Spectrum X – Shared Storage Mode (SSM) with Tools Web-Based Simulations



Course Description:

This eLearning knowledge base provides three different interactive simulation modes on how to setup and configure your Spectrum X SSM environment.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of the lessons, the students will learn about the Spectrum X hardware, Spectrum X configuration within SystemManager, the Harmonic Templates and Tools package, how to install, configure and operate the FXTool and PreviewTool software tools, and how to use the Harmonic Template Authoring package for setup and configuration in the Adobe Flash ™® environment.

Course Prerequisites:

Knowledge of the Spectrum environment and SystemManager, along with basic understanding of ingest of video for playout, timelines and playlists, Samba, FTP, general networking, Adobe Flash Professional, Adobe Creative Suite, Flash player, and graphic formats such as .swf, .flv, .mp4, .png, and .bmp (bitmap).

Course Duration:

6-8 Hours (includes three simulation modes)


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Lesson 1 – SystemManager Overview

  • Launch SystemManager
  • View Spectrum Server Properties
  • View I/O Module Properties

Lesson 2 – File System Folders

  • Locate IP Addresses
  • Locate Access Control Settings
  • Access the File System from a Client
  • Access the File System from SystemManager
  • Map the File System to a Windows Network Drive
  • Define a Non-Standard Graphics Folder Name

Lesson 3 – SystemManager Configuration

  • Configure a Channel
  • Configure a Playout Channel for Preview

Lesson 4 – Templates and Tools Package

  • Download the Software
  • Extract the Templates and Tools Package
  • Extract the Template Authoring Package
  • Uninstall a Spectrum Tool
  • Install a Spectrum Tool

Lesson 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – Appendix

  • Enable Enhanced Channel Mode
  • Configure Independent Branding
  • Create, Map, Export, Delete and Import an Audio Profile Group
  • Configure GPI Triggers
  • Map GPI Triggers to Player
  • Map GPI Triggers to Graphics and/or EAS
  • Map GPI Triggers to Polaris Play: Playlist


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