Polaris Play: Ingest



Course Description:

Polaris Play is a complete channel-in-a-box (CIAB) automation system that includes a suite of license-keyed applications for automating the essential elements of a broadcast workflow. Content capture from baseband sources is controlled via the Polaris Play: Ingest client, an easy-to-use application that offers comprehensive ingest, clip preparation and management capabilities. In this instructor-led course, students learn about installation, licensing, and configuration of Polaris Play: Ingest, as well as ingest, clip preparation, playout, and clip storage management functionality, and a variety of troubleshooting tasks. Optional topics are included on an as-needed basis.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this training, students will be able to record content by scheduling a record event or using the crash record feature, record content from tapes while simultaneously controlling the source VTR via serial protocol, create a playout schedule, review clips, specify in and out points, and create sub-clips, and rename, move, copy, and delete content.

Course Prerequisites:

Knowledge of the Spectrum environment and SystemManager, including creating and configuring players. A basic understanding of automation, ingest of video for playout, playlists, timelines, clip management, and file formats.

Course Duration:

4 hours-1 Day


Module 1: Ingest overview

  • About Polaris Play: Ingest
  • Ingest functionality
  • Clip Preparation functionality
  • Playout functionality
  • Clip Management functionality
  • Polaris Play workflow

Module 2: Installation and Licensing

  • Installing and Launching Ingest
  • Licensing Ingest

Module 3: Software Configuration

  • About Configuration
  • Media Server Configuration
  • Player Configuration
  • Customizing the User Interface
  • Configuration and Log Files

Module 4: Recording

  • Recording Clips Overview
  • Crash Record
  • Scheduled Ingest
  • VTR Ingest

Module 5: Clip Preparation

  • Preparing Clips
  • Managing Clips

Module 6: Playout

  • About Playout
  • Managing Events
  • Managing Playlists

Module 7: Clip Storage Management

  • Clip Management
  • Viewing Clips
  • Managing the Storage of Clips
  • Managing Clip Folders

Module 8: Troubleshooting

  • Ingest.exe Error Messages and Logs
  • Fault Handling
  • Contacting Support
  • Remote Access

Optional Topics as Needed

  • Integrating Polaris Live: Route
  • Integrating BXF
  • Enabling/Disabling Clip Deletion
  • Enabling Password Protection
  • Customizing Metadata


Type Location Duration Number of Students Price Part Number
Classroom Harmonic Facility 1 day Individual $1,500 per student TNG-PRODRIVE-PP
Classroom Harmonic Facility 1 day Group, maximum of 8 students $3,000 per group TNG-PRODRIVE-GROUP
Classroom Onsite 1 day Group, maximum of 8 students $3,500 per group TNG-PRODRIVE-SITE
Webinar Online 4 hours Group, maximum of 12 students $1,500 per group TNG-PRODRIVE-WEBINAR


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Issy les Moulineaux, 92130
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