Video Kiosk Playback Schedule Guide


In addition to controlling Content Loop order, you can control the time at which the Content Loop is displayed using a schedule. You can use any one of the following methods:

  • Using the Android Calendar on the device to create a playback schedule
  • Using a Google Calendar that you synchronize to the device using a cloud service
  • Using an XML schedule file that you copy to the device
  • Using an XML schedule file that you synchronize to the device using a cloud service

Deciding on a Schedule option

When deciding on which schedule option to use, consider three things:

  • How often will the schedule change?
  • How many devices will be impacted?
  • Device constraints. How accessible are the devices – are they difficult to get to because they are mounted overhead on a wall or in another city? Do they have internet access? Is there a cloud service set up?

Which scheduling option best meets your requirements will depend on your configuration. How are the considerations for each option.

  • Android calendar considerations. Since Android Calendar is on the device, you’ll need to enter the schedule events on each of your devices. If you want to modify the schedule, you’ll need to enter the new schedule events on each device. This may be cumbersome and time-consuming if the schedule changes often, if you have many devices, or if the devices are difficult to get to.
  • Google calendar considerations. Using the Internet, you can have many devices share the same Google Calendar. You enter the schedule events on a Google Calendar and then configure all the devices to use the same calendar. To modify the schedule, you just need to enter the new schedule events on Google calendar and all the devices will automatically switch to the new schedule. This will save time over changing the schedule on each device individually, but does require that each device have access to the Internet.
  • Local XML schedule file considerations. Since a local XML Schedule is on the device, you’ll need to copy the schedule file on to each of your devices, each time you change the schedule. This may be cumbersome and time-consuming if the schedule changes often, if you have many devices, or if the devices are difficult to get to.
  • XML schedule file over the cloud considerations. Using a cloud service, you can synchronize many devices to one XML Schedule File. You create one XML Schedule file and synchronize one or many devices to the file using a cloud service. To modify the schedule, you just need to move the new schedule file to the location on the cloud service and all the devices will automatically switch to the new schedule. This will save time over changing the schedule on each device individually, but does require the use of a cloud service and that each device have access to the Internet.

 

Creating a Playback Schedule using Android Calendar

Video Kiosk will execute commands based on the time and description of the calendar entry in the calendar you have selected in the settings. To create a playback schedule using Android Calendar, follow these steps:

  1. In Android Calendar on the device, create a calendar and add playback events using the start and end times in the Calendar to control when your content is played (or not played, depending on the Display State setting.)
  2. Optionally, you can control device behavior by adding commands to the description field of the event. For more information, refer to the Video Kiosk Schedule Command Reference Guide.
  3. Configure Video Kiosk with the location of the schedule. Go to
    Video Kiosk Settings > Schedule > Use a calendar or schedule
    and select the Android Calendar as the schedule location. Video Kiosk will display all Android Calendars on the device in this list.
  4. Choose the device behavior when no schedule event occurs. The default is to display a blank screen. To play the clock instead, go to
 Video Kiosk Settings > Schedule > Display Clock 
and set to on. You can change the clock color using the Video Kiosk Settings > Schedule > Clock Color You can change the clock format (12 hour AM/PM versus 24 hour) in the System Settings for the device.
  5. Choose whether the schedule event controls the display by setting the Schedule Setting Display state.
    Always on – the schedule events do not turn the display off
    On for events, otherwise off – the schedule event will turn the display on
    Off for events, otherwise on, the schedule event will turn the display off.

Creating a Playback Schedule using Google Calendar

Video Kiosk will execute commands based on the time and description of the calendar entry in the calendar you have selected in the settings. If you’re using Google Calendar to schedule playback, you’ll need to ensure the device has access to the internet. To create a playback schedule using Google Calendar, follow these steps:

  1. Create a Google Calendar.
    In Google Calendar, create a calendar and add playback events using the start and end times in the Calendar to control when your content is played.
  2. Optionally, you can control device behavior by adding commands to the description field of the event. For more information, refer to the Video Kiosk Schedule Calendar Command Reference Guide.
  3. Notify the Android Device of the Google Calendar.
    On the device, logon to the Google Account you used when creating the Google Calendar. This will notify Video Kiosk of the existence of the Google Calendar and add it to the Video Kiosk list of schedules.
  4. Configure Video Kiosk.
    Configure Video Kiosk with the location of the playback schedule. Go to
    Video Kiosk Settings Screen>Schedule>Use a calendar or schedule
    and select the Google Calendar as the playback schedule location.
  5. Choose the device behavior when no schedule event occurs. The default is to display a blank screen. To play the clock instead, go to
Video Kiosk Settings > Schedule > Display Clock 
and set to on. You can change the clock color using the Video Kiosk Settings > Schedule > Clock Color You can change the clock format (12 hour AM/PM versus 24 hour) in the System Settings for the device.
  6. Choose whether the schedule event controls the display by setting the Schedule Setting Display state.
    Always on – the schedule events do not turn the display off
    On for events, otherwise off – the schedule event will turn the display on
    Off for events, otherwise on, the schedule event will turn the display off.

 

Creating a Playback Schedule using an XML Schedule File

Video Kiosk will execute commands in an XML schedule file. To use an XML schedule file as a playback schedule, follow these steps:

  1. In a Text Editor, create an XML schedule file and use it to control playback.
    For more information,
    Video Kiosk Schedule XML File Reference Guide
    Download a sample Schedule XML File
    How to Create a Schedule XML File
  2. Move the XML schedule file onto the device or synchronize it using a cloud service. (For an example of how to do this using Dropbox, refer to the Remote Updating Tutorial.)
  3. Configure Video Kiosk with the location of the playback schedule. You can configure the location of the Schedule that you want in two ways, by putting the schedule file in the default location or by setting the path to the schedule file in the App Settings.
    • Use the Default Location
      • To use the default location, create a schedule file called “VideoKiosk.schedule” and put the schedule file in the same folder as your content files. Video Kiosk will automatically use this as the Schedule File.
    • Configure the Path in the App Settings
      • Go to
        Video Kiosk Settings Screen>Schedule>Path to schedule folder
        and set the path to the schedule folder.
      • Go to
        Video Kiosk Settings Screen>Schedule>Use a calendar of schedule
        and select the schedule to use.
  1. Choose the device behavior when no schedule event occurs. The default is to display a blank screen. To play the clock instead, go to
Video Kiosk Settings > Schedule > Display Clock 
and set to on. You can change the clock color using the Video Kiosk Settings > Schedule > Clock Color You can change the clock format (12 hour AM/PM versus 24 hour) in the System Settings for the device.
  2. Choose whether the schedule event controls the display by setting the Schedule Setting Display state. The default is the schedule event will turn the display on
    Always on – the schedule events do not turn the display off
    On for events, otherwise off – the schedule event will turn the display on
    Off for events, otherwise on, the schedule event will turn the display off.


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