How to play an audio file out of Show Control

Question

  • What is the best method to play an audio file out of Show Control?

Environment

  • DMP8000
  • Show Control
  • Audio files (MP3 or WAV)

Answer/Steps

Daktronics recommends using scripting containers to play out audio files.  With this method you would create your audio buttons the same way you would create a button to play out graphics or animations.  You must script your audio file to a zone where no graphics are playing because the audio file will take over whatever is playing in the zone you chose.

Using a Scripting Container

  1. Create an Audio Library.
    • An audio library is a folder that contains all of your audio files (MP3 or WAV) and lives inside the content folder of your DMP-8000.  The library can be named whatever you chose as long as it only contains audio files.
  2. Open your workspace and create a scripting container if one is not created already.
    • Right-click in the workspace page where you want to create the container and select New > Scripting Container.
      New scripting container.PNG
    • Type a container name in the scripting container properties and hit save.
  3. Create a new button in your scripting container that will play your audio file.
    • Right click in your scripting container and click New Button.
      New reg button.PNG
    • Click the plus sign to add a new line.
    • Step 1 - Select DMP-8000 Player Control.
      Step 1.PNG
    • Step 2 - Select a zone where you will not have any content playing.
      Note: This is an important step because this audio file will take over whatever is playing in the zone you choose.
    • Step 3 - Select Play.
      Step 3.PNG
    • Step 4 - Navigate to the audio file you wish to play.
      Step 4.PNG
    • Step 5 - Select if you want to play the file continuously or for a set number of times.
      Step 5.PNG
    • Click Save
  4. Play out your audio file.

 

Using an Audio Container

You may also use an Audio Container to play out audio files but this is not recommended unless you have a player dedicated to audio files because it can only play to the primary sign. Therefore it will replace your layout file and you will not be able to play other content until you re-initialize your layout file.  Audio Containers are created and treated just like quick display containers.

  1. Create an Audio Library.
    • An audio library is a folder that contains all of your audio files (MP3 or WAV) and lives inside the content folder of your DMP-8000.  The library can be named whatever you chose as long as it only contains audio files.
  2. Open your workspace and create a new audio container.
    • Right-click in the workspace page where you want to create the container and select New > Audio Container.
      Audio Container.PNG
  3. Create your audio buttons in the audio container.
    • In the Audio Container Properties screen, select your display from the Display Name dropdown menu and adjust the properties how you wish.
    • Click the Link to Library button at the bottom of the Audio Container Properties screen. 
      Link to Library.PNG
    • Navigate to the audio library you created in step 1 and click open.  This will link your audio library to your audio container.
    • Click save.  After the audio container properties screen closes, Display Studio will automatically create audio buttons for all the files in the audio library.

KB ID: DD3488582


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