Cisco TelePresence IP VCR Series

MPEG issues on the IP VCR

MPEG problems on the Cisco TelePresence IP VCR

The IP VCR allows you to export recordings in MPEG format for downloading and playing on a PC.

Problems uploading an MPEG file

The most likely cause of problems when uploading an MPEG file is that it does not conform to the VCD standard: the MPEG file must have a resolution no greater than 352 x 288 and be encoded as a System Stream.

Compatibility issues with Apple software

MPEGs downloaded from the IP VCR can lose audio or video when imported into some Apple video editing and DVD authoring applications. This is because Applications for Mac OS X that use Apple's QuickTime module - including but not limited to iMovie, iMovie HD, iDVD and DVD Studio Pro - cannot parse muxed MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files. (For more information on this refer to Apple's website). The IP VCR exports MPEG as muxed MPEG-1, which these applications are unable to handle properly.

To workaround this problem, you can use third party MPEG tools to convert the IP VCR's exported MPEGs to a different format. For example, FFmpegX is able to create files understood by the QuickTime module from IP VCR downloads. This application can be downloaded by entering the following url:

This article applies to the following products:

  • Cisco TelePresence IP VCR 2200 / MSE VCR blade

June 22nd, 2011TAA_KB_17