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You can create and manage playlists by combining media files and widgets already available in your Yodeck account.

Managing Playlists

In this section, you can see a list of the playlists currently uploaded into your Yodeck account. Information about your playlists is organized in the following columns:

playlists' list

  • the Name of the playlist
  • the Description of the playlist
  • the Timestamp (date and time) that the playlist was either created or last modified
  • Media Types column showing what kind of media files are used in the playlist
  • an Actions column, with 4 buttons for making changes

In this list, you can:

Edit

Change the details of a Playlist by clicking the "Edit" button.
Here, you can also substitute the actual Playlist, and it will be changed wherever used.
Check out the "Adding a Playlist" section below for details on the fields.

DuplicateCreate a copy of the Playlist.

Delete

Delete a Playlist. The Playlist will be removed from any Playlists or Layouts where it was previously used, and it will not be available in the portal for future use. 

Delete multiple Playlists. Delete a single playlist. The playlist will be removed from any Layouts where it was previously used, and it will not be available in the portal for future use. 
Delete multiple playlists. Click on the playlists you want to delete and press the delete button of just one. Next, select the Playlists you want to delete and press the Bulk Delete button at the bottom of the listing.

Move to another Workspace

You can move playlists to different Workspaces. Choose the Workspace of your choice and click Move. 

*This feature is only available in the Enterprise plan.

SearchSearch for a specific playlist using the search tool.

Adding a Playlist

add playlist

To add a playlist, you click on the green "+ Add Playlist" button found at the bottom of the Playlist list. As a next step, you are requested to provide:


  • the Name of the Playlist and

  • an optional Description for it

Add black gap between videos.

Choose to enable the "Add black gap between videos" option.

Gapless Videos

The transition between the two videos right now is gapless. The last video frame will be displayed on the screen to have gapless transitions between videos playing back-to-back. 
If you like to have a 0.5s black gap between the videos, enable the above option on your playlist.

Transition Effects

The most wanted feature is finally released! All users now have the ability to have transitions between images. You can pick more than 25 different transitions and, of course, control the transition speed as well.

Limitations -- Beta

We are improving the Transition feature day by day, but there are some limitations that you need to consider for now.

  1. Transitions are available only between images. You cannot have transitions between images to videos or images to any other media.
  2. If you decide to add a playlist to a layout, do not enable the transparency option on that layer. Transitions will not work with the transparency option enabled.
  3. Transitions are not available for 4K resolution yet. 


Transition effects

Slow: 3-second transition

Medium: 2-second transition

Fast: 1-second transition 

Custom: Configure how long the transition will occur from one image to another.


Synced Playback

Players under the same account can be synced and display the content on the TV screen synced and almost frame by frame.

The players will sync the content at the start of each media. For example, let's say you have a 90 seconds video. The players might take up to 90 seconds to sync the content. But if you add (anywhere on the filmstrip) an image of 5 seconds, the players will use this media to come in sync (We totally recommend this workaround). This image will act as a syncing point to sync the entire playlist almost frame by frame!
 

Syncing Layout Regions

Also, you have the option to sync regions on the layout editor using the same logic as described above. Adding the syncing playlists side by side on the layout editor or anywhere you want. 

Check this detailed guide here on how to sync regions in the Layout editor.

Bear in mind that you cannot have 2 videos on the same Layout.

Limitations -- Beta

We are improving the Syncing feature day by day, but there are some limitations that you need to consider for now.

  1. You cannot enable the Random Playback and also add a PDF file on a syncing playlist. Only 1 option can be active at a time (Sync with Random or Sync with PDF). We will lift this limitation in our next update releases.
  2. The playlists you want to sync must have the exact same duration or at least a multiple (2X, 3X, 4X, etc.) of that number.

    Example

    1. Playlist A has a total duration of 20 seconds. Playlist B must have the same duration (20s) or a multiple duration of 2X, 3X, 4X (40s, 60s, 80s, etc.) 

    2. Playlist A has a total duration of 56 seconds. Playlist B must have the same duration (56s) or a multiple duration of 2X, 3X, 4X (112s, 168s, 336s, etc.) 

    Bear in mind to enable the syncing feature on the other playlists as well.

  3. The playlists that you like to sync must also have the same number of media. Not less, not more – otherwise, the syncing will be off track for sure.

Random Playback

Choose to enable the "Random Playback" option. This option will randomize the media on your playlist, and the player will display these media on the TV screen in random order.

Keep Web Pages Open

Choose to enable the "Keep Web Pages open" option. This option will be displayed in your Playlist settings if you have at least one Web-page entry on your Playlist's filmstrip.

Keep Web-pages running on the Background

Normally, Web Pages and Web Widgets in a Playlist are reloaded every time they are shown. However, you can enable this option to keep them open in the background.

By default, Web Pages in a Playlist are closed and reloaded every time they appear on the screen. By enabling this, you keep all Web Pages in the Playlist open and never reload them. To set a refresh interval, check the 'Advanced' settings on each Web Page. 

For example, if you have dashboards that require to be refreshed frequently to display new content, by activating this option, dashboards will be kept active on your player's RAM to be displayed on your screen instantly instead of getting loading again from scratch.


RAM Usage

This feature should only be used with Yodeck Players based on the latest Raspberry Pi 4 board with 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of RAM. Using this feature on Yodeck Players with 1GB boards might cause Player instability and possible corruption if the memory usage is too high.

IMPORTANT: This might lead to reduced Player reliability if the memory used is too high. We recommend using Raspberry Pi 4 Players with 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of RAM.

Playlist-drag from the library to fill

- You can see an empty filmstrip where you will add your media files.

filmstrip

Below the filmstrip, you'll find your account library with all the media files available to you. You can see them all or locate them under their respective category (Images, Videos, Web Pages, Widgets, Audio Assets, Documents, Playlists). Also, you can use the search button to find your media file.

- By pointing to any media file in the library, you can click on the preview (zoom icon) or the arrow() to place it on the playlist. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the item to the filmstrip to upload it.

- You can change the media files' position by 'dragging-and-dropping so that they are in the order you want.

  • By default, Widgets and Web Pages have a duration in the playlist of 20 seconds. However, you can change this on the filmstrip under the preview of the media file, either by typing the duration yourself or using the "+" /"-" button, respectively.
  • By default, Images also have a duration in the playlist of 5 seconds. You can change this on the filmstrip under the preview of the media file, either by typing the duration yourself or using the "+" /"-" button, respectively.
  • By default, Videos have a fixed display time (the duration of the video itself), which cannot be changed.

Clicking "Save" will create the Playlist.

filmstrip with media

Also, you can check the total duration of your playlist. This info is located on the right side of the filmstrip.
total duration

Which Media are calculated?

The media that the help tool can calculate are :

  • Images
  • Web-pages
  • Widgets
  • Videos
    (info)(Not YouTube videos)
  • Documents


Creating/Editing Playlists with a large number of media files

In case your playlists contain numerous media files, you have the option to activate the Folder View for your convenience.

To see in detail how you manage playlists with the Folder View on, check section 6.1 Managing Playlists with Folder View ON.

How do I preview the playlist's content?

Beta-tested

This feature is currently being Beta-tested and will soon have the full functionalities of a Yodeck Player. In other words, you will be able to see exactly what is being shown on your TV screen; in the same way, you would view that content if you had a Yodeck Player connected to your screen.

With a simple click, you can see how your playlist will display on the TV screen without the need for a Yodeck player or any hardware at all.

The only thing you have to do is fill the playlist with the media of your choice and then click the Preview button. 

A new window will appear and start displaying the playlist. If the window is not opening, please check the Tip below.

Preview Playlist

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