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Net-X-Code and Avid Interplay/MediaCentral Setup

Avid Media Composer 6Avid Interplay/MediaCentral provide a convenient method to share media and projects among a group of Media Composer stations or other Avid products.  Drastic's Net-X-Code Server supports direct communication with Avid Interplay/MediaCentral servers, include checkin, direct write and edit while capture (EWC) when using the Net-X-Convert module (file to file) or Net-X-SDI (SDI/IP to file).

Setting Up Net-X-Code for Interplay

Supported Platforms:  Windows 64 bit

(we may add support for macOS in the future, if there  is enough demand)

Interplay Requirements

  • Interplay/MediaCentral Server installed and configured
  • Interplay/MediaCentral Web Services installed and configured
    • If run on the main server, the ports must be changed from 80/443 to 81/444
    • This change must be reflected in the config below (IPWS_Notify_EndPoint)
    • The Firewall on the server must be configured to allow the server on these ports
  • Shared database on separate drive
  • Currently, the "project" folder must exist on Interplay
  • Shared storage setup, usually via UNC path
    • The Interplay/MediaCentral server must be able to access the storage
    • The Net-X-SDI/Net-X-Code instance must be able to access the storage
    • Any Media Composer stations must be able to access the storage
    • The storage must be fast enough for the format being captured
  • Time of day on all systems must match, use Network Time Protocol (NTP)

Net-X-Code Requirements

Net-X-Code supports both converting directly into Interplay/MediaCentral from any supported file format as well as recording directly into Interplay/MediaCentral with support for Edit While Capture (EWC).  This requires selecting the Drastic AMT writer, and configuring the settings to match your Interplay/MediaCentral environment.

 NetXCode AMT3 DDRSetup1

The setup variables are:

EWC_Enable - Enabled edit while record

IPWS_Notify_Enable - Notify an Interplay/MediaCentral server (otherwise just write the MXF/AAF locally)

IPWS_Notify_EndPoint - The Name/IP and port of the Web service for Interplay

IPWS_Notify_Interval - How often to send the notifications in milliseconds (default:  5000)

IPWS_Notify_URI - (interplay://AvidWorkgroup/)  Where the interplace database web notification exists.  It will always starts with your interplay:// followed by the workgroup you want to use (e.g.  interplay://AvidWorkgroup/).  To this, the default project string below, or the project set from the Web UI, will specify where the file is to be added.  Please note, this project must exist, or the add will fail.

  • interplay://   this is the URL and must start the string
  • AvidWorkgroup/   this has to be an existing workgroup on the server

IPWS_DefaultProject - (Projects/Drastic)  Where to place the new clips in the database.  We automatically include the IPWS_Notify_URI and this setting specifies the project and bin strings.  The project specified here must exist on the interplay before recording starts.  The format is

  • Projects/   this is the name of the projects folder on the server, it is made by default
  • <project>   the string following the projects folder is the user project name.  It must exist on the server.

So the final example URL that gets used would be the combination of IPWS_Notify_URI and IPWS_DefaultProject

interplay://AvidWorkgroup/Projects/Drastic

IPWS_Notify_User - User name to access Interplay

IPWS_Notify_Pass - Password to access Interplay

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