How do I create Media RTD batter headshots?


  • How to create media RTD (Real-Time Data) batter headshots in Content Studio?
  • What are the best practices for creating batter headshots?


  • Product Family: Control System, Software
  • Product:
  • Components: DakStats, Data Studio Baseball, Content Studio, DMP-7000 or DMP-8000 Players
  • Control System: Show Control System (SCS)


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.

Media RTD fields are fields that display images for real time data fields, instead of data. 

  • DMP-8000 Supported File Types:  VMPL, VMPF, AVI, BMP, JPG, JPEG, PNG, MPG, MPEG, and SWF
    • Images must stored in the MediaRTD folder, located under C:\Program Data\Daktronics\VNET4\Content\MediaRTD
  • DMP-7000 Supported File Types: BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, and TIF
    • Images must be stored in the Bitmaps folder, located under D:\V7000\Bitmap

  • What the files should be named:
    • The images must match the same name as the RTD field it will be linked to.
    • For batter headshots, name the headshots as: ##lastname.png or 32Anderson.png (combination of jersey number and player last name as entered in DakStats.) 
      • For a player with a single digit number, the file should be named #lastname.png. 
    • 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.

  • 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

    • Game Stats: Data Studio Baseball In Venue Feed
      Data Studio Baseball Batter Num Name.PNG

      • NOTE: Daktronics recommends that you use Multiple Fields to combine the Batter Number and Last Name together to create your headshots when using Data Studio Baseball, but any combination of the batter information could be used. Be aware that there are many scenarios where players have the same number and/or last name, so it's best to make sure the combination you use will be unique to each player. See How to add multiple fields combined together to my data elements in Content Studio? for how to use this feature.

  • What application the stat comes from:
    • DakStats Baseball
    • Data Studio Baseball In-Venue Feed

  • 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.
  • The Media RTD will change automatically depending on what player  you type 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.

  • 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.​

  • The above file types are listed in their order of priority – if multiple files with the same name are in the MediaRTD folder, the player will use the file that is of the type listed first above (i.e. if the MediaRTD folder contained both Player Name.JPG and Player Name.AVI, it would insert Player Name.AVI into the content).

Additional Resources

How Do I Use Media RTD Items that are Inside Subfolders?

KB ID: DD3073253

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