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Connect 9.1.x on-premise server – “Send Invitations” checked by default

When creating a new meeting you are asked if you want to send out meeting invitations by email.

In Connect 9.1.x the option to send invitations is selected by default.

If you do not wish to send out invitations for your meetings you have to select “Do not send invitations” every time you create a new meeting.

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You can change this behavior to make  “Do not send invitations” the default when creating a new meeting.

To do so, edit the notify.xsl file which is located in \Connect\9.1.1\appserv\apps\meeting\  ( but please remember to take a backup copy of the file).

1. Open the notify.xsl in an xml-friendly editor such as notepad++

2. Find this section:

<table cellpadding=”0″ cellspacing=”0″>
<xsl:call-template name=”input”>
<xsl:with-param name=”title”   select=”‘send-invitations’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”name”    select=”‘date-scheduled’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”type”    select=”‘radio’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”value”   select=”/results/common/date”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”checked” select=”true()”/>
</xsl:call-template>

<xsl:call-template name=”input”>
<xsl:with-param name=”title”   select=”‘no-invitations’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”name”    select=”‘date-scheduled’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”type”    select=”‘radio’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”value”   select=”‘ignore’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”checked” select=”false()”/>
</xsl:call-template>
</table>

3. Change “false” to “true” and “true” to “false” to swap the selection.

It should now look like this:

<table cellpadding=”0″ cellspacing=”0″>
<xsl:call-template name=”input”>
<xsl:with-param name=”title”   select=”‘send-invitations’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”name”    select=”‘date-scheduled’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”type”    select=”‘radio’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”value”   select=”/results/common/date”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”checked” select=”false()”/>
</xsl:call-template>

<xsl:call-template name=”input”>
<xsl:with-param name=”title”   select=”‘no-invitations’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”name”    select=”‘date-scheduled’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”type”    select=”‘radio’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”value”   select=”‘ignore’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”checked” select=”true()”/>
</xsl:call-template>
</table>

 

4. Save the file and restart the services.

5. Check your changes by creating a new meeting. If you encounter any issues, restore the original file.

 

 

Specifications for MP4 Conversion for Connect Recordings

Here are the specifications for the MP4 conversion; they are similar to our FLV specifications albeit with better compression:

  • Resolution: 1024X768
  • Frames Per Second: 8 FPS
  • Video Bitrate: 1024kbps
  • Audio:
    • Codec – AAC (Advanced Audio Codec)
    • Profile – Main@3.1
    • Bit Rate – ~55Kbps (VBR)
    • Channels – 1 (Mono)
    • Sampling rate – 44.1Khz

Be Aware of the Closed Captioning Pod Defaults

Last week we found out that Caption Colorado changed their IP address and port number for the Closed Captioning pod downloadable from the Connect Exchange Website. Here is the direct link to the Connect version 9 Closed Captioning Pod

The new Caption Colorado information includes:

If you are experiencing any trouble with the Closed Captioning pod while using it in a Connect Meeting with Caption Colorado, please set your host to “captionedtext.com” and to port 11100 in the adobe pod. Note that the new IP, 54.193.31.11, depending on your infrastructure’s network security settings, may need to be white-listed.

For an updated user’s guide referencing the Closed Caption Pod, see this PDF: http://platinum.adobeconnect.com/cc/

 

 

Arkadin Audio Profile Conference Numbers

For Arkadin customers who integrate Arkadin audio profiles into Adobe Connect Meeting rooms, they need to be very careful in what numbers they are inputting into the profile fields when they are creating the telephony profiles.  Also, if these profiles are being provisioned automatically by an application utilizing the API, developers need to make sure the values they are passing in via the web services are also correct.

Arkadin has 3 phone numbers that are required when building an audio profile (UI pictured below).

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  1. Toll Access Number‘ (in the API this is: ‘x-tel-arkadin-conference-number‘)
  2. Toll Free Access Number‘ (in the API this is ‘x-tel-arkadin-conference-number-free‘)
  3. SIP Access Number‘ (in the API this is ‘x-tel-arkadin-conference-number-uvline‘)

It is crucial that you do NOT inadvertently put the Toll number (a non ’1-8xx’ number) in for the Toll Free value and vice versa.  If you put a toll number in for the toll free number, the audio profile will save correctly, HOWEVER the UV line (Universal Voice) will not be able to connect to your meeting room when you try to start the audio (for Audio Broadcast and for Meeting Recording with Arkadin).  Universal Voice can only call out to a toll FREE number.  So if you are seeing your Arkadin audio conference not connecting correctly in the Adobe Connect Meeting room, please make sure to check your Arkadin profile that is assigned to the meeting, to make sure the toll free number is actually a toll free number, and the toll number is also correct.  The SIP access number should be set to the toll FREE number as well.

 

Estimating the Size of Archive Meeting Recordings

I was recently asked if I had any test data showing how big a recording becomes based on the use case during the Connect Meeting being recorded. While plenty of anecdotal information exists,  I thought it prudent to begin a list of use cases and show what the size was after five minutes of each use case. This article will be a work in progress as I add different use cases in order to offer various concrete examples to use as a basis to estimate recording size based on what is being recorded, whether multiple Video pod camera feeds or screen-sharing or VoIP, etc. Among its purposes, this exercise will help meeting hosts to avoid exceeding the 2GB limit on Adobe hosted clusters for recording size.

Most relevant among the variables considered is the notion that recording size is affected by the streams present in the meeting being recorded. Typically a Video pod with VoIP (640X480) shared per hour will result in an FLV of around 200MB. Sharing a screen in a meeting (1680X1050) will result in an FLV size of around 150 MB. PPT/PPTX files uploaded to a meeting room and displayed while recording will not play a significant part in recording size because the recordings link to external content rather than contain that content intrinsically. For example,  a meeting with two Video pod streams could have recording size of around 400MB and a meeting having a single Video pod stream with VoIP and screen-sharing could end up around 350MB. The actual results may differ as the screen resolution of the publisher, the type of sharing and the amount of movement are all variables that can affect recording size: If there is little movement on screen or in the Video pod stream, the recording size will be less than it would be with a lot of movement.

Here are some concrete examples to use for planning; each recording is approximately five minutes in length:

A meeting with a single video feed for the Presenter to display and scroll through an uploaded PowerPoint file while using integrated telephony:Title: Recording Size Test_0
Type: Recording
Duration: 00:05:31
Disk usage: 8335.3 KB

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A recording of a meeting with six video feeds and an uploaded PowerPoint file
Title: Planning Troubleshooting and Support Meeting Room _15
Type: Recording
Duration: 00:05:48
Disk usage: 13873.8 KB

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A recording of a meeting with four video feeds and screen sharing an application with normal activity
Title: Planning Troubleshooting and Support Meeting Room _16
Type: Recording
Duration: 00:05:56
Disk usage: 21660.8 KB

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More examples to follow.

Where is my Engagement Dashboard?

At some point you may want to use the Engagement Dashboard to track your users’ attentiveness in an Adobe Connect Meeting room, but wonder where oh where it may be…  You glance up at your Pods menu (as a host) and see it is not listed.  You may wonder why.  Well, here’s why…

If you want to use the Engagement Dashboard, one of the following scenarios has to be true:

  • You are a Seminar Host and created a Seminar Room.  Seminar Rooms have the Engagement Dashboard in the Presenter Only Area.
  • You are an Event Manager and created an Event that points to a meeting, seminar room, or virtual classroom, in the Event Management area of Adobe Connect.  If you point an Event to any meeting, virtual classroom, or seminar room, it will have the Engagement Dashboard in the Presenter Only Area.
  • You are a Training Manager AND Meeting Host and you create a Virtual Classroom (you must be both to even create a VC in the first place), it will have the Engagement Dashboard in the Presenter Only Area.
  • You are an Meeting Host AND Event Manager and you create a Meeting (just being a Meeting Host will NOT give you access to the Engagement Dashboard).  Only then will the Meeting have an Engagement Dashboard in the Presenter Only Area.

Situation where you will have a room open and you won’t have the Engagement Dashboard as a Pod option:

  • You are a Meeting Host but NOT an Event Manager as well.  You will not see the Engagement Dashboard in the available pods and it will not be in the Presenter Only Area.

Additional Resources around the Engagement Dashboard…

http://blogs.adobe.com/adobeconnect/2012/06/sneak-peek-the-engagement-dashboard.html

https://www.connectusers.com/tutorials/2013/06/rules_of_engagement/index.php

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How to completely delete content from a Meeting room

To completely delete content from any meeting room there are at least two places and possibly a third place in Connect from which you must delete it.

The first place is the most obvious and it is in the Meeting room itself under the Pods menu and Manage Pods option:

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The second place is in the Uploaded Content directory under the Meeting Information. To get there from a Meeting room, a host and owner can click Manage Meeting Information under the Meeting tab:

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Then go to the Uploaded Content tab:

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The third possible place is the Content Library. If you uploaded or published to the Content Library and pointed the share pod to it, you will need to go to the Content Library to delete it. If you uploaded directly to the Meeting room then you may skip this step:

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Aspect Ratio 16:9 for video pod does not apply on MAC computers

Description:- When you select 16:9 aspect ratio it displays a 4:3 ratio in a window with empty space on MAC computers however A true 16:9 aspect ratio will fill out that whole empty space, which works fine on windows machines.

Reason Being : It was a bug according to which, on Mac computers it is a Limitation that cameras cannot support wide screen (16:9) Aspect Ratio. This was basically more of a flash player limitation which at present, is set as by design.

 

Editing Connect On-premise Email Send Source Options

Adobe Connect hosted customers have long enjoyed the option of having their Connect account administrative email sent out to users on behalf of a specified email source rather than the system email parameter configured during installation of the Connect server.  In order to exploit this option for on-premise Connect deployments, you first need to apply the following SQL update statement.  This will  add a row into the pps_account_features table:

insert into PPS_ACCOUNT_FEATURES
(ACCOUNT_ID, FEATURE_ID, DATE_BEGIN, DATE_END)
values (7, 71, ’2014-02-20 00:00:00.000′,’3000-01-01 00:00:00.000′)

After adding this row, check the system email settings with the SQL statement below to make sure it is correctly configured:

select * from PPS_CONFIG
where name like ‘%email%

The results of the query above should correspond with the settings prescribed on local port 8510 on the Connect server settings page in the Connect server configuration wizard.

SECTION              NAME    VALUE   COMMON_NAME
hosted   validation-emaillist                         NULL
main      config-bcc-email              NULL     NULL
main      config-support-email      admin@connectaccount.com         NULL
main      config-system-email        admin@connectaccount.com        NULL

After making the prescribed database changes, they will either take effect immediately after you cycle the Adobe Connect and Flash Media services or after 10 minutes. You do not need to cycle the services unless the change must be immediate.

With the above settings in place, if you create a user in Connect with the email address  joe@connectaccount.com and then you add  Joe to the Meeting Hosts group, the admin designated in the system-email parameter on the server settings page will send email on Joe’s behalf.

To prove this, simply log in, as Joe, create a meeting and add the user with email admin@connectaccount.com (or anyone you chose) as a meeting participant and send that person a meeting invitation. It should read: admin@connectaccount.com; on behalf of; joe@connectaccount.com:

The meeting invitation will look something like this:

From: admin@connectaccount.com [mailto:admin@connectaccount.com] On Behalf Of Joe
Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2014 5:30 PM
To: WhoeverIChoose@wherever.com; WhoeverIChoose
Subject: Adobe Connect – Meeting Invitation to “My most excellent meeting”
When: February 23, 2014 5:30 PM-6:30 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Where: http://meeting.connectaccount.com/meeting/

Please join me in an Adobe Connect Meeting.

Meeting Name:  The Only Meeting <snip>

Note: This will not affect password reset email messages.

How long does it take to publish Connect recordings as MP4s?

An MP4 recording will be published and posted within 24 hours of invoking the conversion.

  • the actual amount of time it takes to convert a recording depends on many factors including:
  • the length of recording
  • the queue of recordings to be published on the publishing servers
  • the queue of recordings within Connect prior to transfer to the publishing servers (they are submitted in parallel to the conversion servers)
  • the time it takes to download the converted MP4s from the conversion servers back to Connect
  • and variables commensurate with asynchronous processing

Note also that if for any reason the conversion to MP4 should fail,  we will retry multiple times depending on the cause of the failure. Retries will extend the processing time required before the recording is available. The two most significant variables are the length of the recording and how many recordings are ahead in the queue.