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Tutorial: Delivering to Internet and Intranet Viewers with the DVEO Magnus Anytime Family of Products

This tutorial explores the workflow and application of the DVEO Magnus Anytime family of products, which combine high-density H.264 encoding and an integrated streaming server for multiple screen delivery both inside and outside your firewall.
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Sometimes you want to stream to internal viewers on your intranet; and sometimes to outside viewers on the Internet. And sometimes you want to stream to both.

If you produce for both intranet and internet viewing, you should know about the DVEO Magnus Anytime family of products, which combines the DVEO Magnus encoder and RealNetworks’ Helix server to enable multiple screen delivery both inside and outside your firewall.

All Magnus Anytime units incorporate dual, 8-core Xeon processors with 32GB of RAM, and run Linux. The base price is $20,595, to which you have to add the cost of your input cards. I tested a unit with 4 HD-SDI inputs (Figure 1, below).

Figure 1. A rackmountable 4-input Magnus Anytime solution.(To see a full-screen version of Figure 1, or any image in this article, simply click on the image.)

The DVEO Magnus Anytime User Interface

Let’s take a quick run through of the user interface so you can get a feel for the features and capabilities of this unit. You drive the encoder’s server from a browser on a computer with network access to the unit (Figure 2, below).

Figure 2. The browser-based user interface, showing the System Setup tab.

The tabs on top break the system’s operation into key functional areas. System Status monitors the system, the available inputs, and network and license information (Figure 3, below).

Figure 3. The System Status tab.

Stream Setup (Figure 4, below), is where you configure your encoded streams.

Figure 4. The Stream Setup tab.

Helix Setup is for the internal distribution server (Figure 5, below).

Figure 5. The Helix Setup tab.

Apps Setup is for the applications shown in the left-hand nav bar shown in Figure 6 (below), while System Setup controls the operations that appear in the same area in Figure 2.

Figure 6. The Apps Setup tab.