Adding metadata filters to the Z/IPStream R/1

Updated 2 months ago by Bryan Jones

Scope

This document describes how to add filters to the Z/IPStream R/1 (formerly call ProStream) for parsing metadata and applies ONLY to the Z/IPStream R/1. Other products use similar filters; however, the process varies for each.

Telos changed ProStream name to Z/IPStream R/1 for trademark reasons. If you are not already running the latest version, you can find update instructions by clicking here. This update is NOT required to add new metadata filters.

Description

The Z/IPStream R/1 uses filters written in the Lua programming language to accurately parse metadata from your automation system and send that Now Playing information to your stream.

These filters are generally specific to your automation system. There are pre-loaded filters in the Z/IPStream as examples. Feel free to review these samples and change the output of your automation system's data output.

If you have received a custom filter, use the following steps to add it to the Z/IPStream and apply it to your stream.

Adding a new filter

Filters are plain text files that have the extension .lua and are uploaded using a web browser.

  1. Using a Web Browser, connect to and log in to your Z/IPStream R/1
The default credentials are the user name "user," and the password is blank (no password)
  1. From the Main menu, click on the Metadata link
  2. On the Metadata page, click on the words "click here" (shown in the red box below) to manage metadata filters
  3. On the Metadata filters page, scroll to the bottom of the page
  4. Click Choose file
  5. Browse for and locate the lua filter provided to you.
  6. Click Upload filter
Do not use your browser's back button for the next step.
  1. When the confirmation box appears, click the button that says "Return to metadata filters." Do not use the back button in your browser, or the upload will be lost.

Once you return to the Metadata Filters page, you should see your newly uploaded filter in the list.

Applying the new Metadata Filter to your stream

  1. From the Main Metadata menu, click the dropdown list of available filters and select your previously uploaded filter
  2. Unless instructed otherwise, set the Input and Output code page to UTF-8
  3. Click the Save button

Your new metadata filter will automatically be applied. You do not need to reboot the Z/IPStream.

If you are streaming to an Icecast server, there is a separate login for metadata. If your provider gave you this information, be sure you have entered it correctly in your server configuration. Otherwise, use the suggestions for these parameters on the Server pages for Icecast.

Confirming proper receive and send of metadata

Often you can view your stream directly to see if Now Playing information is working. It may be necessary to look at the log files if there are problems.

To view the log files

  1. From the Main menu, click on the Advanced Options link
  2. In Advanced Options, click on the Logs and Date/Time link
The most recent information is at the bottom of the log.
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the log

There are two items you can look for, shown here in red.

The Metadata.Info: information is written to the log by the filter. The logs shown here tell you that the data was received and parsed correctly. It also shows the title and artist information.

The Core.Info: information shows the exact data sent to (in this case) the SHOUTcast server.

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