Accounts & Licensing
- What is a License ID for and when do I need it?
A License ID is a 32 character case-sensitive string that is unique to your Account, and used in the URLs to view videos.
Your License ID identifies your Account to our media servers to insure that only authorized users may view your videos.
Normally, your License ID is automatically determined based on your IP Address. Generally speaking, the only time that you need to do anything is if you are using MARC records. In this case, the streaming URL within those records must be edited to use your License ID within that URL.
Your License ID is located on your Account Page and also on the downloaded spreadsheet of your licensed video links.
- What's the difference between Individual and other types of accounts?
Aside from individual or institutional pricing, the only difference is how your purchased videos are accessed.
- Individual Accounts may only be viewed by logging into this site with the username/password that you select at purchase.
- K-12, College,Library Accounts (Institutional) can be accessed from this site by the purchaser with the username/password selected at purchase.
- Videos purchased with an Institutional Account can be viewed by anyone if they visit this website from any of the authorized IP addresses.
- Authorized IP addresses can be specified for Institutional Accounts by the person that purchased the videos.
- I can't log in - What should I do?
You do NOT need a password to view the videos purchased by your institution, just click on Institution Access.
If the video clips that you are expecting to see do not appear there, you need to contact your administrator to properly configure the account for your institution.
To login, use the username/password that you (or your rep) created when your account was opened.
The login area is located in the top, right hand corner of the home page for this site.
If you're having trouble logging into the application, first check that you are typing in your user name and password correctly. Verify that your caps lock key is not on. If you continue to have problems, try resetting your password - use the "Forgot Password" link and a new password will be emailed to you, or just click here.
If you do not receive your password in a few minutes, and have reset it more than once, contact the system administrator using the Contact Us link at the bottom left of every page on this website. There may have been trouble sending you an email for some reason.
- What kind of computer equipment and Internet access do I need?
Users need a high-speed Internet connection (DSL or cable, no dial-up) and audio capabilities (sound card) to accommodate streaming audio and video.
- What media player do I need to have installed to view the videos?
- What technical standards do you use for streaming from your website?
Bitrate switching essentially means that we have different files of different qualities of each Ambrose Program on the site. The internet connection speed of the customer will determine which file it will stream. The higher the internet connection, the better quality the file (but they all look good).
The file specs are as follows:
- All files are Adobe Flash 9+ h.264 with a file extension of .MP4.
- The three level of quality are (from lowest to highest), 425kbps, 900kbps, 1500kbps, 2500kbps and 4000kbps.
- A growing number of titles are being encoded in HD. As they become available, a separate "HD Streaming" link will appear. Those files are 2000kbps and look great, but do require a high amount of bandwidth to be viewed.!
- How do I manually install Flash on an Android device?
Flash Player 11 is not supported by the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, this means that you will have to manually install Flash Player if you would like to enjoy the hours of high quality, educational content Ambrose Video has to offer on your Android device.
Here’s how you do it!
- Open your device’s Settings panel and scroll down to the Security tab and select it.
- This opens a myriad of settings, scroll down to Device Administration and check the box for Unknown Sources. If this box is already checked, move on to step 3.
- While in the Settings panel, it is also helpful to check what version of Android you are currently operating. To do this, go back to the main list of options in the Settings panel, scroll to the bottom, and selecting the About tab. Here you will find your current Android version.
- Next, open your Web Browser and go to the Flash Player Archive page (listed below). You can also find this by performing a Google search for "Flash Player Archive" and selecting the result titled "Archived Flash Player Versions".
- Once the page is loaded, scroll down to the Flash Player for Android download options and select the Installer that matches the version of your Android operating system.
- Once downloaded, the installer may not automatically install. To install the contents of the installer, locate the download icon in the menu bar and select the appropriate Flash Installer file to complete the process.
- Feel free to watch the YouTube video link below, which will also guide you through the installation process. Flash Installation Help Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLjLbm_nBU8
Here are some additional help materials:
Flash Player FAQ: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4675670
Flash Player Forum: http://forums.adobe.com/community/flashplayer
Viewing Your Videos
- We have licensed many Titles - How can I control, or limit, which are displayed?
Each Series has a main SKU, with the Program number and Segment number appended. For example, all Shakespeare videos begin with 'SH'. Using the main SKU, here are some examples of how you can control/group your Institutionally licensed videos:
||Limits which of your licensed SKUs to display
||Hides the video search fields from the user
||Uses whatever follows the = sign as a title for the page
- This link will show only the licensed Shakespeare titles (SH)
- Include multiple SKUs with the pipe character ( | )
- Hide the keyword search input area
- Use 'My Custom Title' as the heading of the displayed page
- http://www.ambrosedigital.com/institutions?heading=My Custom Title
- Using multiple settings with an ampersand (&)
- http://www.ambrosedigital.com/institutions?skus=SH|LS&search=off&heading=Our Shakespeare Videos
* Be sure to separate the main link from your settings with a question mark (?), then precede each following setting with an ampersand (&).
- How can I go directly to the videos that my Institution has licensed?
The list of licensed videos can be viewed by clicking on the "Institution Access" tab, or by going directly to http://www.ambrosedigital.com/institutions/
Using the IP addresses that have been configured for an Institution's
license, the site can determine which videos are available to the users
that visit the site based on the IP address that they are currently using.
If by chance, an IP address is specified for more than one license (unlikely, but possible), the visitor is presented a list of the institutions that have configured the IP address. Upon selecting the applicable institution, the appropriate list of video links is displayed.
- When I click the links for each video, nothing happens. What should I do?
Make sure you do not have any "Popup Blockers" blocking this site.
- Pull down the Tools menu and choose Internet Options
- Click on the Security tab
- Click on Internet
- Click on Custom Level and scroll down to the section on Scripting
- Make sure that Active Scripting is enabled
- Click on OK
- Click on Local Intranet and repeat steps 4-6
- Why doesn't the video play, or take so long to buffer?
The videos are intended to be streamed using a highspeed internet connection. Using a slow connection will cause the video to not play properly. If the videos frequently buffer, then it means that you are not maintaining a fast enough connection to our servers to watch our videos. Please contact your network administrator. We do not support dial-up connections.
- Can I fast forward or rewind the video?
You can fast forward, rewind, pause, stop and restart the video using the controls in the player. To use the fast forward or rewind buttons, you simply need to press the buttons and release them. Press them again to stop the fast forwarding or rewinding and resume normal play.
You will need to let the video buffer before you can use these controls.
Buffer time depends on your connection speed.
- Is a firewall on my end possibly preventing me from viewing the videos?
The Flash videos on this website require your network administrator to have enabled TCP port 1935 for the Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP).
This is the port and protocol used by the Flash Media Servers which stream the videos.
A network administrator may have knowingly disabled port 1935 on your network due to bandwidth concerns since many users viewing streaming video concurrently could create a bottleneck if not carefully managed.
If this is the case, then you would be unable to view the streaming video clips from this website, and you will need to work with your network administrator to enable access on your network's firewall.
Likely, you would have no trouble viewing videos from a home computer.
If this is the case, then you can pretty well know that it's due to network settings at your facility, in which case you will need to speak with your network department to gain access.
IP Address and Proxy Authentication & LMS Integration
- How does IP address and proxy server authentication work?
You can configure IP addresses
of your institution’s network that this website will use to recognize requests for video access.
When configured properly, users with an IP address that falls within the list of authorized IP addresses will be granted access to view videos without further authentication.
This is ideal for anyone who wishes to access videos from an on-campus location where you can predict what will be the source IP addresses of your users.
Authentication is seamless, and the user will never be prompted to login.
In order for users that reside off-campus to have access to videos, your institution must use a proxy server
This is necessary because it is not possible to reliably predict the IP address of someone using a private internet service provider, as IP addresses are assigned dynamically.
Using a proxy server gives the appearance to our servers that the off-campus request is coming from a known on-campus IP address.
The proxy server handles authentication using some sort of password-protected page, with user credentials usually supplied from a database or directory, such as LDAP
There are several proxy server solutions available that can be integrated with existing directory services; a popular one is OCLC’s EZproxy
Most institutions with libraries that subscribe to scholarly journals and electronic databases (such as Ebsco, Lexus Nexus, and others) utilize proxy servers to give access to these materials to users from off-campus.
The configuration for access to this site from off-campus will be very similar.
Access via off-campus or on-campus from an allowed IP address or proxy server will allow the user to view content from the Institution Access page without logging in, which is a listing of all licensed content with links to view the media.
In addition, direct links to the media will also be permitted for use from those allowed IP addresses or proxy servers.
- How do I configure IP address authentication for on-campus users?
To configure one or more IP addresses
for on-campus access, follow these steps:
- Login and then choose the My Account tab.
- Click IP and Proxy Server Settings.
- Follow the instructions to enter, validate, and convert your Ip/Proxy settings
- Detailed Syntax and Usage help is available on the IP and Proxy Server Settings page
- How do I configure proxy server authentication for off-campus users?
To configure one or more proxy servers
for off-campus access, follow these steps:
- Login and then choose the My Account tab.
- Click IP and Proxy Server Settings.
- Follow the instructions to enter, validate, and convert your Proxy settings. Detailed Syntax and Usage help is available on the Proxy Server Settings page
- Be sure to include the IP address(es) of your proxy server(s) to the list of Authorized IP Addresses, separated by commas (see the other FAQ on this topic).
- Under Proxy Server Information, fill in the hostname for your proxy server.
This should be a full-qualified domain name (FQDN), such as:
- If you have multiple proxy servers or other information relative to your configuration, please provide those details in the Proxy Server Information field.
- Click the save icon at the top of the page.
Your changes will not take effect immediately, as some manual configuration is necessary on our servers in order to recognized requests from your proxy server(s).
Please allow 24 hours or one business day for your changes to be effective.
If you encounter issues with your proxy server configuration after that period of time, please use the Support link at the bottom of this site to send us an e-mail.
- Configure your own proxy server(s) to proxy all traffic that goes to all of the following domains and their subdomains:
A sample configuration known to work on EZproxy to proxy traffic is provided below:
Title Ambrose Video
T Ambrose Digital Video
- How do I integrate videos with my existing web-based systems?
There are two ways to do this:
- direct links via proxy server/IP authentication (described in previous FAQ articles), or
- embedded video using iframe HTML code (see below).
The preferred method is to first ensure that your IP address and proxy server authentication is working.
Once you have that in place, you will be able to copy and paste the links to the videos into your course management system, booking system, or media catalog.
Authentication happens behind the scenes for on-campus users, as their IP address is confirmed to be in the list of Authorized IP Addresses.
If connecting from off-campus, they should be prompted by your proxy server for a username and password or other credentials.
Place the links into your secure web-based systems.
This will automatically pop open new windows on the users’ computers and begin playing the content.
If you wish to embed a Flash video onto a web page, you can use an iframe in your HTML that references the link.
The links to the Flash media can be obtained by clicking them from your My Videos page when logged in, and then copying the link from the bottom of the page where it says "permalink."
You can also download an Excel spreadsheet of your permalinks from the My Videos page.
Below is a sample
HTML snippet of an iframe. The video specific code is available on the Player Page by clicking the "View Permalink and Embedding Information":
Depending on how your proxy server has been configured, you may need to insert a pre-pend or post-pend to the URL so that the user’s computer is instructed to send the request through your proxy server.
Example links that go through a proxy server for a media link might look like the following examples
- Why do we need to provide a proxy server hostname in addition to its IP address?
Our servers use multiple levels of authentication.
While the web servers look at the IP address of any machine accessing a video, the streaming media servers are only able to look at hostnames.
Since not every individual user has a hostname when coming from on-campus, we have to do a double-authentication against both IP address and hostname to satisfy the requirements of both types of servers.
- My IP/Proxy authentication is not working as it should - what can I do?
When you make IP or Proxy Server changes to your Account, your License is updated on our Media Servers. IP Address changes are updated immediately, but because Proxy changes are manually made, the changes you've made may be in various stages of updating.
To see exactly how your current License settings on the Media Servers are being interpreted, go to your Account Maintenance page and select the Authentication Diagnostics option. This tool will use your current IP address to find your license, and identify any potential problems that it can detect, as well as to tell you at what stage any Proxy Server changes you've made are at.
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