Saying Hello World!
Here you will learn how to get a basic image media item through Content Manager and displayed on a Player. For the sake of this exercise, let's assume you just created the above image and intend to use it for this example. On the page below, we will discuss the basic steps needed to show the content on a single Channel, single Frame Player. Additional details beyond this basic scenario can be found in more detailed sections of this online product release manual.
Before You Begin: Install Content Manager and Player
Content Manager and Player is typically installed and configured by someone in your IT Department. This getting started guide assumes that this step has already been completed for both pieces. If this has not happened, then refer to Verifying Technical Specifications and Planning Your Installation for guidance. Once you have done that, see Installing Content Manager. In addition to this, we also assume you already know the URL of your server, and have account credentials to login with (otherwise, refer to the first two sections of Administrating Access). For information on specific Players, please see the Player Manuals page.
Player must be installed and configured
Step 1: Logging into Content Manager
When you log in to Content Manager, you will be presented with a Home Dashboard. Its interface is divided into distinct areas for your use.
- The menu bar, which allows you to access the tools inside Content Manager. These are the options you would most frequently use when working in Content Manager
- The right side of the menu bar contains menus that allow you to work on the administrative side, both on a global and personal basis. The System menu contains the global options you can adjust, while the administrator allows you to make changes to your own personal settings.
- These links are the most frequently used areas of Content Manager, gathered all in one place for your ease of use. Clicking on them will take you to the same link you would get to by clicking on one of the links in the top menu bar. The content you see varies, based on user roles and access, information available and tools available within the dashboard will vary. It provides messaging, workflow activities and links to key areas of Content Manager using the links on the dashboard.
- The Online Extras point you to resources that live outside of the software to aid you in several ways.
- The News Feed provides you with the latest Scala news. It can be enabled or disabled in the Network Settings menu.
Step 2: Add a Media Object
- To access the media screen, choose Content from the top menu and then select Media.
- Select +New and then select Media Upload.
- Click Add
- Find and verify the filename of the content, and then click Upload.
A status bar appears in the Menu Bar and upon completion a confirmation status appears.
For a more detailed discussion of adding Media, click here.
Step 3: Create a Frameset
Go to the System and under Management, select Framesets from the list.
On the page that appears, click +New.
Enter a name for the Frameset, and then click Create.
This will take you to a page where you can customize the Frameset further, but this can be ignored in this basic scenario.
For a more detailed discussion of creating a Frameset, click here.
Step 4: Create a Channel
Before displaying media in Content Manager, you need to define the layout of the screen. This is done via a Channel, which contains a Frameset that specifies the screen size and the size of the frame(s) in it. A channel can be based on a single frame display or can contain multiple frames, each with their own Playlist.
Go to the Planning menu and select Channels.
In the box that appears, enter a name.
Choose a frameset by clicking on Select, and picking the frameset we previously created or one of the pre-loaded framesets.
Once you have chosen a frameset, click Select.
When you are finished, click Create.
This will take you to a page where you can customize the Channel further, but this can be ignored in this basic scenario.
For a more detailed discussion of creating a Channel, click here.
Step 5: Create a Playlist
In the menu at the top, click on the Planning menu and choose Playlists.
On the page that appears, click +New
Enter a Name, and Description (optional)
In the page that appears, go to the Items tab, and click on Add Media.
Choose the image we added to Content Manager in Step 1 and click Add & Close.
On the screen that appears, click Save & Close to exit.
For a more detailed discussion of Playlists, click here.
Step 6: Create a Schedule
Go to the Planning menu and select Schedules.
On the screen that appears, verify that the Channel you created in step 3 above is listed in the left hand column. If not, click Select a different channel and find the channel you created, and click Select to change it.
Click New. (Note: Since you have not selected a window of time on the schedule before clicking new, a 24/7 timeslot will be created by default). Once you have done this, the Timeslot Properties box will appear. The Playlist we created in the previous step should be on this page under Playlist. If it is not, select Change and find it.
Click Save & Close.
For a more detailed discussion of creating a Schedule, click here.
Step 7: Add a Player
Click on the Players link under the Network menu in the top navigation bar.
Click on the +New button at the top of the panel.
Select the proper player type and click Next.
The types of players shown will depend on the rights granted in your Scala license. They will be displayed in a list like the one below.
The full list of supported playback devices changes from time to time.
Identify your player by providing a name (and an optional description) for it. Choose a distribution server from the dropdown menu (for this example, select Main- Point-to-Point), and click Create.
In the Properties screen that appears next, assign the Channel you created in Step 3 under the Channel field on the right side of the Properties tab, then click Save & Close to exit.
For a more detailed discussion of Adding a Player, click here.
Step 8: What's Next?
If you've followed the above steps properly, you will have created a Plan. Once the Player runs a plan, it will pull together the Channel and its Frameset, along with the Playlist and Schedule for the Media we added, and gather it together to execute in the manner we set forth in these steps, which your Content Manager will complete on its own behind the scenes. As a reminder, Player needs to be installed for this process to be completely successful.
Congratulations! Your player should be displaying the "Hello World!" image.