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Using the Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.2 Video Conversion Interface

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Quick Start Guide

Table Of Contents

Using the Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.2 Video Conversion Interface

About the Cisco Media Experience Engine 3500

About the Video Conversion Interface

Getting Your Account

Converting Your Video

Upload a Video

Select a Video Format

Enhance a Video

View Video Conversion Status

Sharing Your Video

Download a Video

Upload a Video to Cisco Show and Share

Video Format Options

Glossary

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Quick Start Guide

Using the Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.2 Video Conversion Interface


Revised: July 11, 2011, OL-24360-01

1 About the Cisco Media Experience Engine 3500

The Cisco Media Experience Engine 3500 (Cisco MXE 3500) is a media-processing appliance that provides comprehensive multimedia transcoding capabilities, automatically converting video files into other video formats, different bitrates, and so on.

Several Cisco MXE 3500 options provide high-value, post-production processing of video files, such as a graphic overlay (to identify a speaker, for example), watermarks (to display a company logo or copyright information), and more.

The Video Conversion Interface is a basic interface that enables easy conversion among various encoding types.


Note See the "Glossary" section for video terms.

2 About the Video Conversion Interface

You have recorded a video by using a Flip camera, smart phone—such as an iPhone—or a commercial video camera. So that you can share it with other people or post it on a video portal like YouTube or Cisco Show and Share, you need to convert it to different video formats. Sometimes people talk about converting a video as transcoding a video.

To make the video look more professional, you might want to add a graphic overlay at the bottom that includes the video title in a company or school design or to add a short introductory 'bumper' video with a title and a 'trailer' video.

The Cisco MXE 3500 Video Conversion Interface can do all this for you very easily.

3 Getting Your Account

Depending on how your system is setup, you have one of the follwoing options:

Your Cisco MXE 3500 system administrator will give you the URL to the Cisco MXE 3500 and an access code. You will use these to create your personal Cisco MXE 3500 account. Because this account uses your e-mail address as the user name, be sure to provide a working e-mail address which you can access.

OR

Use your Enterprise login credentials to log in to the Cisco MXE 3500 web interface.


Note No one else can see the videos that you convert by using your account until you share them.

4 Converting Your Video

Using your account credentials (e-mail and password that you created, or your Enterprise login credentials), log in to the Cisco MXE 3500 web interface at the URL that your system administrator provided. The web interface will look like the interface shown in Figure 1.

To convert your video, do the following:

1. Upload a Video

2. Select a Video Format

3. Enhance a Video

4. View Video Conversion Status

Upload a Video

To upload your video, do the following:


Note The maximum file size for a video is 1 GB.

Step 1 Next to the File field, click Browse and then navigate on your computer to the video that you want to convert. The video file name will appear in the File input field when you select it.

Figure 1 Step 1: Select Video Screen

Step 2 Add a title.

Step 3 (Optional) Add a description and tags if you like. Tags are enabled only with the Cisco Show and Share integration option. Tags are keywords that help search engines find your video by topic. Separate tags with a comma.


Note Title, tags, and description are embedded in only a few output types, such as the WMV (Windows Media Video) output type. If you system administrator has integrated Cisco MXE 3500 with Cisco Show and Share, you will see the tags and description with your video after you upload it to Cisco Show and Share. Tags and the description do not enable your video to be found in a search, for example.

Step 4 Click Upload.

You will see a progress bar and a Cancel button while the Cisco MXE 3500 uploads and verifies your video file. Just click Cancel if you want to cancel the upload while it is in progress.

If all goes well you will see a Your video uploaded successfully message.

If the upload is not successful, you will see an error message. It could mean that there is something wrong with the video file itself. If the file will play on your computer, it may mean that upload failed, and you should try again. If the problem persists, contact your system administrator.

Step 5 This is a good time to check that the title is as you like and that you have written a description and added tags if you want them before you proceed.


Tip Want to start over? You can clear all your input by clicking the Reset button.

Step 6 When you are ready, click Next to select a video format. You can use the Back button on later pages to return to this page and change input if needed.


Tip If the Next button is not active, check that you have clicked Upload and received the upload success message.

Select a Video Format

To select one or more video formats, to the following:


Step 1 On the Select Format screen (Figure 2), choose one or more formats that you want your video converted to. The formats are named for the devices that you want the video to play on, such as iPad and iPhone, and so on. For a description of the possible output formats, see Video Format Options.


Note Your system administrator chooses which output formats appear in this screen.

Figure 2 Step 2: Select Format Screen


Tip Clicking Reset only clears the checkboxes on this page; it does not erase your other input.

Step 2 When you have selected the output formats, click Next to enhance the video.


Enhance a Video


Note Your system administrator chooses the options that are available to you for video enhancement.

To enhance a video, do the following:


Step 1 In the Enhance Video page (Figure 3), add a bumper, trailer, watermark, and graphic overlay by checking the checkbox next to the enhancement that you want to add.

Bumper—Adds short movie or graphic that is added before your video.

Trailer—Adds short movie or graphic that is added after your video.

Watermark—Adds a transparent graphic that goes on top of your video all the way through.

Graphic Overlay—Adds a logo bar that appears for a few seconds and that contains a person's name and the name of the video or some other title, such as school or company name. When you check this box, two input fields display so that you can enter that information.

Figure 3 Step 3: Enhance Video Screen

Step 2 To see a short preview of your video, click Show Preview. The preview will include the overlay that contains the text that you provided. You can change your selections and run another preview as follows:

Start preview—Specifies a time to start the preview after the beginning of your video. Just put in the number of seconds of your video to skip before starting the preview. This will not be skipped in the finished conversion - all of your video will be used. This is only about the preview on this screen.

Length of preview—Specifies the length of preview that you want to look at. Usually you just want to see how the conversion will look, and make sure you have the right video. You don't really need to see the entire video at this step.

Step 3 When You are ready, click Reset or Submit.

Reset—Clears all the information on this page. It does not delete your other conversion data. Use Reset to start over on this page.

Submit—Sends the conversion request to the Cisco MXE 3500, including your video and all the information, checkboxes, and so on that you have provided. Clicking Submit sends you to the Job Status page; see the View Video Conversion Status section.


View Video Conversion Status

You can view the progress of video conversion jobs that you submitted by clicking Job Status (Figure 4). When a job status gets to 100%, you can download and send the video to others or upload to a portal such as YouTube, Cisco Show and Share, and so on. You will get an e-mail notice each time that your video is converted to a different format. If you requested iPad and iPhone videos, for example, you will get a notification e-mail for each one separately. Note that each link on the Job Status page is for one of the separate output types that you requested.


Caution There is a limit of four simultaneous conversions on each Cisco MXE 3500. If your job does not appear to start, the delay can mean that other users are running conversions. Your conversion will be processed in the order that it was received. Please wait for the notification e-mail.

Figure 4 Job Status

5 Sharing Your Video

To share your video, do the following:

Download a Video

Upload a Video to Cisco Show and Share

Download a Video

You can see a summary of your recent conversions by clicking Your Results (Figure 5). Your system administrator provides you with a predetermined amount of storage for this area. If you exceed it, you might not be able to convert videos. To delete videos from this area, click the trash can icon to left of each entry.

When you click a Download link on the Your Results page, the video is downloaded to your computer's hard drive. You can play it on your computer, send it to others by e-mail, or upload it to a video portal.


Note You can use the Download link to watch a video on a Mac or PC if you have an appropriate viewer or to download and then transfer the video to an iPhone or iPad for viewing if a supported video format.

Figure 5 Your Results page

Upload a Video to Cisco Show and Share

If Cisco Show and Share is integrated with the Cisco MXE 3500, you will see the Show and Share button on the Your Results page whenever you convert a video to one of the Cisco Show and Share (SNS) formats.

Before You Begin

You will need your Cisco Show and Share account credentials to complete the upload. Contact your system administrator if you do not have this information.

You must have converted the video to one of the SNS formats. For more information, see the Video Format Options section.

To upload a video to Cisco Show and Share, do the following:


Step 1 Click Show and Share next to the video that you want to upload.

Step 2 When prompted, enter your Show and Share credentials.

Figure 6 Uploading a video to Cisco Show and Share

Step 3 Select a Category from the drop-down menu.

Step 4 After The video has been uploaded to Show and Share successfully message displays, log in to Cisco Show and Share at the URL that your system administrator provided and publish the video from your Drafts folder. For more information, see the Cisco Show and Share documentation.


6 Video Format Options

This list provides names and descriptions of output file options that are available when you convert your video to other formats.


Note Some formats in this list might not appear in the user interface. The Cisco MXE 3500 system administrator determines the formats that are available based on policy or for technical reasons.

Android - Designed to produce a video for playout on Android devices

Blackberry_320x240_1MB_30: Designed to produce a 320x240 (1MB bit rate, 30FPS) video for playout on Blackberry devices

Blackberry_320x240_500K_30: Designed to produce a 320x240 (500K bit rate, 30FPS) video for playout on Blackberry devices

Blackberry_480x320_1.5MB_24: Designed to produce a 480x320 (1.5MB bit rate, 24FPS) video for playout on Blackberry devices

Blackberry_480x360_1.5MB_24: Designed to produce a 480x360 (1.5MB bit rate, 24FPS) video for playout on Blackberry devices

Blackberry_480x360_2MB_30: Designed to produce a 480x360 (2MB bit rate, 30FPS) video for playout on Blackberry devices

Cisco_DMP_4300.job.awp: Designed to produce a video for playout on Cisco DMP4300 Digital Media Player

Cisco_DMP_4400.job.awp: Designed to produce a video for playout on Cisco DMP4400 Digital Media Player

Flash_16x9.job.awp: Designed to produce Flash FLV 16x9 video

Flash_4x3.job.awp: Designed to produce Flash FLV 4x3 video

h.264_16x9.job.awp: Designed to produce H264 16x9 video

h.264_4x3.job.awp: Designed to produce H264 4x3 video

iPad_720p.job.awp: Designed to produce a 720P video for playout on the iPad

iPhone-iPod-iPad_320x240_250K.job.awp: Designed to produce a 320x240 (250K bit rate) video for playout on iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

iPhone-iPod-iPad_320x240_500K.job.awp: Designed to produce a 320x240 (500K bit rate) video for playout on iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

iPhone-iPod-iPad_640x480_1M.job.awp: Designed to produce a 640x480 (1MB bit rate) video for playout on iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

SNS_16X9_FLV.job.awp: Designed to produce a 16x9 Flash video for upload to Cisco Show and Share

SNS_16X9_h.264.job.awp: Designed to produce a 16x9 H264 video for upload to Cisco Show and Share

SNS_4X3_FLV.job.awp: Designed to produce a 4x3 Flash video for upload to Cisco Show and Share

SNS_4X3_h.264.job.awp: Designed to produce a 4x3 H264 video for upload to Cisco Show and Share

WMV_16x9.job.awp: Designed to produce a 16x9 Windows Media video

WMV_4x3.job.awp: Designed to produce a 4x3 Windows Media video

7 Glossary

Aspect ratio—A way to describe the rectangular proportions of the video frame. The traditional television aspect ratio of 4X3 or 4:3 means that the video frame is 4 units wide and 3 units high, such as 400 pixels wide and 300 pixels high. Aspect ratios such as 16X9 are commonly called wide format or HD format.

Bitrate—The number of bits transmitted per second by the video server, such as 1.5MB/sec., or 1.5 megabits per second. It also means the number of bits per second the player has to process.

Coded—A code-decode compression format.

FLV—Adobe Corporation Flash Video format.

SNS—Cisco Show and Share is a video portal that allows upload, search, and playback of video programs. To allow upload to Show and Share, you must choose one of the `SNS' output formats, such as SNS_4X3_FLV when converting your video.

Tags—Keywords that add meaning to a video and help it be found in a search.

Transcoding—Transforming (converting) a video to play in other formats, codecs, or devices by altering the way it is encoded. See codec.

WMV—Microsoft Windows Media Video format.

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, 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

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