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This page is about the playlist feature of Elementi. For the built-in playlist feature of DiVA, HMP300, and HMP350 devices, see the "Content Playlist" page.

Introduction

An Elementi playlist is a collection of items (e.g. videos, images, animations, text etc.) that are displayed sequentially or in random order, with or without a transition effect applied between them. A playlist can include both local and remote resources, and it can be used in various ways within an Elementi project:


Note Notes:
  • Any number of playlists can be created within a project.
  • To add a playlists into an opened document, simply drag and drop the playlists either into the Edit panel or into the Preview panel.
  • To get familiar with Elementi Playlist, watch the video tutorials below.

Master playlist

A playlist can be self-contained within a single SVG file, in which case, it is called a master playlist. A master playlist is useful when its items are text layers and / or media resources that are either remote or shared between different project components.

Playlist collection

Playlist icon

When a playlist is made of multiple resources (videos, images, layouts, other playlists, widgets, schedule), scripts etc.), it is recommended to create a playlist collection and group all these resources together for easier manipulation. This special type of collection is the default option in Elementi and it is marked with the blue icon on the right. A master playlist in automatically included within the playlist collection.

To open this playlist, double-click on the blue icon in the Browse panel - if no other document is currently opened in Elementi, then the master playlist file is automatically opened (for editing in the Edit panel and for viewing in the Preview panel); otherwise double-click on the master playlist file (index.svg) included within.

Multiscreen playlist

A multiscreen playlist is a special type of playlist covering a predefined area of a multiscreen project / video wall.

For more details, see the Multiscreen playlist section on the Multiscreen content page.

Playlist widgets

To extend the basic playlist functionality, several playlist widgets are available:

How to create a playlist

Video

The video below shows how to create a playlist of images within a project.

See this video on Vimeo.

Create a new playlist

"New Playlist" dialog

To create a new playlist, follow these steps:

  1. Open / create an Elementi project.
  2. Right-click inside the Browse panel.
  3. Select the "New Playlist..." option. The "New Playlist" dialog appears.
  4. Set the playlist properties:
    • Name
      Enter the name of the playlist (used either for the playlist folder name or the playlist file name).
    • Transition
      Click on the blue-arrow button to open the "Transition Properties" dialog and select the transition effect to use for the playlist items.
    • Shuffle
      Select whether the items are played in the order they were entered in the playlist (checkbox not ticked; default value) or in a random order (checkbox ticked).
      If enabled, the shuffle is done when the playlist document is opened, thus if "Looping" is enabled, the shuffle is done only once.
    • Looping
      Select whether all the playlist items are played only once (checkbox not ticked) or in a continuous loop (checkbox ticked; default value).
      Note that even though this property is disabled, the playlist might still appear to loop when it is included into a layout by a layer that is set to repeat indefinitely.
    • Media duration
      Enter the default duration to use for media items without a intrinsic duration, like images or text items.
      Video items are usually not influenced by this property as their natural duration is used by default.
    • Create a master playlist (previously "Create only SVG file")
      Indicate whether a new collection (checkbox not ticked) or a single SVG file (checkbox ticked) should be created for this playlist.
      By default, this option is disabled which means that a playlist collection is created.
  5. Click the "OK" button. A new playlist is created
"Document Properties" dialog


Note Notes:
  • To modify the layout properties afterwards, open the layout and click on "Document Properties" button from the toolbar - this opens the "Document Properties" dialog, which allows modifying the transition, shuffle, looping, and media duration properties.
  • Random transitions or shuffling must be avoided for multiscreen content, because the randomisation is done by each player with different results.

Add content to playlist

After the new playlist is created, the next step is to add some content into it.

  1. If a playlist collection is created, double-click on its blue icon in Browse panel to open it.
    • The master playlist file is automatically opened when no other document is currently opened in Elementi.
  2. Otherwise, double-click on the master playlist file to open it for editing in the Edit panel and for viewing in the Preview panel.
  3. Next, import some content, for instance some images and / or videos - to do so, simply drag and drop the files from Windows Explorer into the Browse panel.
  4. To add a media into the playlist, simply drag & drop the media (file) from the Browse panel into the Edit panel.
  5. To add a text layer to the playlist, click the "Add Text Layer" button from the toolbar.
    • To fine tune the text layer properties, click the the "Layer Properties" button next to the layer to open the Layer Properties dialog.


Note Note:

Duration of playlist items

Edit panel > Playlist tab

The duration of each playlist item is computed based on the type of media and its properties; if available, it is shown on the Edit panel next to the item thumbnail.

It can be equal to one of the following:

  • Default duration
    For static items (like images and text) the value set as the default media duration on the playlist properties is used for the item duration. The keyword "Default" is added before the duration to mark this.
  • A fixed duration
    For videos and SVG documents with fixed duration, their natural duration is used by default. Otherwise, this is the duration manually set by the user for this item.
  • No duration
    The duration is either indefinite (for SVG documents with indefinite duration or playlists set to loop) or it will be determined when the item is played.


Note Note:
To change the duration of a playlist item, click the the "Layer Properties" button next to the layer to open the Layer Properties dialog.

Include playlist into project

The final part is to include the playlist into the project:

  1. In the Browse panel, click on the project name inside the navigation bar to go back to the root of the project.
  2. Double click on the index.svg file to open it.
  3. Drag and drop the playlist from the Browse panel into either the Preview panel or the Edit panel.
  4. Adjust the size and position of the playlist within the Preview panel.
  5. Save the changes.

How to create a master playlist

The video below shows how to create a master playlist containing two Elementi layouts.

See this video on Vimeo.

Troubleshooting

Message:

  • The playlist is set to loop and its total duration cannot be determined; using the playlist within a schedule or a multiscreen project might cause problems.
  • Playlist is looping inside a schedule but does not meet the conditions to be synchronized

Description:

  • The alert message is usually displayed when the playlist is included into a multiscreen project or a schedule file, the playlist is set to loop and its total duration cannot be determined (e.g., one of the items doesn't have a fixed duration) - in which case, it may cause synchronization problems. The solution is to disable the playlist's looping property and / or make sure that all the media items within have fixed durations.
  • Other possible cases:
    • When using external images for which the URI doesn't include the image extension; the solution in this case is to specify the image mime-type under Layer properties > Advanced tab by setting the attribute type to image/png, image/jpeg or image/gif.
    • When dragging the project timeline marker or making any changes on the playlist after one hour of playing time; the message can be ignored in this case.
This page was last modified on 30 June 2017, at 19:02.