VBrick Systems StreamPlayer v4.4 User Manual

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VBrick

StreamPlayer

StreamPlayer v4.4

User Guide

January 25, 2007 4410-0003-0005

Copyright

© 2007 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. Use these links at your own risk. The use of such links does not imply that VBrick endorses or recommends the content of any third-party web pages. Some VBrick products use open source software provided by third parties. VBrick supports the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and this source code is freely available at ww.vbrick.com/opensource.

FCC Notice

This equipment carries the CE mark and is UL listed in the U.S. and Canada. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules, Class A for OC3C Interface, Class A for the SDI Interface. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at their own expense. This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. Cet appareil numerique de la Classe A respecte toutes les exigences do reglement dur le materiel brouilleur du Canada.

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

Preface

Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v

Font Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v

Printer-Friendly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v

1. Getting Started

Using StreamPlayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

StreamPlayer Differences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

2. Play

Playing a Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

3. Record

Recording a Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Password Protection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

MPEG-4 Hinting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Disk Storage Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

4. Play/Edit Saved Files

Playing Saved Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Playing Batch Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Edit/FTP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Editing Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Moving Files via FTP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

5. Preferences

Setting Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Custom Columns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

MPEG-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Categories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Program Announcements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

6. Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

File Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

View Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Play Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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7. Capture Driver

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Installing Capture Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Verifying Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Using a Captured Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

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Contents

Preface

This document is written for anyone using or evaluating StreamPlayer. The StreamPlayer product family lets you view high quality MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and Windows Media streams (both live and on-demand) right from your desktop. The StreamPlayer software is available in two versions: StreamPlayer, a view-only component, and StreamPlayer Plus which also allows recording and editing of MPEG streams.

It is important to note that the StreamPlayer software you have installed opens different types of media files depending on the version you purchase and the licenses you have installed. A fully configured StreamPlayer installation can play MPEG-1, MPEG- 2, MPEG-4, and WM (Windows Media) video streams. Also note that although the terms StreamPlayer and StreamPlayer Plus are generally used interchangeably, StreamPlayer Plus is actually the fully-featured system that plays and records all VBrick-supported media types.

Organization

Getting Started – provides a quick overview of the StreamPlayer user interface. Play – explains how to launch a video stream using StreamPlayer.

Record – Explains how to record live video streams. StreamPlayer Plus only.

Play/Edit Saved Files – Explains how to play and edit video streams. StreamPlayer Plus only. Preferences – explains how to set preferences for standard StreamPlayer functions. Windows Media Player – explains how to Windows Media Player interacts with StreamPlayer. Capture Driver – explains how to install and use VBrick's "virtual" capture card software.

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 code elements (C++, HTML) as well as filenames, directories, etc.

Bold Courier fixed-width font is used to indicate user input in keyboard commands, scripts, etc.

Web addresses are displayed as hyperlinks in the format: http://www.VBrick.com

Italics are used to emphasize specific words or phrases.

Printer-Friendly

Click on any of the following links to print a hard copy of the document. For best viewing, open and resize the document using the magnification box at the bottom of the Acrobat Reader window.

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TTo save or print a PDF document:

1.Click once to open the PDF document in Acrobat Reader.

2.On the Acrobat Reader toolbar, click Save or Print.

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Preface

Chapter 1

Getting Started

Using StreamPlayer

Unless specifically noted, StreamPlayer refers to StreamPlayer WM, StreamPlayer, StreamPlayer with MPEG-2 Playback, and StreamPlayer Plus. If you have Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed and are using the Windows Firewall (on by default) you need to follow this procedure. The first time that you launch StreamPlayer or StreamPlayer Plus you will see an error message. Click Unblock. The next time you run StreamPlayer Plus you will not see this message again.

TTo launch StreamPlayer:

1.Go to Start > Programs > VBrick > StreamPlayer Plus.

The StreamPlayer interface is easy to navigate. The following functions are available from the interface.

Play

Selecting a video in the Program Info and then pressing the Play

 

button plays the video. Double clicking a video from the list in the

 

Program Info window also plays the video.

 

 

Record

StreamPlayer Plus only. Pressing the Record button will launch the

 

video window, which allows recording of the currently selected video.

 

If a valid StreamPlayer Plus license is not installed, you will be

 

prompted to upgrade to StreamPlayer Plus.

 

 

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Archive

Pressing the Archived Files button lets you play stored video files. If

 

StreamPlayer Plus is installed, it also allows users to edit MPEG-1 and

 

MPEG-2 video files and FTP video files.

 

 

Help

Launch the online help system. Minimize or close the application.

 

 

Preferences

The Preferences button allows the user to modify the StreamPlayer

 

default settings.

 

 

IP Address

IP address of selected stream.

 

 

Port

Port number of selected stream.

 

 

StreamPlayer Differences

Table 1. Supported Versions

Version

Plays

License Required

 

 

 

StreamPlayer WM

WM, MPEG-1†

No.

 

 

 

StreamPlayer

WM, MPEG-1, MPEG-4†

Yes. Installs automatically.

 

 

 

StreamPlayer with

WM, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4

Yes. See Product CD or

MPEG-2 Playback

 

download from website.

 

 

 

StreamPlayer Plus

WM, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, plus

Yes. See Product CD or

 

Record, FTP, Edit††, Capture Driver†††

download from website.

 

 

 

† Plays MPEG-2 with an MPEG-2 decoder (e.g. a DVD player) on your computer. †† Edits MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 streams only.

††† Outputs raw streaming media for third-party applications.

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Chapter 2

Play

Playing a Stream

StreamPlayer buffers a certain amount of data before starting a stream to ensure smooth playback. Streams with a lower data rate will take slightly longer to start than those with a higher data rate. StreamPlayer launches Windows Media Player to play MPEG/Windows Media video streams on the PC. There are several ways to play video through StreamPlayer.

TTo play a stream in StreamPlayer use one of the following methods:

Double-click on any Program Title in the StreamPlayer Program Info window to launch Windows Media Player. After a short delay (usually less than a second) the selected video will appear.

Highlight the entry in the Program Info window and press the Play button.

To play an MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 unicast stream or a multicast stream that does not appear on the Program Guide, enter the IP Address of the VBrick and Port number in StreamPlayer and press Play.

To play an RTSP stream, enter an RTSP address in the IP Address field and select Play.

To play a Windows Media stream, enter an HTTP or RTSPU URL in the IP Address field and select Play.

In some cases, you may receive the following error message when attempting to play a video:

0xC00D10B3: Windows Media Player cannot play this file. Connect to the Internet or insert the removable media on which the file is located, and then try to play the file again.

This problem occurs because Microsoft Windows Media Player automatically tries to detect whether the player is connected to a network. If Windows Media Player cannot detect a

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network connection, and if you try to play online content, you receive an error message. This problem may also occur if your player is set to Work Offline.

TTo force the player to always assume that the player is connected to a network:

1.Go to Tools > Options.

2.On the Player tab, under Player settings, check the Connect to the Internet check box.

See the following URL for more information: http://support.microsoft.com/ default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;838101

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