We have introduced a feature on demand in piSignage  where you can pause a  video in between,   display  Ad  and then again resume the video from the same point. This Feature is of great use when you have large duration videos as assets.  

We have seen how to Insert Ads between regular playlist . Here  when it is  time  for the Regular playlist to be paused & ADVT playlist to start,  the Asset of  Regular playlist,  currently playing on screen will always complete its display time. It will not be interrupted in between. Thus even  though it is time for ADVT playlist to be displayed, it will be deployed only after current asset being displayed completes its time. Say your asset is a 30 minute video or you have an image asset in your playlist for which you have set a display time of 30 minutes, with the regular ad insert feature , it is impossible to display Ad in between this time period. Only after asset completes its 30 minutes display, The Advt playlist will be deployed.  .

SOLUTION IN CASE OF VIDEO ASSETS

There is an option in Group Settings to specify the time at which a video asset has to be stopped to show videos.

First Go to the relevant group running  playlists with video assets that has to be paused. Go to the Settings section (1a) at top right, A popup window opens. Scroll down to the Stop video (1b) section and specify the time interval at which Video has to be paused . (refer Screenshots).

Let us say your regular playlist has  Number of  Long Video assets, ie each of  duration more than 15 minutes . Now if you have given the entry "Stop video after"  as 900 as in the example shown, After every 15 minutes  video asset  being displayed   is stopped and piSignage will check if there are any ADVT playlists to be deployed. If there is a ADVT playlist Scheduled or waiting to be deployed, it will  run. After its completion , the video asset of the Regular playlist will resume its run from tha paused point.

If there is no ADVT playlist scheduled , then the regular playlist will immediately resume and and the check for ADVT playlist  will be done at next  interval. In the given example it will be every 15 minutes.

The feature is more effective in pausing long videos at comparatively larger time intervals. ie the pause and display feature may not effectively say if you are stopping the video say every 60 seconds.

LIMITATION

As said this feature can ONLY be used to pause and resume  VIDEO assets. If you have an Image asset or any other kind of asset , it will always  complete its display as per time alloted in the playlist. For example if you have given an image asset to be displayed for 20 minutes in the playlist, any Ads  triggered during that time frame will only be deployed after the asset completes its 20 minutes. With other type of assets we  cannot pause and resume display .

EXAMPLES

1) if you have multiple 20 minute video assets,  a  pause time of 30 minutes is useless. The time count for video pause starts as one video asset starts playing and terminates when the video ends. For the Next video asset Count starts afresh. Here Ad inserts will act as in Regular circumstance.

2) If you have a 90 minute video  and pause time of 20 minutes , this video will pause 4 times during its run to look for Advt playlist. if any Advt playlist is scheduled during that time it will be deployed, else the video resumes.

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