What is the need?
This tool on the Admira platform allows you to create compositions with content in the space formed by the screen (its resolution) for subsequent application in the broadcast.
Using an editable layer system, you can add content or blocks and modify the space they cover on the screen so that the content that is broadcast is tailored to this composition in a customized way.
Templates can be assigned to both individual content and to a player to affect all playlists on that computer.
They are applicable for Simple Mode and Advanced Mode
Before you can start working with templates, you will need to go to your Platform section and click Create Template.
You will then be presented with the template edit menu, where you must choose an identifying name.
Below the name is information essential to the correct use of the template, since the resolution must be set to that of the screen on which it is to be broadcast.
Click on the Save icon to confirm the chosen resolution.
Once the space has been delimited, you will be able to start making your template.
To do this, it is important to first examine the box with the icon . This is the frame for your main playlist assigned to the player. The first thing you need to do is to adapt the box to the dimensions of the content in the playlist. There is a box at the bottom left where you can select the dimensions.
The X and Y mark their position horizontally and vertically. W is the width of the box and H is the height.
Once the dimensions have been marked, you can easily scale the content to make it larger or smaller by placing the cursor on the box’s tab and dragging it. Likewise, pressing the Shift key and dragging with the mouse will maintain the proportions of the box.
Place the box in the part of the screen where you want to see the playlist that the player will broadcast.
From there, the vertical column on the left with the name Objects will allow you to add elements to make your template. These elements are the contents that you will add to form the layout. The order in this column will allow you to choose the layer that is above and below (by dragging the items
With the objects, the operation is the same: you can adjust the dimensions and move them around the space in the same way as with the main playlist. These items will have this icon .
This icon will open a window that will allow you to add the content or blocks that we want to appear in our template. Once content has been chosen, the box will be filled with the content preview to facilitate the composition.
When you have finished making your template, click on the Save button to store your template so that you can use it.
Examples of use
With the aim of providing an insight into how the template is used, here are some examples of its use in Digital Signage.
Add the business or advertising logo so that it always appears in a corner of the screen when the content is broadcast. This use allows you to place a fly that identifies the brand that the content belongs to.
Content as a frame
Wrap the main content of the playlist in one frame to unify different content items within the same environment. A specific promotion or specific content type are examples of how this type of template can be used, framing the content on a custom background.
Videowall with block
Divide the space with different broadcast options to take advantage of the dimensions of the screen and display various content items.
In this example, fixed content, a block and the player’s playlist are distributed on the screen space.
The block allows you to add another alternative content loop to that of the playlist. It is important to consider the length of the content (both the block and playlist) so that are played in full, as they will start simultaneously when the template appears.
It will be vital to keep their length in mind because if there are block contents that are left out of the showing of the template owing to their length, they will not be seen. The next time the template starts, it will do so from the first content item in the block, and the others will be left out of the broadcast.
As explained in the Blocks tool section, there are various modes for playing the content of blocks. One of them, Automatic mode, allows content to be assigned to the block using Advanced Distribution Mode (with category and criteria tags).
When you add an automatic block to your template, you can only distribute it in the content that interests you, regardless of whether there are other types of content in the player. Likewise, in the space of the template block, only the contents that match the tags of the content of the playlist will be broadcast, which means that the others will not be seen.
This particularity allows you to use a single template for different content according to the criterion.
For example, imagine that you have created a template with an automatic block in a corner in which you have three different content items with different prices.
Such a template would only be triggered in the assigned player when one of the content items on your playlist matched the contents of the block via its criteria tags. Furthermore, you would only see the price of the content being displayed and not the others.
In this way, it would be possible that the content of the playlist that we want to have the price in a corner appears and also that it is the right one for the content that is being broadcast.
If, on the other hand, there is content in which we do not want the template to appear, provided that the criterion does not match, it will not be seen.
Template Menu Actions
If you return to the main page of the section, you will be able to see the templates that you have already created in the platform.
For each, the information will appear in columns: preview, name, number of content items, date of last update and resolution.
To the right of each template, there will be different template configuration options.
This is the pencil icon. It allows you to make changes again in the template’s Make menu.
If you have already assigned the template, you can remove its assignment from all players and content to which it is distributed using the nut icon.
A pop-up window will tell you which playlists it is associated with before you confirm the process to make sure you really want to remove it.
It makes a copy of the chosen template so you can work on it without making changes to the original template.
It allows you to assign categories to the template. These categories will be used for advanced distribution.
Content matching that associated with the template via the category tags will be broadcast with the template provided that it is assigned to the player.
It deletes the template from the list.
When assigning a template, you first need to check the distribution mode you are using in the players you want to assign it to: Simple Mode or Advanced Mode.
You can assign a template in simple mode in two different ways: assign them to a particular content within a playlist or to an entire player.
To do this, go to the Playlists section in the Platform Admin menu and click on Edit the playlist that has the content that we want to assign the template to.
To the right of each content item, a box will appear that, when selected, will allow you to “Assign template”.
When you click on it, a pop-up window will appear so that you can choose a template from those you have created. After selecting it, click Save, and the template will be applied to the content.
As for the assignment of a particular content item, go to the Playlists section, but this time go straight to the Assign icon in the menu bar.
The list of players we have on the platform will appear on the page. To the right of each one, there is a box that gives you information about the assigned template.
Designating the template will be as simple as clicking on the box and choosing the one we want from the drop-down menu that will open. By just returning from this window, you will confirm the change.
To assign templates in advanced mode, go to the Playlists with Criteria section in the Admin menu.
In this section, you will find a list of all the players in advanced distribution mode. Each of them will have an icon that will allow you to add templates.
Selecting it will open a new window where you can choose from the previously created templates. Then click on the Save button, and the changes will be applied.
Remember that for this process to work properly, it is necessary for the template and content to have matching category tags associated with them, as this will allow the template to differentiate between the content it needs to be associated with and the content it does not.
What happens if a content item that you have added to a template expires before the template stops being broadcast? What if it lasts longer than the content it is associated with?
It is important when assigning blocks to templates to consider the duration of the contents of the block, the number of plays and the duration of the content of the parent playlist with which it is associated because if the duration is different, you could end up with an empty space in your broadcast or with totally unplayed content.
If you have a template with an automatic block and normal content and assign it to an entire player, what will be seen in the automatic block space if the contents do not have matching categories?
In this case, the space covered by the automatic block in the template will be transparent, as if it were not in the template, allowing you to show what is below it.
On the other hand, normal content would be seen in its corresponding space, just like the other content.