Chapter 3. Digital Signage Player

Table of Contents
Playlist and format
Display settings
Player settings
Other options
Local remote control

The Digital Signage Player tab of the configuration tool defines how the display part of the application should behave.

Playlist and format

The most important section is the Playlist update frame. It allows to setup how the data to be displayed should be retrieved. Two distinct methods can be used:

Playlist management

Linutop Kiosk playlist can be managed via different ways :

  • Linutop.TV Server ...
  • Local folder
  • Network folder
  • Local Playlist
  • USB
  • Remote control

Multimedia formats

Linutop kiosk can process the following formats :

  • Image: jpg, png, gif, Pdf...
  • Videos: mp4, avi, flv, mov...
  • Sounds: mp3...
  • HTML Pages Web: URL, IP Stream or RTSP
  • HTML templates (programmed)
  • Screen OFF (trigger screen sleep mode)

Screen formats

Linutop Kiosk can accomodate any screen resolution and orientation (landscape, portrait) for Image, PDF, web page, some limitations might appear for video depending on hardware limitation. Video HD (720p, 1080p), Video 4K, resolution, screen orientation and other settings can be configured in the linutop configuration pannel.

Linutop TV Server (WEB or Private)

By selecting Linutop TV Server button, If you are connected to the Internet, the public demo channels will appear in the window, you can display their content with a double click.

The Linutop TV service makes it easy to generate such playlists. If you have a Linutop TV account, the Install tab of the Linutop Configuration Panel offers a simple way to configure the Linutop Kiosk.

Connected on the internet, Linutop TV service can be automaticaly updated. For a demo, you can just double click on a channel.

Private playlist server

A playlist can be downloaded from a web or ftp site. To do so, check the Use a remote playlist button, and set the URL to access the file. This remote playlist uses an XML format, offering advanced features. See the Scheduler section for details.

Local playlist (and shared folder)

With local playlist, you can direclty create a playlist.

To add items to this list, simply press the add button and select the file from the file manager. The type of the file (video or image) will be detected automatically using the file name extension or protocol. URLs must be prefixed with the access protocol (usually http://, rtsp://, smb:// or files:///).

Local or network Directories (folders) can be added to a local playlist and all it's playable content will be shown with the same duration (except videos).

Items can be ordered in the tree using the arrow keys. You can define how long each item will be displayed (in seconds) in the Time column. Videos don't use this parameter, they will be entirely displayed.

The Add and Delete buttons allow to manipulate the list as well.

If you display web pages, you might need to perform logins on the websites. Two possibilities can be used, depending on how the website authenticates you.

  • If the site uses HTTP authentication (usually a popup window asking for a login and password), the login and password have to be included in the URL:

    http://mylogin:mypassword@mysite.com
    
  • If the authentication mecanism is more integrated in the site (Google login for instance), you will need to start a web session to set up things. This can be done by clicking the Set cookies button. This will start a web browser. The navigation arrows will let you access the sites defined in your playlist. Log in sites, and close the window. The login informations will be kept and used during the slideshow.
  • Adding a nework folder can be done with Thunar file manager on the network by copying the files location's network adress.

  • Or by entering manually the folder path :

    smb:///folder/path/
    
  • A local broacast folder can be synchonised with an online cloud storage service (Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Microsoft One Drive, ...) allowing display content management via a cloud shared folder.

    file:///home/pi/cloud-folder/
    
  • The 'Screen OFF' button allows to program the screen sleep mode automatically.

    Screen OFF - From: 20:00 TO: 08:00   0
    

USB update

If this option is selected, data can be automatically updated when a USB key is inserted on the Linutop machine.

The data on the USB must be at the key root or a directory holding the same name as the remote password.