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    Simple Simple Digital Signage Please!

    Hi, we have an LCD TV in the reception, connected to a networked XP machine. I would like to have a shared folder on the network, where staff can dump images and videos, and for this to be shown on display on the machine.

    I would rather I didn't have to stop the looping of content to change the file, just repeat over and over again, taking into account if new files are there (and adding them).

    Any ideas of a solution for this? I.e. play media files in a directory full screen, on loop, and include new files when available.

    Thanks!

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    Look at show point, best thing I can thunk of, all you is update the powerpoint file that is in the shared folder and it will update whats on the screen

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    It's a bit more complicated than what your looking for (and i haven't tried it before) but Xibo gives a web based interface to manage the screens it runs.
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    I'd give Xibo a shot, it's incredibly quick to set up and easy to use once you've got the hang of it. Very flexible as well with the scheduling and multiple display support. :P

    In our reception there's a projector pointing at a large white wall that is plugged into a laptop running the Xibo client. That is scheduled to display a looping slideshow of the various school logos/achievements that usually go at the bottom of letters.

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    We have the same setup in reception here, but after having the machine turned off at the socket a few times, and never being given any different files to display, we ended up putting a cheap dvd player behind the screen and just stuck a dvd on loop.

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    I've been looking at Concerto - it doesn't do video yet, although according to the blog it should be coming soon.

    It's open source, and multiuser - you can set up feeds that users can submit text and graphics to, and moderate them before they're displayed. It's geared up towards a central server with multiple client machines connected to displays - but I'm looking at putting both on the same machine because we've only got a single display. (I'm not sure whether this is possible, but if you could display a web page as a screen saver, you could co-opt all the school's PCs into being digital signage! )

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    I can second OllieC's recommendation of Xibo. We've used a few of the paid for signage programs and none really did exactly what we wanted. Xibo does exactly what we need including being able to drop a powerpoint on to part of the screen with video and ticker in other parts of the screen. Best of all it's free!

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    I'll just mention something else we do with Xibo. Whenever we have an event on in the evening we usually create a new layout containing any required information to greet visitors and then schedule it to automatically change in time in the evening.... 'tis so useful. :P

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    if it was just images i would have said winsows pic preview thingy (with XP). set it to slide show and walk off - i think it does update as you add also.

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    Thanks everyone for your repsonses. I guess I have 3 replies!:

    a) Attached is a simple script I wrote to do what I wanted, cobbled together from various sources. Basically it allows you to have a media folder, which can contain various videos, photos, mp3s etc (anything the media player can play). There is also a batch file script called showit.bat, which when run, creates an m3u playlist file automatically, containing any of the media files in the current directory. It will then tell Windows Media Player to play that playlist fullscreen. Note that the playlist must already have been added to WMP. Works well, does the job. Tried PortableVLC, had issues with quality.

    b) I've installed Xibo, very simple for me, although I'm trying to make it easy enough for our admin team to do it! If I have a powerpoint that it is displaying, then if I update the PPT, will the Xibo system show the updated file? Otherwise it requires reuploading again...

    c) Can Xibo display media in a folder, as opposed to having to upload the media into Xibo? That would be ideal

    Thanks everyone for your help
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollstar View Post
    c) Can Xibo display media in a folder, as opposed to having to upload the media into Xibo? That would be ideal

    Thanks everyone for your help
    I would create a webpage that is a slideshow of anything inside a folder, then install xibo ( i use it on 5 screens around school) then just create a layout that shows the webpage. you then have the easyness for admin staff and also the flexibilty if you would like to expand in the future (or do more advanced staff for productions in the evening etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    I would create a webpage that is a slideshow of anything inside a folder
    Brilliant idea! How do I go about that?!
    Thanks Toby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollstar View Post
    Brilliant idea! How do I go about that?!
    Thanks Toby.
    not sure never tried it! its possible i think as i have seen it before, let me have a play and get back to you

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    Thanks Toby. An interesting challenge I think!

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    think this will do what you want Cut & Paste Full Screen Image Slideshow (w/ auto read images from directory)

    just testing it now

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