Scala Media Players

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Support

You can get support for Scala Media Players through your regular Scala support channels. See Services & Support for more information.

Content

The type of content you can display depends on the Player license. The Scala Media Player-R is normally paired with the Single HD player license, which supports playback of:

  • Video
  • Audio
  • Pictures
  • HTML5

The intensity of content you can display depends on the Player hardware capabilities, number of screen zones, and so on.  It is a best practice to always test your content on the intended media players before deploying the content.

Hardening and Security

A media player is a very dynamic system. Although Scala designs and tests these systems to run for many weeks with complex content, there is always a small probability of degradation over time. To keep systems running smoothly, it is a best practice to schedule a weekly reboot. There are configuration scripts on the Scala Media Player to do this, or you can schedule reboots from Content Manager.

Remote Access

The Scala Media Player-R uses x11VNC to remotely access the player.

Storage

The Scala Media Player-R has approximately 24 gigabytes of storage for media and executables.

Other

Please contact your Scala representative for more information.

Linux Support

General

The Linux Player only supports Feature Based Licenses.

  • Capabilities will depend on the Feature Based License purchased
  • Classic licenses are not supported under Linux.

For more information about compatible licenses, see the License Functionality Matrix.

No

The Linux Player is only available for use on the Scala Media Player-R.

Configuration

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  • The inital realse of the Linux Player is pre-installed on Linux editions of the Scala Media Player-S.
  • The Feature Based License recommended for the Scala Media Player-R is SW-PST-HD01. This license only supports 1 channel.

1080p (1920 x 1080) / 2,073,600 pixels

  • The initial release of the Linux Player is reinstalled on Linux editions of the Scala Media Player-R.
  • The Feature Based License recommended for the Scala Media Player-S is SW_PST_HD01. This license supports a resolution of 1080p / 2,073,600 pixels.

Yes

  • The Feature Based License in use controls this.

Yes

  • The Feature Based License in use controls this.
  • Player logs created by the Linux Player are viewed using a text editor. Logs must be downloaded from Content Manager.
  • The frequency of returned logs depends on your settings in Content Manager.

Yes

  • The Feature Based License in use controls this.
  • Reporting features include: heartbeats, error reporting, plan, playback, and inventory status.

No

  • The Linux Player will support them in a future release.

No

No

  • At this time, the player configuration menu displays in English only.

Creative and Playback

Yes

  • WebClip in the Linux Player displays in overlay mode (Scala Windows Player uses displays using off-screen rendering mode).
  • WebClip elements will always be in the foreground, regardless of frame depth order.
  • WebClip transitions are cuts; there is no transparency.

No

  • WebClip in the Linux Player supports the following hardware accelerated option:
    • limited 3D operations

Yes

  • The Scala Font Collection (part of Scala Enterprise 11.08 release) are preinstalled.
  • The Scala Font Collection is a collection of fonts that playback in the Scala Windows Player, Linux Player, Content Manager, and Designer.
  • Noto Sans is the default font if a font is not available.
  • For a list of preloaded fonts, see Designing Content for Scala Enterprise.

No

Yes

  • The Linux Player current support web-based streaming video and WebClip video.

WebClip Limitations

There are some limitations when using WebClip video. For more information, see Designing Content for Scala Enterprise.

Data Integration/Interactivity

No

Yes

  • The Linux Player supports Python 3 for external scripting support.

No

  • Python 2 and Python 3 are significantly different languages.

Scala Extensions

No

  • Currently, the Linux Player does not support the following Designer/Player EXtension modules:
    • Datasource/ .xml
    • Launch ex
    • Goto WWW
    • Textfile.ex
    • Fileio.ex
    • TVTuner.ex
    • Input.ex
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