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How do I publish a key press interrupt?

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Another feature available when scheduling content is the ability to add interrupts to the registered players on your network. In terms of Signagelive scheduling, an interrupt is a keyboard key press or mouse click signal sent to a player, which then switches the content being played on the screen. When an interrupt is triggered the current content is paused and the configured interrupt media asset, playlist or layout will begin playing.

An interrupt can be set to either run for a specific duration of time or continue playing until another interrupt is called to cancel the content from displaying on your player.


Beginning to Create your Interrupt

The first step of creating interrupts is to navigate to the feature within your Signagelive network. To locate this you will need to click on the Content menu and then, from the drop-down menu, select Deployments. After clicking the Publish option you will now need to click on the Schedules & Interrupts option.

When you have selected the Schedules & Interrupts menu option you will be taken in to the deployment wizard and will now be asked a series of questions to guide you through the process:


Question 1: How do you want to show your content?

The first question you will be asked by the deployment wizard will be the following:

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At this stage you will need to tell the wizard you wish to schedule your content “As an interrupt” and can confirm this selection by clicking the relevant button with your mouse.


Question 2: How would you like to show your interrupt?

The second question you will be asked by the deployment wizard will be the following:

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Within this window you will be asked how you would like to call your interrupt to be displayed on your player. You can select either of these options:

  • With a Key Press
  • With a Mouse Click

You can confirm your selection with a mouse click. We are selecting the “With a Key Press” option for this purposes of this particular guide.


Question 3: Which key would you like to use to show the interrupt?

The third question you will be asked by the deployment wizard will be the following:

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Within this window you will be asked to set which keyboard key will start your interrupt. Using the available drop-down menu you can set any key that can be found on a keyboard to be used. When you have made your selection you can then click on the green Next button to proceed.


Question 4: How would you like your interrupt to stop?

The fourth question you will be asked by the deployment wizard will be the following:

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  1. Within this window you will be asked to set which keyboard key will cause your interrupt to stop playing. This is an optional setting, so if you do not require a key to stop the interrupt you can leave the drop-down menu setting as None.
  2. If you do wish to set a key to stop your interrupt, please use the drop-down menu to make your setting.
  3. You can then decide whether your interrupt will be either of the following options:
  • Play to Length: If you select this option, your desired interrupt will play for the actual duration of the assets you specify. Example: If your interrupt is a single video file that is 30 seconds in length, your interrupt will be 30 seconds.
  • Fixed Duration: If you select this option, your desired interrupt will play for a duration that you can manually specify. When selecting this option an hours, minutes and seconds box will appear to allow you to set the desired duration.

     4.  When you have made your choices, you can then click on the green Next button to proceed.


Question 5: What do you wish to show?

The fifth question you will be asked by the deployment wizard will be the following:

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Now you have set how your interrupt will be activated, the duration and how it will cease playing; within this window you will be asked to specify what you want your interrupt to actually show:

  • Single Media Asset: Allows your interrupt to show an individual asset from your network library.
  • Playlist: Allows your interrupt to show a fullscreen playlist from your network library.
  • Layout: Allows your interrupt to show a layout and the ability to specify any contained playlist content.

... If you have selected a Single Media Asset

If you selected to use the Single Media Asset option, you will now be presented with the Select Asset window.

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From the Select Asset window you can use the available search facility and folders to locate the single media asset you wish to use. When you have found your media asset you will need to click on the asset and it will be highlighted with a yellow colour.

When you have selected your single media asset, you can click the green OK button to proceed.


... If you have selected Playlist

If you selected to use the Playlist option, you will now be presented with the Select Playlist window.

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From the Choose a Playlist window you can use the search facility and folders to locate the playlist you wish to use. When you have found your playlist you will need to click on playlist item and it will be highlighted with a yellow colour. When you have selected your playlist, you can click the green OK button to proceed.


... If you have selected Layout

If you selected to use the Layout option, you will now be presented with the Select Layout window.

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From the Open Layout window you can use the available search facility and folders to locate the layout you wish to use. When you have found your layout you will need to click on playlist item and it will be highlighted with a yellow colour.

When you have selected your layout, you can click the green OK button to proceed and you will be taken into a large preview area of your layout containing awaiting content to be placed into the schedulable zones.


Putting content into your Layout Interrupt

When you have selected your layout from the Open Layout area, you will now be ready to begin adding content in to your designated schedulable zones with the Configure you Layout window. To achieve this you will need to double click your mouse on each of the available schedulable zones and use the Choose a Playlist windows to select your playlist content.

As you can see from our example, we have four schedulable zones that will require playlists:

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When you have double clicked any of the schedulable zones, you will see the Choose a Playlist window:

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From the Choose a Playlist window you can use the search facility and folders to locate the playlist you wish to use. When you have found your playlist you will need to click on playlist item and it will be highlighted with a yellow colour. When you have selected your playlist, you can click the green OK button to proceed.

When you have gone through all of the schedulable windows in your layout design, you will begin to see the first stills of the content being shown in the chosen area. As you can see with our screenshot below we have added three of the four zones with playlists and the bottom right zone is still to complete.

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When you have added playlists into all of your layout zones you can now click on the green OK button and you will be taken into the final deployment window and will be able to determine which players you would like to deploy your newly created interrupt to.

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As you will see from the Currently Deploying section you will see an overview of your newly created interrupt, showing the interrupts name, type, duration and in this case, what keys are used to start and stop. You can now use the final deployment stage to select which players you would like to deploy your interrupt to.


How to review your Players Interrupts?

You can review the interrupts on your players at any stage by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Network menu and then from the drop-down menu select Manage.
  2. Within the Network Manager, search for and then double click to open the player of your choice.
  3. Within the player, click on the Interrupts tab. You will then see an overview of all interrupts.

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You will only see interrupts in this tab if they have been deployed to the player. You can remove the interrupt by clicking on the red x symbol, which can be found aligned to right of any interrupt entries.

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