How do I add a layout in Venus Control Suite for zone scheduling?

​​​​Question

  • How do I add a layout in Venus Control Suite for zone scheduling?
  • How do I set up a zoned schedule for my display in Venus Control Suite?
  • How do I create a zone or zones to play messages on different areas/parts/sections of my display?

Environment

  • Venus Control Suite Daktronics Hosted
  • Venus Control Suite Locally Hosted

Answer/Steps

  1. Create a layout.
    1. Log into Venus Control Suite and navigate to the Settings tab on the left. Click Layouts.
      Layouts.PNG
    2. Click New Layout.
    3. Enter in a name and select the size of display you are creating the layout for.
      New layout.PNG
    4. Click Continue.
    5. Add a zone by clicking the Add Zone icon. Edit the zone size by either moving the corners of the green box or adjusting the size in pixels under Properties.
      Add Zone with arrow.jpg
    6. Name the zone under Properties.
      Note: The zone naming convention excludes: uppercase, spaces, and reversed characters (< > : " / \ | ? *). Each zone name needs to be unique.
      Edit zone properties 2.PNG
    7. Adjust the content fit mode under Properties.
      1. Scale to Fit: The content shrinks to fit in the zone while maintaining aspect ratio.
      2. Stretch to Fill: The content fills the entire zone while ignoring aspect ratio.
      3. Scale to Fill: One dimension of the content scales to fill the available space; extra content in the other dimension is cropped while maintaining aspect ratio.
    8. Repeat steps 5-7 to add additional zones.
      Note: You can also change the color of the zone for visual organizing.
      To prevent small gaps in your layout, you can click and drag the corner of your zones and it will snap the edges together.
      adding zones6.PNG
    9. After all zones are added and formatted, click Save. You will see a message that reads, "Playlists with a display selected, instead of a zone, will use the primary zone for content playback", click Save again.
  2. Associate the layout to the desired display.
    1. Click Displays from the main menu.
    2. Select the display you want to associate the layout to.
    3. Click Layouts on the left.
    4. Click Add Layout.
      To associate a display displays-layouts.PNG
    5. Put a checkmark next to the desired layout.
      click add layout and select the layout.PNG
    6. Click Done.
    7. Click Save.
  3. Create a new playlist by following, How do I create a playlist in Venus Control Suite, DD2735416?.
    Note: When selecting the display for the playlist, your new zones will be available for selection. Click on the desired zones to associate, then Save when done.
    Playlists and scheduling to just your zones.PNG

KB ID: DD3515681


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