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Media Screen Dimensions

Screen Dimensions Controls

Screen Dimensions consist of: Media Screen Location (X,Y - Horizontal,Vertical position); Size (Width, Height) (all values in pixels).


Methods to Set Dimensions
  • Screen Dimensions Tool - Click the Screen Dimensions Tool button (Figure 1) to open the Screen Dimensions Tool dialog window.
  • Edit Dimensions Dialog - Click the Edit Dimensions button (Figure 1, pencil icon button), to manually change the Screen Dimensions.
  • Drag Media Screen window - Load a media screen and turn on (show) the window Title Bar. Then you can drag the window with the mouse to a display location and/or grab the corner of the window and drag it to resize. Once completed, click the Save Screen Dimensions to Media Item tool bar button to save the dimensions.

Apply Live button

When the Apply Live button (upper, right on Figure 1) is clicked, it will activate a connection to the loaded Media Screen (if one is currently loaded). When active, any changes to the Media Screen Dimensions made with the Media Screen Dimensions Tool will be reflected immediately on the loaded (live) Media Screen.


Dimensions Settings
  • Target Display - Sets the physical display or Virtual Display that the Media Screen will be loaded to. If the Target Display is not present (ie a secondary display that has not been extended on the desktop), the Primary display will be substituted (unless you check the Option > Media Screen Load > Abort Load if Target Display is not found).
  • Location,Size - A Display Location (X,Y - Horizontal,Vertical in pixels) and Size (Width, Height in pixels). For changes to location and size to have an effect on a Loaded Screen (via Apply Live), the Media Item Size Mode must be set to "Media Item Dimensions Size". Use the following set buttons:
    • Edit - Edit Set via the Location,Size Dialog (Figure 2). Location is ignored unless Screen Alignment is set to use Location X,Y.
    • Set to Natural Media Size - Natural Media Size Set the Size to the media's natural recorded size. Location is reset to {X=0,Y=0}.
    • Set to Target Display Size - Display Size Set the Size to the Media Item's Target Display size. Location is reset to {X=0,Y=0}.
  • Screen Alignment - Sets the alignment mode that determines how the Media Screen is located (positioned) when loaded to a display. Click the Set Alignment button (Figure 1) to open the Alignment Selection Dialog (Figure 3) to set alignment mode. See Alignment Selection Dialog section below.
  • Size Mode - Media Screen size when loaded to a display. Click the Size Mode button (Figure 1) to set the mode.
    • Full Screen - The Media Screen will be displayed Full Screen. In this mode, Location,Size and Screen Alignment are ignored.
    • Natural Media Size - The Media Screen will be displayed at the Natural Video Size (original recorded video size in pixels). In this mode, any custom Size setting is ignored.
    • Media Item Dimensions Size - The Media Screen will be displayed at the Screen Dimensions Size. In this mode, Location,Size and Screen Alignment settings are used.
  • Refresh - When also using video cropping, you may need to refresh a loaded Media Screen after resizing the Screen. This forces the cropping area to be recalculated based on the new screen size.
  • Load Template - A Media Item can reference a Load Template to use when it is loaded/played. The current Load Template Source Mode determines whether or not this template is used.
    • Template Selector - Picks a template to use for the Media Item.
    • Delete - Remove the template reference from the Media Item. (but the template remains in the template list).
    • Exclude - When checked, it will exclude the Media Item from using any template when loaded/played. You do not have to delete the template reference to exclude it.
  • Marquee - These buttons apply on the Marquee used by the selected Media Item. These functions are also available from edit buttons on the Marquee Edit Toolbar.
    • Set a Standard Marquee - Sets the selected Media Item's Marquee to a standard Marquee (via pick list popup).
    • Set a Timed Messages - Sets the selected Media Item's Marquee to Timed Messages (via pick list popup).
    • Edit Marquee - Edit the selected Media Item's Marquee.
    • Edit Marquee Style - Edits the Marquee Style used by the Marquee of the selected Media Item.
    • Remove Marquee - Removes the Marquee from selected Media Item. The Marquee remains available for later use.
Figure 1.  Media Screen Dimensions panel
Figure 1. Media Screen Dimensions panel

Location, Size Dialog

Sets a Location (X,Y) and Size (Width,Height). When the Maintain Aspect Ratio checkbox is checked, width and height will maintain the original Aspect Ratio (Width/Height). Location (X,Y) values are oriented as shown in Figure 4.

Copy and Paste are provided to easily transfer values from one dialog to another.

  • Copy - Copies all four values to the clipboard.
  • Paste - Pastes all four values from the clipboard. Assumes a Location,Size has been previously copied to the clipboard.
  • Show Valid Ranges - Show the valid value range for each value.
  • Maintain Aspect Ratio - When the Maintain Aspect Ratio checkbox is checked, Width and Height will maintain the original Aspect Ratio (Width/Height) as size values are changed.
  • Reset - Resets all values to their original values (when the dialog was opened).

Productivity Tip

Any dialog that lists a Location and/or Size in the standard format below, can be copied to the Windows clipboard and pasted into this dialog.
Standard Location, Size format example: {X=100,Y=200,Width=300,Height=400}

Figure 2.  Location, Size Dialog
Figure 2. Location, Size Dialog

Alignment Selection Dialog


Location Alignment Modes
  • Relative Alignment - The element is aligned at a relative location inside its container.
    Alignment values: Top Left, Top Center, Top Right, Middle Left, Middle Center, Middle Right, Bottom Left, Bottom Center, Bottom Right.
    Examples: A Media Screen contained on a display; A Marquee contained on a Media Screen; etc.
  • Location (X,Y) - An X,Y Location from the Media Screen Dimensions is used to position the screen on the Target Display.
  • None - No alignment adjustment is made. The element is located at the default position in its container. Default is generally the X,Y origin (0,0 - upper left corner of the display).
Figure 3. Alignment Tool
Figure 3. Alignment Tool
Figure 4. Media Screen Location (X,Y) on Display
Figure 4. Media Screen Location (X,Y) on Display

Media Screen Dimensions Tool

The Media Screen Dimensions Tool (Figure 5) let's you change the size and and location of the Media Screen.

Open the tool, by clicking the Media Screen Dimensions Tool button (Figure 1). Click on the screen box and drag it to relocate its position. To resize it, click on the resize handle (red square at the bottom, right corner of the shape) and drag it. There is a wide variety of sizing and locating functions available on the tool bar.


Tool bar functions

For details on what the tool bar functions do, see the Resize/Relocate Tool section.

Figure 5. Media Screen Dimensions Tool
Figure 5. Media Screen Dimensions Tool

Resize/Relocation Tools

Typical desktop organization when making adjustments to Crop Area size/location; Video size/location; and Media Screen size/location.
Tools in Figure 6 (left to right): Crop Area Tool, Video Dimensions Tool, Media Screen Dimensions Tool.

Figure 6.  Resize/Relocation Tools
Figure 6. Resize/Relocation Tools
Figure 7.  Dimensions Nesting
Figure 7. Dimensions Nesting

About Display PPI/DPI

If your Performance display PPI/DPI (pixels/dots per inch) and your Design time display PPI are different, you may need to scale your design to the performance system. See Tools > Scale All Media Items Dimensions. Read the cautions before applying this function.