Playlist in Playlist

Playlist in Playlist plugin for Play Digital Signage

Playlist in playlist offers an option to embed playlists into playlists. We call these embedded playlists “sub-playlists” and the playlist that contains sub-playlists is referred to as the master playlist. Altogether the functionality is called zoning as you can create zones on your screen that change content individually.

How to set up Playlist-in-Playlist Go from video to start in Playlist in Playlist for digital signage

Options Go from options to start in Playlist in Playlist for digital signage

  • Continue from previously played slide (advanced) – This option only applies if you have a sub-playlist on a slide that is not set to “play forever”. If your main playlist cycles through slides and some slides contain a sub-playlist, by default each time a slide with a sub-playlist is shown, the sub-playlist starts from the first slide. By turning on this option, the player will remember which slide in a sub-playlist was shown last and will start from next. This ensures that all slides in a sub-playlist are shown before starting the playback from the beginning. Most users don’t need it, this functionality fits a narrow use-case if you rent out ad-time on your billboards for 3rd parties.

FAQ Go from FAQ to start in Playlist in Playlist for digital signage

How do I create multiple zones that fill in the master playlist completely?

Check out our article on creating custom zones.

How many levels can the playlists be nested? Link

The playlist can be nested to a 1 depth level. In other words, this means that the sub-playlist can not have a sub-playlist of its own. This is because each instance of a playlist consumes a lot of resources and also prevents users from creating infinite loops where two playlists reference each other.

If I make changes in a sub-playlist, do I also need to publish all parent playlists that contain the sub-playlist?

You don’t need to explicitly publish every playlist, when you press “Publish” on the sub-playlist, the system will automatically also publish all playlists that contain the sub-playlist.

My sub-playlists are not nicely formatted?

Zones overview

When you create custom zones one by one manually rather than using a pre-made layout, the system does not know which playlist is a child of which (and also you can include the same playlist in several other playlists). Therefore the sub-playlists will not be formatted nicely as in the screenshot above, but do not worry – the formatting is only eye candy, all functionality still remains the same.