As part of Videon's addition of Mulitple Bitrate (MBR) support to our EdgeCaster product line, we also redesigned our Web User Interface (from this point on: UI) to better suit a single-device management, vertically-oriented layout. For EdgeCaster, this allows easier configuration and management of multiple Video Profiles as well as eliminating the need for pop-up windows as were present in the V1 UI. For VersaStreamer, this offers a cleaner, less cluttered approach to managing the settings on a single device. In addition, having a vertically-oriented layout now allows the V2 UI to be more mobile friendly, making configuration from a smartphone or tablet easier.
For instructions on setting up an MBR stream using HTTP Push, follow this guide.
The V2 UI is currently only available by installing the MBR Beta software provided directly by Videon. If you are interested in using the V2 UI, please contact us by submitting a request.
Connecting to the V2 UI
Connecting to the V2 UI works exactly the same as connecting to the V1 UI. The only change is that a new version of the Videon Discovery Application will need to be downloaded. The Discovery App Download page has been updated with the new version of the Discovery App (2.0).
A vast majority of the differences between the V1 and V2 UI are present in Encoder Control. Rather than being a list of Videon devices on the network and their statuses, Encoder Control now consists of just the encoder and output settings of the currently selected device. These settings include:
- Select a Device
- AV Input
- Video Profiles
- MBR Group
- Audio Profiles
Select a Device
Since the V2 UI is now single-device management, the device to be configured can be selected from the dropdown in the top left of the window labelled "Select a Device"
Similar to the control in the V1 UI, there is a separate control to select what input should be used for the incoming video and audio feeds. Unlike the V1 UI, the video and audio inputs are now separately selectable.
This is also where the input resolution is reported.
On EdgeCaster, to add a Video Profile, click "+ Add Profile". To delete a Video Profile, click the 'x' to the right of the profile name when hovering over the profile. Any number of Video Profiles can be created, but only a total of 4Kp30 can be active at once. The various resolutions can be configured with the Video Scaling option.
Below are some example combinations:
- 2x 1080p60
- OR 1x 1080p60, 2x 720p60, 1x 360p60
- OR 1x 1080p60, 1x720p60, 2x 480p60, 2x 360p60
On VersaStreamer 4K, a Video Profile will already be created (and cannot be deleted) as VersaStreamer 4K does not support multiple bitrate.
In the configuration menu for each Video Profile, the available settings are almost entirely the same as on the V1 UI. The only addition is the last setting of MBR Group Member.
MBR Group Member
MBR Group Member being OFF means the selected Video Profile is a standalone profile, not synchronized with other profiles.
MBR Group being ON means the selected Video Profile will be synchronized with every other Video Profile with MBR Group Member turned ON and Limit to 30 FPS, Keyframe Interval, and Quality/Latency will be controlled in the MBR Group Settings.
To add an MBR Group, much like a Video Profile, click "+ Add MBR Group". There can only be one MBR group at a time. This MBR group will be the centralized way of making sure multiple Video Profiles are synchronized (mainly in the case of streaming multiple qualities of content that need to be aligned).
Once created, the settings for the MBR group can be configured by clicking on Group Settings, which will replace "+ Add MBR Group".
In Group settings, Limit to 30 FPS, Keyframe Interval, and Quality/Latency are configurable. Changes here will be made to all Video Profiles with MBR Group Member turn ON.
On EdgeCaster, to add an Audio Profile, click "+ Add Profile". To delete an Audio Profile, click the 'x' to the right of the profile name when hovering over the profile. Any number of Audio Profiles can be created, but only one can be active at a time.
On VersaStreamer 4K, a Video Profile will already be created (and cannot be deleted) as VersaStreamer 4K does not support creating multiple Audio Profiles.
The current version of the V2 web interface is currently in Beta. As such, the only two outputs supported are HTTP Push and HTTP Pull. The following outputs will be added in the next major release of V2:
- RTMP 1, 2, and 3
HTTP Push & Pull
HTTP outputs are almost entirely the same as in the V1 UI. The only additions are the dropdowns for Video Source and Audio Source.
The options in both dropdowns are the respective Video Profiles and Audio Profiles that have been created.
HTTP Outputs will be unique in that they can select the whole MBR Group as the Video Source. This is what enabled Multiple Bitrate Streaming. When the MBR group is selected as the Video Source, the HTTP output will stream each Video Profile as its own individual quality in the same HTTP Stream.
Multiple Bitrate Streaming allows playback clients (video players on computers, phones, tablets, and other stream viewing devices) to automatically switch to the right resolution for the viewer based on their screen size and network limits.
Device Settings is entirely the same as V1. See this guide for information on Device Settings.
The Advance menu is entirely the same as V1. See this guide for information on Advanced.