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AV and Multimedia Related Thread, Media Server for School in Technical; Howdo I've been asked to look into possible media server solutions for our school. Basically, it's like this, we have ...
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    Media Server for School

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    I've been asked to look into possible media server solutions for our school.

    Basically, it's like this, we have many DVDs in the school, but tracking them all down can be a nightmare, so the SMT want to have in place a media server where all the DVDs will be stored, either as images to load or as ripped movies (depending on the needs per disk).

    We need to be able to stream the information that is store through to any given computer in a school and it needs to be a relatively easy to use system so that the staff will take it on board and actually make use of it.

    The school backbone is a 10/100 network system (slowly upgrading to 10/100/1000) so whatever the solution is, it needs to cope with that.

    There are around 50 Desktops and around 20 laptops for curriculum use, plus staff laptops, but these are used more for planning.

    We have 2 existing servers, but would be looking to purchase a new server to run the media solution.

    What I'm basically wanting to know is:
    a) does anyone already run something like this and if so, what?
    b) does anyone know of any open source solutions as that would do such a thing?
    c) do any supporters wish to make contact to discuss this further and put a quote together? (PM me if you do).

    Cheers guys (and gals)

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    Just to check even teachers saying they can get round copyright you cant really rips dvd's you'd be treading water

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    if youre going to rip em why not just shove on a nas box / server share?

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    ClickView - the digital video solution for schools

    Thats what we use.. even works over wireeless

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    Technically, completely doable, and easy enough to do with an install of FFMPEG, PHP and Apache on a webserver.

    From a legal/licensing standpoint, not in the slightest. ERA & ERA+ licenses would be required, but this would only permit you to record / transcode stuff from very specific sources (eg: Recorded transmissions from UK sources - BBC network, ITV, C4 network, C5). It would not license you to transcode media from DVDs from any other organisations. For that you'd have to go to the rightsholders of each individual DVD etc and seek their permission. There is no blanket license that allows you to do as you will with any/all media owned by the school.

    eg: a PVS license covers you for showing cinematic release movies within school for non-commercial purposes, but does NOT cover transcoding from it's original source. Smaller independant UK producers are covered under the MPLC license, but again, this only covers the showing thereof, not transcoding into another form.

    As far as I can tell with ClickView solutions, you're covered for the use of their Video Libraries, and any provided by their subscription service, both of which are additional cost on top of the ClickView solution itself... but you still need your own licenses to cover any of your own media that you transfer on to it.
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    our old NAS box was ripped out due to copyright infringement (DVD rips) so if you wish to stay within the realms of legality I'd just avoid this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irsprint84 View Post
    Just to check even teachers saying they can get round copyright you cant really rips dvd's you'd be treading water
    Oh I realise, I should of said "legal issues aside as I'm looking into what we can and can't put on a server" but thanks for pointing it out ..

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    I've just clarified, it is educational releases they are wanting on it (I wasn't even considering the latest Disney releases or anything) .. I'm looking into the license situation and seeing what we have already, what we would need .. thanks for responses so far ..

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    ClickView seconded.

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    We also use Clickview, it does cost per year but is realitivly light weight and comes with a whole bunch of content and access to their online portal clickview exchange where people upload lots of captured educational videos and programs for other users to download. You can also easily add your own content to the library.

    The client application is small and distributable via MSI and allows you to have not only the videos but to attach any learning material you want to it as well like PDFs or docs of activities etc. The library content comes with this. You can also save videos to the 'school bag' which will download the required files to the documents folder for offline viewing in the case of a laptop. As it streams the content chapter by chapter is is not too heavy on the network and despite the pricetag seems like a good solution in our case at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    ClickView - the digital video solution for schools

    Thats what we use.. even works over wireeless
    Now thats a very costly way of doing things.

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    Old ex workstations (more then 5 years old) with 2x 1tb sata drives, P4, 2 gig RAM, ubuntu server, samba shares, and Daemon Tools. Works a treat........

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveyboy View Post
    Old ex workstations (more then 5 years old) with 2x 1tb sata drives, P4, 2 gig RAM, ubuntu server, samba shares, and Daemon Tools. Works a treat........
    Pretty much what I'm looking at at the moment, but with only REALLY old machines spare at the moment, it's not the best .. lol ..

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    How old is old? we are using Intel D865GLC's

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