Spectrum X – ISM



Course Description:

This instructor-led course provides an overview of Spectrum X workflows and hardware, and covers tasks related to configuring, operating, monitoring, and troubleshooting. The course also includes the Harmonic Template Authoring package. Students complete tasks using SystemManager, the Spectrum system’s administrative hub. Optional topics are included on an as-needed basis.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this training, students will be able to identify the Spectrum family of products and their hardware components, storage systems, and compatible video formats, use SystemManager for configuration, monitoring, and maintenance, set up the Templates and Tools package for a variety of different user needs, reboot, shutdown, and power on the system and its components, create and control players for recording and playback, and report problems to Technical Support.

Course Prerequisites:

Basic understanding of Video Disk Control Protocol (VDCP), ingest of video for playout and record, timelines and playlists, Samba, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), general networking, Adobe® Creative Suite®, Flash® Player, and graphic formats such as Small Web Format (.swf), Flash® Video (.flv), MPEG-4 (.mp4), Portable Network Graphic (.png), and Bitmap (.bmp).

Course Duration:

2 Days


Module 1 – Spectrum X Overview

  • Spectrum Family of Products
  • About Spectrum X
  • Workflows and Diagrams
  • Spectrum Branding

Module 2 – Hardware Overview

  • SystemManager Hardware
  • Spectrum X Hardware
  • Channel Modes
  • Connecting the Hardware

Module 3 – Block Diagrams

Module 4 – SystemManager Overview

  • SystemManager
  • Accessing SystemManager
  • Navigating SystemManager
  • Viewing Properties
  • Basic Configuration

Module 5 – SystemManager Properties

  • System Diagram
  • Spectrum Video Server Properties
  • Configuring Network Settings

Module 6 – Storage Concepts

  • RAID Support
  • Data Stripe
  • Fileypes.conf

Module 7 – File System Folders

  • File System Folders
  • Accessing the Spectrum File System
  • Configuring File System Folders

Module 8 – File Transfers

  • Supported Transfer Protocols
  • IP Performance

Module 9 – Player Configuration

  • About the Player
  • Creating and Managing Players

Module 10 – Wrappers and Formats

  • About Wrappers and Formats
  • Media Formats
  • Wrappers
  • VANC and VBI Storage

Module 11 – Spectrum X Configuration

  • Spectrum X Configuration Overview
  • Configuring a Channel
  • Configuring a Playout Channel

Module 12 – Templates and Tools Package

  • Templates and Tools Package
  • Setting Up Templates and Tools
  • Installing Spectrum Tools

Module 13 – Alarms and Messages

  • Alarms and Messages
  • System Status
  • System Alarms
  • Alarm Filters

Module 14 – Wink State

  • About Wink State
  • Setting Wink State

Module 15 – Reboot, Shutdown, and Power

  • About Reboot, Shutdown, and Power On
  • Performing a Reboot or Shutdown
  • Power On Sequence

Module 16 – Firmware Upgrades

  • About Firmware Upgrades
  • Downloading Software
  • Upgrading SystemManager
  • Upgrading Device Firmware
  • Upgrading Drive Firmware
  • Upgrading a License

Module 17 – File System Maintenance

  • About the File System
  • About File System Maintenance
  • About One-click Functions
  • One-click Functions
  • Manual Functions

Module 18 – Drive Maintenance

  • Failing and Unfailing Drives
  • Replacing a Failed Drive

Module 19 – Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting Scenarios
  • Contacting Support
  • Collecting Information
  • Remote Access

Optional Topics as Needed

  • Configuring Channel Mode
  • Configuring Independent Branding
  • Configuring Audio Profile Groups
  • Configuring GPIO
  • Configuring an Emergency Alert System
  • Configuring Subtitles and Captions


Location Price Part Number
Harmonic Facility $2500 per student TNG-SPX-ISM-2-PP
Harmonic Facility $6500 per group, max 8 students TNG-SPX-ISM-2-GROUP
Customer Site $8500 per site, max 8 students TNG-SPX-ISM-2-SITE
WEBEX Session $1500 per day, per group, max 12 students TNG-SPX-ISM-1-WEBEX


There are no sessions scheduled at this time.

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1st Floor
Issy les Moulineaux, 92130
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