Picture in picture from PC? Public info creation
Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:44 AM
I'm hoping someone can help me find a solution to this problem. At the school I work for, we are looking to install 1 or 2 TV's into the student cafe. The TV's will be used as public info displays run via a PC for weekly messages, menu items, short videos etc etc... Kind of the same thing that you get in most leisure centers, train stations etc. Im trying to find a way to create a PIP (picture in picture) set up to allow multiple items to be displayed at once. For example the menu would be displayed constantly, but I would like to be able to have a PIP showing general school info, or mayby rolling video advertisements.
I know certain Tv's allow for multiple inputs thus allowing PIP. But.... I want something that I can control from a single PC. So I can update all of the information being displayed, either all at once, or one by one without disrupting the display.
I suppose its a little like trying to vision mix from the PC to its monitor but having the ability to edit or change the content of each item to be displayed...
Does any one have any ideas? Id be very grateful for any input that any one can share...
Thanks in advance
Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:58 AM
DIY solution is to run a webserver and refresh the page programmatically. This way you can embed videos into the website. I'm sure you'll have a student or two who might want to take on the challenge.
My next challenge (when it arrives) is to use a Raspberry Pi for this...
This post has been edited by beware: 22 May 2012 - 10:59 AM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:03 AM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:52 PM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:04 PM
Think as to how much info you want on the screens and who is going to have to manage it... Its easy to underestimate the fact that once you have a significant amount of screens , content managment becomes a substantial amount of work, and time spend tightly integrating things with existing web content, events database etc will be worthwhile. Its the slightly unpredictable of your needs that makes it usefull to overspecify at the start as these things have a habit of growing very quickly into an unmanagable beast.
Id also strongly recomend fitting a proper commercial LFD rather than a TV its more expensive, but a commercial unit will be built for extended use with a long onsite warranty to match whilst a telly will not neccesarily be up to the useage and have a 12 month RTB warranty which is an utter pain to deal with in the event of failure.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:54 PM
How do you get it to show a live video?? still can't quite work it out.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:03 PM
It also means I didnt have to run any cable to achieve it
Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:01 PM