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



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


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


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


Live (unicast supported natively and multicast supported by external Microsoft Windows MediaServer)
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


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


H.323 and SIP up to 4 Mbps

Video standards


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


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.460.19 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 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)


Cisco TelePresence Content Server (Virtualized Application)


Ordering Options

Clustering Option


Premium Resolution Option


Additional 5 Port Option


10 Port Premium Resolution Bundle (TCS Appliance)


10 Port Premium Resolution Bundle (Virtualized Application)


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:

For More Information

For more information about the Cisco TelePresence Content Server, please visit or contact your local Cisco account representative or authorized Cisco partner. Product specifications are estimates and subject to change without notice.