With the introduction of the VIO line of servers and Cablecast 7, we also introduced CablecastCG. CablecastCG is the new bulletin board software that replaced Carousel and brought the user interface into the Cablecast interface. But as customers upgraded their servers to the VIO line or upgraded to the new 7.1 you will want to migrate your Carousel bulletin board channel over to CablecastCG.
Being CablecastCG is now part of the Cablecast software, we are not able to migrate your bulletin data via your database like we could going from one version of Carousel to the next. Because they are different we will need to do a couple extra steps.
Exporting Carousel Channel
Being the databases are not compatible between Carousel and CablecastCG you will need to export your Carousel channels as a channel package that you will then be able to reinstall as a CablecastCG channel.
Before you do anything it is highly encouraged to do some bulletin housekeeping by deleting any stale or expired bulletins that you know you are not going to use again. You will also want to do the same thing with your Carousel media as well. The reason behind this is to keep the channel export as small as it needs to be with only the items that need to migrate.
Ones you have done your housekeeping you will then export your channel using the Carousel Clone tool. One your main server that is running Frontdoor, you should see an icon on the desktop named Carousel Clone Tool. If you don't have it on your desktop you can find it by navigating to your C: drive > TRMS Folder > Tools Folder > then Carousel Clone Tool. Double click on the icon to open the Clone tool.
When the Clone tool is open you will have two options, Export and Import. You are going to want to click on the Export option.
This will then list of the Carousel Channels that you have setup in your system. You will want to export each of the channels that you are wanting to move over. select the first channel that you will want to export, then click Ok.
This will then open a new window that will have you save the Channel export to a specific location. It might be a good idea to create a new folder for all of your Channel exports so that you have them all in one place. Once you have it in the spot you want to save, click the save button.
The export will then start. You will see a progress bar across the bottom of the Clone tool and a prompt below that. When the export is finished, the prompt will read Done.
Repeat these steps for each Carousel channel that you will want to migrate.
Importing CablecastCG Channel
Once your system has been updated to Cablecast 7.1 you will then use the CablecastCG Clone tool to reimport your channels. On the desktop of your main server that is running Frontdoor, there should be an icon named CablecastCG Clone tool. If you don't have it on your desktop you can find it by navigating to your C: drive > TRMS Folder > Tools Folder > then CablecastCG Clone Tool. Double click on the icon to open the Clone tool.
The CablecastCG Clone tool will open. This time you will click on the Import button.
A window will open, this is where you will select the channel that you want to import. Find channel file and then click Open.
After you click Open, a new window will open. This will show you the name of the channel and all of the zones associated with that channel. At this point, you would be able to rename the channel and zones if you wanted to. If you want to keep everything as is, click the Import button.
Your channel will then start importing. A progress bar will be at the bottom of the Clone tool and you will see text prompts as to what step the import is at. When the import is finished, the text prompt will say Done Importing.
If you have multiple channels that need to be imported, follow these steps to import them all.
CablecastCG and Carousel are very similar to each other in user interface as well as features. But there are some specific features that are currently not available in CablecastCG.
- Live Video Bulletins
- Video Blocks Bulletins
- Videos uploaded as an Uploaded Bulletin will work
- Interactive Bulletins
Other things to note about the Export/Import process is when you import your channel into CablecastCG, if you had a Background Audio Playlist, you will need to reimport those audio files to make your background audio playlist again.
To learn more about CablecastCG be sure to watch our CablecastCG New User Webinar Video that goes over everything you will need to know.