VBrick Systems ENTERPRISE MEDIA SYSTEM V5.0 User Manual

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VBrick

Enterprise Media System

VEMS v5.0 Portal Server

User Guide

August 15, 2009

4410-0264-0000

Copyright

© 2009 VBrick Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. 12 Beaumont Road

Wallingford, Connecticut 06492, USA www.VBrick.com

This publication contains confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information. No part of this document may be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated, or reduced to any machine-readable or electronic format without prior written permission from VBrick. Information in this document is subject to change without notice and VBrick Systems assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies. VBrick, VBrick Systems, the VBrick logo, StreamPlayer, and StreamPlayer Plus are trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and other countries. Windows Media is a trademarked name of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other products or services mentioned in this document are identified by the trademarks, service marks, or product names as designated by the companies who market those products. Inquiries should be made directly to those companies. This document may also have links to third-party web pages that are beyond the control of VBrick. The presence of such links does not imply that VBrick endorses or recommends the content of any third-party web pages. VBrick acknowledges the use of third-party open source software and licenses in some VBrick products. This freely available source code is posted at http://www.vbrick.com/opensource.

About VBrick Systems

Founded in 1997, VBrick Systems, an ISO 9001 certified vendor, is a privately held company that has enjoyed rapid growth by helping our customers successfully introduce mission critical video applications across their enterprise networks. Since our founding, VBrick has been setting the standard for quality, performance and innovation in the delivery of live and stored video over IP networks—LANs, WANs and the Internet. With thousands of video appliances installed world-wide, VBrick is the recognized leader in reliable, high-performance, easy-to-use networked video solutions.

VBrick is an active participant in the development of industry standards and continues to play an influential role in the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA), the MPEG Industry Forum, and Internet2. In 1998 VBrick invented and shipped the world's first MPEG Video Network Appliance designed to provide affordable DVDquality video across the network. Since then, VBrick's video solutions have grown to include Video on Demand, Management, Security and Access Control, Scheduling, and Rich Media Integration. VBrick solutions are successfully supporting a broad variety of applications including distance learning and training, conferencing and remote office communications, security, process monitoring, traffic monitoring, business and news feeds to the desktop, webcasting, corporate communications, collaboration, command and control, and telemedicine. VBrick serves customers in education, government, healthcare, and financial services markets among others.

Contents

Portal Server v5.0 User Guide

Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi Font Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi Printer-Friendly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi

1. Introduction

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Optional Modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Desktop Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Downloaded Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Login . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Home Page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Search. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Search Filters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Search Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

2. Media Library

Playing Stored Streams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Customizing Stored Videos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Sharing Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Creating Thumbnails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Creating Bookmarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Viewing Closed Captions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Viewing Stored Presentations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

3. Live Media

Playing Live Streams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Viewing Multiple Streams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Recording Live Streams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Customizing Live Streams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

4. Channel Guide

Viewing Scheduled Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Recording Scheduled Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

5. Scheduling

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Schedule Privileges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Viewing the Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Scheduling an Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Recurrence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Advanced Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Create Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Delete Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Live Broadcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Stored Broadcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Record by Program Name. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Record to NVR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Record to VBrick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Record by Manual Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Script . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Control Device. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

6. More Tools

Create Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Creating Presentations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Authoring Presentations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Viewing Live Presentations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Viewing Saved Presentations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Creating Playlists from the Media Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Creating Playlists from the Playlist Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Editing Playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Add Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Priority Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

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Contents

Portal Server v5.0 User Guide

This Portal Server User Guide is written for anyone who will be using or evaluating the VBrick Enterprise Media System Portal Server. This includes system administrators, software developers, network technicians, and end users in a variety of business environments. The VEMS Portal Server is a web-based portal for accessing and managing video assets including both live or stored audio and video files. The VEMS Portal Server is a key component in VBrick's Enterprise Media System. The VEMS Portal Server provides a simple, intuitive interface that easily discovers available media assets in your network. Key components in VBrick's VEMS solution include:

VOD Servers – VOD-W and VOD-WM servers provide standard video-on-demand features for H.264 and Windows Media files respectively.

VBrick Hardware Encoders/Decoders – network video appliances that can reside anywhere on your network to provide either distributed or high-density centralized encoding/decoding for Windows Media and H.264 video.

WM IP Receiver – digital set top boxes that provide a low-cost standalone decoder for DVD-quality Windows Media video assets.

Important Note

VEMS v5.0 supports Windows Media and H.264 technology (content, encoders and VOD servers). Existing MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 devices and content are compatible with VEMS 5.0 but have not been tested and will not be initially supported by VBrick. This means you can use existing MPEG content and devices at your own risk and that some VEMS functionality (e.g. video conferencing) that requires MPEG devices will not be available in VEMS v5.0 unless you have existing MPEG encoder/decoder assets. VBrick will provide full support for MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 in VEMS v5.1.

Similarly, the Portal Server client has not been tested and will not be initially supported on Macintosh PCs. Macintosh PCs will be supported in VEMS 5.1. Note that VBrick support for Linux PCs has been discontinued entirely. See the Portal Server Release Notes for other features not supported in this release.

Organization

Introduction

provides a overview of the Portal Server. Describes login, logout,

 

help, and explains how the home page works.

 

 

Media Library

explains how to play stored content and how to use all of the

 

functionality in the Media Library.

 

 

Live Media

explains how to play live streams and how to use all of the

 

functionality on the Live Media page.

 

 

Channel Guide

explains how to use the channel guide to view scheduled

 

programming. This is an optional module.

 

 

Scheduling

explains how to schedule live or stored broadcasts, recordings, video

 

conferences, etc. This is an optional module.

 

 

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More Tools

explains how to deliver live presentations (optional), create playlists,

 

add video, and other common tasks.

 

 

Getting Help

If you need help, or more information about any topic, use the online help system. The online help is cross-referenced and searchable and can usually find the information in a few seconds. Use the tree controls in the left pane to open documents and the up and down arrows to page through them. Use the Search box to find specific information. Simply enter one or more words in the box and press Enter. The search results will return pages that have all of the words you entered—highlighted in yellow (Internet Explorer only). The Search box is not case-sensitive and does not recognize articles (a, an, the), operators (+ and – ), or quotation marks. You can narrow the search by adding words.

If you can't find the information you need from the online help, or from your certified VBrick reseller, you can contact VBrick Support Services on the web. Support Services can usually answer your technical questions in 24 business hours or less. Also note that our publications team is committed to accurate and reliable documentation and we appreciate your feedback. If you find errors or omissions in any of our documents, please send e-mail to documentation@vbrick.com and let us know. For more information about any VBrick products, all of our product documentation is available on the web. Go to www.vbrick.com/ documentation to search or download VBrick product documentation.

Font Conventions

Arial bold is used to describe dialog boxes and menu choices, for example: Start > All

Programs > VBrick

Courier fixed-width font is used for scripts, code examples, or keyboard commands.

Courier bold fixed-width font is used for user input in scripts, code examples, or keyboard commands.

This bold black font is used to strongly emphasise important words or phrases.

Folder names and user examples in text are displayed in this sans serif font.

User input in text is displayed in this bold sans serif font.

Italics are used in text to emphasize specific words or phrases.

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Preface

Chapter 1

Introduction

Topics in this section

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Login . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Home Page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Search. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Overview

The VBrick Enterprise Media System (VEMS) is a web-based portal for accessing Live and On-Demand audio and video files. The Enterprise Media System provides a simple interface to easily locate available media assets from Windows PCs, Apple Macintoshes, and IP Receivers. Upon accessing the main portal page, users can navigate or search for specific videos, select the video, and immediately begin viewing television quality video. For ondemand videos, users can Fast Forward/Rewind and Seek to specific points in the video. Details on the specific functionality are included later in this document.

The Enterprise Media System Portal Server can be accessed by Windows-base PCs, Macintoshes, or by the VEMS IP Receiver (IPR). For the most part, the operation of the Portal Server is the same from a Windows-based PC, an Apple Macintosh (see note below), or an IPR but there are some subtle differences. The majority of this document is written from a PC perspective, so certain screen shots may be slightly different on a Macintosh or a IP Receiver. For example, the Macintosh client can be configured to use QuickTime Player (or the VBrick Player) to display video. With Apple QuickTime, the player window will look different from the screen shots provided here.

Optional Modules

Various Portal Server functions are optional and may not be included with your system. Each of these items is a separately-purchasable option and requires a license. If these options have not been purchased, that particular functionality will not be available in the application. For example, if you do not have a Scheduling license, the Scheduling pages will not be shown on the VEMS interface. All of the items in the following table require a license from VBrick.

Table 1. Optional Portal Server Modules

Module

Description

 

 

Scheduler

Lets you schedule broadcasts, conferences, etc. in advance.

 

 

Network Video Recorder

Offloads recording tasks to a separate machine.

 

 

Channel Guide

Provides program content from a third-party content provider.

 

 

VEMS Reporter

An analysis tool for examining Portal Server usage and statistics.

 

 

VEMS Backup

Provides a redundant backup server for automated backup of

 

key files and directories.

 

 

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Module

Description

 

 

Presentations

Allows you to create live and stored rich media webinars.

 

 

Distribution Server(s)

Load-balances webinar delivery for large-scale presentations.

 

 

Zones

As shown below a certain number of addressable zones are

 

available without charge. Additional zones require a separate

 

license and fee.

 

• Standard – 2 zones

 

• Professional – 10 zones

 

• Enterprise – 100 zones

 

 

Desktop Requirements

The following requirements show what is required on each end user desktop in order to run the Portal Server interface. The user interface in the VEMS Portal Server is designed for viewing at a screen resolution of 1024x768. Lower screen resolutions may not display properly. Note that the VEMS Admin Console runs only on Internet Explorer.

Table 2. Desktop Requirements

PC Type

Requirements

 

 

Windows PCs

• Windows XP (SP 3) or Vista (SP 2).

750 MHz Pentium III processor (Pentium IV required for H.264).

512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended for H.264).

SVGA video card 1024x768, video card acceleration and 32 bit color recommended.

Minimum 250 MB hard disk space for installation.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher.

Microsoft Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher.

Firefox 3.1 or higher.

DirectX Media Version 8.1 and higher.

Table 3. Supported Operating Systems and Browsers †

Operating System

Browser

 

 

Windows XP

Internet Explorer 7.0, Firefox 3.1

 

 

Windows Vista (SP2)

Internet Explorer 7.0, Firefox 3.1

 

 

† Use version shown or higher.

 

Downloaded Components

Depending on the platform and browser you are using, you may need to download additional components from VBrick. Be aware that if you do not download required components for a particular encoding format (for example H.264), files encoded in that format will not be displayed in the Media Library, Live Broadcast, or Playlist pages.

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Table 4. Downloaded Components

 

 

 

 

Platform

Comments

 

 

 

 

Windows

The Portal Server uses VBrick StreamPlayer software-based components

 

 

to decode video streams on the desktop. Depending on how your system

 

 

is configured, the Portal Server may need to download components to

 

 

your computer the first time you access the server. No download is

 

 

necessary for subsequent access. You must answer Yes to security requests

 

 

when prompted to download components. The Portal Server may require

 

 

the installation of up to five components. If you check the box Always

 

 

trust content from VBrick Systems any required components will be

 

 

automatically downloaded the next time they are needed. After a

 

 

download, you don't need to restart—just close the browser.

 

 

 

 

Macintosh

The Portal Server may need to download components to your computer

 

 

the first time you access the server. If so, the Home page (see Figure 1)

 

 

displays a link prompting you to download components that are

 

 

appropriate for your computer. If you agree, these components are

 

 

automatically installed and no additional download is necessary for

 

 

subsequent access.

 

 

 

 

Firefox

Firefox browser users will also be prompted to install additional

 

 

components the first time you launch a stream—if you are configured to

 

 

receive these download components. Links for the appropriate stream

 

 

types (WM, and/or H.264) will be displayed in the area where the

 

 

embedded player is normally displayed. These additional plugins must be

 

 

installed. You will also be required to install an additional plugin when you

 

 

use Add Video for the first time (if you have permission).

 

 

 

Login

The VEMS Portal Server Home page is automatically displayed when you logon with a valid Username and Password. All VEMS Portal Server functionality and commands are available from this page but you may not have access to all features and functions depending on your user privileges. For example, you may not be able to access certain live media or VOD servers. Note that after three unsuccessful logon attempts, you will need to close the window and start again.

TTo launch the VEMS Portal Server Home Page:

1.Open a browser that is appropriate for your operating system Supported browsers for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux are shown in Table 3.

2.Enter the VEMS 5.0 Portal Server hostname or IP address (e.g. http://

<vems_servername>) in the address bar.

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3.Log in with a valid User Name and Password to launch the Portal Server (Figure 1). If your site uses multiple authentication servers, you may need to select a Domain name as well. Contact your system administrator for more information.

4.Depending on how your system is configured, the Portal Server may need to download additional components the first time you access the server. If prompted to download components, you must answer Yes to the security requests.

5.Use the navigation bar at the bottom of the page to access other Portal Server pages. All Portal Server features and functions are briefly described below and explained in detail later in this guide. Remember that depending on your privileges you may not have access to some functions in which case these items are not shown on the navigation bar.

The Logout command logs you out of the application and lets you log back in as a different user. This may be necessary to gain access to certain functionality. For example, some users may not be allowed to create thumbnails and you may want to login as a user who has the permissions to do this. The Logout hyperlink is only shown when Access Control is enabled by an administrator.

Home Page

There is no specific Portal Server "home" page. When started, the Portal Server displays the last page you were on when you logged out or closed the application. For example if you were on the Live Media page when you logged out, that's the page that will be displayed when you log back in. All of the options on the navigation footer are explained below. Remember that not all of these items may be available at your site.

Figure 1. Media Library Page

Media Library

View pre-recorded content available from the VOD (Video-on-Demand)

 

servers on your network. See Media Library on page 9.

 

 

Live Media

View live streams (for example, TV channels) currently available on the

 

network. See Live Media on page 19.

 

 

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Channel Guide

VBrick has partnered with a leading content provider to provide news,

 

 

information, and entertainment programming for the Portal Server. This

 

 

optional service requires a license and may not be supported at your site.

 

 

The program listing includes some 80+ television programs and comes

 

 

from a VBrick-maintained server.

 

 

 

 

Scheduling

View or create scheduled broadcasts of live or stored content. See

 

 

Scheduling on page 27.

 

 

 

 

More Tools

• Create Presentation – launches a page from which you can create rich

 

 

media presentations with PowerPoint slides. See Create Presentation

 

 

on page 49.

Playlist – opens the Playlists page from which you can create and manage playlists. See Playlist on page 60.

Add Video – if you have publishing permissions you can publish a Windows Media or H.264 video that you recorded using a VBStar or StreamPlayer Plus. See Add Video on page 65.

Status – shows the status of any videos currently being added or recorded. See Status on page 67.

Priority Alert – launch a previously-defined emergency broadcast that preempts all other content. See Priority Alert on page 67.

Help

Get help for any Portal Server feature or function. See Help on page 5.

 

 

Logout

Always log out when done. The system will automatically log you out if

 

idle for more than a few minutes.

Help

This command launches an online version of the Portal Server User Guide in a new window. This online help system provide fast full-text search and makes it easy to find the information you need. To navigate in the help window, use the tree controls on the left to expand a topic and the navigation buttons at the top to move to a different page. See Getting Help on page vi for more information.

Figure 2. Online Help

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Search

The Portal Server has a search feature that makes it easy to find video assets. You can search for keyword tags or text using the search box, or you can use the dropdown list boxes to filter the results for different "types" of content (e.g. presentations). In general you search for a broad category of content using the search box; then you can get more granular using the date and folder filters. As shown in Figure 3 the options below the search box are page-based. This means that on the Live Media page you can search for live assets; on the Media Library page you can search for stored assets; on the Channel Guide you can search for channel assets. The search ‘box itself is not case-sensitive and you can enter any combination of words, numbers, and special characters. You can also limit the search by selecting Title, Description, or Tags. After a search, you can launch any stream by simply clicking on the results in the content pane.

Figure 3. Page-based Search (Live Media, Media Library, Channel Guide)

The search feature is extremely flexible; the following steps show the basic steps you will typically follow in order to search effectively.

TTo search for specific content:

1.Use the Search box to find specific text or keyword tags associated with a stream, or to specify a broad category of content. For example on the Media Library page you can select Search Presentations from the dropdown menu.

2.Click the Search button to launch the search and the results will be displayed in the content pane below.

3.Then you can use the filters to refine your search. Start by selecting a "folder" filter. You can search the My Media folder or any folder you wish. (The search will include all subfolders if any.)

4.Then select a "date" filter. For example you can select all content created this week or this month.

5.Click to display the new search results in the content pane; click to discard the results and start another search. (You can also launch a search by clicking on a hyperlinked "tag" associated with a stream. This search will return all streams that have the same tag.)

Note The first time you launch the Media Library it will display the first five videos in the "root" folder by default. The root folder (/) is the highest-level folder.

Search Filters

You can filter your search by "folder" or by "date" using the search filters on the left side of the page. The options vary depending on which page you are on. On the Live Media page you can only filter the content by date (it is not stored in any folder); on the Media Library page, you can filter the content by date and/or by folder.

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Filter by Folder

 

The Media Library lets you filter stored content

 

 

 

by folder and/or date. If you select a folder, the

 

 

 

search results will also include content in any

 

 

 

subfolders. The search executes as soon as you select

 

 

 

a folder. You typically select a folder first and

 

 

 

then specify a date range. The following folders

 

 

 

have a special meaning:

 

 

 

My Media – this is a special, private folder

 

 

 

belonging to the user who is currently logged

 

 

 

in. It can be used for playlists, personal

 

 

 

content, or whatever. No one else can see your

 

 

 

My Media folder.

 

 

 

/ – a forward slash indicates the root folder.

 

 

 

The root folder is the highest folder at the

 

 

 

top level of the file system. It contains all

 

 

 

other folders and can also contain files.

 

 

 

 

 

Filter by Date

 

On the Live Media page you can filter the

 

 

 

content for upcoming events by date (day, week,

 

 

 

month, or date range) only. Use the radio

 

 

 

buttons or specify a date range in the format:

 

 

 

mm/dd/yyyy. For example 12/25/09 is a valid

 

 

 

date. After selecting options, use the Filter

 

 

 

button to execute a search; use the Clear button

 

 

 

to reset the filter to the default (All).

 

 

 

 

Search Parameters

The currently selected search parameters are shown as read-only information on the left side of the page. Check this information as you search to see what folder and date range options are currently selected.

Current Folder

Shows the folder currently selected in the Folder filter.

 

 

Date Range

Shows the date range currently selected in the Date filter.

 

 

Tags

Shows the currently specified search tags. A tag is any descriptive

 

information associated with a library asset.

 

 

Clear Filters

Resets the folder filter to root (/) and the date range to All.

 

 

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Some Portal Server functionality and features may be restricted for certain users. If you are not authorized to launch a Priority Alert or Add Video, for example, those menu items will not be displayed on the navigation footer on the Portal Server home page as shown in Figure 4. Similarly if you do not have "record" privileges, you will not see a "record" button in the preview window. Contact your system administrator if some functionality is not available or does not work as you would expect.

Topics in this section

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Playing Stored Streams

If the VEMS Portal Server installation includes one or more VOD Video-on-Demand servers, the Media Library link on the home page displays a list of content files stored on the server. Note that you will only see files for which you have been given permission. To launch a stored video, simply click on any video and it will launch in the preview window. Note that video content may be limited to a specific number of viewers. If you receive a message indicating the stream exceeds the maximum number of concurrent viewers, contact a system administrator.

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Filter By Folder

Filter By Date

Display Options

Title

Shows all content available in the selected folder(s) and includes any subfolders (if present). See Search Filters on page 6 for more information.

Shows all content available on the selected date(s). You can filter the content by Day, Week, Month, or Date Range). See Search Filters on page 6 for more information.

Show per page – Select the number of streams (5–100) to display on page. Page – jump to any available page.

Showing – shows current page number.

The title of the video clip is displayed after the icon indicating it is a video clip. A thumbnail image may provide a visual preview as to what is in the clip.

Add to Playlist – create a new playlist or append to an existing playlist. See Playlist on page 60.

Edit Playlist – modify an existing playlist. Jumps to the Playlist page.

Info – shows any descriptive text, keyword tags, or links associated with the stream. You can also use this page to share content with other local (and remote) users if this feature has been configured. See Sharing Content on page 14.

Bookmark – adds a bookmark. See Creating Bookmarks on page 15.

Remove Thumbnail – replaces thumbnail with generic image.

Play – plays the selected stream.

Tags – these are searchable keywords entered by stream viewers using the Info button. See Customizing Stored Videos on page 12.

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Content

Each listing displays either a default file icon or a thumbnail image of the clip

 

(see Creating Thumbnails on page 15), as well as information about the clip such

 

as duration and tags. The scroll bar on the right of the table of available videos

 

allows the user to scroll up or down through the entries. You can also scroll up or

 

down through the entries using a mouse wheel or Page Up and Page Down.

 

Scrolling may be limited by the Show per page setting.

 

 

 

 

 

This icon denotes standard library content. It can be replaced by an image

 

 

or a thumbnail.

 

 

 

 

 

This icon is used for bookmarks and playlists. Playlists are used to

 

 

consolidate several video files, or video file segments, into a single, virtual

 

 

video file.

 

 

 

 

 

You can replace the standard video icon with a custom image or a

 

 

thumbnail of any frame. See Creating Thumbnails on page 15 for details.

 

 

 

 

 

This icon denotes rich media presentations (those with both video and

 

 

PowerPoint slides, for example) that were recorded using VEMS.

 

 

Presentations recorded on the Rich Media Studio appliance (and added

 

 

using VEMS) have the standard library content icon. Create Presentation

 

 

on page 49 for more about rich media presentations.

 

 

 

 

 

This icon denotes documents (PDFs, Word documents, etc.) that were

 

 

manually entered by an administrator.

 

 

 

 

 

This icon denotes content (PowerPoint presentations, Flash demos, etc.)

 

 

that was manually entered by an administrator.

 

 

 

Preview Window

The preview window is embedded on the right side of the window. When you

 

select a library stream, it plays in the preview window. In certain instances an

 

external player, such as Windows Media Player or QuickTime Player, may launch

 

to play the stream.

 

 

 

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Player Controls

The icons at the bottom of the preview window control the video. (Note that the

 

controls here are different from those used for live media, for example, there is no Record

 

button for stored media.) Mouseover each button to see the title.

 

 

 

Seek – use the slider to navigate to any point in a stream.

 

 

 

 

 

Play – starts the video stream if it was previously stopped.

 

 

Pause – pauses the video stream until restarted.

 

 

Stop – stops the video from playing.

 

 

Rewind – rewind to beginning of stream.

 

 

Fast Forward – fast forward to end of stream.

 

 

 

 

 

Full Screen – click to display stream at full size. Press Esc to

 

 

exit. You can also double-click on any video to go full screen.

 

 

 

 

 

Volume – use slider to adjust volume. If necessary, adjust the

 

 

volume setting on your computer.

 

 

 

 

 

Mute – click or unclick to mute volume.

 

 

 

 

 

Toggle CC On – turn closed captions on or off. See Viewing

 

 

Closed Captions on page 16.

 

 

Create Thumbnail – creates a thumbnail from the next frame in

 

 

the stream. See Creating Thumbnails on page 15.

 

 

Upload Thumbnail – browse to an image on your computer. See

 

 

Creating Thumbnails on page 15.

 

 

Create Bookmark – Use to bookmark a stream. This creates a

 

 

playlist in My Media with one bookmark. Press again only if you

 

 

want to create another bookmark to the same stream. See

 

 

Creating Bookmarks on page 15 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Pop-Up – Launches the player in a pop-up window along with

 

 

the control buttons. Once the window is launched, subsequent

 

 

selections will play in the external player. The launched window

 

 

can be moved or resized. Closing the main VEMS Portal Server

 

 

window leaves the smaller player on the screen (if this behavior

 

 

has been configured by an administrator). The viewer may be

 

 

resized after launch by dragging from the corners or from any

 

 

side. If enabled by an administrator, you may be able to launch

 

 

multiple pop-up windows. See Viewing Multiple Streams on

 

 

page 21 for more information.

 

 

 

Time Counter

The time counter displays the amount of time elapsed since the viewer began

 

running the currently selected video.

 

 

Show|Hide Info

Show or hide error messages and other system information.

 

 

 

Customizing Stored Videos

Users (with Content Publishing permission) and administrators can customize or delete stored videos; they can change the name, the folder, keyword tags, etc. All stored videos have an Info hyperlink button that displays additional information (if available) about the video. For example it may have a description or tag that can be used for searching, as well as links to

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external web sites and desktop files. (You must have the appropriate application installed locally; for example, you need PowerPoint to open a PowerPoint presentation.)

TTo delete a stored video:

1.Click on the Info button to the right of any stored video.

2.Click Delete Video and confirm. If you have permissions, this will permanently remove the video from the Portal Server.

TTo customize a stored video:

1.Click on the Info button to the right of any stored video.

2.Click Modify Info to display the customization page.

3.Change the Name, or Folder, and add a Description and Tags (separated by spaces) as appropriate. For video Name, use any combination of alphanumeric characters and the following special characters . ! ~ ( ) _ -

4.Click Add New Link to create a link to a web page or a file.

a.Enter a Link Title and Link Type.

b.Click Add Link when done. Repeat as many times as necessary.

Link Title

The title actually displayed on the Info page, for example "Click

 

Here for More Information."

 

 

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Link Type

Web page URL – Enter a valid URL or copy and paste one

 

 

from your web browser.

 

Uploaded File – Browse to select an upload file. This can be a

 

 

PowerPoint, an image, or any file you want to make available to

 

 

end users.

 

 

 

Sharing Content

The envelope icon at the bottom of the Info page associated with each video lets you share a stored VOD stream with other local or remote users via an e-mail message. Simply click on the icon and an e-mail (see below) is auto-generated with links for local network viewing and for outside Internet viewing (if this has been configured by an administrator). The user receiving the e-mail can click on the link (or paste the URL into a browser), and enter a user name and password if prompted, to launch the stream on a VBrick player page.

Note The LAN Link is always present on the Info page and let's you share content with users on your local area network. The Internet Link must be configured by an administrator and let's you share content with users on the web.

When the e-mail is auto-generated you can add an e-mail address for the recipient and modify any of the text as necessary. For example, if the intended user is on the local network, you may want to delete the outside Internet hyperlink, and vice versa. You can also use the LAN and Internet links at the bottom of the page to obtain the URL for use with PDAs or other handheld devices. Simply click on the appropriate [Get URL] link, then right-click and copy the entire URL so you can paste it into a handheld device.

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Creating Thumbnails

You can create thumbnails for all videos stored in the Media Library that were recorded on the Portal Server. If given publishing permissions, you can replace the generic video clip icon with a snapshot of the video or with any .jpg or .gif image you choose. The folders to which you can upload thumbnails are configured by an VEMS Portal Server administer. (Note that thumbnail images that exceed 512 K in size are not displayed in the VOD list on a WM IP Receiver; a special icon is used instead).

TTo create a thumbnail:

1.Launch a stored video and click Create Thumbnail on the Options menu at anytime to capture the first frame in the video. This will automatically replace the existing thumbnail if any.

2.Repeat until you are satisfied or mouseover the title and click the Remove Thumbnail icon to replace it with the generic icon.

TTo upload your own thumbnail image:

1.Launch a video and select Upload Thumbnail from the Options menu.

2.Browse to the jpg or gif image and click Upload Image.

3.Click Cancel to close the window.

Creating Bookmarks

You can quickly bookmark any location in a stream playing in the preview window using the Bookmark button or selecting Create Bookmark from the Options menu. This basically creates a playlist in My Media with one bookmark. To add additional streams or perform other editing functions, open this bookmark from the Playlists page.

TTo bookmark any point in a stream playing in the preview window:

1.Launch any video from the Media Library.

2.Click the Bookmark button at any point in the video. This displays a message and creates a bookmark/playlist in the My Media folder. The bookmark defaults to the end of the file and has the following format:

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<video_title><date><time>, for example: VBrick Rules_09_14_2007_13_27:59

3.To edit the bookmark, go to the Playlist page, mouseover the bookmark you just created,

and click Edit Playlist.

4.You can change the name, folder, duration, etc. using the editing options. See Editing Playlists on page 63.

Note Use the Bookmark button to bookmark a stream. This creates a playlist in My Media with one bookmark. To add additional streams, open this bookmark on the Playlists page. Press Bookmark again only if you want to create another bookmark to the same video file. For more about playlists, see Playlist on page 60.

Viewing Closed Captions

The VEMS Portal Server supports closed captions for hearing-impaired viewers. Captions can be turned on or off for using the Options menu. If a video stream (either live or stored) is encoded with captions, they can be set to on or off; if a video stream is not encoded with captions, captions will not be displayed regardless of the setting. If set to CC ON, captions are displayed for all caption-enabled streams subsequently launched from the Portal Server, until turned to CC OFF. A video stream must be encoded with captions in advance. VBrick can add a date/time stamp to a live stream from a security camera, for example, but it provides no other functionality to encode live or stored video with closed captions. Closed captions (if enabled) are superimposed on the video as shown here. The actual placement of the closed captions will vary depending upon how it was encoded.

Viewing Stored Presentations

Stored library presentations are those rich media presentations (with content and video) that have been recorded and saved in the Media Library. Create Presentation on page 49 explains how to create and publish rich media presentations.

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