Last Updated: May 25, 2016
Yes, BrightSign players can be configured to send serial and CEC commands to your display, including turning it off and on at specified times. Players can also be used to place a monitor into a power-save mode at specified times. These actions can be done using an interactive playlist or a custom script.
Using Serial commands
Watch this tutorial video to learn more about sending serial commands.
Using CEC commands
CEC commands work over HDMI only and require a display that supports CEC over HDMI. You can check in the display manual whether CEC commands are supported or not. You should also use the latest BrightAuthor and firmware production releases.
There are default commands for "on" and "off", or you can send custom CEC strings for other commands.
- Create or open an interactive presentation.
- Open the state or event when you want the CEC command to be executed.
- Select the Advanced tab.
- Click Add Command.
- Select BrightControl from the Commands drop-down list:
- Use the Display On or Display Off commands to send "on" or "off" commands to the display. You can also select the Send Ascii String command to send a custom CEC command.
Note (for HD110-HD1010 models): CEC is only supported on our rev G units. If you look at the 3rd digit in your serial # on the BrightSign, it says what rev the unit is.
Using Monitor Power Save Mode Commands
You can enable or disable monitor power save mode, which kills the signal on the HDMI and VGA ports. The Enable monitor power save mode command places the display into standby by turning off the video signal from the BrightSign player. You can then use the Disable monitor power save mode command to reactivate the signal on the HDMI and VGA ports, thus turning the display back on.
Power save mode commands are added using a similar process to the CEC commands outlined above, but you will select Video > Enable/Disable monitor power save mode commands. See this FAQ for more details.
Scheduling Display Cycles
You can schedule when the BrightSign player turns the display on and off on any models that support scheduling. You can use a separate project to turn off/on the screen. See this video for details.
Please keep in mind that a player need to know the date and time for scheduling will not work.