Show Sequences

Introduction

Display5 has the advantage of being able to play Shows one after another in a series or sequence. This applies to any Show that you have created and you can add up to 5 Shows to a sequence. Launch the Show Sequence screen by clicking on the "Create Show Sequence" menu item, in the left hand side menu. You will then be presented with the following screen:

 

 

Enter a name for the sequence first (mandatory) and then beneath the Show name field you will see a series of drop down boxes that should contain a list of all the Shows that you have created.  Select the Show you want first in your sequence from the list.  Then to the right of the Show drop down selection you will see a series of duration boxes broken down into days, hours, minutes and seconds.  This is a cumulative set of input fields, i.e. all the values are added together.  Only fill in the boxes you want.  You can specify a duration of only 10 seconds for each Show - or you can specify 10 days between each show being played.  

 

For example, if you wanted to have 3 Shows that each play for one day then rotate back to the first Show again on the 4th day, you would select the 3 Shows from the drop down list for positions 1 to 3, and then enter 1 in each of the day duration fields.   Then click "Save".  This sequence will now play 3 Shows rotating in a 3-day period with each day playing a different Show.

 

Show sequences are always displayed on the "MyShows" dashboard page.

 

 

 

The sequence above is for two Shows.  One that will play for 633 seconds (10mins, 33secs) and and the other Show for 600 seconds (10mins).  At the end of the 2nd Show the sequence will restart again.  Notice that the "Time Started" field at the far right is showing zero.  This field will only get updated once a player is launched to play the Show Sequence. The time stamp will then be used to precisely time the Shows from the "Time Started" date and time.

 

You can edit the Show Sequence by clicking on the "Edit" button on the left, which will take you to the same window as "Creating a Sequence". You can also delete the Show Sequence using the "Delete" button and as well as preview the "Show Sequence" by hitting the "Play" button.

 

Launching Sequences on Player

The "Player Management" menu item on the left hand side has an option called "Player Assign Group/Zone", select this option from the left hand menu and you will be presented with the window below:

 

 

To the right of each player entry row you will see a group of buttons that apply to each player. The button labeled "to Sequence" in the ASSIGN column will allow you to assign a player to start playing a Show Sequence instead of an individual Show. Select this button next to the relevant player.  Then you will see a new screen (see below), with a drop down list of Show Sequences that you have created.

 

 

From the drop down list select the Show Sequence name and hit the "Save" button to the right. This will force the player into Sequence mode - it may take a couple of seconds for the player to respond however the player should then join the playback of the sequence of Shows you have created. You can then repeat the same procedure for other players that you want to also join the Show Sequence.

 

Setting up the Show Sequences on the Player

As described above, the Display5 software supports Show Sequences, i.e. playing 1 Show after another in a specified sequence. If you want to play a Show Sequence, then you will need to specify the following URL on the player itself as the default at startup (see the sections below on how to set up players to auto start the browser).

 

http://www.display5.com/SHOW_NAME/sequence.php?sequencename=sequencename  

as your startup up URL.  The "sequencename" after the = sign is the name that you provided when you created the Show Sequence (which is covered in the section above). Adding the -k or whichever command is appropriate for your browser (see "Connecting a Player to Show" in the left hand menu) to put the browser into full screen mode allowing the full screen to be used.

Example Start Scripts:

 

Playing a Show Sequence:  ie.exe -k http://www.display5.com/show_name/sequence.php?sequencename=myseq  

 

Playing a Single Show:  chrome.exe --kiosk http://www.display5.com/show_name/iv.php   


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