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New features and suggestions / Mobile signage / advertising
« on: March 22, 2011, 10:12:42 PM »
Are there any plans to push advertising to cell phones based on proximity?  The whole mobile side of signage is starting to emerge and I was wondering if there are any plans for this?  Are there 3rd party apps that could work with this?

Thanks

BradW

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So, I have a campaign with two timelines.  One timeline is setup with three content areas.  The other timeline has a single channel / content area.  Eventually, when the timeline with 3 channels has one of its main content areas stop displaying content.  This area plays videos (FLVs) a fair bit.  It also has a catalogue player.  This timeline goes for just over 3 minutes and has around 11 items in that channel.

I have watched this campaign loop over and over and it seems to work.  I leave it and come back and then the one main content area with the videos is black.  The other channels are just fine!  Very frustrating.

The only way to resolve this is to restart the player.  This is not an acceptable option as most of the time we can't expect the hosts to take care of these issues.

If this is an exception that is not handled properly, it would be nice if at least the player restarted itself.  We have paying customers that want their content reliably displayed.  I am running version 2.2.1088 with Air 2.5.1.17730.

Help!

BradW

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Studio (Legacy / SignStudio) / Catalog Items - Text Alignment
« on: November 24, 2010, 11:48:52 PM »
Is there a way to align the text in the Catalogue Items?  it would be nice if we could center the text or have other standard alignment options.

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Studio (Legacy / SignStudio) / Catalog Resources
« on: September 10, 2010, 12:20:48 AM »
So, I created a scene, put in a place holder for the Catalog Resource.  That seems to be working ok.  However, when the resource images come up, they are all resized to fit the area on the scene instead of the actual product image size.

Couple questions:

1) What do most people do when using the catalog feature?  Do they force a certain size to ensure they all look and behave the same? 
2) Is there a way for the scene / catalogue item to adjust to the resource image?

Thanks,


BradW

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SignagePlayer / VirtualDub - HowTo
« on: July 22, 2010, 10:55:37 PM »
I had challenges in getting VirtualDub to work on my mediasignage player.  At first, I was trying to use an HDMI cable.  DON'T GO THERE!  An audio signal is sent with the HDMI output and can cause the audio to not work properly.

Here is what I needed to do.  Good luck!


Ok, so here is what I had to do.

1) I used the AverMedia USB capture device recommended by mediaSignage
2) I got a 6ft Value S-Video+Audio to 3 RCA Cbl cable from Cables to go at Amazon for the video and audio that hooks up to my AV equipment.
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0002JFNQU/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB
3) used a VGA cable to connect the player to the PC
4) I needed to cut down the screw stops on the video cable to give it more reach.  I just used an exacto knife to do this.  Otherwise, I was not able to get the cable to screw into the VGA adapter on the player.
5) Used the audio pc jack on the tv for the audio
6) virtualdub is NOT using the command line that the player is sending it.  I had to change a setting so that it remembered the default display.  In capture mode, I set my device settings to be overlay Video->Overlay and the filter to Video->Preview Acceleration->Progressive-Both Fields.  I then needed to save these settings for my device.  Device->Device Settings->Save current display mode as default.  There may have been another option for the svideo.  If I did not do this, the player would invoke VirtualDub just fine, but the picture quality was horrible.  If you tried the command line out from the player, it would work just fine from a command prompt, but not inside the player.  Thus, I needed to tweak the default device settings.  I'd like to think this issue with the player will be fixed sometime, but until then, I hope this helps!  It helped me!  :)


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Studio (Legacy / SignStudio) / Multiple Points in a Scene?
« on: July 17, 2010, 12:20:20 AM »
I want to be able to transition a picture in and out of the scene.  As far as I have been able to see, I am only allowed 2 points.  Am I missing something?


Thanks,


BradW

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New features and suggestions / Station setting profiles
« on: June 28, 2010, 12:37:30 PM »
It would be to be able to change the settings of multiple stations at once.  Perhaps providing a station profile you could then pick or associate to each station.  Each station could then pick a profile OR select their own options.

The more options we have to tweak, I could not handle having to do a tweak across 1300+ stations.  It would get very resource intensive, especially after an upgrade that has wiped out my previous power management settings.

Thanks,


BradW

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We have observed that some error conditions are not being caught.  Some situations (multiple timelines) can cause some players to loose content on some channels.  This is usually due to a memory boundary of some sort (PageFile / Swap).  The player is not able to recover from this condition.  It appears that there are some know limitations with the Adobe SDK and that better error management may allow these types of errors to be trapped apprpriately and allow for the player or station to be rebooted.

This is critical as we can't be dealing with 1300+ owners and dealing with these kind of issues.  The software should ideally handle this or provide a way for the system to restart appropriately.

Thanks,


BradW

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I have seen a competing product do this.  I think they are integrating with Open-Mesh and / or providing more station meta-data.  Open-mesh is a hardware appliance that leverages Hamachi in some way providing a  totally segmented off network within a network.  It basically firewalls all our stations.  This might be good for larger deployments and the cost of the devices is pretty minimal.  The web console is free.

I do like the categorization approach we have today, but a picture speaks a thousand words sometimes.


BradW

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New features and suggestions / Campaign Assignment to Stations
« on: June 24, 2010, 11:45:09 PM »
It would be great to be able to assign a campaign to multiple stations at once.  We can multi select stations now, so it would be great to be able to have an option to change all the stations selected settings.  In this mode, all players selected would get the same settings applied to them.

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I am going to be trying this out on my test players!

http://get.adobe.com/air/

So far things seem pretty smooth.  I am monitoring memory usage however.  Not sure if it is Air related or Signage Player related.  Anyone have any experience with memory usage slowly creeping up?

Thanks,


BradW

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SignagePlayer / VLC Flashing?
« on: June 01, 2010, 12:00:35 AM »
I was wondering if anyone else is seeing the vlc external app invocation flash?  These are the settings I am using:
--video-x 0 --video-y 0 -Idummy --dummy-quiet --no-video-title-show --mouse-hide-timeout 1 $File[471] vlc://quit

When it runs, I momentarily see a black screen with Air at the top left corner and then you see VLC resize itself.  I am seeing this on a dual core 2.93 Ghz machine as well as my laptop.

Help and suggestions

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SignagePlayer / Latest Ubutu 9.10 install on May 19, 2010
« on: May 19, 2010, 01:42:22 AM »
I followed the video tutorial....

Issues found:

1) All scripts in the /opt/SignagePlayer/share/linux needed to have dos2unix run on them  (I needed to install dos2unix on my machine)
2) Was missing the gnomeStartup.sh.Desktop file in /opt/SignagePlayer/share/linux for the autostart

I created the entry manually (put it under root), then copied to the install directory and did the install again.

This took a bit of time to figure out....

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