Tips, tricks, FAQs and technical information for Drastic hardware and software products

Setting up Google Cloud (OAuth 2.0) Access for Drastic software

Drastic software supports direct access to cloud resources using http, http2, ftp and other file sharing methods.  For cloud providers like Google, an authentication system is also required to access the stored files.  All of Drastic's version 6 or greater software supports authenticating via OAuth 2.0 across an https transport. This is most useful for Net-X-Code's partial file restore system, but can also be used from videoQC, MediaNXS or MediaReactor.  Accessing these resources requires a second level of setup, beyond the basic software setup, and this article provides an overview on that process.

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4kScope AJA Shared Mode

4kScope supports a special mode when running with AJA video boards.  It can be set up to run with products like Adobe Premiere, Avid MediaComposer, Assimilate Scratch, Autodesk Flame, Digital Vision NuCoda, Grass Valley Edius and most other software that can output through an AJA board.  This mode is available on Windows, macOS/OS-X and Linux.  This article explains how it works and how it can be set up.

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Using IP Video Streaming Sources

Drastic software supports a number of IP video standards in videoQC, Net-X-Code and other products.  To access these streams, a URL style string is used to describe them.  For some sources, like RTSP, this string is fairly standard.  For others, like NDI, a URL style has been developed to allow those streams to be specified.  Currently, udp://, rtp://, rtsp://, ndi://, s2022:// and s2110:// are supported.  This document describes the URLs' format in more detail.

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Controlling videoQC

videoQC can be called by external applications with command line parameters, keyboard/mouse, cut/paste and via a full REST/HTML command set.  If there is already an instance of the application running, the parameters will be transferred to the running instance, and the called one will exit.  This is especially useful where the workflow requires the system to display particular aspects of a clip in an automated fashion.

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OpenMXF support

Drastic software supports the OpenMXF specification extension to the SMPTE MXF specification (SMPTE 377M). This is a self contained, OP1a MXF file with video, closed captions, metadata and up to 16 channels of 24 bit audio. The advantage of OpenMXF is that while the file is still recording (open) you can read it in many popular servers and editing applications.

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Setting up Amazon S3 AWS Access for Drastic software

rastic software supports direct access to cloud resources using http, http2, ftp and other file sharing methods.  For cloud providers like Amazon, an authentication system is also required to access the stored files.  All of Drastic's version 6 or greater software supports authenticating directly with Amazon via AWSAccessKeyId/SecretKey through an https transport. This is most useful for Net-X-Code's partial file restore system, but can also be used from videoQC, MediaNXS or MediaReactor.  Accessing these resources requires a second level of setup, beyond the basic software setup, and this article provides an overview on that process.

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videoQC, 4kScope and macOS/OS-X High Sierra

Apple's High Sierra operating system has changed the validation system, especially for applications downloaded from the internet. This has caused some systems to go into a 'validation loop' that stops our videoQC and 4kScope software from running, as the Apple validation never completes.  We are working on fixing this, but in the meantime, there is a way to stop the validation so our software can run.

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