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Playlist in Playlist or Zones in Digital Signage

Playlist in Playlist

Playlist in Playlist for Digital Signage offers an option to embed playlists into playlists.

Playlist in Playlist for Digital Signage 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.

  • 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.
  • Trigger next slide when complete – This option will trigger the next slide on the parent playlist when the sub-playlist completes one loop through all slides. If your sub-playlist duration changes as you edit content, it may be tedious to constantly update the slide duration. When you turn on this setting, the slide containing the sub-playlist will be set to “play forever” and the playlist automatically advances to the next slide.

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?

We don’t have a limit on how many sub-playlists you can put inside each other, however, beware that each playlist consumes the resources of the player, for entry-level devices we don’t recommend more than 1 level of nesting.

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.

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.

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