Setup and Configuration

When setting up Viz Multichannel you will install other software components except those parts bundled with Viz Multichannel. Hence, this manual will refer to those parts, but for actual help on installation it will refer you to the respective manuals.

When planning the setup and configuration there are in particular two parts that should be carefully considered before you install and configure Multichannel:

  • Many Viz Multichannel systems are connected to an automation system that automatically provides the schedule from a scheduling department. Other installations read the schedule from a text file, a database, XML, Excel or by other means. Multichannel refers to the received schedule (i.e. what to do and when to do it) as a playlist. At any given time, Multichannel must have a valid, active and running playlist for the planned automated actions to be performed. How will the schedule be provided and how will it be ingested?

  • How will graphics be triggered? There are many protocols (VDCP, REST, GPI and Intelligent Interface) that can trigger graphics. In some cases, external systems (automation or traffic systems) will trigger graphics by sending a command utilizing one of the protocols mentioned. This is called externally triggered events. In some cases the automation system will only trigger main events (example: a film) and then graphics will be applied by a time offset from the main event.


Typically Viz Multichannel is installed in the following locations:

  • Viz Multichannel’s Schedule Collector and Playlist Importer on the Media Sequencer machine in the server room. Media Sequencer is in most cases installed on the Viz Engine (program) machine.

  • Viz Multichannel, it’s Schedule Collector and Playlist Importer on a client machine in the scheduling center

  • Viz Multichannel on a client machine in the master control room

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