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How to enhance your Video Board using Media RTD for Baseball?

​​​​​​Question

  • How to enhance your video board/scoreboard using Media RTD for Baseball?
  • Where does Media RTD content live?
  • What file type should be used for Media RTD?
  • Which content studio RTD field should be used?

Environment

  • Content Studio
  • DMP-8000
  • DakStats Baseball, All Sport, Sports Wire 4000

Answer/Steps

This article is meant to show you how to put the Media RTD best practice in to use. Refer to Best Practice for Creating Media RTD Fields in Content Studio, DD3070725.

  • All Media RTD files live in the MediaRTD folder. This folder lives on the DMP-8000 computer at this location - C:\ProgramData\Daktronics\VNET4\Content\MediaRTD. Within this folder you can have subfolders, but make sure the files you are using for that day or game are not in a subfolder. The recommended file type for all Media RTD files is a PNG for static images to hold any transparency and a MOV to hold alpha for animated files.
  • The most common use scenarios for Media RTD in Baseball are listed below:

Team Names

Example: I want to use a picture or animation for my team name instead of RTD Text.

  • What the file should be named:
    • Team names usually come into the Daktronics system as the name of the team, e.g. Daktronics Bears would come into the Daktronics system as Bears. The file should be named TeamName.png - For the below example the file would be named Bears.png.
    • Additionally you can use the team name abbreviation and the file would be named the TeamAbbreviation.png.
  • What content studio RTD field to use: 
    • ​Game In Progress: Baseball - Home/Guest Team Name or Game Stats: DakStats BA -  Home/Guest Team Name
    • Game In Progress: Baseball - Home/Guest Team Name Abbreviation or Game Stats: DakStats BA -  Home/Guest Team Name Abbreviation
      Untitled picture.png 
  • What application the stat comes from:
    • Can come from either the All Sport or DakStats Baseball. Daktronics recommends using the All Sport.
  • What the file would look like:
    • Typically, these files are large letters on top of a solid background so that the team name is fully visible.
      Line.png
  • The Media RTD will change automatically depending on what team name you type into the All Sport or into DakStats.​​​​​ e.g. At the beginning of the seas​​​​​​​on, you can load all the nameplates into the Media RTD folder and the correct file will be displayed according to what the stats operator enters.

Balls, Strikes, and Outs

Example: I want to use traffic lights or some other graphic as my Ball, Strike, and Out indicators instead of 1, 2 and 3.

  • What the file should be named:
    • Balls, Strikes, and Outs come into the Daktronics system identically as the numbers 1, 2 and 3. For example when there are 3 balls entered, the data field is the number 3. Therefore the files for Balls, Strikes and Outs are named 1.png, 2.png and 3.png. The same 3 files are used for all 3 RTD fields.
  • What content studio RTD field to use:
    • Game In Progress: Baseball - Balls, Strikes Outs or Game Stats: DakStats BA - Balls, Strikes, Outs
      GIP.png
  • What application the stat comes from:
    • Can come from either the All Sport or DakStats Baseball. Daktronics recommends using the All Sport.
  • What the file would look like:
    • Typically, brightly colored dots or baseballs are used as the indicators for Balls, Strikes and Outs on top of solid colored backgrounds. Often times, place holders for the upcoming Balls, Strikes, and Outs will be slightly greyed out or darkened to indicate where they will go.
       ​BAlls.png    
  • The number o​​​​​f Balls/Strikes/Outs will update automatically as the numbers are entered into the All Sport or into DakStats.

Top/Bottom Indicator

Example: I want to use arrows or some other graphic to signify the top or bottom of an inning.

  • What the file should be named: 
    • The data comes into the Daktronics system as the letters T and B. Therefore, the file for the top indicator should be T.png and B.png for the bottom indicator.
  • What content studio RTD field to use:
    •  Game Stats: DakStats BA - Top/Bottom Indicator (T/B) 
      TopBottom Indicator.PNG
  • What application the stat comes from:
    • DakStats Baseball
  • What the file would look like:
    • Typically, brightly colored arrows or dots placed above or below the inning number are used on top of a solid colored background.
      TBver2.png    
  • The indicator will switch automatically as the innings progress in DakStats.​

Headshots

Example: I want to use a player's headshot and avoid creating multiple sequences for every player.

  • What the file should be named:
    • Player numbers and player names come into the Daktronics system both individually and together. To help avoid running into players with the same name and same number, fields have been created called Batter Bitmap Player and Pitcher Bitmap Player. This MediaRTD field is a combination of jersey number and player last name. Therefore, when using this field the file should be name ##lastname.png (The correct combination of jersey number and last name as entered in DakStats). For the example below, the headshot would be name 32Anderson.png.  For a player with a single digit number, the file should be named #lastname.png
  • What content studio RTD field to use: 
    • Game Stats: DakStats BA​ - Batter Bitmap Player and Pitcher Bitmap Player
      player bitmap.PNG
    • Requested Stats: DakStats BA - Guest Player Bitmap and Player Bitmap
      Requested player bitmapedit.png
  • ​What application the stat comes from:
    • DakStats Baseball
  • What the file would look like:
    • This is dependent upon the space you have to work with. Typically headshots are from the torso up and they usually have the player in some type of pose either with a ball, bat, or glove. In other styles, the player will be facing straight forward with the arms crossed smiling at the camera. Headshots are usually cut outs without a background that way the player card background the headshot is displayed on can be seen behind the headshot.
      Ryan.png
  • The headshot will change as each new batter comes into the box or any pitcher changes are made. The speed at which the headshots change depends on the DakStats operator. With requested stats, the headshot will change based on the Show Control operator.

Out of Town Scores

Example: I want to use graphics to indicate number of outs and runners on the base for out of town games. I'd also like to indicate whether those games are in the top or bottom of the inning using a graphic.

Top/Bottom Indicator

  • What the file should be named:
    • The data comes into the Daktronics system as the letters T and B. Therefore, the file for the top indicator should be T.png and B.png for the bottom indicator​ (since the data comes across the same for the In Game Data and Out of Town Data, your inning indicator arrows will be the same).
  • What content studio RTD field to use: 
    • Out-of-town Scores: E​xpanded - T.SWI4K.GAME1.TOP and BOTTOM INDICATOR (BMP) (Games 1-8 are available)
      11.png
  • What application the stat comes from:
    • Sports Wire 4000
  • What the file would look like:
    • The top/bottom inning indicators are typically up/down triangles or dots that are a bright color that sit above or below the current inning on top of a solid colored background.
      Maybe.jpg

On Base Indicator

  • What the file should be named:
    • ​The data comes into the Daktronics system as the letter X. Therefore, you will pull all three on base indicator RTD fields onto the field (diamond) graphic and use the same Media RTD file ​​for all the on base indicators. The file should be named X.png
  • What content studio RTD field to use: 
    • Out-of-town Scores: E​xpanded - T.SWI4K.GAME1 ON BASE 1-3 INDICATOR (BMP) (Games 1-8 are available)
  • What application the stat comes from:
    • Sports Wire 4000
  • What the file would look like:
    • On base indicators are brightly colored diamonds that are a different color than the baseball diamond and solid background they are displayed on.
      Yes.jpg

Outs

  • What the file should be named:
    • The data comes into the Daktronics system as the letter O. Therefore, you will pull both out indicator RTD fields onto the background graphic and use the same Media RTD file for both outs. The file should be named O.png
  • What content studio RTD field to use: 
    • Out-of-town Scores: E​xpanded​ - T.SWI4K.GAME1 OUT 1-2 INDICATOR (BMP) (Games 1-8 are available) 
  • What application the stat comes from:
    • Sports Wire 4000
  • What the file would look like:
    • Typically, brightly colored dots or baseballs are used as the indicator Outs on top of solid colored backgrounds. Often times, place holders for Outs will be slightly greyed out or darkened to indicate where they will go
      NO.jpg

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