Spectrum Template Authoring with Tools Web-Based Simulations



Course Description:

This instructor led course includes everything needed to configure, create, and edit a variety of graphic templates supported by Spectrum X and ChannelPort environment.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course, students will learn how to use ClipTool and FXTool for previewing graphic templates, and PreviewTool for previewing program sequences. Students will also learn about customizing their Harmonic templates by including three-point animation and widgets, setting up a custom template in Adobe® Flash®, using image sequences to create a Flash Video or MPEG-4 File with Adobe Media Encoder or Adobe After Effects, creating single and dual digital video effects (DVE) templates with Adobe Flash, and template authoring performance guidelines and troubleshooting.

Course Prerequisites:

A basic understanding of ingest of video for playout, Samba, FTP, and general networking, the Spectrum file system and its structure, Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe Flash Professional, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe After Effects or Media Encoder, Flash player, and graphic formats such as Shockwave Flash Movie (.swf), Flash Video (.flv), MPEG-4 (.mp4), Portable Network Graphic (.png), and Bitmap (.bmp).

Course Duration:

6-10 Hours (includes three simulation modes)


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Lesson 1 – ClipTool

  • Install ClipTool
  • Launch ClipTool from a PC
  • Load Clips for Playback

Lesson 2 – FXTool

  • Determine Port Number for FXTool
  • Configure FXTool
  • Launch FXTool
  • Edit Mixer Controls
  • Configure the Color Generator
  • Load and Unload Templates
  • Move a Template to a New Layer
  • Replace a Template on a Layer
  • Clear Templates from the Staged Template Column
  • Preview Non-Animated Templates
  • Edit Template Text Fields
  • Preview Animated Templates
  • Preview Templates with Three-Point Animation

Lesson 3 – PreviewTool

  • Determine Port Number for PreviewTool
  • Configure PreviewTool
  • Configure PreviewTool Default Layer Settings
  • Launch PreviewTool
  • Open an Existing Sequence
  • Edit Template Text Fields
  • Create a Sequence


Lesson 4 – Image and Flash Templates

  • Create a Full Raster Image Template
  • Edit a Sample Harmonic Template

Lesson 5 – Customizing Flash Templates

  • Create Animation Frame Labels
  • Import the Harmonic Widget Library
  • Name a Widget Instance
  • Reconfigure a Harmonic Widget
  • Use the Text Scroll Widget
  • Set Up a Custom Template

Lesson 6 – Flash Video and MPEG-4 Files

  • Create a Flash Video File with Media Encoder
  • Create a Flash Video File with After Effects
  • Create a MPEG-4 File with Media Encoder
  • Create a MPEG-4 File with After Effects

Lesson 7 – DVE Authoring

  • Create a DVE Squeezeback Template
  • Create a Dual DVE Side-by-Side Template

Lesson 8 – Appendix

  • Modify the Clock Widget – 24-Hour Clock


Group Size Location Price
Individual Harmonic University Free for any customer with a Service Level Agreement (SLA) on file.

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Individual Training Days

Individual training days provide informal hands-on operational and technical training at any location — customer, partner or Harmonic. The class size is kept to a maximum of four students, with limited course materials and a flexible curriculum. Please contact your account manager to purchase training days.

Instructor-Led Training

Our instructor-led training takes place either via webinar or in a classroom environment, and either onsite at a customer location or at a Harmonic training center. Class size is limited to eight students and includes student training guides in electronic format and a set curriculum. Please see our class schedule for specific dates and times, and register online

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