Since the release of the ClickView Library software, we have opened access to a utility known as the "ClickView Online Synchronisation Accelerator," or "COSA" for short. It is designed to help ClickView Administrators make their content available in ClickView Online as soon as possible by utilising multiple systems to take part in the conversion and upload process to ClickView Online.
The utility contains two features that bring significant processing speed improvements when transcoding ClickView videos for use in ClickView Online:
- Server & Node feature - this allows multiple ClickView Publisher client instances to join the COSA process and accept conversion tasks.
- Utilising the Intel H.264 encoder - COSA is able to use either a Hardware acceleration mode or a Software Mode for video conversion - hardware acceleration is available on supported systems - this is able to take advantage of the Intel Quick sync feature available in modern systems.
Please note: The following patch needs to be deployed before running the COSA tool on the Windows 10 platform.
To use the ClickView Online Synchronisation Accelerator utility (COSA), you will need to have the below software prerequisites:
- .NET 4.0 Framework
- ClickView Publisher
- Supported Operating systems for Nodes running conversion tasks - Windows 7 or later, Windows Server 2008 R2 or later
To utilise the hardware acceleration feature you will need the following:
- an Intel CPU from the Ivybridge, Sandy Bridge or Haswell series that supports Intel Quick Sync
- Utilising an on-board Intel Graphics card (required to allow access to the Intel Quick Sync function)
To run the ClickView Online Synchronisation Accelerator utility, you will need to navigate to the ClickView Publisher (master)/Server installation directory. The default installation path is 'C:\Program Files(x86)\ClickView\ClickView Library\', and within this directory you will see an executable file named 'COSA'. Running this file will start the COSA utility.
Upon launching the COSA application, you will be able to begin the 'Sync' process by clicking on the 'Sync' button.
Once COSA has been launched on your ClickView Publisher (Master instance), you can then proceed to launch it on other ClickView Publisher instances - this will allow you to run multiple conversions and uploads on these instances, simultaneously.
Note: If your server does not support COSA for conversion, the COSA utility should still be launched and kept active. This will enable client instances to connect to your ClickView Publisher (Master) to begin the conversion and upload process on the client instances.
COSA will provide up-to-date information on the conversion and upload of the title that it is currently processing.