UMP (Unified Media Platform)

7.2 Creating a Playlist or Slideshow

 

Playlists

 

As mentioned previously, playlists can be used for images as well as audio and video files. Creating a playlist of images is however not as intuitive as with the other types of media. You cannot create either a playlist or a slideshow from the OSD itself, though this can be performed in the Text Editor in the Desktop Mode.

 

Playlists in the M3U format are supported as with the audio and video sections, though PLS files are NOT supported. To create a playlist or slideshow, you will need to create a text file, and rename it to .m3u afterwards. You can use the format applied in the following example which makes use of some of the sample pictures:

 

[…]

/mnt/data/Images/Astronomy/catseye2_not_big.jpg

/mnt/data/Images/Astronomy/catspaw_dss2_big.jpg

/mnt/data/Images/Astronomy/equinoxp1_orman_big.jpg

/mnt/data/Images/Various/mactvsplash.png

[…]

 

Please note that blank lines can cause the OSD to refuse to load the playlist or even exit. When editing playlists manually, it is recommended to check the paths on the device itself, as they are case sensitive and some operating systems or Samba, NFS or FTP clients may represent upper and lower case usage incorrectly.

 

 

 

Slideshows

 

Slideshows are slightly different, in the sense that you can combine background music with a sequence of images. The Detach function of the Audio Player can be used while viewing a slideshow, though if background music is defined, it will override and cancel the currently playing music.

 

An example XML FXD file is shown on the next page, demonstrating an image directory and a background audio file with explanations of the individual XML fields.

 


 

7.2 Creating a Playlist or Slideshow (continued)

 
 
An example XML FXD file for a slideshow using a background audio file and two image files to display:  
<?xml version="1.0" ?>
  <ump>
   <slideshow title="TITLE" random="1|0" repeat="1|0">
    <cover-img>COVER.jpg</cover-img>
     <background-music random="1|0">
      <directory recursive="1|0">PATH1</directory>
      <file>FILENAME1</file>
     </background-music>
     <files>
      <directory recursive="1|0" duration="10">PATH2</directory>
      <file duration="0">FILENAME2</file>
     </files>
     <info>
      <description>DESCRIPTION</description>
     </info>
    </slideshow>
   </ump>

 

 

Where the value “1|0” is displayed, you can choose either ‘0’ (false) or ‘1’ (true). The terms printed in all cursive capitals are explained below:

 

 

TITLE

Here you can specify a title for the slideshow which will be displayed in the OSD

COVER

This should be the full path and filename of the cover image (optional)

PATH1

Here you can specify the directory which contains the background music (optional)

FILENAME1

Here you can specify the filename of the audio file to be played (optional)

PATH2

Here you can specify the directory from which to display the images

FILENAME2

Here you can specify a certain image a to be displayed (optional)

DESCRIPTION

Here you can enter a description for the slideshow