Digital Signage and Getting Your Message to the Masses Andrew Roewe Oklahoma State University DASNR IT
What I am going to cover… • What digital signage is • What Oklahoma State was doing • What we are doing now • How to use Xibo
What I won’t be covering… • Content creation
Digital Signage • What is it? • Why is it important? • Scalable • Easier to “refresh” content
Digital Signage with OSU DASNR • 2007 a joint venture between the CASNR Student Tech and Career Services • 5x TVs and Wall Mounts • 5x Surplus Computers
An Adobe Flex application • Hosted on the casnr.com (casnr.okstate.edu) website
Updating the Kiosk • Converting Powerpoint to Flash Video • The kiosk program uses Flash video. Before a Powerpoint presentation can be used it must be converted to the Flash video format using Camtasia. • Open the Powerpoint presentation. Run the presentation and make sure each slide is shown for 10 seconds. • Capture the video: click on Add-Ins then choose Record. As the presentation begins, you should see the “Start Recording” box. Click on “Click to begin recording” button. • Once the presentation has finished, click on the “Stop recording” button and save the Camtasia recording. • Choose to “Edit your recording”. Camtasia will automatically start. • In Camtasia: • Choose the default preset (640x480). Click OK. • Choose “Produce Video As…” • Change the video production from “Web” to “Custom Production Settings”. Click Next. • Make sure “MP4/FLV/SWF” is selected. Click Next. • Click on “Flash Options”. Verify that “FLV” is the format, the background color is black, and the quality is 75%. Click OK. • Choose “One Video” as the template format. The theme should be “Glass”. The “Fit in” size should be 800x600. Click Next. • No changes should be necessary on the Video Options page. Click Next. • Enter a Production a– this should be the same name as your Powerpoint. Choose a folder to save the file. Click Finish to begin the video creation process. Internet Explorer will open and demo the video. • Return to the Camtasia software. Click on Finish then close Camtasia. • The file you created in (5h) should be uploaded to the CASNR kiosk website. • Adding the Flash Video Files to the Kiosk Website • The kiosks pull videos from the kiosk website on casnr.com. Every 15 minutes (or so), the kiosks will check for new videos. To add a new video to the kiosk website: • Login to the CASNR.com website (http://www.casnr.com/login_form). • Click on the Kiosk folder (located on the left navigation). • Click on the Videos folder. • Click “add item” then select “file”. Enter a title for the video. Click “browse” to search for and select the video file. (If you converted a Powerpoint presentation to Flash video, this file was created in step (5h) above.) The file must have a .flv extension. After you have selected the file, choose “save”. You should see the new video listed in the left navigation bar.
Post 2008 • STF purchased 5x iogear DVI over network. • Eliminate four of the computers • Summer 09 OSU IT Subnets were redone • 3x computers • Fall 2009 started to investigate alternatives.
Digital Signage Companies • x2o media • Four winds Interactive • SmarterSign • SCALA • Powerpoint • Concerto
Xibo • http://xibo.org.uk/ • Server-Client Setup • Web page interface • FREE!!!* • Some minor cost.
What is Xibo • High Quality Digital Signage system • Flexible • Server-Client application • Developed by James Packer as a university project • Released into the wild in 2006
What is required for XIBO • Server • PHP/MySQL web application • Windows or Linux • Spring Signage • Client • Computer with a Display • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 • IE 7 or 8 • Flash Player Version 9 or later • WMP 11
What we need for Xibo • Cost of TVs ~$700 • 37in 16:9 • Wall Mount ~$100 • Adjustable • Computer ~$400-500 • Dell Optiplex 160s • Acer Revo • Zotac
What XIBO supports - currently • Scheduling • Video • Flash • Images • Powerpoint (iffy) • Text • RSS • Web Page • Embedded HTML • Background Image • Media Stats • Layout Stats • Report Inventory
What XBIO Supports - Soon • Microblog • Counter Media • Socket Listener • Lift/Serial Interface • Client Runtime • Offline Update • Full Compositing • Webpage Transparency • Video Transparency • Image Transparency
Contact • Email: Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org • support.dasnr.okstate.edu/reference-materials/netc/ace-netc-2013