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    Media Server

    Hi,
    I've been asked to research the price of a media server with the following features:
    1. Allow access to media from anywhere on the network with a link to active directory so that we can set necessary permissions.
    2. Allow the "Tagging" of photos
    3. Live Record from at least 2 sources such as freeview/sky but preferably have the ability to record from any input
    4. It must have some sort of remote access, preferably through our VLE

    I've done a bit of research but haven't really come across anything decent, does anyone have any recommendations? Also, does anyone that has already set one up on a network have any advice that would be useful to know??

    Thanks in advance,
    Kieran.

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    1. Allow access to media from anywhere on the network with a link to active directory so that we can set necessary permissions.
    Buy and install a member server which can be a File Server only.

    2. Allow the "Tagging" of photos
    Just name them accordingly?

    3. Live Record from at least 2 sources such as freeview/sky but preferably have the ability to record from any input
    I recently bought an MVision HD-300 Combo which has Digital Terrestrial (Freeview) and Digital Satellite (Freesat) inputs. Installing a USB hard drive allows you to record content. You can optionally install KMPlayer and play back on a PC.

    4. It must have some sort of remote access, preferably through our VLE
    Within school you could create special network drives where users can host/upload content. Due to the size of some media, uploading to a VLE would not be appropriate. A VPN with Remote Desktop type solution would be more appropriate.

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    Hi Clickview is our media server its really good have a look and the 24/7 server is also very good, it also embeds into a vle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lobinski View Post
    1. Allow access to media from anywhere on the network with a link to active directory so that we can set necessary permissions.
    2. Allow the "Tagging" of photos
    4. It must have some sort of remote access, preferably through our VLE
    I'm writing one at the moment. Basically, it's an Ubuntu machine joined to our domain with Likewise Open and a Python script that runs over the image store directories to do de-duplication at the file system level. Folder and file names are treated as tags and used to create a web-based search engine type interface. It just handles image files at the moment, I'm not quite sure what to do with video.

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    Clickview

    As ITGEEK indicated clickview with clickview 24-7 fulfils all the criteria you specified.

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    I didn't realise ClickView could handle digital images too?

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    Images in Clickview

    Yes, it does. While it is not mentioned on its home page it is discussed here:

    ClickView - the digital video solution for schools

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    Quote Originally Posted by australiana View Post
    Yes, it does. While it is not mentioned on its home page it is discussed here:

    ClickView - the digital video solution for schools
    I never knew that. Thanks!

    We looked were considering ClickView a while back. It's just a challenge putting all our DVDs on it as you have to capture them one by one. A bit of a drag.

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    Smile Dealing with the 'transfer problem'

    Hi,
    I assume that the DVDs are programs captured from free to air (commercial DVDs can't be transferred due to copyright). A way around the transfer hassle, which we use, is to download from the Clickview Exchange. There are thousands of free to air programs there, many of which have all the extraneous stuff (ads etc), already edited out, and downloading is pretty quick and straightforward.

    ClickView Exchange - exchange.clickview.co.uk

    If some of your DVDs are movies then you can find 'legal' versions (ie free to air versions) on the Exchange as well. If you can't find what you want there then you can ask other schools to upload what you are seeking here:

    Clickview UK forum • Index page

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    If you want to play DVDs over the network there is this from Clickview:

    ClickView - the digital video solution for schools

    I haven't seen it in operation yet but we are going to trial it next year.

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    Spare computer + big hard disk + Imtoo dvd ripper = media server.

    Cost about 150 quid I think.

    We stream all of ours from sharepoint media services.

    Works great.

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