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Digital Video Commander


DVC Systems

Most people who have heard of Digital Video Commander (DVC) may consider it primarily as a digital content management and distribution system for video files. For those of you who haven’t heard of this type of system, the main benefit is that content is stored or captured in a central location, so that it can be shared quickly and easily throughout your school.

This means that five different classes can watch Romeo and Juliet simultaneously, without the need to visit the library to borrow and return a physical DVD.

Digital libraries can be easily grown by recording content from free-to-air or subscription television and DVC can even be set up to automatically scan for and record content that is relevant to you

However, while DVC performs exceptionally in video management, recording and distribution, it is important to note that the system really does so much more and it can be considered a technology backbone. Some of the things you might consider DVC for include:


Digital Signage

This is also known as a school message board and is becoming increasingly popular. Essentially, DVC allows you to send content such as class times, upcoming events, general messages, alerts and more to an existing desktop or laptop computer or through a LCD/Plasma that is attached to a DVC set top box.


General Content Management

As we have seen, DVC can store, record, edit and distribute video files. However, it can also store a wide range of other content including various audio formats, word documents, pictures, spreadsheets, power points, PDF files, flash files and text files. Each user gets a personal folder and this can be used to save favourite files or to create and prepare lessons. For example, a teacher might put a movie, study guide and a comparison video clip into their folder at lesson preparation stage; this is then instantly accessible and easy to find when it comes to presenting the lesson.


Room Control

DVC can control room equipment by utilising a DVC set top box. For example, a projector could be automatically turned off at a certain time or content can be sent to it at a specific time of day. This is fully customisable and you can send a variety of content and commands to a variety of equipment.


Camera Management

DVC will allow an authorised user to get access, through pin number security, to any network camera throughout the school and, if supported by the camera, it can even be controlled (pan, tilt, zoom) or footage recorded as needed which is fantastic for security reasons. DVC can also push server content, meaning if a school play or live address is required, this can be broadcast throughout the school.


Play and Manage Copyrighted Material

DVC allows you to play existing copyrighted material that you own. Because this content can be played over the network but is still stored in one central location, such as a library, it means the content can be kept secure, minimising the chance of it being lost or stolen. DVC also creates copyright notices at the beginning of all recorded videos and will automatically create a report, showing all the content that you have recorded from free to air or subscription television.


Food for thought

Whilst we are rapidly progressing towards an exciting new digital age, it is still worth considering non-digitised content such as tapes or DVDs as they can still be important resources. DVC still allows to utilise your previous resources and will even enable you to play a tape or DVD through your network with full control such as play, pause, rewind, fast forward and so forth.


Additionally, DVC is not focused solely on what it can do, but also how well it does it. Some of the key features of DVC are:

  • DVC has been built primarily with ease of use and maximum compatibility in mind
  • It uses the latest in streaming technologies (RTSP) which means that it is less bandwidth intensive and allows you to watch a video instantly from any point, without the need to drag the whole file or chapter across your network
  • It comes included with a simple and quick video editor so that you can trim videos and remove adverts. Videos can be saved at full quality and are automatically transcoded to the latest in video file formats (h264). This gives you full DVD quality video, at approximately 1/6th the normal DVD file size, leaving you with more space on your server for more content
  • All the content you store and record is yours to keep, forever
  • All the content that is provided is yours to keep, forever
  • There are no ongoing fees
  • It manages not only a multitude of video formats, but also word documents, pictures, spreadsheets, power points, PDF files, flash files and text files
  • All equipment is server-grade infrastructure to ensure reliable and robust operation
  • Security is top of mind and only users or groups who have been provided permissions can access specific features, as administered by you
  • The system constantly evolves to keep up with technology. If allowed by your school, upgrades occur automatically and are free indefinitely

 

If you would like to discuss DVC further, please contact the Videopro Education team on 1300 VIDEOPRO. We regularly hold demonstration sessions in Brisbane and this is the best way to experience DVC for yourself. If you would like to attend an information session, please e-mail us at [email protected]

You can also click here to download a comprehensive summary of DVC.

 

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