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VBrick EtherneTV Media Control Server

Users Guide

Version 2.0.0

August 19, 2004 4410-0097-0001

VBrick Systems, Inc.

Telephone: 1-203-265-0044

12 Beaumont Road

Toll Free (USA Only): 1-866-VBrick-1

Wallingford, Connecticut 06492

www.VBrick.com

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Copyright

VBrick Systems, Inc. copyrights this manual with all rights reserved. Under the copyright laws, this manual may not be reproduced in any form, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of VBrick Systems, Inc.

VBrick Systems, Inc., 2004

Disclaimer

VBrick Systems, Inc. has reviewed this manual to insure it is an easy-to-use guide. All statements, technical information, and recommendations in this manual and in any guides or related documents are believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness thereof are not guaranteed or warranted and they are not intended to be, nor should they be understood to be, representations or warrants concerning the products described. VBrick reserves the right to make changes in the specifications of the product without notice and without obligation to notify any person of such changes.

Trademarks

VBrick, VBrick Systems, StreamPlayer II, StreamPlayer Plus and StreamPlayer Plus are registered trademarks of VBrick Systems, Inc. Other brand and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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DISCLAIMER ..........................................................................................................................................

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TRADEMARKS ........................................................................................................................................

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TABLE OF CONTENTS .............................................................................................................................

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1: OPERATION ......................................................................................................................................

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OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................................................

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OPERATION...........................................................................................................................................

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DESKTOP REQUIREMENTS ......................................................................................................................

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Windows-based PCs........................................................................................................................

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Macs ................................................................................................................................................

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HOME PAGE..........................................................................................................................................

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DOWNLOAD COMPONENTS (WINDOWS-BASED PCS ONLY) .........................................................................

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WATCH TELEVISION ...............................................................................................................................

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VIDEO ON DEMAND ................................................................................................................................

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SCHEDULED PROGRAMS ......................................................................................................................

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MENU.................................................................................................................................................

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OPTIONS.............................................................................................................................................

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ADD/MODIFY THUMBNAIL .....................................................................................................................

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ADD VIDEO .........................................................................................................................................

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STB REMOTE CONTROL.......................................................................................................................

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CHAPTER one

1: Operation

Overview

The VBrick EtherneTV Media Control Server (MCS) is a web-based Portal for accessing Live and On-Demand audio and video files. A key component of VBrick’s EtherneTV Media Distribution System, the MCS provides a simple interface to easily locate available media assets from Windows PCs, Macs, and Set Top Boxes. Upon accessing the main portal page, users can navigate or search for specific videos, select the video, and immediately begin viewing television quality video. For on-demand videos, users can Fast Forward/Rewind and Seek to specific points in the video.

Details on the specific functionality are provided below.

Operation

The Media Control Server can be accessed by Windows-base PCs, Macs, or by the EtherneTV Set Top Box (STB). For the most part, the operation of the MCS from a Windows-based PC, Mac1, or STB is the same; however, there are some subtle differences. The majority of this document is written from a PC perspective, so certain screen shots may be slightly different for Macs or STBs. For example, the Mac client uses QuickTime Player to display the video, so the player window will look different from the screen shots provided here.

NOTE: The interface pages on the MCS were designed to be viewed with a screen resolution of 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768. Screen resolutions lower or higher than this may not display appropriately.

Desktop Requirements

Windows-based PCs

Windows 98, 2000, XP.

300 MHz Pentium II processor for MPEG-1 streams.

500 MHz Pentium III processor for MPEG-2 streams.

500 MHz (minimum), 750 MHz Pentium III processor (recommended) for MPEG-4 streams.

128 MB RAM.

SVGA video card 640x480, 256 colors, video card acceleration recommended.

Windows compatible sound device.

Minimum 10 MB hard disk space for installation.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher.

Windows Media Player Version 6.4, 7.1 or 9.

DirectX Media Version 8.1 and higher.

Windows XP operating systems: Service Pack 1

1For Mac users, the MCS uses the QuickTime player to display the video. The QuickTime player supports MPEG-4 video; therefore Mac users can only view MPEG-4 video, and MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 videos on the system will not display for Mac users.

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Macs

Mac OS 9 with Internet Explorer for Mac 5.1.7 and QuickTime Player 6.0.3

Mac OS X with Safari 1.0 (or higher) or Internet Explorer for Mac 5.2.3; QuickTime Player 6.0 or higher

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