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  Digital Video Commander
DVC player allows a teacher / user to design and deliver a digital lesson - they simply create it from home or the staffroom, save to their own personal folder and when they're ready to use it, they can simply stream it to the classroom from their laptop or interactive whiteboard.

DVC is a Content management and Distribution System which gives you access to over 4000 educational titles for free.

DVC really is 'so much more' than any other system available. DVC is also a ...

Camera Management System, Digital Signage System, Free to Air Foxtel / DSTV Recording System, Editing System, Content Package and Networked Control System.

DVC further differentiates itself by being able to legally play copyright protected content across your schools IT network. See below for further info...

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DVC will play copyrighted content.

DVC is more cost effective.

Content is for free, or at low cost individual purchase rather than renting large expensive libraries that may only be utilised to 10-20%.

DVC uses the latest in RTSP (real time streaming protocols) so is less bandwidth intensive.

DVC has built-in Electronic Program Guide (only available in Audtralia currently) so is very simple to record free to air TV along with a simple and fast video editor.

DVC will control Foxtel / DSTV boxes, further simplifying recording.


DVC is sold as a complete system, hardware and software and is installed by authorised and experienced technicians.

DVC can push serve as well as pull serve, meaning digital signage functions are available (School Message Board).

DVC has a built-in Control System allowing you to control equipment such as projectors and interactive whiteboards from the classroom or across the web.

No ongoing fees.

Content

Recent experience and market feedback has shown that schools no longer see the value of paying large amounts on a yearly basis to rent a big video library, where only 10% of that library may be utilised.

This is why DVC is now offering content from the following providers for free ABC, ABC2, Enhanced TV, BBC World, Channel Ten, Channel nine, Channel Seven, History Channel, Discovery Science, National Geographic and many more. Even Hollywood blockbusters and Classics are included (currently only available in Australia).

For new DVC purchases, the DVC server will come pre-loaded with content. From then on, DVC clients will be able to go on-line and download any new content that becomes available (for free!).

Digital Signage

DVC really does offer 'so much more' than any other digital delivery system available. As well as all the other features, DVC is a full and comprehensive Digital Signage System that allows you to send any content to any pc, laptop, interactive whiteboard, lcd tv etc. at any given point in time.

This is is known as digital signage, although schools may refer to this as a 'School Message Board.'

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Send any content to any lcd, pc, laptop or interactive whiteboard.

Turn the lcd display or TV on if a message is sent to it.

Emergency Evacuation - At a click of a single button, DVC will send the applicable emergency evacuation messages to all rooms and buildings.

Schedule content to be sent at a particular time / date.

Create Zones or send to Individual displays.

Save schedules, open and edit.

Turn display devices on / off automatically when content is sent (regardless of make or model).

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Digital Video - MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, ASF, ASX, H264, WMV.

Images - JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP

Audio - MP3, WMA, WAV

Documents - Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, HTML, Text, Scrolling Text.

Live - Camera's, Free to Air TV, Foxtel, DSTV, DVD, VCR.


More Information

The DVC system really does become a complete solution rather than simply addressing one need. DVC is a Digital Signage System, but becomes more because of the added technologies.

The added Control System (Commbox Control) ensures that if you send content to a particular display device, the system will know if that display is off and turn it on automatically. This is because of the built-in smart CommBox Technology. You are even able to schedule equipment such as lighting, air conditioners, lcd's etc. to turn off at any certain time.

Display Devices
 
DVC will allow you to send content to the following display devices:

•  PC
•  Laptop
•  Interactive Whiteboard
•  Plasma
•  LCD Display
•  Normal CRT Televisions (regardless of age)


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A pc or laptop will have DVC Player and Digital Signage software loaded. This will allow you to browse, search, view and play content on demand.

A plasma, lcd or TV will be connected to the pc network via a DVC set top box. These set top boxes are called Media Retrievers.

The media retriever is connected to the pc network (Ethernet) and will decode the signal to the plasma or lcd. The plasma or lcd is connected to the media retriever via a composite video, s-video or RGBHV (VGA).

If you have a pc or laptop in the classroom, then there is no need for a media retriever.

Administration

A pc is used to carry out Administrative DVC duties. These are functions such as:

•  Adding content
•  Renaming content
•  Exporting to thumb drive or DVD
•  Setting security to content
•  Adding users and groups
•  Recording free to air TV using the point and click Electronic Program •  Guide
•  Recording and controlling Foxtel / DSTV
•  Editing recorded shows
•  Digitising existing tape and DVD libraries
•  Transcoding content
•  Browsing and downloading extra content

We recommend the following basic specs for the administrative machine:

•  Operating System - Windows XP or Vista
•  CPU - Min of Duo Core 3GHz
•  RAM - Min 2Gb RAM
•  Network Port - Min 1000mbit


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The DVC player has been specifically designed to work seamlessly with interactive whiteboards.

An interactive whiteboard is essentially a large touch-screen. DVC provides a holistic approach to brining all the teaching / collaborating resources and content to the teacher / presenters fingertips.

Play Copyrighted Material

DVC is the only Digital Delivery System that can legally play copyright protected content.
You can have a rack of DVD's, VCR's and Foxtel / DSTV decoders mounted in the library (or anywhere in the building). These are plugged  into DVC. You place a disc in the DVD player and DVC will stream to one or more PC's or TV's. The user at the other end has full control of that DVD player (play, stop, channel up / down etc.) This control comes from the built-in Commbox Control Technology.

DVC has 5 built-in TV tuner cards. This means that you can watch live TV from any PC or TV. If more than 5 TV channels are wanted, add a capture expander to allow an additional 5. Add as many expanders as you want to build the appropriate system size.

Editing

What does a school normally need to do:

• Chop off beginning and end of recorded shows (top and tail)
• Chop out adverts
• Add the legal screenrights copyright notice

The problem so far with traditional editors is that they have been difficult to learn or to use.

DVC provides that basic functionality with a very basic point and click user interface. It does not do fancy transitions or fade effects, instead it performs necessary tasks only, very quickly and easily.

The second main difference of the DVC editor and others available is the speed at which it saves the file. The DVC editor does not need to render. Instead it uses the latest GOP chop technology. This greatly reduces time.

Room Control

DVC has the Commbox Control Technology built-in. This means that DVD players, VCR's, Foxtel / DSTV decoders etc. that are housed in a central location such as the library can be controlled from any PC or TV on site no matter how far away.

This also means that when using digital signage, screens and displays are automatically turned on when sending them a message or content. This is ideal in situations such as pubs, clubs, shopping centres etc.

DVC can control room equipment from a cental location and can perform automated events such as turn all equipment, lighting and airconditioners off at a certain time of night.

The DVC set top boxes contain the Commbox processor, which allows local control of rooms. Control room devices such as projectors / plasma's AV source equipment, switchers, video conference systems, airconditioners, lighting etc.

Camera Management 
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DVC allows you to connect digital camera's to your standard PC network (Ethernet, LAN etc.) Once connected, these camera's can be viewed through DVC on any PC, laptop, interactive whiteboard or even plasma or LCD TV's. 

Users will need to enter their access code to be able to view these camera's.

These camera's can even be controlled (pan, tilt, zoom) or recorded on the DVC system.

You can plug up to 256 digital camera's (IP camera's) into your standard PC network.

These camera's need to have standard video compression and standard 'network protocol'.

This is just one of the reasons why Universities are interested in DVC and infact is the very reason why Bond University QLD and Botswana University, just outside South Africa installed the system.

Universities use the camera's to view live for overspill rooms and record for lecture playback at a later date. Corporate users may use the camera's to record training sessions. Other uses are for security reasons.

Word Wide Web

DVC allows traditional displays devices such as projectors and televisions to become multimedia workstations. Using a media controller a television can transform into an internal portal, allowing teachers to access online content at the touch of a button.

Record Free to Air and Foxtel / DSTV

There is no system available worldwide that allows you to record free to air TV as easy as DVC.

DVC has built-in EPG (currently Australia only). An EPG is an Electronic Program Guide. DVC gives you up to 2 weeks information of what programs are on TV.

To record a program, you simply point and click with your mouse. The program will then be recorded onto DVC where someone can go to a PC or TV to replay.

When you click that TV program to record, all your 'Metadata' is already filled in automatically including the synopsis (description) of the program.

Metadata is information that is stored with a file, information such as Title, Duration, Synopsis or Description etc.

DVC allows you to capture from 5 TV channels at once (more with expanders).

DVC has perfect recording results. It does not 'drop frames' or reduce quality.

DSTV allows you to schedule recording from Foxtel / DSTV decoders. DVC will even control and switch channels on the Foxtel box for you. This means that you can record from multiple Foxtel channels overnight, over the weekend or even over the school holidays.

File Management

DVC... is a Content Management and Distribution System.

Content is video's, music, photo's, documents (Word, PowerPoint etc.)

Management means storing the content in folders, naming content and it's folders, adding information to content that makes it easier to search for content (metadata) etc.

DVC Server
The DVC Server is built upon server grade infrastructure to ensure reliable and robust operation.

•  All drives are Seagate ES series enterprise class drives designed for 24/7 use.
•  Drives are striped across a RAID5 array to ensure data redundancy in case of a single drive failure.
•  Bases on Linux architecture providing flexibility as well as reliability.
•  Security settings are automatically handled by the server.
•  Remote access possible for maintenance and upgrades via remote connection.


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