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AV and Multimedia Related Thread, Media Server for School in Technical; Originally Posted by daveyboy How old is old? we are using Intel D865GLC's Great boards those, have performed well for ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by daveyboy View Post
    How old is old? we are using Intel D865GLC's
    Great boards those, have performed well for all sorts of non essential servers. I'd still trust one now for something like FreeNAS

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    We setup windows media streaming services which streams wmv's from a file share to a video cms site (Absolute Video Channel clicky) which didnt cost much. You could use any other cms e.g. drupal.

    It has worked out great, currently serve 1170ish videos using minimal bandwidth and its available at home. And the streams can be embeded any where (media element) so its good for your VLE.

    There is a free version of expresion encoder, which makes batch conversion really easy.

    Hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY View Post
    Now thats a very costly way of doing things.
    It could be worse, we've just bought a clipbank. It cost about 7000, you can't even upload your own stuff to it.

    That did however include an 'engineer' to unbox it and set the IP address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    It could be worse, we've just bought a clipbank. It cost about 7000, you can't even upload your own stuff to it.

    That did however include an 'engineer' to unbox it and set the IP address.
    I want that job .. 7k to unbox and set an IP address .. lol ..

    Oh no, wait, I bet he was lucky to see 70 of that, including travel costs .. lol ..

    WOWSERS .. 7k is a bit TOO expensive for us sadly ..


    @all

    Thanks for all your helpful responses. It's been good to see how others do it and I'm going to look into the various options you have given. Apparently there are new functions in Windows 7 and Server 2008 that make media sharing a bit easier that one of my suppliers is letting me know about .. if (hopefully when) we get something in place, I'll feedback as to how I've done it .. but do keep posting your ideas in the meantime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    It could be worse, we've just bought a clipbank. It cost about 7000, you can't even upload your own stuff to it.

    That did however include an 'engineer' to unbox it and set the IP address.
    You're paying for the content there, not really the equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveyboy View Post
    How old is old? we are using Intel D865GLC's

    If you need any help, just shout........
    Old is Fujistu Siemens (which is a crap place to start in the first place .. lol) X101 with around 256mb of RAM .. which is all I have to play with for now ..

    We are about to buy a shed load of new machines to get the school back on it's rolling programme that had fallen by the wayside, so I'm planning on taking two of the FS P2510 and making them into something a bit more powerful (they each have either 1GB or 2GB in them at the moment, depending when I bought the memory .. lol) but to be honest, the media solution we're looking at, we'll probably get a new server to host it and I'll use the old machines for running reception displays etc ..

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    There's a PDF that skims briefly over all the legal licensing stuff here: http://www.cla.co.uk/data/pdfs/schoo...ools_jan10.pdf
    But recommend you contact each licensing body individually for full details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    It could be worse, we've just bought a clipbank. It cost about 7000, you can't even upload your own stuff to it.

    That did however include an 'engineer' to unbox it and set the IP address.
    EEEEEEKKKKKK!

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    Make it legal

    Not quite what you are asking for but a legal way to stream DVDs around the school:

    Clickview live:

    ClickView - the digital video solution for schools

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    Quote Originally Posted by australiana View Post
    Not quite what you are asking for but a legal way to stream DVDs around the school:

    Clickview live:

    ClickView - the digital video solution for schools
    That's just what we're looking for, only with the ability to browse more than a single DVD player stream, as in they want access to all the school DVDs. However, I'm beginning to think that the licensing might prevent most of this now. Might sit down with the SLT and put the various things to them, including licensing issues, and see what they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aptproductions View Post
    That's just what we're looking for, only with the ability to browse more than a single DVD player stream, as in they want access to all the school DVDs. However, I'm beginning to think that the licensing might prevent most of this now. Might sit down with the SLT and put the various things to them, including licensing issues, and see what they say.
    You could do this by storing them all as individual video files in the library, your requirements sound different though are you wanting to stream multiple DVDs like a TV station adding artificial time constraints for people to tune in to rather than an on demand system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    You could do this by storing them all as individual video files in the library, your requirements sound different though are you wanting to stream multiple DVDs like a TV station adding artificial time constraints for people to tune in to rather than an on demand system?
    It would be an on demand system that is sought after ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by aptproductions View Post
    It would be an on demand system that is sought after ..
    Then clickview should be fine, you encode all of the DVDs to video files and add them to the library at which point each client can start playing whichever video file/DVD they want to whenever on their computers. Many of the other solutions mentioned will do this too but can be much more complicated to implement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    You could do this by storing them all as individual video files in the library, your requirements sound different though are you wanting to stream multiple DVDs like a TV station adding artificial time constraints for people to tune in to rather than an on demand system?
    That wouldn't be legal if the dvds or videos were copyright/commercial though - ie. not covered by an ERA+ license.

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