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Setup For Access Grid Toolkit 3.x

The first time you run the Access Grid software, the "*Venue Client*", you will have to perform some configurations to operate your video/audio devices. The following guide provides information on how to setup the Access Grid Toolkit 3.x for the first time.

Single-Node Configuration

The following sections are required if configuring a single-node Access Grid.

Setting up the Venue Client

This section of the guide details how to setup the Venue Client.

  1. The first time you run the AGTK 3.x software, the Venue Client, it will display the window below. Fill in the form and hit the Ok button (I have provided an example of the types of information that should be entered). Please note that the Home Venue address listed on the image below is the standard APAG Virtual Venue 3 Server . You may wish to insert a different home lobby depending on your geographical location.  A list of Global Public Venue Servers can be found at http://www.accessgrid.org/community



    Setting up the Service Manager

    We now need to start up the Service Manager and possibly install some of the following components: Video Producer; Video Consumer and Audio Services. We need the Video Producer Service to be able to inject video into the Access Grid. We need a Video Consumer Service to be able to look at other video feeds. The Audio Service is used to transmit and receive voice communication. You may need to add multiple instances of these services. For example, if you have 3 cameras you will need 3 Video Producer Services.

    This section of the guide details how to setup your Service Manager.

    Whilst in the Venue Client, click Tools and select Configure node services....

    Hopefully the Access Grid Node Management window has been opened. Do not close this window until the guide instructs you to.



    Hopefully a VideoConsumerService and an AudioService has already been started.

Muilt-Node Configuration

The following sections are required if configuring a multi-node Access Grid.

Setting up the Venue Client

This section of the guide details how to setup the Venue Client.

  1. On the display machine, the first time you run the Access Grid software (Venue Client), it will display the window below. Fill in the form and hit the Ok button (I have provided an example of the types of information that should be entered). Please note that the Home Venue address listed on the image below is for the Asia Pacific Access Grid lobby. You may wish to insert a different home lobby depending on your geographical location.


  2. One of the new aspects of the Access Grid toolkit 2.4, is that it automatically installs an anonymous certificate. If you wish to install an identity certificate, you can request a certificate, and install it at a later time.

Setting up the Service Manager

We now need to setup the Service Manager and its components the Video Producer, Video Consumer and Audio Services. We need the Video Producer Service to be able to inject video into the Access Grid. We need a Video Consumer Service to be able to look at other video feeds. The Audio Service is used to transmit and receive voice communication. You may need to add multiple instances of these services. For example if you have 3 cameras you will need 3 Video Producer Services.

This section of the guide details how to setup your Service Manager.

  1. Whilst in the Venue Client, click Tools and select Configure node services.

  2. Hopefully the Access Grid Node Management window has been opened. Do not close this window until the guide instructs you to.

  3. Hopefully, the machine you are running the VenueClient from (Which generally should be the display machine) should already have the VideoConsumerService and AudioService already running.

  4. Therefore, you will need to create a Service Manager for each machine you intend to utilize within the multi-node setup. This can be achieved by:

    • Within the Access Grid Node Management, click on the menu option Service Manager and select the option Add.

    • Within the Add Service Manager Dialog box, select the machine you wish to add by typing in Machines IP address or hostname.

Repeat the above 2 processes until all of the required hosts have been added. For example, you might have a host that does Video Capture and another host that does Audio. Therefore you would have 3 Service Managers configured, one for display, one for Audio and another for Video Capture.

Configuring Services

Video Consumer Service

This section of the guide details how to setup and configure a Video Consumer Service.

  1. Because you are running the Access Grid in Personal Node, a video consumer should already be added. However if this is not the case then click on the Appropriate Service Manager and click Service and then select Add. This will bring up the Add Service window. Select Video Consumer Service and hit Ok. This service will enable you to see other peoples video feeds.

Video Producer Service

This section of the guide details how to setup and configure a Video Producer Service.

  1. To be able to use your own camera you need to add a Video Producer Service. Do this within the Access Grid Node Management window. Select the Appropriate Service Manager, then click on Service and then select Add.

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  2. Now select Video Producer and click Ok.

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  3. This will bring up the Select Resource window. You will have to select a different resource for each of the capture devices.

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  4. You may need to configure your Video Producer/s. Most cameras in Australia use the PAL standard whereas in the United States most cameras use the NTSC standard, to the best of our knowledge. Check your cameras specifications to find out what standard your cameras use. To configure your Video Producer/s, select the Video Service/s, right click on them and select configure. The default standard is NTSC.

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  5. You can change the settings each video producer. If you want a particular video input to have more bandwidth, better frame rate or be of higher quality it can be changed here. The below image (top) should be similar to the default settings (if using PAL) for a standard video stream. If you wish to improve the image quality, it is recommended using settings similar to those on the below image (bottom). The use of these higher quality settings should be used if bandwidth isn't an issue and on video streams that you feel would gain benefits from producing better picture quality, such as the presenter camera.

  6. You may have to complete steps 2-5 multiple times, depending on how many inputs video producers you would like configured.

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    Please note that the above example shows how multiple video producers can be configured on a different computer within a multi-node Access Grid.

Audio Service

To be able to use audio in the Access Grid you will need to configure an Audio Service.

This section of the guide details how to setup and configure an Audio Service.

  1. If the service doesn't already exist, you need to add a Audio Service. Do this within the Access Grid Node Management window. Select the Appropriate Service Manager, then click on Service and then select Add. Then simply select Audio Service and click Ok.

  2. You can configure the Audio Service by right clicking on the Audio Service. In this window you can edit whether talk is on or off by default and allows you to set the default RAT settings.

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Saving Service Manager Settings

This section of the guide details how to save Service Manager Settings.

  1. Once the services have been setup you need to save the changes you have made. In the Access Grid Node Management window click File and the select Store Configuration.

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    This will bring up the store configuration window. Type in a name in which to save the configuration as, select Set as default and hit the "Ok" button to save.

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  2. This will save the changes we have made and since they are default, they will be loaded every time we use the Venue Client. More configurations can be stored here. You may have different configurations for different purposes (ie 4 inputs instead of 3). Now close the Access Grid Node Management window.

  3. Note: You may wish to save multiple configurations and using the "Tools->Configurations" menu option  within the Venue Client, you can easily switch between different saved configurations.

Final Configuration of the Venue Client

This section of the guide details the final configurations that need to be made to complete the Setting up of the Venue Client.

  1. In the main "Venue Client" window click on Tools -> Preferences and then select "My Node" and make sure Enable Audio, Enable Display and Enable Video are all selected. If not, select them.

  2. You can now hit the "Go" button to start using the Access Grid.

  3. Hopefully you will have video feeds of everybody in the lobby.

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