Controlling Your Video Stream/Streams¶
After you select a video stream(s) for display, a Media Player Bar opens along the bottom of the display frame. The Media Player Bar controls all the Video Stream(s) in your window simultaneously.
The player buttons allow you to rapidly scan through historical programs. From left to right, the buttons perform the following functions:
1Frame Rewind – rewinds one frame each time the button is pressed
X1/2 Half Speed Rewind – rewinds at half the normal frame rate
Fast Rewind – rewinds at twice the normal frame rate, or click again for 8x
Rewind – rewinds at the normal frame rate
Pause – stops playback
Play – moves forward at the normal frame rate
Fast Forward –moves forward at 2x the normal frame rate, click again for 8x
X1/2 –half speed forward playback
1Frame Forward –advances one frame each time button is pressed
LIVE: synchs up all the Video Streams in the Player Window with the most recent content. There are two visual ways to ensure you are viewing the most recent content: 1) The LIVE indicator on the player turns green when playing a live feed and is greyed out when playing a historical program and 2) by the Date/Time identification at the top of the player.
Note: The power of the Volicon Media Intelligence Platform is in its ability to support many sessions or users simultaneously without affecting other users. For example, what you do in the Player Window only affects your Player Window. It has no effect on other users. MIP is the only program of its kind that provides you with the complete freedom to perform your job functions when and as you need to perform them.
In the example below, both video streams were paused. Clicking on the LIVE button caused the MIP to simultaneously retrieve the current live content for both streams.
The master volume control, located in the lower right hand corner of the page, controls the volume whichever stream is active. Note that if you have multiple video streams open, you will only receive audio from one of the streams. Left clicking inside any open video stream enables audio for that stream and disables the others. The Channel name turns blue to indicate the active channel.
Controlling Individual Video Streams¶
You can control your Video Streams individually by clicking anywhere on the seek bar within the Video Stream itself.
The MIP Media Player Seek bar is unlike any seek bar you see in other streaming video applications. The MIP Media Player video feeds do not have a finite end to the video stream like other internet based video streams. Therefore, we cannot count down to the end of currently playing video. Instead the seek bar is used to select a duration time. Once selected the value is displayed in the Seek bar as a reminder.
Once you click the <Seek> bar, the video stream will instantly begin to stream video from that point in time. Time info is displayed at the top of the player. To return to the most recent content, simply click the live button and all open video streams will begin to stream live content again. Each open window can be individually controlled in the same manner.
Note that in this context “live” means “real time to the MIP.” MIP ingests live video, transcodes it, stores it, and streams it out to you as an end user. This process takes from 6-8 seconds. Thus, the “live” feed will be about 8 seconds behind real time.
Due to the time it takes MIP to ingest the video stream and the accuracy of your PC real time clock, the time displayed on the live video stream will lag the current time on your PC/laptop by several seconds. The size of the difference of these two displays is a combination of the time it takes MIP to ingest the video stream and how accurately and often your PC is synchronized to an NTP server.