QuickStart Guide


Your Mediaplay should include the following:    
MediaPlay Unit Mouse
Power Cord Keyboard
Dongel RCA Cable
Video Y Adapter Power Strip
 
The first year of product support is free of charge. Feel free to contact us and set up an appointment for basic page creation and scheduling training after the unit is set up.

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Setup Procedure

The MediaPlay requires the above items be installed in order to ensure full operation of the MediaPlay. Plug in the power, mouse and keyboard into the back of the MediaPlay unit. Depending on your application you may not need to use the video Y adapter.

The video Y adapter is typically used in a situation where access to the channel in which the MediaPlay is being modulated on is not visible from the creation location. In this case the Y splits the RCA video output. One output is fed into the modulator and the other is fed into the VIDEO IN on a television monitor.

The final setup will assure that your MediaPlay unit performs as a Character Generator. The MediaPlay operation mode is dependent on the type of Dongel, or Software key that is attached to the back of the MediaPlay. The Dongel is a gray 25 pin adapter with the D.Co logo on it, and measures approx.. 2 1/2 by 2 1/2. Make sure the Dongel is attached to the back of the unit, and then power up the unit.


Getting Started

The following tutorial will run through creating and displaying your first basic schedule. Upon power up, the MediaPlay will boot up and then start displaying a set of demonstration pages. In order to stop the demo pages from displaying, the ESC key must be pressed on the keyboard. This will present the main menu.

On the main menu press the configuration button. Under the General tab, the Change Viewable area button can be found on the bottom left of the screen. Click on the boxes and move the guidelines so that the border is on the border of the television screen. By doing so, this will provide the user with a guideline when creating pages so that text is not placed outside the viewable area. Press Enter on the keyboard when the adjustments are finished.

You are now ready for the Tutorial. The Tutorial will cover the basics of MediaPlay operational procedures. See the online manual for a more detailed look at the available functions.


Tutorial

From the main menu click on the [Text Editor]. The Text Editor is used to create your messages. By default the MediaPlay will load the last page which was edited into the Text Editor. In order to start a new message it is necessary to clear the current message on the screen so that a clean canvas will be provided for your use. In order to accomplish this you will need to use the Zap box found on the bottom command toolbar. Simply double click on the [Zap] button. You will then be prompted to "Zap entire page and Graphic?" Click [Yes].

First you will need to create an appealing background for your first message. In order to create a blended background you must draw a box the size of the screen and then apply an effect to it. In order to view the whole screen you must hide the top and bottom toolbars. The tools bars can be toggled on and off through the use of the F2 and F3 key on the keyboard. Press the [F2] key and you notice the top, or command toolbar disappears. Now press the [F3] and the bottom will disappear. Now [click and drag] a box from the upper left corner to the lower right. Once this has been done [right click] on the background and then [click] on effect. Select the blend effect, then [Ok]. You will then be prompted to choose the colors you wish to blend. Double click on the To box in order to bring up your color choices. [click OK] when your decision has been made. Then [click OK] once again to finalize the background blend. The background will now consist of a background with two colors transitioning smoothly.

Next we will place text on top of the background blend. First toggle on your toolbars, using the [F2] and [F3] key. Now move the mouse pointer to the center of the screen and click. This is your insertion point. Now type "Welcome". The computer monitor may make the text easy to read, but the modulated signal or TV monitor may make the text difficult to read. Due to the fact that the MediaPlay is converting from VGA to NTSC, loosing some lines of resolution. In order to solve this, simply increase the text size. Click on the [up arrow] in the square next to the text size attribute on the bottom toolbar. This will increment the text size, making the text larger and more readable. We recommend size 24 and up for ease of readability over the television. In order to view the change [click Line] on the bottom toolbar to apply the change to the line of text. Once a size and style has been decided on you must save the page.

When saving a page it is recommended that you save the page in the C:\MP95\PAGES. The page must be saved using a unique name. In order to save a page click on the [save page] button located on the top toolbar. A menu will appear, type the name you want to assign the file. Make sure that the folder is C:\MP95\PAGES, then [click OK]. This will save the file and return you to the text editor. Next create your new message. In order to create a new message click on [Zap] then [Zap] to pop a zap confirmation menu. Click [Yes] to confirm removal of the page from the screen. This information will be removed from the screen, but the page will still appear in the graphic scheduler.

The next page will involve a image rather than a background blend. Images can be obtained from directories provided by the MediaPlay software standard install, or custom images can be imported if the MediaPlay is a Grac or Grad unit. While in the text editor select [image] form the top toolbar. Now select the location of your image files. The included demo files are located in the C:\MP95\GRAPHICS\(type of images). Each directory will contain images pertaining to the title of the directory. The image names will appear in the left window. Click on the file names to view the images in the preview window. Select a image and then click [OK]. The selected image will appear as a background. Now text must be added to the page. Use the above instructions for creating text on the page. As the text attributes have been selected you may then equate the text information so that each time a new line of text is created the previous text attributes are kept. In order to equate the text to a particular style you must press the [CTRL and E] key simultaneously. This will cause the options on the bottom toolbar to highlight the text attributes in red. Confirming that the current attributes have been saved and applied to the current text. Once the text has been finished you must save the page in the MP95\PAGES directory under a new name as instructed in the section above.

Now that the two demo pages are complete, it is now time to schedule the pages in order to view them over the desired video channel. Scheduling the pages can be done in the Schedule Pages section of the main menu. In order to access the Main Menu click on the [Main Menu] button on the top toolbar within the Text Editor. This will take you to the Main Menu. Now click on the [Schedule Pages] button, which will enter you into the Scheduler Menu. The Scheduler automatically opens the last page which was edited.

All MediaPlay's have a default schedule in which to play upon entering the Mediaplay program. The name and location of the default schedule is C:\MP95\SCHEDULE.SCD. In order for changes to take place you must save the current schedule under the same name. If the default schedule is not loaded, then click on [load]. Now change the look in to [MP95], select [schedule.scd], then [open].

The Schedule Pages will present you with a layout of the pages in the master schedule. If there are any pages in the scheduler [Right click and drag] from the first to the last pages. This action should outline the pages in red signifying that the pages are selected. With the pages selected [click delete] button on the upper toolbar. By doing so all of the selected entries will be deleted from the master schedule, leaving a blank schedule.

Once the schedule is blank you will now be able to use the pages created in text editor and schedule them for playback on the MediaPlay. The bottom right portion of the screen contains the available pages in the specified directory and is represented by using thumbnails of the pages. Use the bottom scrollbar, or arrows in order to find the pages which were created in the text editor. [Right click] on the page to be inserted into the schedule. This page will then be inserted into the schedule in relation to the location of the green outline, pages are inserted usually from left to right.

After inserting a page you have the option of inserting a wipe or transition in between pages. A wipe is used to create a professional looking transition between pages. If no wipe is used, then the page will simply cut from one page to the other. In order to insert a wipe you must [right click] on a transition located in the lower left corner under the section labeled wipes. Once a wipe has been placed, then you can insert another page and a wipe, by right clicking on the pages.

In order to finalize the changes to the schedule you must save the schedule to the MediaPlay. The changes to the schedule can be saved by [clicking the save button] located on the top toolbar. A save schedule box will occur prompting for the name of the schedule. Unlike pages you will start with only one schedule, which is called the master schedule. The master schedule is the default schedule. The file name will contain the name of the schedule which is on the screen. The file name for the default schedule is schedule. Verify that the file name is schedule, then [click save]. Any changes made to the schedule should be saved under schedule to ensure that the pages will appear in the default schedule.

You have just created two pages and scheduled them into the schedule for playback. Exit schedule pages, by [clicking the main menu button] on the top toolbar. Now that you are at the main menu, the next step is to start displaying the pages. [Click the display pages button], then select the schedule file if the name does not already appear in the schedule. Then [click open] and the master schedule will start displaying your pages.

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