Everything about piSignage - how tos, use cases, technology, benefits

Displaying PowerPoint in Digital Signages

Lot of our clients are comfortable creating content to be displayed on signages using PowerPoint but PPT files have a proprietary format and thus cannot be uploaded directly as an asset in piSignage. The solution is to create PPT in required dimension and export these slides as Images or Videos.

Each PPT slide as an Image

Using SAVE AS option save each PPT slide as an image (gif, jpeg, png are some of the formats supported) and upload these as assets in piSignage. Refer here to learn about changing the Resolution of the images created by exporting PPT Slides.
If you need the display to have a flow instead of images abruptly changing, you can create a video out of

Play Facebook livestreams & other videos on your Signage screens with piSignage

You can display facebook livestreamed videos on your Screens with piSignage. In fact you can play any facebook video by uploading the video url as an asset.In this writeup you will learn in detail the steps involved. The steps explained below are applicable both for displaying direct livestreams and uploaded videos.

  1. Find the video in facebook(livestream or uploaded).
  2. Play the video.
  3. Right click on the video click Show video URL ,Copy the URL that is displayed and paste it in a new TAB.
  4. Edit this URL by changing www. to an m. making the video mobile version. ( eg www.abc.com/xyz to m.abc.com/xyz) and press ENTER.
  5. Play the video. On right click select the

Groups in piSignage- A simple way to Control Multiple players.

Every Time you register a player in your piSignage account it is assigned to a group, The Default group, unless you specify the group. You can create any number of groups as per your requirement. The Advantage of GROUPs here is that any change made to the GROUP will be reflected in all the PLAYERS belonging to the group, saving you from the work of having to operate each player individually.
The GROUP functionality allows you to

  • Select a Default playlist for the all players belonging to the group.
  • Include Additional playlists and schedule their time of display in advance.
  • Select the ticker for the group players.
  • Edit other Group Settings like playlist Animation, Asset Stretch , TV Schedule OFF

Hardware required for piSignage player

piSignage Player is based on Raspberry Pi, a highly popular low-cost, credit-card sized computer sold across the globe. This mini PC given its given its footprint, cost, reliability, availability and performance provides an ideal foundation for piSignage.

The following are the suggested components needed to assemble the piSignage Player.

  • Raspberry Pi model 3 (recommended although others models are supported)
  • USB power supply with micro USB cable (with 2A capacity, TV USB power may not be sufficient)
  • Class 10, 8GB+ microSD card from a reputed vendor
  • Good quality HDMI cable to connect with the screen.
  • LAN cable or Pi compatible USB wi-fi adapters if wifi is not built-in.

Many vendors sell these components as a kit, for e.g.amazon.

If

Getting piSignage player ready & registering the player

piSignage is a complete digital signage solution powered by Raspberry Pi. The following post describes in detail how to install piSignage image on Raspberry Pi and get started with piSignage by Signing up & registering players at pisignage.com. Just make sure you have gathered all the Hardware components required before you begin.

1. Download piSignage image to your PC

Download the complete piSignage player image, and unzip the file.

2. Writing Image to SD card

Write the image to a class 10 SD card (minimum 8
GB) using one of the following tools.