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Release Notes for Cisco Digital Media System 5.1.x

Table Of Contents

Release Notes for Cisco Digital Media System 5.1.x

Contents

Introduction

New and Changed Information

Digital Signage and Digital Signage Manager

Digital Media Player

Enterprise TV and Enterprise TV Manager

Compatibility Matrix for Upgrading

Cisco Video Portal Feature Support Matrix

DMP Feature Support Matrix

Client System Requirements

Digital Media Manager Requirements

Video Portal Requirements

Installation and Upgrade Notes

Installation Notes

Upgrade Notes

Important Notes

Low Memory Causes DMP 4305G Endpoints to Restart Automatically

Limitations That are Resolved in DMS Release 5.1.0

Compatibility Limitations with Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS)

Limitations and Restrictions

Open Caveats

Updates and Errata for Printed Documentation

Remote Control Quick Start Guide for Cisco Digital Media Players

Mounting Kit Assembly Guide for Cisco Digital Media Players

Quick Start Guide for Cisco Digital Media Player (4305G and 4400G)

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines


Release Notes for Cisco Digital Media System 5.1.x


Revised: March 17, 2009, OL-15756-02

These release notes describe the new features, requirements, and known issues for Cisco Digital Media System (DMS) 5.1.x products.

Contents

This document includes the following sections:

Introduction

New and Changed Information

Compatibility Matrix for Upgrading

DMP Feature Support Matrix

Client System Requirements

Installation and Upgrade Notes

Important Notes

Limitations and Restrictions

Open Caveats

Updates and Errata for Printed Documentation

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

Introduction

Cisco Digital Media System (Cisco DMS) combines these hardware and software products and their respective accessories:

Product Type
Description

Cisco Digital Media Encoders (DME)

Encoding hardware to capture and digitize live and on-demand video for delivery across an IP network, through Cisco Video Portal, to any desktop-based web browser.

DMM-VPM includes features to centrally manage DMEs.

DME 1000 — Portable, single-channel encoder.

DME 1100 — Portable, single-channel encoder.

DME 2000 — Studio-level, dual channel encoder.

DME 2200 — Studio-level, dual channel encoder.

Cisco Digital Media Manager (DMM)

An appliance on which mutually interdependent but individually licensed software modules and an administrative console are preinstalled.

Digital Signage Module (DMM-DSM) software helps your organization to ingest, organize, manage, and deploy video and multimedia, including emergency messaging, for delivery to a network of DMPs and their attached displays.

Enterprise TV Module (DMM-ETV) software helps you to create, manage, and deploy television channels, programs, and menus for Enterprise TV on a network of DMPs and their attached displays.

Video Portal Module (DMM-VPM) software helps your organization to ingest, organize, manage, and deploy live video events and VoDs for delivery from Cisco Video Portal to any desktop-based web browser. You can use DMM-VPM to manage Q&A sessions during live broadcasts, synchronize slides to video in live event streams or VoD streams, and manage behaviors for closed-captioning.

Video Portal Reports (DMM-VPR) software helps your organization to understand who uses your Cisco Video Portal and measure how they use it.

Cisco Digital Media Players (DMP)

Highly reliable, IP-addressable, solid-state endpoints that process HD video, SD video, and multimedia data for playback on an attached TV or other type of display, such as an LCD Pro display. DMPs consume very little power and can be deployed quickly throughout your network without the burden of high ongoing operational cost. DMPs are compatible with Cisco Application and Content Networking System (ACNS) and Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) products for content distribution.

The firmware for DMPs provides a web-based "craft interface" to manage one DMP in isolation. This software is called Digital Media Player Device Manager, or DMPDM.

DMM-DSM includes features to centrally manage a global network of DMPs.

Cisco LCD Professional Series (LCD Pro)

Large format LCD flat-panel displays which are optimized for use in public ("professional") facilities, and which are Cisco-certified for use as accessories to DMPs.

DMM-DSM includes features to centrally manage these displays and secure them against tampering.

Cisco Video Portal

An appliance that serves live video events and VoDs for delivery to web browsers on desktop-based client systems. This appliance works in combination with the DMM appliance that controls it.


New and Changed Information

Cisco DMS 5.1.x delivers new and changed features in the following components:

Digital Signage and Digital Signage Manager

Digital Media Player

Enterprise TV and Enterprise TV Manager

Digital Signage and Digital Signage Manager

Centralized management of Cisco LCD Professional Series displays.

CIFS protocol support and WAAS support:

Ability to leverage WAN optimization in the distribution of digital media.

Ability to leverage shared network storage of media assets.


Note You must upgrade both the kernel and the firmware on a DMP 430xG before it will support any use of the CIFS protocol. See Upgrade Guide for Cisco Digital Media System 5.1.x on Cisco.com, at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6681/prod_installation_guides_list.html.


DMS Content Distribution (DMS-CD):

Intelligence and bandwidth optimization for content distribution to DMP local storage (one internal flash drive and one external USB drive per DMP)

Time-based deployments through Schedule features of DMM-DSM.

Differential download intelligence prevents needless duplication of valid content on DMP local storage. Only new or updated content is transferred.

Detailed success and failure reporting for presentations and playlists that you provision to DMPs

Digital Media Player

CIFS protocol support.


Note You must upgrade both the kernel and the firmware on a DMP 430xG before it will support any use of the CIFS protocol. See Upgrade Guide for Cisco Digital Media System 5.1.x on Cisco.com, at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6681/prod_installation_guides_list.html.


User interface in DMPDM to configure their multicast dejittering buffer.

Enhanced security validation in DMPDM for account passwords on DMPs.

Enterprise TV and Enterprise TV Manager

XML-TV standards support for subscriptions to electronic program guide data.

Remote control emulation support on Cisco (796X and 797X) IP phones. Change channels, navigate menus, and adjust audio volume settings.

Remote control emulation support on Apple iPhone and certain Motorola mobile phones. Change channels, navigate menus, and adjust audio volume settings.

VoD playback from DMP local storage.

Compatibility Matrix for Upgrading

The supported upgrade path is 5.0.2 to 5.1.x. See Upgrade Guide for Cisco Digital Media System 5.1.x at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6681/prod_installation_guides_list.html.

This Cisco DMS release uses the following hardware and software components:

DMM Appliance Chassis
V ideo P ortal Version
Video Portal Appliance Chassis
DME Software Versio n
DME Model Types
DMM-DSM Version
DMP Firmware Version
DMP Model Types

7835-H1

7835-H2

5.1.x

7825-H2

7825-H3

7835-H1

7835-H2

5.2.187

DME1000

DME1100

DME 2000

DME 2200

5.1.x

5.1.x

4300G

4305G

4400G


Cisco Video Portal Feature Support Matrix

Cisco DMS requires that the following software versions be installed respectively on a Cisco Video Portal appliance and on the DMM appliance that controls it:

Thi s Cisco Video Portal Release
Works with Th is Digital Media Manager Release
DMM -VPM
3.5
3.5(1)
4.0
4.1
4.1 (0) 40
5.0
5.0 (2)
5.1

3.5

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

3.5(1)

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

4.0

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

4.1

N

N

N

Y

Y

N

N

N

5.0

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

5.0(2)

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

5.1

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y


DMP Feature Support Matrix

Cisco DMS requires that the following firmware and software versions be installed respectively on your DMPs and on the DMM appliance that centrally manages them:

This Digital Media Player Model
Running This DMP Firmware Release
Works with These DMM Software Modules
DMM-DSM
DMM-ETV
3.5
3.5(1)
4.0
4.1
4.1 (0) 40
5.0
5.0 (2)
5.1(0)
5.0
5.0 (2)
5.1(0)

DMP 4300G

2.42

N

N

Y

Y1

Y1

N

N

N

N

N

N

2.42(1)

N

N

Y

Y1

Y1

N

N

N

N

N

N

2.43

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

2.43(1)

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

5.0

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

N

5.0 (2)

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

N

5.1(0)

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

 

Y

Y

DMP 4305G

2.43

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

2.43(1)

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

5.0

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

N

5.0(2)

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N

5.1

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

DMP 4400G

5.0

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

N

5.0(1)

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

N

5.0(2)

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N

5.1

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

1 DMM-DSM 4.1 can manage DMPs that use this firmware release. However, these DMPs cannot play presentations that you design in Digital Media Designer.


Client System Requirements

Digital Media Manager Requirements

Video Portal Requirements

Digital Media Manager Requirements


Note The following requirements apply to client systems that access DMS-Admin, DMM-DSM, DMM-VPM, DMM-ETVM, and Video Portal Reports


Java

For all client systems, ensure that Java Runtime Engine (JRE) 1.6.0 or later is installed. Also confirm that it is configured to use English as its language and that it is working correctly. The JRE 1.6.0 release is part of Java Version 6.

To learn exactly which JRE release you are using and to confirm that it is working correctly, go to http://java.com/en/download/help/testvm.xml.

To understand the Java release naming conventions, which have changed over time, see http://java.sun.com/javase/namechange.html.

To obtain the required JRE, go to http://javasoft.com, click Java SE, then download the latest JRE version.

Apple maintains and distributes its own implementations of Java software for Mac OS users. To learn if Apple has made available any JRE that is based on JRE 1.6.0, see http://www.apple.com/java. Alternatively, registered Apple Developer Connection (http://connect.apple.com/) members might find that Apple has released a preview version of a compatible JRE. We make no claims about the suitability of such software for any purpose and recommend that you test all software thoroughly before you rely on it.

DMM-DSM and DMPDM

Table 1 lists additional client system requirements to use DMM-DSM and DMPDM.

Table 1 Additional Requirements to Use DMM-DSM or DMPDM 

Component
Browser Version

Browser

Windows

Internet Explorer 6.0 or later

Internet Explorer 7.0 or later

Firefox 2.x

Linux

Firefox 2.x

Mac OS X

Firefox 2.x

DMM-DSM schedule (Play in Future) and dashboard

Mac OS X 10.41

Digital Media Designer2

Firmware version 5.1.x for DMP 4400G and 4305G

Firmware version 5.1.x for DMP 4400G

Minimum supported resolution

1280 x 1024

1 Until Apple supports JRE 1.6.0 or later, the dashboard and schedule for DMM-DSM might not function properly in Mac OS.

2 Until Apple supports JRE 1.6.0 or later, Digital Media Designer might not function properly in Mac OS.


Video Portal Reports

Table 2 lists additional client system requirements to use Video Portal Reports.

Table 2 Cisco Video Portal Reports Tool Client Requirements

Component
Requirement

Browser

Windows

Firefox 1.5 minimum or 2.x recommended

Internet Explorer 5.5 minimum or 6.0 or later recommended

Linux or UNIX

Firefox 1.5 minimum or 2.x recommended

Apple Macintosh

Firefox 1.5 minimum or 2.x recommended

Renesis SVG Player 1.1 Internet Explorer Plugin (required only for Internet Explorer)

Renesis SVG Player 1.1 or newer Internet Explorer Plugin available at http://www.examotion.com/index.php?id=product_player_download


Video Portal Requirements

Table 3 lists additional client system requirements to use Cisco Video Portal.

Table 3 Cisco Video Portal Client Requirements 

Component
Requirement

Browser

Windows

Firefox 1.5 minimum or 2.x recommended

Internet Explorer 6.0 or later recommended

Mozilla 1.8 or later recommended

Linux or UNIX

Support for Flash VoD files only on the following browsers:

Firefox 1.0 minimum or Firefox 2.x recommended

Mozilla 1.0 minimum or Mozilla 1.8 or later recommended

Apple Macintosh

Support for Flash and QuickTime VoD files on the following browsers:

Firefox 1.5 minimum or 2.x recommended

Safari 2.0 minimum or later recommended

Adobe Flash plug-in

Adobe Flash 8 plug-in or later recommended

Windows Media plug-in

Windows Media 9 or later required if Windows Media content is offered

QuickTime plug-in

QuickTime Player 7.1 or later recommended

Cisco Digital Media Manager Live Event Module 1.0

Windows

Internet Explorer 6.0 or later

Apple Macintosh

VMWare Fusion 1.1.3 or later:

Windows XP or Vista

Internet Explorer 6 or later recommended

Minimum supported resolution

1024 x 768


Installation and Upgrade Notes

This section includes the following topics:

Installation Notes

Upgrade Notes

Installation Notes


Caution If you enter only an IP address during set up, the Cisco DMS appliances cannot communicate with each other. Cisco DMS appliances will not work correctly without a DNS server. Please enter a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN).

To maintain network security, your DMM appliances and Video Portal appliances use digital certificates to communicate. These certificates use the DNS-routable hostname to identify each appliance uniquely. Therefore, you must enter the DNS-routable hostname for each appliance during setup when prompted to enter the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) in AAI.

You must also configure each of your DMS appliances in AAI to point correctly to the DNS server for your network and configure that DNS server to associate the IP addresses that your DMS appliances use with the FQDNs that their digital certificates use.

When setting up your DMS 5.1.x appliances, do not use "Cisco" as the instance name for your Video Portal appliance. We reserve the use of the Cisco name for other purposes, and all deployments will fail if you use this instance name.

Upgrade Notes

You can upgrade from Cisco Digital Media System 5.0.x to 5.1.x. For more information, including requirements and procedures, see Upgrade Guide to Release 5.1.x for Cisco Digital Media System on Cisco.com.

For information about the hardware and software that Cisco DMS supports in this release, see the "Compatibility Matrix for Upgrading" section.

Important Notes

This section includes the following topics:

Low Memory Causes DMP 4305G Endpoints to Restart Automatically

Compatibility Limitations with Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS)

Low Memory Causes DMP 4305G Endpoints to Restart Automatically

Rather than crashing when they run low on memory, DMPs are designed to restart automatically, which clears their memory and causes downtime of much less than 1 minute,  as opposed to the lengthy downtime that a hard crash would cause. In the rare cases when DMPs do run out of memory and restart automatically, SWF files are almost always responsible. The known scenarios when this can occur are as follows:

The file size is greater than 500KB for your SWF file. Larger SWF files do work correctly in most cases, but we recommend as a best practice that you should always strive to use the smallest possible SWF files. Smaller files are far less likely to be burdensome to your DMPs.

Your SWF file uses bitmapped image files outside itself that have a very large file size, either individually or collectively. Any bitmapped image files that you use in the production of a SWF file should be small files. If a bitmapped file has a large file size, it is important for you to understand that merely reducing the height and width of its placeholder on your canvas in Adobe Flash (or any similar authoring tool that you might use to develop a SWF file) will not reduce the actual file size.

The web page that you are showing uses too many embedded SWF files.

Additionally, we recommend that you use the following guidelines when you create SWF files:

The resolution of the SWF can be up to 1920 x 1080 if the animations that are contained within the SWF are small and are restricted to a 640x480 region.

Avoid redraw of the whole screen in your Flash animation.

Multiple movements on different parts of the screen cause more slowdown than a concentrated movement.

The FLV recommended resolution should be 320x240.

Limitations That are Resolved in DMS Release 5.1.0

Cisco DMS 5.1.0 corrects many bugs from earlier releases, including the ones that Table 4 describes.

Table 4 Resolved Bugs 

Defect ID
Description

CSCsq26076

The DMP 4400G has no sound after rotating the browser angle to 180 or 270 degrees.

CSCsj72828

When adding an asset to DSM, be sure that its name does not include any non-ASCII characters. Although DMS can store the asset successfully, its nonstandard filename prevents the content chooser in DMD from loading it. In addition, DMPs cannot play a video asset from any URL that contains non-ASCII characters.

CSCsk41444

DMD allows you to create more than one synchronized playlist in a presentation; however, DMPs support only one synchronized playlist.

CSCso76820

The Schedules > Play Now advanced task version status does not display in a popup window.

CSCsq39627

If you check the randomize option for a playlist in a DMD presentation, you cannot uncheck this option; therefore, if you open a presentation and the randomized option is unchecked and you save the presentation, the randomize option persists for the playlist.

CSCsq87168

You cannot change the URL in edit asset operation after you add a URL asset; however, you can change other parameters.

CSCsu30288

When you show a public playlist that contains multiple jpeg files, which you stored locally on your DMP, the playback is choppy.

CSCsu43970

Media library batch upload does not work properly when filenames contain spaces.

CSCsv02181

If you upgrade to Cisco DMS 5.0.2 from release 5.0 without first installing the license to use DMM-DSM 5.0, you are prevented after the upgrade from accessing the 5.0.2 versions of both DMM-DSM and DMM-ETV. Your DMM server shows an HTTP 500 error instead of DMM-DSM and an authorization error instead of DMM-ETV.

CSCsq57006

The DMP 4305G does not display correctly websites that have a User-Agent field in the HTTP header.

CSCsr47342

Video playback ends too soon on DMP 4300G endpoints, no matter whether the video asset is included in a playlist or embedded in a web page, if you have rotated the browser plane to 180 degrees or 270 degrees in DMPDM.

CSCsr97307

If you select the Flash 10 option instead of the Flash 9 option in DMPDM 5.0.2, Enterprise TV performance might be disrupted when you use any of these buttons on your remote control for DMPs:

Show IP

Mute

VOL

Any unassigned buttons

CSCsu03541

DMPs cannot successfully follow an HTTP 302 redirect that changes the destination for a Video URL. This means that DMPs cannot play a video whose URL has changed, until the Video URL value points directly to the actual, changed URL.

CSCsm62811

After you deploy and then update a video part that contains keywords, keyword searches for the video part no longer work.


Compatibility Limitations with Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS)

DMPs that use firmware release 5.1.x are compatible with only one version of Microsoft Internet Information Server. That supported version is IIS 6.0 for Windows 2003 Enterprise.

If you do not have the supported IIS version but want your DMPs to retrieve assets from a webserver, we recommend that you use Apache instead of IIS.

Limitations and Restrictions

Review Table 5 before you begin working with Cisco DMS 5.1.x components. These are known limitations that will not be fixed, and there is not always a workaround.

Also, be sure to read the "Important Notes" section section for additional information.

Table 5 Limitations and Restrictions in Cisco DMS 5.0 

Identifier
Component
Description

Digital Media Player

CSCsk22719

dmm-doc

All services are brought down when you start a firmware upgrade on the DMP 4305G.

Workaround   Manually restart the DMP.

CSCsq29816

dmm-doc

Errors occur on DMP 4400G and DMP 4305G endpoints when video links are configured as the startup URL.

Workaround   None. Use the video URL instead.

CSCsq64982

dmm-doc

Video stops playing on the DMP 4305G when you insert a flash drive into the USB interface.

Workaround   Do not insert a flash drive when the DMP 4305G is active. Only insert the flash drive when the DMP is idle, and then restart.


Digital Signage Module (DMM-DSM)

CSCsw44817

DMP displays that are attached to your DMP 4300G endpoints show a white line on 4 sides when your playlists transition from playback of Shockwave Flash assets to playback of video assets.

Workaround   None.

CSCso63214

dmm-doc

When its resources are limited, a DMP 4305G endpoint resets without a splash screen and without illuminating the red LED that should be visible through the chassis front grille because of limited resources.

Workaround   Upgrade to a DMP 4400G which is more powerful and does not exhibit this behavior.

CSCso78514

dmm-doc

Using the local file option to add a media asset that is larger than 2G causes the upload menu to remain open indefinitely.

Workaround   None. This is a browser limitation. We recommend that you upload a file that is smaller than 2G and that you use an external server for large files.

CSCsq62648

dmm-doc

DMP 4305G restarts after 15 seconds when playing the emergency_animated template.

Workaround   None. This template is designed for the DMP 4400G. We recommend you do not play content on the DMP 4305G that is specific to the DMP 4400G.


For information about open caveats, see Table 6.

Open Caveats

Table 6 describes possible unexpected behavior by Cisco DMS 5.1.x components.

Table 6 Open Caveats for Cisco DMS 5.1.x 

Identifier
Description

Digital Media Encoders (DME)

CSCsx80200

The factory-default video settings are not optimized on DMEs, and encoded video might be too bright.

Workaround   Modify the settings until you are satisfied with the result.


Digital Media Manager (DMM)

CSCsr81929

If DHCP fails during first boot and you choose "no" when prompted for a static IP address, the DMM appliance installation stalls after 20 minutes and is unrecoverable.

Workaround   Reimage the server with DMS recovery CD.


Digital Signage Module (DMM-DSM) and Enterprise TV Module (DMM-ETV)

CSCsx98270

When a DMD presentation and an advanced task are scheduled to run back-to-back, playback of the presentation does not stop when it should.

Workaround   Avoid scheduling an advanced task to run immediately after playback of a presentation.

CSCsy01884

A DMP restarts unexpectedly (5 percent of the time) if video playback is in progress when you simultaneously use a file transfer task to download assets to the DMP.

Workaround   There are two methods to work around this problem. Before you use a file transfer application, run the "Stop All Applications" system task on each affected DMP. Alternatively, you can use Cisco DMS Content Distribution (DMS-CD) instead of the file transfer task.

CSCsy06650

The total file size value for a playlist is reset to "N/A." This occurs after you switch to WAAS mode, but only if Enterprise TV uses an asset that the playlist includes.

Workaround   None.

CSCsx97974

DMD prevents you from adding a URL to a nonvideo playlist.

Workaround   Add the URL to your media library. Then, when you try again to populate the playlist, choose the URL entry that you saved to your media library, instead of trying to enter the URL manually.

CSCsx30269

The dashboard in DMM-DSM does not show scheduled tasks. This problem is limited to Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) and seems to be solved when you restart MSIE. However, the behavior reoccurs again later.

Workaround   Choose Tools > Internet Options in MSIE, and then click Settings on the General tab. Click Every visit to the page, and then click OK twice.

CSCsx94959

User role limitations do not apply to the Emergencies tab. Any DMM-DSM user can use it.

Workaround   Consider very carefully which DMM-DSM users should have permission to work with your schedule and manage your DMP groups. Although all of the "Play in Future" features are suspended (for affected DMPs only) while a declared emergency is in progress, none of the "Play Now" features or "DMP Manager" features are suspended. Therefore, it is possible for a careless user or malicious user with sufficient permissions to start another event manually on the DMPs where an emergency message should play.

CSCsx51041

After you associate a ticker action in DMD with a box object whose width is greater than 1,600 pixels, and you configure the ticker to scroll instead of fade, playback performance suffers for non-video assets, such as Shockwave Flash animations, that the presentation should play.

Workaround   Reduce the width of the box object in your design or configure the ticker to fade but not scroll.

CSCsx51546

DMD does not prevent you from adding video assets to a nonvideo playlist. Instead of showing a warning that it does not support this behavior, DMD removes the video asset silently from the playlist when you save the presentation.

Workaround   Avoid adding videos to nonvideo playlists in DMD.

CSCsx67967

DMM-DSM does not prevent you from uploading to your media library two assets that use the identical filename but whose other attributes differ. After you do this, the content chooser for DMD shows only one of these two assets.

Workaround   Change the filename for one of the files, and then upload it again to your media library.

CSCsx53256

The error messages are unclear in DMD when you use File > Save As to save a presentation with the identical name that a presentation template uses.

Workaround   Avoid duplicating names for presentations and templates.

CSCsx19497

The workspace in DMD does not preview the text inside a box object when its vertical alignment value is set to "Bottom." Although the preview feature fails in DMD, the presentation works as designed on the DMP displays where you show it.

Workaround   None.

CSCsw35538

Cisco DMS Content Distribution (DMS-CD) features of DMM-DSM do not support nested DMP groups. DMS-CD functions as if this group structure is flat and does not autodelete old assets from DMPs that it misunderstands to be part of multiple DMP groups.

Workaround   If local storage is full on DMPs that should receive a deployment from DMS-CD, and these DMPs are in nested groups, use Play Now to deploy a command immediately to delete the obsolete files from them. After this cleanup is finished, try again to provision the new assets from DMS-CD as a scheduled, future event.

CSCsw94849

Cisco DMS Content Distribution (DMS-CD) might disrupt playback performance temporarily on your DMP 4400G endpoints. The disruption affects multicast video streams, HD videos, Shockwave Flash animations, and image assets that these DMPs show on their attached DMP displays while simultaneously downloading newly provisioned, large assets. Videos might become fragmented (contain artifacts), drop frames, or cut out during playback. Shockwave Flash animations might play slowly. Images might redraw slowly. DMPs might restart unexpectedly, in rare instances. These behaviors affect the DMP 4400G due to a hardware resource limitation.

Workaround   You can configure bandwidth restrictions in your WAN that should help to alleviate these symptoms or eliminate them completely, depending on the system load of each DMP. Follow the best practices for DMS-CD that are described on Cisco.com, in User Guide for Cisco Digital Media System 5.1.x.

CSCsy01792

Cisco DMS Content Distribution (DMS-CD) might cause a DMP to restart unexpectedly. This occurs if you make selections in DMM-DSM to provision assets to an external USB drive (usb_2) that is not actually attached to the DMP.

Workaround   Before you try to provision assets to an external USB drive, verify that the drive exists and is attached to the DMP. Choose Digital Media Players > DMP Manager, and then check the "External Storage MB. (Total/Free)" value that pertains to this DMP. The value should not be blank.

CSCsw67738

After Cisco DMS Content Distribution (DMS-CD) adds or deletes files on an external USB drive that is attached to a DMP, the DMP might mount this drive as Read-Only or might not mount it at all. Content distribution to or from usb_2 sometimes corrupts the file system on drives from certain manufacturers. In our testing, we have seen this on Western Digital Passport drives 0.5 percent of the time and on Maxtor drives 70 percent of the time. We have removed Maxtor from our list of supported manufacturers.

Workaround   Disconnect the USB drive from your DMP and reformat the USB drive to use FAT32 as its file system.

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VoD playback does not stop immediately in Enterprise TV on DMP 4300G and DMP 4305G endpoints when you choose the VoD parent folder from the menu.

Workaround   None.

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When you make selections in DMM-ETV to show an on-screen PIN that mobile phone users can use to authenticate their phones for emulation of the DMP remote control, the PIN might take as long as 2 minutes to appear on-screen.

Workaround   Wait 2 minutes.

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The video preview feature for Enterprise TV sometimes shows the wrong preview. Also, you are prevented from switching from the preview to the full-screen video. Instead of full-screen video, you might see that a small black rectangle loads in the upper right corner of the DMP display. Furthermore, if you press the Show IP button on a DMP remote control, an empty box is loaded instead of the IP address. These behaviors affect a DMP 4400G endpoint that has been running Enterprise TV for several days.

Workaround   Redeploy the task to start Enterprise TV.

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In an ACNS/DMS integration, if an ACNS channel is deleted while still scheduled in DMS, the DMS playlist cannot be deleted in DMM-DSM.

Workaround   Create the set of the channels that are used to work with DMM-DSM, and do not delete them. To remove a channel from ACNS, complete these steps. Before deletion, remove all schedules that are assigned to particular channel (past/current/future). Remove channel from ACNS only after you have removed the schedules.

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On the Play in Future tab, scheduling monthly and yearly recurring jobs during a leap year results in scheduling anomalies for jobs that occur during the month of February in subsequent months and years.

Workaround   None.

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The first time you open a new, blank landscape template, the resolution defaults to portrait (768 x 1366).

Workaround   Click the Portrait tab; then, click the Landscape tab.

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When using Virtua presentation template in DMD, with the effect of the scrolling ticker is changed to scroll (left) - The scrolling ticker freezes on flash slide transition.

Workaround   Avoid changing scroll effect in the DMD virtual presentation template.


Digital Media Player

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The Internal Storage page in DMPDM might show that the DMP 4300G or DMP 4305G file system is Read-Write, instead of Read-Only. This occurs after cycling a DMP (turning its power off and then on), which can sometimes cause its file system to mount local volumes incorrectly.

Workaround   Use the Restart DMP page in DMPDM to soft-reset your DMP and restore normal permissions.

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While showing a presentation that combines Shockwave Flash (SWF) assets and video assets (unicast or multicast streams), DMP playback of the video is choppy. This occurs only when a DMP starts, while it is loading SWF assets into memory, and is the result of limited CPU capacity.

Workaround   None.

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DMP displays might go black for as long as 3 seconds when playback is transitioning from one video asset to another video asset.

Workaround   To reduce the duration of the black screen interval between two videos, you can use DMM-DSM to turn off the failover URL for a DMP.

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After you use a DMM-DSM system task to disable DMP failover, there is no indication in DMPDM that failover is disabled.

Workaround   If you cannot use DMPDM successfully to enable DMP failover, check in to see if failover is disabled for that DMP in DMM-DSM.

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DMPDM becomes unresponsive after you enter the wrong IP address to identify the DMM appliance that you use for centralized management. This happens only after you incorrectly enter the IP address of your DMM appliance.

Workaround   Restart the DMP and, within 30 seconds, enter either 127.0.0.1 or the correct IP address for your DMM appliance.

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If you play a DMD presentation on the DMP 4400G or DMP 4305G and then play a playlist, the videos will not appear full screen because the DMD-generated application changes the video dimensions.

Workaround   Change the video settings back to full screen, and restart the DMP.

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Video performance becomes choppy on DMP 4300G and DMP 4305G endpoints while they are downloading updated RSS data for tickers.

Workaround   None. This is the result of a processor limitation.

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If you select the Flash 10 option instead of the Flash 9 option in DMPDM 5.0.2, DMP 4400G endpoints might exhibit choppy playback performance when playing Shockwave Flash assets.

Workaround   Choose the Flash 9 option.

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When a DMP uses Flash 10, the background color on its attached DMP display changes to white after 7 hours of continuous playback for any SWF object. After this same interval, the DMP remote control has no effect when you try to use its features to mute audio, adjust audio volume, or show which IP address the DMP is using.

Workaround   None.


Video Portal

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When Cisco Video Portal plays a QuickTime video, the video is not centered in the browser. There is a white or black space under the video.

Workaround   None.

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The Windows Media VoD video slider does not work in Firefox.

Workaround   If you require this feature, use another supported browser than Firefox.

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When you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 to log in to Cisco Video Portal, you cannot press the Tab key to move your cursor to the Password field.

Workaround   Click in the Password field to move your cursor to it.

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A Cisco Video Portal that uses Windows Media or QuickTime for video might reload constantly on client systems that use Firefox.

Workaround   Restart the client system.

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Cisco Video Portal client systems with low memory might hang when viewing live or VoD events that include more than 100 synchronized slides because each slide requires approximately 2MB of memory.

Workaround   Increase memory on the client system.

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Synchronized slides for Cisco Video Portal are not backed up when you back up the DMM appliance and not available after you restore from this backup.

Workaround   None.


Updates and Errata for Printed Documentation

Online-only documents on Cisco.com for Cisco DMS are updated as needed, and we recommend that you check Cisco.com regularly for updates.

This section describes errors and omissions in the printed documentation for Cisco DMS 5.1.x, which will be corrected in future printings.

Remote Control Quick Start Guide for Cisco Digital Media Players

Mounting Kit Assembly Guide for Cisco Digital Media Players

Quick Start Guide for Cisco Digital Media Player (4305G and 4400G)

Remote Control Quick Start Guide for Cisco Digital Media Players

In some printings, the "Requirements and Limitations" section states incorrectly that the "Cisco Digital Media Player (DMP) 4400G devices, and 4305G devices after July 2008, ship with a remote control." The remote control is an optional item that you must purchase separately.

Mounting Kit Assembly Guide for Cisco Digital Media Players

In some printings, Cisco product numbers are wrong for mount kits.

Any use of "69-1802-01" is incorrect. The correct part number is "DMP-PRCASE-4305-S1."

Any use of "69-1803-01" is incorrect. The correct part number is "DMP-PRCASE-4400-S1."

Quick Start Guide for Cisco Digital Media Player (4305G and 4400G)

Some printings of these two guides contain identical errors:

Quick Start Guide for Cisco Digital Media Player 4305G

Quick Start Guide for Cisco Digital Media Player 4400G

The errors are as follows:

The Concepts text on page 3 mentions "protective case" accessories for DMPs, which discourage tampering and prevent theft. The accessory category was renamed after these guides were printed. The category name is now "mount kit."

Also because the accessory category was renamed, the topic "Learning About the Protective Case for DMPs" became invalidated in multiple ways after these guides were printed:

The topic heading should say "Learning About the Mounting Kit for DMPs."

The topic text mischaracterizes the title for mount kit assembly documentation. The correct title is Mounting Kit Assembly Guide for Cisco Digital Media Players.

Any use of "69-1802-01" is incorrect. The correct part number is "DMP-PRCASE-4305-S1."

Any use of "69-1803-01" is incorrect. The correct part number is "DMP-PRCASE-4400-S1."

Related Documentation

For a list of all Cisco DMS product documentation, see the Guide to Documentation for the Cisco Digital Media System at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6681/products_documentation_roadmaps_list.html

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining support, providing documentation feedback, security guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general Cisco documents, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html