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Using a video endpoint to watch recordings

You can watch recordings stored on the IP VCR using an H.323 or SIP video endpoint. (Also see Using streaming to view recordings.) There are a number of ways to connect to the IP VCR; refer to the sections below for details of the options available to you:

Note that in the current release, HD recordings cannot be played back by an endpoint.

Watching recordings is an interactive experience. Playback can be paused, rewound and so on. Refer to the section below for an explanation of the playback controls available:

Connecting directly using a phone number

Your system administrator may have configured the IP VCR to allow you to use your video endpoint to watch a recording by dialing a particular phone number. Each recording will have a different number to call. Consult your system administrator for details.

If the recording is protected, you must enter a PIN before you can start playback (see Entering a PIN ).

Connecting via the auto attendant

The IP VCR features a sophisticated auto attendant menu system that allows you to see a list of which recordings are available, and select the one you want to watch with the aid of video previews for unprotected recordings. Refer to Using an auto attendant for full details on how to navigate the menu.

If you choose to watch a protected recording, you are prompted to enter a PIN before you can start playback (see Entering a PIN ).

Depending on how your system administrator has configured the IP VCR, you may be able to connect to the auto attendant by dialing a phone number, or by dialing the IP address of the IP VCR. Consult your system administrator for which options are available to you.

Being called by the IP VCR

As an alternative to calling the IP VCR from your video endpoint, you can instead use the web interface to initiate a call from the IP VCR to your endpoint. Refer to the section Calling out from the IP VCR for details.

Once connected, the playback experience is identical to if you had called the IP VCR using one of the methods described above. Similarly, you may be asked to enter a PIN before playback of protected recordings will start.

Entering a PIN

If you connect to a protected recording, you see the PIN entry screen, and will hear audio prompts playing.

Use your endpoint's numeric keypad to enter the PIN, followed by #. (Note that some endpoints require you to activate the keypad before dialing, for example by pressing the # key.)

Using playback controls from a video endpoint

It is possible to control the playback directly from your video endpoint while watching a stored recording using the Far-End Camera Controls (FECC). Refer to the sections below for details of the controls available, and for the meanings of on-screen status icons that can be displayed.

Basic control

To play and pause recordings:

  1. Change the camera control to “far”.
  2. Use the down control to pause playback.
  3. Use the up control to resume playback.
  4. When playback reaches the end of the recording, it will stop or automatically return to the start of the recording and continue playing, depending on how the IP VCR is configured.
  5. When you have finished watching the recording, simply hang up the call

Refer to the table below for assistance interpreting the icons that appear on-screen.

 

Icon Icon description
play

Playback is in progress. The icon will disappear after a few seconds.

pause

Playback is paused. The icon will remain on screen (blinking) while playback is paused.

stop

Playback finished. The icon will remain on screen.

Further control

To advance quickly though a recording (fast-forward):

  1. Change the camera control to “far”.
  2. Use the right control to engage fast forward mode. The video will rapidly advance, and the playback time will be shown in the corner of the screen.
  3. When you reach the point from which you want to resume playback, press either up to resume or down to pause playback as required.
  4. If the end of the recording is reached, fast forward will stop.
  5. Continue to watch the recording as normal, using playback controls as required.

To skip quickly backwards though a recording (fast rewind):

  1. Change the camera control to “far”.
  2. Use the left control to engage rewind mode. The video will rapidly rewind, skipping several seconds backwards at a time, and the playback time will be shown in the corner of the screen.
  3. When you reach the point from which you want to resume playback, press either up to resume or down to pause playback as required.
  4. If the start of the recording is reached, rewind will stop and playback will pause.
  5. Continue to watch the recording as normal, using playback controls as required.

Refer to the table below for assistance interpreting the icons that appear on-screen.

 

Icon Icon description
fast forward

Playback is in fast forward mode. The icon will blink while the recording is being fast forwarded.

rewind

Playback is in fast rewind mode. The icon blinks while the recording is rewound.

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