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Timed Messages Editor

Menu Locator: Media List Editor > Tools > Marquees > Manage Timed Messages .

Overview

Figure 1. Timed Messages - Docked To Bottom
Figure 1. Timed Messages - Docked To Bottom

Timed Messages (Timed Messages) uses the Marquee system to overlay videos with audience messages and announcements (Figure 1). The messages are sourced from a simple text file. You can use your favorite text file editor to create the messages file (ie Notepad, etc). Each line in the text file is processed as a separate message. The presentation of the messages is timed so that each message persists on the screen for a time duration. Then the message disappears for a 'wait time'. After the wait time, the next message is shown. The messages sequence can be repeated any number of times. You can optionally operate Timed Messages manually if desired. The Timed Messages Editor (Figure 6) controls the operation of the Timed Messages.


Marquee Style for Timed Messages

You can use any Marquee Style you want for visual presentation (font, colors, etc). In most cases for Timed Messages, you will want to use a Marquee Style that Docks the Marquee to the bottom (or top) of the Media Screen (as in Figure 1). If you use a style that uses Marquee Alignment rather than docking, you will probably want to also use the Hide Marquee During Wait Periods setting.

Creating a Timed Messages Marquee

To create a Timed Messages Marquee, go to Tools > Marquees > Manage Timed Messages . This allows you to Edit, Add, Duplicate and Delete Timed Messages Marquees. Then you simply apply the Marquee to a selected Media Item using the Set to Timed Messages button () on the Marquee Edit Tools toolbar (Figure 2).

Figure 2.  Marquee Edit Tools toolbar
Figure 2. Marquee Edit Tools toolbar

General Settings

Figure 3.  Timed Messages with Logo Image
Figure 3. Timed Messages with Logo Image

These are the general settings used for the Marquee. Set with the Timed Messages Editor (Figure 6).

Figure 4. Logo Image (zoomed)
Figure 4. Logo Image (zoomed)

Timed Operation

The Marquee operates in auto-timed mode unless the Manual Operation checkbox is checked. These settings control timed operation. Set with the Timed Messages Editor (Figure 6).

The Marquee Runtime Tools toolbar (Figure 5) performs the same functions as detailed in the Manual Operation section below.

Manual Operation

Check the Manual Operation checkbox (Figure 6), to operate the messages manually (ie. not timed). The Marquee Runtime Tools toolbar (Figure 5) performs the following functions in manual mode.

Figure 5. Marquee Runtime Tools toolbar
Figure 5. Marquee Runtime Tools toolbar
Figure 6. Timed Messages Editor
Figure 6. Timed Messages Editor