The Cisco® Digital Media Suite (DMS) is a comprehensive offering of webcasting and video sharing, digital signage, and business IP-based broadcast television (IPTV) applications that can help transform how organizations learn, grow, communicate, and collaborate. Support from the broad Cisco partner ecosystem of deployment, solution-development, and content-creation partners helps ensure a successful digital media implementation.
Cisco Digital Media Manager
Figure 1. Cisco Digital Media Manager
• Cisco Digital Media Encoders (DMEs): The studio-level Cisco Digital Media Encoder (DME) 2200 and the portable DME 1100 encoders provide live and on-demand streaming digital media across an IP network with a variety of encoding formats, inputs, and monitoring functions.
• Cisco Digital Media Player (DMP): The Cisco DMP is a highly reliable, IP-based hardware endpoint for video decoding and playback of digital media content across digital displays. Content includes high-definition, live broadcasts or on-demand video, Flash animations, text tickers, and other web content. This critical component of Cisco Digital Signs and Cisco Cast applications allows for the networking of digital displays and the broadcasting of live and on-demand media.
• Cisco Show and Share: Cisco Show and Share® is a webcasting and video sharing application that helps organizations create secure video communities to share ideas and expertise; optimize global video collaboration; and personalize the connections among customers, employees, and students with user-generated content.
• Cisco Show and Share Reports: This web-based reporting tool allows you to view real-time traffic reports of Cisco Show and Share content. Used by administrators and content authors, this tool is ordered with and integrated in Cisco Show and Share.
Features and Benefits
Managing and Publishing Digital Media
Management Modules for Cisco Digital Media Manager
• Cisco Digital Signs module: Manages digital signage content and a network of connected Cisco Digital Media Player endpoints
• Cisco Show and Share module: Configures and manages Cisco Show and Share for desktop viewing
• Cisco Live Event module: An add-on to the Cisco Show and Share module that provides live webcasting, slide graphics synchronization, management of viewer questions, and publishing of viewer polling questions during live events
• Cisco Cast module: Manages on-demand IPTV content for a network of connected Cisco Digital Media Player endpoints
• Cisco SNMP Notification module: Provides the ability for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)-based network management applications to access a variety of Cisco DMS configuration and status information, as well as accept various Cisco Digital Media Player status alert messages through the SNMP protocol
• Discover, configure, manage, categorize and group, and monitor Cisco Digital Media Players on the network
• Control playback of content and playlists on digital signage displays, including instant updates or scheduling of content frequency and duration (day-parting)
• Create and design screen layouts, divide screen real estate into regions, and populate content into these regions using a drag-and-drop web interface
• Create and manage playlists and configure on-screen Really Simple Syndication (RSS) or static text tickers
• Remotely control and manage digital display properties such as on/off, contrast, brightness, and volume
• Add and archive digital signage content and assign metadata to assets
• View reports for content scheduled for playback on digital signage displays
• Easily customize the Cisco Show and Share user interface by allowing you to define background images, logos, and text colors
• Define content storage and access locations for content published and viewed with Cisco Show and Share
• Provide user management and secure access services to Cisco Show and Share with optional login and authentication through a Microsoft Active Directory Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server or embedded DMM user database
• Import graphics derived from Microsoft PowerPoint files as a set of JPEG images
• Synchronize these graphic images with the video and audio streams produced during a live webcast event in combination with a Cisco Digital Media Encoder
• Save the combined, live event stream as a video-on-demand (VoD) session for post-event viewing
• Allow Cisco Show and Share viewers to submit text-based questions to the event producers and presenters during a live webcast event
• Publish polling questions and results to viewers at any time during a live webcast event
• Expand the use of your digital signage network to support IPTV through an on-screen program guide
• Enable the Cisco Digital Media Player units to become receivers of live and on-demand broadcast video content
• Provide additional functions to viewers through a remote control or Cisco IP Phone that can navigate and select the channel or VoD content that the user wants to view
Open, Scalable Architecture
• Conference-room management
• Line queuing
• Radio frequency identification (RFID) and smart signage
• Call centers
• Customized content management
• Touch-screen systems and kiosks
• Video analytics
• Point-of-sale systems
• Integration with other web-based portals such as Microsoft SharePoint and learning management systems
Integration with Microsoft Active Directory
Integration with Single Sign On via SAML Version 2.0 and Federation Services
• Media-aware: Capable of detecting and optimizing different media and application types (telepresence, video surveillance, desktop collaboration, streaming media) to deliver the best experience
• Endpoint-aware: Detects and configures media endpoints automatically
• Network-aware: Able to detect and respond to changes in device, connection, and service availability
Enterprise Medianet Enhancements
Autoconfiguration of Video Endpoints
• Automate network configuration using Cisco Auto Smartports with user-defined or built-in recommended configurations for a variety of devices.
• Simplify access switch quality-of-service (QoS) deployment.
• Automate physical location configuration and enabled device asset tracking.
• Automate device configuration and registration to simplify management, moves, adds, and changes of the equipment.
Simplifying the Configuration and Management of Medianet Endpoints
• Select the type of medianet to provision
• Automatically prepare the network for deployment
• Check to ensure the appropriate location attributes are configured for tracking and monitoring purposes
• Reduce the chance for errors and time required to set up an end-to-end video infrastructure
Table 1. Cisco Digital Media Manager Product Compatibility and Programming Interfaces
Table 2. Cisco Digital Media Manager Client Requirements
• Internet Explorer 7.0 or 8.0 recommended
• Firefox 3.6.x required
• Safari 2.0 minimum
• Safari 2.0 or Firefox 1.5 through 3.x recommended
Table 3. Cisco Digital Media Manager Ordering Information
Table 4. Software Upgrades and Add-Ons
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