MovieGuard Help Contents

Introduction

There are 2 basic components to this system:
  1. MovieGuard Producer
  2. MovieGuard Player
  1. MovieGuard Producer

    - This is the software that encrypts your Movie files so that they can only be read by the specifed Movie Player. This program allows you to create a playlist of Movie files and then encrypt the Movie files with different parameters to enable various marketing uses.

  2. MovieGuard Player

    - This is the software that you distribute and/or sell to your customers to allow them access to your Movie files. You must also distribute the data files that are generated in the output directory. The MovieGuard Player allows the user to change volume, check sound card, view ID3 details, send e-mail and visit a web site.

Overview

These are some samples of the screens. Click to enlarge.

Different Uses

There are several different ways to use this system:
  1. Movie Only - no advertising screens and no license verification is performed. This is accomplished by not entering any data into the ShareGuard Progam field, Ad Screen image and Ad Screen URL fields. This feature is useful for marketing when you want to give away free information but you do not want them to be able to copy, print or save your information.
  2. Movie With Advertising - An advertising screen is displayed whenever the user starts the Movie Player to view your document. This is accomplished by entering data into the Ad Screen image and Ad Screen URL fields. This feature is useful for marketing when you want to give away free information but you want them to visit a particular web site in order to upsell them on another product.
  3. Licensed Movie - license verification is performed. This is accomplished by entering a valid ShareGuard project filename into the ShareGuard Program field. This feature is useful for marketing when you want to ensure that all users have registered their Movie with you. The registration process can be free if you just collect e-mail addresses or the registration can be to an e-commerce site if you wish to charge money for your e-book.

    NOTE: This method requires the ShareGuard module which is optional. You can download and try ShareGuard for free. See the Internet/Download ShareGuard on the main menu.

Security

There are 3 basic security features to this system:
  1. MovieGuard Player - the MovieGuard Player program will decrypt your document and display it to the user. The user cannot cut and paste, print or save the document.
  2. MovieGuard User Encryption - the MovieGuard encrypts your Movie so that only the specified Player program will be able to decrypt your music and play it to the user.
  3. ShareGuard (optional) - the ShareGuard program will check the licensing of the Movie before allowing the program to run. If the user is not licensed then the Movie will not display your Movie contents.

Step-By-Step Procedures

  1. Supported Formats: MovieGuard will support all filetypes (.WMV, .ASF, .MPG, .MP3, .MMS) except Apple .MOV. You can convert .MOV to MPEG or another supported file format.
  2. Streaming Content: MMS file format is multimedia server (only with ZapperSoftware.com products) and is just a text file containing the URL of your multimedia files - .ASF, .WMV or MP3
  3. Copy Protection: You must use ShareGuard to enforce the copy protection. ShareGuard V4.1 will allow you to manage and control all online activations and deactivations (automatically or manually). You can use this method with either local files .WMV .ASF, .MPG, .MP3 or streaming using our .MMS format. The MMS file is encrypted so end users will not see the content without going through the MovieGuard Player.
  1. Select the MovieGuard program from you Start/Programs or your desktop depending upon your installation.
  2. Create your playlist and save it. You can create a playlist from the Movie Files page (press the Add button for each file and then Save at the end) or from the Movie Files combo box by double-clicking and selecting files on the Movie Filename field.
  3. Type in a title for your playlist in the Movie Title field.
  4. Check the Autostart check box if you want the video to start playing automatically.
  5. Double-click the Movie Filename field to add files to your playlist.
  6. If you want your users to be able to visit a particular web site then do the following:
    1. Enter the URL Movie URL field.
    This is selected by Help/Web Site from the Movie Player.
  7. If you want your users to be able to send you e-mail then do the following:
    1. Enter your contact name in the eMail Name field.
    2. Enter your e-mail address in the eMail Address field.
    3. Enter the subject of the e-mail in the eMail Subject field.
    4. Enter any notes for the e-mail in the eMail Notes field.
    This is selected by Help/Send Mail from the Movie Player.
  8. If you want your users to be licensed to watch your video:
    1. Enter the ShareGuard Project filename in the ShareGuard Program field.
    This is automatically run whenever the user starts the Movie Player. If the user is not licensed and/or their trial period is over then the Movie Player will not display your document. It will, however, display a form allowing them to pay and/or register to enable access to your Movie.
  9. If you want to execute another program when users watch your video:
    1. Enter the executable filename in the Other Program field.
    This is automatically run whenever the user starts the Movie Player.
  10. If you want your users to automatically see an image and be able to visit another web site:
    1. Enter the filename of the image in the Ad Screen Image field.
    2. Enter the URL of the web site in the Ad Screen URL field.
    This is automatically displayed whenever the user starts the Movie Player.
  11. Enter a valid number from 0001 to 9999 in each of the three Encryption fields.
  12. Press the Produce button. This will automatically encrypt and copy all of the required programs and data into the output directory.
  13. Press the Play button. This will display the Movie Player using all of the parameters that you have generated. This is for testing purposes.
  14. Once you are happy with the Movie then create a setup program using all of the files that are in the output directory.
  15. Save the current parameters in an Movie Project file.

Main Form

This is main form for creating and publishing an Movie. There are two pages - the Publish Page which contains the Movie parameters and the Write Page which contains the text editor.

Movie Title

This is the title that will appear as a caption in the title bar on the Movie Player program.

Movie FileName

This is the filename of the Movie file that you wish to produce (encrypt). Double-click this field and select a file in Movie format (*.Movie). You can also use the Movie Files Page to create a playlist within this software.
NOTE: This is a required field.

Movie URL

This is the URL (uniform resource locator) to visit when playing the movie.

Movie Autostart

If this box is checked then this will load and start playing the video automatically when the user opens the MovieGuard Player. If the box is not checked then the user must select open and then select play for each video.

Allow Save

If this is YES then the video can be saved by the user into a decrypted format. If this is NO then the video cannot be saved. ALWAYS SET THIS TO NO to protect your video.

Movie URL

This is the URL of the web site that the users can visit by selecting Help/Web Site from the menu of the Movie Player.

eMail Name

This is the name that will appear in the Name Line of the mail message for the sendmail feature of the Movie Player.

eMail Address

This is the e-mail address that will appear in the Send To Line of the mail message for the sendmail feature of the Movie Player.

eMail Subject

This is the e-mail subject that will appear in the Subject Line of the mail message for the sendmail feature of the Movie Player.

eMail Notes

This is the e-mail notes that will appear in the main body of the mail message for the sendmail feature of the Movie Player.

ShareGuard Program

This is the ShareGuard Project file to use for the Movie Player.

NOTE: This is an optional feature. ShareGuard is an additional program that works with MovieGuard. You can try ShareGuard for a free trial period by selecting Internet/Download ShareGuard. The ShareGuard Calling Program must be the Movie Player program (ZSMVGDP.EXE).

Other Program

This is the executable file name to use for the Movie Player.

NOTE: This is an optional feature. The other program is any executable file that you wish to be run when the user starts up the Movie Player. This can be AdWare or any program that you ship with the Setup program.

Ad Screen Image

This is the image file name to use for the Movie Player. This can be either a JPEG image (*.jpg) or a BITMAP (*.bmp) image. This will start another form to display with the specified image. You can also select an Ad Screen URL which will display a button for the user to press. If the user presses this button it will take them to the URL specified.

NOTE: This is optional feature.

Ad Screen URL

This is the URL to use for the Movie Player Ad Screen. Entering a valid URL in this field will display a button on the Ad Screen. If the user presses this button it will take them to the URL specified.

NOTE: This is optional feature.

Ad Screen Delay

This check box is for the Splash Screen. If the user checks this box then the splash screen will display for 4 seconds and then automatically close. If this box is not checked then the user must close the splash screen manually (pressing the Close button).

Ad Screen - Visit URL Automatically

This check box is for the browser to open automatically. If this box is checked then the default browser will open to the specified URL. URL format is www.yourwebsite.com

Remember to always use different encryption parameters to ensure the best security.

Encryption Key 1

This is the first of three keys to use to encrypt your document. You should select your own set of keys to ensure that no other Movie Player can decrypt your document. You must select a valid number from 0001 to 9999.

NOTE: This is a required field.

Encryption Key 2

This is the second of three keys to use to encrypt your document. You should select your own set of keys to ensure that no other Movie Player can decrypt your document. You must select a valid number from 0001 to 9999.

NOTE: This is a required field.

Encryption Key 3

This is the third of three keys to use to encrypt your document. You should select your own set of keys to ensure that no other Movie Player can decrypt your document. You must select a valid number from 0001 to 9999.

NOTE: This is a required field.

Button Produce

This will encrypt your Movie files with all of the parameters specified. The files are written to the output directory.

Button Play

This will start the Movie Player program to test your Movie playlist with all of the parameters specified. The files are run from the output directory called 'PlayList'.

Button Close

This will close the Movie Producer program.

Movie Files PlayList Editor

This editor will allow you to create a playlist.

Button Open

This will open an Movie (*.Movie) format file and load it into the PlayList Editor.

Button Save

This will save the Movie playlist created and current in the Movie Files PlayList Editor. It will save to the Movie Filename combo box on the Produce Page.

Menu

File

These are all of the File options to clear, open, save and print your work.

File/New

This clears all entries on the current page only.

File/New Project

This clears all entries on all of the pages.

File/Open

This opens a file for the current page only.

File/Open Project

This opens a project file for all of the pages.

File/Save

This saves a file for the current page only.

File/Save Project

This saves a project file for all of the pages.

File/Save As

This saves a file for the current page only. It prompts you for a new filename.

File/Save Project As

This saves a project file for all of the pages. It prompts you for a new filename.

File/Exit

This closes the program. It will prompt you to save your current project before closing.

View

These are all of the pages accessible in the program. This is an alternative to using the tabs. A check indicates the current page.

View/Produce

This page contains all of the parameters required to build and/or publish an Movie playlist for the Movie Player.

View/Movie Files

This page allows you to creat a playlist of Movie files.

Options

These are all of the options available to the program. This contains fonts and settings.

Options/Fonts

This allows you to select a different font size and style. Select your font and then press Apply. These fonts will remain in effect until you change them back.

Options/Settings

This page allows you to change the following settings: Project Directory and the output directory for the published book.

Options/Settings/Project Directory

This is the path for your project files that you will create. You may want to save them in a different directory.

Options/Settings/Output Directory

This is the path for your application software and your Movie. Please use all of these files to create your setup program.

Internet

This allows you some options to access the internet.

Internet/Search Internet

This will open your default browser to Google for searching.

Internet/Send Mail

This will send an e-mail to anyone that you specifiy.

Internet/Download ShareGuard

This will download the current version of ShareGuard for evaluation. ShareGuard works with the MovieGuard product.NOTE: If ShareGuard is already installed then this option will not appear.

Help

These are all of the help options available to the program. This contains access to the Help Contents, Help Index, Help On Help and About.

Help/Contents

This is the page of all of the help contents. The page you are currently reading here is the contents page.

Help/Index

This is the page of the index for the help contents. Clicking on any item will send you to the specified position within the contents page .

Help/Help on Help

This is the page containing information on how to use the help system.

Help/Web Help

This will open your default browser to Zapper Software so that you can view any additional help or updates regarding MovieGuard.

Help/E-Mail Help

This will send an e-mail directly to Zapper Software for personal help.

Help/About

This is the page containing information about the MovieGuard program.

Form Options Directory

Path Project

This is the directory path for your MovieGuard project files.

Output Directory

This is the directory path for your MovieGuard output files. These are all of the files that are required to run the MovieGuard Player. You will create a setup program containing all of these files. See Help Section at Zapper Software for more information on creating Setup files. If you cannot do the Setup program by yourself then contact me through the Zapper Sofware web site.

Image Form

This is form for displaying your Ad Screen image.

Image

This is verifying the image for the Ad Screen.

Movie Images

You can display your own JPEG images on the MovieGuard Player by any of the following options:

Default Image

Create a JPEG file called default.jpg. This will display at start up and will replace the current image.



Output Folder

This is the folder containing all of the files required for distributing your Movie Files. This folder is called c:\Program Files\MovieGuard\Output.

Output - How to Distribute Movie Files

After you press the PUBLISH Key, all of the required files are copied into the OUTPUT folder.
The files are as follows: Place all of the files that you required from the OUTPUT folder into a zip file or use an Software Installation program. See the C:/Program Files/MovieGuard/Samples/SampleSetup.ISS file which can be used with Inno Setup Compiler (which is free). See the help section on the website for How To Install Software Using Inno Setup

Output - How to Unlock Movie Files

If you are using ShareGuard then you will need to provide keys in order to unlock the Movie player. Please see the ShareGuard documentation for the most current information on the ShareGuard software.

See C:/Program Files/MovieGuard/Samples/SampleKey.ISS file for an example of distributing a software key to unlock an Movie player. This is an Inno Setup Compiler file (see above).

ShareGuard Overview: NOTE: The ZSSGKEY.BAT program (on the ShareGuard Locksmith Key Batch File page) contains all of the parameters to call ZSSGKM.EXE or ZSSGK.EXE. You cannot call ZSSGKM.EXE or ZSSGK.EXE by itself - it does not know what tasks to perform. The ZSSGKEY.BAT will call ZSSGKM.EXE if you specify Single User Key or will call ZSSGK.EXE if you specify NO for Single User Key. Send the user the ZSSGKEY.BAT and the ZSSGKM.EXE without any product key specified. After their product key is displayed, they will e-mail you or phone you with the product key. You can then enter it into the Locksmith Key page - Product Key field. Generate the parameters and Key Batch file and send it to the customer. It will unlock ONLY that computer for that software Movie player album title.


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