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Haivision Barracuda Quickstart Guide

This document provides you with the information required for set up and basic use of the Haivision Barracuda video encoder. You'll also want to bring along a laptop computer with Internet access because the last step of the process requires launching a Web browser in order to verify successful transmission of your video signal.

The unit is fairly easy to set up. It requires a power connection, a network connection, and an audio/video source.

  1. Set up the Barracuda encoder.

    Identify a safe place for the encoder close to the video source, power source and a network port. The Barracuda is an indoor appliance and should be kept in a dry, dust free environment.

  2. Connect the Encoder to the Network.

    Connect the Ethernet port to the IP network using the provided network cable. The LAN Connection is on the far left of the back of the encoder, marked as “NETWORK”.

  3. Connect the encoder to audio and video Sources.

    Connect the provided RCA female to Terminal audio dongle shown above to the AUDIO jack in the back of the encoder.

    The Composite Cable has three connections, one yellow, one red, and one white. They are color coordinated with the jacks on the back of the encoder. Connect the Audio Input to your Audio Source using the red and white jacks of the cable provided. Connect the Video RCA jack to your Video Source using the yellow jack of the cable.

  4. Connect the encoder to the power supply.

    Insert the locking cylindrical connector on the 5V power supply into the Power input jack at the rear of the Barracuda.

  5. Power up the encoder.

    Once the network, audio/video and power cables are all attached to the Barracuda, connect the power cord to the power supply and plug the cord in to an AC power source. The status LED will start blinking green, indicating that encoder is booting up. Wait (about 2 minutes) until the status LED stays solid green, indicating that the encoder is ready for operation.

  6. Transmit video.

    The TX LED will be on Amber when the encoder is booting up. It will remain Amber if there is no valid video input. The TX LED will turn green when a valid video input is detected.

  7. Verify video transmission.

    Visit Click on the VF InStream icon and allow Java scripts to run. If you do not have Java installed on your computer, install the free Java download from Once the InStream player is running, doubleclick either the Loaner1 or Loaner2 channel in the lineup. Your video should start playing in the preview window. Click “Watch TV”. For more information see the InStream player instructions.

Congratulations. You're ready for your video broadcast!

If you need additional technical assistance or product support, please contact us.

  Page Updated: 2012-02-16