Ad Types and Controls

How to Submit Ads to your Ad Server

This system is designed to be friendly, easy to use and require very little computer skills, but there are rules to follow so you don’t get charged for ads that are free.

digital signage meets billboard TV

Left Side uses ( jpg ) files

Right Side uses (gif) files

Control Your Ads Here

 Note: These sizes are based on your system resolution set to 1024 x 768. You will have to change them if you select a different screen size. Keep this size if you use the “Custom Size” feature. Read more here
 
Prefixes of the ad names will trigger special functions called “Trigger Image

Ad Display Time

U

To change the length of time an ad will display from the default 15 seconds you must use the Update prefix “U_##” with a 2 digit second timer from 05 to 60. Anything outside this time will change back to 15 seconds.

Suggested file name U_08_filename.jpg (display ad for 8 seconds)


Trial Ads

T

Some owners will offer a Trial ad for a period of time to allow clients to see if they like the system before purchasing an ad. The Trial period should be no more than 1 week for best results.

file name convention = T_filename.jpg


4 Day Weather for current location

W

Many owners wanted the ability to show the weather for their current location so I added a way to make any static AD trigger the built-in weather system. Just add the prefix “W_” to any Static AD and not only will that AD show, but after 5 Ads show or so the 4 day Weather will be shown for about 20 seconds randomly. See what the weather will look like here.

file name convention = W_Any filename.jpg


Top US News RSS

R

Using the prefix “R_” to any Static AD and not only will that AD show, but after 10 Ads show or so Top US News will scroll on the main screen for about 20 seconds randomly. See what the News will look like here.

file name convention = R_filename.jpg


Random Video Ads using YouTube

Note: Now plays full screen as its own process

Note: videos must be 15 seconds or longer to stream properly

V

You Ad Server can stream any YouTube video by naming an uploaded image with the special 11 characters that identifies each YouTube video. Use  the “V_” prefix and than the YouTube ID followed by how many minutes to play the video (max 99). The software is designed to allow 10 minutes ads to be displayed before Video Ads will be allowed to stream. Once a video ad starts it can stream from 01 to 99 minutes and 30 to 59 seconds set by the suffix of the file name.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPxG–t0_Bc

file name convention = V_jPxG–t0_Bc_MM-SS.jpg

You can also upload MP4 or MOV video files using the same naming convention, but the extension is MP4 or MOV. There is a limit to 30 Megs in file size for these video. You can download a sample Download

file name convention = V_name_MM-SS.MP4 or V_name_MM-SS.MOV


Programmed YouTube Videos

H

Your Ad Server can stream any YouTube video at a specific Date and Time by naming an uploaded image with the special characters that identifies the Date, YouTube video and the length of time to play it. Use  the “H_” prefix and then the Date, Time, YouTube ID followed by how long to play the video. The software is designed to allow a 2 minute tolerance window. Once a video starts it can stream from 01 to 99 hours,  01 to 99 minutes and 30 to 99 seconds set by the suffix of the file name. You can download a sample  Download

If you set the Month, Day and Year to all Zeros like this “00-00-00″ the video will repeat every day at the set time.

Sample YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4ukwHdACDw

programmed_videos

Example video Ad file names

This one will play on Christmas day at 5:30 pm for 2 minutes and 18 seconds

H_12-25-2013_05-30-00_PM_x4ukwHdACDw_00-02-18.jpg

This one will play everyday day at 1:30 pm for 2 minutes and 18 seconds

H_00-00-0000_01-30-00_PM_x4ukwHdACDw_00-02-18.jpg

More about Billboard TV here


LIVE STREAMING

L

Your Ad Server can stream any web ready video stream at a specific Date and Time by naming an uploaded image with the special characters that identifies the Date, 11 digit file name and the length of time to play it. Use  the “L_” prefix and then the Date, Time, file name followed by how long to play the video. The software is designed to allow a 5 minute tolerance window. Once a video starts it can stream from 01 to 99 hours,  01 to 99 minutes and 30 to 99 seconds set by the suffix of the file name.

In this mode the desktop control panel software can stop a Live Stream within an hour if your time is set too long for what you’re streaming or if the stream has finished early. The system will stop on it’s own if the stream stop from the source and go back to normal ad display mode.

If you set the Month, Day and Year to all Zeros like this “00-00-00″ the video will repeat every day at the set time.

In the above example you would play LIVE TV from channel Black Contemporary Television which is a local TV channel here in the Dallas area. It would start on Feb. 13th of 2019 at 8:05pm and stream for 2 hours.

This feature takes to parts which is an Tage Image with the name formatted like above and a text file named the same as the 11 character name above that includes the full URL of the video stream in the text file itself.

You can download an example of a live TV station stream set here. Remember you have to upload both the image and the text file for it to work. Follow the formatting above to see it function on your system. 


DAM Billboard TV Mode Setup

S

To set the system into Billboard TV Mode it takes two parts. Part one is an jpg image that’s named a specific way so the system knows what second file to load that holds the long URL of a Live Stream. Below you see an example of what your image would be named to grab a text file named “filename000.txt”. Inside this text file you create with something like Notepad would just one line of text that was the full URL of the live stream you want shown on the digital signage system.

 

 

These two sample files are required to activate the TV Mode of your Digital Signage system


Community ads from Non Profits and more

N

Non Profit ads are marked with the “N_” and provided only by the local community and A to Z from many places across the nation.

A to Z provides a FREE way for the community to get the word out about things that give back to the community at large and organizations that give back much of their profits to the people it supports.

File name convention = N_filename.jpg


Public Service Announcement (PSA)

P

Public Service Announcement (PSA) ads are marked with the “P_” 

File name convention = P_filename.jpg

A PSA is “any announcement (including network) for which no charge is made and which promotes programs, activities, or services of federal, state, or local governments (e.g., recruiting, sale of bonds, etc.) or the programs, activities or services of non-profit organizations (e.g., United Way, Red Cross blood donations, etc.) and other announcements regarded as serving community interests.

 

Size of Ads required:

The system wants to see jpg files only with a size of 1024 x 615 in pixels for full screen or 960 x 615 for split screen mode. Create your ads with a paint program like Paint, Photo Impact (our favorite), PhotoShop and others. You can even use PowerPoint and then save it as a jpg file, re-size to 1024 x 615 or 960 x 615 and then upload to ad server. The latest ad server software will resize your ads on the fly, but this produces unclear ads if they are too far in size from the ideal size above.

Here is a link to an online Resizer for images: http://picresize.com/and here is one you can download Faststone Photo Resizer(free version)

Desktop Software for Hosts and Virtual Hosts:

All owners of digital signage system get desktop software that allows them to see their Ad Server content, stats on views and more.

Download it here

Latest Update here

Note only runs on Windows based systems 98-Win10

Get more information about the Desktop Control System here

 

 

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