Create and Edit Background Templates

TemplatesHD Introduction

The TemplatesHD interface allows you to build slide backdrops, creating a customized look and feel for your digital endpoints. You can even incorporate dynamic pieces such as the date, time and weather into these templates.

What is a template? Similar in function to a master slide in PowerPoint, templates provide an easy way for users to frame their digital messages. They can include your logo and company colors or just be a simple way to incorporate a seasonal backdrop. You can reuse any templates you create.

What is a background image? Background images help to set the tone of your digital campaign, and most people will use them as a way to “frame” their messages or video.

Important!
Before you add a background image, make sure the file is a JPEG or PNG file in the RGB color space. The file dimensions should be 1366 x 768 for 720p output screens, 1920 x 1080 for 1080p output screens, or 3840×2160 for 2160p (4k) output screens. Vertically-oriented templates should be configured as 768 x 1366 or 1080 x 1920. Additionally, many video wall configurations require customized resolutions and aspect ratios. If you aren’t sure about what resolution your video wall is set to, please contact your Industry Weapon Account Manager.

Adding a Background Image in TemplatesHD

1. To begin, open the CommandCenterHD Dashboard, where you’ll find four main options. Click on the second one, TemplatesHD.

2. Click the Add Template button. This will open a popup window.

3. Enter a Template Name.

4. Choose the Template Format, either Horizontal or Vertical orientation.

Clicking Advanced Settings will allow you to further configure your new Template:

  • Canvas Resolution
    Allows you to manually set your Template’s resolution (this should match your digital signage screen’s resolution). If you do not see this option it will need to be enabled from the Configuration tab. 
  • Add Tags
    For content organization and labeling.
  • Group
    Allows you to set the user permission group for this Template.

5. Click on the Advanced Settings if you would like to manually set the Template’s resolution

6. Click on Save and Edit Template.

7. The Design Your Template page will now open as shown below:

8. In the space next to Background Image, click Browse.

9. Here, you will be able to select one of the existing background images in the system or choose a new one from your hard drive.

Only images flagged as Background Image (square on top of cube icon) in MediaHD will appear in this window.

10. Once you’ve made your selection, click Select Media. You can preview background images before selecting them by clicking the magnifying glass icon.

11. Click Save Template and your background image will appear in the Template preview screen, below the Design Your Template box.

Using Dynamic Content in Your Template

“Dynamic content” refers to material that frequently changes or updates to keep the viewer engaged. TemplatesHD provides a simple medium for adding dynamic content like weather, date and time widgets and RSS feeds to your digital endpoints. The feeds utilize the Time Zone and Zip Code settings on the device to pull the appropriate feed data so your content is always up-to-the-minute.

1. In the TemplatesHD section of CommandCenterHD, click the edit icon next to a template to open the Template Editor.

2. On the green “Dynamic Content” bar, click Expand on the far right. The section will expand to display more options.

3. Select the Active checkbox on the feeds you want to use—Live Video, Weather, Date, Time, Dynamic Text and Images.

4. Click Save Template.

5. The widgets that you selected will be added to the top left-hand corner of the template preview. The next section covers all necessary editing steps.

Widgets are meant to accentuate your campaign, not steal attention from your featured content. To prevent widgets from becoming distracting, position them near (but not on) the perimeters and corners of the page instead of right in the center.

Weather

1. In the Dynamic Content section, click the box next to “Weather” to make it active. Click Save Template and the widget will appear in the top left portion of the preview screen.

2. To move the weather widget, click and drag it to the desired location.

3. To change the formatting, double-click on it to view the options menu.

4. Click in the box under “Text Color” to view and select a color for the text in the widget. Don’t see the color you want? Just type your HTML color code.

5. You also have nine options for different formats of the widget. Click each number to view the variation.

6. When you are satisfied with the look of your weather widget, click Close at the bottom of the menu.

7. Click Save Template to confirm your changes.

Date
1. In the Dynamic Content section, click the box next to “Date” to make it active. Click Save Template and the widget will appear in the preview screen.

2. To move the date widget, click and drag it to the desired location.

3. To change the formatting, double-click on it to view the options menu. Click in the box under “Text Color” to view and select a color for the text in the widget. You also have fourteen options for different formats of the widget. Click each number to view the variation.

4. When you are satisfied with the look of your date widget, click Close at the bottom of the menu.

5. Click Save Template to confirm your changes.

Time
1. In the Dynamic Content section, click the box next to “Time” to make it active. Click Save Template and the widget will appear in the preview screen.

2. To move the time widget, click and drag it to the desired location.

3. To change the formatting, double-click on it to view the options menu. Click in the box under “Text Color” to view and select a color for the text in the widget. You also have five options for different formats of the widget. Click each number to view the variation.

3. When you are satisfied with the look of your time widget, click Close at the bottom of the menu.

4. Click Save Template to confirm your changes.

Live Video
If you have added a UDP multicast stream to your account to play live TV, then you can add the video feed placeholder by following these steps.

1. In the Dynamic Content section, click the box next to “Live Video Feed” to make it active. Click Save Template and the widget will appear in the preview screen.

2. To move the video feed widget, click and drag it to the desired location.

3. You can resize the widget by dragging out the arrow at the bottom right corner. To change the proportions, drag while holding down the Shift key.

4. To change the formatting, double-click on it to view the options menu. You can make the video full screen by clicking the “Make Video Full Screen” box.

5. When you are satisfied with the look of your video feed widget, click Close at the bottom of the menu.

6. Click Save Template to confirm your changes.

RSS Feed
1. In the Dynamic Content section, click the bubble next to “Use RSS” and check the “Active” box.

2. Paste the RSS feed link into the box. Click Save Template and the widget will appear in the preview screen. Keep in mind that it must be a public RSS feed.

3. To move the widget, click and drag it to the desired location.

4. To resize the box, grab the bottom right-hand corner and drag it to the size you want.

5. In order to activate the feed and change its formatting, double-click on it to view the options menu. You can change the text and background colors by clicking in the corresponding boxes and selecting your color choices.

a. You can also adjust the font size by clicking the button underneath “Size.”

b. For the “Speed” option, we typically recommend a speed of 2.

c. You can determine whether you want a scrolling ticker or a tele ticker. The scrolling tickers allows the text to move smoothly across the screen, while the tele ticker looks like the text is being quickly typed out, letter by letter.

6. When you are satisfied with the look of your RSS feed widget, click Apply and then Close.

7. Click Save Template to confirm your changes.

Using Interactive and App Content in Your Template

The Interactive and App Content section of TemplatesHD allows you to add in and control custom media, like HTML and content created from your CommandCenterHD Apps. This section also allows for the creation and control of interactive points for creating interactive touch digital signage.

1. In the TemplatesHD section of CommandCenterHD, click the edit icon next to a template to open the Template Editor.

2. On the green “Interactive and App Content” bar, click Expand on the far right. The section will expand to display more options.

3. Follow any of the following sections to configure Touch Points, App Content, or an Embedded Web Page.

Adding Touch Points
This will allow you to create Touch Points that can be placed over content in order to create interactive digital signage (touch screen required) that can be used to either start a Campaign or playback a fullscreen video, the actual Touch Points will be invisible during playback.

1. In the Interactive and App Content section, click the Add Touch Point text.

2. This will add a touchpoint to your Template, double-clicking on the TouchPoint will open the configuration menu.

3. In the configuration window, you can set the Dimensions of your touch point, this can also be adjusted by clicking and dragging the bottom right corner of the TouchPoint.

4. In the configuration window you can also Choose touch action, which allows you to set what will happen when this point is touched on screen:

a. Play Campaign
This option will playback a selected Campaign from your CommandCenterHD account.

b. Play Fullscreen Video
This option will playback a selected fullscreen video from your CommandCenterHD video library.

5. Click Apply after making your selection.

6. Click Save Template to confirm your changes.

Adding App Content
This will allow you to add CommandCenterHD Apps onto your Template.
Not all CommandCenterHD Apps support Template output.

1. In the Interactive and App Content section, click the Add App Content text.

2. A new window will open, here you will be able to select one of your existing Apps in the CommandCenterHD system.

3. Click the name of the App that you would like to bring into this Template, and then click on the Select Media button to confirm.

4. The App will then appear on the Template.
Some Apps will not show a preview of the App content, in this case only an orange box will appear.

5. You can then double click within the orange box to edit the App’s output.

6. In the configuration window, you can select to set this App to be Fullscreen by checking the box or you can manually set the Dimensions of your App and drag and resize it as needed.

7. Click Close after making your selections.

8. Click Save Template to confirm your changes.

Adding an Embedded Web Page
This will allow you to add CommandCenterHD HTML pages to your Template.
We recommend adding HTML content to your Template for the best-continued playback results.

1. In the Interactive and App Content section, click the Add Embedded Web Page text.

2. A new window will open, here you will be able to select one of your existing HTML assets in the CommandCenterHD system.

3. Click the name of the HTML asset that you would like to bring into this Template, and then click on the Select Media button to confirm.

4. The HTML asset will then appear on the Template.
Some HTML will not show a preview of the HTML content, in this case only a orange box will appear.

5. You can then double click within the orange box to edit the App’s output.

6. In the configuration window you can select to set this App to be Fullscreen by checking the box or you can manually set the Dimensions of your App and drag and resize it as needed.

7. Click Close after making your selections.

8. Click Save Template to confirm your changes.

Questions?

Reach out to our training team at 877-344-8450 EXT 5 or at Training@industryweapon.com

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