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Portrait Orientation

Playlists in Digital Signage can be both horizontal as well as in portrait, and In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to rotate your Digital Signage slides by 90 degrees clockwise.

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Playlists in Digital Signage can be both horizontal as well as in portrait, and In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to rotate your Digital Signage slides by 90 degrees clockwise (portrait mode). You’ll find it useful if you want to rotate your display vertically.

Setting up your screen in vertical mode involves 2 steps:

  • Creating content for portrait mode
  • Configuring the player for portrait mode

Since your display will be rotated 90 degrees, the aspect ratio is also flipped. Instead of the usual 16:9 aspect ratio, you will create a playlist with a 9:16 ratio. Most TVs (Displays) produced today are 16:9 or 9:16 aspect ratio, however, you can always input your custom aspect ratio in the Advanced section when creating a new playlist. 

The more important thing to note is that the Playlist aspect ratio or resolution should match the display.

If you are using an operating system that supports changing display orientation (Windows, Mac, Linux, ChromeOS, and some Android devices), we strongly recommend doing the screen rotation in the operating system settings rather than in our application settings as that will require the least resources used on the Media Player.

This is how you change the display orientation based on different operating systems.

Windows 10

Right-click on your desktop and select Display Settings from the drop-down menu. Then select Portrait orientation from the Display menu.

MAC

Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu and find Display. In the Display, settings change the rotation to either 90 or 270 degrees.

Chrome

Go to Settings -> Display -> Orientation and select either 90 or 270 degrees.

Raspberry PI

In Raspbian you’ll find the setting to change the orientation by going Menu -> Preferences -> Screen Configuration

Android

Not all Android devices support rotating display signals, but the option is usually under Settings -> Display menu. After rotating the screen, the playlist may not fill up the entire screen, because width and height are now reversed. To fix that, go to our app options, then select “Screen edges” and adjust the red borders to match the screen.

If you can’t find the setting, please refer to the general guide below.

For Media Players that do not support Portrait Orientation

Some operating systems, like FireOS devices (FireTV), do not have the option to rotate the orientation, so we have added a workaround for those media players. It is not ideal as it requires more processing, however it works as a band-aid solution. 

When you're on the screen overview page, click the Setting (The gear icon) button on the screen, where you want to change it to portrait orientation. You’ll find the options Clockwise and Counter-Clockwise.

These settings can also be managed by the player by pressing the menu button on the FireTVs remote to bring up our APP options.

How can I change the aspect ratio on a playlist?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to change the aspect ratio of a playlist once it’s been created. Instead, you'll need to create a new playlist with the aspect ratio that you need.

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