The Si9n ui is split into two distinct areas accessed using the menu bar on the left of the screen (or bottom on mobile).
Folders – This is where all the content is organized and managed, including playlists, layouts and scheduling.
Places – This is where the physical elements that make up your digital signage network are organized and managed, including locations, hardware and display settings.
Click the plus icon in the top right to upload files and create new items.
Folder – This cannot be scheduled, it is a tool for organizing playlists and media.
Image – For uploading new .jpeg and .png files
Video – Uploading new video files
Audio – For uploading mp3 files if you have an overhead audio setup that is managed in si9n *
HTML – For uploading custom HTML web builds *
URL – For scheduling live web content to your displays (webpage must be properly licensed for playback and distribution) *
Message – To create a new item from a custom template built for multi message creation based on a predetermined design and editable variables. Ex. fill in items on a menu, details on an event promo or announcement or a custom holiday greeting
Calendar – Visual scheduling tool that allows you to schedule playlists or items for a specific block of time or location. Custom calendars can be created for individual locations and screens. This is typically managed by Zero-In.
* Ask your account manager to learn more or email email@example.com
Layout – Tool for creating a custom frameset to accommodate a multi-screen build. This is managed by Zero-In.
Interrupt – Used to schedule content takeovers that override regularly scheduled playlists. ex. 3 screen takeovers and full screen takeovers. This is managed by Zero-In.
Catalogue – Database for item records within a large template system. This is managed by Zero-In.
Place – A new location on the places map. This is managed by Zero-In.
Device – Digital assets connected to the physical hardware on site. This is managed by Zero-In.
Team – User organizations within Si9n. This is managed by Zero-In.
Person – Adding new end users to the system. This is managed by Zero-In.
Your team will have a designated “assets” folder where you can upload new images and videos. Refer to content specs at the bottom of this guide for media requirements.
To upload a media item:
Adding & Removing Items to a Playlist
Playlists are connected to each display. You can see which playlists are connected to each location by reviewing the Content section of a location.
To edit a playlist:
Scheduling Items within a Playlist.
You can add custom scheduling details like start and end dates, display hours, and days of the week.
You can also adjust duration, add transitions, and turn on the Ken Burns effect.
To schedule items:
Creating a New Calendar
Add timeslots to schedule playlists or media to create a day-part. You must set a start date and end date as well as a start and end time. You can select certain days of the week for the content to show (if you have an item for only weekends or only certain days of the week). Timeslots can occur once or be set to repeat on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Use the “until” field to set an end date for repeating content.
Bonus: You can color code using the color field at the bottom right!
To change the playlist or calendar that is connected to a display please contact the Account Team at Zero-In.
To create a new calendar:
The native resolution for single landscape displays is 1920×1080, 1080p. Portrait displays are 1080×1920.
File types accepted as-is:
Still: .jpg, .png (both in RGB Color Profile), .gif.
Motion: h.264 .mp4, .h264 .mov (Please consult with Zero-In on additional file types)
Must have a target bitrate of 3-5mb/sec for best playback results.
All other formats must be reformatted to the above specs and resolutions.
Max file size is 200mb.
If you’re encoding videos with large dimensions for video walls, vp8 webm is the way to go.
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.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or requests involving Si9n.