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). You can also create custom Marquees and save them as Favorites to swap in and out of any Media Item in seconds. The Marquee text lines (up to 12 available) can be changed in seconds to display new message. Then just click the Refresh button -- your count down timer will continue to tick. That's just the basics, the next section has a full list of features.
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.
You can show or hide a Marquee with one button click at any time.
You can use a Global Marquee that will apply to all Media Screens. Or you can configure a unique Marquees for each Media Screen. The latter approach is more labor intensive since you need to configure and manage separate Marquees for individual screens.
All of these features are essentially optional. Marquee in Figure 3 demonstrates some of the features mentioned here. Your Marquee can be as simple as one line of text -- a simple message to the audience. Or it can be extremely customized using any Font on your computer, millions of colors (foreground and background), and use literally any graphic image or photo.
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 2, is very simple example. It has 2 lines of text. Line 2 is used for a Time of Day Clock. Once created you can save it as a Favorite Marquee and apply it any Media Item in a few 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. If you use the autosize attribute, the Marquee resizes itself automatically based on the font sizes used and the number of characters in the text. So changing the text and refreshing the Marquee can be done in seconds -- No tedious resizing is needed.
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 3.).
This example takes advantage of many of the Marquee formatting features. It uses four Text Lines (of the 12 available). All the Text Lines use Margin and Padding attributes for spacing. They also have their own colors and fonts applied.
You may want to include a full screen Marquee as Digital Signage (see Figure 3 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. Note that there is an additional few seconds that it takes for the Media Item to Load which is in addition to the Delay you specify.
Let's assume you want to screen a short video before the main attraction. You could size the Marquee (by setting appropriate 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. It's kind of like the small informational graphics that appear in television programming the corner of the screen. 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.
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 Editor, set the Border > Dock property.
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 6. 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 7 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 Extra Large Fonts simply by typing a desired size into the Font dialog Size textbox.
You can use the Marquee as a Full Screen Clock or Timer (Figure 8). The steps below will create the clock in Figure 8 using the Marquee Editor. You can customize the look as desired (font size, colors, screen alignment, etc).
Note that the font size used for the Timer (Figure 9) can be larger than the clock font size since there are fewer horizontal characters to display. Time will display in your local country time format (AM/PM vs 24 hour time).
You can use the Marquee as a Numeric Counter (Figure 10). Settings include: 1) the Counter Speed; 2) the Range of Numbers (low to high) to count through. The counter stops when it reaches the end of the range. The Counter can Count-Up (range low to high) or Count-Down (range high to low).
The steps below will create the counter in Figure 10 using the Marquee Editor. You can customize the look as desired (font size, colors, screen alignment, etc).