Syncing Different Regions | User Documentation | Yodeck

How do I sync different regions in a Layout?

You can now sync different regions (areas) in a Layout using Playlists.
Playlists can be inserted and used in a Layout. Using the Sync Playback feature on each Playlist, we can sync different areas of our Layout.

How to create synced Playlists

In the configuration settings of each Playlist, you will find the Sync Playback toggle button. You only have to activate it.

Sync Playback

Notice that the players will sync the content at the start of each media. To avoid long sync times, add anywhere is the playlist an image file with a duration of 5 seconds.
This way the player will use the image as a point of reference for the sync which will result in a frame-by-frame synchronized playback!

Current Limitations:
  1. You cannot enable the Random Playback and also add a PDF file on a syncing playlist. Only two options can be active at a time (Sync with Random or Sync with a PDF file). We will lift this limitation in a next release.

  2. The playlists that you want to sync must have the exact same total duration or a multiple (2X, 3X, 4X, etc) of it. For example:
    - Playlist A has a total duration of 20 seconds. Playlist B must have the same duration (20s) or a multiple duration of 2X, 3X, 4X (40s, 60s, 80s, etc.)
    - Playlist A has a total duration of 56 seconds. Playlist B must have the same duration (56s) or a multiple duration of 2X, 3X, 4X (112s, 168s, 336s, etc.) 

  3. The playlists that you like to sync must also have the same number of media.

If you are using Sub-playlists the sync feature will not work.

Example A: syncing 3 different regions using 3 different Playlists

In our first example, we will show a basic configuration with which we will sync 3 regions in a Layout that consists of 3 different Playlists.
With this configuration method, we can make our Layout unify all 3 regions at once when we want to.

Imagine that we want to have 3 Playlists in our Layout horizontally, and while each one plays each own media file, at a given time, all will sync to the same media file that will display in full screen as one.
To achieve that we first have to crop our file in 3 equal parts; upper, middle, lower. The image below (2560x1440) has been cropped in 3 equal parts of 2560x480 and each one has been uploaded to the Yodeck portal.

Sync Playback Sync Playback

We can then proceed to the creation of 3 distinct Playlists. For our example, we will create 3 playlists A, B, C that will contain:
  1. Playlist A: Upper 3rd image for a duration of 5 seconds and a weather widget for also 5 seconds
  2. Playlist B: Middle 3rd image for a duration of 5 seconds and another image for also 5 seconds
  3. Playlist C: Lower 3rd image for a duration of 5 seconds and another image for also 5 seconds
Make sure to place the 3 cropped parts of the image in the same position inside the 3 Playlists. If you put in Playlist A the image in the 1st position, it has to be in the 1st position in Playlists B and C as well.

Finally, we create a Layout and place it on top of Playlist A, in the middle of Playlist B, and at the bottom of Playlist C. Use the pixel controls on the right to align properly all 3 Playlists.

Sync Playback

Our Layout is finally complete. The player will sync all 3 playlists accordingly as can be seen below:

Sync Playback

Example B: syncing multiple regions

For our second example, we will use and edit one from the default Layout templates that can be found on the Yodeck portal called "Restaurant - Landscape - Four Columns Menu Board":

Sync Playback

All templates are fully customizable.

Our goal is to create 4 different regions with 3 Playlists per region. The syncing will happen among the 3 Playlists per region. Conceptually:

Sync PlaybackSync Playback

With the above setup, we can sync Playlist 1A (a picture of the plate) with Playlist 2A (a description of the plate) and finally with Playlist 3A (the price of the plate).
Furthermore, if we set the duration on all 12 Playlists to the same duration, we will manage to sync everything.

The final result will look like this:
Sync Playback



For the time being it's not possible to use more than one video file in a Layout configuration.



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