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General discussion on the mediaSERVER / Newby - mostly that is
« on: March 10, 2016, 12:52:11 PM »
We have a digital signage system in place, but we do not care much for it due to some limitations. These limitations include the inability to pull things from the net, all media must be done in powerpoint slideshows and converted to an AVI in order to play. We subcontracted this out, but now we are seeking to bring this in house.

So, I am here looking for help, advice, tips and everything else to do this in house.

One of the challenges we are experiencing is the ability to show multiple media formats at the same time on the same screen by breaking the real estate up on screen. For instance, the top left corner of the screen would show the current weather, the top middle portion would show the time with a clock or something. The top right corner could show a calendar of events, or even a video. The middle section could show a slideshow of things around campus or past events. The bottom portion could show a ticker. The most important thing here is to have the ability to break up the screen move things around as we see fit as long as it fits within the restraints of the screen. The real estate breakup could change depending on what we were displaying ranging from fullscreen to several sections on screen.

We also need the ability to schedule the display. Many of our signage needs change on the weekend for events. So the ability to set things up on Friday so that on Saturday morning it would become active, then on Monday morning it reverts back to what the current default would be.

Easy to use. While I will be the technical lead on this, my primary job is to just get it going and keep it going. I will not really be responsible for the content so I will need a solution so that a few end-users can be trained on how to publish the content to the screen as easily as possible. A gui for them would be nice but I am open to other options.

How should I start, and what should I start with? Anything I am missing, not considering?

TIA

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