Server Training Syllabus

Lesson 1 - Server Operation

Learning Outcomes  
Outline How to manage and operate a OpenBroadcaster server installation.
Skill Beginner
Prerequisites None
Time required 6 Hours
Description Manage and operate a OpenBroadcaster server installation.
Challenge Certificate upon passing grade of 80% of computer administered test.

Screen Elements and Menus

Concept of a HTML5 AJAX web application, loading in browser

Preview Window

Drop any media into Media Player to preview media content

Media Sidebar

Found on the right side of the screen. Includes: Media Player at the top. Drag media into this space to preview. Selection tabs for Media, Playlists and Programs

Short Cuts

TTS (Text To Speech) interactive Tutorial

Media

Entering info in search bar will give you artist or titles with corresponding words.

Expand Media Side Bar and Sort

Selecting <more at the bottom of the Media Sidebar will expand sidebar toreveal more detail in search results. Selecting the headings will sort alphabetically or numerically. Click again to reverse the selection.

Formats supported

Find by clicking on the admin link on the bottom navigation bar and selecting media settings. Audio formats supported: FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), MP3 (MPEG-1 Layer-3 Audio), MP4 (MPEG-4 Audio), OGG (Ogg Container Format), WAV (Waveform Audio). Video formats supported: AVI (Audio Video Interleave, container format), MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group), OGG (Ogg Container Format), WMV (Windows Media Video), MOV (Apple Quicktime). Image formats supported: JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group), PNG (Portable Network Graphics), SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)

Approved, Unapproved and Archived

Found to the left of the search bar. Selected if capitalized. Approved is media that has been approved for play by administrator or other authorized individual. Unapproved is media that awaiting approval by administrator. Archived media is media that is media awaiting deletion or media such as commercials or PSA’s that have been disabled by the AD Manager. Individuals can view and search their own media by selecting MY (media)

Upload and Bulk Edit Media

Select media from lower navigation bar then select upload media. Click to select files. Will ask where to upload files from. Select single or multiple files for upload. Upload starts automatically and will show progress of each file to 100%. Fill in media information and save. With multiple items of same artist or type, select copy to all to autofill information to all uploads.

Importing Metadata with ID3

OpenBroadcaster supports Media Items embedded with ID3 tags. Once uploaded, select ID3 button to fill in embedded information.

Media Details

The more details you can add to media when uploaded will give more details for searching. This becomes important as your media library grows.

Work with Media Library

Search Filters

Found under advanced. Select to display Advance Search box. Search selections are as follows: Artist, Title, Album, Year, Media Type, Category, Country, Language, Genre, Comments and Duration (in seconds). Each primary search parameter has a secondary selection to narrow the search. Select Add to create search criteria.

Public Private Media

Public media is any media that can be viewed by anyone using the system. You as an uploader can only view and edit your own private media. We suggest that any media that is approved for play be selected as public so all users of the system can use the common media library. Use the private setting only for media that is personal.

Playlist

Preview Playlists

Select Playlist tab from media sidebar to show all playlists. Use search bar to find specific playlists. Highlight selected playlist and right click to edit or show details.

Types of Play Lists

Standard: Basic playlist Advanced: Used for audio,video and pictures running simultaniously. LiveAssist: A playlist that adds multiple internal playlists to act as active buttons.

Public vs Private

Public playlists can be viewed by all users but only editable by creator. Private playlists are can only be viewed by the creator.

Play List Details

Create a new Playlist

In the Media Sidebar select playlists. At the bottom of the bar select New. Put your show name in the Name bar and a brief description in the Description bar. Select private or public in the Status bar. Private allows only the creator to see and edit the list, public allows anyone to see the playlist. Under Type select Standard, Advanced or LiveAssist. See Types of Play Lists for more detail. Clear to delete all media from the list, Save to save selections. Note: OpenBroadcaster does not autosave.

Modify and rearrange sample playlist

Search, select then drag and drop media into Drag Items Here box. Drag media up and down to arrange.

Dynamic Segments

These allow you to program a segment that changes with every play. Start by opening selected playlist then create a search criteria in Advance Search for media. When the search results display select the Add Dynamic Selection button. In the Dynamic Item Properties box create a name for your Dynamic Segment, the number of items to be played (or all) and if an image, the duration. Select Save. Drag and drop segment within the playlist.

Using station IDs

Media designated as station IDs once uploaded can be inserted into playlists in two ways. 1.Search for a specific ID and drag and drop into the playlist, or. 2.Create a dynamic segment of many station IDs select admin > player manager and expand, selecting your station.

  • Drag the selected ID from the media sidebar to Station IDs (drag media here).
  • Select Save. Back in the playlist you now select Add Station ID to create a dynamic segment that will change with every play.
  • Drag and drop segment within the playlist.

Schedule Media

Scheduling Media and Play Lists

Providing the user has permission select schedules > schedule shows and if needed select your station from dropdown on the top left. Your schedule is laid out 7 days across by 24 hours down starting the day at 00:00 local time.

Set Start and Stop times option

Drag and drop a playlist anywhere in the schedule and a dialogue box will open allowing you to schedule it. The box will show the name of the playlist followed by Timeslot - see Assign user to time slot below for detail on selecting other than Manual-, Scheduling Mode or the frequency of play within the schedule, Start Date of playlist, Start Time (Hours, Minutes and Seconds), Duration or the length of the program and Recurring Last Date or when in the future do you want to have this program stop being scheduled. If you get a conflict error message it is because the schedule you have chosen interferes with a previously scheduled program. Contact the admin or program director for details.

Scheduling Line In

Managing User Time Slots

Priority Scheduling

This feature is used if a message needs to be announced immediately and/or repeatedly during a specific time period. Providing the user has permission select schedules > priority broadcast. Drag and drop your media into Priority Broadcast page and fill in the dialogue box parameters. Name your priority broadcast, select in seconds, how often this priority will play, Fill in Start and Stop Date and__Time__.

Scheduling Media and Playlists

Drag media to schedule

Once set up users will only have to open schedules > schedule shows and drag their playlist into the schedule. At this point they will be prompted to confirm a select date for their show from a dropdown menu.

Assign user to time slot

Go to schedules > schedule permissions and select Add Permissions from the top left of the screen. You will be prompted to select a user from Permission For dropdown menu, Name the show, Scheduling Mode, Start and Stop times, Duration and End Date will be filled out similarly to above Set Start and Stop times option. If you get a conflict error message it is because the schedule you have chosen interferes with a previously scheduled program. Contact the admin or program director for details.

Log out with user and demo adding media with their permissions Admin

Lesson 2 - Advance Server

Learning Outcomes  
Outline How to manage and operate Advance OpenBroadcaster server.
Skill Advanced
Prerequisites None
Time required 6 Hours
Description Manage and operate a OpenBroadcaster Advance server.
Challenge Certificate upon passing grade of 80% of computer administered test.

Saved Search Filters

Advanced Search

Saved Searches

Default saved searched

Server Management

Add remove users

Users and Permissions Administration

MOTD (Message of the Day)

Module Management

Add/Delete Genres and Categories

Create a Permissions Matrix

Logging tool

Device management

Show media formats

Add/Customize Categories and Genres

Advanced Media

Extended Metadata

My PL and My Media

Provision Player on server

Setting up player and Authentication

DPL Default Play Lists

Station IDs attached to Player

Child and Parent Player

Connection Messages

Media Types

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