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MediaBeacon 2018 Quick Install for macOS

This article details install instructions for MediaBeacon on macOS

Installing MediaBeacon 2018.0 on macOS

  1. Double-click the MediaBeacon installation disk image. This will typically be located in the Downloads folder.
  2. Drag "MediaBeacon" into the Applications folder.
  3. Double-click "" in your Applications folder to start the software.
  4. Your security settings may block MediaBeacon from opening. If this is the case, you will need to open your Security & Privacy Settings. In the General Tab, Below the "Allow apps downloaded from:" section, there should be a message that says " was blocked from opening because it is not from an identified developer." Click the "Open Anyway" button to the right of this message to open MediaBeacon.
  5. MediaBeacon will display several additional screens on the first run after installation. First, you will need to read through the license agreement, click "I agree to above license", and click "Next" to continue.
  6. Next, select the "Shared Files Directory" that will store all of your assets. By default, a folder called "MBAssets" will be created in your Home directory. If you want to choose a different folder, click the "Change" button. When you have selected the desired folder to be the Shared Files Directory, click "Next" to continue.
  7. If the "MBAssets" folder does not already exist, MediaBeacon will ask permission to create it. Click "Yes" to create the folder.
  8. Next, the "Web Address" configuration dialog box will appear. Click "Next" to accept the defaults and use the "Automatic address selection".
  9. MediaBeacon allows you to use email notifications for various actions. The next screen allows you to set up email preferences.
  10. In the "External SMTP server" field, add the address of your SMTP server. In the "Sender's E-mail address" field, add the email address to use as the sender. In the "Sender's full name" field, add the name for the sender. Select a maximum attachment size (MB) from the dropdown list that will prevent MediaBeacon from sending an email if it goes over this size limit. After selecting your preferences, click "Next".
  11. Next, the "Password Setup" dialog box will appear. Here you must specify the MBAdmin, or root, password. This password is used to login to MediaBeacon to perform administrative tasks. Click "Next" after you add the desired password.
  12. Next, you will need to select the proper XMP Acceleration mode for your environment. You should select "Accelerated" unless you have been told otherwise by your MediaBeacon representative.
  13. Note: In order to manage a large number of files, MediaBeacon has developed a unique method of accelerating the write of the metadata for each file into the file system. This acceleration works outside of the standard XMP specification, but is crucial for reasonable response times on larger databases.
  14. This setting only affects the way the files are stored on the server. Files are always downloaded in a completely compatible format.
  15. Click "Done" to finish the installation.
  16. The first time you launch the software, you will be required to enter a valid license. Your MediaBeacon representative should provide you with the license and should be contacted if you have any issues activating the software. Enter the license information and click "Enter License."
  17. Note: The name of the licensor is case-sensitive.
  18. You must activate the license immediately, either by phone or online via the "Activate" and then "Activate Now" buttons.
  19. Note: If your server does not have external internet access, you can use the Activate by phone option. For this option, you will call MediaBeacon and get a string to enter over the phone to activate.
  20. Successful activation allows full use of the application for the allotted license period.
  21. The next step is to configure HTML5 video options. Select HTML5 to use HTML5 in the web interface to help play videos. Optional WebM support allows you to use an external video converter but requires configuration to work properly. You can leave these blank or click "Apply" to apply the selected options and then click "Apply".
  22. You are now ready to run MediaBeacon. Click "Done".
  23. The following dialog box will provide you with the option and instructions for disabling auto login, if desired. Click "continue" to go through the steps of disabling auto login, or click "cancel" to keep auto login enabled.
  24. Next, Open MediaBeacon and you will be ready to configure your database and related settings in the Enterprise tab of the admin GUI.

*Please Note: You can click on "Start MediaBeacon" in the Admin tab to start MediaBeacon. If the button is grayed out, you will need to navigate to the Activity Monitor of your computer and quit any orphaned Java processes. Next, you will need to force quit MediaBeacon and then reopen MediaBeacon and the "Start MediaBeacon" button should work.

Before starting, you may see the Database Repair dialog box. Click "OK" to continue with the start of MediaBeacon.
After installing MediaBeacon 2018.0, the first start will take several minutes, do not exit out or stop the process until it is complete. You can see the progress on the bottom of the GUI. If installations are required before the start of MediaBeacon, you will receive a notification while MediaBeacon is trying to start. You will need to complete these installations before MediaBeacon will start successfully.

System Requirements


The following are the minimum requirements for MediaBeacon 2018.0 on a distributed system configuration with roughly 500k assets and about 200 concurrent users. MediaBeacon requires high throughput and low latency connections of no more than 1500ms for database access, 1000ms for disk access, and 5ms for connections to distributed components. These are minimum requirements, so hardware capabilities can be increased as needed.

Hardware recommendations for the production, staging, and development environments in a distributed setup are:

  Production Staging Development
MediaBeacon Primary Server 16 GB RAM, 8 Core CPU 8 GB RAM, 4 Core CPU 4 GB RAM, 2 Core CPU
Enterprise Search Engine 16 GB RAM, 8 Core CPU 8 GB RAM, 4 Core CPU ---
User Concurrency Pack 16 GB RAM, 4 Core CPU (each) 8GB RAM, 4 Core CPU (each) ---
Preview 16 GB RAM, 8 Core CPU 8 GB RAM, 4 CPU ---


Software Operating Systems

  • Windows Server 2008 R2+
  • MacOS 10.10+

Supported Database Types

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008+
  • MySQL5.5+

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome 48+
  • Mozilla Firefox 44+
  • Safari 9.1+
  • Internet Explorer 11+
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Apple iOS9.X+
  • Android 6.0+

Compatible Versions of Third Party Integrations

  • Aspera 3.7
  • Vantage 5+ with license for Vantage Transcode, Vantage Analysis, and Metadata Conversion
  • Microsoft Office 2011+

Software Included in Installation Package

  • QuickTime x86,
  • Java JRE 8, x64, 1.8.0_45
  • Graphicsmagick, 1.3.18
  • Imagemagick, 7.0.3
  • Ghostscript, 9.14
  • Visual C++ Redistributable 2005 SP1, 8.0.56336
  • Visual C++ Redistributable and 2008, 9.0.21022
  • Flash Player 8

No Longer Supported with 2018.0

  • OracleDB
  • Internet Explorer 7-10
  • Chrome 44-47
  • Firefox 39-43
  • Safari 8-9.0
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