rocknrollstar (3rd June 2010)
Cool, but I really need something that will play videos too
for thats its starting to get complicated. The easiest way of doing it would be training the staff to use the xibo software. it is really easy and quite intuitive. ours are all run by the students apart from one screen which is our Nagios box
Hi Toby, thanks for your help on this. It hit me this morning as I woke up- I could just wrap the playlist.m3u that I made (see attachment on previous post), and then embed that playlist in a webpage. HTML code is:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<OBJECT id="VIDEO" width="640" height="480"
<PARAM NAME="URL" VALUE="\\server\media\playlist.m3u">
<PARAM NAME="SendPlayStateChangeEvents" VALUE="True">
<PARAM NAME="AutoStart" VALUE="True">
<PARAM name="uiMode" value="none">
<PARAM name="PlayCount" value="9999">
<PARAM NAME="Balance" VALUE="False">
<PARAM NAME="DisplaySize" VALUE="True">
<PARAM NAME="Mute" VALUE="False">
<PARAM NAME="ShowDisplay" VALUE="False">
<PARAM NAME="AutoSize" VALUE="True">
<PARAM NAME="AllowChangeDisplaySize" VALUE="False">
<PARAM NAME="AutoRewind" VALUE="True">
<PARAM NAME="ClickToPlay" VALUE="FALSE">
<PARAM NAME="CursorType" VALUE="0">
<PARAM NAME="DisplayBackColor" VALUE="True">
<PARAM NAME="DisplayForeColor" VALUE="16777215">
<PARAM NAME="DisplayMode" VALUE="1">
<PARAM NAME="EnableContextMenu" VALUE="False">
<PARAM NAME="EnablePositionControls" VALUE="False">
<PARAM NAME="EnableFullScreenControls" VALUE="False">
<PARAM NAME="ShowStatusBar" VALUE="FALSE">
<PARAM NAME="BufferingTime" VALUE="5000">
Obviously some values need to be chaned etc, but seems to work, wven with UNC path.
Will stick it into Xibo now and have a play
Ok, I have now worked it all out. I am using Xibo, which is great. I'm able to dump any type of media in a folder, then run a batch file, which updates the playlist and restarts Xibo auotmatically. I also put a powerpoint on Xibo to show a welcome screen and notices, and put the file on a shared folder, so the admin team don't need to use Xibo at all, they simply can edit the powerpoint, then restart Xibo with the click of a button. Like it!
If you want to know how the above was acchieved, let me know, and I'll post instructions.
Thanks again for everyone's help
gumbygaz (4th June 2010)
Digital Signage Software Over The Internet - Cignage Company
These guys offer free cross platform software albeit limited in it's free form, but you can admin from their website multiple devices. They even have an iphone app now. I don't know if thats included with the free subscription though.
Sounds a perfect solution! Been thinking of ways for Xibo to be an easier process for Admin staff to quickly update etc, this seems it! Will have a bash at it, if struggle may come back for those instructions!!
Cheers already for the point in the right direction!
Just found this thread and sounds like exactly the sort of thing that i am after!! Have got Xibo up and running on an XP PC using XAMPP and running everything locally for now.
What i also wanted to do was to have a folder somewhere that the Head can just dump pics into which will then update on the display using Xibo. The idea of a webpage linked to this directory sounded perfect but just a little unsure on how to go about it???
If anybody could help that would be great?!?...or better ideas perhaps as this was 4 months ago so maybe it has been fine tuned?
I've attached the bits and pieces I've used for this, and will try and write something that it understandable to get this done:
1) Create a shared directory to dump media files into. call \\server\media
2) Copy the 'showit.bat' file into this directory
3) Running it produces playlist.m3u which can be played in windows media player or otherwise.
4) Create a webpage with the code shown in a previous post (a reply to Toby). Can store it in the same directory still, call it display.html
5) In Xibo, create a layout page that is a full screen webpage, and the points to \\server\media\display.html
6) Attached in the zip file are batch files to stop and start xibo client. Needs adapting to call the 'showit.bat' file remotely.
7) I also worked on using a powerpoint in Xibo, which could be updated on a shared location, and then use a batch file to start and stop the xibo client remotely. Meant that staff didn't have to bother with xibo. Trick was to call the powerpoint the same name as xibo gave it (e.g. 26.ppt), and then copy over the powerpoint to the xibo client 'cache' on the display machine, then restart the xibo player.
Again, two different options. You could even combine both by including a powerpoint and a webpage in the the layout template with Xibo server.
Hope this helps. Been a while since I've done it. The attached zip file will help, although it's not an out of the box solution.
gerardsweeney (27th October 2010)
Top man! I'll keep a copy of this safe for some R&D time.
fiza (22nd May 2011)
if you want pictures and video playing with a centeral place for teachers to dumb look at Win 7 with windows live gallery on then just change the folder redirection to a shared folder? dunno how often it updates but myabe worth looking at.
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