Working with Resources

Resources are files used to build the SignageStudio presentation. There are two categories of resources:

-Internal Resources

-External Resources

The internal resources are files copied to the MediaSignage servers. These files will stream down from the server and get locally cached at the player side. If the player loses internet connectivity, the resource will still play with no interruption in playback.

The external resources are files residing at external repositories, like a web server. These external files can be linked and use the files to build the SignageStudio presentation.

The main difference between the external and internal files is the internal resources take advantage of the caching system; which means; whenever these resources are played they are downloaded and cached in SignagePlayer. If the connection to the server is interrupted, the internal resources will continue and play.

The external resources are not downloaded onto the MediaSignage server; therefore they are not cached. However, in some circumstances it is easier to work and swap external resources.

MediaSignage officially supports all of the Flash Media formats which include Video Formats:

-Flash video FLV (H.263)

-MPEG-4 (H.264)

-MOV

-M4A

-MP4V

-3GP

-AAC (HE, LC)

-SWF

FLV (Flash Video) with H.264 encoding is HIGHLY recommended as it supports hardware acceleration and will run on the GPU (not CPU) and give the best performance.

Animation: SWF

Flash CS can produce SWFs. SWFs are vector based and are rendered on the CPU, thus they are highly CPU intensive, especially when running high res.

-Images: JPG, PNG, JPEG, GIF

-Sound: MP3

However, due to the hundreds of different encoders available today, it is possible some of your files may not run properly. For this reason, we recommend you use a Freeware utility like Super to convert your media files to standard format including FLV, PNG or SWF. This eliminates any encoder / decoder issues you may experience. 

PowerPoint presentations (ppt)

Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer is also supported, but it does have some limitations as it requires full screen and licensing from Microsoft.PowerPoint does come with some limitations, if you use it in a screen division smaller than full screen, the ppt may get cropped starting at x 0 y 0 to the total width and height of the screen division. So in order to achieve proper PowerPoint playback, you’ll need to create a screen division and draw a region to cover the entire screen’s width and height.

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