How to Set Up File RTD with a DMP-8000?


  • How to set up File Real Time Data (RTD) for DMP-8000 systems?
  • How do I turn a text file into data on control systems using DMP-8000 players?


  • Product Family: Software, Control System, Integration
  • Product:
  • Component: DMP-8000, Daktronics Communication Server (DCS)
  • Control System: Show Control System (SCS)


  1. Install the latest version of Daktronics Communication Server (DCS). Contact our technical help desk to obtain the software if needed
  2. Create the text file that will be your File RTD
    1. Open Notepad or similar program
    2. Enter the data you want to display on the video board in the text file
    3. Save the file in your DMP-8000 Content Folder; or wherever on the local network you'd like to access and edit the file (making sure it's shared and readable to where you have DCS installed)
    4. Create multiple text files if needed
  3. Set up an Input in DCS for each text file
    1. Open up DCS and go to the Ports tab
      DCS server2.PNG
    2. Right click on an empty port and select Edit Port
    3. Name the input File RTD and select File as the Type
    4. Hit the '...' button next to path and browse to the text file that is going to be used as the input
    5. Check the Text Mode box and set the Line Length and Tab Size to the correct specifications based on your information in the text file
      NOTE: Starting in version, you are able to set a key-value mode. This allows you to setup your text file as:
      FIELD3=VALUE3, etc.
      Then, DCS will use the ITF/DID on the port to figure out the offset and length for the RTD buffer format. The ITF or DID file is used as a map, where the field value matches exactly what's in the ITF or DID as the item/field name. The Key-Value text file provides the data.
      File RTD 8000.jpgDCS 4 Key Value Mode Txt File example.PNG

    6. Click OK
  4. Set up an Output in DCS for each Input created in Step 3
    1. Right click on an empty port and select Edit Port
    2. Name the output File RTD Output and select UDP/IP Socket as the type
    3. Select the correct port number you want to use from the port dropdown menu. (Usually 21000)
    4. Select Broadcast under output
      DCS Server output.PNG
    5. Click OK and Yes if prompted asking if you wish to continue and close the port
      DCS 3.PNG
  5. To configure your Active Files tab, you need a .dds file
    1. Browse to the active file that was created for this input/output in your content folder (for example, File and hit Open.  If no .dds file has been created yet, download this template File and edit this active file to utilize your output port​
      1. Open the file in notepad
      2. Change the ports.namedItem ("NAME") line to match your output port name from step 4.2 above
      3. Save the new file by clicking Save As and name this new file the same name as your output name
      4. Save it in the C:\Tools folder that DCS is installed on
    2. Go to the Active Files tab in DCS
      1. Right click on the open space and select Insert File...
      2. Check the box next to your input port and hit the '...' button
      3. Browse to the .dds active file that was just created for this input/output and click Ok
      4. Click Yes if prompted
        Active File.PNG
        NOTE: DCS should now be set up to read from the text document and output on a port that the DMP-8000 can read from. The active files will convert the Standard RTD that File RTD uses into Enhanced RTD that the 8000 requires. At this point you should monitor the output port on the DMP 8000 computer to ensure that the data is getting to the 8000. If it isn't, you have a communication problem or DCS wasn't set up correctly.​
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for each new RTD input you wish to create. Make sure to change the name in the active file to match your output

Creating ITFs/DIDs for RTD Creation in Content Studio 

  1. Create an ITF for each input created using Daktronics RTD ITF Creator found on Dakfiles
    1. Open ITF Creator. Go to File>New
    2. Right click in the open space and click Add Field
    3. Type in your desired name under Name/Description such as "File RTD Line 1.'
    4. Change the length number to the line length you set in Step 3.5 for DCS
    5. Chose the text justification and sample text that is desired
    6. Click OK
    7. You must add a new field for each line of text you have in your overall Text RTD File built in step 2 for DCS. (For Example add a new line for File RTD Line 2, File RTD Line 3, etc.)
    8. When finished, go to File>Save As and give the new ITF a name
      ITF creator3.PNG
  2. Create a DID file for each ITF file created. Do this by going into the Profile Editor and converting the ITF file you just created into a DID file or with the DID Editor found in Dakfiles
    1. Load the ITF and DID files in their respective folders in the DMP-8000 computer
      1. Windows XP = C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Daktronics\VNET\DDS
      2. Windows 7/10= C:\ProgramData\Daktronics\DDS. The new DID file will go in the DID folder and the new ITF will go in the RTD folder. 
  3. Set up your DSRC file
    1. On the DMP 8000 computer browse to
      1. Windows XP = C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Daktronics\VNET4\Data
      2. Windows 7/10 = C:\ProgramData\Daktronics\VNET4\Data
    2. Open up one of the DSRC files in notepad
    3. Change the <DidName> section to whatever DID name you used in step 2 above
    4. ​Change the <string> section to match whatever output the RTD will be using (for UDP/IP 'udp://localhost:21000?protocol=rtd' where 21000 is the port)
    5. Select File >Save As, naming the file the exact same name as the DID name used in step 2 (If the name is different you won't see data)
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each RTD file input you have
  5. Set up Show Control by creating a new profile in the Profile Editor with your newly created DID files and ITF files.  Follow these steps for How to Configure Profile Editor, DD3068732. This will place your new profile in the Dynamic Data Library when you open content studio
  6. You should now be able to use File RTD as you would any normal RTD within Content Studio.


KB ID: DD3319826

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