The simplest kind of display is a slideshow – a playlist of images that will loop for as long as you want. To create a slideshow in InfoVue:
1. Organize Content: Take a moment to think about organizing your content into folders in the Content Library. To create a folder, right-click on MEDIA & TEMPLATES and Add → folder. Folders can be nested by right-clicking on a folder name to create a sub-folder. By creating a folder for your slideshow, you’ll save some steps later in the process.
2. Prepare Content: The images should all be in the same aspect ratio to avoid distortion. If you plan to display the slideshow fullscreen, that means 16:9 for HD or 4:3 for SD. If you plan to embed the images in a template, the aspect ratio doesn’t have to match the screen size, but must be consistent for all images in the slideshow.
3. Add Content: Right-click in the right half of the Content pane. Choose Add → Media, to open the “Upload Media” popup.
- Click “Select Files” to choose one or more image files from your computer.
- Click “Upload Files” to upload to your Content Library.
- The file will show up as a thumbnail.
- Images upload with a default duration of 7 seconds.To change duration, double-click on thumbnail to open the “Media Properties” window.
- To add a transition animation, like a fade or slide, click on the right arrow to open up the second page of Media Properties.
- If you want to define a window of validity for this image, click “Add” in the Validity window. This is useful if your image is an announcement or seasonal greeting, for example, that should stop running when it’s no longer relevant. Or if the image is only relevant to a time of day, such as the morning.
4. Create a Playlist – Once you have uploaded all your images, you want to arrange them in a playlist.
- To create a playlist, right-click in the top half of the Playlist pane and choose “Add Playlist”. This will again open up a Properties window, with options, for example, to mute audio (when using videos) or shuffle the playlist items. The only required field here is that you have to NAME the playlist at the top. SAVE. Your Playlist will show up as a colored tile at the top of the Playlist pane. Click on that and the items in that playlist will show up under a bar of the same color, below.
- To fill that playlist with images, drag and drop the Slideshow folder – or individual image thumbnails – from the Content pane to the lower half of the Playlist pane. You can rearrange the items by dragging the thumbnails up and down within the list.
5. Schedule and Publish the Playlist – To display the Playlist, it needs to be first scheduled, then published. To “Publish” to your InfoVue player means to push content, playlists, and scheduling information from the InfoVue cloud to the physical player at your facility. “Publishing” assumes your player is connected to the Internet. See the InfoVue Quick Start Guide for more detailed instructions on setting up the InfoVue player.
a. To Schedule a Playlist, drag the thumbnail from the Playlist pane to the Scheduling grid. By default, it will schedule from the current time to the end of the day. But the act of dragging a playlist to the scheduling grid automatically opens up a Scheduling Properties popup, where you can fine-tune the start and end times manually. Click OK.
b. The final step is to Publish this schedule to your InfoVue Player. There are two ways to do this:
- In the Player pane, click on the colored square next to your player(s), then click on the Publish button at the top right of the Scheduling grid.
- Or, to be able to view the progress of the update:
1. Select your Player(s) as in the first option
2. Click on the Monitoring tab at the top of the Player pane
3. Click on the Publish button at the top
4. A progress bar will show you when the changes have been published to your player(s).
Note: This example shows you how to schedule your slideshow as a fullscreen playlist. Example #3 “Add Dynamic Elements” will explain how to embed this playlist as an element or “zone” in a larger template.