Part A: Introduction to Feature Licensing

Q-SYS Quickstarts : QSC Feature Licensing

2 ) Block Controller

19m 9s

5 ) Dynamic Pairing

6m 38s

6 ) Core-to-Core Streaming

8m 23s

8 ) Notch Feedback Controller

4m 0s

10 ) Intro to Control Scripting

12m 30s

12 ) E-Mailer

6m 30s

Video Transcript

Part A: Introduction to Feature Licensing 6m 25s
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Hello and welcome to the QSC software feature licensing tutorial. My name is Patrick Heyn, and I'm
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Nate Makaryk. In this course we're going to give you a baseline knowledge of QSC software licenses,
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explain the advantages of the software licensing feature in the platform, and then finish off with
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a series of practical demonstrations and use cases for QSC software licenses. For starters, let's talk
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about what a software license is and what it's for. Think about all the apps on your phone.
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When you pay for one of those apps and start using that software, you are licensing the right to use
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that software. Buried deep in that software code are mechanisms to protect the intellectual property
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of that software developer. And that's it. It's a legal instrument that governs the use of the software
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for the licensee, and protects all the hard work of the designer. You may be most familiar with QSC
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for its hardware, but in recent years software has played a really important role in so many of our new
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products. Like CXD amplifiers, TouchMix, and probably the most obvious example, the Q-SYS platform.
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As you probably know, Q-SYS pairs a real-time A/V and C software operating system with standard IT
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technology to consolidate lots of audio, video, and control processors into one integrated solution.
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We're taking that software model to the next level with Q-SYS, by licensing some of our features on the
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Q-SYS platform rather than building new dedicated hardware to achieve the same functionality.
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This concept may seem … a little new to some, but software has actually been a standard practice in the
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IT industry for decades now. Things like Microsoft Office 360, Adobe Creative Cloud, SolarWinds,
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salesforce.com - these are all licensed products, and the IT customer is already accustomed to licensing
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features like these for their technology infrastructure. They also know that investing in a software-based
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platform means that advancements and updates come at the software layer. Which means that their
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capabilities and functionalities can expand with a simple firmware push, rather than adding additional
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hardware. Let's go over the three separate features within Q-SYS that you'll be able to license.
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The first one is the Multi-Track Audio Player upgrade in Q-SYS. That one is pretty straight forward.
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It expands the audio track capacity of the Core's Multi-Track player. QSC has been licensing these for
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years now, but now that licensing will take place in the new software licensing platform. The second
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license feature is the Q-SYS UCI Editor, and more specifically, the ability to deploy custom user control
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interfaces onto a Q-SYS touch-screen. This license lets you deploy UCI designs onto as many Q-SYS
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touch-screens as you'd like on a given system. The third licensed feature is for the Q-SYS Scripting Engine,
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which includes the use of plug-ins and the new text controller and block controller. Basically, the tools
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that you use to script custom third-party devices. Keep in mind that designers will still be able to program
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within Q-SYS UCI Editor and the Q-SYS Scripting Engine in emulation mode. We wouldn't dare take that
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away from you! The license only comes into play when you need to deploy these features onto a
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Q-SYS Core processor. A couple things to note … these feature licenses will be available for sale as
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perpetual node-lock licenses, which is just a fancy way of saying that after you deploy it, the license does
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not expire and the function that the license provides is a lock to a single device. In this case, the Core
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processor. For our QSC sales partners, you'll be able to work with your sales directors on getting some
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30-day demo licenses for your customer evaluation and sales calls - as well as a Not for Resale license,
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which are 12-month licenses primarily used for demo systems and training gear. Now … before anyone
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starts freaking out (I'm not freaking out), I want to be clear that all of the legacy Cores that are in the field right
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now will not be required to license the UCI Editor deployment functionality or the Q-SYS Scripting Engine.
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Maybe I should be freaking out, this sounds like something I should freak out about! No, those systems
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are already grandfathered in automatically. We will also not be requiring licenses for the larger
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enterprise Cores like the Core 5200. After the release of Q-SYS Designer Software 7.0 (I'm gonna freak
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out about this) all of the new Q-SYS Core processors will ship with 7.0 firmware. Designers that want to
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incorporate either UCI interfaces or the Scripting Engine into Designer (that use a 110 or 510 processor)
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will be required to acquire a license, and deploy that license. So you're telling me that if someone has
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a Core out there already, even if they upgrade to the new Q-SYS Designer 7.0 or higher, that they already
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have the licenses built in and they don't have to worry? Yes! Yeah, I'm not going to freak out about that.
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Here's how the basic channel structure works. In the U.S. a local rep firm will place an order with QSC,
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who will then distribute those licenses to the integrators and installers via an online partner portal.
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This integrator can then assign licenses to customers, manage those customer licenses, and activate
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licenses on behalf of their customers. Outside the U.S., QSC distributors and partners will be expected
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to carry a certain number of bulk licenses - and then be able to sell them to the integration customers.
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So that's your introduction to QSC Feature Licensing. If you're a QSC rep or distributor and you'll need
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access to tutorials on how to use the QSC Partner Portal, contact your local QSC rep for access.
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If you need help actually deploying a feature license onto a Q-SYS Core, well we have a video for that too.
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We'll see you next time.

Lesson Description

Part A: Introduction to Feature Licensing 6m 25s

Learn the advantages of the software licensing feature within the Q-SYS platform, as well as practical demonstrations and use cases for Q-SYS software licenses.

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Part A: Introduction to Feature Licensing 6m 25s