Configure Content Playback Properties: Dayparting, Scheduling, & Playback Frequency

This article provides instructions to configure the content playback properties/playout properties such as scheduling and dayparting, transition, aspect ratio, content duration, and playback frequency for playlist channels.

With the introduction of the new Library in Appspace 8.0, the Playout Properties for any content can be accessed and configured directly from the Library whilst creating content and whilst adding a channel to existing content, or from within a playlist channel.

Note
To schedule content in an advanced channel, please refer to the Enable Content Scheduling in Advanced Channels article.

Access Content Playout Properties when Creating Content

The Content Playout Properties can also be accessed via the Schedule tab when creating or uploading content to the Library.

For complete instructions on how to do this, click the Add/Edit Content or Upload Media article.

Access Content Playout Properties from Library

Important
For existing content, the playout properties option becomes available only when you choose to assign a new/another channel to the content, as playback and scheduling options are applicable to each channel. If a channel has already been assigned and you would like to configure the playout properties, please refer to the Access Content Playout Properties from Channels section below. 

Follow the instructions below to configure the content playout properties in the Library.

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Select the ☰ Appspace menu, and click Library.
  3. Select the desired content.
  4. In the content window, click the Channels tab, and click ADD TO CHANNEL.


  5. You may select an existing playlist channel or create a new one.
  6. You may configure the SCHEDULING and DISPLAY PROPERTIES sections of the content by clicking the arrows to expand for more configuration options, before adding it to the playlist channel.

  7. Once done, click ADD to add the content to the playlist channel.

Access Content Playout Properties from Channels

Follow the instructions below to access the playout properties window for any content from Channels.

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Select the ☰ Appspace menu, and click Channels.
  3. Select the desired playlist channel.
  4. In the Edit tab, click the Playout Properties icon of the selected content to configure the properties of the content;

    Or to configure the playout properties of multiple content in a folder, click the Edit icon of the content folder, and select Configure folder settings.

  5. The following content Playout Properties can be configured:

The table below provides a description for each playout property available for any content:

Properties Description
Transition Transition to use when introducing the content, such as Fade, Left Swipe, etc.
Aspect Ratio Determine how the content should be stretched in ratio to the source content, during playback.
Content Duration The duration for content playback is default if not specified. For video content “default” equals to the duration of the video file.
Frequency Restrictions Determine the frequency of the content playback such as Exactly, At most, and Skip loops. Read more below.
Schedule Select the start and end dates to play the content.
Dayparting Schedule and display content to one of more specific dayparts, to reach a certain target demographic.
Important
When adding a Room Schedule card for Crestron TSS, ensure the Content Duration is set to 8 minutes or more. (default duration is 8 seconds)

Configure Transitions

Transitions provide a smooth shift effect between content items within the playlist.

The instructions below show you how to configure the transition setting.

  1. In the Playout Properties window, select the desired transition effect from the Transition drop-down menu. The Fade transition is selected by default. A list of available transitions can be found in the section below.
     
  2. Click SAVE once done.

Available Transitions

  • None
  • Fade – Default
  • Left Swipe
  • Right Swipe
  • Top Swipe
  • Bottom Swipe
  • Center Horizontal Expand
  • Center Vertical Expand
  • Center Rotate Fade Transition
  • Fade Equal
  • Fade Fully
  • Left Swipe Fade
  • Right Swipe Fade
  • Left Switch
  • Right Switch
  • Left Switch
  • Right Switch
  • Top Switch
  • Bottom Switch
  • Center Vertical
  • Left Switch
  • Right Switch
  • Top Switch
  • Bottom Switch
  • Left Push
  • Right Push
  • Zoom In From Back
  • Zoom In From Front
  • Top Push
  • Bottom Push
  • Left Rotate
  • Right Rotate
  • Cube Left – New
  • Cube Right – New
  • Cube Up – New
  • Cube Down – New
  • Cube Random – New

Configure Aspect Ratio

Aspect Ratio determines how content is stretched in ratio to the source content during playback.

The instructions below show you how to configure the aspect ratio setting.

  1. In the Playout Properties window, select the desired aspect ratio from the Aspect Ratio drop-down menu. The Uniform Fill aspect ratio is selected by default.

    • Fill – Stretches the content to fill the screen, while disregarding the original aspect ratio of the content.
    • Uniform – Stretches the content to fill the screen, while maintaining the aspect ratio of the content (pillar box)
    • Uniform Fill – Stretches the content to fill the screen, while maintaining the aspect ratio of the content.
  2. Click SAVE once done.

Configure Playback Duration

Duration determines the amount of time the content is displayed, before displaying the next content. Video content however is defaulted to the native duration of the video file.

The instructions below show you how to configure the duration setting.

  1. In the Playout Properties window, enter the content playback duration in the Duration field. The default duration is 8 seconds.
  2. Click SAVE once done.

Configure Schedule

Scheduling allows content to be displayed at a predetermined time.

The instructions below show you how to configure content scheduling.

  1. In the Playout Properties window, click the Schedule field, and select the desired start and end time from the calendar drop-down.
  2. Click SAVE once done.

Configure Dayparting

The Dayparting feature allows you to schedule different content playback at different times in a day or week. The dayparting schedule can be applied to a single content, or a folder with multiple content, with adjustable durations for each time slot.

Important
The Dayparting feature is only supported on Appspace App 1.46 and above

To configure Dayparting, follow the instructions below:

Note
  • Ensure the content or a folder with multiple content has been added to the playlist channel.
  • All content within the folder will inherit the dayparting configuration.
  1. In the Playout Properties window, click the Setup Dayparting button.
  2. In the Edit Daypart Schedule window, select the time slot duration. Each time slot duration can be set to a minimum of 1 minute or a maximum of 1 hour.
    Dayparting
  3. Click on the desired time blocks to highlight and select the time slots, for a specific day, or an entire week.
  4. Click Apply, and click SAVE once done.

Configure Playback Frequency Restrictions

The Frequency Restrictions setting is essentially a validation check for content playback duration. The content becomes invalid if it has reached the defined frequency duration (minute, hourly, or daily).

To configure Frequency Restrictions, follow the instructions below:

  1. In the Playout Properties window, select the desired frequency from the Frequency Restrictions drop-down menu.

    • None – No frequency restriction (default).
    • At most – Maximum number of playout loops for selected setting.
      • X times a minute (e.g. 3 times per minute)
      • X times hourly (e.g. 3 times per hour)
      • X times daily (e.g. 3 times per day)
    • Skip loops – Number of playout loops to be skipped before content is included in the playlist.
      • Skip X loop(s) (e.g. Skip 3 loops)
    • Exactly – Content will be played the number of times defined in the setting.
      • X times a minute (e.g. 3 times per minute)
      • X times hourly (e.g. 3 times per hour)
      • X times daily (e.g. 3 times per day)
        Note
        The advanced channel will automatically build another playlist for content with the “Exactly” setting, and always check the “Exactly” playlist every time it finishes playing a content, to see if there is any valid content before checking the default or scheduled playlists, if any. The advanced channel will try its best to ensure content gets played exactly as the defined setting.

    • Air Time % – Content will be played to a percentage amount of the Media Zone playout duration as defined in the setting.
      Important
      The Air Time % option only works on Appspace App 1.20 and later.
  2. Click SAVE once done.

Frequency Restrictions

Listed below are several key scenarios to help you understand how the selected options will impact all the content in a playlist, with the following assumptions set:

  • The advanced channel contains one (1) layout with one (1) playlist in the following order:
  • There is no schedule for the layout or the content unless mentioned otherwise.
Scenario 1

  • Frequency Restrictions: None
  • Description: Frequency restriction for all content in the playlist is “None”.
  • Expected Behavior: Playout should follow and repeat the playlist sequence.
Scenario 2

  • Frequency Restrictions: At most – X times a minute 
  • Description: Frequency restriction for Content A is a maximum of 1 time every minute. No frequency restriction defined for other content.
  • Expected Behavior 1: Assuming the duration for each content is 10 secs, the playout will be as below. Content A becomes invalid in loop 2 and therefore is skipped because it was last played less than 1 minute ago.
  • Expected Behavior 2: Assuming the duration for each content is 15 secs, the playout will be as below. Content A is not played at the 5th minute because the App has not yet reached Content A before the minute is up, due to it playing other content in the playlist.
Scenario 3

  • Frequency Restrictions: At most – X times hourly
  • Description: Frequency restriction for Content B is maximum 1 time every hour. No frequency restriction defined for other content.
  • Expected Behavior 1: Assuming the duration for each content is 10 minutes, the playout will be as below. Content B becomes invalid in loop 2 and therefore is skipped because it was last played 50minutes ago. At loop 3, Content B is valid again because it was last played 1hour 30minutes ago.
  • Expected Behavior 2: Assuming the duration for each content is 30 minutes, the playout will be as below. Content B is included in every playback loop but is only played once every 2.5 hours.
Scenario 4

  • Frequency Restrictions: Exactly – X times hourly
  • Description: Frequency restrictions for Content E is exactly 3 times every hour. No frequency restriction defined for other content.
  • Expected Behavior: Assuming the duration for each content is 5 minutes, the playout will be as below. The green font refers to content in the “Exactly” playlist. The advanced channel will always check the “Exactly” playlist every time it finishes playing a content. Content E should be played every 20 minutes. Content E is invalid if the last playback was less than 20 minutes ago. The advanced channel will pick a valid content from the default playlist as the next content.
Scenario 5

  • Frequency Restrictions: Skip loop – Skip X loop(s)
  • Description: Frequency restrictions for Content D is skip 2 playback loops. No frequency restriction defined for other content.
  • Expected Behavior: Assuming the duration for each content is 30 minutes, the playout will be as below. Content D is skipped at every 2 playback loops.
Scenario 6

  • Frequency Restrictions: A combination of Frequency Restriction settings. Two playlists will be created in the Media Zone as follows, with a duration for each content at 10 minutes:
    • Default playlist
    • “Exactly” playlist
  • Description:
    • Content A has no frequency restriction.
    • Frequency restriction for Content B is maximum 8 times every day. 8 times per day = once every 3 hours.
    • Frequency restrictions for Content C is to skip 3 playback loops.
    • Frequency restrictions for Content D is exactly 2 times every hour. 2 times per hour = once every 30 minutes.
    • Frequency restrictions for Content E is exactly 6 times every day. 6 times per day = once every 4 hours
  • Expected Behavior: Assuming the duration for each content is 10 minutes, the playout will be as below. The green font refers to content in the “Exactly” playlist. The advanced will always check the “Exactly” playlist every time it finishes playing a content. Since only Content A has no frequency restriction, it will be played again when there are no other valid content available.
Scenario 7

  • Frequency Restrictions: Air Time 50%.
  • Description: Frequency restriction for Content A is 50% of air time. No frequency restriction defined for other content.
  • Expected Behavior: Assuming the duration for each content is 10 seconds, Display time = 10s/50% = play once every 20s.

    So if the Media Zone playlist is scheduled to play for a total duration of 24 hours, Content A will be playing for a total time of:
    = Total duration/Display time x Duration for Content A
    = 86400s/20s x 10s
    = 12 hours/day
    = 50% of air time per day.
Scenario 8

  • Frequency Restrictions: Air Time 10%.
  • Description: Frequency restriction for Content A is 10% of air time. No frequency restriction defined for other content.
  • Expected Behavior: Assuming the duration for each content is 10 seconds,
    Display time = 10s/10% = play once every 100s.

Note: Content A is skipped in Loop 3 because it was played in Loop 2 less than 100 seconds ago.

  • So if the Media Zone playlist is scheduled to play for a total duration of 24 hours, Content A will be playing for a total time of:
    = Total duration/Display time x Duration for Content A
    = 86400s/100s x 10s
    = 8640s
    = 2.4 hours/day
    = 10% of air time per day.
Scenario 9

  • Frequency Restrictions: A combination of Frequency Restriction settings. Two contents with different Air Time percentages, one at 40% of air time, another at 20% of air time.
  • Description
    • Frequency restriction for Content A is 40% of air time.
    • Frequency restriction for Content B is 20% of air time.
    • No frequency restriction defined for other content.
  • Expected Behavior: Assuming the duration for each content is 10 seconds,
    • Display time for Content A with 10s duration = 10S/40% = play once every 25s.
    • Display time for Content B with 10s duration = 10S/20% = play once every 50s
    • For Content A:
      • Theoretically, if the Media Zone playlist is scheduled to play for a total duration of 24 hours, Content A will play for a total time of:
        = Total duration/Display time x Duration for Content A

        = 86400s/25s x 10s
        = 9.6 hours/day
        = 40% of air time per day.

      • But due to the playout duration of other content in the playlist, Content A plays every 30s instead of 25s. Therefore, Content A will play for a total time of only:
        = 86400s/30s x 10s
        = 8 hours/day
        = 33.33% of air time per day.

    • For Content B:
      • Theoretically, if the Media Zone is scheduled to play for a total duration of 24 hours, Content B will play for a total time of:
        = Total duration/Display time x Duration for Content B
        = 86400s/50s x 10s
        = 4.8 hours/day
        = 20% of air time per day.

      • Due to the playout duration of other content in the playlist, Content B plays every 60s instead of 50s. Therefore, Content B will play for a total time of only:
        = 86400s/60s x 10s
        = 4 hours/day
        = 16.67% of air time per day.

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