SETTING UP YOUR CMS AND DESIGNATOR MEDIA PLAYERSwith Designate Self Service®

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STEP 1 Choose a Windows® Designator Media player and the quantity that is right for your deployment from our STORE. Add to cart.

(Not sure how to choose? Call us to talk through your project needs 702.485.2133)

STEP 2  Navigate back to the Store, and select the Designate Cloud Hosting Subscription Purchase Product or click here and add to cart.Proceed to Checkout.

STEP 3 During Checkout, in addition to entering your details, you will be prompted to name your CMS (this name will be part of the url you use to access your CMS).

STEP 4 After you complete your CMS purchase, you will receive an email with your credentials, and instructions for linking your Designator Media Players. Keep this email for your records. (If you are adding displays to an existing CMS, you will be prompted to add that new displays to this CMS, or create a new one)

STEP 5 Now all you have to do is wait for your Designators to arrive. Once they arrive, attach your keyboard/mouse (wireless recommended), connect to the internet if using Cloud CMS, connect your Designator to your display via HDMI, connect the supplied power cable to Designator and plug into a protected power source, then power up the unit. Launch “Designator Options” and enter your CMS url and key. Click License Display.You will receive a message indicating Waiting for Administrator approval.

STEP 6 Now Log into your CMS. Click “Displays” located on the left side of the dashboard.

Find your Display. Go to the right side of the row and click the down arrow to open the drop down menu. Select “Edit”.

The Edit Display window will now appear.

Go to the “Authorise Display” drop down and select “Yes”.

To confirm these displays are licensed, you will see “check marks” in the Status and License columns.

Now you are ready to start setting up Layouts for your content.

The steps to creating layouts are covered on the Setting Up page under “Getting Content To Your Displays: Layouts & Scheduling”.

You will also find “Configuring Designate: Best Practices and Common Errors” on the Setting Up page, where you will find guidance and solutions to the most common setup problems.

 

 

 

 

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STEP 1
Choose the Android® Designator Media player and the quantity that is right for your deployment from our here.

Add to cart. (Not sure how to choose? Call us to talk through your project needs 702.485.2133)

STEP 2 Purchase a subscription to our Designate CMS Cloud Hosting Service in our here.

STEP 3 During Checkout, in addition to entering your details, you will be prompted to name your CMS (this name will be part of the url you use to access your CMS).

You will also be asked to define an email license pool under which your Android licenses will be associated with. You can add multiple emails to create multiple pools if needed.

STEP 4 After you complete this transaction, you will receive an email with your credentials, and instructions for linking your Designator Media Players to your CMS. Keep this email for your records. (If you are adding displays to an existing CMS, you will be prompted to add that new displays to this CMS, or create a new one)

STEP 5 Now all you have to do is wait for your Designators to arrive. Once they arrive,  attach your keyboard/mouse (wireless recommended), connect to the internet if using Cloud CMS, connect your Designator to your display via HDMI, connect the supplied power cable to Designator and plug into a protected power source, then power up the unit.

Launch “Designate” and  enter the url for the CMS and CMS Key that were included in the CMS Login Email we sent you. Click save, a message saying waiting for administrator approval will appear.

STEP 6 Now, launch a browser, enter the url for the CMS that was included in the CMS Login Email we sent you.Log into your CMS. Go to Displays. Find your Display. Go to the right side of the row and click the down arrow to open the drop down menu. Select “Edit”. The Edit Display window will now appear. Go to the “Authorise Display” drop down and select “Yes”. To confirm these displays are authorised, you will see “check marks” in the Status and Authorise columns.

Now you are ready to start setting up Layouts for your content.The steps to this are covered on the Setting Up Page,under Getting Content To Your Displays: Layouts & Scheduling. 


SETTING UP YOUR CMS AND DESIGNATOR MEDIA PLAYERSwith Designate On Demand®

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These instructions assume you have a 3rd-Party Digital Media player that you will use to deploy Designate on.

You will need to configure Windows® on your digital media player to perform optimally as a digital media player. For a list minimum requirements for your 3rd Party Digital Media Player,  look under Configuring Designate: Best Practices and Common Errors here. 

STEP 1 Download the FREE Designate Media Player Software for Windows® here directly onto your 3rd Party Digital Media Player and save to the desktop.  You will be installing this file in a few steps.

STEP 2 Obtain a 14-day free trial to our Designate Cloud CMS Hosting here and add it to your cart. Once in the cart, Proceed to Checkout (If after 14 days you would like to purchase an annual subscription, you can do so by going to: My Account-Subscriptions. Find your 14-day trial that you’d like to convert. Click “Make Payment”. You will be directed to another screen. Look for “Actions” on the right-hand side. Click “Change Payment” and you can then complete your purchase.)

STEP 3 During Checkout, in addition to entering your details, you will be prompted to name your CMS (this name will be part of the url you use to access your CMS).

If you are adding displays to an existing CMS, you will be prompted to add this new display to the existing CMS, or to create a new CMS.

STEP 4 After you complete your CMS 14-Day Demo transaction, you will receive an email with your credentials, and instructions for linking your Designator Media Players to your CMS. Keep this email for your records.

STEP  5  Now, navigate back to the Designate Media Player Software for Windows® that you placed on the desktop in Step 1. Double click the file to start the installer. Follow the prompts. Once installed, the Designate Options window will appear. Enter your CMS url and key that were provided in the email sent to you when your ordered the CMS. Click Save. You will receive a message indicating Waiting for Administrator approval.

STEP 6 Now Log into your CMS, using the credentials we sent. Click “Displays” located on the left side of the dashboard.Find your Display. Go to the right side of the row and click the down arrow to open the drop down menu. Select “Edit”. The Edit Display window will now appear. Go to the “Authorise Display” drop down and select “Yes”. To confirm these displays are licensed, you will see “check marks” on the Status and Authorised columns. Now you are ready to start setting up Layouts for your content.

The steps to creating layouts are covered on the Setting Up page under“Getting Content To Your Displays: Layouts & Scheduling”.

You will also find “Configuring Designate: Best Practices and Common Errors” on the Setting Up page, where you will find guidance and solutions to the most common setup problems.

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You’ll want to configure a few settings on your Android® before installing Designate. You can find a detailed list of recommended modifications under Configuring Android® for Designate on the Setting Up Page, under Configuring Designate: Best Practices and Common Errors.

STEP 1 Download the free 14-day trial of Designate Media Player Software for Android® here .

STEP 2 Obtain a 14-day free trial to our Designate Cloud CMS Hosting Service here and add it to your cart.

(If after 14 days you would like to purchase an annual subscription, you can do so by going to: My Account-Subscriptions.Find your 14-day trial that you’d like to convert. Click “Make Payment”. You will be directed to another screen. Look for “Actions” on the right-hand side. Click “Change Payment” and you can then complete your purchase.)

STEP 3 During Checkout, in addition to entering your details, you will be prompted to name your CMS (this name will be part of the url you use to access your CMS). You will also be asked to define an email license pool under which your Android licenses will be associated with. You can add multiple emails to create multiple pools if needed.

STEP 4 If you are adding displays to an existing CMS, you will be prompted to add that new displays to this CMS, or create a new one.

STEP 5 After you complete your transaction, you will receive an email with your credentials, and instructions for linking your Designator Media Players to the CMS. Keep this email for your records.

STEP 6 Install the Designate for Android® Media player software on your players. Once installed, Designate will launch and prompt you to enter your CMS url and key. Enter the url for the CMS and CMS Key that were included in the CMS Login Email we sent you. Click save, you will get a message that indicates Waiting on Administrator Approval.

STEP 7 Now Log into your CMS. Go to Displays. Find your Display. Go to the right side of the row and click the down arrow to open the drop down menu. Select “Edit”. The Edit Display window will now appear. Go to the “Authorise Display” drop down and select “Yes”.  To confirm these displays are authorised, you will see “check marks” in the Status and Authorise columns.

Now you are ready to start setting up Layouts for your content. The steps to this are covered on the Setting Up Page, under Getting Content To Your Displays: Layouts & Scheduling.

CONFIGURING DESIGNATE:BEST PRACTICES &COMMON ERRORS

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Click here to download a list of recommended modifications to apply to your Window’s based digital media players.

Here is a list of recommended modifications to apply to your Android®  based digital media player:

  • Non-market SourcesDesignate for Android is a non-market Android application, which means the device will need to be configured to allow the installation of applications from unknown sources. This setting is found in the “Security” section of the standard Android settings tab.This setting should be disabled after installation unless auto-update is required
  • Enable the Wireless Adaptor
  • Confirm that the date/time and time zone information are correctly set on the device. This information is used by Designate for Android® for time sensitive
    scheduling and for the 14 day trial. If the Date/Time is incorrect during installation your 14 day trial may expire sooner than it should.

Here is a list of recommended minimum requirements for your 3rd-Party Windows® Digital Media Players when using Designate On Demand®

  • A network connection to the CMS (possibly over the Internet)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or later
  • .NET Framework v4.5
  • Internet Explorer 8+ (recommended IE11 or higher) or Google Chrome (recommended)
  • Flash Player Version 9 or later (if Flash support required)
  • Windows Media Player 11 or later
  • For PowerPoint support, Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 or later. PowerPoint viewer is not suitable.
  • Intel Celeron or better processor
  • 4gb Ram Minimum (2×2 recommended for best performance)
  • 120 GB HD

Run on any device with Android 4.4 or higher.
Min 16 GB onboard or card storage.
Minimum 2 USB Ports.
HDMI out.


GETTING CONTENT TO YOUR DISPLAYS:LAYOUTS & SCHEDULING

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The following is a step by step guide to setting up a layout in Designate. A layout is a container for all your media items, and is the first step to getting content on your digital signs. In this example, we create a Video Layout, the most basic layout used in Designate.

We recommend using files that are rendered as mp4 (h.264) as they work best with our system.WMV files will work as well, but cannot be previewed without the appropriate decoder installed in your browser.

Step 1: Log into your CMS.

Step 2: Click on “Layouts” in the left hand navigation.

Step 3: Click “Add Layout” which is located on the top right.

Step 4: Name your Layout.

Step 5: Choose your resolution, click “ok”.

Note: Designate allows you to have one or multiple regions in a layout, all with different media items. For the purpose of a Video Layout, we will be using the default, full screen Region.

Step 7: To assign a media item to this Region’s timeline, double click on it. A new window appears.

Step 8: Click “Video” in the left hand navigation.

Step 9: Click “Add Files”.

Step 10: Navigate to the file of your choice and select it.

Helpful Tip: Before you begin uploading this file, you will want to name your media. You can do so by typing it in the empty field before you start your upload. This is optional, however, we recommend naming your media the same as the name of the file you are uploading. This makes managing your content much easier.

Step 11: Once uploaded, click “Done”. You will be brought back to the Region’s Timeline. From here, you can click “Edit” to rename your item, set a playback duration,  scale your image. In addition, you can loop and mute your media item.

Step 12: Once everything is finalized, click “Save”. To preview your video, click “Preview” in the Actions tab.

Step 13:  Your content is now uploaded to the CMS and ready to be assigned to the Display of your choice within your CMS via the Scheduler. Scheduling your layout is the final step to delivering your content to your signs.

You can find instructions on Scheduling Your Layout on the Setting Up page, under Getting Started Tab. Look under Getting Content to your Displays: Layouts and Scheduling.

If you run into any problems, you can email us at support@digitalsignageresolutions.com or call us at 702.485.2133 to setup Premium Support starting at $35/month per player.

Premium Support is only available on Designator Media Players, not 3rd Party Digital Media Players.

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This tutorial will take you step by step through the process of scheduling a layout that you have already created. Scheduling your content is the final step to pushing your content live on your screens.

 

Step 1: Log into your CMS. Click “Schedule” in the left navigation of your CMS.

Step 2: You will be brought to the Calendar. Select the Display you’d like to schedule by clicking on the Grey Drop Down Box next to the date. Click on the display name you’d like to schedule, and a “check mark” will appear.

Important:  If you click multiple properties and multiple check marks appear, you will be sending your content to all selected displays. To deselect a display, simply click on it. When the “check mark” disappears, the display will no longer be selected.

Step 3: Click “Add Event”.

Step 4: A new window will appear called “Schedule Event”. Under Event Type, Select “Campaign/Layout”.

Step 5: Confirm the Display that is auto selected is correct. Under Dayparting, select “Custom”.

Step 6: Enter the End date/end time.

Step 7: Select the layout you want to schedule from the drop down menu.

Step 8: Enter the display order in which you want the Layout to appear.

Step 9: You can add display order if you’d like, or set Priority playback for your item.

Step 10: Click “Run at CMS Time” if you’d like your schedules to follow the time zone set on your CMS, rather than your digital media player/Designator.

Step 11: Click Save.

Step 12: You will now be returned to the calendar. You will see blue display graphics show up on the days you indicated within your schedule.This means you have scheduled your content, and it is being sent to the display.

If you are having issues, email us at support@digitalsignageresolutions.com or check out our Configuring Designate: Best Practices and Common Errors.

You can also sign up for a month to month or annual support starting at $35/month for an annual plan. Call 702.485.2133 to get Premium Support today.