Tutorial: How to Install Video Kiosk



How to Install Video Kiosk

Video Kiosk is designed to be a reliable, video kiosk playing media content in a loop without any configuration. To use Video Kiosk, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, create a Video Kiosk folder layout to contain your Media Files and any required Configuration Files and put your files in the appropriate folder on your computer. (See below for details)
  2. Move your files onto your Android Device
    – using the Video Kiosk Remote Update Feature, or
    – using the Android File Transfer
  3. Launch Video Kiosk.

Video Kiosk will play the Content Loop in the Media Folder, unattended. You can play videos, images and URL shortcuts, or any combination of the three.

 

How to create a Video Kiosk Folder Layout

There are three ways to create the Video Kiosk Folder Layout.

Option 1 – Use the Sample Pack

We’ve created a Media Sample pack for you which contains the Standard Folder Layout and contains some sample media files. All you need to do is move it to the device. Once you have the sample playing, replace the sample media files with your media files.

  1. Download the Media Sample Pack from:
    https://burningthumb.com/wp-content/uploads/video-kiosk-media-sample-pack.zip
  2. Unzip it. Inside, you’ll find a “videokiosk” folder with the Standard Folder Layout.
  3. Move the videokiosk folder layout onto your Android Device
    using the Video Kiosk Remote Update Feature, or
    using Android File Transfer

Option 2 – Create the Folder Layout on your computer

Create and manage your Folder Layout and media on your computer. Then move it to your Android device.

  1. On your computer, create one of the three layouts. Move your media files to the appropriate folder.
  2. Move the videokiosk folder layout onto your Android Device
    using the Video Kiosk Remote Update Feature, or
    using Android File Transfer

Option 3 – Create the Folder Layout on your device

You can create a folder on your device using the Android File Manager (File Browser | File Explorer) on your device or using Video Kiosk. For instructions on how to use your Android File Manager, refer to the documentation for your device.

To create a folder using Video Kiosk, follow these instructions:

  1. Display the Video Kiosk Button Bar. To display the Button Bar, tap the screen, swipe down, swipe up, or press the down arrow on a controller or remote control.
  2. Pick the Folder Icon. This will display the Media Folder.
  3. Navigate to the location where you want to create the new folder and click the “Create Folder” button.
  4. Enter the folder name and click “Confirm”.

About Video Kiosk Folder Layouts

There are three ways to organize the files (media files and configuration files) you create when using Video Kiosk, the Standard Folder Layout, the One-Folder Layout and the Custom Folder Layout.

Option 1: Standard Folder Layout

When you are using all the features of Video Kiosk, you will have a number of Media files and Configuration files to manage, which may be cumbersome if they’re all in one folder. For this reason, we recommend you use the Standard Folder Layout below, putting the different file types in the different sub-folders. By adopting this structure from the very beginning of your project, you will find it easier to manage your Video Kiosk files as you add more features to your projects. In addition, if you use the Standard folder layout, there is no need to configure the settings with configuration file locations since Video Kiosk will automatically find files in these locations.

Note: The Media Sample Pack uses the Standard Folder Layout

The Standard Folder Layout is:

/sdcard

/videokiosk

/background
/location
/media
/overlay
/playlist
/schedule
/settings
/widget

You’ll put your media files in  /sdcard/videokiosk/media

Option 2: One Folder Layout

For basic use, you can create a single Video Kiosk folder and put all your Media files and all your Configuration files in it.

The Standard Folder Layout is:

/sdcard

/videokiosk

You’ll put your media files in  /sdcard/videokiosk

Option 3: Custom Folder layout

You can create your own file layout for the Configuration Files. If you use Configuration folders for your configuration files (Schedule, overlay, etc), you’ll need to Configure the location of each configuration folder since you’re not putting them in the default location.

The Custom Folder Layout is:

/sdcard/<android id>
/sdcard/Movies/<android id>
/sdcard/Video Kiosk
/sdcard/Movies/Video Kiosk

You’ll put your media files in it.

 

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About permissions

When you install Video Kiosk, you have always been prompted to grant the permissions that Video Kiosk requires.  Beginning with Android v6, you will also be prompted at run time to grant some, but not all, of those same permissions again.  If you choose to deny permissions at run time, some of Video Kiosks features will be disabled.

We recommend that you grant all of the permission so that you don’t run into problems with features you have inadvertently disabled by denying the run time permission request.


How to Configure Video Kiosk

Video Kiosk offers many additional features which you can use to enhance the reliability, usability and management of your Video Kiosk. For more information, refer to the Video Kiosk User’s Manual.


Where to find settings

Video Kiosk’s settings are split into two areas:  The Button Bar and the Settings Screen (and sub-screens).

Button Bar

By default, the Button Bar is displayed for a few seconds when you launch Video Kiosk and then it automatically hides.

To display it again you can

  • Single-tap the screen, or
  • Swipe down on the screen, or
  • Swipe down on the screen, or
  • Press the down arrow on a controller or remote control.

Video Kiosk Tablet Button Bar

The button bar allows you to:

  • Choose the Media folder containing the Media Files
  • Set Video Kiosk as the Home Launcher
  • Send a Management report
  • Open the Settings screen
  • Open the License Activation screen (Only appears if in free trial mode)
  • Exit Video Kiosk (This is configurable)

There are many options to protect access to the buttons in the button bar. For more information, refer to the “Access Management” section of the Video Kiosk Users Manual.

Settings Screen

To go to the Settings, press the Settings  icon in the Button Bar. To disclose the settings, click the sub-screen title. There are an extensive number of settings that allow you to customize your Video Kiosk. For complete information on the Settings Screen refer to the Configuring the Settings section of the Video Kiosk Users Manual.

Video Kiosk Tablet Settings

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Setting the device Time Zone

Your device allows you to set the Time Zone in the Device Settings. For instructions, see Setting the Device Time Zone

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Video Kiosk right out of the box – Default Behavior

Video Kiosk is designed to be reliable, playing media content in a loop without any configuration. However, there are many additional features you can configure. If you have not configured otherwise, Video Kiosk will do the following:

  • Play the contents of the Media Folder in the order of either the first playlist it finds in the Media Folder or, if a playlist is not found, the media folder contents in alphabetical order by full path name.
  • Display in Full Screen Mode.
  • Display any images in the Media Folder for 30 seconds.
  • Display web pages for 30 seconds.
  • On any device, Video Kiosk will automatically start playing the content loop. If a schedule is being used, Video Kiosk will play the content loop only when scheduled. If there is no scheduled event, Video Kiosk will, by default, dim the screen.
  • Video Kiosk will automatically start playing the content loop upon waking from sleep.

 


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