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Cisco TelePresence Content Server

Cisco TelePresence Content Server Data Sheet

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Product Overview

With the Cisco TelePresence® Content Server, your organization can share knowledge and enhance communication by recording videoconferences. You can access live and on-demand presentations, distance education classes, and corporate training sessions - anywhere, anytime. In addition, you can distribute live or recorded content to any computer or download to your favorite portable media device. Cisco TelePresence Content Server is available as a dedicated appliance (Figures 1 and 2) or as a virtualized application on VMware.

Figure 1.      Cisco TelePresence Content Server

Figure 2.      Cisco TelePresence Content Server

Combine Cisco TelePresence Content Server with the Cisco® MXE 3500 Media Experience Engine (MXE 3500) to provide comprehensive multimedia transcoding capabilities, automatically converting video files into a wide array of formats and bitrates for optimal viewing on any device. Cisco MXE 3500 also creates a simple and automated way for customers to make their videos look more professional before posting through the addition of graphics, such as a “lower third” graphic containing the speaker’s name and title or the company logo as a watermark. The MXE 3500 can also add a short introductory video known as a bumper, and add a closing “trailer” video to each recorded call before creating versions in different formats and speeds.

Features and Benefits

Table 1 summarizes the key features of the Cisco TelePresence Content Server.

Table 1.       Cisco TelePresence Content Server Feature Summary

Feature

Benefit

Design features

  Built-in, easy-to-use, web-based management interface
  Built-in web-based content library
  Ability to interoperate with a range of complementary multivendor products

Application features

  Live and on-demand streaming
  Scheduled and impromptu call support with dial-in and -out capabilities
  Ability to record and stream video and H.239 dual-stream presentations from any H.323 or Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) videoconferencing unit
  Content creation from anywhere using Cisco TelePresence Expressway technology
  Compatibility with all major streaming formats, including Windows Media, Flash, and QuickTime
  Support for major distribution servers and corporate web portals
  Editing and library features for simple content creation and retrieval
  Support for download of content to PC, Mac, and portable media devices

Performance features

  Ability to host up to 5 concurrent calls (up to 10 calls with Additional Five Port Option), up to two of which can be streamed live
  Videoconference bandwidth up to 4 Mbps (with premium Resolution Option)
  Synchronized streaming of video and presentation in live and on-demand modes
  Unicast and multicast streaming support
  Internal and external storage capabilities
  Support for Microsoft Active Directory authentication through Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  Call configuration and access-rights management
  Support for SQL Server 2008 with content server clusters
  Ability to export and import recordings from one content server to another

Scalability features

  Ability to cluster up to 10 content servers

Virtualization features

  Flexibility to deploy as virtual machine
  Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO)

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists the physical specifications; Table 3 gives video and audio specifications; and Table 4 gives network, security, and management specifications for the Cisco TelePresence Content Server.

Table 2.       Product Specifications

Product compatibility

  Support for recording initiation from all standards-based endpoints

Components

  Simplified, common format, complete solution for streaming, all in one component

Recording

  Predefined template-based recording options
  Recording flexibility through a built-in web-based template editor
  Personal and system recording aliases for ultimate flexibility
  Support for automated creation of personal recording aliases
  Ability to record presentations or video from a live dual stream (H.264, H.239, or DuoVideo)
  Support for H.323 endpoints, multipoint control units (MCUs), gateways, and the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
  Ability to record up to five simultaneous H.323 or SIP video calls
  Ability to receive calls at up to 4 Mbps, up to 1080p high-definition (HD) resolution for the main camera and for the second input source
  Ability for calls to include main video or audio and H.264, H.239, or DuoVideo
  Transcoding of recorded calls into streaming and downloadable file formats, including Windows Media, Flash, and MPEG4 formats
  Recording of every call directly to disk for “offline” transcoding after the call completes
  Optional record start countdown
  Record PIN-protected MCU Conferences
  Personal sandbox for safe working on recorded content before publishing
  Optional automated email notifications to content owners on completion of recording
  Recording indicator on Cisco TelePresence MCU calls

Live and on-demand streaming

  Ability to live stream up to two calls (of the total five) in a single format and size
  Embedded Native Windows Media Streaming Server
  Ability of the content server to stream Flash * content when integrated with customer-provided Wowza Media Server
  Ability of the content server to stream MPEG4 QuickTime content when integrated with customer-provided Apple Quicktime or Darwin Streaming Servers
  Ability to view Flash and QuickTime Media as a progressive download without external streaming servers
  Static URLs for live streaming of MPEG-4 for Flash content from a Wowza Media Server

Streaming

  Live (unicast supported natively and multicast supported by external Microsoft Windows Media Server)
  On demand (unicast)
  Native support for streaming Microsoft Windows Media through an embedded Windows Media Server
  Support for external streaming servers (Microsoft Windows Media Server, Wowza Media Server, and Apple QuickTime Streaming Server)

Portable devices

  Support for media download, then sync with Apple iPod- and MPEG-4-capable devices

Distribution server

  Support for Cisco MXE 3500 transformation engine
  Support for Cisco Show and Share ® web and video sharing application

Content library

  Download options
  Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed subscription to provide alternate access to content library
  Searchable content library web interface, with thumbnail images and categories for easy content searching
  Ability to preconfigure recording outputs, media access, and metadata
  Ability to share links to recording, allowing you to easily identify and share recordings
  Ability to view live and recorded content through content viewer web interface and telepresence endpoints (PIN Protection available)
  Editable indexes
  Content editor that enables trimming and joining recordings
  Support for major web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari)
  Context-sensitive help in the interface
  Simplified graphical template editor for easy creation of new recording templates
  Automatic and manual bandwidth detection, to provide the best viewing experience for your Internet connection

Content viewer

  An intuitive content viewer that supports Windows Media, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and QuickTime plug-ins
  Support for multiple video layouts, including:
   Switching layout
   Joined layout
   Fixed aspect ratio 16:9 joined layout
   Picture-in-picture video layout
   Stacked layout
  Ability to present dual-stream or still-image content fully synchronized with the main video
  Fully synchronized video, audio, and content
  Pause and seek in recordings

Storage

  Support for external network storage using network-attached storage (NAS)

Language support

  English, French, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
* Requires Flash Player 9 Update 3 or later

Table 3.       Video and Audio Specifications

Bandwidth

  H.323 and SIP up to 4 Mbps

Video standards

  H.261
  H.263
  H.263+
  H.264

Live video resolutions

  QCIF (176 x 144 pixels)
  CIF (352 x 288 pixels)
  VGA (640 x 480)
  4CIF (704 x 576)
  SVGA (800 x 600)
  XGA (1024 x 768)
  448p (576 x 448)
  w288p (512 x 288)
  w448p (768 x 448)
  w576p (1024 x 576)
  720p (1280 x 720): Supported for H.264 only

Audio standards

  G.711
  G.722
  G.722.1
  AAC-LD

Frame rates

  Up to 60 frames per second (requires premium resolution option)

Table 4.       Network, Security, and Management Specifications

System management and scheduling

  Allows for easy configuration using serial port management console
  Allows for total management through embedded web server
  Provides application programming interface (API) for customized integration with third-party solutions
  Allows for one click to record scheduled conferences with Cisco TelePresence Management Suite
  Allows for simple addition of audio-only outputs for recording of scheduled conferences with Microsoft Outlook or IBM Lotus Notes
  Uses Cisco TelePresence Management Suite to monitor Cisco TelePresence Content Server status, such as free disk space
  Allows administrators to set maximum streaming bandwidth limits to fit their network rules

Firewall traversal

  Cisco TelePresence Expressway technology
  Auto Network Address Translation (NAT)
  H.460.18
  H.460.19 Firewall Traversal

Quality of service (QoS)

  Dynamic jitter buffering
  Packet-loss concealment

Security features

  Secure management through Secure HTTP (HTTPS)
  Integration with Active Directory through LDAP for access
  Password-protected recordings
  Full access control lists (ACLs) on all content library items

Warranty Information

Find warranty information on Cisco.com at the Product Warranties page.

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page and refer to Table 5 or contact your local Cisco representative. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center.

Table 5.       Ordering Information

Product Name

Part Number

Cisco TelePresence Content Server (TCS Appliance)

TCS-C220-5RP-K9

Cisco TelePresence Content Server (Virtualized Application)

R-VMTCS-5RP-K9

Ordering Options

Clustering Option

LIC-TCS-CLUSTER

Premium Resolution Option

LIC-TCS-PRO

Additional 5 Port Option

LIC-TCS-ADD5RP

10 Port Premium Resolution Bundle (TCS Appliance)

TCS-C220-PRO10P-K9

10 Port Premium Resolution Bundle (Virtualized Application)

R-VMTCS-PRO10P-K9

Cisco Services

Cisco and our partners provide a broad portfolio of intelligent, personalized services and support that can help you realize the full value of your Cisco TelePresence investment by increasing business agility and network availability. This portfolio of services accelerates business innovation through a network-based collaboration platform that enables businesses to collaborate anywhere, anytime. For more information about these services, please visit: http://www.cisco.com/go/telepresenceservices.

For More Information

For more information about the Cisco TelePresence Content Server, please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/videoplatform or contact your local Cisco account representative or authorized Cisco partner. Product specifications are estimates and subject to change without notice.