Media app

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This page is related to the built-in apps of the player web interface.

Introduction

Media app

The Media app can be used to render images or videos for instant visual impact. Simply select all your media to be rendered one after the other - you can change the order and duration and choose among a variety of transitions. All media automatically fit within the app area.

The Background app is a special version of the Media app, which is set to fit the entire screen and its position cannot be modified. It can display one or more media or a predefined color.

Usage

The Media app can be used to display either a single media (image or video) or a set of media.

  • To clear the the selected media / set, click on the cross icon.
  • To edit the media set, click on the pen icon. This will open the media set edit page.

Single media

Properties - single media

This is the default behavior of the Media app.

To change the media to be displayed, drag and drop any media from the media view to the Playout preview (as explained in Playout). It is also possible to upload media directly from Explorer into the Media app using the "Upload Media" button or drag and drop.

Media set

Properties - media set

The Media app also supports displaying multiple media - for that, click the "Create Set" box so that any media dropped (or uploaded) onto the app, will be added to the set, as opposed to replacing the current media.

Additional app properties are enabled for media sets:

  • Default duration
    Default duration for the images in the set - each image will be displayed for this duration, while videos will be displayed for their native duration.
  • Transition
    Optional transition to be used when switching from one media to another. If set, additional properties may be shown depending on the transition.
  • Direction
    Some transitions (Push, Slide,...) have an optional direction to be set.
  • Duration
    Duration of the transition itself.

To further customize the media set, click the edit (pencil) icon.

Background

Background properties

The Background app is a special version of the Media app, which is set to fit the entire screen and its position cannot be modified. It can display one or more media or a predefined color.

Edit media set

Edit media set

To further customize the media set, click the edit button (pencil) - this opens the Media app edit page, from which you can:

  • Drag and drop media from the media selection view below.
  • Change the order of the media simply by using drag and drop within the set view.
  • Remove an asset from the set by clicking on its cross icon.
  • Change the properties of the media by clicking its gear icon.
    Set the duration of the selected media - note that for video the native duration is used by default.
    Set a start and / or an end date during which that media should be displayed - outside this period, the media will not be considered as part of the set. At least one media should be valid!

The top buttons can be used to:

  • Upload Media : Click this to upload new media - the uploaded media will be added to the the set and to the media view.
  • Setup : Click this to change the properties of the Media app, such as default duration and transition.
  • OK : Click this to return to Playout editing.

At the bottom of the page the Media view can be used to:

  • Display all available media to be used in the set.
  • Drag and drop any media from the media view to the Media set view to add it to the set.
  • Import media from explorer either using drag and drop of the "Upload Media" button.

Configuration

Configuring Media app

When editing a Playout, click the Media app block to access its configuration parameters:

  • Name
    Enter a friendly name for this Media app.
  • Position
    Enter the X and Y coordinates for the top-left corner of the app area. These are automatically updated when moving / resizing the app within the Playout edit zone.
  • Dimensions
    Enter the width and height for the app area. These are automatically updated when moving / resizing the app within the Playout edit zone.
  • Media fit
    Select how the media will be adapted if its size does not match the app zone, from the following:
    • Slice (default): the media will be cut to fit the zone.
    • Meet: The media will be scaled to fill the zone either horizontally or vertically.
    • Fill: The media will fill the zone, regardless of its original aspect ratio.
  • Media align
    Position of the media in the zone in case the size do not match.
Note Note:
Apps can be freely positioned anywhere in the Playout edit zone as long as it does not overlap other apps. Overlapping apps are show in red and the OK button is disabled - they must be moved or resized to re-enable the OK button.

Troubleshooting

  • When creating media sets with no valid media inside, the player reboots and ends up in Safe mode. The workaround is to make sure that at least one media is valid. Applies to firmware 4.3.0 to 4.4.1.
This page was last modified on 8 January 2019, at 12:53.