Last Updated: October 26, 2015
You can use any Media RSS feed that contains only RSS tags. BrightAuthor doesn't support MRSS feeds that contain a mix of RSS and HTML tags. You can use MRSS feeds that contain images, videos, or a mix of both.
You can subscribe to a Flickr Photostream using BrightAuthor. Just add your photostream as an MRSS feed.
Note: You can add a Flickr Photostream, but you can't currently add individual Flickr sets.
For weather, you can use feeds from www.screenfeed.com. They have a mix of basic and advanced weather feeds, including weather maps. They also offer International weather services.
If you have a BrightSign Network account, you can create Media RSS feeds using the intuitive WebUI. Simply log in to your account at www.brightsignnetwork.com, click on Create tab, select Dynamic Playlist and create a playlist. Media RSS feeds can be distributed to your BrightSign players or other networked clients. To learn more about the "Dynamic Playlist" feature, please see the BrightSign Network WebUI User Guide.
Custom – Building Your Own
A Media RSS feed is normally an XML file served by any public web server that points to images or videos. You can create a Media RSS feed using a free a Dropbox account (public folder).
If you are creating your own Media RSS feed, we offer a sample video .xml file and a sample image .xml file for reference. The following list outlines the tags that should be included with each media <item> in a MRSS XML used in a BrightAuthor presentation:
- <title>: The title of the media file. This text can be displayed on screen if the MRSS feed is used with a Live Text state.
- <link>: A direct URL link to the media file. This attribute should be identical to the <media:url> attribute.
- <description>: A description of the media file. This text can be displayed on screen if the MRSS feed is used with a Live Text state.
- <guid>: A unique identifier for the media file. If this attribute changes when the MRSS XML file updates, the cached file on the player will be updated as well (even if all other media item tags remain unchanged).
- ispermalink: If this attribute is True, the unique identifier also represents a permanent link to the media file.
- <media>: A tag containing several attributes related to the media file.
- url: A direct URL link to the media file. This attribute should be identical to the <link> attribute.
- fileSize: The size (in bytes) of the media file. This attribute should always be specified to prevent duplicate file downloads.
- type: The MIME type of the media file. With BrightAuthor presentations, this should be either "image" (followed by "jpeg", "png", or "bmp") or "video" (followed by "ts", "mpg", "vob", "mov", or "mp4"). For example, a .jpeg image would be tagged as "image/jpeg" and a .mov video would be tagged as "video/mov".
- medium: Either "image" or "video", depending on the MIME type of file.
- duration: (Images Only) The length of time an image file is displayed on screen.