General settings

Modified on Thu, 20 Jun at 6:52 AM

General player configuration. In other program windows, e.g. when the selected region is displayed, you will also find the Configuration menu, but it will refer to the selected region.


To open the general configuration window:

  1. In Pictor Manager, connect to the player.
  2. On the Start tab, click the Settings button in the bottom bar of the window.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS


General

Player name 

If you have more players, you can name each of them. The name will be displayed in Pictor Manager on the player connection tile. This makes it easy to identify which player you are connecting to. The same goes for the mobile app, which will display the name of the player in the list of all players entered.

 

Group

Group is used to group players in the Your Players -> Group Edit list. With grouping, you can select all the players of a group with one click and add common content to them. See also Group management.


Run in full-screen mode

If this option is checked, the player will always start in full-screen mode. If unchecked, the player will launch in the mode in which it was closed. Default function checked. If this is not a test installation, it is recommended that it remains checked.


Do not hide mouse cursor

Check if you want the mouse cursor not to be hidden in full-screen mode. This feature can be useful on touch screens using web forms.


Do not enable mode above all windows (Top Most)

Check if you want the program not to always be on top in full screen mode. Check if you want the on-screen keyboard to be shown. The on-screen keyboard can be shown automatically by the program for slides like: web page, html widget.


Do not hide taskbar

If you select this option, the program will not hide the Windows taskbar in full-screen mode.


Disable minimisation via ESC

This option prevents the user from exiting full-screen mode by clicking the ESC button. It is recommended to select this option when working in touch kiosk mode.


Disable minimisation by double clicking

This option disables exiting full-screen mode by double-clicking with the left mouse button. It is recommended to select this option when working in touch kiosk mode.


Password for exiting full-screen mode

Additional protection of the minimisation of the player window with a password.


Full screen size

This option is used when working with screens whose control programs read a selected part of the screen. By default, in full-screen mode, the player window occupies the entire screen, hiding the Windows bar. If you select this option, the programme will occupy only the indicated region of the screen.


Select Monitor

This option selects the monitor on which the player is to be run. Important if two or more monitors are connected to the computer.

 

Timers

Weekly work schedule


Functionality is used to automatically switch on and off the computer acting as a player. 


To set your computer's weekly schedule:

  1. Select the days on which you want the computer to work.
  2. For each day, select the time from which you want the computer to start.
  3. For each day, select the time at which you want the computer to shut down.


Outside of the selected operating periods, the computer will be put to sleep. After waking up from sleep, the computer will additionally reboot.


The functionality does not work if you do not tick to any day.


If you want to switch off your computer completely, use the Automatically switch your computer on and off function by selecting Switch off at a specific time.

 

Device auto start / stop

 

Automatic computer shutdown time management functionality.

 

Sleep 

Putting the computer to sleep at a specific time. In addition, the wake-up time can be set. You should check the operation of the wake-up call on your computer.

 

Functionality retained for compatibility with older players. Use the Weekly Work Schedule instead.


Hibernate

Hibernate the computer at a specific time.


Functionality retained for compatibility with older players. Use the Weekly Work Schedule instead.


Shutdown

Complete shutdown of the computer at a specified time. 

Re-enablement must be configured from within the computer's BIOS.

Restart

Restarting the computer at a specific time.

For continuous operation, we suggest restarting the computer at night.



Automatic dimming

 

Function to reduce the brightness of the player's screen at certain times. Often used in conjunction with external screens (video screens).

 

By dimming the monitor during the night hours, you reduce energy consumption and do not dazzle passers-by and drivers with outdoor monitors.

 

Automatic restart

 

This function is used to set the computer to restart automatically every specified number of operating hours. Use it if the player is running continuously and you cannot set a Weekly Work Schedule.


FTP synchronization

Synchronization via an FTP server allows the same content to be displayed on multiple players without the need to configure each one individually. One player acts as the master (uploads the configuration) and the others as slaves (downloads the configuration).

 

Synchronisation type

  • Inactive - no synchronisation via FTP.
  • Download settings from FTP - display data will be downloaded periodically from the FTP server. Set this option on all players to synchronise with the master player.
  • Upload settings  to FTP - the display data will be uploaded to the FTP server periodically. Set this option on one player, which acts as the master.
  • Upload screenshot to FTP - the programme uploads screenshots from all regions to the specified FTP directory. We use this function to show images from IP cameras on the website.


Protocol

  • FTP - standard FTP protocol. 
  • SFTP - encrypted protocol.

Match the protocol to your FTP server.


Server - address of the FTP server

Folder - folder to which data will be uploaded or downloaded in the case of the Download FTP configuration option. The same folder should be set on the player uploading data and downloading data. Subfolders will be created automatically.

User - FTP user name.

Password - password of the FTP user.

Port - port for communication with the server.

 

Multiple groups

Note that you can create more player groups, but configure only one master player for each group and select a different folder on the FTP server.

  

Art-Net

The system allows selected playlist content to be launched via the Art-Net protocol.

Enable Artnet data reception - enables the listening of Art-Net data.


Port - the UDP port on which the program will listen for Art-Net-compatible data. The default is port 6454.

Artnet broadcast - the netmask used to send Art-Net data. At the moment, the program is not sending any frames, only receiving.

After enabling Art-Net listening, configure in the data edit window of the selected playlist item Universe and Channel that will launch the content (Channel value greater than 100 = launch item).


Launching the content

A channel value greater than 100 triggers the item.


Synchronising content

You can use the Art-Net protocol to synchronise the display of content on different players.

 

Advanced

Enable microphone input for content without sound

When checked, the player controls the volume of all sound inputs (microphone, line, etc.). If the content displayed on the main screen has its own sound, the inputs are muted. Otherwise, they are switched on. A function used in cable television. It allows you to switch on, for example, internet radio during content without sound.


Time offset

You can configure the offset of the time shown by the player. This function is useful if the computer has not changed the time setting itself after the summer/winter time change.



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