Video content type

Use the Video Content Type to play videos on your digital sign.

Step 1

Navigate to your repository in Content Manager Web. Click the Add New Content button or right-click and select Add New Content' >> Video....

Step 2

The Properties window will open. Give the video content a descriptive Name.

Step 3

Determine a Recurrence, if desired.

Step 4

Enter a Duration.

Considerations for video durations:

  • Video durations do not follow the normal duration rules.
  • Every video file has its own duration, which is the length of the video.
  • To ensure the video plays in its entirety, uncheck the Duration box.
  • Unlike other content items, when a Duration is assigned to a Video content item, the video plays for the exact amount of time specified in the Duration field, potentially cutting off the video.
  • To set a video to repeat, uncheck Duration and check Loop Content.

Step 5

Enter the Location or URL of the video file.

Step 6

Ensure that the Caching Behavior is correct.

Step 7

To loop the video, use the Loop option and select the frequency.

Step 8

Under Video player, select the type of video player from the drop-down menu:

  • Default (Windows Media Player)
  • VLC Player
  • FWi Media Player

Some guidelines for a video are as follows:

  • Format mp4, h.264
  • Frame rate 30 frames/second
  • Refresh rate of TV 60 Hz

Step 9

When complete, click OK and save.

Video players

Default (Windows Media Player)

The default player is Windows Media Foundation via the C#/WPF class known as MediaPlayer. This option works in most cases and typical uses include generic playback of various movie formats, via files or URLs.

VLC Player

VLC is a free and open-source, cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols, including RTP, RTSP, and UDP. The VLC Player uses the deprecated VLC plugin and always uses its defaults. It does not honor VLC application settings. The Separate Process box is not critical. The typical use is MPEG 2/4 Streaming video via multicast.

For highest performance, FWI recommends VLC version 2.1.5 (32-bit).

FWI Media Player

FWI Media Player is a built-in video player for Content Player for Windows. It offers certain key benefits over the Default Media Player (Windows Media Player) and VLC Player, including:

  • Color-Key Video Support
  • Multicast Video Synchronization