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System Requirements

MainConceptⓇ 2GO simplifies the installation, integration and deployment of features for encoding, transcoding, streaming and conversion. Each 2GO product is optimized for a single specific use case thus makes usage as easy as download, install and run.

Tightly integrated in the Docker container system, MainConcept 2GO products only require the installation of Docker on your host system. Many cloud platform providers already offer images of ready to run Docker containers, i.e. are ready to deploy MainConcept 2GO.

Make sure Docker is installed on the system you want to run MainConcept 2GO on. Follow the instructions in the Installation section how to install the required container system.

The host system to run MainConcept 2GO can be your local computer or a virtual machine (VM). The latter can also be deployed on cloud platforms. Depending on where you plan to install 2GO, please refer to “MainConcept 2GO on your server” or “MainConcept 2GO in the cloud”.

MainConcept 2GO on your server

You can run MainConcept 2GO products on your local computer or servers. The following host systems are known to work with Docker.

Host OS Supported
Windows 7 Yes, by using Docker Toolbox (i.e. through VirtualBox)
Windows 8 Yes, by using Docker Toolbox (i.e. through VirtualBox)
Windows 10 Yes, using Hyper-V or Docker Toolbox
Windows Server 2016 Yes, with Docker CE only
macOS Yes
Ubuntu Linux Yes
Debian Linux Yes
CentOS Linux Yes
Fedora Linux Yes

Please note that on Windows you must configure Docker for Linux Containers, so you should use the CE (Community Edition) rather than EE (Enterprise Edition) version of Docker. Docker CE requires a full GUI to install, so for this reason, Windows Server 2016 users must have the full ‘desktop experience’ installed. The lighter-weight versions of Windows Server 2016 cannot be used because they do not have a full GUI. Other versions of Windows only have a full GUI.

For all supported platforms, please refer to: https://www.docker.com/get-docker

Please ensure to download and install the Docker environment for your target host system. Both the free Docker CE (Community Edition) and commercial Docker EE (Enterprise Edition) are supported.

MainConcept 2GO in the cloud

The following cloud platforms have native support for Docker containers:

Amazon AWS Yes
Microsoft Azure Yes

It is recommended to use one of the Docker pre-configured VM instances that are available on the cloud platforms mentioned above.

Installation

Before installing MainConcept 2GO please make sure Docker is installed correctly and the hello-world example from Docker is executed corrected.

Installing Docker

To download and install Docker on your server, please follow the instructions here: www.docker.com/community-edition

After successful installation you should be able to run the Docker “hello-world” container. Example output from the Docker hello-world container: 

$ docker run hello-world

Hello from Docker!
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.

To generate this message, Docker took the following steps:
1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon.
2. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub. (amd64)
3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the executable that produces the output you are currently reading.
4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it to your terminal.

If you see different output, please refer to the Docker installation guide.

Resources for Docker

On Windows machines there is a default limitation of resources available for Docker. It could be adjusted in the "Settings > Advanced" section. For more information, please check the official website: docs.docker.com/docker-for-windows.

Installing MainConcept 2GO

1) Extract the MainConcept 2GO package
To install your MainConcept 2GO product first unpack the downloaded ZIP file into a new folder on your computer. The files within the folder depend on the 2GO product.

total 40
drwxrwxr-x 2 thomas thomas  4096 Apr 10 14:23 docker
-rw-rw-r-- 1 thomas thomas 17835 Apr 10 14:23 EULA.txt
-rw-rw-r-- 1 thomas thomas    77 Apr 10 14:23 info.txt
-rw-rw-r-- 1 thomas thomas  2721 Apr 10 14:23 readme.txt
-rw-rw-r-- 1 thomas thomas  4096 Apr 10 14:23 scripts
-rw-rw-r-- 1 thomas thomas  4096 Apr 10 15:10 volume
~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo# █

2) Install the MainConcept 2GO docker image
To install the MainConcept 2GO image in your local Docker environment, “cd” into the docker folder and run the install_image script:

~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo# cd docker/
~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo/docker# ./install_image.sh
Installing MainConcept 2GO in your local Docker environment...
e6bc3d95b8d4: Loading layer [============================>] 28.87MB/28.87MB
Loaded image: mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo:latest
~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo# █

Verify if the 2GO container is installed properly by using “docker image ls” command:

~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo/docker# docker image ls
REPOSITORY                         TAG      IMAGE ID      CREATED      SIZE
mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo   latest   2e15d1d96bd9  3 hours ago  39.9MB
~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo/docker# █

Note: For using both the demo and full version of MainConcept 2GO, you must allow the server running MC2GO a connection to https://taas-reporting-srv.mainconcept.com. If you want to use the products offline (i.e. without internet connection), please contact customer.carenoSp@m@mainconcept.com. We will get in touch with you about the necessary steps.

Settings

Supported Formats

MainConcept 2GO XF-HEVC Converter supports the following formats:

Input:

  • Canon XF-HEVC (interlaced or progressive)

Output:

  • AVC/H.264 / PCM in MXF, 1080p, 10-bit, 4:2:2
  • AVC/H.264 / PCM in MXF, 4K, 10-bit, 4:2:2

Configuration

With Docker installed most of the MainConcept 2GO configuration is done. However, some 2GO products require shared folders, or specific parameters at startup.

Configuring shared folders

To read and write files located on the host computer, MainConcept 2GO is using shared volumes to access the filesystem of the host. Docker uses mounted volumes to share host folders with 2GO containers. The convenience script inside the scripts folder to run the MainConcept 2GO container, automatically maps the required folders from your host computer to the 2GO container.

Configuration options

MainConcept 2GO XF-HEVC Converter supports the following configuration options:

Option Sample value Description
ACCEPT_EULA Y The MainConcept End-User License Agreement (EULA) must be accepted before MainConcept 2Go can start. The license terms for this product can be found in provided package.
SHARED_PATH_IN /path/source_folder Folder where the input file is located
SHARED_PATH_OUT /path/target_folder Folder for the encoded output file
INPUT CANON_01.MXF Source filename for audio conversion; must be in or under SHARED_PATH_IN
OUTPUT out_8Mbit Target filename for encoded output; the file extension will be created by 2GO; must be in or under SHARED_PATH_OUT
QUALITY high Quality level for transcoding. 2GO automatically takes over all parameters from the input file except for codec (AVC) and bitrate.
Available options are:
low – source bitrate is used
mid – source bitrate is multiplied by 1.5x
high – source bitrate is multiplied by 2x
CUSTOMER_ID Unique customer identifier provided by MainConcept. Customer ID parameter can be also represented as `CID`
VERBOSITY SILENT Sets verbose level.
Available options are:
- SILENT (0) - Prints only error messages
- DEFAULT (1) - Default level if verbose level is not specified. Prints out the copyright/version information
- FULL (2) - Higher verbose level. Prints all available information including command-line parameters INPUT / OUTPUT / PRESETS / SERIAL

Usage

Starting MainConcept 2GO

Make sure you have successfully installed your MainConcept 2GO product on the computer by following the Installation instructions.

The “run” script inside the scripts folder makes starting MainConcept 2GO easy and lets you understand how 2GO docker containers are actually run. If you plan to run MainConcept 2GO through container management tools like Docker Compose, Kubernetes or Docker Swarm it is recommended that you understand the parameters required for 2GO containers by reading the “run” scripts.

MainConcept 2GO products require configuration parameters at container startup. This can include input and output filenames, serial keys, shared volume folders or external URLs. These parameters can be specified in a properties file or on command line.

Using properties file
The easiest way to start MainConcept 2GO is by editing the “properties.txt” file to your needs and then call the “run” script with this properties file.

~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_xfhevc_converter_demo# ./scripts/run.sh scripts/properties.txt

To edit the parameters, use a text editor:

1  ACCEPT_EULA=Y
2  SHARED_PATH_IN=~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_xfhevc_converter_demo/volume
3  SHARED_PATH_OUT=~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_xfhevc_converter_demo/volume
4  INPUT=A003C001H180125TE_CANON_01.MXF
5  OUTPUT=output_file
6  VERBOSITY=DEFAULT
7  CUSTOMER_ID=
8  QUALITY=high

Using command line options
Instead of editing a properties file, all configuration parameters can also be specified on the command line directly.

~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_xfhevc_converter_demo/docker# ./scripts/run.sh \
>    ACCEPT_EULA=Y \
>    SHARED_PATH=~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_xfhevc_converter_demo/volume \
>    INPUT=A003C001H180125TE_CANON_01.MXF \
>    OUTPUT=out_file \
>    QUALITY=mid
>    CUSTOMER_ID= xxx \
>    VERBOSITY=DEFAULT██

Using docker-compose
Docker Compose lets you start multiple replicas of the same image. It also significantly simplifies starting MainConcept 2GO products.

Docker Compose is a separate tool that must be installed in addition to Docker. Please refer to the documentation how to install and setup Compose: docs.docker.com/compose/

To run MainConcept 2GO with Docker Compose you create a compose file in YAML. All parameters to run the 2GO product are specified inside the YAML file for Docker Compose. To simplify deployment of MainConcept 2GO containers it is recommended to set environment variables for the 2GO configuration and then use these variables in the YAML file.

This is a basic “docker-compose.yml” file showing how to configure MainConcept 2GO.

1  version: '2.2'
2  services:
3    2go:
4      image: 2go_xdcam_transcoder_demo
5      network_mode: host
6      volumes:
7      -${2GO_VOLUME}:/volume
8      environment:
9      -2GO_PARAMS=${2GO_PARAMS}

It uses two environment variables 2GO_VOLUME and 2GO_PARAMS. These must be set before starting docker-compose.

~# export 2GO_VOLUME=~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo/volume/
~# export 2GO_PARAMS="INPUT=avchd_camera_testfile.mts OUTPUT=out_file PRESET=presets/XDCAM_HD.mps SERIAL=serials.txt"

After that starting 2GO using Docker Compose is as easy as:

~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo# docker-compose up -d
Starting mc2gobroadcasttranscoderdemo_2go_1 ...
Starting mc2gobroadcasttranscoderdemo_2go_1 ... done
~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo#

Stopping MainConcept 2GO execution

It is recommended to execute a script inside the MainConcept 2GO container in order to stop execution properly.

To execute a script in an active container you first need to know the container ID from the first column of the docker ps command:

~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo# docker ps
CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                              COMMAND                    CREATED
bc45686deb0e   mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo   "/opt/bin/reporting_..."   4seconds ago

Then use the convenience “stop” script in the scripts folder to abort 2GO execution:

~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo# ./scripts/stop.sh bc45686deb0e
Stopping the Broadcast Transcoder...
Broadcast Transcoder stopped.
~/MainConcept/2GO/mc_2go_broadcast_transcoder_demo# █

Technical Support

If you need additional assistance, the MainConcept Technical Support team is standing by to help. Send an e-mail to apps.supportnoSp@m@mainconcept.com or go to the MainConcept Support page and we'll assist you as quickly as possible.

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