The TelVue DVD Import utility is an integrated hot folder that allows DVD VIDEO_TS folders to be drag-and-dropped across the network to the HyperCaster. The utility automatically ingests all titles on the DVD as MPEG-2 Program Streams and adds them to the application’s content library.
Note: This utility supports only the VIDEO_TS format.
These instructions are for Windows- and Mac-based systems, but are readily adapted for use with Linux and other operating systems with drag-and-drop capability.
Note: This utility only requires the VIDEO_TS folder. If you have access to the VIDEO_TS folder, you do not need to burn a DVD.
- If you did not map a drive for your uploads, see the Quickstart Guide or the Support portal for instructions.
- Insert the DVD into your computer’s DVD drive.
- Click on the mapped drive set up for your uploads (typically vol1 or upload). A window pops up showing the folder containing the DVD_Import folder.
- To name your MPEG file, open the DVD_Import folder and create a subfolder with the name you want your MPEG file to have, such as “World War II Extras.” Acceptable characters in the MPEG filename are:
- Upper- and lower-case letters
- Underscore (_), space ( ), parentheses [( )], pound sign (#), and period (.)
- Open a new window and show the contents of the DVD drive. Find the VIDEO_TS folder. (If you have access to the VIDEO_TS folder without a DVD, open a new window and find the VIDEO_TS folder.)
- Drag the VIDEO_TS folder to your DVD_Import folder or the subfolder you created.
- To copy into the DVD_Import folder: Drag the VIDEO_TS folder onto the DVD_Import folder. The MPEG file will be automatically named with a timestamp.
- To copy into the subfolder you created: Drag the VIDEO_TS folder onto the subfolder you created. The MPEG file will have the name of the subfolder, such as World_War_II_Extras.mpg. The download could take 3 – 10 minutes depending on the size of the DVD file and the network speed.
- Refresh the Content screen on the Digital Broadcaster user interface and watch for the file. When the MPEG file has been successfully created and imported, the DVD_Import folder will be empty and an icon with the subfolder name or the timestamp will appear in the Content tab. Otherwise, a Status.txt file in the subfolder or the DVD_Import folder will tell you what went wrong with the conversion and import.
A multi-title DVD has more than one title on it, not multiple chapters. Rather than import them one at a time, DVD Import can import them as a group of multiple titles or as a single, merged title. The files’ titles will all be based on the subfolder name, so they will be easier to find on the Content list.
Importing Multiple MPEG Files
To import each title as a separate MPEG file, follow the DVD Import procedure above. The name you give the subfolder will begin all the titles on the MPEG files. For example, if the DVD contains 30 PSAs, you could name the subfolder PSA. When you drag and drop the VIDEO_TS folder into the named subfolder, the DVD Import utility uses the subfolder name at the beginning of each MPEG title. Continuing the example, the MPEG files would be named PSA_title1.mpg, PSA_title2.mpg . . . PSA_title30.mpg.
Merging into a Single MPEG File
You can merge several titles from one DVD into a single MPEG file. For example, you might have recorded the first part of a meeting, stopped recording during the break, and resumed recording when the meeting reconvened. The DVD will have a title for each segment of the meeting. The DVD import process gives you the option of merging them into one MPEG file. Follow the DVD Import procedure above, but, when you create the subfolder, end the name with a + (plus). Continuing the example, you might name the subfolder Town_Council_Meeting+. When you drag and drop the VIDEO_TS folder into the named subfolder, DVD Import sequentially appends each DVD title into one MPEG file. In the example, the imported MPEG file would be named Town_Council_Meeting.mpg.
For playback and scheduling in the HyperCaster, you will need to enable transmux for the Program file to be converted to Transport. Note throughout the process the underlying video and audio elementary streams are not changed in any way. So this does not introduce any quality/generation loss. This also means that if you need a specific Video Bitrate (such as specifically constant rate CableLabs 3.75Mbps) or Audio Codec (such as AC-3), the original DVD would have to be encoded that way. If the DVD is not encoded to match a specific compressed domain need, you should transcode the DVD using an external transcoding package, or TelVue Connect before importing. Generally if you are playing from a HyperCaster to a ProVue decoder, whether external or internal, the imported and transmuxed DVDs should play as is.