Media on freely arranged screens

A video/image wall with freely arranged screens

This package allows you to play videos (or images) inside a virtual area. You can then put as many screens as you need together to cover this area. Each screen can be freely placed or rotated.

Here is an example of what that might look like:

Example setup using 8 screens

Let's look at how this setup is put together:

How those 8 screens work together

The red area is the virtual content area. This area is where you content will play. You'll have to add at least one screen to your configuration to actually see something. In the image above, one of those screens is highlighted in cyan. You can add as many screens as you want to cover the virtual content area. The above setup uses 8 screens. Screens can be of any size and their areas might even overlap.

In the configuration, this might look like this:

Example configuration with 3 screens

Setting up the virtual content area

Click on the node named Screen Configuration on the left side of the setup configuration interface.

Setup configuration

You'll see a visualization of the virtual content area. This area defines the physical size of a virtual canvas where videos and images will be played. The virtual content area is selected and shown in green. Below it you see its properties:

Content properties

You can set the size of the virtual area here. The values are given in centimeters. Each change you make is reflected in the configuration interface above. You can move around by clicking and dragging the virtual content area.

If you want to change the size later, just click on the virtual content area again and you'll see its properties.

Setting up the screens

If you want to see anything, you'll have to add screens to your setup. At the bottom of the configuration interface, you'll see the Screens available dropdown:

Adding a new screen

Select the device you want to use in your setup from the dropdown and click on Add Screen. The new screen will appear on the virtual content area:

Added a new screen

You can see some of its properties like size as well as its name and rotation. Below the visualization you see the properties dialog:

Screen properties

Make sure to set the physical size of the screen (in inches) and its native resolution here. This information is used during playback to properly show your content.

Finally its time to move your screen to its correct position within the virtual content area. Just click can drag the screen around until it's in the position matching its physical location. You can rotate screens by using the mouse wheel while hovering above a screen.

You can add as many screens as you. If you want to remove a screen, just select it by clicking on it. Once it turned green you see its properties. Click on the X in the top right corner to remove the screen. You can of course add it again later if you wish.

Set a playlist

Click on the node labeled Playlist Configuratio on the left side of the configuration screen:

Setup configuration

You can add images and video assets to your playlist. If you make changes to a playlist and click on Save, your devices will go black for a short moment until they are all back in sync. Therefore it is recommended to make all changes to a playlist and save only once.

Release history

This package is based on the multiscreen code so it works on info-beamer hosted.

Version 'preview'

This is the first public release. While it works, there might be problems. If you find anything, please open an issue on github.

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Source code for this package

You can view (and modify) the source code for this package on https://github.com/info-beamer/package-patchwork-player

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