Set up and settings for the Cachet pod

Cachet comes with every purchase of Talking Stick and is a simple web media player that makes caching videos and songs easy in Adobe Connect.

Cachet Pod installation

The cachet pod provides jitter-free HD video playback that makes sharing web videos in Adobe Connect fast and easy even when users with unreliable connectivity. There's nothing worse than starting a video in your meeting room that you want everyone to see, only to find that once you've started playing it, attendees with slow connections have to wait while other attendees are somewhere in the middle of the video. As a meeting room host using Cachet, you can see how many attendees have completed caching each video next to the video title. Now you know that when you click the play button, everyone will start and finish playing the video at the same time.

To install the cachet pod in a meeting room:

  1. Select and download your custom pod from the website at http://www.refineddata.com/cachet/. Click here to learn how to download and install your custom pod.

We recommend creating a folder titled Refined Data Tools within the shared content tab of Adobe Connect. Use this folder to store all your Refined Data Solutions custom pods.

  1. Open a new share pod in the meeting room, and in the pod menu, choose Share Document >>>> Shared Content folder >>>> Refined Data Tools folder >>>> Cachet pod. The cachet pod will load and also auto-install itself in all layouts within a meeting room.

The cachet pod can be hidden behind other pods on those layouts where the host would not like to display the cachet pod. The reason the pod appears on each layout is to enable caching of the media throughout the meeting.

 

How to use Cachet

Each video or song added to the list in Cachet will start to automatically download (or cache) to each participant’s computer once the host checks the box next to its play button. This makes the media ready for immediate playback when the host clicks play.

Click the add media button and select the type of media from the drop down menu:

  • Flash video – is a container file format used to deliver video over the internet using Adobe Flash Player version 6 and newer.
  • YouTube – a video sharing website. Enter the URL that appears after the “/”. For example,  with the URL: http://youtu.be/GsufPM5TVZk use /GsufPM5TVZk. YouTube will not let the entire video be cached at once. The cache will only occur to a certain point because of restrictions from YouTube. Once the cache has reached a designated point, the cache will continue as the media is played.
  • Mp3 – a common audio format for consumer audio streaming or storage

Enter the title of the media and enter the media URL and select add media.

The piece of media will display inside the cachet pod. There is an unlimited number of media that can be added to the pod, but only three pieces of media can cache at the same time.

To start the cache of media, check the box under the caching heading and the media will begin to cache.

Click on the highlighted users to view a list of each user for whom the media has cached.

Once the media is cached for all users, the host can select the play button to begin the media. Notice the play bar is highlighted in blue. This means that the media has completed caching.

The host can also choose to pause the media for all participants within the meeting room to facilitate discussion around a particular point within the media.

To stop the media, select the highlighted blue stop button. It’s important to stop the media when done viewing (rather than just selecting pause) for two reasons:

  1. If a momentary loss of connectivity occurs within the meeting room, when the connection begins again, the paused media will start immediately for all participants within the meeting room.
  2. Any recording of the meeting room will play the audio from any media playing within the cachet pod, creating two audio tracks within the meeting room recording.

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