Editing a Probe

The Probe <Edit> icon opens page with four options: Probe, Streamer, NTPService and License.

Figure: Edit Probe

Figure: Edit Probe

Edit Probe - Probe Section

The Probe section is divided into three subsections: General, License Information and Probe information.

General - Configurable Probe Fields

This subsection allows you to rename the Probe, assign it to a different Group and specify the LAN and WAN IP addresses of the Probe Server. Use the Probe Group pulldown to assign the Probe to a different group. If you want to assign the Probe to a new group you must first create an empty Group using the Dashboard.

The Probe name was created by Volicon, a division of Verizon Digital Media Services, support when the Probe was initially created and cannot be changed by the customer. To change the Probe name seen by users edit the <Display name> entry.

Figure: Configurable Probe Fields

Figure: Configurable Probe Fields

Probe Status Information

This is a read only Probe status display.

Figure: Probe Information Display

Figure: Probe Information Display

High Level License Info

The bottommost section is also read only and displays licensing information.

Figure: High Level License Information

Figure: High Level License Information

Edit Probe – Streamer Section

The Steamer section allows you to change the IP port values used to stream video. These should normally be left in their default settings.

Figure: Streamer Ports

Figure: Streamer Ports

Edit Probe – NTPService Section

Accurate time is critical for successful MIP operation. Many aspects of MIP require millisecond timing accuracy. This section allows you to change which network time protocol (NTP) time server MIP uses and how often it is polled. MIP defaults to the Microsoft NTP server defined in Windows.

  1. If you run an internal corporate time server, change the configuration to point to it.

  2. Another option is to use a NTP server pool. This has the advantage of redundancy, in which you can select geographically nearby servers to minimize transit time latency. The NTP Pool Project is popular and can be found at http://www.pool.ntp.org/en/.

  3. A third option is to use the Windows operating system as preconfigured, pointing to the public Microsoft NTP server: time.windows.com.

Poll interval: This setting is only active if the SpecialInterval flag is set.

Set Polling interval value to an integer and units from the <Interval> Collection. Volicon recommends setting the Polling Interval to 3600 seconds.

Figure: NTP Time Service

Figure: NTP Time Service

NTP Server

By default MIP uses the MS NTP server. To change simply enter the URL of the desired NTP server. If desired, add additional servers for redundancy. If the active server throws an error or does not respond, MIP will automatically switch to the next server on the list.

NTP Flags

Table: NTP Flags


Normally W32Time (Windows Time service) will poll the remote NTP server on a floating interval based on the quality of the time samples being returned. Setting the SpecialInterval flag changes this behavior to a fixed static interval. Use the Polling Interval section to select the desired interval.


Setting this flag tells the time service to try the other time servers before using this one.



Once the server and flags are selected use the <Add Server> button to add the new NTP server. To delete a server use the <Delete> button.

Edit Probe - License Section

This section displays each licensable feature and, where applicable, how many instances are allowed. Each feature consists of three entries: Allowed Configured and Running.

  • Allowed indicates the maximum quantity authorized by the license. In instances where the feature is selectable to be either enabled or disabled, its corresponding value will be displayed as YES or NO.

  • Configured indicates how many instances are currently configured.

  • Running is a real time display of the status of each feature.

Table: License Details


Dolby AC3 audio channels

Automatic Format Detection

Active Format Description (AFD)

Closed Caption Indexing

Closed Captioning monitoring


Specifies how many encoder detectors (Video/Audio/Metadata) are allowed to run


How many encoders can be configured with DolbyE

Extra Audio Streams

Number of additional audio streams that can be configured in addition to main audio

Full Res Channels

# Native uncompressed channels – counts to total limit

HD Channels

# of HD channels – counts toward Total Channel Limit

Interactive Services

Scripting module for Interactive Services

Long Term Storage

LTS option not subject to automatic purge

Loudness Measurement

Monitor audio to insure it complies with FCC guidelines


Nielsen Audio Video Encoder logging

OTT channels

# of over the top channels – counts toward total limit

TS channels

# of transport streams – counts toward total limit

Total Channels

Absolute # of monitoring channels