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Digital Signage, Using playlists in Content Manager

A playlist provides a way to play the same template and content on multiple content players.


A playlist provides a way to play the same template and content on multiple content players. 
Playlists are used to:
  • Configure and schedule multiple identical signs;
  • Play a “boilerplate” template on multiple signs not playing identical content;
  • Play identically formatted event information on a group of meeting room signs; and
  • Override the scheduled content on one or more signs, e.g., in order to play an emergency message.

Configuring a Playlist

To configure a playlist:
  1. In Content Manager under the Network Overview
    • right-click a Location
    • select New Playlist
  2. In the Properties Window
    • Enter a Name
    • Select a Behavior
    • Click OK
  • To edit, right-click the Playlist, and select Properties. The Properties window displays. 
  • To assign one or more template to a playlist, drag a template from the Template library and drop it on the playlist in the Network Tree. 
  • To schedule content on the playlist, drag a content item from the Content library and drop it into a region in the playlist’s template.

Playlist Properties

General Tab

Right-click a playlist, and select Properties. The Properties window displays. A player can support multiple playlists. For example, users may have a playlist on the top Location level and also Playlists in sub-Locations. The player looks inside its location for a playlist, and then it looks for playlists in its parent location, then its grandparent location, etc. The behaviors of the playlist apply, too. Changes made to a playlist’s properties have no effect on the signs until they are deployed to the Content Players.
  • Name - Label for the playlist as it is to display in the Network Overview.
  • Enabled - Used to deactivate a playlist (e.g., while it is under development) so it is not used by any signs.
  • Behavior - Denotes how the playlist is used by the signs in the playlist’s location and sub-locations.
  • Include only if player is empty - Playlist runs only if the Content Player itself contains no templates.
  • Always include before player templates - Playlist runs prior to playing the other templates scheduled on the content player.
  • Always include after player templates - Playlist runs after playing the other templates scheduled on the content player.
  • Override player templates - Playlist runs in place of the scheduled templates on the content player.

Deploying a Playlist

Playlists are automatically deployed when a user deploys to any of the Content Players in the same location as, or in a sub-location of, the location that contains the playlist. For example, in the following Network Overview, the playlist applies to Player 1 and Player 2 since they are all in the same location (Location 1). The playlist also applies to Player 3 since it is in a sub-location of Location 1. However, the playlist does not apply to Player 4 since it is in a different location (Location 2).

Keywordsdigital signage, signage, FWI, FourWinds, Four Winds, Content Manager, playlist, template, deploy four winds, poppulo   Doc ID76004
OwnerBrian D.GroupUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
Created2017-08-24 11:01:05Updated2023-12-04 11:34:59
SitesUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
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