Lyndon and all Roku Community Techies,
Thank you for posting these scripts. I am a first time Roku user learning through my reseller. While I have accomplished most of what I need, there are some key points with which you could be of great help.
I have an HD1010w along with BA software all updated to the latest versions. I am creating a roughly 20 minute presentation and have some questions. My work is all done and the system is online, but it could be better. (A simple sketch of how I imagine the final product/presentation is included at the end of this post if you want to see how I picture it working.) This will be a long post, but you will be rewarded if you make it to the end.
The 3 Zones To One script may be an answer to my objective. I have a non-interactive presentation in a multizone format and all is going beautifully. However, some of my video content would be much better presented in full screen.
Question #1: Can the script be altered to play some of my video content in full screen before switching back to a multizone presentation, then switch back to play a different set of fullscreen videos, then back to the multizone presentation, etc.? I don't want to play all of the videos at once (there are 15 or more videos ranging from 10 seconds to 45 seconds each), so I am looking for ways to space (batch) them out into small groups... AND keep them full screen... AND still take advantage of the multizone format in between.
Question #2: Assuming I got this to work as I propose, would the resulting complex coding make updating my presentation difficult? Specifically, would I be faced with creating changes in Brightauthor, copying code to my custom script and then manually updating the autorun.brs on the SD card each time I need to publish changes in the playlist content? Or could I find a way to make the user-friendly PUBLISH button do the work for me?
This concludes the first portion of my post, the following question may or may not involve custom scripting but the query does address an expansion to the same concept. Please advise if I need to move the following question to a separate post. If what I ask is possible, I think others would want to know.
In addition, the multizone portion of my overall presentation contains a widget in the main video zone to feed Signchannel news/weather content. However, all of the Signchannel content plays as one long "lump" before allowing BrightSign to move on to the next item in the playlist. There is so much terrific Signchannel content that I cannot use regularly because it prevents the video/image/MRSS content in that zone's playlist from playing often enough. I want to use more Signchannel content without resorting to the limited scheduling options found in the Signchannel web interface.
I would like to break up the Signchannel content into chunks so that only some of the content plays before I move on to the the next playlist item. Minutes later, I want to show different Signchannel content in the same zone. Yes, custom content can be inserted into the Signchannel feed. However, I want to insert custom content into my presentation without using the Signchannel webinterface. (Signchannel doesn't accept video and I want to keep content editing inside of BrightAuthor as much as possible.) Chunking different batches of Signchannel content into roughly 1 minute segments would give me the flexibility to use other content in that zone while allowing for a more cohesive, integrated and engaging mix of messages and content.
Question #3: What would happen if I purchased another Signchannel content subscription and then inserted a second Signchannel widget into the same playlist as the first? Would the system be "intelligent" enough to allow me to assign a different feed to the second widget? Having 2 or more discrete Signchannel feeds in a zone would solve my issue. I would even consider purchasing yet another subscription to use the small-format-friendly stocks/weather feeds in a different smaller side panel zone if Brightauthor allowed Signchannel widgets to be inserted in more than one zone per presentation. Having the option to batch Signchannel content would send my project soaring. I would rather get your opinion on this before spending cash on the experiment, though.
This ends the second portion of my post.
As promised, here is a rough linear sketch of what I am trying to accomplish on our sign. Imagine you are watching a non-interactive multizone presentation with a main large video/image/Media RSS zone with a roughly 20 minute runtime. This is what I would like to see in that main zone:
Signchannel Content Batch 01 with weather info
Media RSS feed with my local tides/marine conditions (created in-house)
Live Video Feed (overlooking our harbor)
Signchannel Content Batch 02 with news/word of the day
Signchannel Content Batch 01 again
...and so forth until I have included all my content
This concludes my post. If you read this far, I am so very appreciative and will happily reward anyone who helps with answers to my questions. I will happily pay for a professional relationship to develop my dream, as well. Contact me at jawbone78atyahoo if you are interested. Apologies if soliciting is not kosher here. In the meantime, I will leave you with one of my favorite geeky jokes: Why did the robot cross the road? ...wait for it... Because it was carbon-bonded to the chicken!