DCMAFM v1.0 – Cisco DCM Advanced Features Management

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Cisco DCM Advanced Features Management - DCMAFM v1.0


The Cisco Digital Content Manager (DCM) Advanced Features Management 1.0 course is a instructor-led, task-based, hands-on course that provides the experienced Cisco DCM operator with the knowledge and skills required to configure and manage the Cisco DCMs advanced features. These features include rate control, transcoding, program splicing and insertion, scrambling/descrambling, forward error correction, alarm configuration, and dense receiver decryption. In addition to configuration of the advanced features, students will practice analyzing and resolving common service issues related to Cisco DCM operation in a broadband network.


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Use a systematic troubleshooting process to identify and resolve common service issues directly related to Cisco DCM operation.
  • Use the Cisco DCM GUI to configure alarm triggers according to desired parameters.
  • Use the Cisco DCMs transcoding function to convert video and audio formatting.
  • Use the Cisco DCMs transcoding function to configure picture-in-picture (PIP) streams; closed captioning; and the insertion of logos, banners, and EAS alerts.
  • Describe the process for using the DCM GUI to configure digital program insertion (DPI) andprogram switching.
  • Use the Cisco DCMs DPI feature to splice program content.
  • Describe the process for DVB Simulcrypt and BISS scrambling/descrambling using theDCM GUI
  • Use the DCM GUI to perform the BISS scrambling/descrambling process for contentprotection.
  • Describe and analyze the process for configuring D9036 Statmux control.
  • Use the DCMs forward error correction (FEC) function for reduction of packet loss.
  • Use the DCM GUI to configure and monitor 8-VSB settings.


Following are the prerequisites for this course:

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for technical professionals who are experienced in the operation of the Cisco DCM and need to know how to manage its advanced features relative to their network environment. The primary audience for this course includes:

  • System engineers
  • Technical support personnel
  • Channel partners, resellers


  • Lesson 1: Reviewing the Cisco DCM
    • Role in video delivery network architectures
    • Functions
    • Hardware
    • Interface
    • Licensing
    • Multiplexing
  • Lesson 2: Managing Cisco DCM Alarm Configuration
    • Accessing alarm status information
    • Analyzing device, card, TS, and service alarm status
    • Device, card, TS, and service alarm configuration
  • Lesson 3: Using the Cisco DCM Troubleshooting Process
    • Cisco troubleshooting methodology
    • Cisco DCM troubleshooting methodology
    • Using MPEG analyzers to determine the origin of service issues
    • Using DCM GUI alarms to analyze the origin of service issues
    • Resolving service issues
  • Lesson 4: Managing Bandwidth
    • Understanding transrating
    • Bit-rate limiting
    • Statistical remultiplexing
    • Configuring rate control settings
    • Configuring rate control settings for the MFP card
    • Confirming bandwidth resource changes
  • Lesson 5: Transcoding Video and Audio Formats
    • Understanding the transcoding process
    • Hardware and licensing requirements
    • Transcoding video and audio components with the transcoder card
    • Transcoding video and audio components with the MFP card
    • Picture-in-picture (PIP) stream configuration
  • Lesson 6: Configuring Digital Program Insertion (DPI) and Program Switching
    • Hardware and licensing requirements
    • Reviewing program splicing and event triggers
    • Configuring DPI
    • Troubleshooting program insertion
    • Configuring alternate services for program switching
    • Program switching process
  • Lesson 7: Scrambling and Descrambling
    • Hardware and licensing requirements
    • Conditional access systems (CASs)
    • Configuring DVB Simulcrypt scrambling and descrambling
    • Configuring BISS scrambling and descrambling
  • Lesson 8: Tuning Dense Receiver Decryptor (DRD) Cards
    • Hardware and licensing requirements
    • 8-VSB
    • DVB-S2
  • Lesson 9: Configuring Forward Error Correction (FEC)
    • Hardware and licensing requirements
    • Configuring FEC
  • Lesson 10: Managing Additonal DCM Features
    • Using virtual services
    • Configuring slate generation
    • Log
    • insertion
    • Statmux control

    Lab Outline

    • Lab 1: DCM Interface Quest
    • Lab 2: Configuring and Analyzing Alarms
    • Lab 3: Resolving Service Issues
    • Lab 4: Configuring Rate Control for Services
    • Lab 5: Transcoding : Picture in Picture (PIP)
    • Lab 6: Transcoding: MFP Card
    • Lab 7: Digital Program Insertion: Alternate Services
    • Lab 8: BISS Scrambling and Descrambling
    • Lab 9: FEC
    • Lab 10: 8-VSB Tuning
    • Lab 11: DVB-S2 Tuning
    • Lab 12: Still Picture: Slate Generation
    • Lab 13: Log
    • Insertion