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== Preparation ==
 
== Preparation ==
  
The Xibo software requires the presentation to be in video format to display correctly in all situations. This means that the prepared PowerPoint presentation needs to be converted before uploading it to Xibo. Luckily this functionality is already available in recent versions of PowerPoint. To convert your existing presentation, do the following:
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The [[Xibo]] software requires the presentation to be in video format to display correctly in all situations. This means that the prepared PowerPoint presentation needs to be converted before uploading it to Xibo. Luckily this functionality is already available in recent versions of PowerPoint. To convert your existing presentation, do the following:
  
 
Open your presentation (the file usually ends in .ppt or .pptx), and then click on the "File" menu in the top left corner, as shown below:
 
Open your presentation (the file usually ends in .ppt or .pptx), and then click on the "File" menu in the top left corner, as shown below:

Latest revision as of 08:20, 4 December 2019

Presentation design

Bulb.png Note: Designing your presentation


This guide provides the steps needed to convert and display a completed PowerPoint presentation on the libraries' digital signage installations. For suggestions regarding the design and creation of such a presentation, please see the Digital signage presentation design guidelines. That page also includes links to download the production-ready templates, with the correct aspect ratios and orientations for the various displays in the libraries.

Preparation

The Xibo software requires the presentation to be in video format to display correctly in all situations. This means that the prepared PowerPoint presentation needs to be converted before uploading it to Xibo. Luckily this functionality is already available in recent versions of PowerPoint. To convert your existing presentation, do the following:

Open your presentation (the file usually ends in .ppt or .pptx), and then click on the "File" menu in the top left corner, as shown below:

The File menu in Microsoft PowerPoint

Then choose "Save As", and select "Browse":

Choosing "Save As"

Now choose a location to save the file, give it an appropriate name and select "MPEG-4 Video" as the file type in the dropdown list. Now press save.

Bulb.png Note: Appropriate filenames


Naming your presentations carefully is important since the Xibo server is shared between all the University libraries. As such, the following naming convention is recommended to reduce confusion:

<library>_<type>_<date>.mp4

where <type> can refer to any term used to differentiate presentations. For example:

JSG_LC_20180314.mp4

where JSG refers to the J.S. Gericke Library, and LC refers to the Learning Commons.

Selecting the "MPEG-4 Video" file type

PowerPoint will display a progress bar at the bottom of the window indicating the progress of the conversion process. This may take a minute, depending on the size/length of your presentation. The screenshot below shows an example of this progress indicator.

The conversion progress bar

Once the conversion process is complete, you may proceed to the next section.

Login to Xibo

Navigate to https://xibo.bib.sun.ac.za/login (only accessible on campus) and enter your credentials, as shown in the screenshot below:

The Xibo login form

Bulb.png Note: Security implications


Do not share you login credentials with anyone else, as all actions on the system are logged for auditing purposes.

Please see #Questions below if you have forgotten your password, or if you need an account.

Upload a new presentation

To upload a new presentation, #Login to Xibo and open the Media menu on the left hand side, as seen in the screenshot:

The Media item in the sidebar

Then click 'Add Media' in the top right:

Adding new media to the library

The upload form will display as shown below:

Uploading files to the library

Now click "Add Files", and choose your converted presentation (the file should end in .mp4, and follow the <library>_<type>_<date>.mp4 naming convention discussed earlier). Once you have chosen the file, click on "Start Upload", and wait for the process to complete. This can take a few minutes depending on the size/length of your presentation. Once the progress bar has filled and the filename displays underneath the buttons, you can click "Done" to complete the upload.

Bulb.png Note: Deleting a file


If you have uploaded the wrong file, search through the list of files to find yours (you may need to page through the items) and click on the triangle on the far right of the item, then click Delete.

After completing the upload, you are now ready to proceed to the next section.

Change the live presentation

After uploading your converted presentation, it is now available to use on a display (or group of displays). To change the playing presentation, click on "Layouts" in the sidebar, as shown below:

The Layouts menu

This will present a list of the layouts that are currently available, as shown below:

The Layouts view

To change the current presentation, click on the corresponding triangle in the far right of the layout and select the design option:

The design option

This will launch the layout editor. A large gray rectangle representing a preview of the layout appears in the center of the screen. To change the current presentation, hover of the preview, and click on the triangle that appears in the top right corner, as shown below:

The Edit Timeline option

Choose the "Edit Timeline" option. This launches the Region Timeline form, where you can choose the media to display. Click on the "Library" option at the top of the list, as shown in the list below:

The Region Timeline form

Bulb.png Note: The PowerPoint option


You may have noticed that the menu also displays a PowerPoint option - which would let us bypass the extra step of converting the presentation to video, but unfortunately this option is poorly supported and prone to crashing, requiring a reset of the display. It is also not supported on newer, Android-based displays, such as the one in use at the Tygerberg library. Because of these drawbacks it is important to always convert your presentation to video prior to uploading it to Xibo.

The library browser will display a list of items which can be added to the timeline. Page through the contents to find your presentation and click on the plus sign, as shown below:

Entries in the library browser

Then press save.

If your timeline already contained an older, already playing presentation, you can now remove it by pressing the delete button on the item, as shown in the example below:

An older media item in the timeline - note the delete option at the top

After removing the old presentation, you can now click "Save Order" in the bottom right.

Saving the order of the timeline

You have now successfully changed the live presentation on the displays. It may take a few minutes for the change to propagate to the displays.

Questions

I have lost/forgotten my password

Please log a ticket on HEAT, select the "ITProbleem" option, and specify that you have lost your Xibo password. It is important to specify that it is the Xibo password, since it is not linked to your campus/network password.

I need access to Xibo but I do not have an account

Please log a ticket on HEAT, select the "ITProbleem" option, and specify that you need access to Xibo. We will create an account for you, and send you the credentials. Please do not share your login details, as all activity on the system is logged for auditing purposes.

My presentation fails to upload with the error "File is too large"

Converted presentations should be smaller than 30 megabytes in size to ensure compatibility with the variety of devices interfacing with the Xibo server. To reduce the size of your presentation, try the following:

  • Reduce the number of transitions/animations in the presentation - certain transitions can have a major impact on file size
  • Ensure that the slide timings are correct, a very long presentation will result in a large video file

My presentation only displays the first slide

Check that the slide timings are set correctly for all slides. The presentation will not advance if slide timings are not set.

My question is not listed

Please log a ticket on HEAT, select the "ITNavraag" option, and describe your query. Mention that it involves the Xibo server to ensure a quicker turnaround time.