About This Guide

Video Server Toolkit (VST) is the SGI broadcast-quality video playback, edit, and record engine that unifies SGI Origin servers and digital media components. VST allows application developers to create powerful, high-performance solutions for broadcast playout and editing. This tool enables (supported) automation systems and developer applications to trigger video for playout through (supported) video output devices on an SGI workstation or server.

This manual applies only to revision 1.2 of VST, which runs on Origin 200 GIGAchannel system running IRIX 6.5.4 or later. This revision can also run on the Silicon Graphics O2 workstation for development purposes only.

Note: The VST product was formerly called VCP-Recorder.

For more information about using VST, see the Video Server Toolkit Developer's Guide .

This manual describes how to set up the system hardware, how to configure filesystems for VST, how to install and configure the VST software, and how to monitor the VST system.


This document is written for VST system integrators and administrators responsible for installing and monitoring the running of VST. It is to be used in conjunction with the Video Server Toolkit Administrator's Guide. It presumes knowledge of SGI XFS filesystems.

Structure of This Document

This document contains three parts:

An index completes this guide.

HTML versions of the VST guides are installed at these URLs:

  • http://hostname.domain/VST/VST_AG

  • http://hostname.domain/VST/VST_DG

Related Documentation

The Video Server Toolkit Developer's Guide (part number 007-3620-nnn) contains information about using VST to play and record digital media data; and store the data in, and retrieve it from, an archive system. This manual is included on the VST CD.

Refer to the latest versions of the following documents for supplementary information:

  • IRIX Admin: Software Installation and Licensing (part number 007-1364-nnn) for information about installing software that runs under IRIX, the SGI implementation of the UNIX operating system

  • IRIX Admin: System Configuration and Operation (007-2859-nnn) for information about IRIX system administration tasks

  • IRIX Admin: Disks and Filesystems (007-2825-nnn) for information about general filesystem concepts and system administration procedures for SCSI disks, XFS and EFS filesystems, logical volumes, and guaranteed rate I/O

  • O2 Workstation Hardware Reference Guide (007-3275-nnn) for information on the O2 workstation

  • Origin200 and Origin200 GIGAchannel Owner's Guide (007-3708-nnn) and Origin200 and Origin200 GIGAchannel Maintenance Guide (part number 007-3709-nnn) for information about the SGI Origin 200 and Origin 200 GIGAchannel

  • DIVO Option and DIVO-DVC Option Owner's Guide (007-3524-nnn) for information about the DIVO and DIVO-DVC XIO video option boards

  • O2 Digital Video Option Installation Guide (007-3616-nnn), for information about the O2 digital video option module

  • StudioCentral Developer's Guide (007-3246-nnn), for information regarding the StudioCentral archiving system

  • Digital Media Programmer's Guide (part number 007-1799-nnn) for information about programming digital media

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