Standalone VGA Grid):
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Step 3: Set up the video source
http://<serial>.local/admin
For example: http://95dd40d5.local/admin
3. Enter the user name and password then click OK. The administrative user is ‘admin’. Initially no
password is set. To set a password follow the procedure outlined in User administration.
4. Optionally, navigate to the Network link under the Configuration heading and note the IP address of
the system.
Step 3: Set up the video source
The web interface has a pre-configured list of the frame grabbers in the Sources section. Each video input
card on the back of the system is a frame grabber. Each frame grabber has one DVI port, one SDI port, one SVideo port and one 3.5 mm audio port. The sources are listed by their frame grabber serial number.
DVI ports are listed with the suffix .vga, SDI ports are listed with the suffix .sdi, S-Video inputs listed with the
suffix .video, and analog audio inputs are listed with the suffix _analog or, for the audio port on the
motherboard: Analog. Digital audio inputs (for systems with SDI ports) are listed with the suffix .hdmi-audio
or .sdi-audio, depending on their source.
The serial numbers for your system will not be the same as the examples shown below.
1. From the web interface, scroll to the Sources section. (You will see more sources than shown below.)
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Step 3: Set up the video source
2. Find the DVI (or SDI) source that you have connected by selecting each DVI (or SDI) source (named .vga
or .sdi as the suffix) and verifying if the preview on the right side of the screen reflects your source
material.
3. Make note of the name of the source, or optionally, change the source name to reflect the data it is
capturing.
To rename the input source:
a. Click on the source name at the top of the source configuration window. The name text
becomes red.
b. Edit the name. The following characters are supported: a-z; A-Z; 0-9; + (plus); - (hyphen); _
(underscore); , (comma), . (period); ~ (tilde); # (hash); [ ]; ( ). Although spaces are also supported,
it is suggested you use underscores to separate words.
c. Press Enter on the keyboard. The name is updated at the top of the screen and in the list of
sources at the left side.
4. Optionally, configure the audio source (if connected):
a. Scroll to the Sources section again and select the motherboard audio source. It is prefixed by
the word audio and suffixed Analog (i.e. audio ALC892 Analog). The audio configuration page
appears.
b. From the Input source drop-down list, select Line for the blue port at the back of the system.
c. Click Apply.
Source setup is complete. The system automatically detected and adjusted the image capture settings at start
up and will continue to adjust every 60 seconds during operation (interval is configurable). The system’s goal is
to produce the best quality captured image given the source equipment used. Generally no further
configuration tweaks are needed.
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Step 4: Configure the channel
Step 4: Configure the channel
Now that you have confirmed the system sees your source it is time to add and configure a channel for
output of your source. Channels expose your sources to your streaming users and prepare the sources for
recording.
By default, when you add a channel, the system names it the same name as its source. If you changed the
source name in previous steps, your new channel's name will reflect the new name.
To add a channel for your source:
1. In the web interface, click Add channel from the Channels section; a new channel is created and the
channel configuration page opens.
2. From the Use video source drop-down list, select your source.
3. Click Apply.
To review and configure the channel:
1. From the web interface, scroll to the Channels section.
2. Click the link for your channel; the channel expands.
3. Click Encoding for your channel.
4. No need to change anything right now. Review some of the default settings. The four most useful
settings to know about are codec, frame size, frame rate and bitrate.
a. The codec is set to H.264 by default.
b. The frame size should reflect the resolution provided by your source. You can set it to something
different by typing in the fields or selecting an option from the different sizes shown. Scaling the
image (making it larger, smaller, or different aspect ratio) takes some processing power, so it’s
always best to leave this at the value detected by the system unless you know it is wrong or
know you need to scale the size.
c. The frame rate limit is set to 30. This means the system won’t spend extra computing time to
attempt to receive more than 30 frames per second. For perspective, NTSC TV signals use 24
frames per second and most hand-drawn animations show only 12 unique frames per second.
d. The bitrate is set to automatic, and the system will determine the best value.
5. Click Status for your channel.
6. Notice the Stream Info section has an item named Video that reflects the four settings reviewed in
prior steps (the frame rate is specified as <resolution size>@30 for 30 (frames per second). It also
provides an indication of the current actual frame rate.
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You may now optionally add audio to your channel:
7. Click Sources for your channel; the media source page is displayed.
8. Select the audio source to which you connected your 3.5mm audio cable. If you connected to the blue
line-in on the back of the system, the audio source is the audio source without a frame grabber serial
number.
9. Click Apply.
10. Click Encoding for your channel; the Encoding page is displayed.
11. Scroll to the bottom of the Encoding and click the Enable audio checkbox.
12. Leave the default AAC format and audio bitrate.
13. Click Apply.
Step 5: Testing the stream
The Status page contains a link to the live broadcast stream for your channel.
To preview the channel in a browser:
1. From the web interface, scroll to the Channels section.
2. Click the link for your channel.
3. Click the Status link for your channel.
4. Right-click on the Live broadcast link for your channel and select Open in a new tab or Open in a
new window.
5. The new tab or window opens with the stream displayed.
a. If the signal is not detected, reset the DVI cable connections and try again.
Your stream setup is complete. Since most of the steps are pre-configured; you are up and running with a
stream very quickly. You can share the live broadcast link with your users.
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Step 6: Recording the stream
Step 6: Recording the stream
The stream is set up and broadcasting. This may be all you need, but if you like you can also record the
stream.
To record the stream:
1. From the web interface, scroll to the Channels section.
2. Click Recording for your channel; the Recording page is displayed.
3. Click the red Start button; the text at the top of the screen changes to indicate the recording is
starting, then indicates the length of time since the recording started.
4. Click the black Stop button; the recorder stops.
5. Refresh the page by clicking Recording again; the page reloads and a file list appears that shows your
newly recorded stream snippet.
6. Click the file name to download and view your recording.
What’s Next?
Now that you have a source set up and ready to stream, you can fine-tune the system to your exact
requirements. You can look at topics such as:
l Add a video source (custom channel)
l Create a custom channel
l What is streaming?
l File and recording transfer
l User administration
When you have completed system tuning, make sure to back up the system configuration using the
procedure described in:
l Save and restore device configuration
Refer to the table of contents for a complete list of the topics covered.
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If you followed through the quick start guide, you already have a basic configuration and possibly a recording
of an input. Before you tweak the channel or configure more, this part of the manual helps you to get your
Standalone VGA Grid properly configured for your network.
Topics covered:
l Connect to the admin interface
l User administration
l View system information
l Configure network settings
l Configure date and time
l Configuration presets
l Restrict viewers by IP address
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The admin interface
The admin interface
Standalone VGA Grid is managed from a web interface. This means to perform administrative tasks with
Standalone VGA Grid you use an internet browser on a PC (or laptop, or tablet) connected to the same local
Ethernet network.
Connect to the admin interface
If you know the IP address of the system you may type it into the address bar of your web browser.
http://<IP Address of the Standalone VGA Grid>/admin
However if this is the first time you access your system, you likely don't know the IP address, so you can use
one of the following connection methods:
For networks with DHCP use one of the following procedures:
l Connect via DNS-based service discovery
l Connect via the Epiphan discovery utility
For networks without DHCP, use the following procedure:
l Connect via persistent static IP address
You can also connect to a reduced Operator tablet interface. See Connect to the tablet
interface.
Connect via DNS-based service discovery
The Standalone VGA Grid uses DNS-based messages to advertise details about itself, including its host name.
With a compatible utility installed on your computer, you can access the system simply by typing its serial
number and the suffix “.local” into the address bar of your browser.
To ensure you have compatible software, refer to the following table.
Table 4 Installing Bonjour Print Services
System
Action Needed
You must install Bonjour Print Services:
Microsoft Windows
1. Use the following URL - http://support.apple.com/kb/DL999
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Action Needed
2. Click Download.
3. Follow the system prompts to download and install the application.
Mac OS X
The Bonjour software used for service discovery is built into the Mac OS. No special
actions are needed.
The Avahi implementation used for DNS-based discovery is shipped with most Linux
Linux
distributions. If necessary, check with your administrator to ensure you have the
Avahi package installed.
To access the Standalone VGA Grid's web interface via DNS service discovery:
1. Find the system’s serial number. It is printed on a sticker on the back of the system.
2. Type the following string into the address bar of your web browser on your admin computer (where
<serial> is the serial number of your Standalone VGA Grid):
http://<serial>.local/admin
For example: http://95dd40d5.local/admin
3. Enter the user name and password then click OK. The administrative user is ‘admin’. Initially no
password is set. To set a password follow the procedure outlined in User administration.
4. Optionally, navigate to the Network link under the Configuration heading and note the IP address of
the system.
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Connect via the Epiphan discovery utility
Epiphan provides a utility for discovering Epiphan systems on your network. The Epiphan network discovery
utility is a 32-bit Windows executable that works on most 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems.
Download and install the utility via this link: http://www.epiphan.com/downloads/NetworkDiscovery.exe.
To access the Standalone VGA Grid's web interface via the Epiphan discovery utility:
1. Launch the discovery utility.
2. Click Search to find all the Epiphan systems on the network; a list similar to the following appears.
3. If more than one system appears, select the one you wish to configure by matching the serial number
listed with the serial number marked on the back of the system.
4. Optionally, note the IP Address shown in the stream properties. Use this for quicker access to the
system on future configuration sessions.
5. Click the Web config button; your browser will open and point to the web interface page.
http://<IP Address for Standalone VGA Grid>/admin
6. Enter the user name and password then click OK. The administrative user is ‘admin’. Initially no
password is set. To set a password follow the procedure outlined in User administration.
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Connect via persistent static IP address
Your Standalone VGA Grid has a default persistent static IP address, also known as the recovery IP address.
If ever you need to set it up on a network that does not support DHCP, or you need to recover from a
previous static IP address setting, you can use this method to connect directly to the system for
configuration.
To perform this procedure you will need a workstation computer for which you are able to modify network
settings.
The Standalone VGA Grid is pre-configured with the following static address defaults:
l IP Address:
192.168.255.250
l Netmask:
255.255.255.252
l Username:
admin
l Password:
your admin password (by default set to no password)
To access the Standalone VGA Grid's web interface via the persistent static IP address:
1. Establish an Ethernet connection between the Standalone VGA Grid and the workstation by one of the
following methods:
a. Connect the system to a local Ethernet network shared with the workstation.
b. Connect the system directly to the workstation’s Ethernet port using either a regular or a
crossover Ethernet cable.
2. Record the network settings of the workstation being used to connect to the Standalone VGA Grid so
that they can be restored later.
3. Temporarily change the network configuration on the workstation to the following:
a. Use Static IP assignment
b. IP address: 192.168.255.249
c. Subnet mask: 255.255.255.252
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4. Start a web browser on the workstation and browse to: http://192.168.255.250/admin/
5. Log in as the administrator user with the user name admin and the admin password (by default there is
no password); the web interface page opens.
6. Click the Networking link in the Configuration menu.
7. Select the radio button to use a static address and configure the system with a static IP address and
network settings relevant to the network being used. For specific details about the settings presented,
see Configure network settings.
8. Restore the previously saved network configurations on the workstation.
User administration
The Standalone VGA Grid has three configured users:
l admin
l operator
l viewer
By default, none of these users have passwords. For security purposes you should add passwords to the
admin and operator accounts.
This section describes the following user administration topics:
l User types and privileges
l Set or change user passwords
l Remove user passwords
l Overcome lost passwords
l Configure LDAP
l Change the logged-in user
l Restrict viewers by IP address
User types and privileges
Standalone VGA Grid's three user accounts are admin, operator and viewer. The user account names cannot
be changed and the accounts cannot be disabled. By default, none of the accounts have passwords.
Admin
The admin account is the main operator used for all system configuration. This user has access to all options
in the web interface.
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Operator
The operator account is a subclass of the admin account. The operator can log in and view all configuration
items but may only make changes to a small number of options. This account is intended for an operator to
start and stop recordings, download recordings, switch layouts while live streaming or perform network
diagnostics.
Viewer
The viewer account is for all end-users who are permitted to view the streamed channels. By default, when
there is no password, users are not prompted for a username and password when viewing a channel. The
viewer username and password prompt appears only when there is a viewer password set.
In addition to the global viewer account, each channel can set a viewer password that overrides the global
value. See Restrict access to streams for viewers.
Current user
When logged in to the web interface, the current username is displayed at the top right corner of the screen.
User privileges
The following table outlines the privileges for each user:
Table 5 User privileges in the web interface
Action or Menu Option
View Channel Output
viewer
operator
admin
ü
ü
ü
ü
ü
Channel Operations
View Channel Configuration
Rename a Channel
ü
Configure Stream Channel
ü
Configure Stream Sources
ü
Publish a Stream
ü
Configure Branding for a Channel
ü
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Action or Menu Option
viewer
operator
admin
Switch Layouts while Streaming/Recording
ü
ü
Start the Stream Recorder
ü
ü
Stop the Stream Recorder
ü
ü
View Recorded Files List
ü
ü
Download Recorded Files
ü
ü
Delete Recorded Files
ü
ü
ü
ü
Source Operations
View Source Configuration
Rename Source
ü
Configure Source
ü
ü
View Source Snapshot
ü
ü
ü
ü
System Configuration Operations
View System Configuration
Configure Automatic File Upload
ü
Select External USB Drive Behavior
ü
Configure FTP Server
ü
Configure UPnP Sharing
ü
Configure Network Address
ü
Configure USB Tethering
ü
Perform Network Diagnostics
ü
ü
Configure Date and Time preferences
ü
Set or Change User Passwords
ü
Configure the Touch Screen
ü
Configure Serial Port Flow Control
ü
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Action or Menu Option
User administration
viewer
operator
admin
Upload Branding Images
ü
Upload Branding Templates
ü
Select Branding Template
ü
Enable Remote Support
ü
Backup Device Configuration
ü
Restore Device Configuration
ü
Restore Factory Configuration
ü
Reboot Device (via Web Interface)
ü
Shutdown Device (via Web Interface)
ü
Configure Time Until Next Disk Check
ü
Perform Disk Check
ü
View Disk Information
ü
ü
Rebuild/Clean Storage Disks
ü
Upgrade Firmware
ü
View System Information
ü
ü
Set or change user passwords
By default, admin, operator and viewer have no assigned passwords. Both the admin and the operator user
have access to the web admin interface, so you should always set a password for both admin and operator
accounts. Refer to your system administrator for your organization’s specific password requirements.
If the admin password is defined and the operator password is undefined, then the operator uses
the admin password by default.
In addition to setting global passwords for viewers, you can also set access passwords and IP restrictions on a
per-channel basis from the channel's Streaming page. See Restrict viewers by IP address.
Passwords are case sensitive and can use all alpha-numeric keys in the ASCII range. Your password can be up
to 255 characters long, but should not include any spaces.
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Setting a user’s password causes the user to be logged out. Be ready to log back in with the new
admin password or have operators and viewers log in with the appropriate new password.
Viewers may need to refresh their browser window or press play in their media player.
If you lose the admin password, refer to the section Overcome lost passwords.
Changing the admin password while live streaming disrupts the view of the stream for viewer-level
users. Complete any admin password changes when there is no live stream in progress.
To set a user password:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Access passwords link in the Configuration menu; the password configuration page opens.
4. Highlight and delete the current password for your selected user (the password is currently masked
as dots).
For security reasons, the current password appears as eight dots regardless of password
length, and even if there is no password set.
5. Highlight and delete the confirmation password for the selected user.
6. Select the user’s password field and type a new password for the user.
The new password must have between 1-255 alpha-numeric characters or special
characters with no spaces. Passwords are case sensitive.
7. Select the user’s password confirmation field and confirm the new password.
8. Click Apply.
9. If you were logged in as the user whose password you just changed, you are logged out and must log
back in with the new password. If you added or changed the viewer’s password, all viewer’s stream will
pause until they log in with the new password.
If desired, you may specify multiple account passwords on the same page before clicking Apply.
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Remove user passwords
If you want to remove passwords for one or more user accounts, you may do so via the web interface. If you
don’t remember the admin password, refer to the section Overcome lost passwords.
Note that viewer passwords can be set on a per-channel basis.
Clearing a user’s password will cause that user to be logged out. Be ready to log back in with the
new admin password. If viewers are watching the broadcast when the viewer password is cleared
they will be logged out. Viewers may need to refresh their browser window or press play in their
media player to trigger the login prompt.
To clear a user’s password:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Access passwords link in the Configuration menu; the password configuration page opens.
4. Highlight and delete the current password for your selected user (the password is currently masked as
dots).
For security purposes, the current password appears as eight dots regardless of password
length, and even if there is no password set.
5. Highlight and delete the confirmation password for the selected user.
6. Click Apply.
7. If you were logged in as the user whose password you just cleared, you are logged out and must log
back in without a password. If you cleared the viewer’s password, all viewer streams will pause until
they log in without a password.
To clear a user’s password on a specific channel:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. Click the Streaming link for the channel; the channel's Streaming configuration page opens.
4. From the Access control section do one of the two following things:
a. clear the viewer password field; or
b. select Use global settings from the access control drop down.
5. Click Apply.
Overcome lost passwords
If you have lost the password for the operator or viewer account, you can log in to the web interface as admin
and reset the password using the procedure described in Set or change user passwords.
If you have lost the admin password and you have remote support enabled on the system, you can contact
Epiphan support to request a remote password change. See Support. If remote support is disabled, you will
need to return the system to Epiphan for password recovery. Contact Epiphan support to discuss this option.
Configure LDAP
You can use the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) for authentication into the system. Specify user
roles by using group DNs for users who log in as the administrator, operator or as a viewer.
The system has only one admin user and one operator: LDAP users log in as either the admin or
operator, they do not have their own private profiles.
When enabled, LDAP authentication is an alternative to the regular system usernames and
passwords. You may still login as admin, operator or viewer using the passwords for those
accounts. Furthermore, any LDAP users with the name admin, operator or viewer are ignored. The
local accounts are used instead.
For security reasons, you should configure passwords for the local accounts. See Configure
LDAP.
These instructions assume you have a pre-configured LDAP server. The server must support anonymous
binding or have a special bind account with search access privileges. (Note that Active Directory does not
support anonymous binding.)
LDAP referrals, restrictions and failovers are not supported.
To configure LDAP authentication for your Standalone VGA Grid:
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1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Access passwords link in the Configuration menu; the password configuration page opens.
4. Scroll to the LDAP authentication section.
5. Click the Enable LDAP authentication checkbox to enable LDAP authentication (or uncheck to
disable).
6. Specify the server IP address and (optional) port for your LDAP server (i.e. 192.168.1.101:389) in the
Server address[:port] field.
7. Use the Connection encryption drop-down to specify the type of encryption, if any used by your
LDAP server.
Connection
encryption
Description/Default port used
No Encryption
No encryption is used to connect to the LDAP server. The default port is 389.
SSL
SSL encryption is used to connect to the LDAP server. The default port is 636.
TLS/STARTTLS
The connection is initially unencrypted then upgraded to TLS encryption is
used. The default port is 389.
8. Specify the fully qualified DN and password for LDAP bind in the Bind DN and Bind password fields.
(The password masked as dots on the screen.) These fields are only needed if your LDAP server does
not support anonymous binding.
9. In Base DN, specify the baseObject in which to search for entries. The system will search this object
and the whole subtree starting at the base DN.
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10. By default the search attribute is uid, which is suitable for a unix environment. Specify a different value
in the Search attribute field, if needed. For Active Directory environments, specify
userPrincipalName. The value of this attribute must be unique in the Base DN.
11. In the Administrators (group DN) field, specify the distinguished name of the group users must be
part of to be logged in as the administrator. Users must have the member or unqueMember attribute
for the specified group to be granted Administrator access.
If left blank, LDAP is not supported for Administrators (but can still be used for Operators and Viewers).
12. In the Operators (group DN) field, specify the distinguished name of the group users must be part of
to be logged in as the operator. Users must have the member or unqueMember attribute for the
specified group to be granted Operator access.
If left blank, LDAP is not supported for Operators (but can still be used for Administrators and Viewers).
13. In the Viewers (group DN) field, specify the distinguished name of the group users must be part of to
be logged in as a viewer. Users must have the member or unqueMember attribute for the specified
group to be granted Viewer access.
If left blank, LDAP is not supported for Viewers (but can still be used for Administrators and Operators).
14. Click Apply.
When a user of the LDAP server next visits the admin or viewer page for the system, the system prompts for
use the username and password. For ActiveDirectory servers, the user needs to enter his fully qualified
username (i.e. [email protected]) in addition to his LDAP password.
Users are required to authenticate once to the system and one time per channel they view.
Therefore users see a prompt to log in to the system (the system name is shown) and a second
time to log in to the channel (the channel name is shown).
In one case, LDAP replaces the local viewer account instead of working side-by-side with it.
When LDAP is enabled and the viewer account has no password (either there is no global viewer
password or the channel overrides the global password with a blank password), the viewer must
authentication with LDAP, he may not alternatively use the viewer account with a blank
password.
Change the logged-in user
When you log in to the web interface as admin or operator, your browser remembers this configuration and
automatically logs you in as the same user when you go back to the site.
Sometimes you need to change from operator to admin, or vice versa.
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To change the logged-in user:
1. Exit your browser completely, open an incognito/private window in your browser, or open a different
browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari are different browsers).
2. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
3. You are prompted for a username and password.
Restrict viewers by IP address
The Standalone VGA Grid permits you to restrict which computers can access broadcasts by building a list of
allowed and/or denied IP addresses. You can do this at a global level for the system and can also override
these settings on a per-channel basis. Both global and per-channel configuration procedures are described
below.
IP address restriction is valid for the viewer only and does not affect the web admin interface or
the mobile configuration interface.
If your viewer account has a password, your viewers must connect to the system from a computer (or
gateway) with a permitted IP address and must also supply the username (viewer) and password before they
can view the broadcast.
To restrict access by IP address you need to know the IP addresses, or range of addresses for your viewers. By
default all IP addresses are allowed to connect to the broadcast.
If you’re not familiar with creating allow/deny lists, refer to the examples below this procedure for assistance
with crafting your lists.
To restrict viewers by IP address:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Access passwords link in the Configuration menu; the password configuration page opens.
4. Type allowed IP addresses or address ranges in the Allow IP’s field. Separate addresses with a comma.
5. Type denied IP addresses or address ranges in the Deny IP’s field. Separate addresses with a comma.
6. Click Apply.
To restrict viewers of a specific channel by IP address:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
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2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Streaming link for the desired channel; the streaming configuration page opens.
4. From the Access Control drop-down, select Use these Settings; local password and Allow/Deny IP
lists are enabled.
5. If desired, type a password for the viewer in the Viewer Password field.
6. Type allowed IP addresses or address ranges in the Allow IP’s field. Separate addresses with a comma.
7. Type denied IP addresses or address ranges in the Deny IP’s field. Separate addresses with a comma.
8. Click Apply.
If a user attempts to connect to the stream from a disallowed IP address, access is denied. If connecting by
internet browser, the message "IP address rejected." is displayed.
The following table describes the applicable fields.
Table 6 IP Based Restriction Fields
Label
Description/Options
Enter individual IP Addresses or IP Address ranges, separated by commas. To specify a
range, use a hyphen (-). Optional spaces improve readability.
Users connecting from addresses in this list are permitted to view broadcasts from the
Allow IP's
system, provided their IP address is not in the Deny IP’s list.
To allow all (except IP addresses in the deny list, if any), leave the field blank.
You can use the Allow list by itself, or in conjunction with the Deny IP’s list as an exception
to a rule in the allow list.
Enter individual IP Addresses or IP Address ranges, separated by commas. To specify a
range, use a hyphen (-). Optional spaces improve readability.
Users connecting from addresses in this list are not allowed to view broadcasts from the
Deny IP's
system, unless their IP address is in the Allow IP’s list. If a specific IP address is in both lists,
access to the stream is denied.
You can use the Deny list by itself, or in conjunction with the Allow IP’s list as an exception
to a rule in the allow list.
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IP restriction examples
Allow list with distinct IP addresses
The simplest allow/deny list is to use the list of known IP addresses to craft a list of allowed IP addresses. All
other addresses are denied access to the broadcast.
For example if your system is accessible on your local area network (LAN) and you want to make sure only the
CEO’s specific desktop, laptop and tablet computers (with IP Addresses 192.168.1.50, 192.168.1.51, and
192.165.1.75, respectively) can connect to the broadcast, construct the following allow list:
Allow: 192.168.1.50, 192.168.1.51, 192.168.1.75
Allow list with a range of IP addresses
Sometimes you’ll want a range of computer IP addresses to connect to your system. This may happen when
you have one range of IP addresses assigned to desktop computers (i.e. in the range 192.168.1.1 to
192.168.1.100) and another range assigned to boardroom computers (i.e. the range 192.168.1.200 to
192.168.1.250). If you only want the boardroom computers to connect to broadcasts from the system you
can specify the range of boardroom IP addresses rather than needing to type in each individual address. The
allow list looks as follows:
Allow: 192.168.1.200-192.168.1.250
Note that we could have specified two of the IP addresses in the previous example as a range.
Allow list with a range of IP addresses and one or more specific IP addresses
Putting the first two examples together, we want to permit access to IP addresses in the range of boardroom
computers (192.168.1.200-192.168.1.250) and also want to add the desktop, laptop and tablet computers
of the CEO (IP addresses 192.168.1.50, 192.168.1.51, and 192.168.1.75, respectively). Note the first two IP
addresses are consecutive, so they can be added as a second range. Add these IP addresses to the list as
follows:
Allow: 192.168.1.200-192.168.1.250, 192.168.1.50-192.168.1.51, 192.168.1.75
Your list can have multiple ranges and multiple distinct IP addresses, provided they are separated by commas.
Deny list with distinct IP addresses
Another simple allow/deny list is to use the list of known IP addresses to list specific denied IP addresses. All
other addresses are allowed access to the broadcast.
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For example imagine your system is accessible on your local area network (LAN) and you want to allow any
computer on the LAN can access the stream except your publicly-accessible boardroom (with IP address
192.168.1.211). You can use the following deny list (leave the allow list empty) to permit all computers except
the boardroom computer:
Deny: 192.168.1.211
As with allow lists, your deny list can specify a range of IP addresses, and can specify multiple ranges or distinct
IP addresses in a comma-separated list.
Allow list with a range of IP addresses, distinct IP addresses and an exception
Building on the previous examples, consider the situation where you want the CEO’s computers
(192.168.1.50, 192.168.1.51, 192.168.75) and all boardroom computers (192.168.1.200-192.168.1.250)
to access the broadcast, with the exception of the public boardroom computer (192.168.1.211). Use both
allow and deny lists to create the rule as follows:
Allow: 192.168.1.200-192.168.1.250, 192.168.1.50-192.168.1.51, 192.168.1.75
Deny: 192.168.1.211
Both lists can have multiple ranges and multiple distinct IP addresses, provided they are separated by
commas.
Deny list with a range of IP addresses
Converse to the previous examples, consider the situation where you want every computer on the network to
access the broadcast, with the exception of the CEO’s desktop, laptop and tablet computers. Additionally,
boardroom computers should not be permitted with the exception of the cafeteria computer (IP address
192.168.1.222).
The deny list is an "exception" list for the allow list. So to craft the rule described above we need to allow all the
computers in the local subnet, then deny specific sub-ranges including two groups of boardroom computers
ensuring the cafeteria computer's IP address is not in the deny list:
Allow: 192.168.1.1-192.168.1.250
Deny: 192.168.1.200-192.168.1.221, 192.168.1.223-192.168.1.250, 192.168.1.50-192.168.1.51,
192.168.1.75
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View system information
The system information page provides a great deal of useful information about your Standalone VGA Grid.
Use the Info link from the Configuration menu to view your current firmware level, system hardware version (if available) and currently configured channels.
To view system information:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, scroll to the Configuration menu option.
4. Click Info; the system information page opens.
3. Use the information displayed to get an overview of your system, troubleshoot problems or view
streams for configured channels.
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Configure network settings
Configure network settings
By default the Standalone VGA Grid uses DHCP to obtain an IP Address via an Ethernet-based network. If you
want to change the network settings, or if you’re having network-related issues, this section covers the
network-related topics.
l Verify IP Address and MAC address
l Configure a static IP address
l Configure DHCP
l Tether to a mobile network
l Perform network diagnostics
Verify IP Address and MAC address
The web interface shows you the system’s MAC address and current IP Address via the Network configuration
page.
To view settings on network configuration page:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Network link in the Configuration menu; the network configuration page opens.
4. Note the MAC address and Current IP address listed at the top of the page.
Table 7 Network Information Fields
Label
Description/Options
A media access control address (MAC address) is a unique identifier for the
MAC Address
network interface. The value is read-only and cannot be changed. You may need
to share this value with your system administrator.
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Label
Configure DHCP
Description/Options
Reflects the current internet protocol address (IP address) of the system. This
Current IP Address
value is either obtained from the DHCP server (if using DHCP) or is the configured
static IP address. The Standalone VGA Grid supports IPv4 addresses. It does not
support IPv6 addresses.
Configure DHCP
Occasionally, such as when moving your system to a new network, your Standalone VGA Grid must switch
from static IP address allocation to dynamic allocation via DHCP. You can accomplish this in four ways:
l Restore factory settings, clearing all your custom settings. See Perform factory reset.
l Load a configuration file that uses DHCP networking. See Load a saved device configuration.
l Apply a configuration preset that uses DHCP networking. See Configuration presets.
l Change the network settings. See the procedure below.
To configure use of DHCP for networking:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Network link in the Configuration menu; the network configuration page opens.
4. Select the radio button use DHCP, if not already selected.
5. Change the MTU Size value only if needed. See the table below for information on maximum
transmission unit (MTU) values.
6. Click Apply to save the changes; the changes are saved and a message appears asking you to reboot.
7. Select the Maintenance link under the Configuration menu; the maintenance page appears.
8. Click the Reboot Now button near the bottom of the page.
9. Wait for the system to reboot.
10. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. SeeConnect to the admin
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interface.
11. Log as admin and reload the Networking page to verify all changes were applied.
The following table describes the fields applicable when configuring DHCP on the Standalone VGA Grid.
Table 8 DHCP Fields
Label
Description/Options
Use DHCP
Select this radio button to dynamically obtain an IP address at boot up.
Use static
address
Select this radio button to use the configured static IP address.
The maximum transmission unit (MTU) specifies the maximum packet size for transfer on
MTU Size
the network. The default value is 1500, which is the largest value allowed by Ethernet at
the network layer. It’s best if all nodes in your network use the same value, so only change
this value if you know other nodes use a different value.
Configure a static IP address
Your network administrator may require you to use a static IP address for your Standalone VGA Grid.
To configure a static IP address:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Network link in the Configuration menu; the network configuration page opens.
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4. Select the radio button use static address, if not already selected.
5. Enter the desired IP Address and Network Mask.
Only IPv4 addresses are supported.
6. Enter the Default Gateway address. If you do not have a default gateway for your network, enter the
same static IP address as in the previous step.
The default gateway cannot be left blank. If no default gateway is specified, unexpected
behavior occurs.
7. Enter the DNS Server address. If you do not have a DNS server, enter the new static IP address of the
system.
8. Change the MTU Size value only if needed. See the table below for information on maximum
transmission unit (MTU) values.
9. Click Apply to save the changes; the changes are saved and a message appears asking you to reboot.
10. Select the Maintenance link under the Configuration menu; the maintenance page appears.
11. Click the Reboot Now button near the bottom of the page.
12. Wait for the system to reboot.
13. Open the Web interface using the new IP address.
14. Log as admin and reload the Networking page to verify all changes were applied.
The following table describes applicable fields when setting a static IP address.
Table 9 Static IP Address Fields
Label
Description/Options
Use DHCP
Select this radio button to dynamically obtain an IP address at boot up.
Use static address
Select this radio button to use the configured static IP address.
The internet protocol address (IP Address) to assign. This value is may be obtained
IP Address
from your system administrator. The Standalone VGA Grid supports IPv4 addresses.
It does not support IPv6 addresses.
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Label
Tether to a mobile network
Description/Options
Also called the subnet mask, this value denotes a range of IP addresses. This value
Network Mask
may be obtained from your system administrator, determined from another
computer on the same subnet, or calculated using an online subnet calculator.
The network node that serves as an access point to the rest of the network. This value
Default Gateway
cannot be blank unless you are using DCHP. Specify the system’s IP address if you
don’t have a default gateway on your network.
The domain name system server (DNS server) translates human-readable hostnames
DNS Server
into corresponding IP addresses. Specify the system’s IP address if you don’t have a
DNS server on your network. This value cannot be blank unless you are using DHCP.
The maximum transmission unit (MTU) specifies the maximum packet size for
MTU Size
transfer on the network. The default value is 1500, which is the largest value allowed
by Ethernet at the network layer. It’s best if all nodes in your network use the same
value, so only change this value if you know other nodes use a different value.
Tether to a mobile network
The Standalone VGA Grid supports tethering to a mobile device via USB. Tethered networking can work sideby-side with Ethernet routing and either networking system can be a back-up for the other.
When the system falls over to the backup network type (i.e. from Ethernet to mobile, or vice
versa) all streaming sessions with clients or servers directly connected to the system are closed
and the clients will need to reconnect. You may need to provide a new stream URL (containing the
new IP address) to your viewers. See the channel information page to get the new stream URL.
By contrast, actively published streams are closed and reconnected via the secondary network
(mobile or Ethernet) automatically, permitted the required publishing server is accessible from the
new network.
To configure tethering to a mobile network:
1. Configure the mobile device to allow tethering via USB.
2. Connect the mobile device to the Standalone VGA Grid with a USB cable.
3. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. SeeConnect to the admin
interface.
4. Login as admin.
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5. Select the Network link in the Configuration menu; the network configuration page opens.
6. Click the drop-down box next to Use phone/tablet connection in the USB phone/tablet section; the
following choices appear:
Table 10 Mobile Tethering Options
Label
Description/Options
Disabled
Specifies that no USB tethering is permitted.
No tethering
Specifies that USB tethering is available for connecting a mobile device as a
configuration utility (i.e. using the web browser), but no mobile data is used.
When chosen, the system tries to use the Ethernet network first. It switches to use
Prefer ethernet
the mobile network (tethering) when the Ethernet network is no longer available.
To prevent viewer interruptions, mobile data will continue to be used until the
mobile network is down or publishing is restarted.
When chosen, the system tries to use the mobile network (tethering) first. It
switches to use Ethernet (hard-wired) when the mobile network is no longer
Prefer
available. To prevent viewer interruptions, Ethernet data will continue to be used
tethering
until the Ethernet network is down or publishing is restarted.
Select this setting if you only have a mobile network.
7. Select your choice based on the table above.
8. Click Apply.
Perform network diagnostics
If your Standalone VGA Grid has network trouble, you can perform basic network troubleshooting tasks from
the Network configuration page. In addition to providing the system’s IP address and MAC address to your
network administrator, you can also ping an IP address or use traceroute to determine the path taken to an
address.
Not all networks support ping and traceroute.
To ping or traceroute an IP address:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Network link in the Configuration menu; the network configuration page opens.
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4. Click ping or traceroute; an animation appears to the left of the address to indicate processing is
underway.
5. Upon completion of the command, read the results from the console-like display is shown below the
Network Diagnostics setting.
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Configuration presets
Configuration presets
In situations where you have changing configuration requirements for your Standalone VGA Grid, you can use
configuration presets to quickly and easily apply sets of pre-configured settings.
For an overview of configuration presets, see:
l Configuration presets overview
This section also covers the following related topics:
l Configuration groups
l Create a configuration preset
l Apply a configuration preset
l Apply the Factory default configuration preset
l Update a configuration preset
l Delete a configuration preset
There are also some very important configuration preset considerations to review:
l Configuration preset considerations
Configuration presets overview
Configuration presets make it easy to use your Standalone VGA Grid in a variety of situations without needing
to reconfigure it. Configuration presets divide the system's settings into the following configuration groups.
(For a complete list of what is included in each group see Configuration presets overview.)
System
Sources
Network
Channels
Automatic file uploads
Using the Configuration presets section of the Maintenance page, you can create configuration presets
using any number and combination of the configuration groups. Mix and match the settings groups saved
together to create sets of configuration settings needed for each situation. You also always have a special
Factory default configuration preset (which cannot be erased) to help you return to factory configuration
without destructively erasing files saved to the system hard drive (see Configuration presets overview
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Configuration presets overview
It's important to note that configuration presets are applied over existing settings. They affect only the
settings groups included in the preset, all other settings are unaffected. Read the Configuration presets
overview section carefully to understand caveats around using configuration presets.
Example of configuration presets in action
A recording and streaming company brings Standalone VGA Grid to a conference as part of a portable rack.
Each conference session needs to be streamed and recorded with a picture in picture layout that includes
identifying information about the presenter in the metadata and the background image for the stream.
Automatic file upload is needed to make sure the files are uploaded right after each session is complete.
The company could bring Standalone VGA Grid in a factory configured state and get it ready between each
session, but this requires a trained operator and doesn't allow much time to get multiple operations
completed.
Instead, the company could connect the system to their own corporate network before the show, upload the
required backgrounds, and create channel configuration presets for each conference track. They can also
create network and automatic file upload (AFU) presets for each of the home and remote locations. Once at
the conference, the only changes necessary are to apply the network and AFU preset upon arrival, and the
channel configuration presets between sessions.
Channel configuration presets include links to background files used, but do not include the files
themselves see Branding content. Be careful when deleting background images and logo files.
Internal network and AFU preset
The company uses this preset when configuring and testing from their corporate network. It uses a static IP
address on their corporate network and AFU that uses ftp to upload to a local ftp server.
Conference network and AFU preset
The company applies this preset to the Standalone VGA Grid when they arrive at the conference. It changes
only the network and AFU settings (using a conference-specific IP address and secure file transfer to an ftp
server).
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When applying this configuration preset, all other information including passwords, date/time, channels and
source configurations, remains the same.
Conference session 1 preset
The company applies this preset from the corporate office when testing and at the conference prior to
conference session 1 starting. All other preset groups remain unchanged, this preset only affects the channel
(s) and their configuration. This preset includes a channel with a link to the correct background filename (the
background file was uploaded during pre-show configuration at the corporate office) and has metadata
specifying the speaker's name.
Conference session 2 preset
The company applies this preset from the corporate office when testing and at the conference prior to
conference session 2 starting. After applying this preset the files recorded from session 1 remain present on
the system and continue to upload via sftp (if not yet complete), but the channels reflect the session 2
background file name and presenter name.
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Configuration groups
Configuration presets are a versatile tool to help you use Standalone VGA Grid in a variety of changing
conditions. Try it yourself and see!
Configuration groups
The following table describes what settings are saved with each configuration group.
Table 11 Configuration group definitions
Group Name Symbol
Settings included in the configuration group
Date and time settings, serial port settings, remote support settings, custom
System
disk check schedule, access passwords, deny/allow lists and LDAP configuration
settings
Network
Network settings and tethering configuration.
Sources
All audio and video source configuration settings.
All channel configuration data and current recording state, all layouts, all
Channels
recorder configuration data and current recording state, individual and global
UPnP settings.
AFU
Automatic file upload type and parameters.
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Create a configuration preset
Note that branding content, recorded files and SFTP/SCP private keys are not included in
any configuration preset.
Updloaded EDID configurations are applied immediately to the system and remain the norm for
the source until a new EDID is uploaded. Configuration presets do not affect EDIDs.
Create a configuration preset
You can create as many configuration presets as you need. The system keeps track of which configuration
groups are part of the preset and you provide a name that lets you know the significance of the preset.
Note that configuration presets that include network or system settings require a system
reboot when applied.
To create a configuration preset:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Scroll to the Configuration presets section.
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Apply a configuration preset
5. Type a description for your preset in the Name field.
6. Ensure only the desired configuration groups are selected from the Sections group.
7. Click Save; your configuration preset appears in the list.
Apply a configuration preset
When you apply a configuration preset, the system settings for all included configuration groups are updated.
Other settings on the system are not affected. For example if you apply a preset that includes the
configuration groups channnels and automatic file upload, your network settings, passwords, time server,
source configurations, etc are not modified. Similarly if you apply a configuration preset that has only
network settings included, only the network settings change.
If you apply a preset that has the network or system configuration group, a reboot is required.
You can verify which configuration groups are included in a preset by looking at the list to the right of the
configuration preset name. The term 'all' means all groups are included. Otherwise groups are listed
individually.
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Apply a configuration preset
You may apply multiple presets one after another. If you apply two (or more) configuration
presets that include a particular configuration group, the settings (for that group) from the last
applied preset are the active settings. In short, last in wins.
To apply a configuration preset:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Scroll to the Configuration presets section.
5. Click Apply next to the configuration preset you wish to apply.
6. The system asks for confirmation before proceeding.
If the configuration preset includes the network or system configuration groups, a
reboot is necessary.
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Apply the Factory default configuration preset
7. Click OK to apply the configuration preset; the configuration preset is applied.
8. The system reboots if needed.
Apply the Factory default configuration preset
Your Standalone VGA Grid comes with a special factory default configuation preset. This configuration preset
cannot be erased and is always presented at the top of the configuration presets list. It contains all possible
configuration settings groups.
Using the Factory default configuration setting is similar to using the Factory reset method (see Perform
factory reset) with a few important differences.
In short, the Factory default configuration preset is less destructive than Factory reset. This table
describes the exact differences.
Table 12 Factory default configuration preset vs Factory reset
Deletes all created channels
Factory default
configuration preset
Factory reset function
ü
ü
Deletes all recorded files in channels
Deletes all created recorders
ü
ü
ü
ü
Deletes all recorded files in recorders
Resets network configuration
ü
ü
Resets touch screen configuration
ü
ü
Resets user passwords
ü
ü
Deletes all created configuration presets
ü
Deletes all branding files
ü
Resets all Source settings
ü
ü
Deletes all Automatic file upload settings
ü
ü
To apply the factory default configuration preset, follow the instructions in Apply the Factory default
configuration preset and select the Factory default preset. A reboot is required.
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Update a configuration preset
Update a configuration preset
If you need to update a configuration preset to include different configuration groups, or simply new settings
for the same groups, you can do so easily via the web interface.
To update a configuration preset:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Scroll to the Configuration presets section.
5. Find the preset you wish to change from the presets list.
6. Copy the name of the preset into the Name field.
7. Selected the desired configuration group(s) from the Sections group.
8. Click Save; a confirmation dialog asks you to confirm you want to overwrite the configuration preset.
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9. Click OK; your configuration preset is updated in the list.
Delete a configuration preset
You may want to trim the list of configuration presets to only those that are needed for your ongoing needs.
You can delete all configuration presets at once by doing a factory reset, or you can delete individual
configuration presets from the Maintenance page.
To delete a configuration preset:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Scroll to the Configuration presets section.
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Configuration preset considerations
5. Click delete (x) next to Apply for the configuration preset; a confirmation message appears.
6. Click OK to confirm you want to delete the preset; the preset is deleted.
Configuration preset considerations
Configuration presets are groups of settings applied to the system, leaving other settings intact. The following
considerations will help you get the most from your configuration presets.
Channel and recorder index number behavior
Each channel and recorder has an index number. The first channel created on a system is channel 1,
subsequently channel 2, 3, 4, etc. Recorders are also created starting at index 1 with numbers incrementing as
new recorders are created. The channel (or recorder) index number is found to the left of the channel or
recorder name in the web interface:
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Configuration presets that contain the channels configuration group specify the channels in the preset by
their index number. This means if you have channels 1, 2, 3 and 4 when you save your preset, applying that
preset will overwrite the configuration of your current channels with indexes 1, 2, 3 and 4. If prior to applying
that preset you also had channels with indexes 5 and 6, the configuration settings for those two channels are
when the preset is applied (because the preset only has 4 channels).
There are three areas where channel (and recorder) index numbers affect what happens when applying
configuration presets. Read Recording stateRecorded files (in channels and recorders) and Deleting channels
for more information.
Recording state
The Configuration groups section of this chapter shows that each channel and recorder's recording state is
included in the channels configuration group. This means that if a channel (or recorder) is recording at the
time you create a configuration preset, it will immediately start recording when you apply that preset.
Similarly, if a configuration preset is saved when channels or recorders are not recording, those channels and
recorders will not be recording when the preset is applied (this means a channel or recorder may stop
recording as a result of applying the preset).
For example, when applying a preset with channel 3 set to record:
l If channel 3 exists prior to applying the preset and is already recording, the file will continue recording
uninterrrupted unless the recording file type is different in the preset (in which case a new file is
started).
l If channel 3 exists prior to applying the preset and is not already recording, it immediately begins
recording.
l If no channel with index 3 exists prior to applying the preset, the channel is created and it immediately
begins recording.
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Recorded files (in channels and recorders)
Channels and recorders keep a list of files recorded in their Recordings section of the web interface. These
files remain on the system even if the channel or recorder configuration is changed or removed as a result of
applying a configuration preset.
For example, prior to applying your configuration preset, you have channels with indexes 1, 2 and 3; each of
these has five recording files. When you apply a configuration preset that has channels with index 1 and 2
only, you'll notice those channels each still have the same 5 recording files. Channel with index 3 is no longer
present, but the files are not lost!
Overwritten channel files are still available. To access and download/delete these recorded files, enter the
following into the address bar: http://<deviceIP>/admin/channelN/archive or
http://<deviceIP>/admin/recorderN/archive, where N is the index of the removed channel/recorder.
For example, if a Channel with index 3 is no longer present, its corresponding files can be accessed by
entering the following into the address bar:
l http://192.168.0.183/admin/channel3/archive
If you now create a new channel with index 3 (or load a preset that contains a channel with index 3), you'll find
it starts with five recorded files in the Recordings section. These are the same recorded files that existed at
the start of this example.
Furthermore, if you delete any of the recordings, you are deleting the only instance of those files. Using our
previous example, if you delete one of the five recordings from channel index 1, you'll find that even after
applying different presets channel 1 will have only four recorded files.
Deleting channels
Recorded files are stored on the system based on their channel or recorder number. All files saved for channel
index 1 are in one folder, and all files for recorder index 2 are in another. When you delete a channel (or
recorder), you permanently delete all recordings for that channel (or recorder) even if those recordings were
made while a different preset is applied.
Applying a configuration preset with a different set of channels or recorders is not the same as
deleting a channel.
When deleting a channel or recorder that has recorded files, the web interface warns you of other
configuration presets that use the same channel or recorder index numbers. When you see this prompt, we
recommend you take a moment to look through the Recordings list to make sure you're OK to proceed with
permanently deleting all the recorded files.
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Branding content
The channels configuration group includes the filenames for logos and backgrounds used in the currently
configured channels. It does not include the image files. Therefore it is important to make sure that between
uses of different channel-related configuration presets you do not delete or replace files listed in the
Branding Content section of the web interface. There is currently no configuration group that includes the
Branding Content files.
EDIDs
EDIDs are uploaded and immediately applied to a specific source. This change remains in place until the user
uploads a new EDID or requests the factory EDID is applied by using the Restore default EDID button (see
Force the capture card to use a specific EDID
If you apply a preset that needs a special EDID, be sure to remember to upload that EDID after applying the
configuration preset.
Configuration presets are not user profiles
Configuration presets should not be confused with the concept of user profiles. Specifically, the following
issues arise from trying to use configuration presets as user profiles:
l recorded files are not removed between application of configuration presets (users could see each
other's files)
l configuration presets can be overwritten and deleted with no password (users could affect each other's
presets)
l branding and recorded files can be deleted, affecting more than just the currently applied configuration
presets (users could erase branding or recordings belonging to other users)
l applying a configuration presets does not clear the settings from groups not part of the preset (user
information is not private)
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Configure date and time
Configure date and time
The Standalone VGA Grid uses the current date and time in naming recorded files and when synchronizing
and timestamping inputs from multiple sources (i.e. when synchronizing an audio and a video source). The
admin interface lets you specify date and time settings to ensure they are correctly configured for your time
zone and your network.
This section covers the following date and time-related topics:
l Verify date and time settings
l Change the time zone
l Configure synchronized time (NTP, PTP v1 and RDATE)
l Configure a local NTP server
l Configure the date and time manually
Verify date and time settings
The current date, time, time zone, and synchronized time protocol settings are shown when the Date and
Time configuration page is loaded in the Standalone VGA Grid web interface.
To view settings on the date and time configuration page:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Date and Time link in the Configuration menu; the date and time configuration page opens
and the following information is displayed:
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Configure synchronized time (NTP, PTP v1 and RDATE)
The date and time configuration page also indicates whether the system is currently using synchronized or
manually set time, and whether or not a local network time protocol (ntp) server is running.
The following table describes the date and time configuration fields.
Table 13 Date and Time Options
Label
Description/Options
Time Zone
The currently selected time zone.
Enable time
Whether or not a time synchronization protocol is being used for setting time. (If not
synchronization
selected, time is set manually.)
Protocol
The time synchronization protocol.
Service IP Address The time synchronization server address.
Set time manually
Whether or not time is set manually. (If time is not being set manually, a time
synchronization protocol is used.)
The current date. (This is the current date even if the radio button Set time manually is
Date
not selected.)
The current time. (This is the current time even if the radio button Set time manually is
Time
not selected.)
Configure synchronized time (NTP, PTP v1 and RDATE)
By default the Standalone VGA Grid uses the network time protocol server (NTP server) protocol and a time
server from National Research Council Canada. You can continue to use this time server or configure a new
server that is more appropriate for your network and location. Your system administrator can provide the
correct time synchronization server settings.
To set the time synchronization method:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Date and Time link in the Configuration menu; the date and time configuration page
opens.
4. Click the Enable time synchronization radio button if it is not already selected.
5. Choose one of the following choices from the Protocols drop down:
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Table 14 Synchronized Time Options
Label
Description/Options
Network Time Protocol (NTP) is used for clock synchronization over the internet.
There are many publicly available NTP servers you can use, or your company may
NTP
have its own NTP server. For more information about NTP and to find
NTP servers, refer to http://support.ntp.org/bin/view/Servers/WebHome.
RDATE is a tool for querying the current time from the network. It is generally
RDATE
considered obsolete and has been replaced by NTP. It's offered here for
backwards compatibility with older timekeeping systems.
The Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is used for clock synchronization over the
PTP v1
internet. It has clock accuracy in the sub-microsecond range, making it more
granular than NTP.
6. Tailor the synchronization protocol with the required parameters as described below.
7. If NTP is selected:
a. Enter the IP address or server name for the NTP server in the Server IP Address field.
NTP uses UDP packets and port 123. If the system is behind a firewall and accessing an
external NTP server, UDP packets must be permitted on port 123.
8. If RDATE is selected:
a. Enter the IP address or server name for the RDATE server in the Server IP Address field.
b. Select an update interval from the drop down box.
9. If PTP v1 is selected:
a. Select the multicast address of PTP v1 server from the PTP domain drop-down.
PTP Domain
Description
Default
PTP at multicast address 224.0.1.129
Alternative 1
PTP at multicast address 224.0.1.130
Alternative 2
PTP at multicast address 224.0.1.131
Alternative 3
PTP at multicast address 224.0.1.132
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PTP uses UDP packets and ports 319 and 320 . If the system is behind a firewall and
accessing an external PTP server, UDP packets must be permitted on ports 319 and 320.
10. Click Apply.
Configure the date and time manually
By default the Standalone VGA Grid uses NTP for time synchronization. If your system does not have access
to a time synchronization server, or if you do not wish to use one, you can choose to manually set the date
and time.
To manually set the date and time:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Date and Time link in the Configuration menu; the date and time configuration page
opens.
4. Type the desired date in the Date field. Use the format yyyy-mm-dd.
5. Type the desired time in the Time field. Use the format hh:mm:ss.
6. Click Apply.
Change the time zone
By default the system has the Canada/Eastern time zone set. Configuration of the time zone is necessary to
ensure synchronized time servers provide the correct time to the system.
To select another time zone:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Date and Time link in the Configuration menu; the date and time configuration page
opens.
4. Select the new time zone from the Time Zone drop down box.
5. Click Apply.
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Configure a local NTP server
The Standalone VGA Grid can run a local NTP server.
To configure a local NTP server:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Date and Time link in the Configuration menu; the date and time configuration page
opens.
4. Select the check box Enable local NTP server.
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PART 2: Capture
Capturing is the process of taking the signals from your video and audio sources and encoding them in a
format that is ready for streaming and recording.
If you followed the quick start guide, you're already capturing, streaming and possibly recording your sources.
The section of the guide helps you fine tune and troubleshoot the capturing process.
When using Standalone VGA Grid, you can stick to all the default capture and encoding settings, or you tweak
them to set the up exactly as you like.
You can capture a single source at once, capture multiple sources in a custom channel or even switch between
sources or groups of sources (layouts) while streaming and recording.
Techniques for creating channels to capture, stream and record a single source; to create custom channels
with multiple sources and multiple layouts; and how to switch layouts while capturing are all described in this
section.
The chapters in this section include:
l Channels
l Live video mixing / switching
l Sources
l Troubleshooting
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What is a channel?
Standalone VGA Grid uses Channels to organize and display content captured from DVI, VGA, HDMI, SDI, SVideo and audio.
Channels make your sources (DVI, VGA, HDMI, SDI, S-Video and audio) available for streaming and
recording. You choose how you want to configure your sources (and extras like images and text overlays) into
layouts within your channel.
DVI2PCIe cards do not support audio over HDMI. Standalone VGA Grid systems with DVI2PCIe
cards will not be able to capture audio through HDMI sources.
Standalone VGA Grid gives you a lot of control over how your sources are streamed. You are not limited to
creating a Channel list that is a one-to-one reflection of your Sources list. You can make channels from some
or all of your sources and you can add the same source to multiple single-source or multi-source layout
channels.
For example, you could use the same source in all three of these situations, concurrently:
- as the only source in Channel 1 at 1080p, 30fps, 10,000 kbps;
- as the only source in Channel 2 at 720p, 15 fps, 2,000 kbps;
- in Channel 3 as part of a multi-source layout with picture in picture.
All channels can be streamed and recorded simultaneously. Following the example above, you could record
any combination of those three channels, and stream one, two or all three of them using any available
streaming methods.
In addition to creating multi-source channels, you can customize your channels by adding a images, company
information, corporate colors and time stamps. Standalone VGA Grid has a visual layout editor to help you
create exactly the layout you want to stream.
For each channel you create, you can use the layout editor to create one or more channel layouts. Then, while
recording and/or streaming, you can switch live between different layouts. To learn about creating layouts,
read Create a custom channel and Custom channel layout editor. To learn how to do live video mixing / live
video switching, see Live video mixing / switching.
You can now create and upload customized “No Signal” images for use in your channels. These images are
assigned to a specific source and display in any channel where the source is used but has no input detected.
For more information on how to create a "No Signal" image, see Add a No Signal image to a source
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Through channel configuration and fine-tuning you can maximize your stream quality, minimize your
processing requirements and bandwidth. You can also specify how the video is presented and streamed to
sharing destinations and viewers. Topics in this section include:
l Create a simple channel
l Configure encoding
l Create a custom channel
l Custom channel examples
l Custom channel layout editor
l Add a video source (custom channel)
l Add an audio source (custom channel)
l Add an image (custom channel)
l Add a text overlay (custom channel)
l Live video mixing / switching
l Preview a channel
l Delete a channel
l Rename a channel
While configuring channels, consider opening a live preview of the channel in another tab or
browser window so you can see the changes as they are applied, refer to Preview a channel.
Create a simple channel
Channels arrange the output from sources into a viewable and recordable stream. Although there are may
ways you customize a channel, this procedure walks you through the most basic channel setup with a
single source. For multiple-source channels and advanced layout editing see Add channel metadata. (You
can always update this channel later to use multiple sources or multiple layouts.)
After creating this channel you'll be ready to stream it using the system default settings. Instructions to
configure encoding, branding and CDN streaming are described in separate procedures.
To create a simple channel:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. Ensure a DVI, HDMI, VGA or SDI input source is connected to the device and you know the name of the
source it is connected to. If you're not sure, see What is a source?.
4. From the web interface, scroll to the Channels menu option. A list of existing channels, if any is
displayed.
5. Click Add channel located at the bottom of the list; the Sources page opens.
6. You're automatically editing the Default layout in the channel layout editor. (By default a 16:9 visual
layout editor with a black background is shown.)
7. Click Add new itemto add a layer to the layout; a drop down appears allowing you to choose the kind
of item to add to your layout.
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8. Select Video Source from the drop down; the new item is added to the layout and the Source settings
box appears on the right side of the page.
9. Click the Source drop down and select your source; your source appears in the visual layout editor
above.
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10. For best results, keep the Keep aspect ratio when scaling checkbox checked in the Source
settings box.
11. Use the red and white source handles in the visual editor to stretch your image to the full size of the
layout.
12. If audio is desired, scroll down and choose an audio source from the displayed list.
13. Click Save at the lower right corner of the page; the layout changes are saved.
Because this is a single-source channel with only one layout, the channel's name is updated
to display the source’s name next time you view the channel. Click the channel name to
refresh and view this, if desired. If you wish to change a channel's name directly, see
Rename a channel.
Your channel is ready for basic streaming and recording.
By default (on a new channel), when the source doesn't have a 16:9 aspect ratio, the system
automatically detects the correct aspect ratio and updates the layout after you leave and return
to the layout editor screen. This happens because the encoding page has the Use current signal
resolution as frame size setting selected by default. If you want to change the aspect ratio for
your channel, see Configure encoding .
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There are a lot of creative things you can do next with your channel, including creating more layouts and
editing this layout to add images and more sources. See Create a custom channel
Create a custom channel
Standalone VGA Grid has two styles of channels.
1. Simple channels with a single source that fits the full screen, as discussed in Create a simple channel
2. Custom channels with one or more layouts, sources, background matte color and images.
Both types of channels are created using the same interface. In fact, custom channels are the same thing as
simple channels, but they're called out separately in this manual because they are more complex. We call a
channel a custom channel (or custom layout channel) when it has multiple sources, image elements, multiple
layouts or any combination of those items.
So the only distinction between simple channels and custom channels is whether you choose to add any extra
elements to the channel.
When making simple channels, your source takes up the whole screen, but with custom channels, you can
organize sources, pictures and text overlays in different locations on your screen. We call these layouts, and
each custom channel you create can have multiple layouts.
If you want to change the way things appear in your stream while streaming (aka video switching or video
mixing), you'll need to create one layout for each of the views you want for your stream. Later, while you are
streaming, you can switch live between the layouts using the web UI.
If you're planning to do live switching with your channel, we recommend you set the frame size to
a fixed size instead of using the default automatic detection of source frame size. Setting the
frame size to a fixed value ensures you don't experience any stream interruptions if the source
frame size changes due to layouts that contain a single source that has a different frame size than
those in other layouts.
As you saw when creating a simple channel, the first thing you need to do is create your (first) layout. Before
getting started with custom channel layouts we recommend you review the Custom channel layout editor and
get some inspiration from our Custom channel examples. Then use the remaining topics in this section to help
you create and configure your perfect custom channel layout(s)!
l Create a custom channel or layout
l To upload an image
l Delete an uploaded image
l Add an image (custom channel)
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l Add a video source (custom channel)
l Add an audio source (custom channel)
l Set the background color (custom channel)
l Add a text overlay (custom channel)
l Delete or move a layout (custom channel)
l Rename a layout (custom channel)
Once you have your layouts created, read about Live video mixing / switching to learn how to change
between layouts while streaming and/or recording.
Each layout you add to your channel adds a bit of overhead on Standalone VGA Grid- and more
complex layouts take more resources. So it's a good idea to make sure you delete any layouts
you're not using.
Custom channel layout editor
The visual channel layout editor gives you full control on size and position of the pictures, sources and text
overlays you add to your channel.
You can edit existing channel layouts (even ones you initially created as simple channels) or you can create a
new channel or a new layout within a channel to work with. To add a new layout, see Create a custom channel
or layout.
To select a layout for editing:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select your channel from the channels menu and click Sources for the channel.
4. Select the layout you want to edit by clicking anywhere in the layout row; the layout editor shows the
current state of the selected layout for your channel and the row for the layout you're editing is
highlighted green.
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5. If this is a new layout, you are presented with an empty layout area and a black background matte.
The Sources page and channel layout editor is broken into a few pieces.
Layout selector
First there is the layout selector. From here you can pick which layout to preview/edit, create a new layout,
delete a layout or select which layout is active.
Visual channel layout editor
Next is the channel layout editor where you can add pictures, sources and text overlays to your layout. You
can also choose the background matte.
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The heart of the channel layout editor is the layout area, which has the same frame size and aspect ratio as
your stream. As you add items to the layout, they appear in the layout area. The currently selected item is
presented in full colour while other items appear transparent.
To position the items you can use the mouse to click and drag, or you can use the manual positioning values
to set a location as a percent of the screen (by typing a value followed by the percent sign, e.g. 4%) or in pixels
(by typing a value followed by px, e.g. 16px).
You can resize items by clicking and dragging the red and white circles at the corners of the items or by using
the manual positioning values. For example entering 0% in all four of the outside boxes will stretch the item to
the full size of the layout area.
You can modify the settings for each item by clicking the row. The item's settings box appears. See Add an
image (custom channel), Add a video source (custom channel) and Add a text overlay (custom channel) for
more details on item settings.
Audio source selector and save button
The last section of the Sources page is the audio selector and the (very important) Save button.
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Select the audio source(s) you want to add to your channel.
Sources are mixed at equal levels. If you have one source it's added at 100% it's volume. With two audio
sources, each is added at 50%, and so on.
When you're done all your changes, use the Save button to save the changes to your layout.
If you accidentally try to leave the layout without saving, Standalone VGA Grid reminds you to save before
leaving.
Ready to make some layouts of your own? Try these topics:
l Create a custom channel or layout
l Add a video source (custom channel)
l Add an audio source (custom channel)
l Add an image (custom channel)
l Add a text overlay (custom channel)
l Delete or move a layout (custom channel)
l Set the background color (custom channel)
l Rename a layout (custom channel)
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Custom channel examples
Here are a few examples of what you can do with just two sources and two picture files. Use your imagination
to create the layouts you want!
Layout example
Description
One source, at the full size of the channel.
(Simple channel)
To get this look: Add one source to the
layout, select keep aspect ratio and
stretch to fit the full layout size.
One source, with a green background
matte.
To get this look: Select a background
color. Add a source to the layout and size
appropriately, leaving the background
matte visible.
One source with a logo (.png with
transparency) in the bottom left corner.
To get this look: Upload an image with
transparency through the Branding
Content page. Follow the steps from the
first example to add the source, then add
a picture item and place it where desired.
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Description
One source with a text overlay in the
bottom right corner.
To get this look: Follow the steps from
the first example to add the source, then
add a text overlay item to the layout.
Enter your text in the settings box and
place it where desired.
One source with a background image.
To get this look: Upload your
backround image (must have the right
aspect ratio) through the Branding
Content page. When creating the layout,
first add the picture and stretch it to the
full screen. Next, follow the steps from
the first example to add the source.
Two sources with a background image.
To get this look: Follow the steps for
the example above, then add and
position a second source.
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Description
Two sources (one cropped to a new
aspect ratio), a background image and a
logo.
To get this look: Upload your
background and logo images through the
Branding Content page. When creating
the layout, first pick the background, then
the sources, and lastly the logo. Size and
position each. For the second source, click
"cropping" in the source settings and
select the desired crop.
A few more examples, this time including a 4x3 source.
Layout example
Description
One source, at the full size of the channel.
(Simple channel)
To get this look: Add one source to the
layout, select keep aspect ratio and
stretch to fit the full layout size. (Note the
channel broadcasts in 4x3 if you have
Use current signal resolution as
frame size selected on the encoding
page.)
One 4x3 source in a 16x9 frame, with a
green background matte.
To get this look: Make sure your
encoding page has a 16x9 frame size.
From the sources page, select a
background color. Add a source to the
layout and stretch to the full height of the
screen, leaving the background matte
visible.
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Layout example
Description
A 4x3 source and a cropped 16x9 source
together with a background image.
To get this look: Upload an image with
transparency through the Branding
Content page. Follow the steps from the
first example to add the sources and use
the crop utility to crop the second source
to a square aspect ratio.
Time to get started on your own layouts! See:
l Create a custom channel or layout
l Custom channel layout editor
Create a custom channel or layout
We call a channel a custom channel (or custom layout channel) when is has multiple sources, image elements,
multiple layouts, or any combination of those items. Custom layouts give you full control on size and position
of the pictures, sources and text overlays you add to your channel.
Custom local channels use HD Encoders that have been added as sources (see Add an HD Encoder
as a source (custom channel)). Each HD Encoder used adds overhead to the VGA Grid
Concentrator. Ensure you monitor CPU usage when using multiple HD Encoders.
Use this procedure to help you create a new channel or layout, then use the related procedures to add
elements to your layout.
If you're planning to use live switching, we strongly recommend you rename the channel rather
than using the default channel name (Rename a channel). See the note at the bottom of this
topic to avoid streaming and recording issues resulting from adding or deleting layouts when live
switching.
To create a new custom channel (with default layout) or add a layout to an existing channel:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. Do one of the following to make the Sources page appear:
a. select your channel from the channels menu and click Sources for the channel; or
b. select the Add channel link to create a new channel.
4. Next, pick one of the following actions to create or select a layout to edit:
a. select the layout you want to edit by clicking anywhere in the layout row; or
b. click Add Layout to create a new layout.
5. The layout editor shows the current state of the selected layout for your channel and the row for the
layout you're editing is highlighted green.
6. If this is a new channel or layout, you are presented with an empty layout area with a black background
matte.
Now that you've created your layout, you can start adding items to it. See these topics:
l Add a video source (custom channel)
l Add an audio source (custom channel)
l Add an image (custom channel)
l Add a text overlay (custom channel)
l Delete or move a layout (custom channel)
l Set the background color (custom channel)
l Rename a layout (custom channel)
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Important note for channels with multiple layouts
By default (and historically), Standalone VGA Grid's channels are named automatically based on the content in
the channel.
When a channel has only one layout, and that layout has only one source (regardless of whether or not there
are pictures or overlays in the layout), the channel name is the same as the source name
For example: By default, a channel with one layout that has HDMI-A in it will be named HDMI-A.
When you add a second layout to a channel, the channel name changes to a generic name Channel X (where
X is the channel index number). Normally this wouldn't pose any problem, but the changing name does have
some side effects: the stream is stopped and restarted, and the channel's recorder (if recording) is stopped
and a new file is started.
Furthermore, when you delete layouts in a channel until there is only one layout (with one source) left, the
channel name reverts to the source name.
To avoid any issue with changing channel names on channels where you'll have more than one layout, we
strongly recommend you rename the channel to a custom name (Rename a channel. This will ensure no
automatic channel name changes.
Add a video source (custom channel)
A source needs to be added to a channel before the channel is ready to stream. In the case of custom
channels with layouts, you can add one or more sources to the layout area.
You can add a source to a layout on an existing channel or you can create a new channel. If you're not sure
how to create a channel or a layout, start by reviewing the first few steps in the topic Custom channel layout
editor or start with Create a simple channel.
To add a source to your layout:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Follow the steps in Custom channel layout editor or Create a custom channel or layout to get to the
channel layout editor.
4. From the channel layout editor, click Add item; a drop down box appears. (If you have any other items
already in your layout, the new item appears at the top of the list.)
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5. Select Video Source from the drop down; the new item is added to the layout and the Source settings
box appears on the right side of the page.
6. Click the Source drop down and select your source; your source appears in the visual layout editor
above.
7. For best results, select the Keep aspect ratio when scaling checkbox from the Source settings
box.
8. If desired, select Crop from the Source settings box and use the red and white handles to draw a box
around the section of the source you'd like to have in the layout; your cropped selection changes in the
layout area.
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9. Moving back to the layout area, use the mouse, the keyboard or the manual position value fields to
position and resize your source. You can click and drag, stretch using the handles in the layout area, or
type values into the fields. See the note below for more information.
10. If needed, re-order the items in your layout by clicking and dragging items in the item list (under the
Add new item link).
For example, if you added your video source over a text overlay, the video source could conceal
the overlay. To fix it, drag the video source item below the text item in the list, or vice-versa.
11. When your layout is complete, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save to save your work.
Other things you may want to add to your layout:
l Add an audio source (custom channel)
l Add an image (custom channel)
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l Add a text overlay (custom channel)
l Delete or move a layout (custom channel)
l Set the background color (custom channel)
l Rename a layout (custom channel)
A note about item positioning and sizing
There are four ways to position and size items in the layout area
1. using the mouse
2. using the keyboard
3. using the manual positioning values with percents
4. using the manual positioning values with pixels
To use the mouse:
Click and drag to move the item. Click and drag the red and white circles to resize the item as you wish.
Using this method you can make quick changes that are in increments of approximately 5% of the
width or height of your layout area. For more refined movements, hold the down the Ctrl key on your
keyboard while dragging the item with the mouse.
To use the keyboard:
Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the item up, down, left or right in the layout. Changes are
in increments of approximately 5% of the height or width of the layout area. Make more refined
movements by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard while pressing the up, down, left or right
keys. You can also hold the Shift key while using the arrow keys to control the size of the item on the
layout. Hold both Ctrl and Shift for fine-grained size control.
Using percents:
Specify a whole number, followed by a percent sign (e.g. 4%) in any of the manual positioning fields.
The image will move and resize to honor the space you specified. For example to move the item in 12%
from the left side of the layout area, enter 12% in the bottom left positioning value square. The image
will resize to accomodate your change. If you further enter 15% in the bottom right positioning value
square, the image will be centered and take up 76% of the width of the layout area.
Using pixels:
If you need to specify an exact amount in pixels (rather than percent) you can type a pixel value in any
of the positioning value squares followed by the characters px (e.g. 56px). You can mix and match
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pixels and percents changing only the boxes you want to use pixel values. At any time you can switch
back to percents by typing a percent.
Add an audio source (custom channel)
To stream the audio for a source you need to add it to a channel and make sure audio is enabled in the
channel's encoding page. (Audio is enabled in the encoding page by default.)
Audio must be added to each layout for your channel. You can use the same audio for each layout, or if you
desire, you can have different layouts use different audio. If you're not sure how to create a channel or a
layout, start by reviewing the first few steps in the topic Custom channel layout editor or start with Create a
simple channel.
To add an audio source to your layout:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Follow the steps in Custom channel layout editor or Create a custom channel or layout to get to the
channel layout editor.
4. Select the audio source(s) you want to add to your channel. Sources are mixed at equal levels. If you
have one source it's added at 100% its volume. With two audio sources, each is added at 50%, and so
on.
5. When your layout changes are complete, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save to save your
work.
6. Follow the steps in Configure audio codec to ensure audio is enabled for your channel and to select
your audio settings.
Other things you may want to add to your layout:
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l Add a video source (custom channel)
l Add an image (custom channel)
l Add a text overlay (custom channel)
l Delete or move a layout (custom channel)
l Set the background color (custom channel)
l Rename a layout (custom channel)
To upload an image
You can customize your channels by adding pictures as backgrounds, overlays or information. Collectively the
images you upload to the system are known as branding images.
For best results always upload images that are already the correct size needed in your layout.
Background images should match the frame size of your channel (frame size is set in the
Encoding configuration page).
There are two ways to upload branding images. You can upload images to the branding page, as described in
this procedure, or you can drag and drop images using the procedure described in Add an image (custom
channel). Note that using the procedure below is the only way to see whether or not you'll be overwriting an
existing image.
To upload a branding image to the branding page:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Click Branding Content under the Configuration menu; the configuration page opens.
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4. Click Choose File; a browser page opens.
5. Navigate to the folder on your admin computer that contains the logo.
6. Select the file, the following file formats are supported: PNG and JPEG.
The maximum supported file size is 3840×2160. No warning or error message is displayed
if your image is too large. Files that exceed the maximum size do not appear in the dropdown list when selecting an image.
7. Click Open; the file is added to the File/template to upload field.
8. Click Upload; the file is uploaded and displayed in the Other files section.
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See the following topics to learn how to apply the logo, background, overlay text or other images to a channel:
l Add an image (custom channel)
l Add a text overlay (custom channel)
Add an image (custom channel)
You can use images in your custom channel layouts to create a background for your source, to add your
corporate logo, or to add relevant information about the event you're streaming.
Standalone VGA Grid supports png (PNG) and .jpg (JPEG) images. You can upload any image from 16×16
pixels to a maximum size of 3840×2160, however it's strongly recommended that you upload exactly the size
you need to avoid having your image scaled.
In earlier releases, there were separate procedures for adding backgrounds and logos to a channel. These
actions are now both considered adding an image to a custom channel layout and can be accomplished with
the steps below.
You can add a picture to a layout on an existing channel or you can create a new channel. If you're not sure
how to create a channel or a layout, start by reviewing the first few steps in the topic Custom channel layout
editor or start with Create a simple channel.
To add a picture to your layout:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Follow the steps in To upload an image or Create a custom channel or layout to upload your image, if
not already uploaded. If you like, you can also use the drag and drop technique described below.
4. Follow the steps in Custom channel layout editor to get to the channel layout editor.
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5. From the channel layout editor, click Add item; a drop down box appears. (If you have any other items
already in your layout, the new item appears at the top of the list.)
6. Select Picture; the Picture Settings section appears on the right side of the page.
7. If you haven't already uploaded your image, you can drag and drop it from your desktop to the gray
Please select picture box. (Note: no warning is displayed if the image is too large or will replace
another file).
8. If you have already uploaded the image, click the Use image drop down to select an image you have
uploaded to the system;
9. Your picture appears in the Picture settings preview and is added to the layout area. It is selected for
sizing and positioning.
If your uploaded image does not appear in the list, ensure it doesn't exceed the maximum
file size of 3840×2160.
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10. For best results, keep the Keep aspect ratio when scaling checkbox selected in the Picture
settings box. (This is selected by default.)
11. In the layout area, use the mouse, the keyboard or the manual position value fields to position and
resize your image. For background images, click and drag to fill the full layout area. See the note below
for more information on positioning techniques.
12. If needed, re-order the items in your layout by clicking and dragging items in the item list (under the
Add new item link).
For example, if you added your background image after adding a video source, the background
image conceals the video source. To fix it, drag the video source item above the background
image item in the list, or vice-versa.
13. When your layout is complete, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save to save your work.
Other things you may want to add to your layout:
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l Add a video source (custom channel)
l Add an audio source (custom channel)
l Add a text overlay (custom channel)
l Delete or move a layout (custom channel)
l Set the background color (custom channel)
l Rename a layout (custom channel)
A note about item positioning and sizing
There are four ways to position and size items in the layout area
1. using the mouse
2. using the keyboard
3. using the manual positioning values with percents
4. using the manual positioning values with pixels
To use the mouse:
Click and drag to move the item. Click and drag the red and white circles to resize the item as you wish.
Using this method you can make quick changes that are in increments of approximately 5% of the
width or height of your layout area. For more refined movements, hold the down the Ctrl key on your
keyboard while dragging the item with the mouse.
To use the keyboard:
Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the item up, down, left or right in the layout. Changes are
in increments of approximately 5% of the height or width of the layout area. Make more refined
movements by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard while pressing the up, down, left or right
keys. You can also hold the Shift key while using the arrow keys to control the size of the item on the
layout. Hold both Ctrl and Shift for fine-grained size control.
Using percents:
Specify a whole number, followed by a percent sign (e.g. 4%) in any of the manual positioning fields.
The image will move and resize to honor the space you specified. For example to move the item in 12%
from the left side of the layout area, enter 12% in the bottom left positioning value square. The image
will resize to accomodate your change. If you further enter 15% in the bottom right positioning value
square, the image will be centered and take up 76% of the width of the layout area.
Using pixels:
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If you need to specify an exact amount in pixels (rather than percent) you can type a pixel value in any
of the positioning value squares followed by the characters px (e.g. 56px). You can mix and match
pixels and percents changing only the boxes you want to use pixel values. At any time you can switch
back to percents by typing a percent.
Add a text overlay (custom channel)
Adding the date and time, channel name or other custom text as an overlay on your video is an easy way to
customize your stream.
You can add an overlay to a layout on an existing channel or you can create a new channel. If you're not sure
how to create a channel or a layout, start by reviewing the first few steps in the topic Custom channel layout
editor or start with Create a simple channel.
To add a picture to your layout:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Follow the steps in Custom channel layout editor or Create a custom channel or layout to get to the
channel layout editor.
4. From the channel layout editor, click Add item; a drop down box appears. (If you have any other items
already in your layout, the new item appears at the top of the list.)
5. Use the item type drop down box to select Text; the Text settings box appears and the layout area is
updated with the text overlay.
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6. In the Text field, specify the overlay text you want to add to the layout. Use your own text and any
combination of the shortcut codes listed at the end of this procedure.
For example: Use this string:
%A %B %d, %G. Live streaming channel Auto A.
to obtain these results (Thursday February 26, 2015. Live streaming channel Auto A.):
7. Use the font drop down to select the size of your text.
8. For best results, select the Keep aspect ratio when scaling checkbox from the Text settings box.
(This is selected by default.)
9. In the layout area, use the mouse or the manual position value fields to position and resize your text
overlay. (You may first need to change the height of the text box handles before you can proceed with
resizing or positoning.) See the note below for more information on positioning techniques.
10. If needed, re-order the items in your layout by clicking and dragging items in the item list (under the
Add new item link).
For example, if you added your overlay text before adding a video source, the video source
conceals the overlay text. To fix it, drag the overlay text item above the video source item in the
list, or vice-versa.
11. When your layout is complete, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save to save your work.
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Table 15 Time Format options
Field
Value
Example
date
%F
2012-01-26
year
%G
2012
month (01)
%m
01
month (Jan)
%b
Jan
month (January)
%B
January
day of the month
%d
26
weekday (Thu)
%a
Thu
weekday (Thursday)
%A
Thursday
time
%T
08:40:45
hour
%k
08
minute
%M
40
second
%S
45
millisecond
%#m
378
channel name
%c
Camera Feed 1
Other things you may want to add to your layout:
l Add a video source (custom channel)
l Add an audio source (custom channel)
l Add an image (custom channel)
l Delete or move a layout (custom channel)
l Set the background color (custom channel)
l Rename a layout (custom channel)
A note about item positioning and sizing
There are four ways to position and size items in the layout area
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1. using the mouse
2. using the keyboard
3. using the manual positioning values with percents
4. using the manual positioning values with pixels
To use the mouse:
Click and drag to move the item. Click and drag the red and white circles to resize the item as you wish.
Using this method you can make quick changes that are in increments of approximately 5% of the
width or height of your layout area. For more refined movements, hold the down the Ctrl key on your
keyboard while dragging the item with the mouse.
To use the keyboard:
Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the item up, down, left or right in the layout. Changes are
in increments of approximately 5% of the height or width of the layout area. Make more refined
movements by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard while pressing the up, down, left or right
keys. You can also hold the Shift key while using the arrow keys to control the size of the item on the
layout. Hold both Ctrl and Shift for fine-grained size control.
Using percents:
Specify a whole number, followed by a percent sign (e.g. 4%) in any of the manual positioning fields.
The image will move and resize to honor the space you specified. For example to move the item in 12%
from the left side of the layout area, enter 12% in the bottom left positioning value square. The image
will resize to accomodate your change. If you further enter 15% in the bottom right positioning value
square, the image will be centered and take up 76% of the width of the layout area.
Using pixels:
If you need to specify an exact amount in pixels (rather than percent) you can type a pixel value in any
of the positioning value squares followed by the characters px (e.g. 56px). You can mix and match
pixels and percents changing only the boxes you want to use pixel values. At any time you can switch
back to percents by typing a percent.
Set the background color (custom channel)
When you create a custom channel layout, you can select the background color to fill any unused space. For
example you can add a color from your corporate color scheme.
To add a picture to your layout:
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1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Follow the steps in Custom channel layout editor or Create a custom channel or layout to get to the
channel layout editor.
4. From the channel layout editor, click the drop down arrow next to the existing (by default black)
background color; the color picker opens.
5. Pick a new color or type in an RGB value in the field; the color is updated in the layout area.
6. Click anywhere off the color picker to close the picker.
7. When your layout is complete, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save to save your work.
Rename a layout (custom channel)
Layouts you create are automatically given a default name (the first one is Default!). You can keep these
names, or you can edit them to something more descriptive.
You can rename any layout, even the currently active layout.
To rename a layout:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Follow the steps in Custom channel layout editor or Create a custom channel or layout to get to the
channel layout editor.
4. From the layout picker, click on the row of the desired layout; the layout appears in the editor below.
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5. From the editor, click the name of the layout; it turns red.
6. Type in your new layout name and press Enter to save the new name. (Note if you click somewhere
else without pressing Enter, your changes are discarded.)
Delete or move a layout (custom channel)
Your custom channel can have multiple layouts. It's simple to re-order layouts or erase layouts you're not
using any more.
Reorder layouts
To move a layout:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Follow the steps in Custom channel layout editor or Create a custom channel or layout to get to the
channel layout editor.
4. Using the rows in the layout selector, click and drag to rearrange the order of your layouts.
Delete layouts
You can delete any layout except the currently active layout.
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If you're planning to use live switching, we strongly recommend you rename the channel rather
than using the default channel name (Rename a channel). See the note at the bottom of this
topic to avoid streaming and recording issues resulting from adding or deleting layouts when live
switching.
To delete a layout:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Follow the steps in Custom channel layout editor to get to the channel layout editor.
4. Click the X at the left side of the row for the layout you wish to delete; the system prompts you to
make sure you want to delete the layout.
5. Click OK to proceed; the layout is deleted.
Important note for channels with multiple layouts
By default (and historically), Standalone VGA Grid's channels are named automatically based on the content in
the channel.
When a channel has only one layout, and that layout has only one source (regardless of whether or not there
are pictures or overlays in the layout), the channel name is the same as the source name
For example: By default, a channel with one layout that has HDMI-A in it will be named HDMI-A.
When you add a second layout to a channel, the channel name changes to a generic name Channel X (where
X is the channel index number). Normally this wouldn't pose any problem, but the changing name does have
some side effects: the stream is stopped and restarted, and the channel's recorder (if recording) is stopped
and a new file is started.
Furthermore, when you delete layouts in a channel until there is only one layout (with one source) left, the
channel name reverts to the source name.
To avoid any issue with changing channel names on channels where you'll have more than one layout, we
strongly recommend you rename the channel to a custom name (Rename a channel. This will ensure no
automatic channel name changes.
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Delete an uploaded image
Images used in custom channel layouts are stored on the system hard drive. You can delete an image after
you are done using it, or to when performing general housekeeping duties on the system.
To delete an uploaded image:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
If the image is used as part of the layout for any channel, select a different image or no
image by using the drop-down list in the Picture settings box within that channel's layout
before deleting the file using the steps below.
3. Click Branding Content under the Configuration menu; the configuration page opens.
4. Click Remove; a confirmation dialog box opens.
5. Click OK; the dialog box closes and the image file is removed from the configuration page.
Configure encoding
You can modify the encoding settings for each channel you create. These settings let you perfect your stream
by selecting the right frame size, bit rate, audio/video codecs and more.
This section covers the following encoding topics:
l Configure video codec
l Configure frame size
l Fine tune stream settings
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l Configure audio codec
l Codec and file format compatibility
Configure video codec
To configure encoding:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Click the Encoding link for your channel; the encoding configuration page opens.
4. Click the Codec drop-down menu to change the size and speed of the compression and decompression
and the quality of the image. Choose one of the following options from the Codec drop-down menu.
Value
H.264
Motion JPEG
MPEG-4
Description
H.264 is the default value and provides high quality video while using low
bandwidth. This is the preferred codec for the system.
This is suitable for live streaming and video, however may have low quality
images while using high bandwidth. Motion JPEG does not support audio.
This may be suitable for presentations. Provides good image quality, while using
moderate bandwidth.
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5. If the selected codec is Motion JPEG, you can configure the Page refresh time. Specify a time in a
seconds.
6. If the selected codec is H.264 (default), click Video encoding preset to define how the video stream is
encoded. Choose one of the following:
Value
Description
Hardware
This is the default H.264 encoding preset. Choose this setting for best
Accelerated
performance.
This matches the default from previous generations of Epiphan products. Choose
Software
this only if you need software encoding or X.264 encoding to match results
created with previous generations of Epiphan products or firmware.
7. If the selected codec is H.264 (default), click Video encoding profile to limit or include video formats
that are supported. Choose one of the following:
Value
Baseline
Main
Description
Choose this option when streaming to an application that requires robustness
and cannot tolerate data loss, for example video-conferencing.
Choose this option for standard-definition broadcasts. This is the default.
Choose this option when video is viewed for broadcast and disk storage
High
applications, particularly for high definition television application such as Blu-ray
disk storage format and HDTV broadcast service.
Video encoding profile and preset can be set only when the H.264 codec is selected.
8. If all your changes are complete, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Apply.
Configure frame size
By default, for channels with only one layout and when that layout has only one video source, your
Standalone VGA Grid automatically uses the incoming source frame size as the stream frame size. Frame size
greatly affects the amount of bandwidth needed to transmit your stream. The larger the frame size, the more
bandwidth you need to stream it. So you may want to keep the frame size the same as your source, or you
may want to apply upscaling, downscaling, stretching, or black bar framing, depending on your needs.
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For example:
l if the input signal resolution is 1920×1080 (a 16:9 aspect ratio)
l and stream frame size is set to another 16:9 frame size such as 1280×720,
the smaller stream frame size causes the system to downscale the image and use less bandwidth to
transmit.
Or if you have a widescreen/HD format source but need a 4:3 output frame size, you can add black bars to
the top and bottom of the frame.
The system is designed to provide scaling, however for the best overall system performance
(particualrly when reaching maximum system capacity), configure your source to provide the
correct frame size and avoid scaling.
To configure your stream's frame size:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Click Encoding for the your channel; the encoding configuration page opens.
4. Scroll to the Frame size section.
5. Perform one of the following steps:
Using current signal resolution as the frame size only works for channel layouts with a
single source. If you're using multiple sources, follow the steps below to set your frame
size.
a. Check the Use current signal resolution as the frame size check box. Enabling this feature
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If you change the frame size (resolution) of the input signal after streaming (or
recording) begins your may see interrupted streaming and recording. Enabling this
feature is not recommended for systems where input resolution is changed
frequently.
b. Change the frame size, follow the steps below.
6. Set the Frame size values to reflect the dimensions required for your stream. Some suggested values
cover popular resolutions of cameras and display devices such as monitors, but you may also specify
something custom:
a. Uncheck Use current signal resolution as frame size.
b. Type a frame size in the field; or
c. Select an option from the sizes shown, the dimensions will appear in the frame size field.
Scaling occurs automatically (no extra configuration needed) when you make the
dimensions larger, smaller, or a different aspect ratio than the source.
If your channel has a layout with only one source and your source and stream aspect ratios
differ, when viewing that layout, your source is centered in the frame and matte bars are
added to the top and bottom or left and right sides to make up the difference. See
Remove black bars (matte) from the video.
7. If all your changes are complete, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Apply.
If you plan to use layout switching during a live stream, it's best to choose a fixed layout size. This
avoids causing the stream restart due to frame size change when you switch between singlesource layouts that use frame sizes.
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Fine tune stream settings
Along with video/audio codecs and frame size, there are other configurable stream settings that affect quality
and bandwidth. Like with frame size selection, values for these settings can be a tradeoff between bandwidth
available and quality for stream viewers.
A table at the end of this section provides additional guidance for the settings
To fine tune your stream's settings :
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Click Encoding for your channel; the encoding configuration page opens.
4. Scroll to the Key frame interval setting.
5. Click the Key frame interval drop-down box to choose how often a key frame (a frame that contains
all the pixels) is sent when streaming the video. The longer the key frame interval the smaller the video
file size, and vice versa.
6. If desired, change the Limit frame rate. The default should be adequate in most applications. While
decreasing the limit may improve system performance, you may need to test different values to
balance video smoothness and processing power.
7. If using H.264 of MPEG4 video codecs, you can increase or decrease image quality by increasing or
decreasing the target Bitrate value. Video with a high level of motion and high resolution, such as a
sporting event, requires a high bitrate.
8. If all your changes are complete, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Apply.
Table 16 Stream settings guidance
The key frame interval feature specifies how often a key frame (a frame
that contains all the pixels) is sent when streaming the video. This setting
also impacts how quickly a video moves through the frames when a
viewer uses the search function of their media player.
Increasing the number of seconds between key frames can significantly
Key frame interval
reduce your bandwidth and system resource usage with minor impact to
your video quality. A good rule of thumb is to keep the interval between 2
to 3 seconds and decrease the key frame interval as the motion increases.
Try different settings and note changes in the video quality. If your video
quality is poor and jittery you may need to decrease the interval between
key frames. If you have unlimited bandwidth and system resources you
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can choose an option to stream key frames only.
Frame rate reflects the number of images captured by the device per
second. Reducing the frame rate reduces bandwidth usage, and vice versa.
The system's ability to maintain a set frame rate is based on several
factors, for example:
l overall system load affects the ability for the device to process
pixels;
Frame rate
l available network bandwidth;
l the source and stream frame size (resolution);
l the type of motion that is captured; and
l number of users accessing the stream.
When adjusting the frame rate, you may need to try different values to
achieve the best outcome.
In general, higher bitrate mean higher image quality in the stream, at the
cost of higher bandwidth needed to transmit it.
For comparison against something you are likely familiar with, an HD Blu-
Bitrate
ray video is typically in the range of 20 mbps, standard-definition DVD is
usually 6 mbps.
If you don't know what value to use, a good place to start is 5000 kbps (slightly less than a typical DVD). Test to see how this works for your
viewers and adjust.
Configure audio codec
If your channel sources included audio (see Create a simple channel or Create a custom channel), your stream
will by default use the AAC audio codec at 48 kHz. You can modify this setting to best match your streaming
or post-processing needs.
To configure your stream's audio codec :
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. Click Encoding for the your channel; the encoding configuration page opens.
4. Scroll to the Audio settings section.
5. Ensure the Enable audio checkbox is checked.
6. If the default audio format AAC 44KHz, stereo, 320 Kbps is not desired, click the Audio format dropdown menu to select an audio codec. A table at the end of this procedure gives details about each
option.
7. Click the Audio channels drop-down menu to choose mono (1 channel) or stereo (2 channels).
If desired, you can choose Mono to have left and right stereo channels combined and
streamed together (i.e. when listening to the streamed audio, the same blended sound will
come through both the left and right channels).
8. Select an Audio bitrate from the drop-down menu. The table at the end of this procedure gives some
guidance on audio bitrates.
For stereo audio, we recommend 256 kbps or 320 kbps.
9. If all your changes are complete, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Apply.
Table 17 Audio codecs and bitrate guidance
Value
Description
AAC is the default audio codec.
AAC
This codec is comparable to MP3, and may have better sound quality with a similar
bit rate. Supported values are 16, 22, 44 and 48K kHz. Most digital signals (HDMI
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Description
or SDI sources) use 48 kHz audio.
Matching the encoded level with the source level provides the best sound quality
by avoiding audio resampling. For analog signals, 44 kHz provides higher sampling.
The maximum bitrate for mono encoding of a 44 kHz signal is 264 kbps. For stereo,
320 kbps is supported.
MP3 provides a common audio format for audio storage.
Supported values are 22 kHz, 44 kHz and 48 kHz. Most digital signals (HDMI
or SDI sources) use 48 kHz audio. Matching the encoded level with the source level
provides the best sound quality by avoiding audio resampling. For analog signals,
MP3
44 kHz provides higher sampling.
Flash (FLV) doesn't support 48 kHz MP3 audio. When selecting this
value you'll need to use a media player (or install ASF browser plugins)
to preview your channel.
Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) is a standard for digital audio in computer and other
devices such as, digital telephone systems.
Most digital signals (HDMI or SDI sources) use 48 kHz audio. Matching the encoded
level with the source level provides the best sound quality by avoiding audio
PCM
resampling. For analog signals, 44 kHz provides higher sampling.
Flash (FLV) doesn't support 48 kHz PCM audio. When selecting this
value you'll need to use a media player (or install ASF browser plugins)
to preview your channel.
Codec and file format compatibility
Not all streaming and recording protocols support all combinations of video and audio codecs. Use the tables
below to determine what settings work for your streaming and recording needs.
The following table displays the compatibility between the video/audio codecs and formats supported for
streaming.
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Video Codec selected
Audio Codec selected
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RTSP
FLV
ASF
MPEG-TS
MJPEG
H.264
No audio codec
ü
ü
ü
ü
H.264
PCM
ü
ü
ü
H.264
MP3
ü
ü
ü
ü
H.264
AAC
ü
ü
ü
ü
MPEG-4
No audio codec
ü
MPEG-4
PCM
ü
MPEG-4
MP3
ü
MPEG-4
AAC
ü
MJPEG
No audio codec
ü
The following table displays the compatibility between the video/audio codecs and formats supported for
recording.
Video Codec selected
Audio Codec selected
MP4
AVI
MOV
MPEG-TS
H.264
No audio codec
ü
ü
ü
ü
H.264
PCM
ü
ü
ü
H.264
MP3
ü
ü
ü
ü
H.264
AAC
ü
ü
ü
ü
MPEG-4
No audio codec
ü
ü
ü
MPEG-4
LPCM
ü
ü
ü
MPEG-4
MP3
ü
ü
ü
MPEG-4
AAC
ü
ü
ü
MJPEG
No audio codec
ü
ü
ü
ü
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Add channel metadata
Adding company information to metadata is an easy way to identify and copy protect your broadcast or
recording.
This section describes the following topics for customizing your channel:
l Add channel metadata
l Remove metadata from a channel
Previous firmware versions gave the ability to configure "No Signal" images per channel. "No
Signal" images are now done on a per-source basis instead . See Add a No Signal image to a source
.
Add channel metadata
Using the Branding feature, you can apply a logo to your channel and specify the following meta data that the
media player displays for your viewers:
l title of the presentation;
l company website;
l presenter’s name;
l copyright date or other labels such as proprietary information, preliminary etc; and
l additional information about the broadcast, such as time of the broadcast, or change to the schedule.
To apply channel metadata:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, select a channel; the menu expands.
4. Click the Branding link for your channel; the Branding configuration page opens.
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5. Enter metadata such as: presentation title, presenter name(s), any copyright dates and additional
information about the broadcast that you want the viewer to know.
How metadata is displayed depends on the media player. For example VLC stores
the metadata in a media information file, while other media players scroll the text
horizontally from right to left along the bottom of the media player window, similar
to a ticker message bar.
6. Click Apply.
Remove metadata from a channel
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, select a channel; the menu expands.
4. Click the Branding menu option; the Branding configuration page opens.
5. Scroll to the Content metadata section.
6. Click the Author, Copyright or Comments field.
7. Highlight the text and press delete on the keyboard. The field is empty.
8. Click Apply.
Preview a channel
While configuring a channel, you may want to open a live preview of the channel in another tab or browser
window so you can see the changes as they are applied. Choose one of the following options to preview your
channel:
l Preview a channel from the Info page
l Preview a channel from the Status page
l Preview all channels at once
Preview a channel from the Info page
The system's Info page displays links for previewing your channel(s). This fast and simple method allows you
to see link for all the streams in a single location.
To preview a channel from the Info page:
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1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click Info from the Configuration menu option; the system information
window opens .
4. Scroll to the channel you want to preview.
5. Click View; the corresponding channel is displayed in the window.
Preview a channel from the Status page
The channel's status page gives a wealth of information about the channel, including bit rate, frame size, a
snapshot of the channel and links to preview the channel.
To preview a channel from the Status page:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Click the link for Channel you want to preview, the menu expands.
4. Click Status; the channel's Status page opens.
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5. Scroll down to see the snapshot.
6. Right-click the Live Broadcast link and select Open in a new Tab or Open in a new Window; a tab
or window opens displaying a preview of the channel.
Preview all channels at once
Standalone VGA Grid has a special preview mode that lets you see all configured channels at once.
The resulting web page can be very large. You may wish to be aware of your web browser's zoom
hot keys. Many browsers will zoom out with Ctrl-- (control minus) and zoom in with Ctrl-= (control
equals).
To preview all channels at the same time:
1. Open a new browser window.
2. Type the following string into the address bar of your web browser on your admin computer (ipaddress
is the IP address of your Standalone VGA Grid).
http://<ip address of Standalone VGA Grid>/preview.cgi
For example: http://172.20.1.33/preview.cgi
3. Press Enter, the preview web page appears displaying the content of all active channels.
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Rename a channel
By default, channels are created with the same name as their source - until a second layout or a second source
is added to the channel, at which time the channel is renamed Channel X where X is the index of the channel.
However there may be circumstances when you want to create a distinct name for the channel to reflect the
source(s) it contains.
To rename a channel:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, scroll to the Channels menu option.
4. Click on the channel you want to rename; the menu expands.
5. Click any link for the channel; the corresponding channel status or configuration page opens.
You can change a channel's name from any of it's configuration pages.
3. Click the channel name at the top of the channel configuration page; the name text becomes red to
indicate that it is editable.
4. Highlight the old name and press backspace or delete on the keyboard.
5. Type the new name, using alphanumeric characters. It's recommended (but not mandatory) that you
use underscores to separate words, if needed.
6. Press Enter on the keyboard. The name is updated at the top of the screen and in the list of Channels in
the navigation menu.
You must press the Enter key on the keyboard for the change to take effect.
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Delete a channel
From time to time you may want to clean up the list of channels, and remove channels that are no longer
used. The following steps describe how to delete a channel. Deleting a channel does not delete the input
source configuration, however it deletes any recorded files for the channel.
To delete a channel, follow the steps below.
1. From the web interface, scroll to the Channels menu option.
2. Click the channel you want to delete; the menu expands.
3. Click Status; the Status page opens displaying the service state and stream info for the channel.
4. Click Delete this channel; a confirmation dialog box appears to remind you that all recorded files for
this channel will be removed.
You cannot undo this command.
5. Click OK to continue or Cancel to stop. If you proceed, a message indicating that the channel was
successfully deleted appears at the top of the page.
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Live video mixing / switching
Live video mixing / switching
Standalone VGA Grid supports live video mixing (also known as live video switching) while you are capturing,
streaming and recording. Video mixing is a great way to create dynamic content for your viewers and
recordings. With Standalone VGA Grid, switching happens in less than half a second ( < 500 ms)!
This means you can start your stream with a video source showing a countdown, move to a single-camera
view, then switch between multiple cameras or multiple layouts with more than one source, and end again
with a thank you message for attendees. (Layout switches made in your channel are reflected in both the live
stream and recording. )
For example, your stream could look like this:
Before you can switch between layouts, make sure you have your custom channel with layouts created. See
Create a custom channel or layout.
Now on to the fun part! Switching / mixing using the web UI
Switching live video inputs, or video mixing, is fast and easy using the web UI. For best results, you may wish
to be in a location where you can see the live action, and have a solid understanding idea of what is in each of
your layouts. Good layout names can help with this. See Rename a layout (custom channel).
To do live video mixing:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Follow the steps in Custom channel layout editor or Create a custom channel or layout to get to the
channel layout editor.
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4. The currently active layout has a red button in the rightmost column.
5. Touch the empty circle for another layout to make it the active layout; the layout changes in the live
stream (and recording), and the new row gets the red button.
6. Continue to switch layouts as needed for the duration of your event or recording.
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What is a source?
What is a source?
A source can be an image, video, or audio from a camera, a computer screen or any device that provides a
VGA, S-Video, SDI, DVI or HDMI video signal and audio signal output.
Video sources
The web interface automatically discovers all video source ports and displays them in the Sources section of
the web admin interface.
Each video input on the back of the system is a frame grabber. Input sources are identified by their frame
grabber serial number. Each frame grabber has one DVI port, one SDI port, one S-Video port, and one audio
port. DVI ports are listed with the suffix .vga, SDI ports with the suffix .sdi, S-Video inputs are listed with the
suffix .video, and audio inputs are identified by the word audio. Video sources include a preview of the images
they are capturing. It is a good practice to view the images from each source to confirm what is captured. See
below.
When a source is connected, the system automatically detects and adjusts the image capture settings at start
up and continues to adjust every 60 seconds during operation (interval is configurable). The system’s goal is to
produce the best quality captured image given the source equipment used. Generally no further
configuration is needed.
VGA Grid HD Encoders can also be used as sources for your Networked VGA Grid Concentrator.
To accomplish this, you must first add your HD Encoder(s) to a channel and then add the channel
as a source. See Add an HD Encoder as a source (custom channel) for more information.
If there is no source connected to a specific port , then the default "No Signal" image will display in any channel
where the source is used. You can use Standalone VGA Grid.'s default "No Signal" image for your sources, or
you can create your own custom "No Signal" image for your channels to enhance branding and add
professionalism to your display. See Add a No Signal image to a source
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Audio sources
Standalone VGA Grid's web interface also automatically discovers all audio sources displays them in the same
section. Audio sources are identified by the word audio in the source name. Audio input devices such as a
microphone and portable music players can send audio signals to the Standalone VGA Grid using the audio
input ports at the back of the system. Audio is also supported via HDMI and SDI.
DVI2PCIe cards do not support audio over HDMI. Standalone VGA Grid systems with DVI2PCIe
cards will not be able to capture audio through HDMI sources.
This chapter covers the following sections:
l Connect a source
l Preview a source
l Rename a source
l Control audio volume
l Confirm audio levels
l Add a No Signal image to a source
Connect a source
You can connect sources to the Standalone VGA Grid at any time, either before or after the system is powered
on. Similarly you can disconnect a source from a port and even connect a different source at any time.
Changing the source connected to a port that is being streamed or recorded can result in the
recording stopping or the stream frame size changing depending on how your channel is
configured.
If the frame size changes, viewers may be disconnected and need to re-connect to the stream.
Connect the input sources to the following input ports on the system:
Table 18 Cable and port connections
Cable
Input Port
VGA, HDMI* or DVl
DVI port
SDI
SDI port
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Cable
Input Port
composite or S-video source
S-Video port
audio
Audio Input port
* Standalone VGA Grid only supports video and audio capture from HDMI content that is not HDCPprotected.
Preview a source
You can preview the images captured from your sources in the web admin interface. No extra configuration is
needed.
To preview the captured stream/images:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Ensure a source is connected to the input port, see Connect a source.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the source configuration page to see the preview.
Configure a source
Generally the captured stream doesn't require any additional configuration, but if needed, you can log into
the web interface to make configuration changes.
To configure a source:
The following adjustments cannot be made for S-Video sources.
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Ensure a source is connected to the input port, see Connect a source.
4. From the web interface, scroll to the Sources menu option.
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5. Click the .vga, .sdi or ,video source link; the source configuration page opens.
6. If desired, scroll to the bottom of the source configuration page to see the video Snapshot.
7. Make note of the name of the source, or optionally, change the source name to reflect the data it is
capturing. You'll need to know this name to add the source to a channel. See Create a simple channel.
8. In most cases the video is ready to add to a channel and broadcast. If fine adjustments are required,
refer to the table below to make minor configuration changes.
DVI and HDMI signals
Although many options can be listed on the .vga (DVI) source configuration page, only certain ones are
applicable to DVI or HDMI signals. When you have a digital source connected, the page indicates that most
changes are not configurable.
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The following values are configurable for digital sources connected to the DVI port:
Value
Description
When a source is setup, the system automatically detects and adjusts the image
Autoadjustments
capture settings at start up and continues to adjust every 60 seconds during
interval (sec)
operation. To change the number of seconds between update, enter a value, or
0 to disable the feature, otherwise the default of 60 seconds is set.
This feature is useful when a source captures video that is rotated 90⁰ or is
displayed upside down. Choose one of the following values to change the video
orientation while streaming:
Rotate
l No rotation
l 90⁰ clockwise
l 90⁰ counter clockwise
l 180⁰
Enable
Enable this feature to convert an interlaced source signal to a non-interlaced
deinterlacing
signal.
VGA signals (coming in via DVI port)
The following values are configurable for VGA signals coming in via a DVI port.
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Value
Configure a source
Description
Specify the native color space of the signal source, either RGB or YUV. The
following values are available:
Use signal from
l VGA/DVI signal (RGB) (this is the default setting)
l Component signal (YCrCb)
Configurable for VGA sources only.
When a source is setup, the system automatically detects and adjusts the image
Autoadjustments
capture settings at start up and continues to adjust every 60 seconds during
interval (sec)
operation. To change the number of seconds between update, enter a value, or
0 to disable the feature, otherwise the default of 60 seconds is set.
When an image is not aligned in the window, use this feature to move an image
Vertical shift
up or down on the screen. The values range from 20 (moves the image up) to –
20 (moves the image down).
When an image is not aligned in the window, use this feature to move an image
Horizontal shift
left or right on the screen. The values range from -999 (moves the image to the
left) to 999 (moves the image to the right).
Specifies phase adjustments for VGA signals. Generally not used unless value is
Phase
provided by Epiphan support.
Configurable for VGA sources only.
Changing the value adjusts the horizontal resolution of the image. Adjust the
value using small increments until the image is sharper. The value ranges from
PLL adjustment
0-999 to 999.
Configurable for VGA sources only.
The Offset and Gain parameters function as contrast control for an image. The
Offset controls the darker parts of the image and the gain controls the bright
parts of the image. Adjust both values to optimize image quality. Adjust the
Offset
values using small increments until the image is sharper. If you set Offset to a
high value, set a high value for the gain to balance the two.
Configurable for VGA sources only.
The Gain and Offset parameters function as contrast control for an image. The
Gain
Gain controls the bright parts of the image and Offset controls the darker parts
of the image. Adjust both values to optimize image quality. Adjust the values
using small increments until the image is sharper. If you set Offset to a high
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Value
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Description
value, set a high value for the Gain to balance the two.
Configurable for VGA sources only.
Sets the aspect ratio of the captured image. The default is 4:3. Set the value to
Wide mode when capturing images that have a wide aspect ratio. Using the
Aspect Ratio
incorrect setting causes the image to be distorted or stretched.
Configurable for VGA sources only.
Adjust horizontal sync detection.
HSync threshold
Configurable for VGA sources only.
Adjust vertical sync detection.
VSync threshold
Configurable for VGA sources only.
This feature is useful when a source captures video that is rotated 90⁰ or is
displayed upside down. Choose one of the following values to change the video
orientation while streaming:
Rotate
l No rotation
l 90⁰ clockwise
l 90⁰ counter clockwise
l 180⁰
Enable
Enable this feature to convert an interlaced source signal to a non-interlaced
deinterlacing
signal.
S-Video signals
The following options are available for S-Video signals via S-Video ports.
Signal type
Specify the video source connected to the S-Video input source. The options are
Default, Composite, S-Video.
SDI signals
The following options are available for signals via the SDI port.
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Value
Configure a source
Description
This feature is useful when a source captures video that is rotated 90⁰ or is
displayed upside down. Choose one of the following values to change the video
orientation while streaming:
Rotate
l No rotation
l 90⁰ clockwise
l 90⁰ counter clockwise
l 180⁰
Enable
Enable this feature to convert an interlaced source signal to a non-interlaced
deinterlacing
signal.
Add a No Signal image to a source
By default the system displays a gray background with the text No Signal when there is no video signal coming
in to a source. You can customize this image to display a different message to your viewers. For example if a
viewer logs in early, or if you are experiencing delays you could indicate the start time (or expected resolution
time) using the no signal image.
Before you can specify a custom no signal image for a source, you must upload it following the procedure To
upload an image.
Transparent PNGs are not a supported file type for "No Signal" images.
To set the no signal image for a source:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Follow the instructions above (To upload a logo to a channel) to upload an image via the Branding
Content page.
4. From the web interface, select your desired source under the Source header; the source configuration
page opens.
5. Select a “No signal” image. This image displays in the channel when the source's signal is not detected.
(If your uploaded image does not appear in the list, ensure it doesn't exceed the maximum file size of
3840×2160.)
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Alternatively, to select an image you can simply drag and drop your chosen picture file to the blank
space below the Image field.
6. In the Timeout field, enter the number of seconds before the "No signal" image is displayed. If no
manual value is entered, the default time to display is 5 seconds.
7. Click Apply.
8. Test that the No Signal image is correctly applied by disconnecting your source and previewing the
channel(s) containing said source. See Preview a channel for more information.
Rename a source
Source names are used when adding sources to channels, therefore it is important that you know the name of
the source you wish to use. If a channel has only one source, the channel name will by default be the same as
its source name and will update automatically when the source name changes.
Sometimes it's helpful to configure the source name to match the data it's capturing so it's clear what the
channel is capturing too. Alternately you can change the channel's name. See Rename a channel.
To change a source name:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. From the web interface, scroll to the Sources menu option.
4. Click the .vga or ,video source link; the source configuration page opens.
5. Click the source name at the top of the page; the name turns red.
6. Highlight and delete the existing source name.
7. Type a new source name.
8. Press Enter (on your keyboard) to save the new name.
You must press Enter to save the new name. The Apply button will not save the source
name change.
Control audio volume
Do you find the volume is too high or too low for some of your audio sources? You can control the volume
level for audio inputs via the web admin interface.
To set audio volume:
1. Ensure an audio input source is connected to an audio input port.
2. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection method. See Connect to the admin
interface.
3. Login as admin.
4. From the web interface, scroll the Sources section.
5. Select an audio source; the audio configuration page opens.
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6. For Analog audio sources (TRS), select an Input source from the drop-down menu.
7. Choose Line to capture high-powered audio signals from self-powered equipment, such as a CD player,
synth or amp, or select Front Mic or Rear Mic to capture audio from a microphone connected to the
audio input port.
8.
"Passive" microphones requiring phantom power are not supported. Supported
microphones require their own external power source, such as a battery.
9. Click the Capture volume drop-down menu. A list of percentages is displayed. Choose to amplify the
volume by a percentage of the original volume. The default setting is 30%. Decrease the percentage if
the output volume is too loud. Increase the percentage if the output volume is not loud enough.
Adjusting the Capture volume adjusts the recorded and streamed output audio.
10. Click Apply.
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Troubleshoot capture
In addition to fine tuning channel settings such as frame rate, resolution and bit rate to ensure optimal use of
resources while streaming a quality video, there may be circumstance when you must fine tune the video
input source.
Changing how source images are displayed may cause undesired results, for example
experimenting with the PLL setting may result in the image not being displayed properly. It is a
good practice to backup your configuration settings so that you can revert back to a good
configuration if the changes that you made are not desirable. See Save and restore device
configuration.
The following topics are covered in this section:
l Remove black bars (matte) from the video
l Force the capture card to use a specific EDID
l Unstretch the output video
l Video not centered (VGA sources only)
l Remove the combing effect on images
l Video looks squished (VGA sources only)
l Video too bright, too dark or washed out (VGA sources only)
Remove black bars (matte) from the video
By default, for channels with only one layout and only one source, the Standalone VGA Grid makes sure that
the aspect ratio of input signals is preserved when the output is streamed. If an input video signal doesn't
match the encoded frame aspect ratio, bars are added to the sides or top and bottom of the encoded stream
when the output is streamed and recorded. The color of the bars (matte) is defined by the Background color
selected on the Channel sources page. See Create a custom channel.
For example:
l Input signal resolution is 720×480 (a 3:2 aspect ratio)
l encoded resolution is 640×480 (a 4:3 aspect ratio that is narrower than the input resolution)
Borders are added to the top and bottom of the image to preserve the wider ratio of the input.
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For example:
l Input signal resolution is 720×480 (a 3:2 aspect ratio)
l encoded resolution is 1280×800 (a 16:10 aspect ratio that is wider than the input resolution)
Borders are added to the left and right of the image to preserve the narrower ratio of the input.
If you are seeing bars on your image but would rather have the image fill the whole screen you have to
options:
1. Change the output frame size to match the aspect ratio of the input.
2. Stretch the image to fit the output frame size aspect ratio.
These two options are described below.
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Match the output frame size to the aspect ratio of the source
signal
The frame size is matched only for layouts that have only one source. Note that if you have
layouts with different frame sizes, switching them while live streaming will cause an interruption
and restart of the stream. The same thing happens if you change the resolution of your source
while streaming.
To change the output frame size on channels to match the aspect ratio of the source:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select a channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Sources; the Sources page opens.
5. Find the name of the media source used for the channel.
6. Click this source under the Sources menu.
7. Make note of the input signal resolution.
8. Click the channel's Encoding; the Encoding page opens.
9. Scroll to the frame size parameter.
10. The simplest option is to select Use current signal resolution as frame size and click Apply. You can
alternatively select it briefly to note the current video signal resolution, then deselect it and follow the
steps below.
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11. Look for the source aspect ratio in the list of aspect ratios provided.
a. If the source resolution is on the list, choose another resolution on the same line (i.e. with the
same aspect ratio).
b. If the source resolution is not on the list, use a calculator to get a factor of the source resolution
and enter it in the Frame size fields.
12. Click Apply.
Stretch the image
To remove the matte (black bars) by stretching the image to fit your output frame size:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select a channel; the channel menu expands.
4. Click Sources; the Sources page opens.
5. Click the row for your layout; the layout appears in the layout editor.
6. Select the gear for your Item with your video source; the Source Settings box appears.
7. Deselect Keep aspect ratio when scaling in the Source Settings box.
8. Click and drag the source in the layout editor to stretch as desired to fill the frame.
9. Click Save.
Force the capture card to use a specific EDID
Extended display identification data (EDID) is data provided by a video display device (usually a monitor) to
describe its capabilities to a video source (usually a graphics or video output card in a PC or another device).
The video source uses the EDID to determine the capabilities of the monitor to determine the resolution, color
depth and other settings that the monitor can support.
EDID is crucial for DVI sources but mostly ignored by VGA sources.
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Like monitors, each video capture card in theStandalone VGA Grid contains an EDID. When you connect a
VGA or DVI video source (such as a laptop or video camera), this source sees the Standalone VGA Grid's HD
Encoder's capture card as a monitor and uses its EDID to negotiate which video signal to send.
Generally the capture card's DVI input correctly emulates a monitor that supports your video source.
However sometimes, particularly if your source uses a custom set of display properties, you need to help
Standalone VGA GridHD Encoder by uploading a custom EDID to force the capture card to report that it
emulates a resolution, color depth, etc needed by your laptop, camera or other video source.
Upload a new EDID
In most circumstances the factory installed default EDID, is sufficient. However, there may be some cases
where a video source uses resolutions that you do not want to use. In that case you can choose an EDID that
forces the Standalone VGA Grid's capture card to use a specific set of attributes.
The uploaded EDID is permanently installed on your system and this capture card (a "Source" in the web
interface) will always share the uploaded EDID with the connected video input source.
EDID changes are permanent until you replace them with another EDID or specifically choose to
restore the facotry EDID for a given source. Not even a system-level factory reset removes the
configured EDIDs.
1. To download a new EDID file, go to the Epiphan support web page. The support page opens.
2. Select the support page for Standalone VGA Grid.
3. Scroll to the EDID section.
4. Click on an EDID from the list. The file is saved to your downloads folder on your hard drive.
5. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
6. Login as admin.
7. From the web interface, Scroll to the Sources section.
8. Click the name of the DVI capture card (source) for which you want to upload an EDID; the
Source Configuration page opens.
9. Scroll to the EDID upload section.
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10. Click Choose File; a file browser opens.
11. Browse to the location where the custom EDID file was saved and select the file.
12. Click open; the EDID filename is displayed on the screen.
13. Click upload, the EDID upload begins; the screen shows a progress inidicator.
14. When the upload is complete the page changes to reflect success or failure.
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Restore factory default EDID
When you have finished with a custom EDID, you can restore the capture card (in the Sources list) to the
default EDID. Currently there is no way to tell if your capture card is using a custom EDID. If you are unsure,
restoring to factory default is the best approach.
To restore the default EDID:.
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, scroll to the Sources section.
4. Click the capture card (source) for which you wish to restore the EDID; the source configuration page
opens.
5. Scroll to the EDID section.
6. Click the restore button.
7. The screen updates with a status indicator.
8. When the EDID restoration is complete, the page updates to reflect the action is completed.
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Unstretch the output video
Unstretch the output video
By default, the Standalone VGA Grid makes sure that the aspect ratio of input signals is preserved when the
output is streamed. If this default was overridden or if the channel was created in a version of the software
earlier than 3.11.0, the image is stretched to match the output frame size. The effect may be subtle and may
not be problematic for you, but if you want to resolve this it is very simple to do.
To preserve the source aspect ratio:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click Encoding; the encoding page opens.
4. Click Sources; the Sources page opens.
5. Click the row for the layout you want to edit; the layout editor opens.
6. Select the gear icon for your source from the list of layout items; the Source settings box appears.
7. From the Source settings box, make sure Keep aspect ratio when scaling is selected.
8. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save.
Unstretching the image causes a matte (black bars) to appear on the sides or top and bottom of
the output. To remove these see Remove black bars (matte) from the video.
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Video not centered (VGA sources only)
The image from the source is displayed too high or low, or too far to the left or right.
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, scroll to the Sources menu option.
4. Click the desired video source ; the source configuration page opens.
5. To move the video horizontally to the left or right, scroll to Horizontal shift .
6. Enter incremental values to shift the video image to the left (use a negative value) or right (use a
positive value).
7. Click Apply. View the output in the Snapshot preview below . You may need to make further
adjustments to move the video left or right.
8. Make further adjustments and click Apply after each change to confirm the results.
9. To move the video up or down, scroll to Vertical shift .
10. Enter incremental values to shift the video image down (use a negative value) or up (use a positive
value).
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11. Click Apply. View the output in the Snapshot preview below. You may need to make further
adjustments to move the video up or down.
Remove the combing effect on images
When frames are interlaced, artifacts from one frame may appear on the next frame. This occurs when a fast
motion video is interlaced. Since each frame is captured from a different point in time, the action captured in
one frame is carried over to the next frame. The result is a blurred image and horizontal lines running across
the video.
To convert an interlaced source signal to a non-interlaced signal.
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, scroll to the Sources menu option.
4. Click on the desired video source ; the source configuration page opens.
5. Enable the Enable deinterlace setting.
6. Click Apply. View the output in the Snapshot preview below.
Video looks squished (VGA sources only)
The image is squeezed horizontally on the screen. This distortion occurs when there's a mismatch between the
aspect ratio the Standalone VGA Grid detects and the aspect ratio that is sent from the source signal. To
compare the two signal values, you must know the aspect ratio that the source is sending.
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1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click Info; the info window opens with a list of all configured channels.
4. Compare the aspect ratio from the source with the aspect ratio from the Standalone VGA Grid info
window. Confirm if there is a mismatch.
5. If there is a mismatch, go to the Encoding page for the channel and change the frame size to match the
frame size that is sent from the source. See Configure encoding .
6. If the video is still squeezed horizontally on the screen, follow the steps below.
7. From the web interface, scroll to the Sources menu option.
8. Click on the source for which you want to change the aspect ratio; the source configuration page
opens.
9. Scroll to the Aspect ratio setting.
10. Select Wide mode from the drop-down menu, when the source is wider than what is being displayed in
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the preview or Live View.
11. Click Apply. View the output in the Snapshot preview below.
Video too bright, too dark or washed out (VGA sources only)
If the video from the source is too light, too dark or washed out, use the offset and gain controls together to
optimize image quality. Increasing the gain amplifies weak signals but also increases noise, you must balance
offset and gain values to achieve the best quality image.
Adjust these settings by the smallest values possible; compensate for a large change to one by making a large
change to the other. Setting both offset and gain to high values can result in poor video quality.
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, scroll to the Sources menu option.
4. Click the desired video source; the source configuration page opens.
5. Scroll to Gain.
6. Enter a small value, for example 1 to 25 in the field to brighten the image.
7. Scroll to Offset.
8. Enter a small value, for example 1 to 15, to balance the gain setting . The Offset value behaves as a
contrast to the Gain value.
9. Click Apply. View the output in the Snapshot preview below. You may need to make further
adjustments to fine tune the brightness and contrast.
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PART 3: Stream
Streaming provides powerful and flexible approaches to delivering to your users. Offering an easy to use
interface, users can stream video using multiple formats to multiple users and devices such as web browsers,
media players, set-top-boxes, Smart TVs and Content Distribution Networks. The tool's flexibility is further
enhanced by its ability to support standard codecs used by most sharing destinations and media players.
This section discusses the following topics related to publishing your content:
l What is streaming?
l Stream to viewers
l Stream to a server
l Stream to a media player
l Samples of stream settings
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What is streaming?
After you have configured your media and channels, decided on the content and layout of your broadcast, it’s
time to share your stream.
Standalone VGA Grid provides a number of options for streaming. Choose from methods for unicast,
multicast, CDN, SAP, UPnP and more.
The following sections provide a description of the available streaming options, insight into why you would
choose each option, and procedures to stream your content using each option.
o Choose a streaming option
o Supported streaming formats
Streams for viewers:
o Stream to viewers
o Disable (and enable) streams for viewers
o Restrict access to streams for viewers
o Stream content using HTTP or RTSP
o Configure HTTP and RTSP streaming ports
o Stream content using HLS (HTTP Live Streaming)
o Stream content using UPnP
Stream to a server:
o Stream to a server
o Stream to a CDN
o Stream content using multicast
Stream to a media player:
o Stream to a media player
Choose a streaming option
Each method of streaming media has strengths and weaknesses depending on your audience location,
hardware resources and bandwidth. To help you decide how to publish your content, you must first identify
the number of viewers and how viewers will access your content. Are you streaming live video, or recorded
video. Do you need to stream the content to one client (peer-to-peer), deliver a single stream to multiple
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clients (multicast), or provide web-based streaming where multiple clients can access the broadcast (Content
Distribution Network).
Your Standalone VGA Grid can stream to individual viewers through HTTP, HTTP Live Streaming, UPnP and
RTSP and can also simultaneously stream to a server such as a multicast server or CDN.
Supported streaming formats
When you set up your channel the system generates and displays a list of available video formats and
standards specific to the selected audio and video codecs used by your channel.
To view the video formats and standards specific to your selected codec:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Status; the following page opens displaying the stream protocol that is supported based on the
selected codecs.
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Stream to viewers
Streaming to viewers allows people to connect directly to your Standalone VGA Grid via their web browser or
media player to view the live stream.
You can configure whether or not streaming is enabled for viewers. See Disable (and enable) streams for
viewers.
Publishing Options
Use this option to...
Quickly stream content to viewers simultaneously. No set up is required. The
Standalone VGA Grid is ready to stream content as soon as it is has power
and a configured channel. No other settings are required. Your audience
HTTP
need only access the URL of the broadcast and they are instantly connected.
This viewing method is ideal for a small number of viewers. For each viewer,
you are using the full stream bandwidth and a small amount of system
overhead on the Standalone VGA Grid. For more information about using a
HTTP streaming, refer to Stream content using HTTP or RTSP.
Quickly stream content to viewers. No set up is required. The Standalone
VGA Grid is ready to stream content as soon as it has power and a
RTSP
configured channel. No other settings are required. Your audience need only
copy and paste the URL of the stream into a media player. For more
information about using a RTSP and HTTP streaming, refer to Stream
content using HTTP or RTSP.
Stream live over the standard HTTP port 80, making it possible to cross
firewalls and proxies that are normally accessible to other HTTP traffic and
HTTP Live Streaming
facilitates content delivery to CDNs. See Stream content using HLS (HTTP
(HLS)
Live Streaming).
There is approximately a 30 second delay when streaming using HLS.
To stream video outside of your LAN, configure port forwarding on your router. Work with your
Network Administrator on this task. Network configuration is beyond the scope of this guide.
Stream content using HTTP or RTSP
The quickest and simplest way to deliver your content is to send the broadcast's URL to your viewers. You can
provide separate URLs for each channel being streamed.
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The format of the URL provided to you by the admin interface depends on the method you used to access
the system, either through network discovery using the serial number or IP address.
The system must be accessible on the viewer's LAN for the viewer to use access by serial
discovery.
If your system is behind a firewall and you wish to share with remote viewers, you will need to set
up port forwarding on your network. See your IT administrator.
Table 19 URL options
Access Method
URL Format
http://<serial>.local/preview.cgi?channel=<channel number>
rtsp://<serial>.local:<port>/stream.sdp
serial discovery
Where serial is the serial number of the system and channel number is the
provided from the GUI (see below).
http://<IP Address of Standalone VGA Grid>/preview.cgi?channel=2
rtsp://<IP Address of Standalone VGA Grid>:<port>/stream.sdp
IP address
Where the IP address is the IP address of the system and the port and channel
number informationis provided on the channel's status page.
To retrieve the stream URL for your viewers:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Status; the following page opens displaying the stream protocol that is supported based on the
selected codecs.
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5. Jot down the either the Live Broadcast , RTSP stream or other web streaming address. This is the
address you can send to viewers or to create a link to your broadcast.
Users must install Bonjour Print Services on their Windows or Mac computer to access the live
Preview using the serial number.
If you're seeing URLs with serial numbers instead of IP addresses and want to change this, log into
the admin interface by IP address (instead of by Serial number/Bonjour Print Services) to see
URLs with the IP address.Connect to the admin interface.
Configure HTTP and RTSP streaming ports
For RTSP streaming the only information required to view the broadcast is the URL and the port number used
to stream the broadcast. Port numbers are also used for HTTP streaming methods such as FLV, ASF
and MPEG-TS. By default, each channel has a unique HTTP and RTSP port number. If needed, you can modify
these port numbers. Be sure to always use unique numbers for each channel.
To set the HTTP and RTSP streaming ports, follow the steps below.
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
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5. Set the HTTP Streaming port to specify the port used to stream the HTTP broadcast. This value along
with the URL is used by viewers to access the FLV, ASF and MPEG-TS streams.
The port number must be higher than 500 for HTTP. In the case of RTSP streaming this
value is ignored.
6. Set the RTSP Streaming port to specify which port to use when you are streaming live video via RTSP.
This value along with the URL is used by viewers to access the broadcast. The default for channel one is
554.
7. Click Apply.
Stream content using HLS (HTTP Live Streaming)
Stream live over the standard HTTP port 80, making it possible to cross firewalls and proxies that are normally
accessible to other HTTP traffic .
HLS is supported with the H.264 codec and MP3 or AAC audio encoding. When streaming using
HLS there is approximately a 30 second delay.
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. From the web interface, select the channel containing video you want to stream; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming configuration page opens.
5. Enable HTTP Live Streaming by selecting the HTTP Live Streaming checkbox.
6. Click Apply.
7. Click Status for the channel. The status page opens.
8. Provide the HLS stream link to your viewers.
Send stream URLs to viewers
For participants to log in and view a stream, you must provide a stream URL. The URL that you send depends
on the device the participant uses to view the stream. You can provide separate URLs for the stream coming
from each channel, or one URL that includes all the streams for the channel.
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. From the web interface, click the channel that you want to view; the menu expands.
4. Click Status; the Status page opens displaying the stream protocols supported based on the selected
codecs. For more information on compatibility between codec and file formats, see Supported
streaming formats.
5. Copy the URL and provide to viewers. Viewers may now view the stream using a digital media player or browser. See Viewing with a web browser and
Viewing with a media player (RTSP).
View the Flash stream
There are two methods to view the retrieve the flash stream URL:
l Live broadcast link on the channel's status page.
l Info page from the configuration menu
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View your broadcast using the View link on the Info menu
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. From the web interface, click Info menu option; the info window opens with a list of all configured
channels.
4. Click on the channel you want to preview. A page opens displaying the live broadcast and broadcast
URL.
5. Copy the URL and provide to viewers.
View your broadcast using the Live broadcast link on the Status
page
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
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3. From the web interface, click the channel that you want to view; the menu expands.
4. Click Status; the status page opens displaying the live broadcast and stream URL.
5. When HTTP live streaming for the channel is enabled the status page also shows the HTTP Live
Streaming link. See, Stream content using HLS (HTTP Live Streaming).
When HLS is enabled and with no viewer password set, viewers can access the stream using a
tablet or smart phone device. If the viewer passwords is set, HLS connections are not possible.
6. Click on the Live broadcast or HTTP Live Stream link, if it configured. The window opens displaying the
live broadcast and broadcast URL.
Previewing the broadcast with FLV player results in moderate buffering delay (15-30
seconds).
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7. Copy the URL and provide to viewers. Viewing with a web browser
If a viewer password is configured, provide participants with the password to log in, along with the IP address
or the URL to be used by the participant's browser.
If your channel is configured with 48 kHz audio, flash streaming (which is used for browser
viewing) may not work. In this case, we recommend you view the channel with a media player
instead. (See below.)
1. Open a web browser.
2. Enter the IP address of the broadcast stream, refer to the example below. To locate the IP address for
the broadcast, refer to Send stream URLs to viewers.
If the IP address of the broadcast is 172.20.1.33, then browse to:
http:// 172.20.1.33/preview.cgi?channel=<channel number>
3. Enter the user name and password at the prompt:
User Name: viewer
Password: (enter the viewer password)
4. Press Enter. The stream is played in the browser window.
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Viewing with a media player (RTSP)
If a viewer password is configured, provide participants with the password to log in, along with the IP address
or the URL to be copied to the media player. For example purposes the following procedure describes the
steps using a VLC media player.
1. Launch a media player.
2. Click the Media tab, a drop-down menu opens.
3. Choose Open Network Stream; a dialog box opens.
4. Enter the stream URL (using either the IP address or the network discovery serial number method).
rtsp://49E7B8E4.local:554/stream.sdp
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5. Press Play; the stream is played in the media player window.
Disable (and enable) streams for viewers
When you create a channel it's available by default for viewing by stream viewers who have the stream URL.
You can choose to disable streaming to viewers through the channel's streaming configuration.
Disabling streams for viewers disables all viewer formats including HTTP, RTSP, HLS and UPnP.
To disable (or enable) streams for viewers:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click Streaming for the desired channel; the streaming page opens.
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3. Uncheck Enabled to disable streaming to viewers (or check to enable).
4. Click Apply at the bottom of the page.
Restrict access to streams for viewers
Standalone VGA Grid can restrict access to all viewer streams using global viewer passwords and IP allow/deny
lists. See Set or change user passwords and Restrict viewers by IP address
If LDAP is configured for viewer authentication, the viewer must pass global autentication using
LADAP credentials (or the viewer global password, if there is one) and must meet the local channel
settings (come from an allowed IP address). See Configure LDAP for more information on LDAP
configuration.
To restrict viewers for a channel:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click Streaming for the desired channel; the streaming page opens.
4. Scroll to the Stream access control section of the page.
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5. Select Use these settings from the drop down list; the configuration fields are enabled.
Global LDAP settings are always enforced. Any local settings are in addition to LDAP sign on.
6. If desired, specify a password for viewers of this channel; the password appears masked as you type it.
If you have global allow/deny lists or a global user password, you can override the global
settings and remove all access control for a channel by selecting Use these settings and
leaving all the fields blank.
7. If desired, specify allow and deny IPs for viewers of this channel. See Restrict viewers by IP address for
more information about allow and deny lists.
8. Click Apply at the bottom of the page.
To return a channel to the default (global) access control settings:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click Streaming for the desired channel; the streaming page opens.
4. Scroll to the Stream access control section of the page.
5. Select Use global settings from the drop down list; the configuration fields are disabled (any changes
to the configuration fields are not saved).
6. Click Apply at the bottom of the page.
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Restrict viewers by IP address
The Standalone VGA Grid permits you to restrict which computers can access broadcasts by building a list of
allowed and/or denied IP addresses. You can do this at a global level for the system and can also override
these settings on a per-channel basis. Both global and per-channel configuration procedures are described
below.
IP address restriction is valid for the viewer only and does not affect the web admin interface or
the mobile configuration interface.
If your viewer account has a password, your viewers must connect to the system from a computer (or
gateway) with a permitted IP address and must also supply the username (viewer) and password before they
can view the broadcast.
To restrict access by IP address you need to know the IP addresses, or range of addresses for your viewers. By
default all IP addresses are allowed to connect to the broadcast.
If you’re not familiar with creating allow/deny lists, refer to the examples below this procedure for assistance
with crafting your lists.
To restrict viewers by IP address:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Access passwords link in the Configuration menu; the password configuration page opens.
4. Type allowed IP addresses or address ranges in the Allow IP’s field. Separate addresses with a comma.
5. Type denied IP addresses or address ranges in the Deny IP’s field. Separate addresses with a comma.
6. Click Apply.
To restrict viewers of a specific channel by IP address:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Streaming link for the desired channel; the streaming configuration page opens.
4. From the Access Control drop-down, select Use these Settings; local password and Allow/Deny IP
lists are enabled.
5. If desired, type a password for the viewer in the Viewer Password field.
6. Type allowed IP addresses or address ranges in the Allow IP’s field. Separate addresses with a comma.
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7. Type denied IP addresses or address ranges in the Deny IP’s field. Separate addresses with a comma.
8. Click Apply.
If a user attempts to connect to the stream from a disallowed IP address, access is denied. If connecting by
internet browser, the message "IP address rejected." is displayed.
The following table describes the applicable fields.
Table 20 IP Based Restriction Fields
Label
Description/Options
Enter individual IP Addresses or IP Address ranges, separated by commas. To specify a
range, use a hyphen (-). Optional spaces improve readability.
Users connecting from addresses in this list are permitted to view broadcasts from the
Allow IP's
system, provided their IP address is not in the Deny IP’s list.
To allow all (except IP addresses in the deny list, if any), leave the field blank.
You can use the Allow list by itself, or in conjunction with the Deny IP’s list as an exception
to a rule in the allow list.
Enter individual IP Addresses or IP Address ranges, separated by commas. To specify a
range, use a hyphen (-). Optional spaces improve readability.
Users connecting from addresses in this list are not allowed to view broadcasts from the
Deny IP's
system, unless their IP address is in the Allow IP’s list. If a specific IP address is in both lists,
access to the stream is denied.
You can use the Deny list by itself, or in conjunction with the Allow IP’s list as an exception
to a rule in the allow list.
IP restriction examples
Allow list with distinct IP addresses
The simplest allow/deny list is to use the list of known IP addresses to craft a list of allowed IP addresses. All
other addresses are denied access to the broadcast.
For example if your system is accessible on your local area network (LAN) and you want to make sure only the
CEO’s specific desktop, laptop and tablet computers (with IP Addresses 192.168.1.50, 192.168.1.51, and
192.165.1.75, respectively) can connect to the broadcast, construct the following allow list:
Allow: 192.168.1.50, 192.168.1.51, 192.168.1.75
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Allow list with a range of IP addresses
Sometimes you’ll want a range of computer IP addresses to connect to your system. This may happen when
you have one range of IP addresses assigned to desktop computers (i.e. in the range 192.168.1.1 to
192.168.1.100) and another range assigned to boardroom computers (i.e. the range 192.168.1.200 to
192.168.1.250). If you only want the boardroom computers to connect to broadcasts from the system you
can specify the range of boardroom IP addresses rather than needing to type in each individual address. The
allow list looks as follows:
Allow: 192.168.1.200-192.168.1.250
Note that we could have specified two of the IP addresses in the previous example as a range.
Allow list with a range of IP addresses and one or more specific IP
addresses
Putting the first two examples together, we want to permit access to IP addresses in the range of boardroom
computers (192.168.1.200-192.168.1.250) and also want to add the desktop, laptop and tablet computers
of the CEO (IP addresses 192.168.1.50, 192.168.1.51, and 192.168.1.75, respectively). Note the first two IP
addresses are consecutive, so they can be added as a second range. Add these IP addresses to the list as
follows:
Allow: 192.168.1.200-192.168.1.250, 192.168.1.50-192.168.1.51, 192.168.1.75
Your list can have multiple ranges and multiple distinct IP addresses, provided they are separated by commas.
Deny list with distinct IP addresses
Another simple allow/deny list is to use the list of known IP addresses to list specific denied IP addresses. All
other addresses are allowed access to the broadcast.
For example imagine your system is accessible on your local area network (LAN) and you want to allow any
computer on the LAN can access the stream except your publicly-accessible boardroom (with IP address
192.168.1.211). You can use the following deny list (leave the allow list empty) to permit all computers except
the boardroom computer:
Deny: 192.168.1.211
As with allow lists, your deny list can specify a range of IP addresses, and can specify multiple ranges or distinct
IP addresses in a comma-separated list.
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Allow list with a range of IP addresses, distinct IP addresses and an
exception
Building on the previous examples, consider the situation where you want the CEO’s computers
(192.168.1.50, 192.168.1.51, 192.168.75) and all boardroom computers (192.168.1.200-192.168.1.250)
to access the broadcast, with the exception of the public boardroom computer (192.168.1.211). Use both
allow and deny lists to create the rule as follows:
Allow: 192.168.1.200-192.168.1.250, 192.168.1.50-192.168.1.51, 192.168.1.75
Deny: 192.168.1.211
Both lists can have multiple ranges and multiple distinct IP addresses, provided they are separated by
commas.
Deny list with a range of IP addresses
Converse to the previous examples, consider the situation where you want every computer on the network to
access the broadcast, with the exception of the CEO’s desktop, laptop and tablet computers. Additionally,
boardroom computers should not be permitted with the exception of the cafeteria computer (IP address
192.168.1.222).
The deny list is an "exception" list for the allow list. So to craft the rule described above we need to allow all the
computers in the local subnet, then deny specific sub-ranges including two groups of boardroom computers
ensuring the cafeteria computer's IP address is not in the deny list:
Allow: 192.168.1.1-192.168.1.250
Deny: 192.168.1.200-192.168.1.221, 192.168.1.223-192.168.1.250, 192.168.1.50-192.168.1.51,
192.168.1.75
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Stream to a server
Your Standalone VGA Grid streams to a server when you want to use a CDN or Multicast.
By default, no server streaming is configured. See Stream to a CDN and Stream content using multicast for
details on configuring one of these two options.
Publishing Options
Use this option to...
Stream web content to many viewers simultaneously to any geographical
location. A viewer accesses the broadcast from a website using a user name
and password, if required. Using a CDN to host your broadcast is highly
scalable and makes financial sense to website owners since you do not pay
Content Distribution
Network
for additional server hardware or routing should your network traffic
increase or decrease.
Using a CDN to stream live content allows you to reach a large
geographically diverse audience and because CDNs perform format
conversion, the stream is platform independent.
For more information about streaming to a CDN, see Stream to a CDN.
Stream content to a multicast IP address where it can be shared with
multiple viewers within the same LAN. All viewers receive the same stream
at the same time. Similar to turning on a radio station where all listeners
hear the same music at the same time.
This delivery method relies on network equipment that supports
multicasting and is usually used in high bandwidth corporate LANs and not
Multicast Streaming
on Internet-based architectures.
This delivery method is useful for training sessions, when there is a specific
timeframe when the audience will view the content. For more information
about using multicasting for streaming your content, see: Stream content
using multicast
This option can be used to stream video and audio to an IP TV or set top
box playlist.
To stream video outside of your LAN, use a CDN or configure port forwarding on your router.
Refer to your Network Administrator; network configuration is beyond the scope of this guide.
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Stream to a CDN
Streaming to CDNs and multicast streaming is available only when the H.264 codec is selected.
Stream to a CDN
A Content Delivery Network (CDN) relies on geo-diverse CDN servers to receive and disperse web content to
the CDN server closest to the user. The closer the server is to the user the faster the content is delivered.
Streaming your content through a CDN allows you to stream any time, anywhere, regardless of the viewing
device.
You can publish to any CDN provider that supports incoming streams sent via RTSP announce or RTMP push.
Both RTSP and RTMP can be used for live streaming, however not all CDNs or media servers support both
formats. Choose the streaming format that your CDN or media server supports. Epiphan has tested with the
CDN providers listed here: http://epiphan.tv/cdn-partners.php. Contact your CDN for a list of supported
audio codecs and ensure your configuration uses one of the supported codecs.
To publish content to a CDN provider ensure you have:
l a path to the mount point or an XML configuration file (provided by the CDN provider);
l verify which transport protocols your CDN supports:
l a current flash player; and
l select the H.264 codec from the channel's Encoding page.
You can also test how your content is streamed by sending your content to Epiphan’s CDN. For a list of
Epiphan’s preferred CDN providers, see: http://epiphan.tv/cdn-partners.php.
Use one of the following links to configure your Standalone VGA Grid for publishing to a CDN:
l To stream content to a CDN using RTSP announce
l To stream content to a CDN using RTMP push
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l Stream to a CDN using an XML profile
l Stream to Wowza Streaming Cloud
l Test using Epiphan TV CDN
To stream content to a CDN using RTSP announce
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
5. Scroll to the Stream to a server section of the page.
6. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
7. Choose using RTSP announce from the drop-down menu.
8. Enter the ingestion point url provided by the CDN or media server.
9. Check the Use TCP for RTP stream checkbox. Verify which transport protocols your CDN provider
supports.
10. Enter a user name and password.
11.
The CDN provider assigns a user name and password to authenticate the publisher.
Contact the CDN provider for your log in credentials.
12. Click Apply.
To stream content to a CDN using RTMP push
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
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2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
3. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
4. Choose using RTMP push from the drop-down menu.
3. Enter the ingest point URL provided by the media server or CDN.
4. In the Stream name field, enter the stream name you configured with the CDN..
5. Enter the CDN user name and password.
The CDN provider assigns a user name and password to authenticate the publisher.
Contact the CDN provider for your log in credentials.
6. Click Apply.
Stream to a CDN using an XML profile
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
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3. Click the Choose File button next to use profile XML; a file browser window opens.
4. Select the XML profile supplied by your CDN and click OK; the configuration is read from the XML file
and applied.
3. Click Apply.
Stream to Wowza Streaming Cloud
To set up streaming via Wowza Cloud, you first need to sign in to the Wowza Streaming Cloud web site and
create a new Live Stream. Retain the connection code that is provided upon applying the configuration
settings; this code is required to complete the streaming set-up process.
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Encoding; the channel's Encoding page opens.
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5. Configure Encoding settings accordingly, ensuring the Codec selected is H.264.
Configuring audio is optional. Supported formats are limited to MP3 and AAC. Due to RTMP
restrictions, MP3 48 kHz is not supported.
6. Click Apply.
7. Under the selected channel, click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
8. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
9. Select to Wowza Cloud from the drop-down list.
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10. Enter the connection code obtained from the Wowza Streaming Cloud set-up into the Connection
code field.
11. Click Set to pair the channel on Epiphan's encoder with the live stream on Wowza Cloud
12. Click Apply. When the connection to Wowza Cloud has been established, the stream name appears on
the channel's Status page.
After clicking Apply, there may be a short 2-3 minute delay before the live stream is displayed.
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Stream to Original Livestream
To set up streaming via the Original Livestream service, you first need to sign in to your Original Livestream
account and create a new stream.
To configure streaming on your Standalone VGA Grid:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Encoding; the channel's Encoding page opens.
5. Configure Encoding settings accordingly, ensuring the Codec selected is H.264.
Configuring audio is optional. Supported formats are limited to MP3 and AAC. Due to RTMP
restrictions, MP3 48 kHz is not supported.
6. Click Apply.
7. Under the selected channel, click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
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8. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
9. Select Original Livestream from the drop-down list.
10. Enter the channel name in the Short channel name field.
11. Enter your Original Livestream Username and Password in the next two fields.
12. Click Apply. When the connection to Original Livestream has been established, the stream name
appears on the channel's Status page, similar to this example from Wowza Streaming Cloud.
After clicking Apply, there may be a short 2-3 minute delay before the live stream is displayed.
Test using Epiphan TV CDN
Epiphan.tv is a service provided by Epiphan to help our customers to experiment with content distribution
networks, bandwidth, performance limits and viewer limits are applied. To upgrade to a full service, select one
of Epiphan’s preferred CDN providers at http://epiphan.tv/cdn-partners.php.
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Stream to Epiphan TV
To hear audio content from Epiphan TV ensure audio is set to MP3 in Encoding configuration.
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
5. Scroll to the Stream to a server section of the page.
6. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
7. Choose to <serial>. Epiphan.tv. Where <serial> is the serial number of the system.
8. Click Apply; a connection through the media tunnel is established. The system streams to Epiphan’s
portal – epiphan.net.
You must set audio format to MP3 when streaming through epiphan.net, see Configure
encoding .
View content from Epiphan TV
Before viewing content from Epiphan TV ensure you have:
l a current browser;
l a current flash player;
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l select the H.264 codec from the channel's Encoding page; and
l set the stream bitrate lower than 500 kbits/s in the channel's Encoding setup.
To view content:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
3. Click the link to view the broadcast.
4. A web page opens displaying the broadcast.
Specify a multimedia player to view your Epiphan TV broadcast
1. From the Epiphan TV portal, click Switch To on the bottom of the screen; the following options
appear.
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2. Choose a plug-in from the list, the stream is displayed using the selected multimedia player.
Add a link to your website to stream your Epiphan TV broadcast
Follow the steps below to embed code for the broadcast in a web page.
1. Go to the Epiphan TV portal.
2. Click Embed on the bottom of the screen; a dialog box opens displaying the code.
3. Highlight and right-click on the code in the dialog box. A drop-down menu appears.
4. Choose Copy.
5. Paste the content into the HTML code for your website. A link to your broadcast on Epiphan TV is
added to your web page.
Retrieve a list of addresses based on video stream encapsulation
1. Go to the Epiphan TV portal.
2. Click Direct URLs on the bottom of the screen; a dialog box opens displaying a list of URLs for
different types of streams.
3. Use the copy and paste function to provide viewers with the URL to view the stream.
Stream content using multicast
A multicast stream consists of one stream distributed to many viewers via a multicast-capable network.
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Standalone VGA Grid supports multicast streaming content to an IP TV or a set-top box playlist when the
stream format is MPEG-TS.
The following procedures outline the steps to distribute your content using multicast streaming:
l MPEG-TS streams using RTP/UDP push
l MPEG-TS streams using UDP push
l Multicast streaming using RTP/UDP
MPEG-TS streams using RTP/UDP push
Before configuring your channel for MPEG-TS streaming, ensure the following codecs are configured:
l Video – H.264
l Audio – MP3 or AAC, if audio is configured.
To configure your channel for MPEG-TS using RTP/UDP push:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
5. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
6. Choose using MPEG-TS RTP/UDP push.
7. Enter the destination multicast IP address where the broadcast can be viewed.
A IPv4 multicast address range is an address between 224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255.
Contact your System Administrator for the specific address to use.
8. Enter the destination port number through which the media will stream.
9. Perform one of the following:
a. If you do not want to advertise your stream to a media player over a local network, go to the last
step of this procedure; or
b. To advertise your stream to a media player over a local network, follow the steps below.
10. Enable the SAP announcement checkbox to advertise your stream over a local network. When the
checkbox is enabled and a multicast IP address is configured, your stream is displayed in the playlist of
local media player.
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11. Enter a multicast IP address in the SAP announcement IP field. If your media player is configured to
receive multicast streams from an IP address that is different from the default address 224.2.127.254,
you may need to contact your system administrator for a specific multicast IP address.
12. Enter a channel number in the Channel number field to identify your stream in the media player. By
default the Channel number is the channel identifier.
When a channel number value is not specified, viewers cannot select a channel from the
set-top box or Smart TV .
13. Enter a name for a group of streams in the text box next to Group name. Since media players simply
present a list of available streams, you can organize your streams into multiple folders or in cases where
folders are not displayed, use dot separator hierarchy to help your viewers filter out unwanted streams
by category.
14. Click Apply.
15. Click the Info menu option of the web interface. An Info page opens displaying stream information.
To view the stream from a media player, open the URL in a media player, for example:
rtp://@ip:port or in the case of the sample configuration in the figure shown above:
rtp://@226.10.24.32:7000
To view the stream when SAP announce has been set and the stream is advertised on a media player, set-topbox or Smart TV, refer to Viewing with Session Announcement Protocol (SAP).
MPEG-TS streams using UDP push
Before configuring your channel for the MPEG-TS streaming, ensure the following codecs are configured:
l Video – H.264
l Audio – MP3 or AAC, if audio is configured.
To configure MPEG-TS with UDP push:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
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5. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
6. Choose using MPEG-TS UDP push.
7. Enter the destination multicast IP address where the broadcast can be viewed.
A IPv4 multicast address range is an address between 224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255.
Contact your System Administrator for the specific address to use.
8. Enter the destination port number through which the media will stream.
9. Perform one of the following:
a. If you do not want to advertise your stream to a media player over a local network, go to the last
step of this procedure; or
b. To advertise your stream to a media player over a local network, follow the steps below.
10. Enable the SAP announcement checkbox to advertise your stream over a local network. When the
checkbox is enabled and a multicast IP address is configured, your stream is displayed in the playlist of
local media players.
11. Enter a multicast IP address in the SAP announcement IP field. If your media player is configured to
receive multicast streams from an IP address that is different from the default address 224.2.127.254,
you may need to contact your system administrator for a specific multicast IP address.
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12. Enter a channel number in the Channel number field to identify your stream in the media player. By
default the Channel number is the channel identifier.
When a channel number value is not specified, viewers cannot select a channel from the
set-top box or Smart TV .
13. Enter a name for a group of streams in the text box next to Group name. Since media players simply
present a list of available streams, you can organize your streams into multiple folders or in cases where
folders are not displayed, use dot separator hierarchy to help your viewers filter out unwanted streams
by category.
14. Click Apply. To view the stream, open the URL in a media player, for example:
udp://@ip:port
For example: udp://@226.10.24.32:7000
To view the stream when SAP announce has been set and the stream is advertised from a media player,
set-top-box or Smart TV, refer to Viewing with Session Announcement Protocol (SAP)
Multicast streaming using RTP/UDP
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
3. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
4. Choose using RTP/UDP push.
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5. Enter the destination multicast IP address.
6. Enter the port number through which the audio will stream.
7. Enter the port number through which the video will stream.
Audio and video use nearby port numbers (<port number>and <port number+2>). The minimum
distance between audio and video ports must be 2.
8. Click Apply; an SDP file is generated and available from the channel's status Status page.
9. Click the SDP file to download it. If asked, specify a name and location for the SDP file.
10. Share the file with viewers.
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Stream to a media player
Your Standalone VGA Grid can use UPnP and SAP to stream to set top boxes, digital signs, smart TVs and
other digital media players.
The following table gives an overview of each option.
Publishing Options
Use this option to...
Using the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) networking protocol, your
UPnP
Standalone VGA Grid can be discovered and can stream to software and
hardware media players, set-top-boxes and Smart TVs with ease.
SAP (session announcement protocol) is a protocol for broadcasting
SAP
multicast session information. Media players can see the announcement or
can use the multicast SDP file (session description file) directly.
To stream video outside of your LAN, use a CDN or configure port forwarding on your router.
Refer to your Network Administrator; network configuration is beyond the scope of this guide.
Stream content using multicast
A multicast stream consists of one stream distributed to many viewers via a multicast-capable network.
Standalone VGA Grid supports multicast streaming content to an IP TV or a set-top box playlist when the
stream format is MPEG-TS.
The following procedures outline the steps to distribute your content using multicast streaming:
l MPEG-TS streams using RTP/UDP push
l MPEG-TS streams using UDP push
l Multicast streaming using RTP/UDP
MPEG-TS streams using RTP/UDP push
Before configuring your channel for MPEG-TS streaming, ensure the following codecs are configured:
l Video – H.264
l Audio – MP3 or AAC, if audio is configured.
To configure your channel for MPEG-TS using RTP/UDP push:
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1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
5. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
6. Choose using MPEG-TS RTP/UDP push.
7. Enter the destination multicast IP address where the broadcast can be viewed.
A IPv4 multicast address range is an address between 224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255.
Contact your System Administrator for the specific address to use.
8. Enter the destination port number through which the media will stream.
9. Perform one of the following:
a. If you do not want to advertise your stream to a media player over a local network, go to the last
step of this procedure; or
b. To advertise your stream to a media player over a local network, follow the steps below.
10. Enable the SAP announcement checkbox to advertise your stream over a local network. When the
checkbox is enabled and a multicast IP address is configured, your stream is displayed in the playlist of
local media player.
11. Enter a multicast IP address in the SAP announcement IP field. If your media player is configured to
receive multicast streams from an IP address that is different from the default address 224.2.127.254,
you may need to contact your system administrator for a specific multicast IP address.
12. Enter a channel number in the Channel number field to identify your stream in the media player. By
default the Channel number is the channel identifier.
When a channel number value is not specified, viewers cannot select a channel from the
set-top box or Smart TV .
13. Enter a name for a group of streams in the text box next to Group name. Since media players simply
present a list of available streams, you can organize your streams into multiple folders or in cases where
folders are not displayed, use dot separator hierarchy to help your viewers filter out unwanted streams
by category.
14. Click Apply.
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15. Click the Info menu option of the web interface. An Info page opens displaying stream information.
To view the stream from a media player, open the URL in a media player, for example:
rtp://@ip:port or in the case of the sample configuration in the figure shown above:
rtp://@226.10.24.32:7000
To view the stream when SAP announce has been set and the stream is advertised on a media player, set-topbox or Smart TV, refer to Viewing with Session Announcement Protocol (SAP).
MPEG-TS streams using UDP push
Before configuring your channel for the MPEG-TS streaming, ensure the following codecs are configured:
l Video – H.264
l Audio – MP3 or AAC, if audio is configured.
To configure MPEG-TS with UDP push:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
5. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
6. Choose using MPEG-TS UDP push.
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7. Enter the destination multicast IP address where the broadcast can be viewed.
A IPv4 multicast address range is an address between 224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255.
Contact your System Administrator for the specific address to use.
8. Enter the destination port number through which the media will stream.
9. Perform one of the following:
a. If you do not want to advertise your stream to a media player over a local network, go to the last
step of this procedure; or
b. To advertise your stream to a media player over a local network, follow the steps below.
10. Enable the SAP announcement checkbox to advertise your stream over a local network. When the
checkbox is enabled and a multicast IP address is configured, your stream is displayed in the playlist of
local media players.
11. Enter a multicast IP address in the SAP announcement IP field. If your media player is configured to
receive multicast streams from an IP address that is different from the default address 224.2.127.254,
you may need to contact your system administrator for a specific multicast IP address.
12. Enter a channel number in the Channel number field to identify your stream in the media player. By
default the Channel number is the channel identifier.
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When a channel number value is not specified, viewers cannot select a channel from the
set-top box or Smart TV .
13. Enter a name for a group of streams in the text box next to Group name. Since media players simply
present a list of available streams, you can organize your streams into multiple folders or in cases where
folders are not displayed, use dot separator hierarchy to help your viewers filter out unwanted streams
by category.
14. Click Apply. To view the stream, open the URL in a media player, for example:
udp://@ip:port
For example: udp://@226.10.24.32:7000
To view the stream when SAP announce has been set and the stream is advertised from a media player,
set-top-box or Smart TV, refer to Viewing with Session Announcement Protocol (SAP)
Multicast streaming using RTP/UDP
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click a Channel; the menu expands.
4. Click Streaming; the channel's Streaming page opens.
3. Click the Publish drop-down menu.
4. Choose using RTP/UDP push.
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5. Enter the destination multicast IP address.
6. Enter the port number through which the audio will stream.
7. Enter the port number through which the video will stream.
Audio and video use nearby port numbers (<port number>and <port number+2>). The minimum
distance between audio and video ports must be 2.
8. Click Apply; an SDP file is generated and available from the channel's status Status page.
9. Click the SDP file to download it. If asked, specify a name and location for the SDP file.
10. Share the file with viewers.
Viewing with Session Announcement Protocol (SAP)
When SAP Announce is configured for a stream that uses UDP streaming, the stream is advertised over the
local network. Local viewers can view the stream using a software or hardware media player. Viewers are
presented with a list of available channels, similar to a television menu. Viewers need only click on a stream
and the video is streamed to their desktop, mobile or tablet. To configure SAP announce, go to Stream
content using multicast.
Your stream is advertised by the metadata title, if one was configured under Branding, otherwise it is
identified by it's channel identifier. For a description of how to set the metadata, refer to Add channel
metadata.
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When browsing from a VLC media player, streams are advertised by their channel identifier and are organized
by the group name. When browsing from an XBMC media player, streams are advertised by the stream's
metadata title, if configured, otherwise streams are advertised by their channel identifier.
1. Ensure the stream has SAP announcement enabled, otherwise it is not advertised in the media player's
playlist.
2. Ensure the SAP announcement IP is a multicast IP address.
3.
Some media players, for example Exterity receivers, listen for SAP announcements on a
specific multicast address 239.255.255.255. If your audience is using Exterity to view your
stream, you must change the SAP announcement IP address to 239.255.255.255.
4. Launch a media player. The following steps are based on a VLC media player and may be different for
other media players.
5. Click View from the menu; a drop-down menu opens.
6. Select Playlist. A Playlist window opens. The right-hand panel indicates the playlist is empty.
7. From the side menu, click Network streams (SAP). The playlist is populated with all streams in your
network that are SAP announcement enabled. If you specified a Group Name when you configured the
publish stream the stream will be listed in folder identified by the group name.
In the example below, two streams D2P83658.vga and D2P83658.video are organized in a folder by their
group name.
8. Click on a live stream; the stream plays in the media player window.
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Stream content using UPnP
Using the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) networking protocol, your Standalone VGA Grid can be discovered
and can stream to software and hardware media players, set-top-boxes and Smart TVs with ease. If UPnP is
enabled, the system automatically establishes communication with media players on the network.
UPnP uses MPEG-TS over HTTP with the H.264 codec and MP3 or AAC audio encoding (or no audio). You can
only access live streams or recordings that meet these requirements.
For security reasons the default behavior prevents UPnP access to live streams and recorded files.
This section covers the following topics:
l Enable UPnP
l Disable UPnP
l Viewing with UPnP
l Play directly to a media player
l Auto-restart playback to a UPnP device
l Change UPnP device name
Some players will not be able to access the stream or saved recordings if a viewer password is set.
If needed, see User administration to clear the viewer password.
The topics in this chapter include how to enable and disable UPnP and how to control media players from the
Standalone VGA Grid. To choose recordings or live streams from your media player, see Play directly to a
media player.
Enable UPnP
Enable UPnP to allow digital media players on the network to browse for media or live streams from your
system. There are two steps required to enabled UPnP, enabling UPnP for the system (including setting a
share name) and enabling UPnP per channel or recorder. By default, UPnP is disabled at the system level and
for each channel.
Streams and MPEG-TS recorded files must use the supported codecs: H.264 with MP3 or AAC
audio. Having a viewer password could prevent the ability to use UPnP.
To enable UPnP:
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1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Click the UPnP link in the Configuration section; the UPnP configuration page opens.
4. Enter a name in the Server name field. If no name is provided the server name will be the system's
serial number.
5. Select whether you want to share live video and recorded files.
6. Click Apply.
7. If no live stream is available that meets the criteria for UPnP, a message is displayed in the Play on
service start section of the page.
8. Otherwise, the Play on service start section shows a drop-down list of what can be streamed.
Enable UPnP sharing for the channels or recorders you want to share:
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1. For channels (live streaming):
a. Click the Streaming link for the desired channel; the Streaming page opens.
a. Click the Share via UPnP check box (if not checked).
b. Click Apply
2. For channels (recorded files):
a. Click Recording for the desired channel; the channel's recording page opens.
b. Click the word change next to the list of what is being recorded; the recording options expand.
c. Click the Share via UPnP check box (if not checked).
d. Click Apply.
3. For recorders:
a. Click the link for the recorder from the Recorders menu; the recorder's configuration page
opens.
b. Click the word change next to the list of what is being recorded; the recording options expand.
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c. Click the Share via UPnP check box (if not checked).
d. Click Apply.
You can now browse for your server from your digital media player.
Disable UPnP
By default, UPnP sharing is disable for the device, and for each channels and recorder. If you enabled UPnP
sharing it for a particular broadcast, you may want to disable UPnP sharing after the broadcast is complete.
You can choose to disable access to live streams, recorded files, or to the whole system.
To disable UPnP for a channel or recorder:
1. For channels:
a. Click the Streaming link for the desired channel; the Streaming page opens.
b. Deselect the Share via UPnP check box (if checked).
c. Click Apply
2. For recorders:
a. Click the link for the recorder from the Recorders menu.
b. Click the word change next to the list of what is being recorded; the recording options expand.
a. Deselect the Share via UPnP check box (if not checked).
b. Click Apply.
To disable UPnP globally (for the whole system):
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Click the UPnP link in the Configuration section; the UPnP configuration page opens.
4. Deselect Share live video through UPnP to stop sharing live video.
5. Deselect Share recorded files through UPnP to stop sharing recorded files.
6. Click Apply; UPnP sharing is disabled.
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Viewing with UPnP
Using a software or hardware media player, you can browse for files or streams with Universal Plug and Play
(UPnP). UPnP uses MPEG-TS over HTTP with the H.264 codec and MP3 or AAC audio encoding (or no audio).
You can only access live streams or recordings that meet these requirements.
For security reasons the default behavior prevents UPnP access to live streams and recorded files.
To enable UPnP, see Enable UPnP
Some players cannot access the stream or saved recordings if a viewer password is set. If needed,
see Remove user passwords to clear the viewer password.
When browsing via UPnP your Standalone VGA Grid is displayed by the server name you set, or it's product
serial number.
For example, when browsing from a Windows computer, you will see a list of media devices that includes the
Standalone VGA Grid:
Live streams
When you open the device from Windows Media Player, you'll see a list of the available channels you can
stream under the Videos tab. The channel names are the same as they are in the admin interface. From other
digital media players, the channel list can be under a Live Streams folder.
With Windows Media Player, double click to open any channel and press Play to start the stream. Using your
digital media player, select a live stream and press play.
Recorded files
Recorded files are shown in the Recorded Files folder. Files are organized by the channel or recorder from
which they were recorded. Windows Media Player shows the recorder files side by side with the channels and
other digital media players show the recorded files in a file tree format, see below.
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UPnP can also be used to directly play a recording to the digital media player, or to set a media player to
automatically play a particular live stream after reboot of the Standalone VGA Grid. See Stream content using
UPnP and Play directly to a media player.
Play directly to a media player
If your digital media player is UPnP enabled, the Standalone VGA Grid can play direct the media player to play
recorded files, without browsing through menus in the player.
Recorded files must be in MPEG-TS format and use the supported codecs: H.264 with MP3 or AAC
audio. Having a viewer password could prevent the ability to use UPnP.
To play directly to a media player:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Ensure Share recorded files through UPnP is enabled on your Standalone VGA Grid and for the
channel or recorder you wish to share. (See Enable UPnP.)
4. Go to the recorded files list for the desired channel or recorder. (See View list of recorded files.)
5. From the list of files, select the file you want to play and click on the Play To icon for the file; a list of
visible digital media players is displayed.
6. Select a media player; the recording plays on the screen(s) connected to the media player.
Auto-restart playback to a UPnP device
In unmanned situations such as industrial applications and digital signs, it is useful to automatically have a
stream played to a digital media player, even if the Standalone VGA Grid restarts.
To configure auto-restart of a stream to a media player:
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1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Click the UPnP link in the Configuration section; the UPnP configuration page opens.
4. Scroll to the Play on service start section.
5. Select a stream to use from the Live stream drop-down list.
6. Select a digital media player from the Player drop-down list. (Digital media players on your network
that support UPnP playback will automatically appear in the drop-down list.)
7. Click Apply.
Only a single stream and player combination can be configured for auto play. The channel's UPnP
configuration must be enabled for it to appear.
Change UPnP device name
You can configure the UPnP server name that appears for your Standalone VGA Grid. By default, if you left
the server name field blank when enabling UPnP, the server name is the system's serial number.
To change the UPnP server name:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Click the UPnP link in the Configuration section; the UPnP configuration page opens.
4. Highlight and delete the text in the Server name field, if any.
5. Type a new server name. Use characters A-Z, a-z, 0-9, _, :, @, ^, #, -. {}, [], ().
6. Click Apply; the name changes.
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Samples of stream settings
When choosing your stream settings it is important to consider the stream content. When streaming fast
moving video it's best to choose a higher bitrate and frame rate versus streaming a slide presentation where
you can save on bandwidth and system processing by lower the bitrate and frame rate. Stream setup is a
matter of balancing quality and system resource usage.
To help you to achieve this balance the following tables list the recommended settings when streaming video
and slide content from a PC, Mac or tablet.
Streaming video content
The table below provides suggested settings to maximize your video quality while minimizing system resource
usage when streaming video content from a PC, Mac or tablet.
Setting
PC and Mac
Tablet
H.264
Motion JPEG
Video encoding preset
Hardware accelerated
Video encoding profile
Main
Codec
Enhanced compatibility mode
Disable for PC
(h.264 slicing for RTP)
Enable for Mac
Key frame interval
Limit frame rate
2 sec
30
30
2000 Kbits for HD
Bitrate
3000 Kbits for Full HD
auto
3000 kbits for ~ HD; 4000
kbits for ~ Full HD (Mac)
Rate control mode
Audio format
Balanced
PCM 22 KHz
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Streaming slide content
The table below provides suggested settings to maximize your stream quality while minimizing system
resource usage when streaming slide content from a PC, Mac or tablet.
Setting
PC and Mac
Tablet
H.264
Motion JPEG
Video encoding preset
High Quality
Video encoding profile
High
Codec
Enhanced compatibility mode (h.264
Disable for PC
slicing for RTP)
Enable for Mac
Key frame interval
Limit frame rate
Bitrate
Rate control mode
Audio format
2 sec
15
15
3000 kbits for ~ HD; 4000
kbits for ~ Full HD
auto
Balanced
PCM 44 KHz
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Your Standalone VGA Grid encodes the video and audio it captures. Not only can you stream this content, but
you can also simultaneously record it. In fact, if you're streaming a picture in picture layout or low quality
streams, you may even want to create separate channels to also record each input at full frame size and with a
high bitrate so you have the best possible digital media for future re-use or post-processing.
If you choose to record your channels, Standalone VGA Grid stores the recorded files on the system's amplysized hard drive and provides you a variety of automatic or manual mechanisms to download the files.
This section discusses the following topics related to recording:
l What is a recording?
l Recorders
l Recorded files
l File and recording transfer
l Local FTP server
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What is a recording?
Your Standalone VGA Grid can record the output from each channel. (See Recorders for information on
creating multi-track recorders using multiple channels.) Recordings are very robust and crafted so that even in
the case of accidental system shutdown, recording files are closed off and playable.
You can choose to record simultaneously while streaming, or record without streaming.
This section describes the following topics for creating and configuring recordings via the web interface.
l Recording basics
l Record a channel via the web interface
l Record with a recorder
l Configure recording file size and type
l Restart recording
l Control recording with a mouse
Recording control is easily performed through the Web admin interface, but can also be set up for third party
tools using our APIs. See Control with HTTP commands and Control with RS-232 / serial port for information
on controlling recordings with third party tools.
See Recorded files to learn how to download the recorded files.
Recording can also be controlled via the tablet interface. See Control recording via the tablet
interface.
Recording basics
While recording a channel or recorder, a new file is created each time the maximum time or size limit is met.
Additionally, when recording a multi-channel recorder or a multi-source layout channel, a new file is created if
an additional source is added to the recorder.
Physically removing the source (e.g. unplugging it) or otherwise interrupting the signal to the source does not
affect recording, and the recording will include the configured No Signal image.
You can choose to create AVI, MP4, MOV or MPEG-TS recordings. See Configure recording file size and type to
learn how to change the recorded file type.
The MOV file type created by Standalone VGA Grid requires a relatively newer player for playback. Epiphan
has tested with the following players.
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Operating System
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Tested Players
l QuickTime 10.3 (for 1080p streams)
Mac OS
l QuickTime 10.3 (for streams less than 1080p)
l VLC 1.0.0+ (for all streams)
l QuickTime 7.6.6+
Windows
l VLC 2.1.5+
l Windows Media player 12+ (except MOV files)
l MPlayer
Linux
l VLC 2.0.8+
l DICE 2.0.21
Android
l VLC 0.9.9+ (works only with MOV files that have no audio)
HTML 5 Browsers
(Windows)
l Google Chrome 37+ (works with MOV and MP4 files using H.264 codec)
Record a channel via the web interface
Each channel has a configuration page that allows you to start, stop and configure recordings.
To start and stop channel recording:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. Click the name of the desired channel; the channel menu expands.
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4. Click the Recording link for the channel; the Recording page appears.
5. To start recording:
a. Click the Start button; the recording starts and a timer indicates how long it has been recording.
If the Start button is not active, there are no active sources for this channel or recorder.
Check your inputs to ensure signals are working as expected.
b. You may browse away from the page without affecting the recording. When the page refreshes,
the channel number is displayed in red to indicate recording is underway.
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c. The system continues to record this channel (and any concurrent recordings) until it is stopped.
If the system runs out of storage space, the oldest recorded file is deleted to make room for the
new recording. The recording is broken into multiple files as defined by the channel
configuration. SeeConfigure recording file size and type.
6. To stop recording:
a. Click the Stop button on the given channel’s Recording page. The channel number changes to
black next time the web interface is refreshed (by clicking a link or refreshing the page).
Configure recording file size and type
By default, recorders and channels record to AVI files. When the recording reaches 30 minutes in length or a
file size of 500 MB (whichever occurs first), the system closes the current recording file and opens a new one.
This is done seamlessly with no loss in recorded data.
You may find it useful to have recordings divided this way for ease of download, but you may also want to
change the recording limits to be larger or smaller to meet your individual situation.
Additionally you can configure the file type (AVI, MP4, MOV or MPEG-TS) and the prefix for all recordings (the
suffix is the date and time of the recording) and you can exclude a channel or recorder’s recordings from
automatic upload.
To change the recording configuration:
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1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. For a channel recording:
a. Click the desired channel; the channel menu expands.
b. Click the Recording link for the channel; the Recording page opens.
4. For a recorder:
a. Click the desired recorder link from the Recorders section; the recorder configuration page
opens.
5. Click the change link under Recorder Setup; the recorder setup section expands. (The setup page looks
slightly different for Recorders, but the options are the same.)
6. Select a time limit for the recording from the Time limit drop down.
7. Select a file size limit from the Size limit drop down.
Tip: If you don’t know what size to select, do some test recordings to get an idea of the file
sizes you can expect. If you want to guarantee the recording lasts to a given time limit,
select a file size that is far larger than you saw in your tests.
8. Select a file type from the File type drop down.
9. If desired, enter a prefix for the recordings. All new recording files for this channel or recorder will be
prefixed with the text you enter.
Tip: It’s best to avoid spaces in file names. Use underscores or hyphens to separate words.
10. If desired, click the check box to exclude this channel or recorder from automatic file uploads. (See File
and recording transfer for information on automatic uploads.)
11. Click Apply; the changes are saved and the recorder setup displays the new configuration.
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The table below describes the options available for recording file configuration.
Table 21 Recording File Configuration Fields
Label
Description / Options
Specifies the length of time the system waits before the recording file is saved and a
Time limit
new one is started (assuming the size limit has not yet been reached). Values range
from 5 minutes to six hours.
Specifies the file size a recording can become before it is saved and a new one is started
Size limit
(assuming the time limit has not yet been reached). Values range from 50 MB to 64 GB.
Specifies the recording file type. Select from AVI, MP4, MPEG-TS, or MOV. Choose
MPEG-TS for UPnP playback.
File type
- MP4 and MOV are fragmented formats with fixed 10 s intervals.
- MPEG-TS does not support PCM audio encoding.
Specifies how the recordings are named. Recording files start with the given prefix
Filename prefix
followed by the date and time. The channel or recorder name is used if no prefix is
given. Allowed characters: A-Z, a-z, 0-9, _, , #, -, [], ().
Automatic file
Select this if you want this channel or recorder to be part of any scheduled automatic
upload
uploads. (See File and recording transfer for information on automatic uploads.)
Select this if you want this channel or recorder to be avialable via UPnP. If global UPnP
Share via UPnP
is not enabled when you select this checkbox, a link appears to let you to fix it. Click the
link and click Apply to make the global UPnP change save your recording configuration
changes.
Control recording with a mouse
You can physically control recording start/stop by connecting a USB mouse to your Standalone VGA Grid.
To control recordings with a mouse:
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1. Power on the system.
2. Connect a USB mouse to a USB port on the system.
3. Click the left mouse button once to start recording; recording starts (on all channels and recorders). If
desired, check the web interface to see that recording is started.
4. Click the left mouse button again to stop recording. If desired, check the web interface to see that
recording is stopped.
Restart recording
Recording files are automatically saved and new ones opened for writing when they reach the configured time
or size limit, when the channel or recorder name is changed, or when changes are made to the stream.
You cannot download files from the system while they are being recorded, so from time to time you may need
to close the current recording and restart a new one to facilitate file downloads. The system supports this
through the recording reset option, which closes the current recording file and opens a new one without
missing any frames.
To close the current recording and start a new file:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. For a channel recording:
a. Click the desired channel; the channel menu expands.
b. Click the Recording link for the channel; the Recording page opens.
4. For a recorder:
a. Click the desired recorder link from the Recorders section; the recorder configuration page
opens.
5. Click the Reset button next to the stop button; the current file is stopped and a new one begins.
6. Refresh the page to see the new recorded files list.
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Recorders
Your Standalone VGA Grid can record the output from each channel and, using Recorders, it can also record
multiple channels together in a single multi-track file.
Recording multiple channels at once ensures the recordings are started and stopped at the same time,
resulting in perfect synchronization. Once the recording is complete, you can automatically use one of the
system's file synchronization methods to copy it off the server, or you can use our built-in tool to split the file
into individual tracks for post-processing.
You only need to create recorders for multi-track recordings. For single channel recordings, see
Record a channel via the web interface.
This section describes the following topics for creating and managing multi-channel recorders.
l Add a recorder
l Change the channels recorded by a recorder
l Record with a recorder
l Rename a recorder
l Delete a recorder
See What is a recording? to learn how to create recordings and configure recording file sizes.
If you upgraded from a previous firmware release that included an all-in-one recorder, your all-inone recorder is now listed under the Recorders section of the web interface. Your recordings are
preserved and any URLs used to access the all-in-one recorder previously through the HTTP API
correctly map to the new location.
Add a recorder
Each channel has its own built-in recorder that is accessible from the Recording link. If you want to record
several channels simultaneously to a multi-track file, create a new recorder.
To add a new recorder:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. Click the Add recorder link from the Recorders section; a new recorder is created and the recorder
configuration page opens. By default this recorder uses the next available number and records all
channels.
Change the channels recorded by a recorder
By default when you create a new recorder, it records all the channels configured on the system. If new
channels are added, they are automatically added to the recorder.
If you wish to record a subset of channels to a single multi-track file, you can edit the channels recorded by a
recorder.
To change the channels recorded by a recorder:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the desired recorder link from the Recorders section; the recorder configuration page opens.
4. Click change next to the list of what is currently being recorded.
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5. If the all channels box is selected, click it to deselect it; the other check boxes are enabled.
6. Click the check boxes for the desired channels.
Channels with no active video source are displayed in italics. You can include these channels
in your channel selections for the recorder.
7. Click Apply; the changes are reflected in the recorder configuration page.
Record with a recorder
Recorders are stopped and started via their configuration page. Multiple recorders and channel recordings can
occur concurrently.
The number of channels being recorded is displayed below the recording stop/start buttons. To configure the
channels being recorded, see Change the channels recorded by a recorder.
To start and stop recorder:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
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3. Click the name of the desired recorder; the recorder configuration page appears.
4. To start recording:
a. Click the Start button; the recording starts and a timer indicates how long it has been recording.
b. You may browse away from the page without affecting the recording. When the page refreshes,
the recorder number is displayed in red to indicate recording is underway.
c. The system continues to record this recorder (and any concurrent recordings) until it is stopped.
If the system runs out of storage space, the oldest recorded file is deleted to make room for the
new recording. The recording is broken into multiple files as defined by the recorder
configuration. See Record with a recorder.
5. To stop recording:
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a. Click the Stop button on the given recorder's configuration page. The recorder number changes
to black next time the web interface is refreshed (by clicking a link or refreshing the page).
Rename recorded files
Recording files are named based on the filename prefix specified during configuration. If needed, you can
rename them to something more descriptive.
You can also change the default naming mechanism. See Configure recording file size and type for more
details about setting filename prefixes.
To rename recordings:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Find the recordings by channel or by recorder. See View list of recorded files.
4. Select the pencil and paper icon next to the filename you wish to change.
5. Type the new file name and press enter when finished.
The web interface keeps track of the filename extension (i.e. .avi) so you do not need to
include it when renaming the file.
Delete recorded files manually
Recordings can be manually deleted via the web interface. You can delete one file at a time, select multiple files
for a given recorder or channel and delete those, or you can delete all recordings for a channel or recorder.
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If you want to delete all the files on the system, follow this procedure for each channel and recorder listed in
the web interface.
To delete recordings:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. Find the recordings by channel or by recorder. See View list of recorded files.
4. To delete an individual file:
a. Click the X icon to the right of a file entry to request deletion; a confirmation dialog appears.
b. Click OK on the confirmation dialog.
5. To delete multiple files for the current channel or recorder:
a. Select the check box next to the recordings you wish to delete from this channel or recorder.
b. Click Delete Selected; a confirmation dialog appears.
c. Click OK on the confirmation dialog.
The list may not update immediately. You can refresh the list by reloading the Recording
page (for channels) or the recorder settings page (for recorders).
6. To delete all files for the current channel or recorder:
a. Click Delete All; a confirmation dialog appears.
b. Click OK on the confirmation dialog.
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The list may not update immediately. You can refresh the list by reloading the Recording
page (for channels) or the recorder settings page (for recorders).
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Recorded files
Recordings you make of channels or with recorders are stored on the system's internal hard drive. The
Standalone VGA Grid has a finite amount of available hard drive storage space. Though it is enough space to
hold a lot of recordings, it will eventually run out of space if recordings are added but never removed. When
this happens, the system deletes the oldest recorded files to make room for new recordings.
You can use a variety of methods to automatically transfer files from the system to local network storage.
Alternatively you can manually select individual recordings to transfer or delete.
This section discusses the following manual file management topics.
l View list of recorded files
l Download recorded files manually
l Extract tracks from a recording
l Rename recorded files
l Delete recorded files manually
For information on automatic file transfers, see File and recording transfer.
View list of recorded files
Recordings for Standalone VGA Grid are stored for each channel and each recorder separately. To view all the
recordings stored, follow the procedures below for all channels and all recorders you have configured.
To view the recordings for a channels or recorders:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. To view files recorded for a channel:
a. Select a channel from the Channels section; the channel menu expands.
b. Select the Recording link for your channel; the Recording page appears.
4. To view files recoded for a recorder:
a. Select the recorder from the Recorders section; the recorder page appears.
5. If there are no files:
a. A message indicates there are no recorded files (for this channel).
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6. Otherwise:
a. All files for this channel are listed, sorted by date.
Files that are part of the same recording session are listed one after another. Three dots appear
between files of different recording sessions. The file currently being recorded (if applicable) is
shown at the top of the list. It cannot be modified or downloaded until it has finished recording.
Download recorded files manually
Recordings can be manually downloaded from the web interface. You should consider deleting them from
internal storage after you complete the download. See Delete recorded files manually, below.
This procedure explains how to download files to your admin computer. See File and recording transfer for
information on transferring files to a USB drive connected to the system.
To download recordings to your admin computer:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. Find the recordings by channel or by recorder. See View list of recorded files.
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4. To download an individual file:
a. Click the name of a recording file to download it.
5. To download multiple files:
a. Select the check box next to the recordings you wish to download from this channel or recorder.
b. Click Download Selected to download a zip file containing the selected recordings.
Extract tracks from a recording
Recorders combine multiple channels and audio sources together in a single multi-track file. If desired, you can
create a copy of a recording with only select tracks. This feature is supported for .AVI, .MP4 and .MOV
recordings only (MPEG-TS does not support track extraction).
Specific track versions of recorded files are not included in any automatic file transfers and need
to be downloaded manually by clicking the extracted track filename. See Download recorded
files manually
To create a duplicate recording file with only select tracks:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. Select the recorder from the Recorders section; the recorder page appears.
4. Find the file you want to duplicate and click the up arrow icon next to it; a list of tracks appears.
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5. Select the track(s) you want to extract.
Tip: To deselect all tracks, click the check box for the top track, then hold SHIFT and click the
check box for the bottom track.
6. Click Extract tracks; a duplicate of the recording is made with only the selected tracks.
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Only one duplicate recording is saved per recording file. If you create a second duplicate
recording, it will overwrite the previous copy. Download the file with your extracted tracks to
preserve it.
Rename recorded files
Recording files are named based on the filename prefix specified during configuration. If needed, you can
rename them to something more descriptive.
You can also change the default naming mechanism. See Configure recording file size and type for more
details about setting filename prefixes.
To rename recordings:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Find the recordings by channel or by recorder. See View list of recorded files.
4. Select the pencil and paper icon next to the filename you wish to change.
5. Type the new file name and press enter when finished.
The web interface keeps track of the filename extension (i.e. .avi) so you do not need to
include it when renaming the file.
Delete recorded files manually
Recordings can be manually deleted via the web interface. You can delete one file at a time, select multiple files
for a given recorder or channel and delete those, or you can delete all recordings for a channel or recorder.
If you want to delete all the files on the system, follow this procedure for each channel and recorder listed in
the web interface.
To delete recordings:
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1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. Find the recordings by channel or by recorder. See View list of recorded files.
4. To delete an individual file:
a. Click the X icon to the right of a file entry to request deletion; a confirmation dialog appears.
b. Click OK on the confirmation dialog.
5. To delete multiple files for the current channel or recorder:
a. Select the check box next to the recordings you wish to delete from this channel or recorder.
b. Click Delete Selected; a confirmation dialog appears.
c. Click OK on the confirmation dialog.
The list may not update immediately. You can refresh the list by reloading the Recording
page (for channels) or the recorder settings page (for recorders).
6. To delete all files for the current channel or recorder:
a. Click Delete All; a confirmation dialog appears.
b. Click OK on the confirmation dialog.
The list may not update immediately. You can refresh the list by reloading the Recording
page (for channels) or the recorder settings page (for recorders).
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File and recording transfer
Your Standalone VGA Grid can be configured to automatically upload recordings from local storage to a
network storage location or an attached USB drive.
We call this process Automatic File Upload or AFU for short.
This section discusses the following generic automatic upload topics:
l Automatic file upload (AFU) overview
l Choose files to include in AFU
l Enable and set timing for AFU
And the following specific configurations based on the location of upload:
l AFU to an FTP server
l AFU using RSync
l AFU using CIFS
l AFU to a secure FTP server
l AFU using SCP
l AFU or copy to USB drive
l Automatic
l As a one-time copy
l Manually
Lastly, this section describes how to view file upload logs and manage the AFU queue:
l View the AFU log
l Manage the AFU queue
Automatic file upload (AFU) overview
Standalone VGA Grid can automatically upload files to an accessible off-system storage location.
Do not reboot Standalone VGA Grid with USB stick inserted. Doing so will result in a failure to
boot.
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The following types of off-system storage are supported for AFU: FTP, CIFS, RSync, SFTP, SCP and
USB Drive.
Only one type of AFU can be used at once.
Files are uploaded once (i.e. are automatically not re-uploaded during future sessions) and a log is kept
showing the file transfers (see below for details on viewing the log). The first transfer occurs after the
configured amount of time expires or after the current file completes recording. If connection is lost during
the transfer, the transfer is automatically restarted when the connection is reestablished.
By default, channels and recorders are not configured to support automatic file upload for their recorded
files. You must enable this feature for each channel or recorder you wish to include in your automatic file
transfers.
If recorded files are selected for upload while the AFU is at maximum upload capacity or when the AFU is
unavailable, they are added to an upload queue. Files and their relevant information are displayed in a list
format, and each file will be uploaded when upload capacity becomes available.
Choose files to include in AFU
When configuring automatic file upload (AFU) you need to tell the system which channels and recorders you
want included in the upload schedule.
When you log into the system and attempt to configure your desired type of AFU you see the following
warning in the Automatic File Upload configuration page if no channels or recorders are configured to be part
of AFU.
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For each channel or recorder you want to add to your AFU schedule:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. For a channel recording:
a. Click the desired channel; the channel menu expands.
b. Select the Recording link for the channel; the Recording page opens.
4. For a recorder:
a. Click the desired recorder link from the Recorders section; the recorder configuration page
opens.
5. Select the change link under Recorder Setup; the recorder setup section expands. (The setup page
looks slightly different for Recorders, but the options are the same.)
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6. Check the Automatic file upload check box.
7. Click Apply; the Recording page is refreshed and the new settings are reflected.
Now that AFU is enabled for your desired set of files, enable AFU and configure your desired mechanism.
Enable and set timing for AFU
After configuring the channels and recorders to include in your AFU schedule, you must enable AFU and
configure the frequency of transfers.
Files saved before you complete automatic file upload configuration are not part of the automatic
upload. Manual file transfer is required for these files. See Download recorded files manually.
To enable and configure frequency automatic uploads:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select Automatic File Upload from the Configuration section; the Automatic File Upload
configuration page opens.
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If your screen does not indicate that AFU is enabled for at least one channel or recorder, return
to Choose files to include in AFUEnable and set timing for AFU
4. Select the Enable Automatic File Upload checkbox.
5. Specify how often automatic updates should happen.
The first transfer occurs after the specified amount of time expires, or after the current file completes
recording. I.e. if the value is set to every hour and five videos are saved the first hour, those five videos
are uploaded after the first hour, and one hour later the videos saved in the second hour are uploaded.
The following table describes the available options.
Table 22 Automatic File Upload Interval Options
Name
Description
The system uploads each file after it stops recording it. You can control file size
On file rotation
and length to determine when files are done recording. You can also use the
reset button to close the current file and open a new one. See Configure
recording file size and type.
Every hour
The system uploads completed recordings every hour.
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Name
Description
Every 6 hours
The system uploads completed recordings every six hours.
Every 12 hours
The system uploads completed recordings every 12 hours.
Every 24 hours
The system uploads completed recordings every 24 hours.
6. Indicate the remote path, if desired. If no path is specified, the files are copied to the root folder of the
destination file system.
If the remote path does not exist on the remote server or USB drive, the file transfer fails.
7. If desired, check Remove after upload to have the files deleted from local storage when upload
completes.
8. If desired, check Mark file as downloaded to have the color of the file link in the recording list change
to show the files are downloaded. This only applies if the files are not deleted after upload is complete.
9. Select the protocol or destination for upload. The following table describes the options.
Table 23 Automatic File Upload Interval Options
Name
Description
FTP Client
The system uploads to an FTP server.
RSync Client
The system uploads to a network location using RSync to copy the file.
CIFS Client
SFTP Client
SCP Client
External
USB Drive
The system uploads to a network location using CIFS (also known as SMB or
samba) such as a shared folder on a Windows machine.
The system uploads to a secure FTP server. Authentication is done either by
password or uploaded SSH key.
The system performs secure copy (SCP) to a remote server. Authentication is
done either by password or uploaded SSH key.
The system uploads to a USB drive connected directly to the system.
10. Follow one of the procedures below to configure your selected protocol or transfer type.
l AFU to an FTP server
l AFU using RSync
l AFU using CIFS
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l AFU to a secure FTP server
l AFU using SCP
l AFU or copy to USB drive
AFU to an FTP server
This procedure assumes you have completed the steps in Enable and set timing for AFU and wish to continue
with configuration of upload to an FTP Server.
To configure upload to an FTP server:
1. Select FTP Client from the protocol drop down list in the Automatic File Upload configuration page;
the lower half of the page reflects the selection.
2. Specify the target Server address. If your system is configured with DHCP or has a valid DNS
configuration (see Configure DHCP), you can use the server’s fully qualified domain name instead of
the IP address.
3. Specify the Server Port used for the target FTP server. The standard port is 21.
4. Enter the FTP account username in the Login field.
5. Enter the FTP account password in the Password field; the characters are masked with dots.
6. Select Use temp file to name files with a temporary filename extension (.part) on the server until
upload is complete.
7. Click Apply; if there are any problems the system notifies you with a message: One or more parameter
values are not valid and those were not applied!
The following table describes the options applicable to configuring upload to an FTP server.
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Table 24 FTP Automatic Upload Configuration Options
Name
Server
address
Description / Options
The IP address (or fully qualified domain name) of the FTP server.
Server port
The port used by the target FTP server. Standard port is 21.
Login
Username for the FTP server.
Password
Password for the FTP user.
Causes files to be named with .part extension on the server during active upload. When
Use temp file
the upload completes, the file is renamed to the appropriate extension (.mov, .mp4 or
.avi).
AFU using RSync
This procedure assumes you have completed the steps in Enable and set timing for AFU and wish to continue
with configuration of upload using RSync.
To configure upload using RSync:
1. Select RSync Client from the protocol drop down list in the Automatic File Upload configuration page;
the lower half of the page reflects the selection.
2. Specify the target Server address. If your system is configured with DHCP or has a valid DNS
configuration (see Configure DHCP), you can use the server’s fully qualified domain name instead of
the IP address.
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3. Specify the Server module. This is the name of the shared folder on the server. If needed, request this
value from your network administrator.
4. Specify a username for the RSync Server in the Login field. The user must have write permissions for
the module.
5. Specify the password for the user in the Password field; the value is masked by dots.
6. If desired, select the Checksum check box to add a checksum validation to the transfer between the
system and the recipient server.
7. Click Apply; if there are any problems the system notifies you with a message: One or more parameter
values are not valid and those were not applied!
The following table describes the options applicable to configuring upload to an RSync server.
Table 25 RSync Automatic File Upload Configuration Options
Name
Server
address
Description / Options
The IP address (or fully qualified domain name) of the RSync server.
Server module The name of the shared folder on the RSync server.
Login
Username for the RSync server.
Password
Password for the RSync user.
Checksum
Select to enable checksum checking during file transfer. This increases the time taken to
transfer, but also increases reliability of the transfer.
AFU using CIFS
This procedure assumes you have completed the steps in Enable and set timing for AFU and wish to continue
with configuration of upload using CIFS (also known as SMB or samba).
To configure upload using CIFS:
1. Select CIFS Client from the protocol drop down list in the Automatic File Upload configuration page;
the lower half of the page reflects the selection.
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2. Specify the target Server address. If your system is configured with DHCP or has a valid DNS
configuration (see Configure DHCP), you can use the server’s fully qualified domain name instead of
the IP address.
3. Enter the target Server port, if you have configured the server to use something non-standard. Leave
this value blank to use the default port.
4. Specify the Server share. This is the CIFS share name or the name of the shared folder on the server.
If needed, request this value from the network administrator.
5. If the system is in a different domain than the server or if it is part of Active Directory, enter the
Domain name of the CIFS server.
6. Specify a username for the CIFS Server in the Login field. The user must have write permissions for the
share folder.
7. Specify the password for the user in the Password field; the value is masked by dots.
8. Select Use temp file to name files with a temporary filename extension (.part) on the server until
upload is complete.
9. Click Apply; if there are any problems the system notifies you with a message: One or more parameter
values are not valid and those were not applied!
The following table describes the options applicable to configuring upload to a CIFS server.
Table 26 CIFS Automatic File Upload Configuration Options
Name
Server Port
Description / Options
The CIFS server port. Leave blank to use the default port, or enter the port used for your
CIFS server.
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Server
address
Server share
Domain
AFU to a secure FTP server
Description / Options
The IP address (or fully qualified domain name) of the CIFS server.
The name of the shared folder on the CIFS server.
The CIFS server's Windows domain or Work Group name . Needed if the server is part of
Active Directory or a Domain Controller.
Login
Username for the CIFS server.
Password
Password for the CIFS user.
Causes files to be named with .part extension on the server during active upload. When
Use temp file
the upload completes, the file is renamed to the appropriate extension (.mov, .mp4, .ts or
.avi).
AFU to a secure FTP server
This procedure assumes you have completed the steps in Enable and set timing for AFU and wish to continue
with configuration of upload to a secure FTP Server (SFTP).
To configure upload to a secure FTP (SFTP) server:
1. Select SFTP Client from the protocol drop down list in the Automatic File Upload configuration page;
the lower half of the page reflects the selection.
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2. Specify the target Server address. If your system is configured with DHCP or has a valid DNS
configuration (see Configure DHCP), you can use the server’s fully qualified domain name instead of
the IP address.
3. Specify the Server Port used for the target SFTP server. The standard port is 22.
4. Enter the SFTP account username in the Login field.
5. Enter the SFTP account password in the Password field; the characters are masked with dots.
(Alternatively you can choose to use a private key instead of a password for authentication.)
6. Select Use temp file to name files with a temporary filename extension (.part) on the server until
upload is complete.
For secure file transfer you can upload an SSH identity for your Standalone VGA Grid. This
key must be trusted by the destination server. Details for generating the key and setting up
this trust are beyond the scope of this document.
7. If desired, scroll down to the section labelled SSH identity for SCP and SFTP clients.
1. If no identity is uploaded, or to upload a new identity (overwrites the old identity):
a. Click Choose File; a file selection dialog opens.
b. Select the private key file from your hard drive and click Open.
The system accepts RSA keys for SSH-1; DSA, ECDSA, EC25519 and RSA for SSH-2.
Keys must be in OpenSSH format.
c. Click Upload to upload the file.
2. Use the Test your key field to test your uploaded key against the secure server, if desired.
8. Click Apply; if there are any problems the system notifies you with a message: One or more parameter
values are not valid and those were not applied!
The following table describes the options applicable to configuring upload to a SFTP server.
Table 27 SFTP Automatic Upload Configuration Options
Name
Server
address
Description / Options
The IP address (or fully qualified domain name) of the SFTP server.
Server port
The port used by the target SFTP server. Standard port is 22.
Login
Username for the SFTP server.
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Description / Options
Password
Password for the SFTP user.
AFU using SCP
Causes files to be named with .part extension on the server during active upload. When
Use temp file
the upload completes, the file is renamed to the appropriate extension (.mov, .mp4 or
.avi).
AFU using SCP
This procedure assumes you have completed the steps in Enable and set timing for AFU and wish to continue
with configuration of upload via secure copy (SCP).
To configure upload via SCP:
1. Select SCP Client from the protocol drop down list in the Automatic File Upload configuration page;
the lower half of the page reflects the selection.
2. Specify the target Server address. If your system is configured with DHCP or has a valid DNS
configuration (see Configure DHCP), you can use the server’s fully qualified domain name instead of
the IP address.
3. Specify the Server Port used for the destination SCP server. The standard port is 22.
4. Enter the SCP account username in the Login field.
5. Enter the SCP account password in the Password field; the characters are masked with dots.
(Alternatively you can choose to use a private key instead of a password for authentication.)
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For secure copy you can upload an SSH identity for your Standalone VGA Grid. This key
must be trusted by the destination server. Details for generating the key and setting up
this trust are beyond the scope of this document.
6. If desired, scroll down to the section labelled SSH identity for SCP and SFTP clients.
1. If no identity is uploaded, or to upload a new identity (overwrites the old identity):
a. Click Choose File; a file selection dialog opens.
b. Select the private key file from your hard drive and click Open.
The system accepts RSA keys for SSH-1; DSA, ECDSA, EC25519 and RSA for SSH-2.
Keys must be in OpenSSH format.
c. Click Upload to upload the file.
2. Use the Test your key field to test your uploaded key against the secure server, if desired.
7. Click Apply; if there are any problems the system notifies you with a message: One or more parameter
values are not valid and those were not applied!
The following table describes the options applicable to configuring upload using SCP.
Table 28 SCP Automatic Upload Configuration Options
Name
Description / Options
Server address The IP address (or fully qualified domain name) of the destination server.
Server port
The SCP port used by the target server. Standard port is 22.
Login
Username for the SFTP server.
Password
Password for the SFTP user.
AFU or copy to USB drive
The system is equipped with USB ports that can be used to copy files from internal storage to external USB
flash drives or hard drives. An example use of this feature is to provide speakers with a copy of their
presentation before they leave the presentation venue.
The external drive must be formatted with one of the following file systems:
l FAT16
l FAT32
l XFS
l EXT2
l EXT3
l EXT4
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Only the first attached USB drive is used for automatic file upload. If more than one USB drive is
attached before system power up, behavior is unpredictable.
File transfer to a USB drive occurs in one of the following ways. This section describes the procedures.
l AFU to a USB drive
l One-time copy/move of all recorded files to USB drive
l Manually copy recorded files to USB drive
l View available USB storage space
l Safely eject the USB drive
Only one copy or move to USB operation is permitted at a time, even though the UI may appear
to let you start a second one. Please wait until the first is complete before starting a new
operation.
AFU to a USB drive
This procedure assumes you have completed the steps in Enable and set timing for AFU and wish to continue
with configuration of upload to a USB drive.
To configure automatic upload to a USB drive:
1. Insert the properly formatted USB drive into one of the system’s USB ports.
2. Select External USB Drive from the protocol drop down list in the Automatic File Upload
configuration page; the lower half of the page reflects the selection.
3. If your Automatic File Upload setting conflicts with your new USB drive setting, a message is displayed.
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4. Click the fix link.
Using the fix link disables any other type of automatic file upload you have configured.
When you are done with USB uploads, return to the Automatic File Upload configuration
page and re-configure FTP, RSYNC, or CIFS.
5. Select Create a subfolder for each channel to have recordings organized by channel.
6. Click Apply; the changes are saved.
One-time copy/move of all recorded files to USB drive
When configured to make a one-time copy of files, the system will automatically begin to copy files to an
inserted USB drive, starting with the newest recording. Files will continue to copy until all are copied, the
specified maximum number of files is copied, or the target drive runs out of storage space.
The file currently being recorded (if any) cannot be transferred until recording is completed.
This procedure is separate from automatic file upload and does not need any pre-configuration in the
automatic file upload page.
Ideally only USB drives with visible activity indicators should be used.
To configure a one-time copy of all recorded files to a USB drive:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
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2. Login as admin.
3. Select the External USB Drive link in the Configuration section; the External USB Drive configuration
page is displayed.
4. Select used for one-time move/copy of the recorded files (upon insertion) from the drop down
list.
5. Select the appropriate check boxes based on the descriptions provided in the following table. If your
USB drive does not have activity indicators it is suggested you select either remove after copying or
mark file as downloaded so you know when the transfer is complete.
Table 29 One-Time Transfer/Copy to External USB Drive Options
Name
Description
If checked, the transfer process creates a sub-folder with the system’s
create subfolder with
serial number on the USB drive. This is useful if you are using the same
serial number (<serial>)
drive to collect recordings from multiple systems and want to know which
system they came from.
create subfolder for
each channel
remove after copying
If checked, the transfer process creates a sub-folder for each channel and
recorder (within the subfolder for the serial number, if that option is also
selected). Files are copied to their respective folders.
If checked, the file(s) are removed after being copied to the USB drive.
Checking this box makes the transfer a move instead of a copy.
If checked, the files that are downloaded are marked with a downloaded
mark file as downloaded
icon when viewing file lists. This has no effect if remove after copying is
checked.
ignore already
If checked, files that were previously downloaded or marked as
downloaded files
downloaded are not included in subsequent downloads.
6. Click Apply; the changes are saved.
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If a conflict is reported regarding the Automatic file upload, go to the Automatic File Upload
configuration page and disable automatic file upload or switch it to a non-USB based
upload type. Repeat the steps above.
7. Insert the properly formatted USB drive into one of the system’s USB ports; the drive is recognized and
the transfer begins. If the drive has an activity indicator light, it flashes during the transfer.
8. When the activity light stops flashing, remove the USB drive.
9. If your USB drive does not have activity indicators:
a. Check the Recording list for each channel and the Recorded Files list for each recorder to
verify if there are files that have yet to be copied.
b. Safely eject the USB drive when you are satisfied all files have been copied, or if you see the USB
drive is out of storage space (View available USB storage space).
Manually copy recorded files to USB drive
You can manually copy recorder files to a USB drive connected to the Standalone VGA Grid.
This procedure is separate from automatic file upload and does not need any pre-configuration in the
automatic file upload page.
To manually copy recorded files to a USB drive:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the External USB Drive link in the Configuration section; the External USB Drive configuration
page is displayed.
4. Select used to manually move/copy selected files via web interface from the drop down list.
5. Click Apply; the changes are saved.
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If a conflict is reported regarding the Automatic file upload, go to the Automatic File Upload
configuration page and disable automatic file upload or switch it to a non-USB based
upload type. Repeat the steps above.
6. Insert your USB drive in an available USB port on the system. (It is recommended you only use one
USB drive at a time.)
7. To download files for a specific channel:
a. Select the desired channel from the Channels list
b. Click the Files Archive link for the selected Channel
8. To download files for a recorder:
a. Select the desired recorder from the Recorders list
9. Select the check box next to the files you wish to download. In the example below the topmost file is
still recording and cannot be downloaded.
10. To copy the files to the USB drive:
a. Click Copy Selected to external drive
11. To move the files to the USB drive (i.e. erase the files after the copy)
a. Click Move Selected to external drive
12. Repeat the steps to select a channel or recorder and copy or move files to the external drive until you
have copied all the files you wish.
13. Follow the steps to Safely eject the USB drive.
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View available USB storage space
When you insert a USB drive in an available port of the Standalone VGA Grid and select an External
USB Drive action other than ignored (i.e. manual copy, automatic copy, etc), the total and free space are
calculated and displayed in the Web Interface.
To see the available USB storage space:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Insert your USB drive in an available USB port on the system. (It is recommended you only use one
USB drive at a time.)
4. Scroll to the bottom of the Web Interface page; external USB storage is displayed under internal
storage space.
Safely eject the USB drive
When you have completed work with the USB drive you can safely eject it by using the link at the bottom of
the Web Interface page.
To safely eject the USB drive:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the Web Interface page; click the eject link below external storage space.
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4. When prompted, click OK to confirm that you want to eject the USB drive.
5. Disconnect the USB drive from the system.
View the AFU log
A log is kept of automatic file uploads.
To view the log:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select Automatic File Upload from the Configuration section; the Automatic File Upload
configuration page opens.
4. Click the Show log of automatic file upload link; the log page opens. Note the page is blank if there
are no logs present.
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5. Click the browser's back button when you are done.
Manage the AFU queue
The AFU queue displays a list of recording files waiting to be uploaded. Individual file details can be viewed
using the web interface.
Access the AFU queue
Accessing the AFU queue allows you to view the list of files queued for upload using the web interface.
To access the AFU queue:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. From the web interface, click Automatic File Upload; if there are files to be uploaded, they are
displayed under the Upload Queue header.
View content in the AFU queue
There are several buttons in the web interface that allow you the ability to control how you see your queued
content.
To control how you view content in the AFU queue:
1. Navigate to the bottom of the upload queue list and manipulate the list view using the Newer 5 and
Top of the List buttons.
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The upload queue can display only 15 files at one time. Additional content is still stored and
is viewed in increments of five files using the Newer 5 button.
Delete content in the AFU queue
Files can be deleted from the upload queue, either individually or as a group.
To remove content from the upload queue:
1. Navigate to the bottom of the upload queue and click Empty Queue to delete the entire upload
queue, or click the red 'X' icon at the end of each row to remove files individually.
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Local FTP server
Standalone VGA Grid can act as an FTP server, allowing you to manually or automatically connect to the
system and download recordings. Depending on configuration of the FTP server, you may also be able to
remotely delete files after download, maximizing available system storage.
This section discusses the following FTP Server topics.
l Configure the local FTP server
l Using the local FTP Server
Configure the local FTP server
To configure your sysetem's local FTP server:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the FTP Server link in the Configuration menu; the FTP Server configuration page opens.
4. To enable the FTP server:
a. Select the Enable FTP access check box.
b. Select a user from the FTP user name drop down.
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The ftp password is the regular access password for the selected user. See User
administration for details on user names and passwords.
c. Click Apply.
5. To allow the FTP user to delete files:
a. Select the Enable FTP DELETE command check box.
b. Click Apply.
Any currently logged in ftp users must log out and back in again to have access to
the command.
6. To disable the FTP server:
a. De-select the Enable FTP access check box.
b. Click Apply.
7. To disable file deletion by FTP:
a. De-select the Enable FTP DELETE command check box.
b. Click Apply.
Any currently logged in users will continue to have access to the delete command
until they log out and log in again.
The following table summarizes the options for configuring the local FTP server.
Table 30 FTP Server Configuration Options
Name
Enable FTP access
FTP user name
Enable FTP
DELETE
command
Description / Options
The check box controls whether or not the system acts as an FTP server. By default this
is disabled.
Select one of the system users: admin, operator, or viewer. The ftp password will be the
access password for the selected user. By default the admin user is selected.
Controls whether or not FTP users can delete files. By default file deletion is not
permitted.
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Using the local FTP Server
Once you have configured a local FTP server, you can use the tool of your choice to download files from the
system.
The system stores files in a folder structure with a folder for each channel and a folder for each recorder.
Channel folders are labeled video<channel number> (i.e. video3 for channel 3). Recorder folders are labeled
videom<recorder number> (i.e. videom1 for the first recorder). Channel and recorder numbers are displayed
next to the name of the channel or sources in the web admin interface. See Channels and Recorders.
To get started you will need:
l The IP address of your system (found in the Network configuration menu)
l An FTP tool
l The username and password for your FTP user (See Configure the local FTP server)
In the example below, the IP address of the Standalone VGA Grid is 192.168.1.210, the username is admin,
there is no password, and the Windows command line ftp utility is used.
To connect to the FTP server:
1. Open a command window on Windows (alternatively open a terminal window on Linux/Mac, or open
your FTP utility of choice).
2. Establish an ftp connection using the command: ftp 192.168.1.210.
3. Provide the username: admin (provide the username of your FTP user).
4. Provide the password: (provide the correct password for your FTP user); the connection is opened.
5. Use the dir command to see the file structure.
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6. Use dir or your tool’s GUI to look in each folder for recordings.
7. Use get or your tool’s transfer mechanism to transfer files to your computer.
8. If enabled in the FTP configuration page, delete the file after downloading it by issuing the delete
command, or using your tool’s delete mechanism.
If the delete command is not enabled, attempting to delete a file will result in an Unknown
Command error.
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PART 5: Maintenance
This section covers topics that will keep your Standalone VGA Grid running smoothly. It also covers the
mobile/tablet operator interface and ways to configure and operate your system using third party tools via
HTTP or RS-232.
Specific topics covered are:
l Mobile / tablet operator interface
l Power down and system restart
l Save and restore device configuration
l Perform factory reset
l Firmware upgrade
l Support
l Storage disk maintenance
l Third party integration
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Mobile / tablet operator interface
Epiphan's tablet interface is designed for touch-screen devices. Use your tablet or mobile device to perform
confidence checks and basic operator tasks such as verifying disk space or starting and stopping recording.
This section describes procedures for the following topics:
l Connect to the tablet interface
l Confidence monitoring using the tablet interface
l Verify disk space via the tablet interface
l Control recording via the tablet interface
l Switch to the full admin interface
Connect to the tablet interface
To get started with the tablet interface you can connect to it in one of the following ways.
The device connecting to the tablet interface must be on the same network as the Standalone
VGA Grid or must be physically connected to it via USB.
l Use the browser over Ethernet
l Use tethering on your device
l Use the mobile version of Epiphan Connect
Use the browser over Ethernet
You can connect to the tablet interface with a browser on your admin computer, tablet, or touch-screen
device.
To connect to the tablet interface:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. Modify the URL in the browser to have /m after the existing text and press Enter; the tablet interface
opens. (If you forget the /m, the system will direct you to the mobile or standard interface, depending
on information sent by your device's browser).
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http://<ip address of system>/admin/m
or
http://<serial number of device>.local/admin/m
For example: http://192.168. 1.163/admin/m or http://95dd40d5.local/admin/m
In the future you can go directly to the IP address above and login from the mobile interface without ever
seeing the usual admin interface.
Use tethering on your device
You can use tethering on your mobile device or tablet to connect to the tablet interface. This option requires
some configuration through the full admin interface.
To configure use of tethering (perform this once):
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Network link in the Configuration menu; the network configuration page opens.
4. Select No tethering or any option except Disabled from the Use phone/tablet connection. See
Tether to a mobile network for descriptions of the options.
5. Click Apply.
To use your mobile device or tablet via tethering:
1. Turn on tethering on your device. (See device user manual for instructions.)
2. Connect the device to your Standalone VGA Grid via USB.
3. Use the EpiphanConnect utility (from the Google Play or Apple App store) to find the system and open
the tablet admin interface.
Use the mobile version of Epiphan Connect
Epiphan has iOS and Android versions of the Epiphan Connect discovery utility. The mobile versions of the
discovery utility automatically open the tablet interface when connecting to the Standalone VGA Grid for
administration.
See instructions below for installing the application. The iOS version is available from the Apple App Store and
the Android version is available from the Google Play store.
To install the application on your iOS or Andriod device (perform this once):
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1. Open the App Store (for Apple devices) or Google Play store (for Android devices).
2. Search for EpiphanConnect (all one word).
3. Download and install the free Epiphan Connect application.
To connect to the device:
1. Once Epiphan Connect is installed, connect to the wifi network where you can access your Standalone
VGA Grid.
2. Launch Epiphan Connect; the application searches your network and shows you a list of available
Epiphan systems.
3. Find your system in the list. If you have several Epiphan systems, look for the serial number of the one
to which you'd like to connect.
4. Select the system by touching the system name; a login prompt is presented.
5. Login as admin or operator; the tablet interface appears.
Confidence monitoring using the tablet interface
When connected to the tablet interface, you can use the INPUTS section to monitor the inputs to your
system. An auto-updating snapshot of video inputs and an audio level meter is provided for each source.
The top of the tablet interface gives you a warning if there are video inputs with no signal. In the example
below, 4 video inputs have no signal.
For more detailed information, you can look at each input individually.
To monitor each input:
1. Connect to the tablet interface. See Connect to the tablet interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. Scroll to the INPUTS section.
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4. For audio inputs without signal, nothing appears in the audio input bars.
5. For audio inputs with signal, the level is shown next to the source name in the audio input bar.
6. If a video source has no signal, the name appears red and a note next to the name says NO SIGNAL.
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7. If the source has a signal, it's frame size and frame rate are displayed beside the source name.
8. View a preview of the source by clicking the down arrow in the row for source. (The names of the
sources match the names set in the main admin interface. )
Verify disk space via the tablet interface
The INFO section of the tablet interface lets you know the firmware version, serial number and IP Address of
your system. It also shows you the currently available disk space.
To monitor inputs:
1. Connect to the tablet interface. See Connect to the tablet interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. Scroll to the INFO section; the currently available disk space is shown.
4. If disk space is low, the green bar will be nearly full.
Control recording via the tablet interface
The tablet interface provides a simple way to control recording for your Standalone VGA Grid. You can control
recordings for both channels and recorders from the same interface.
To control recording from the tablet interface:
1. Connect to the tablet interface. See Connect to the tablet interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
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3. Scroll to the CHANNELS section.
4. Find the channel or recorder from the list under CHANNELS. (The names of the channels and recorders
match the names set in the full admin interface.)
5. Click the down arrow in the row for the desired channel or recorder.
6. Use the START, STOP, and RESET buttons to control recording.
Switch to the full admin interface
To switch from the tablet interface to the full admin interface:
1. Connect to the tablet interface. See Connect to the tablet interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. Click the arrow button at the top right of the screen. Depending on the width of the screen, the button
may say extended view.
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Power down and system restart
Power down and system restart
This section covers the following topics:
l Restarting the device via the web interface
l Shutting down the device via the web interface
l Shutting down the device manually
Restarting the device via the web interface
Standalone VGA Grid's web interface allows you to reboot the system.
To restart the system:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Click the Reboot Now button; a confirmation dialog appears.
5. Click OK.
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Shutting down the device via the web interface
The Standalone VGA Grid web interface allows you to shut down the system.
To shut down the system:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Click the Shutdown Now button; a confirmation dialog appears.
5. Click OK.
Shutting down the device manually
You can manually shut down the Standalone VGA Grid via the button physically located on the system.
To shut down the system manually:
1. Unlock the front panel.
2. Press and release the power button on the system to initiate a safe power down; the system shuts
down.
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If the system is unresponsive, press and hold the power button for 4 seconds to force an
immediate power down.
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Save and restore device configuration
After completing configuration of your Standalone VGA Grid, it is good practice to save the system
configuration so you may restore it at a later date (i.e. after a change that wasn’t wanted, or after a factory
reset). In addition to full configuration backups, you can also save and restore configuration preset groups see Configuration presets for details about that feature.
This section covers the following topics:
l Save device configuration
l Load a saved device configuration
Save device configuration
Standalone VGA Grid's web interface allows you to save the current system configuration to your admin
computer's hard drive. It’s good practice to do this before making any major changes to a working
configuration and before doing a firmware update.
The resulting backup file includes all non-default configuration settings for the system, except the
user passwords which are reset when a configuration is restored.
Configuration backup files are only guaranteed to work with the same firmware version with
which they were created. Normally there is no issue loading an older configuration file on a newer
release, but the reverse is not true and there are exceptions where older configuration files are
not supported in a new release.
To save the current system configuration:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Click the Backup button next to Backup Current Configuration; the system performs a backup and
depending on your browser the file is either automatically downloaded or you are asked to save the
file.
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5. Save the file in a secure location.
6. Rename your saved configuration file to indicate the specifics of the configuration, if desired.
Load a saved device configuration
After making changes to the system configuration, you may find that the results are not what you expected or
that they serve a different need and you wish to return to a previous configuration. Via Standalone VGA Grid's
web interface you can load a previously saved configuration file.
Configuration files are by default named <serial number>.cfg. You may have more than one configuration file
saved from the system. Select the correct configuration file and know where it is accessible from your local
computer before starting this procedure.
Backup files include all non-default configuration settings for the system, except the user
passwords. All passwords are reset to blank after the configuration is loaded.
To load a saved system configuration:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Click the Choose File button beside Restore Configuration from File; you are prompted to choose the
configuration file.
5. Select the desired configuration file from storage on your local computer and click Open.
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6. Click the Restore button; the system configuration is restored and a new page appears asking you to
reboot the system.
7. Reboot the system by clicking the link in the message on the web page, or by using the power button
on the system; when the system comes back up the restoration is complete.
8. Login as admin (with no password).
9. Reset your user passwords. See User administration.
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Perform factory reset
If you’ve been testing with your Standalone VGA Grid and are ready to reset it back to factory settings, you
can do this through the web interface.
This section covers the following topics:
l Restore factory configuration via the web interface
Restore factory configuration via the web interface
The web interface allows you to restore the factory configuration to return your Standalone VGA Grid back to
the original settings it had when you purchased it.
Restoring the factory settings erases everything on the system. This includes all your source
settings, channels, configuration presets, network settings and all saved files.
Consider using the factory default configuration preset if you want to preserve files. See
Configuration presets.
EDIDs are not restored to factory settings with the factory resets. Re-apply factory EDIDs
manually using the Source's configuration page.
Only proceed if you know this is what you want to do.
To restore the factory configuration via the web interface:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Click the Reset button next to Factory Reset; a warning dialog appears asking you to confirm this
destructive action.
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interface
5. Click OK on the warning dialog; the system resets to factory defaults and reboots.
6. Wait for the system to reboot and begin re-configuration.
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Firmware upgrade
Epiphan will from time to time issue an updated firmware revision to bring new features to your Standalone
VGA Grid. To take advantage of these new features, you will need to install the new firmware on the system.
This section covers the following topics:
l Check for firmware updates
l Install firmware
Check for firmware updates
When you register your product with Epiphan you are given a choice to be notified by email of firmware
updates for your system. If you selected this choice, you will be notified of updates applicable to the
Standalone VGA Grid.
If your Standalone VGA Grid has internet access, you can check for updates directly by following the
procedure below.
The system will also automatically check for firmware updates if the Maintenance page option Enable
connection to maintenance server is checked.
This is the preferred method of checking for firmware updates. The built-in firmware update
mechanism checks for updates that match your specific product and hardware revision.
To check for new firmware:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Firmware Upgrade link in the Configuration menu; the firmware upgrade page opens.
4. Click the check for updates link next to your current firmware version; the system connects to Epiphan
servers to look for updates.
5. If an update is found a red box appears in the top left side of the web interface with a link to download
and install the firmware.
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6. Follow the steps below to download and install the firmware.
Install firmware
When you’ve received a new firmware file from Epiphan’s support team, schedule a time where you can
update the firmware without negatively impacting viewers or file recordings.
It is good practice to take a backup of your current configuration before applying a firmware
update. In the rare case that you wish to downgrade the firmware, you will be able to apply this
configuration backup and restore your previous state. See Save and restore device
configuration.
There are two ways to install new firmware: from a the download link via the web interface, or from a file
provided by Epiphan.
Installing new firmware takes a few minutes. Broadcasting and recording is not available until the
upgrade is complete.
Install firmware directly from the web interface:
If your Standalone VGA Grid has internet access, the easiest method of installing new firmware is to use the
download link provided when you check for new firmware.
To download new firmware directly:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Save a copy of the current system configuration, if desired. See Save and restore device configuration.
4. Select the Firmware Upgrade link in the Configuration menu; the firmware upgrade page opens.
5. Click the check for updates link next to your current firmware version; the system connects to Epiphan
servers to look for updates.
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6. Click download from the red box that appears at the top left of the admin interface; the firmware is
downloaded and immediately starts to install and the firmware update box changes to have a cancel
button.
Do not interrupt power to the system during the firmware upgrade.
7. When the firmware update is complete, the message lets you know it is going to reboot.
8. Wait for the system to restart. Depending on the upgrade, a disk rebuild may be required, causing the
restart process to take much longer than usual.
9. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
10. Login as admin.
11. Select the Firmware Upgrade link in the Configuration menu; the firmware upgrade page opens.
12. Verify that the firmware version is the expected new version.
Although unexpected, it is possible the firmware update fails. In this case, collect system information such as
device serial number and, if known, the previous firmware version along with the new firmware version and
contact [email protected]
Install firmware from a file
Before getting started, ensure you have the firmware file accessible from your admin computer.
To install new firmware from a file:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. Save a copy of the current system configuration, if desired. See Save and restore device configuration.
4. Select the Firmware Upgrade link in the Configuration menu; the firmware upgrade page opens.
5. Note the current firmware version listed.
6. Click the Choose File button next to Select firmware upgrade file; a file selection box opens.
7. Select the firmware upgrade file from your local computer.
8. Click Apply; the file is uploaded. The system unpacks and verifies the file. If the file is valid, the upgrade
begins.
Do not interrupt power to the system during the firmware upgrade.
9. Wait for the system to restart.
10. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
11. Login as admin.
12. Select the Firmware Upgrade link in the Configuration menu; the firmware upgrade page opens.
13. Verify that the firmware version is the expected new version.
Although unexpected, it is possible the firmware update fails. In this case, collect system information such as
device serial number and, if known, the previous firmware version along with the new firmware version and
contact [email protected]
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Support
Support
Epiphan provides a complimentary one-year support plan with your purchase (starting one year from the
original product shipment date) as well as two extended support plans, SupportPlan and SupportPlan+. Both
plans add two more years to extend the support to three years from original product shipment date.
To contact Epiphan support:
l Email: [email protected]
l Online chat: www.epiphan.com/support (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm
Eastern)
l Call: 1-877-599-6581 / 613-599-6581
From time to time, Epiphan support may ask you for logs from your system. Follow the instructions in this
section to download the log files for support.
l Download logs and "allinfo"
Standalone VGA Grid also supports remote troubleshooting by Epiphan’s support team. This service is only
available to systems covered by SupportPlan+.
Remote support allows Epiphan to assist in troubleshooting issues you experience with the system and can
also assist with resetting lost admin passwords. No private information is sent to the Epiphan maintenance
server.
By default, all systems are setup with remote support configuration enabled.
This section describes procedures for the following topics:
l Configure remote support
l Disable remote support
Remote support is only provided for systems covered by SupportPlan+. For more information
about our service plans, see www.epiphan.com/supportplan.
Download logs and "allinfo"
If requested by Epiphan support, you can download the logs files and/or "allinfo" data from your system.
These files help our support team troubleshoot problems.
To download the logs and allinfo file:
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1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Select the Permanent Logs check box.
5. Click Apply; the page updates to let you know the changes were applied.
6. Select the Maintenance link again; the maintenance page opens.
7. Click Download permanent logs; a zip file containing system logs begins to download.
8. From your browser, run the allinfo script; a file is saved to your computer.
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http://<ip address of your system>/admin/allinfo.cgi
9. Share the log files and allinfo results with Epiphan support.
Configure remote support
Remote support is configured by default to connect to the Epiphan maintenance server with the domain
name epiphany.epiphan.com. The system must be able to resolve this domain name to connect to the server
and permit remote support. Remote support uses port 30, therefore this port must be available for
communication. If your system is protected from the Internet by a firewall, speak to your network
administrator to configure the firewall appropriately.
Remote support is available from Epiphan only if your device is covered by SupportPlan+.
To configure remote support:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
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4. Click Enable remote support if the check box is not selected. This setting controls incoming links
from Epiphan.
5. Click Enable connection to maintenance server if the check box is not selected. This setting
configures outgoing links to Epiphan.
6. Ensure the server address is epiphany.epiphan.com, unless Epiphan support directs you to change it.
7. Ensure the port is 30, unless Epiphan support directs you to change it.
8. Click Apply.
9. Test that the system can access the maintenance server:
a. Select the Network link under Configuration.
b. Type epiphany.epiphan.com Network Diagnostics box.
c. Click ping.
d. Ensure the result shows an IP address for epiphany.epiphan.com and report any packet loss to
Epiphan support.
10. If the system cannot reach the maintenance server, check the network settings (see Configure DHCP)
to ensure DHCP is selected or a DNS server is listed and try again. Consult with your network
administrator if problems persist.
11. If the system reaches the maintenance server, ensure your firewall, if you have one, has port 30 open
for the system.
12. Confirm with Epiphan support that they are able to access your Standalone VGA Grid for remote
troubleshooting.
Disable remote support
By default, remote support is on. If you want to turn it off, you may use the following procedure.
Disabling remote support for the Standalone VGA Grid removes the ability for Epiphan to reset a
lost admin password. If you forget the admin password and remote support feature is off, you
will need to return the system to Epiphan for reprogramming.
To disable remote support:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. Select the Maintenance link in the Configuration menu; the maintenance page opens.
4. Click Enable remote support check box to deselect it. This prevents incoming links from Epiphan.
5. Click Enable connection to maintenance server to deselect it. This prevents outgoing links to
Epiphan.
6. Click Apply.
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Storage disk maintenance
Your Standalone VGA Grid is equipped with one or more hard drives for storage of recordings. Occasionally,
maintenance is required for these disks. This section describes procedures for the following topics:
l Check disk storage space
l Schedule disk check
l Perform disk check
l Rebuild or replace storage disks
l Verify RAID storage
l Read data from removed storage disks
Check disk storage space
Standalone VGA Grid has a finite amount of storage . By default, the standalone and networked version have
3 TB of storage. This storage space holds a lot of recordings, but it can get full. It’s a good idea to monitor your
current disk usage.
If available storage is low, consider removing some unneeded recordings or setting up an automatic file
transfer with deletion after transfer. See Recorded files and File and recording transfer.
Disk space can also be checked via the tablet interface. See Verify disk space via the tablet
interface.
To check disk storage space:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin or operator.
3. Check the Internal Storage section at the bottom of the menu column. The bar will be mostly green if
there is lots of space left, or mostly red if storage space is nearly full.
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4. If available storage is low, take action to remove files as discussed in Recorded files and File and
recording transfer.
Schedule disk check
A disk maintenance schedule is used to check the system storage drives for errors. Two values are supplied,
one to specify the number of system restarts that should occur before disk check, and the second to specify
the number of months before performing a disk check. The disk check happens based on whichever event
occurs first.
For example, the restart setting is set to 50 and the months setting is set to 6. If six months pass and less than
50 restarts happened, a disk check will occur on the next restart. However if you do 50 restarts in one month,
the disk check will happen after the fiftieth restart.
Disk check occurs during start up and can cause a lengthy delay in starting up the system.
To set the disk check schedule:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Disk Check link in the Configuration menu; the disk maintenance page opens.
4. Set the number of restarts to occur before the next check. Set to 0 if you don’t want to force a
disk check after a specific number of restarts.
5. Set the number of months to pass before the next check. Set to 0 if you don’t want to force a
disk check after a specific number of months.
6. Click Save.
Perform disk check
A disk maintenance schedule is used to periodically check the system storage drives for errors. If you prefer,
you can run the disk check manually at a time that is convenient for you.
Running the disk check manually resets the timers for the scheduled disk check (i.e. next check won’t happen
automatically until either the number of restarts or months passes).
If the system is recording when you start a disk check, it will stop recording and resume after the
check is complete. Frames presented during the disk check are not part of any recording.
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To start a manual disk check:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Disk Check link in the Configuration menu; the disk maintenance page opens.
4. Click the Check Now button; a new page opens showing you the progress of the disk check.
Do not interrupt power to the system during the disk check.
5. When the disk check is complete, the main page returns and a summary is shown.
6. If any unrecoverable errors are detected, contact Epiphan support.
Rebuild or replace storage disks
The rackmount Standalone VGA Grid can be optionally configured with storage configured in a RAID array.
Periodically you may wish to clean the RAID array to start from scratch, or you may want to introduce new
disks in place of the old ones.
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When working with RAID arrays it is important to keep the disks in sets that contain the same data so the
RAID will continue to perform. For that reason you should name your disk sets, i.e. set A, set B, etc.
If you need to revert from a multiple-disk RAID array to a single storage drive, all recordings must
be copied off Standalone VGA Grid and the other drive need to be completely removed from the
system. The system must then be rebooted before a "build disk" is performed on the remaining
drive.
When purchasing a new disk set, ensure that the drives in the new set are identical (brand, size, and type).
To change the disk set:
1. Power down the Standalone VGA Grid.
2. Open the front panel of the system (the panel key may be required).
3. Remove the old drives, starting with the second drive from the left, moving to the right.
Do not remove the left-most drive. This is the system drive and is not swappable.
4. Seat the replacement drive set into the drive bays.
5. Power on the system.
6. Follow the steps below to rebuild the storage disks.
See Read data from removed storage disks for information on reading data from the removed drives.
Rebuilding the storage disk set is a destructive process that erases everything from the disks.
Proceed with caution.
To rebuild the storage disks (erasing all data):
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
1. Select the Disk Check link in the Configuration menu; the disk maintenance page opens.
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Internal Storage section:
a. If no RAID drives are detected, you do not have a storage RAID, but you can rebuild the current
drive, deleting all saved recordings.
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b. If two or more drives are detected, you are prompted to select a type of RAID array.
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Table 31 RAID Array Types
Label
Description
Diagram
Block level striping writes data across
multiple disks in parallel. This configuration
divides the storage between multiple
drives; provides read/write performance
RAID 0
improvements but does not provide fault
tolerance.
This configuration supports systems that
have two, three or four disks.
Mirroring copies all data to a secondary
disk. This configuration provides fault
tolerance (data is available from one drive
when the other drive fails) but has normal
RAID 1
read/write speeds.There is less total
storage space since two complete copies of
the data is stored.
This configuration supports systems that
have two disks.
Mirroring and striping configuration
creates a striped set in a mirrored set. This
option uses four disks to combine
RAID 1+0
improved read/write performance with
(RAID 10)
redundancy.
This configuration supports systems that
have four disks.
b. Select your desired RAID array type.
2. Click Build Storage; you are asked to confirm that you want to erase the storage drives and rebuild.
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3. Click OK on the confirmation dialog; a message appears indicating the rebuild is underway. Internal
storage is not available during rebuild. You are unable to save any recordings.
The rebuild takes less than 5 minutes, the page automatically refreshes to provide the
current status.
4. When the rebuild is complete, the message box indicates whether or not it was successful.
5. In the unlikely event that the rebuild was not successful, you may try it again, and if still not successful,
contact Epiphan support.
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Verify RAID storage
The rackmount Standalone VGA Grid can be optionally configured with storage configured in a RAID array.
Use the strategies described here to determine if you are using a RAID array and if it is in good health.
To check if the disks are configured for RAID:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Disk Check link in the Configuration menu; the disk maintenance page opens.
4. Scroll to the Disk information section of the page.
5. If RAID is configured, the disk information contains a line item for /dev/md0. The RAID configuration
level is shown next in the /dev/md0 statistics.
To check RAID integrity:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
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3. Scroll to the Internal Storage section at the bottom of the menus on the left side of the page.
4. If the RAID configuration is sound, the internal storage section reports statistics for the storage, but
shows no errors.
5. If using RAID 0 and one of the disks is down, the following error is displayed. Rebuild or replace the
disks to recover.
6. If using RAID 1 and one of the disks is down, the following warning is displayed. Consider replacing the
disk pair at your earliest convince.
7. If using RAID 1 and a disk has recently been replaced, the system lets you know it is synchronizing data
to the new disk.
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Read data from removed storage disks
Standalone VGA Grid storage drives use an ext4 file system and can only be read with a computer running
Linux.
If using multiple drives and one of the drives fails or is removed, then the RAID needs to be
rebuilt. The files stored on the remaining drive(s) will need to be downloaded via web interface,
AFU or FTP prior to RAID rebuild.
These steps describe how to read the recorded files from the removable storage drives using Ubuntu.
Depending on your exact version of Linux, the steps you follow may differ slightly from the steps
below.
To read the recorded files:
1. Install Linux on a workstation where the drives will be installed (Ubuntu or Debian are recommended.
RedHat/CentOS/Fedora are also supported).
2. Confirm mdadm tool is installed, if not, install it. For Ubuntu/Debian use apt-get, for RH/CentOS use
yum.
3. Turn off the workstation and connect the storage drives (if using RAID 1 you can attach just one drive).
4. Start the workstation.
5. If only one drive of a RAID 1 set is connected:
a. Open a terminal window and enter the following in the command line to determine the name of
the disk:
sudo fdisk -l
b. Issue this command to build the disk:
(In the example, the disk name is /dev/sbd1. Your disk name may be different.)
sudo mdadm —assemble /dev/md0 /dev/sdb1
c. The following message appears:
mdadm: /dev/md0 has been started with 1 drive (out of 2).
6. Verify that RAID is started. At the command line, enter:
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sudo mdadm -D /dev/md0
7. Verify that the output is similar to this, with the disk in a clean state and the correct RAID level
indicated:
(Only one disk is used in the example. If you are using multiple disks, the output will be a bit different.)
/dev/md0:
Version : 1.2
Creation Time : Thu Jan 16 12:55:36 2014
Raid Level : raid1
Array Size : 499975360 (476.81 GiB 511.97 GB)
Used Dev Size : 499975360 (476.81 GiB 511.97 GB)
Raid Devices : 2
Total Devices : 1
Persistence : Superblock is persistent
Update Time : Thu Jan 23 12:03:03 2014
State : clean, degraded
Active Devices : 1
Working Devices : 1
Failed Devices : 0
Spare Devices : 0
Name : BFR0B8CBCD3:0
UUID : 556b7f41:e0c45623:923eda4b:1242121f
Events : 19
Number Major Minor RaidDevice State
0 8 49 0 active sync /dev/sdd1
1 0 0 1 removed
8. The new drive is generally automatically mounted. If the drive does not auto mount, enter the
following in the command line, substituting the name of your device instead of /dev/md0, if needed:
sudo mkdir /mnt/raid; sudo mount /dev/md0 /mnt/raid
9. If using a graphical interface in Linux, browse to the location of the drive in File Manager. Otherwise,
use a terminal window to change directories (cd) into the drive.
10. Browse to the /mnt/raid folder (or the appropriate folder name) in File Manager.
11. All recordings are kept in a folder hierarchy matching the channels and recorders you created via the
web interface. Channels are listed by their channel number as video<channel number> (i.e. video1 for
channel 1) and recorders are listed by their recorder number with the videom prefix (i.e. videom2 for
recorder 2).
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Third party integration
Standalone VGA Grid has a comprehensive set of APIs to allow integration with third party tools.
You can use either the HTTP or RS-232 commands to configure your system exactly how you need it. For
example you can start and stop recordings, you can configure meta data on a channel, or even change a
channel's frame size and encoding settings.
The following topics are covered in this section:
l Control with RS-232 / serial port
l Control with HTTP commands
l Configuration keys for third party APIs
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Control with RS-232 / serial port
Standalone VGA Grid presents an RS-232 / serial port control interface for integration with existing control
room and board room equipment. This section covers the following topics:
l Connect and configure the RS-232 cable
l Control the Standalone VGA Grid with RS-232
l RS-232 / Serial port command examples
Connect and configure the RS-232 cable
To connect your control equipment to the Standalone VGA Grid you will need a standard RS-232 null-modem
cable and a USB to RS-232 serial adapter cable. Adapter cables are not included with the Standalone VGA Grid.
Only certain adapter chipsets are supported, Epiphan recommends this adapter cable from Startech.
To connect the serial port cable:
1. Attach the null modem cable to the control interface.
2. Connect the null modem cable to the serial port on the back of the system.
The only configuration available for the serial port is flow control. Flow control changes the rate of data
transfer over the cable. Some communication settings are static and cannot be changed. The static settings
are:
l Baud rate set at 19200
l Parity set to none
l Stop bits set to one
To configure serial port flow control:
1. Connect to the admin interface using your preferred connection mechanism. See Connect to the admin
interface.
2. Login as admin.
3. Select the Serial Port link in the Configuration menu; the serial port configuration page opens.
4. Select Hardware, Software, or None from the drop-down menu. Refer to the table below for a
description of the options.
Table 32 Serial Port Flow Control Options
Label
Description / Options
Hardware
A hardware handshake mechanism is used for flow control. This is also called RTS / CTS flow
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Description / Options
control. Select this when your control terminal requires it (see control terminal manual).
Software
None
A software handshake that uses XON/XOFF characters to control the flow of data. Select this
when your control terminal requires it (see control terminal manual).
No flow control is used. Only select this if your control terminal requires it (see control
terminal manual).
5. Click Apply.
Control the Standalone VGA Grid with RS-232
You can use the null-modem cable and your control terminal software to issue commands to the Standalone
VGA Grid such as when to start or stop recording, or to retrieve or set the value for various settings.
Each command sent to the Standalone VGA Grid via RS 232 must be terminated with a line feed (LF) character (ASCII code 10). Your software may need to be configured to add the line feed to
each command.
Some commands require a channel or recorder name as an argument. In those commands, the channel or
recorder name is separated from the command name by a period, as shown in the table. The channel name
value can be either the name or the index of the recorder or channel. Use of the index is recommended.
A channel's index is found by looking at the Channels list in the web interface. In the screen capture below, the
channel with index 1 is currently recording (it's index number is red). To address this channel via RS-232
commands, use the index 1.
For commands requiring a recorder index, determine your recorder's index by combining the recorder's
number with the prefix m. In the example below, the second recorder's index is 2. To access this recorder via
RS-232 commands, use the index m2.
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The table describes the RS-232 commands supported by the Standalone VGA Grid.
Table 33 Supported RS-232 Commands
Command Name
Description
Recording Commands
Starts recording for the provided channel or recorder. This can alternatively be
accomplished with the following set commands:
START.<channel>
SET.<channel>.rec_enabled=on
START.<recorder>
SAVECFG
If the channel is already recording, the current recording file is closed and a new
file is started.
Starts recording for all channels and recorders.
For channels already recording, the current recording file is closed and a new file is
started.
START
There is no RS-232 command to restart recording or to send a second
START command while recording is active.
Stops recording for the provided channel or recorder. This can alternatively be
STOP.<channel>
accomplished with the following set commands:
START.<recorder>
SET.<channel>.rec_enabled=""
SAVECFG
STOP
Stops recording for all channels and recorders.
Takes a snapshot image of the current channel (supported only if the channel is
SNAPSHOT.<channel>
configured to use the Motion JPEG codec). Snapshots are saved with recording
files on the system.
SNAPSHOT
Takes a snapshot image of all channels (supported only for channels configured to
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Command Name
Description
use the Motion JPEG codec). Snapshots are saved with recording files on the
system.
Configuration Commands (see Configuration keys for third party APIs for available keys)
GET.<channel>.<key>
Gets the saved value of a given parameter for the specified channel or recorder.
GET.<recorder>.<key>
SET.<channel>.<key>
Sets the value of a given parameter for the specified channel or recorder. The
SET.<recorder>.<key>
value is not saved until the SAVECFG command is sent.
SAVECFG
Saves the parameters modified by the SET command.
Status Commands
Reports the recording status of the specified channel or recorder.
STATUS.<channel>
STATUS.<recorder>
Status is one of:
l RUNNING
l STOPPED
l UNINITIALIZED
Reports the recording status of each channel and recorder.
Status is one of:
STATUS
l RUNNING
l STOPPED
l UNINITIALIZED
FREESPACE
Reports the free storage space, in bytes.
RECTIME.<channel>
Reports the elapsed recording time for the current file on the specified channel or
RECTIME.<recorder>
recorder.
RECTIME
Reports the elapsed recording time for the current file on each channel.
Additionally, the system automatically reports its status changes back along the RS-232 connection using the
following automatic messages:
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Table 34 RS-232 Status Changed Messages
Command Name
Description
Provides the status of the recording service for the channel's as one of:
l Running
STATUS.<channel> <status>
l Stopped
l Uninitialized
The Uninitialized status is sent when there is an internal error. Check the
system for more details.
RS-232 / Serial port command examples
The following examples demonstrate how to use some of the RS-232 commands supported by the system.
The list of supported SET and GET parameters are found in Configuration keys for third party APIs .
Each command sent to the Standalone VGA Grid via RS 232 must be terminated with a line feed (LF) character (ASCII code 10). Your software may need to be configured to add the line feed to
each command.
For values with spaces, enclose the value in quotation marks. For empty values, use empty quotation marks
with nothing between.
You must always follow a "SET" command in RS-232 with the "SAVECFG" command. Otherwise the
new configuration setting(s) will not take effect. See "SET" examples below.
1. To start recording on channel 2:
START.2
2. To stop recording on channel 2:
STOP.2
3. To start recording on all channels and recorders:
START
4. To get the value of the frame size (resolution) for channel 2:
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GET.2.framesize
5. To set the frame size (resolution) on channel 2, enclose the parameter in quotes to preserve the spaces:
SET.2.framesize="640 x 480"
SAVECFG
6. To enable broadcasting audio on channel 2:
SET.2.audio=on
SAVECFG
7. To disable broadcasting audio on channel 2:
SET.2.audio=""
SAVECFG
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Control with HTTP commands
Standalone VGA Grid has an HTTP API interface for configuration and control by a third party application or
with a script that sends commands to the system as a series of URLs. This section covers the following topics:
l HTTP command syntax
l HTTP command examples
HTTP command syntax
Control of the Standalone VGA Grid by HTTP is done by sending commands to one of two URLs and
specifying the target configuration item. Syntax for the get and set commands follows.
Many commands require a channel or recorder index as an argument. A channel's index is found by looking at
the Channels list in the web interface. In the screen capture below, the channel with index 1 is currently
recording (it's index number is red). To address this channel via http commands, use the index channel1.
For commands requiring a recorder index, determine your recorder's index by combining the recorder's
number with the prefix channelm. In the example below, the second recorder's index is 2. To access this
recorder via http commands, use the index channelm2.
To Get configuration settings:
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http://<address>/admin/channel<N>/get_params.cgi?key
(or for recorders, add 'm' before the recorder number, i.e. channelm1 for recorder 1)
http://<address>/admin/channelm<N>/get_params.cgi?key
To Set configuration settings:
http://<address>/admin/channel<N>/set_params.cgi?key=value
(or for recorders, add 'm' before the recorder number, i.e. channelm1 for recorder 1)
http://<address>/admin/channelm<N>/get_params.cgi?key
Where <address> is the IP address of the system, channel<N> is the channel number (i.e. channel2 for
channel number two), channelm2 for recorder two, key is the key for the configuration item being checked or
changed (see the list in Configuration keys for third party APIs ), and value is the value to set for the
configuration item.
Multiple requests at once
You can include multiple key/value pairs in a single command by separating the statements with &.
For example, the key for product name is product_name and the key for firmware version is firmware_
version. To send a request for both the product name and the firmware version, use the following command:
http://<address>/admin/channel1/get_params.cgi?product_name&firmware_version
Or, to turnoff publishing (set to 0) and set the bitrate (vbitrate) to 256,000:
http://<address>/admin/channel1/set_params.cgi?publish_type=0&vbitrate=256K
Third party applications like wget
If you’re using a third party application like wget to send commands to the system, always include the admin
username and password when viewing or setting configuration items.
The syntax for wget commands is shown below. Specify your system’s IP address, password and the key(s) or
value(s) you wish to query. Note your system may require use of single quotes around the password to
handle special characters such as exclamation marks.
get_param using wget:
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wget --http-user=admin --http-passwd=<password> http://<address>/admin/channel<N>/get_
params.cgi?<key>[&<key>]
set_param using wget:
wget --http-user=admin --http-passwd=<password> http://<address>/admin/channel<N>/set_
params.cgi?<key>=<value>[&<key>=<value>]
HTTP command examples
Some configuration of the Standalone VGA Grid can be done by non-interactive http commands. The
following examples demonstrate how to use wget to exercise some of the HTTP commands supported by the
system.
For values with spaces, encode space as %20. i.e.: set_params.cgi?framesize=640%20x%20480
The examples assume a system IP address of 192.30.23.45 and admin password pass123.
1. To get the type of stream being published and frame size for channel 1:
wget --http-user=admin --http-passwd=pass123 http://192.30.23.45/admin/channel1/get_
params.cgi?publish_type&framesize
2. To set the publish stream type to RTMP Push (6) and at the title “System Stream” for channel 2:
wget --http-user=admin --http-passwd=pass123 http://192.30.23.45/admin/channel2/set_
params.cgi?publish_type=6&title=System%20Stream
3. To start recording on channel 2:
wget --http-user=admin --http-passwd=pass123 http://192.30.23.45/admin/channel2/set_
params.cgi?rec_enabled=on
4. To stop recording on channel 2:
wget --http-user=admin --http-passwd=pass123 http://192.30.23.45/admin/channel2/set_
params.cgi?rec_enabled=""
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5. To start recording on recorder 2:
wget --http-user=admin --http-passwd=pass123 http://192.30.23.45/admin/channelm2/set_
params.cgi?rec_enabled=on
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Configuration keys for third party APIs
Using HTTP or RS-232, you can send commands to the system to query or configure the system. For the RS232 and HTTP syntax see Control with RS-232 / serial port and Control with HTTP commands.
Using a "SET" command in RS-232 must always follow with the "SAVECFG" command for the new
configuration setting(s) to take effect.
When setting keys to values with spaces use the following syntax.
For RS-232:
Enclose in quotes: SET.2.framesize="640 x 480"
For HTTP:
Encode each space as %20: set_params.cgi?framesize=640%20x%20480
The following sections describe the API keys supported by the system in each of these categories:
l System-level settings keys (read-only)
l System-level settings keys (read/write)
l Recording configuration keys
l HTTP server configuration keys
l IP-based access control configuration keys
l UPnP configuration keys
l SAP configuration keys
l Frame grabber configuration keys
l Broadcast configuration keys
l Channel encoder configuration keys
l Channel layout configuration keys
l Configuration keys for third party APIs
l Configuration keys for third party APIs
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l Audio configuration keys
l Stream publishing configuration keys
l RTSP announce configuration keys (Publish type 2)
l RTP/UDP configuration keys (Publish type 3)
l MPEG-TS configuration keys (Publish types 4 and 5)
l RTMP push configuration keys (Publish type 6)
l Content metadata configuration keys
The list of supported keys is also available for viewing from your system. Browse to the following URL (where
<address> is the IP address of the system):
http://<address>/admin/http_api.cgi
System-level settings keys (read-only)
The following read-only system-level setting keys are supported. The channel number can be omitted from
the command when requesting the value for these keys.
Table 35 Supported Read-Only System-level Settings Configuration Keys
Key
Values
String, including the
firmware_version
text FIRMWARE_
VERSION=.
mac_address
String
Description
The system’s firmware version.
The value is read-only.
The system’s mac address. Useful for debugging.
The value is read-only.
The product’s name.
product_name
String
Useful to confirm you are communicating with the right
product or for debugging purposes.
The value is read-only.
Name of the vendor.
vendor
Epiphan Video
The value is always “Epiphan Video”.
The value is read-only.
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System-level settings keys (read/write)
The following read/write system-level setting keys are supported. The channel number can be omitted from
the command when requesting the value for these keys.
Table 36 Supported Read/Write System-level Settings Configuration Keys
Key
Values
Description
Enables or disables automatic firmware update checking.
frmcheck_
on
To enable firmware update checking, set to on.
enabled
empty string ("")
To disable firmware update checking, set to an empty string ("").
description
string
To give this system a name in the Epiphan discovery utility,
specify a description string.
Recording configuration keys
The following recording settings are supported. When using,, specify the channel or recorder you wish to
configure.
Table 37 Supported Recording Configuration Keys
Key
rec_enabled
Values
on
empty string ("")
Description
Enables or disables recording.
To enable recording, set to on.
To disable recording, set to an empty string ("").
avi
rec_format
mov
mp4
Specifies the format of the saved file.
ts
rec_prefix
string
Specifies a prefix for the recorded filenames.
rec_sizelimit
integer
Specifies the file size limit, in kilobytes (kB).
rec_timelimit
integer
Specifies the time limit before a new recording file is created.
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Key
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Values
Description
Time limit value is returned in the same unit of time
in which it was entered in the admin web interface.
(e.g. if you configured the parameter in the admin
web interface to be 6h, the command will return "6"
accordingly).
HTTP server configuration keys
The following settings are supported for configuration of the HTTP server run by the system.
Table 38 Supported HTTP Server Configuration Keys
Key
Values
Description
http_port
integer
Specifies the HTTP server port.
http_sport
integer
Specifies the HTTP server SSL port (HTTPS port).
http_usessl
on
empty string ("")
Enables or disables HTTPS (SSL Server)
To enable SSL, set to on.
To disable SSL, set to an empty string ("").
IP-based access control configuration keys
The following settings are supported for configuring allowed and denied IP addresses for the system ONLY,
not for individual channels. See Restrict viewers by IP address for more information on Allow and Deny lists.
Table 39 Supported IP-Based Access Configuration Keys
Key
Values
Description
string: commaallowips
separated list of
Specifies the IP addresses to permit access.
IP addresses and/or
To restrict access, provide a list of permitted IP addresses.
ranges.
To clear allowed IP restriction, set to an empty string ("").
empty string("")
string: commadenyips
separated list of
IP addresses and/or
ranges.
Specifies the IP addresses to deny access.
To restrict access, provide a list of denied IP addresses.
To clear denied IP restriction, set to an empty string ("").
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Values
Description
empty string("")
UPnP configuration keys
The following settings are supported for UPnP streaming.
Table 40 Supported UPnP Streaming Configuration Keys
Key
share_archive
Values
on
empty string ("")
Description
Enables sharing of recorded files via UPnP.
To enable sharing files over UPnP, set to on.
To disable sharing files over UPnP, set to an empty string ("").
Enables sharing of the live stream via UPnP.
share_livestreams
on
To enable stream sharing over UPnP, set to on.
empty string ("")
To disable stream sharing over UPnP, set to an empty string
("").
server_name
string
Specifies the UPnP server name.
To use the system name, set to an empty string ("").
SAP configuration keys
The following settings are supported for SAP sharing.
Table 41 Supported SAP Configuration Keys
Key
sap
Values
on
empty string ("")
Description
Enables sharing of recorded files via SAP.
To enable sharing files over SAP, set to on.
To disable sharing files over SAP, set to an empty string ("").
sap_channel_no
integer
Specifies the SAP channel number.
sap_group
string
Specifies the SAP group name.
sap_ip
string
Specify the SAP annoucement IP.
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Frame grabber configuration keys
The following configuration settings are supported by the system. See Configure a sourcefor more
information on each variable.
Table 42 Supported Frame Grabber Configuration Keys
Key
Values
gain
0...255
Description
Specifies ADC gain adjustments.
0 is brightest, 255 is darkest.
Specifies horizontal shift.
hshift
-999...999
For shifts to the left, use positive values.
For shifts to the right, use negative values.
offset
0...63
phase
0...31
pll
-999...999
tune_interval
0...9999
vshift
-20...20
Specifies ADC offset.
0 is brightest, 63 is darkest.
Specifies phase adjustments for VGA signals. Generally not
used unless value is provided by Epiphan support.
Specifies PLL adjustment.
Changes the number of pixels in the line.
Specifies the number of seconds between auto-adjustments.
To disable auto-adjustments, set to 0.
Specifies vertical shift.
For shifts up, use positive values.
For shifts down, use negative values.
Broadcast configuration keys
The following broadcast configuration settings are supported.
Table 43 Supported Broadcast Configuration Keys
Key
bcast_disabled
rtsp_port
Values
on
empty string ("")
Description
Enables or disables the broadcast.
To disable broadcast, set to on.
To enable broadcast, set to empty string ("").
1000...65535,
Specifies the port for RTSP streaming. Note port 5557 is used
but not 5557
for network discovery and cannot be used for streaming.
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streamport
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Values
Description
1000...65535,
Specifies the port used for streaming. Note port 5557 is used
but not 5557
for network discovery and cannot be used for streaming.
Overrides the global stream access settings or uses global
ac_override
on
stream access settings.
empty string ("")
To use global stream access settings, set to empty string ("").
To override global stream access settings, set to on.
ac_viewerpwd
string
Specifies the password for Viewers.
ac_allowips
integer
Displays a list of the allowed IP addresses for live streams
ac_denyips
integer
Displays a list of the denied IP addresses for live streams
Channel encoder configuration keys
The following encoder settings are supported for each channel. For more information on individual items
listed, see Configure encoding .
Table 44 Supported channel encoder configuration keys
Key
Values
Description
Enables or disables use of the current signal’s resolution as the
autoframesize
on
empty string ("")
frame size. Is switched to off if a frame size is manually
specified.
To use current signal’s frame size, set to on.
To specify frame size directly, set to empty string ("").
h.264
codec
mpeg4
Specifies the stream codec.
mjpeg
fpslimit
1-60
Specifies the frame per second limit.
Set to your desired limit.
640 x 480
720 x 400
Specifies the frame size in pixels.
720 x 480
framesize
720 x 576
Set to desired size, refer to description above on handling white
768 x 576
space in the value.
1024 x 768
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Values
Description
1152 x 864
1280 x 720
1280 x 768
1280 x 960
1280 x 1024
1360 x 768
1360 x 1024
1600 x 1200
1920 x 1200
2048 x 2048
2560 x 1600
Enables or disables the “No Signal” message if no signal is
found.
nosignal
default
To use the default no signal message, set to default.
filename
To use a custom no signal message, specify the filename (file
empty string ("")
must already be uploaded to the system ).
To disable the no signal message, set to empty string ("")
deprecated
slicemode
on
Enables or disables H.264 slicing for RTP. To enable slicing, set
empty string ("")
to on. To disable slicing, set to empty string ("").
Integer
vbitrate
integerK (i.e. 64K)
integerM (i.e. 1M)
vbufmode
vencpreset
1 (low delay)
2 (storage)
Short forms such as 64K or 1M can be used.
Specifies the broadcast compression level.
For low delay when streaming, specify 1.
For best results or recording, set to 2.
0 (Software)
Specifies a video encoding preset.
5 (Hardware
For software, set to 0.
Accelerated)
For hardware acceleration (recommended), set to 5
vkeyframeinterval integer
vprofile
Gets or changes the video bit rate in kbit/s.
Interval time in seconds between key frames in the encoded
stream.
66
Specifies the h.264 video profiles.
77
For Baseline profile, select 66.
100
For Main profile, select 77.
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Configuration keys for third party APIs
Values
Description
For High profile, select 100.
qvalue
0...100
Specifies quality for M-JPEG videos.
Channel layout configuration keys
The following settings are channel layout configuration.
To work with layouts, you need to know the integer identifier for the layout. To find your layout's identifier,
select the layout from the web UI and look for the identifier in the browser's url bar.
Table 45 Supported channel layout configuration keys
Key
Values
active_layout
integer
Description
Specifies which layout is currently active for the specified
channel.
All logo configuration keys are deprecated.
Audio configuration keys
The following audio configuration keys are supported. For more information on individual items listed, see
Configure Encoding (Multi-source).
Table 46 Supported Audio Configuration Keys
Key
audio
Values
on
empty string ("")
Description
Enables or disables audio for the stream.
To enable audio, set to on.
To disable audio, set to an empty string ("").
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Key
Configuration keys for third party APIs
Values
Description
32
64
96
audiobitrate
112
128
Specifies the audio bitrate for the stream.
Not applicable for PCM audio codecs.
160
192
audiochannels
1 (mono)
2 (stereo)
Specifies the number of audio channels.
For mono, set to 1.
For stereo, set to 2.
CODECS:
pcm_s161e (PCM)
libmp3lame (MP3)
libfacc (AAC)
RATES:
audiopreset
32
64
Specifies an audio code preset in the format CODEC;RATE.
i.e. libfaac;128
96
112
128
160
192
Stream publishing configuration keys
The system supports the following stream publishing settings. For more information on publishing the
stream, see What is streaming?.
Table 47 Supported Stream Publishing Configuration Keys
Key
Values
Description
0 (do not publish)
1 (via Epiphan.tv)
2 (RTSP Announce)
publish_type
3 (multicast RTP/UDP) Specifies the type of stream publishing, if any.
4 (multicast MPEG-TS
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Key
Configuration keys for third party APIs
Values
Description
over UDP)
5 (multicast MPEG-TS
over RTP/UDP)
6 (RTMP push)
7 (Wowza Streaming
Cloud)
8 (Original
Livestream)
RTSP announce configuration keys (Publish type 2)
The following settings are supported when the publish type is set to RTSP Announce. For more information on
RTSP and these settings, see What is streaming?.
Table 48 Supported RTSP Announce Configuration Keys
Key
announce_by_tcp
Values
Description
on
Enables or disable RTSP over TCP. To enable TCP transport, set
empty string ("")
to on. Otherwise, set to empty string ("").
announce_host
string
announce_name
string
announce_
password
announce_port
announce_
username
string
1000...65535,
but not 5557
string
Specifies the RTSP server address. Set to the appropriate IP
address.
Specifies the RTSP resource name. (This field is named Mount
Point in the web interface.)
Specifies the password for the RTSP server's user.
Specifies the RTSP server port to connect to for streaming.
Note port 5557 is used for network discovery and cannot be
used for streaming.
Specifies the username for the RTSP server. Value is provided
by the RTSP server.
RTP/UDP configuration keys (Publish type 3)
The following settings are supported when the publish type is set to RTP/UDP. For more information on
RTP/UDP and these settings, see What is streaming?.
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Table 49 Supported RTP/UDP Configuration Keys
Key
Values
Description
unicast_address
string (IP address)
Specifies the unicast/multicast address.
unicast_aport
unicast_vport
1000...65535,
but not 5557
1000...65535,
but not 5557
Specifies the UDP port for RTP/UDP audio streaming. Note
port 5557 is used for network discovery and cannot be used
for streaming.
Specifies the UDP port for RTP/UDP video streaming. Note port
5557 is used for network discovery and cannot be used for
streaming.
MPEG-TS configuration keys (Publish types 4 and 5)
The following settings are supported when the publish type is set to MPEG-TS. For more information on
MPEG-TS and these settings, see What is streaming?.
Table 50 Supported MPEG-TS Configuration Keys
Key
Values
Description
unicast_address
string (IP address)
Specifies the unicast/multicast address.
unicast_mport
1000...65535,
but not 5557
Specifies the UDP port for MPEG-TS streaming. Note port 5557
is used for network discovery and cannot be used for
streaming.
RTMP push configuration keys (Publish type 6)
The following settings are supported when the publish type is set to RTMP Push. For more information on
RTMP and these settings, see What is streaming?.
Table 51 Supported RTMP Annouce Configuration Keys
Key
Values
announce_host
string
announce_name
string
announce_
password
string
Description
Specifies the RTMP server address. Set to the appropriate IP
address.
Specifies the RTMP resource name. (This field is named Mount
Point in the web interface.)
Specifies the password for the RTMP server's user.
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Key
announce_port
announce_
username
Values
1000...65535,
but not 5557
string
Configuration keys for third party APIs
Description
Specifies the RTMP server port to connect to for streaming.
Note port 5557 is used for network discovery and cannot be
used for streaming.
Specifies the username for the RTMP server. Value is provided
by the RTMP server.
Content metadata configuration keys
The following keys are available for configuration of the content's metadata.
Table 52 Supported Content Metadata Configuration Keys
Key
Values
Description
Specifies the name of the author for the stream/recording.
author
string
Refer to description above on handling white space (spaces) in
the string.
Specifies a comment for the stream/recording. Refer to
comment
string
description above on handling white space (spaces) in the
string.
Specifies the copyright for the streaming/recording. Refer to
copyright
string
description above on handling white space (spaces) in the
string.
Specifies the title for the stream/recording. Refer to description
title
string
above on handling white space (spaces) in the string. (This
string can be displayed by certain viewing applications by
looking at the stream's metadata information.)
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Guide
Troubleshooting
Use the follow table for help if you are experiencing problems or unexpected behavior from your Standalone
VGA Grid.
Problem
Action(s) to Resolve
Not sure if the connected video inputs
Check each source's input from the source preview in the Web
are being captured.
Interface.
Verify that you are using the correct audio input by following
the steps in Configure encoding .
No sound is coming from an audio
source.
OR
Check the audio meter from the tablet UI (accessible from any
web browser). See Mobile / tablet operator interface.
Too much noise is present in the audio
output.
Modify the Input Amplifier Volume parameter in the Audio
menu. Start with setting it to 40% and reduce until the noise is
no longer present. See for details on this setting.
The following tips can help improve image quality:
1. Ensure the source resolution is used as the output or
recorded resolution. Up-scaling and down-scaling can
Image quality is poor or insufficient.
affect picture quality.
2. Increase the Bitrate value and/or decrease the Limit
frame rate value in the Encoding menu. See Configure
encoding .
The following tips can help improve frames per second (fps):
1. Increase the Limit frame rate value and/or decrease
the Bitrate value in the Encoding menu. See Configure
encoding .
Frames per second are lower than
expected.
2. Reduce the number of actions happening
simultaneously on the system (i.e. if streaming,
recording, and copying files, consider waiting to copy
files until after streaming and recording are complete).
3. Enter a low negative value (i.e. -5) in the Frame Grabber's
Vertical Shift field.
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Problem
Action(s) to Resolve
4. Reduce the number of channels encoding data.
5. Ensure the hardware-accelerated H.264 encoding preset
is chosen for all channels.
Verify that the Stream Type matches with the media player
used and that you have the correct url or SDP file for the
player. See Stream content using HTTP or RTSP and Stream to a
Stream won't play in my media player or
browser.
media player.
If you still cannot see the stream, try disabling your local
computer firewall.
If the issue is still not resolved, contact Epiphan Support at
[email protected]
The following tips can help diagnose image problems:
1. Ensure the source resolution is used as the output or
recorded resolution. Up-scaling and down-scaling can
affect picture quality. Configure encoding .
The stream interrupts or the image
breaks up.
2. Increase the Bitrate value and/or decrease the Limit
frame rate value in the Encoding menu. See Configure
encoding .
3. Check network settings including filters, routers and
application settings. Packet loss can result in stream
failure.
If recording will not start, check the Disk Status Information to
Recording issues.
see if the system is out of disk space. See Check disk storage
space and Recorded files.
Firmware upgrade fails.
Reboot the system and try again. If the problem persists,
contact Epiphan support at [email protected]
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Limitations and known issues
This section includes known issues or limitations that affect functionality or usability and ways that you can work
around these limitations.
Affecting encoding
l Limitation: When audio is enabled on an SDI source where video is already being captured, it takes up to 15
seconds for the system to detect the audio. Once detected, the audio is properly synchronized with the video.
Workaround: Start the SDI signal with audio enabled, or check to ensure audio is detected before streaming or
recording.
l Encoding with MPEG-4 sometimes results in poor quality.
Workaround: From the channel's stream setup, increase the video bitrate to improve picture quality.
l Video bitrate for MJPEG streams is larger than the configured value.
Workaround: Verify the actual bitrate on the channel's channel status page when there are connected viewers.
If lower bitrates are important, select another codec.
l For VGA sources only, some wide-mode resolutions are not correctly identified and result in a slightly squished
image (e.g. for a 1360x768 source, the detected resolution may be 1024x768).
Workaround: This issue is related to the video output hardware. Test your source to see if it exhibits the issue.
If possible, avoid using wide-mode for VGA displays that exhibit this issue.
l The automatically calculated frame size for HD VGA sources is occasionally incorrect.
Workaround: This problem is caused due to cable degradation or poor cable connection. Re-seat or exchange
your VGA cable. If the problem is still not resolved, visit the Epiphan Pearl support page for a custom EDID to
resolve the issue.
Affecting streaming and recording
l When switching layouts while streaming or recording it's possible to have a small number of frames
(approximately 100ms worth) repeated in the stream or recording file, and over the same time period a small
number of frames from the new layout skipped.
Workaround: If dropped frames are problematic for your application, avoid the layout switching feature.
Affecting the web interface
l It is possible to name two or more channels with the same value. Use of automatic file transfer and UPnP is
unpredictable if this occurs.
Workaround: Ensure each channel has a unique name.
l The automatic file upload (AFU) file queue shows a maximum of 15 files, Newer 15 and Top of the list buttons
do not work. All files are transfered, even though they are not listed.
Workaround: Wait for the queue to have fewer files in the list.
Affecting other areas
l Due to changes in the way channel layouts are created, some HTTP and RS-232 remote layout commands are
no longer available 3.15.3. These include values for setting the text overlay, logo, logo positioning, keep aspect
ratio and no signal image.
Workaround: Update your scripts to avoid using these commands. See the manual for a full list, affected API
keys are listed as deprecated.
l When using Internet Explorer to view the web admin interface, cached versions of pages are sometimes
displayed instead of the most recent version of a page. This affects the Sources configuration page most and
may cause the user to think a new layout or changed layout has gone missing.
Workaround: Refresh the page by pressing Ctrl-F5.
Previous releases and features
This section outlines the features introduced with previous product release.
Release 3.14.4 features
l Live Streaming via Wowza Cloud
Release 3.14.3 features
l Configuration presets
l Stereo audio encoding
l Support for 256 kbps and 320 kbps audio sampling
l LDAP support
l SCP and SFTP file transfer
Release 3.14.1 features
l SDI source support
l HDMI audio support
l 48 kHz audio support
l Hardware acceleration for H.264 encoding
l Simplified H.264 video encoding presets
l Configurable EDID
l MP4 support
l Improved channel configuration menu
Release 3.12 features
l RTMP live streaming
l SAP Announce
l Enhanced layout for multiple source channels
l RAID 10 support
l Enhanced Internal Storage Diagnostics
Release 3.11 features
l Multiple multi-track, multi-channel recorders
l Multiple audio sources
l Audio source mixing
l Precision time protocol (PTP) synchronization
l Custom recording file names
l AAC audio codec
l MPEG-TS streaming for IPTV
l Universal plug and play (UPnP) support for streaming media players
l Visual stream feedback and simplified picture-in-picture layout
l Stream branding and custom no signal image
l
Preservation of source aspect ratio
l Customizable stream background color (matte)
l Personalized stream metadata
l Introducing the mobile / tablet operator interface
l Discovery of Epiphan devices
l Mobile tethering
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superseding any other agreements or discussions, oral or written. The terms and conditions of this Agreement
shall prevail over any pre-printed terms on any quotes, orders, purchase orders, or purchase order
acknowledgements, and shall prevail over any other communications between the parties in relation to the
Software. You may not assign this Agreement whether voluntarily, by operation of law, or otherwise without
Licensor’s prior written consent. Licensor may assign this Agreement at any timewithout notice. The failure of
a party to claim a breach of any term of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such breach or the
right of such party to enforce any subsequent breach of such term. If any provision of this Agreement is held
to be unenforceable or illegal, such decision shall not affect the validity or enforceability of such provisions
under other circumstances or the remaining provisions of this Agreement and such remaining provisions shall
be reformed only to the extent necessary to make them enforceable under such circumstances. This
Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable
therein. No choice or conflict of laws rules of any jurisdiction shall apply to this Agreement. You shall only be
entitled to bring any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement, the Software,
Documentation or any services provided in respect to the Software and/or Documentation in a court in
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and You consent to the jurisdiction of such courts for any such action or proceeding.
You waive all rights that You may have or that may hereafter arise to contest the jurisdiction of such courts for
any action or proceeding brought by You. You hereby waive any right. You may have to request a jury trial
with respect to any action brought by You in connection with this Agreement, the Software or any services
provided in respect to the Software. The application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the
International Sale of Goods to this Agreement is expressly excluded.
March 28, 2014
Environmental Information
The equipment that you bought has required the extraction and use of natural resources for its production. It
may contain hazardous substances that could impact health and the environment. In order to avoid the
dissemination of those substances in our environment and to diminish the pressure on the natural resources,
we encourage you to use the appropriate take-back systems. Those systems will reuse or recycle most of the
materials of your end life equipment in a sound way. The crossed-out wheeled bin symbol invites you to use
those systems. If you need more information about collection, reuse and recycling systems, please contact
your local or regional waste administration. You can also contact us for more information on the
environmental performance of our products.
FCC & CE Compliance Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Marking by the symbol
indicates compliance of this device with EMC directive of the European Community
and meets or exceeds the following technical standard.
EN 55022 - Limits and Methods of Measurement of Radio Interference Characteristics of Information
Technology Equipment.
Other Jurisdictional Issues
Epiphan makes no representation that its products or information in this document or its web site is
appropriate or available for use in your jurisdiction. Those who choose to access the Epiphan web site or use
Epiphan products do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the
extent local laws are applicable
Submissions to Epiphan and Affiliated Servers
Any information, including but not limited to remarks, suggestions, ideas, graphics, or other submissions,
communicated to Epiphan through their Epiphan web site is the exclusive property of Epiphan. Epiphan is
entitled to use any information submitted for any purpose, without restriction (except as stated in Epiphan's
Privacy Statement) or compensation to the person sending the submission. The user acknowledges the
originality of any submission communicated to Epiphan and accepts responsibility for its accuracy,
appropriateness, and legality.
Third Parties and Links to Third-Party Web Sites
Mention of non-Epiphan Systems Inc. products or services on their website, or this document site is for
informational purposes and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation.
This document may contain links to non-Epiphan web sites. These links are provided to you as a convenience,
and Epiphan is not responsible for the content of any linked web site. Any outside web site accessed from the
Epiphan web site is independent from Epiphan, and Epiphan has no control over the content of that web site.
In addition, a link to any non-Epiphan web site does not imply that Epiphan endorses or accepts any
responsibility for the content or use of such a web site.
In no event shall any reference to any third party or third party product or service be construed as an
approval or endorsement by Epiphan of that third party or of any product or service provided by a third
party.
Miscellaneous
It is the user's responsibility to ascertain whether any information downloaded from the Epiphan web site or
other websites is free of viruses, worms, trojan horses, or other items of a potentially destructive nature.
Enforcement of Terms and Conditions
These Terms and Conditions for use of this document and the associated Epiphan Product are governed and
interpreted pursuant to the laws of the province of Ontario, Canada, notwithstanding any principles of
conflicts of law.
All disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms and Conditions shall be finally resolved by arbitration
conducted in the English language in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada under the commercial arbitration rules of the
Canada. The parties shall appoint as sole arbitrator a retired judge who presided in the province of Ontario.
The parties shall bear equally the cost of the arbitration (except that the prevailing party shall be entitled to an
award of reasonable attorneys' fees incurred in connection with the arbitration in such an amount as may be
determined by the arbitrator). All decisions of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on both parties and
enforceable in any court of competent jurisdiction. Notwithstanding this, application may be made to any
court for a judicial acceptance of the award or order of enforcement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Epiphan
shall be entitled to seek injunctive relief, security, or other equitable remedies from any court of competent
jurisdiction.
If any part of these terms is unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that part will be deemed severable and will not
affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. Epiphan may, at its sole discretion and
without notice, revise these terms at any time by updating this posting.
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All Rights Reserved.
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