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Video Mill - User's Guide
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Marquee Overview

What is a Marquee?

Figure 1. Marquee with Count Down Timer
Figure 1. Marquee with Count Down Timer

With Video Mill Marquees you can inform your audience of upcoming events with dates and times. Or using the Wall Clock or Count Down Timer function, you can indicate which video will be playing next and how soon (see Figure 1). They can be added to any Media Screen, a screen playing a video or a screen displaying a static image (jpg, png, bmp, etc). The Marquee text lines can be changed in seconds to display new message. Then just click the Refresh button. You can show or hide a Marquee with one button click at any time.

With Timed Messages , you can display multiple messages in sequence at a custom time interval.


Advantages of a Marquee Over a Static Image

You could, of course, just use static image files (png, jpg, etc) as Digital Signage by creating a Media Item with the image file as the Media Filename. But there are advantages to using a Marquee:

  1. You can use an active element (Count-down timer or wall clock) provided by the Marquee.
  2. You can change the lines text at any time and refresh it to change event announcements throughout the day. A Count-down Timer will continue to run even as you swap in new event messages.

Figure 1 shows a simple Marquee with two lines of text. Line one announces the Next feature. Line 2 has a count down timer indicating time remaining until the next feature begins.

Key Features


Visual Presentation

Active Elements

Location on Media Screen

Modularity and Reuse

Special Purpose

Operation

Simple Marquees

Marquees can be used to pop-up a small message box in any corner of the screen (see Figure 1.) while a video continues to play. The Marquee in Figure 3, is very simple example. It has 2 lines of text. Line 2 is used for a Time of Day Clock. Once created can apply it any Media Item in a ouple mouse clicks. Then on show night, all you need to do is set the text of line 1 which shows the event name and make it visible in a corner of the screen. The Marquee sizes itself automatically based on the font sizes used and the text. So changing the text and refreshing the Marquee can be done in seconds -- No tedious resizing is needed.

Figure 3. A Simple Marquee
Figure 3. A Simple Marquee

Custom Marquees for Digital Signage (Full Screen)

You may want to use Marquees for digital signage to announce event times, locations and other important information to event attendees. In this case, you can create a Marquee to fill the entire screen (ex. Figure 4.).

This example takes advantage of many of the Marquee formatting features. It uses three Text Lines. All the Text Lines use Margin and Padding attributes for spacing. They also have their own colors and fonts applied.


Marquee Features used in Figure 4 Sample
Figure 4. Custom Marquee as Full Screen Signage
Figure 4. Custom Marquee as Full Screen Signage

Scheduler Considerations for Marquees as Digital Signage

You may want to include a full screen Marquee as Digital Signage (see Figure 4 example) as part of a Scheduler Plan. For example, before a movie feature loads and plays, you may want a show a Marquee screen to announce information and have a count down timer for the show start. The catch is that if the Media Item's Media File is a static image (png, jpg, bmp, etc), it has no play time length like a video or audio file. And in general you want to set the Media Item UnLoad When Media Ends so the screen will close before the next one in the schedule loads. The solution is to set a Post Delay time on the Media Item for whatever amount of time you want the screen to stay showing. If you want the Marquee screen showing for 10 minutes, set the Post Delay to 10 minutes.

Locating a Marquee on the Media Screen

Let's assume you want to screen a short video before the main attraction. You could size the Marquee (by setting small font sizes) to fit in the corner of the screen while the short video is playing. The size would be large enough to read from the back row but small enough that it doesn't take up too much screen real estate so the short video can be viewed. And you can hide the Marquee with one mouse click for a while even as the timer continues to count down, showing the Marquee at regular intervals.

To locate the Marquee in the lower corner (Figure 5), In the Marquee Style Editor, set the Marquee Location to Alignment > Bottom,Right. Unchecking the Dock checkbox, allows alignment.

Figure 5. Marquee Alignment Set to Bottom Right
Figure 5. Marquee Alignment Set to Bottom Right

Docking a Marquee to a Side of the Media Screen

You can also dock the Marquee to any of the four sides of the Media Screen (top, bottom, left, right) -- useful when you have a long text string to display. In the Marquee Style Editor, set the Marquee Location to Dock > Bottom.

Figure 6. Marquee Docked to Bottom
Figure 6. Marquee Docked to Bottom

Marquee Fonts Sizes on HD-1080 Displays

Here are some sample screen shots (resized smaller obviously to fit this page) to show the relative perspective of font sizes to an HD 1080p video full resolution screen. Figure 7. shows a Marquee displayed over a HD 1080p video with screen sized to natural video size (full 1080p resolution) with the top line font is set to font-size 36. Figure 8 shows a sample of font-size 120. You just have to consider how large a font is needed to be readable from the back row of the room.

You can set Custom Font Sizes simply by typing a desired size into the Font dialog Size textbox.

Figure 7. Marquee with Font-Size 36  on 1080p Video
Figure 7. Marquee with Font-Size 36 on 1080p Video
Figure 8. Marquee with Font-Size 120 on 1080p Video
Figure 8. Marquee with Font-Size 120 on 1080p Video

Marquee as Full Screen Clock or Timer

You can use a Marquee as a Full Screen Clock (Figure 9) or Timer (Figure 10). The steps below will create the clock in Figure 9 using the Marquee Editor. You can customize the look as desired (font size, colors, screen alignment, etc).


Edit Steps

Marquee as Timer (Figure 10) is created with 2 text lines with a count-down timer placed on line 2. Note that the font size used for the Timer can be larger than the clock font size since there are fewer horizontal characters to display.

Figure 9. Marquee as Clock
Figure 9. Marquee as Clock
Figure 10. Marquee as Timer
Figure 10. Marquee as Timer

Marquee as Numeric Counter


Counter Operation

The steps below will create the counter in Figure 11 using the Marquee Editor. You can customize the look as desired (font size, colors, screen alignment, etc).


Edit Steps
Figure 11. Marquee as Numeric Counter
Figure 11. Marquee as Numeric Counter
Figure 12. Marquee Editor
Figure 12. Marquee Editor

A common use for a Marquee could be to put a small branding logo image in a corner of the screen (Figure 13, lower left corner of screen). Branding could be product, company, event, store name, etc. You create the logo image with any photo editor and save it in any common image format (png, jpg, gif, etc). It can be any size you choose. Adjacent text is optional. The image can be placed to the left or right of the text (Figure 14 and Figure 15). Image L/R placement is set in the Marquee Style Editor, Image Adjacent to Text > Alignment setting. The text and the logo image filename are set in the Marquee Editor, Line Content settings.

Figure 13. Logo Marquee (lower left)
Figure 13. Logo Marquee (lower left)
Figure 14. Logo Marquee (image left of text)
Figure 14. Logo Marquee (image left of text)
Figure 15. Logo Marquee (image on right)
Figure 15. Logo Marquee (image on right)