Walkthrough Guide

This guide details all the main features of the Artistic application. Click on the Artistic application card from the Home Page. Artistic's interface is designed to help you quickly get started and stream content on your artistic video wall. The first step is to create a Mapping Group.

Mapping Group

A mapping group helps manage content streaming to the destinations. Create multiple groups for streaming various types of content for every occasion. A Mapping Group contains a Source/ Asset mapped to a Destination.

Create a Server Player Mapping Group

  1. Enter details

    • Enter the Name and Description. For example, Lobby Wall. Streaming welcome content and HD art designs.

    • Enter the Latency value. An ideal latency value helps in the smooth streaming of content.

    • Enter the Resolution. The resolution value should ideally be the resolution of the destination. This value overrides the resolution of the source.

    • Select the Behaviour. Always Active When creating a mapping group with this behavior, the server starts processes and allocates resources to the mapping group as soon as the mapping group is created. This makes the streams readily available but also consumes system resources. Active When Destinations are Assigned When creating a mapping group with this behavior, the server starts processes and allocates resources when a destination is assigned to the mapping group.

    • Enter the Frame Rate Limit.

    • Select the GPU. The platform populates this field automatically.

  2. Drag and drop the source from the Sources section to the mapping group. Note: This example uses a playlist Welcome Video. Refer to how to create a playlist section. To know more about different types of sources, refer to the Sources topic.

  3. Switch to the Destinations panel. Drag and drop the destination(s) to the mapping group.

    The destination starts streaming content.

uClient Player

The uClient player stores and processes content on the uClient to provide content streaming across numerous displays. The source is streamed straight to the destination from the uClient. This decreases the load on the server's network bandwidth while also consuming fewer server resources. uClient players are currently restricted to stand-alone uClient destinations and Videos and Images as the source type.

Create a uClient Player Mapping Group

  1. Enter the Name and Description.

  2. Drag and drop the source from the Sources panel to the mapping group.

  3. Switch to the destinations tab. Drag and drop the destination(s) to the mapping group.

    The destination starts streaming content.

Edit a Mapping Group

Click on the mapping group card to edit the group. You can edit the mapping group by accessing the following tabs:

  • Mapping Modify sources and destinations. Use the Search function to search for a destination.

  • Details Modify mapping group name and description.

  • Text Overlay It helps to create customized text that may be used as an overlay element on the source content streaming on the destination.

    • Enter the text. Customize the text using editing tools to change font family, size, color, etc.

Additional Features

    • GPU

    • Resolution

    • Latency

    • Destination Type

    • Source Type

    • Newest First

    • Oldest First

    • Name (ascending)

    • Name (descending)

  1. Views

  2. Stream to Remote

    • The Stream to Channels menu appears.

    • Enable the HLS Stream option.

    • Navigate to Remote > Channels. The stream gets added as an available stream.

Playlists

Create a Playlist

  1. In your Userful account, go to Artistic > Playlists.

  2. Click Add Playlist in the top right corner.

  3. Add a name and description for your Playlist.

  4. Create or select a Tag for easy access to the Playlist. (To create a Tag enter the name of the Tag and press the Enter key.) Tags help sort the Playlist when there are multiple Playlists.

  5. Click the Permissions tab.

  6. Select the apps and users who should be able to access your Playlist.

  7. Click Save Changes.

Add Sources to a Playlist

Recommended

When creating a Playlist:

  • Use Keep Running as the Source Persistence setting.

  • Avoid using image files in the Videos & Images Sources.

  1. In the Artistic app, go to Playlists.

  2. Click the three dots menu at the right of the Playlist and select Edit.

  3. Click Add item at the top right corner.

  4. Click the Source field and make a selection from the drop-down.

  5. Set the Persistence to Keep Running (Recommended).

  6. Enter the Duration and Play Times (the number of times the Source should be played).

  7. Click Save Changes.

  • Click on the Details tab to add playlist details like name, description, etc. Click on the drop-down arrow against the playlist to select and switch to another playlist.

Schedules

You can schedule an event to play content on your destination using Schedules. The schedule screen displays a calendar. You can select your view by selecting either the Month, Week, or Day option. By default, Schedules shows a Week view displaying days on the top and a timeline on the left.

Create an Event

Let's create an event for your lobby wall to play content on January 2, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  1. Left Click, hold, and drag the pointer from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the calendar.

  2. The Create Event Menu appears.

  3. Enter the Event Title and Details like Source and Destination(s). Note that the application automatically fills the time you selected in the previous step.

  4. Select the Recurrence, the time after you wish this event to repeat (if any).

  5. Click Save Changes. The event appears on the calendar.

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