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Interactive BrightWall

BrightWall is great and we would like to be able to add some interactivity.

Is that feature coming soon to BrightAuthor?

 

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    John Vargo

    You already can add interactivity to a BrightWall. Here is BrightSign's demo:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0jrwxNy1p0

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    ^UD\_$

    I'm sure the player is capable of that, but how easy is it to program with BrightAuthor?...

    Does it require hand-coding a BrightAuthor plugin?

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    John Vargo

    Fairly easy. No hand-coding is required.

    You simply set up one player as the master. You would hook up your buttons and interactivity to that one player. There are tutorials available on how to set up a video wall, and tutorials on how to set up interactivity, so I won't get into that.

    Then when your master player responds to, for example a button press, it sends out a Link/Synchronize command to the rest of the players, so they all can respond to the action.

    You can also control the master with the iPad app, which is what I do. I have UDP inputs throughout my presentation, which appear as buttons on the iPad app.

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    Barbara B

    Do you mean using BrightWall, or using the Synchronize command?  I thought BrigthWall did not support interactivity?  It seems you cannot schedule BrightWall and regular presentations together, and there is no Switch Presentations available in BrightWall (that I could find).  If I want to stretch a video across 4 screens (2x2), and synchronize 3 such video walls, is this possible?

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    Alex

    BrightWall does not support interactivity. To add interactivity to your synchronized setup, you need to create master and slave presentations (not BrightWall), and use [Link - Synchronize] commands in the master presentation, and [Synchronize] events in the slave presentations to sync playback on the brightsign players. Refer to this faq for more details: http://support.brightsign.biz/entries/21133476-How-do-I-create-a-video-wall-

    You cannot schedule BrightWall and regular presentations together, and there is no Switch Presentations available in BrightWall.

    >> If I want to stretch a video across 4 screens (2x2), and synchronize 3 such video walls, is this possible?

    It is not possible to do it in BrightWall. Only players from the same domain can be kept in sync.

    However, you can use the method with master and slave presentations (highlighted above) to do such the setup.

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    John Vargo

    Using the synchronize command. I admit I know nothing about the new BrightWall feature, this thread was started long before that feature was available.

    If I understand what you are trying to do, it should be possible.

    You want to stretch a video across 4 screens? That requires special hardware. The typical setup for a 2x2 video wall using Brightsign involves 4 players, 1 for each screen. In your case, if you have 3 @ 2x2 video walls, you'd need 12 players.

    Synchronizing them all is easy. You set up 1 single player as the master. If you are just looping one video, you set up the video loop on the master. When the video loops (i.e. you add the End Media event to the video), you add a Link > Synchronize command to that media end event. Use an easy-to-remember keyword.

    Then on all the other players, you add the appropriate video file then drag the Synchronize event onto it, and tell it to listen for that keyword.

    Then, just make sure all the players are on the same network. When the master loops, it will synchronize all the other players.

    If you want to schedule presentations, you would need to do it this way. Then you just schedule the presentation change on the master and tell all the other devices to listen for Synchronize commands, and switch to the appropriate video as necessary.

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    John Vargo

    Also, not sure if this is obvious or not, but when doing a 2x2 video wall, you will need to edit your videos so that the video you want to display is broken up into 4 videos of the exact same length, each consisting of 1/4 of the original video.

    What I do is produce my videos in 4K (2160p), then break them up into 4 separate 1080p videos (upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right). Then you just drop each video on a separate player, choose one of them to be the master, and sync them all up.

    I use adobe Premiere to do this. It can be done with other programs. Ask if you have specific questions. HTH.

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    JRB Technical

    There seems to be much confusion on this.

    In the video that John Vargo linked, it says this is possible to do interactive content with BrightWall. And Jeff Hastings (BrightSign CEO) says in that video that you can do this.

    But then Alex Karbuiuk (BrightSign Support?) says that you can NOT do this.

    Why did Jeff Hastings say you can do this back in 2014, if you still can not do this?

    I have been trying to find a good basic example of how do to this, compared to the old way of sending a UDP word from the Master with the Slaves listening.

    I need to be able to use a USB Keypad to trigger different video loops on a BrightWall/Multi Screen setup. But there seems to be no Interactive options in the BrightWall setup in BrightAuthor.

    I have tried doing the Master/Slave UDP word approach with the current version of BrightAuthor (v4.4.0.15) and that does not seem to work anymore like I have done with older versions.  Fortunately the recent project I needed to sync multiple screens was just a simple loop, and BrightWall worked fine for that.

    I am going to need to have interactive control of a multi-screen setup in the future, but there currently seems to be no way to do this.

    Also many of the tutorials here at BrightSign have outdated information for older versions of BrightAuthor. It looks like some of that is in progress, but there is much confusing information, broken/missing links, etc.

    To BrightSign Support, can we please get a good example tutorial of how to do interactive triggering, as Jeff Hastings says is possible using BrightWall? 

    Thank you.

     

     

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    Jeff Edmunds

    I know this is an old thread, but wondering if it's possible to do this yet? I do understand that setting up the master/slave config and interactive playlists is possible, but I'd like the see if any level of interactivity has been added to brightwall presentations yet? As the previous poster noted, the CEO and Support rep had conflicting statements and it would be nice to clear it up. if no interactivity I possible, a tutorial on how to do this within an interactive presentation would be valuable.

     

    Thanks! 

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    Brandon

    As noted in the newer thread with JohnLBV's question, it was a forward-looking statement and priorities changed.  BrightWall does not support interactivity at this time, and there is no current schedule for it.

    For a tutorial on creating an standard synchronized presentation which you can add interactivity to, see this webinar:
    https://www.brightsign.biz/support/training/recorded-webinars#ba-videowall

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    JRB Technical

    BrightSign Staff,

    Again, I have to ask, "Why did Jeff Hastings say you can do this back in 2014, if you still can not do this?"

    That question has never really been answered. Why did the CEO of BrightSign state and also show an interactive example of BrightWall in a publicly published video from the floor of a major industry trade show that this is a capability of BrightWall, if this is not possible?

    Several people seem to want this capability that was essentially advertised by the CEO, but BrightSign doesn't seem to be interested in moving forward with this for some reason. 

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