Accepted File Types
Content must be less than 200mb! Large files will affect hardware and playback.
File types accepted as-is:
Still: .jpg, .png (both in RGB Color Profile)
Video: h.264 .mp4 (10 Mbps constant bit rate – cbr)
All other formats must be reformatted to the above specs and resolutions.
Profile and Level
Most encoders let you choose something called a profile and a level. These are pre-set categories that specify limitations on resolution, compression and bitrate.
General recommendations (H.264):
SD 480p: Main Profile, Level 3.1
HD 720p: Main Profile, Level 3.2
HD 1080p: High Profile, Level 4.1
4K 2160p: High Profile, Level 5.1
Additional Encoding Tips
Pixel Aspect: 1:1 (square).
Fields: Progressive (ie: not interlaced).
For H.264 encoding, use CAVLC (not CABAC) for best software decode performance.
Key Frames: Every 1 sec (30 frames).
Frame Rate: 30 fps
60 fps possible with high performance PC such as the ZI.1XRG
Audio: AAC 192-224 Kbps CBR, 44KHz or no audio at all if the screens will not have sound or no audio was in the source.
*If the encoded frame rate isn’t a match or multiple of the screen refresh rate, you may see stuttering on some videos, especially on horizontal motion. For example, content encoded 24 fps may stutter on screens that operate at 50 or 60 frames per second. This can be avoided by re-encoding the video with a frame rate that is equal or an even multiple of the screen. For example, 30 fps for a 60 fps screen.
Most Zero-In display solutions operate at 60 fps.
4 Panel DEB Resolution
The fourth screen of the DEB is dedicated to marketing content. This can be scheduled by country, region, city, or club in Scala. Content must be 1080×1920 and can be image or video.
Content cannot be scheduled in screens 1 through 3 unless in a takeover.
Every two minutes a series of takeovers is scheduled to cover the standard DEB content. All content in these playlists must be made into a message using one of the following templates. There are templates for still images or videos.
To schedule a buyout to all locations, place message in the EQX-3XSCREEN-TAKEOVER-GLOBAL playlist. We also have Urban/Suburban playlists set up by the Equinox team. These can be updated or adjusted as needed, just reach out to Zero-In. See current playlist structure below:
The most common takeover is the 3-Screen takeover. See below for resolution details and placement guide.
If you have any questions about Scala or content scheduling please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are not available on weekends.