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Integration Note for Configuring Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.3 with Cisco TelePresence Content Server

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Integration Note for Configuring Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.3 with Cisco TCS Release 5.2

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Integration Note for Configuring Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.3 with Cisco TCS Release 5.2

About Cisco MXE 3500 Integration with Cisco TCS

Workflow Overview

Automatically Publish Recordings for Viewers to See in Cisco Show and Share

Deliver the Recording to Cisco Show and Share as Draft

Review Recordings in Cisco TCS Before Publishing to Cisco Show and Share

Guidelines and Limitations

Configure the Cisco MXE 3500

Configure Cisco TCS Integration and tcsftp

Configure Preprocessor Profile

Create a Delivery Profile

Create Output Profile

Enable Cisco Show and Share Worker for the Host

Configure Job Profile

Configure Cisco TCS

Configure Cisco MXE 3500 Media Server

Add Template

Share Recording in Cisco Show and Share

Automated Delivery to Cisco Show and Share

Edit Recording in Cisco TCS then Deliver Recording in Cisco Show and Share

Verify the Integration

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Integration Note for Configuring Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.3 with Cisco TCS Release 5.2


This document describes how to integrate the Cisco Media Experience Engine 3500 (Cisco MXE 3500) Release 3.3 with Cisco TelePresence Content Server (TCS) Release 5.2 and later to accept recorded video content from Cisco TCS, transform the recording, and deliver to Cisco Show and Share Release 5.2.3 or Release 5.3.0 for sharing.

The following sections provide an overview of the workflow, guidelines and limitations, and describe how to configure Cisco MXE 3500 and Cisco TCS:

About Cisco MXE 3500 Integration with Cisco TCS

Configure the Cisco MXE 3500

Configure Cisco TCS

Share Recording in Cisco Show and Share

Verify the Integration

Related Documentation

This document supports the following releases:

Cisco Media Experience Engine 3500 Release 3.3

Cisco TelePresence Content Server (TCS) Release 5.2 and later

Cisco Show and Share Release 5.2.3 and 5.3

About Cisco MXE 3500 Integration with Cisco TCS

When Cisco MXE 3500 integration with Cisco TCS is configured, recorded videos in Cisco TCS are delivered to the Cisco MXE 3500 for transformation. The transformed recordings are then delivered to Cisco Show and Share for sharing.

This section contains the following information:

Workflow Overview

Guidelines and Limitations

Workflow Overview

This section provides an overview of the workflows for configuring the Cisco MXE 3500 and Cisco TCS for transforming and sharing the recordings. The following workflows are described:

Automatically Publish Recordings for Viewers to See in Cisco Show and Share

Deliver the Recording to Cisco Show and Share as Draft

Review Recordings in Cisco TCS Before Publishing to Cisco Show and Share

The configuration tasks for the above workflows is described in "Configure the Cisco MXE 3500" section and "Configure Cisco TCS" section.

Automatically Publish Recordings for Viewers to See in Cisco Show and Share

This section provides an overview of the workflow to automatically publish the recording for viewers to see in Cisco Show and Share.

Configuration Workflow

Content Transformation and Sharing Workflow

Configuration Workflow

Complete the following configuration tasks to automatically submit recorded content from Cisco TCS to Cisco MXE 3500, and publish to Cisco Show and Share:

1. In Cisco MXE 3500 perform the following configurations:

a. Using the Cisco MXE 3500 Linux administration utility, enable Cisco TCS integration.

b. Using the Cisco MXE 3500 web UI, create a job profile for use by Cisco TCS. The job profile defines the desired encoding output, bumpers, trailers, watermark, graphics overlay, and distribution to Cisco Show and Share. To automatically publish the recording to Cisco Show and Share without review, select Auto Approve/Publish in the Show and Share delivery profile.

2. In Cisco TCS perform the following configurations:

a. Cisco MXE 3500 media server configurations for applying bumper, trailers, watermark, and graphics overlay, and for publishing to different categories on Cisco Show and Share. The media server configuration defines the Cisco MXE 3500 profile space, job profile, destination FTP server configuration for uploading the recorded content, and API authentication.

b. Add a template based on the media server configuration you created in step a.

c. Associate the template you created in step b to a recording alias.


Note If the MXE 3500 media server configuration template is associated with a recording alias, the template is automatically applied when the recording alias starts a recording. If the MXE 3500 media server configuration template is not associated with the recording alias, the recording is not forwarded to Cisco MXE 3500 for transformation and then sharing on Cisco Show and Share. The end user has to edit the recording in Cisco TCS and manage the output by selecting the MXE 3500 media server configuration. Cisco TCS then forwards the recording to Cisco MXE for transcoding and to Cisco Show and Share for sharing.


Content Transformation and Sharing Workflow

1. The Cisco TCS performs the following automatically:

a. Uploads the recording to the Cisco MXE 3500 FTP server specified in the media server configuration.

b. Submits a job to the Cisco MXE 3500 using the configured job profile. The meta data is also submitted to Cisco MXE 3500.

2. The Cisco MXE 3500 processes the job and publishes the recording to Cisco Show and Share.

Deliver the Recording to Cisco Show and Share as Draft

This section provides an overview of the workflow to deliver the recording to Cisco Show and Share as draft.

Configuration Workflow

Content Transformation and Sharing Workflow

Configuration Workflow

Complete the following configuration tasks to automatically submit the recording from Cisco TCS to Cisco MXE 3500, and deliver to Cisco Show and Share as draft. This allows the end user to review the recording in Cisco Show and Share before publishing the recording for viewers to see.

1. In Cisco MXE 3500 perform the following configurations:

a. Using the Cisco MXE 3500 Linux administration utility, enable Cisco TCS integration.

b. Using the Cisco MXE 3500 web UI, create a job profile for use by Cisco TCS. The job profile defines the desired encoding output, bumpers, trailers, watermark, graphics overlay, and distribution to Cisco Show and Share. To deliver the recording as Draft to Cisco Show and Share do not select (default) Auto Approve/Publish in the Show and Share delivery profile.

2. In Cisco TCS perform the following configurations:

a. Cisco MXE 3500 media server configurations for applying bumper, trailers, watermark, and graphics overlay, and for publishing to different categories on Cisco Show and Share. The media server configuration defines the Cisco MXE 3500 profile space, job profile, destination FTP server configuration for uploading the recorded content, and API authentication.

b. Add a template based on the media server configuration you created in step a.

c. Associate the template you created in step b to a recording alias.


Note If the MXE 3500 media server configuration template is associated with a recording alias, the template is automatically applied when the recording alias starts a recording. If the MXE 3500 media server configuration template is not associated with the recording alias, the recording is not forwarded to Cisco MXE 3500 for transformation and then sharing on Cisco Show and Share. The end user has to edit the recording in Cisco TCS and manage the output by selecting the MXE 3500 media server configuration. Cisco TCS then forwards the recording to Cisco MXE for transcoding and to Cisco Show and Share for sharing.


Content Transformation and Sharing Workflow

1. The Cisco TCS performs the following automatically:

a. Uploads the recording to the Cisco MXE 3500 FTP server specified in the media server configuration.

b. Submits a job to the Cisco MXE 3500 using the configured job profile. The meta data is also submitted to Cisco MXE 3500.

2. The Cisco MXE 3500 processes the job and delivers the recording as draft to Cisco Show and Share.

3. User reviews the recording in Cisco Show and Share, adds tags, and publishes.

Review Recordings in Cisco TCS Before Publishing to Cisco Show and Share

This section provides an overview of the workflow that allows the end user to review the recording before publishing to Cisco Show and Share.

Configuration Workflow

Content Transformation and Sharing Workflow

Configuration Workflow

Complete the following configuration tasks to review the recording in Cisco TCS before publishing to Cisco Show and Share:

1. In Cisco MXE 3500 perform the following configurations:

a. Using the Cisco MXE 3500 Linux administration utility, enable Cisco TCS integration.

b. Using the Cisco MXE 3500 web UI, create a job profile for use by Cisco TCS. The job profile defines the desired encoding output, bumpers, trailers, watermark, graphics overlay, and distribution to Cisco Show and Share.


Note To automatically publish the recording to in Cisco Show and Share without review, select Auto Approve/Publish in the Show and Share delivery profile. To deliver the recording as Draft to Cisco Show and Share do not select (default) Auto Approve/Publish in the Show and Share delivery profile.


2. In Cisco TCS perform the following configurations:

a. Cisco MXE 3500 media server configurations for applying bumper, trailers, watermark, and graphics overlay, and for publishing to different categories on Cisco Show and Share. The media server configuration defines the Cisco MXE 3500 profile space, job profile, destination FTP server configuration for uploading the recorded content, and API authentication.

b. Do not associate an MXE 3500 media server configuration template to a recording alias.


Note If the MXE 3500 media server configuration template is associated with a recording alias, the template is automatically applied when the recording alias starts a recording. If the MXE 3500 media server configuration template is not associated with the recording alias, the recording is not forwarded to Cisco MXE 3500 for transformation and then sharing on Cisco Show and Share. The end user has to edit the recording in Cisco TCS and manage the output by selecting the MXE 3500 media server configuration. Cisco TCS then forwards the recording to Cisco MXE for transcoding and to Cisco Show and Share for sharing.


Content Transformation and Sharing Workflow

1. On the Cisco TCS, the end user does the following:

a. Edits the recording and adds the meta data. The meta data includes a name for the recording, speaker names, content description, keywords, and copyright information.

b. Manages outputs by selecting the Media Experience Engine 3500 media server configuration, and presentation option (only if the recording has dual video).

2. The Cisco TCS performs the following automatically:

a. Uploads the recording to the Cisco MXE 3500 FTP server specified in the media server configuration.

b. Submits a job to the Cisco MXE 3500 using the configured job profile. The meta data is also submitted to Cisco MXE 3500.

3. The Cisco MXE 3500 processes the job and publishes the recording to Cisco Show and Share.

Guidelines and Limitations

The following guidelines and limitations apply to Cisco MXE 3500 integration with Cisco TCS:

The preprocessor profile must have auto aspect ratio and percentage based watermarks enabled.

The Cisco MXE 3500 API authentication is enabled by default. You must disable API basic authentication in Cisco MXE 3500 to integrate with Cisco Show and Share. In this case, API basic authentication in Cisco MXE 3500 is also disabled for Cisco TCS.


Note Cisco MXE 3500 uses the mode that you configure upon save.
The Cisco MXE 3500 web UI and APIs will not be accessible for 1-2 minutes while the authentication mode change is applied.


To automatically share content on Cisco Show and Share, enable the sns worker in the Cisco MXE 3500 Host Administration page.

For the owner of the recording to display as the author on Cisco Show and Share, LDAP must be enabled on Cisco TCS and on Cisco Show and Share and linked to the same LDAP server.

In the following instances, superuser is displayed on Cisco Show and Share as the author:

recording alias is a system alias

recording alias is an LDAP group alias

recording alias is a local user account

Owners of a recording who are added to Cisco TCS from the TCS Groups and Users page, and who are not users on Cisco Show and Share, display as author not available. The recordings published by an invalid author are accessible only by the superuser.

Tags must be less than 45 characters in length. Cisco Show and Share truncates tags with more than 45 characters.

Configure the Cisco MXE 3500

In a clustered deployment, perform all configuration steps on the Resource Manager (RM) appliance.


Note The profile configurations described in this section are performed in the Default System profile space.


The following configuration tasks are detailed in this section:

Configure Cisco TCS Integration and tcsftp

Configure Preprocessor Profile

Create a Delivery Profile

Create Output Profile

Enable Cisco Show and Share Worker for the Host

Configure Job Profile

Configure Cisco TCS Integration and tcsftp

Follow these steps to configure the Cisco TCS in Cisco MXE 3500, and to configure the Cisco TCS FTP account:


Step 1 SSH to mxe_IP_address, where mxe_IP_address is the hostname or IP address for the Cisco MXE 3500.

Step 2 Log in as admin. The configuration menu appears.

Step 3 Select Configure Cisco TCS Integration, and select OK.

Figure 1 Configure Cisco TCS Integration

Step 4 In the Configure Cisco TCS Integration screen, select Enable Cisco TCS Integration.

Figure 2 Configure TCS FTP Account

Step 5 Enter a password for tcsftp in the Password field.

Step 6 Reenter the password in the Verify Password field.

Step 7 Select OK.


Configure Preprocessor Profile

Follow these steps to create a preprocessor file for Cisco TCS:


Step 1 From the Cisco MXE 3500 web UI Toolbox, expand Profile Management, and click New Profile. The New Profile pop-up displays.

Step 2 From the Profile Class drop-down, select Preprocessor.

Step 3 Enter the appropriate preprocessor settings, and click Save.

The Aspect Ratio Conversion must be set to Auto.

Optionally, select bumper, trailer, graphics overlay, and watermark. Watermark must be percentage based.


Create a Delivery Profile

Follow these steps to create a delivery profile:


Step 1 From the Cisco MXE 3500 web UI Toolbox, expand Profile Management, and click New Profile. The New Profile pop-up displays.

Step 2 From the Profile Class drop-down, select Distribution as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3 Creating a New Delivery Profile

Step 3 Highlight Delivery, and click the New Profile button. The New Delivery Profile page displays.

Step 4 Expand Delivery Formats, and select the following delivery formats:

Flash 8

H.264

Step 5 To deliver the encoded content to Cisco Show and Share for sharing, expand Show and Share Delivery.

a. Select Enabled.

b. In the API URL and Upload URL input boxes, replace [HOST] with the IP address or hostname of the Cisco Show and Share server.

c. Enter Username and Password. The username is superuser.

d. Click the Load Categories button. The default is None.

e. (Optional) Select Auto Approve/Publish.


Note Auto Approve/Publish automatically publishes the recording to Cisco Show and Share. Do not select if you want to review the recording in Cisco Show and Share before publishing for viewers to see.


f. (Optional) Enter Retry Attempts and Retry Frequency.

Step 6 Click Save.


Create Output Profile

Follow these steps to create a an output profile:


Step 1 From the Cisco MXE 3500 web UI Toolbox, expand Profile Management, and click New Profile. The New Profile pop-up displays.

Step 2 From the Profile Class drop-down, select Distribution as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4 Creating a Output Profile

Step 3 Highlight Output, and click the New Profile button. The New Output Profile page displays.

Figure 5 The New Output Profile Page

Step 4 Uncheck Flash 8 and H.264. This deletes the output after the recording is successfully published to Cisco Show and Share.

Step 5 Enter the appropriate output settings, and click Save.


Enable Cisco Show and Share Worker for the Host


Note This configuration is required to automate distribution to Cisco Show and Share.


Follow these steps to enable the Cisco Show and Share worker for the Host:


Step 1 From the Cisco MXE 3500 web UI go to the Host Administration page, select a Host.


Note In a clustered deployment, repeat these steps for each Host.


Step 2 In the lower pane, select sns Worker, and click Permit.


Note The list of workers displayed is controlled by your license level.


Step 3 At the top of the page, click Apply Configuration.


Configure Job Profile

Follow these steps to create a job profile for Cisco TCS:


Step 1 From the Cisco MXE 3500 web UI Toolbox, expand Profile Management, and click New Profile. The New Profile pop-up displays.

Step 2 From the Profile Class drop-down, select Job, and click the New Profile button. The New Job Profile page displays.

Step 3 Expand the Preprocessing section, and from the drop-down, select the preprocessor profile you created for Cisco TCS.

Step 4 Expand the Encoding section, and select one or more of the following default Cisco Show and Share encoders.

For Cisco Show and Share 5.2.3, select one of the following encoder profiles:

SNS_5.2.3_mezz_16X9

SNS_5.2.3_mezz_4X3

For Cisco Show and Share 5.3.0, select one of the following encoder profiles:

SNS_5.3.0_mezz_16X9

SNS_5.3.0_mezz_4X3


Note If Cisco Show and Share integration is not enabled in Cisco MXE 3500, choose one of the following encoders:

For Flash8 select one of the following encoder profiles:

SNS_16X9_FLV

SNS_4X3_FLV

For H.264 select one of the following encoder profiles.

SNS_16x9_h.264

SNS_4x3_h.264


Step 5 Expand the Distribution section.

a. From the Output drop down list, select the output profile you created.

b. From the Delivery list, select the delivery profile you created.

Step 6 Click Save.


Configure Cisco TCS

The following Cisco TCS configuration tasks are described here:

Configure Cisco MXE 3500 Media Server

Add Template

Configure Cisco MXE 3500 Media Server

Follow these steps to create a new media server configuration:


Step 1 Log into Cisco TCS, and click on the Management tab.

Step 2 Go to Recording setup > Media server configurations.

Step 3 Click on Add Media Experience Engine 3500 Server Configuration.

Step 4 Enter the following settings in the configuration fields:

A name for the Cisco MXE 3500 media server configuration.

The Cisco MXE 3500 IP address or hostname.

The User name as tcsftp, and Password configured in Configure Cisco TCS Integration and tcsftp.

Click on the Test FTP button to test the FTP connection.

(Optional) Enter the MXEAPI User name as mxeapi and Password.


Note Only required if API authentication in Cisco MXE 3500 is enabled. If Cisco Show and Share is integrated with Cisco MXE 3500, API authentication in Cisco MXE 3500 is disabled.


For Profile space, select System from the drop down menu.

For Profile, select the job profile you created from the drop down menu.

Step 5 Click Save.


Add Template

A Media Experience Engine 3500 Media server configuration template is associated to the recording alias to automate the delivery of the transformed recording to Cisco Show and Share.

To create a Media Experience Engine 3500 Media server configuration template, do the following:


Step 1 Go to Recording setup > Templates.

Step 2 Click Add template. The Add template page displays.

Step 3 Under Template, select Distributed to Media Experience Engine 3500, Show and Share, Podcast Producer, or iTunes U.

Step 4 Under Outputs for Distributed to Media Experience Engine 3500, Show and Share, Podcast Producer, or iTunes U, select the following:

a. A presentation option (only if recording has dual video). The default selected is Switching.

b. Select Media Experience Engine 3500.

c. Select the Media server configuration (for the Media Experience Engine 3500) from the drop down menu.

Step 5 Click Save.


Share Recording in Cisco Show and Share

This section contains the following information:

Automated Delivery to Cisco Show and Share

Edit Recording in Cisco TCS then Deliver Recording in Cisco Show and Share

Automated Delivery to Cisco Show and Share

If a Media Experience Engine 3500 Media server configuration template is associated to a recording alias on Cisco TCS, the transformed recording is automatically delivered to Cisco Show and Share.

If Auto Approve/Publish is selected in the Show and Share delivery profile, the recording is automatically published in Cisco Show and Share.

If Auto Approve/Publish is not selected in the Show and Share delivery profile, the recording is delivered to Cisco Show and Share as draft. The end user reviews the recording and publishes the recording for viewing.

Edit Recording in Cisco TCS then Deliver Recording in Cisco Show and Share

If a Media Experience Engine 3500 Media server configuration template is not associated to a recording alias in Cisco TCS, the end user Edits the recording to add meta data, then manages the output to deliver the recording to Cisco Show and Share.

The meta data includes a name for the recording, speaker names, content description, keywords, and copyright information. After editing and reviewing the recording, the end user manages the output by selecting the media server configuration.

The recording is automatically delivered to Cisco MXE 3500 for transformation, then to Cisco Show and Share for publishing. The meta data stays with the recording, and displayed when the recording is published to Cisco Show and Share.

The following steps describe how to edit and manage the output for a recording:


Step 1 Log into Cisco TCS, and click on the Management tab.

Step 2 Go to Recordings > Edit recordings.

Step 3 Click on Edit recording for the video recording to send to Cisco MXE 3500 for transformation.

Step 4 Enter the Recording information:

a. A Name for the video recording. This will appear as the subject in the overlay that Cisco MXE 3500 creates.

b. Description for the recording.

c. Speaker name. This will appear as the speaker name in the overlay that Cisco MXE 3500 creates.

The Name, Description, and Keywords entered display on Cisco Show and Share.

Step 5 Click Save.

Step 6 In the Edit Recordings page, click on Manage outputs for the recording.

a. Select Distributed to Media Experience Engine 3500, Show and Share, Podcast Producer or iTunes.

b. Expand Outputs for distribution to Media Experience Engine 3500, Show and Share, Podcast Producer or iTunes U.

Select Media Experience Engine 3500

Select the Media server configuration you created from the drop down list.

c. Click Save.

After the Cisco MXE 3500 transforms the recording, it is automatically delivered to Cisco Show and Share for sharing.


Note If Auto Approve/Publish is selected in the Show and Share delivery profile, the recording is automatically published in Cisco Show and Share.

If Auto Approve/Publish is not selected in the Show and Share delivery profile, the recording is delivered to Cisco Show and Share as draft. The end user reviews the recording and publishes the recording for viewing.


Verify the Integration

Cisco TCS now automatically submits transcoding jobs to the Cisco MXE 3500. Follow this procedure to verify the integration.

Procedure

Note: Depending on the queues it may take some time of the recordings to show up.


Step 1 Do the following in Cisco TCS:

a. Click the Manage outputs link next to your recorded video.

b. Select Distributed to media Experience Engine 3500....

c. Click Save.

d. Click on the Diagnostics > Transcoding queue

The video should be in the transcoding queue.


Note The transcoding queue is only visible to the admin.


Step 2 Do the following in Cisco MXE 3500:

a. In the Toolbox, expand Monitoring, and click on Job Status.

You job should be displayed here.

Step 3 Do the following in Cisco Show and Share:

a. Log in to Cisco Show and Share as the account configured in the Cisco MXE 3500 job profile.

b. Go to My Account > Uploaded Video.

Depending on the processing queues in Cisco TCS and Cisco MXE 3500, your tranformed recording displays here.


Related Documentation

Cisco MXE 3500:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps12130/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

Cisco TCS:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11347/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

Cisco Show and Share:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6682/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

Cisco MXE 3500 Integration with Cisco Show and Share:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6682/products_installation_and_configuration_guides_list.html

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