video system instructions ticker

video system instructions ticker
video system instructions
Have a look at the standard instructions and the Advanced Instructions if you are a DJ. Below are more
details if you have an AMS Video Music System.
Your AMS Music System can display a scrolling ticker across the bottom of your TV Screens, similar to what
you might see on a news broadcast. The ticker can be used to display any text you wish, such as “Happy
Birthday! Happy Hour until 10pm, or Susan to the stage to sing next”. You can have multiple messages in
the ticker, each of which can be enabled or disabled. Symbols can also be added to the text to enhance the
messages you want to display (See below).
The on-screen ticker settings menu be accessed by right clicking on the middle video display – see below
(when visible).
The ticker settings can also be accessed by selecting Options > Video/Ticker/Billboard Settings > Edit
ticker cont.
Messages can be separated by pressing Enter on your keyboard to make a new paragraph. Placing a #
symbol at the beginning of a line of text the message will marked as non-active, and it will not be displayed
in the Ticker. This feature can be used to store common messages, and disable them if not required for a
particular event.
ticker text examples
You can type anything to appear on-screen. In addition, can also add symbols (see next page)
~cake~ Happy Birthday! ~cake~ will give you:
Happy Hour 9pm to 10pm :) will give you:
Make your requests at the DJ booth ;) will give you:
adding symbols to the ticker
repeating the ticker
To run the ticker text in an endless loop, enable the Loop Forever check box. Un-checking the Loop
Forever check box allows you to enter the number of times the ticker will loop, before disappearing. To
re-enable the ticker after it has disappeared, click on the Apply button.
adding a delay to the ticker repeats
A delay can be applied so that the ticker text is not always running on the TV screens. This can be used to
display the ticker text once, wait for the designated seconds to pass, and repeat the ticker display. To
apply a delay, un-check the Play Constantly check box, and enter the number of seconds to delay
between ticker runs. Using this option, along with the number of loops option, allows you to repeat the
ticker text any number of times, with a delay between each pass.
The slideshow feature is used to display still images when a video is not playing or if you play a song with
no video (an audio only song). You can display photos of people at your venue, advertise events, or
whatever you like as long as it’s a .jpg image. Images will retain their correct aspect ratio, and will not be
stretched to fill your TV screens.
Depending on the aspect ratio of your screens (see images below) you should design your images to fit. It’s
also important to take into account the ticker if you are using this as it will scroll along the bottom of the
image(s) you are using. More details on designing your images is below in the ‘Designing Your Images’
The on-screen slideshow settings menu be accessed by right clicking on the middle video display – see
below (when visible).
The ticker settings can also be accessed by selecting Options > Video/Ticker/Billboard Settings > Edit
slideshow cont.
This will then bring up the Video Slideshow Configuration window below
Images should be stored in the ‘S:\. You can create additional folders like Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
after 10pm, Sunday Lunch time etc so that you play the correct images when required (see Designing Your
Images, below).
Click on the Set button and select the appropriate folder where your images are located. You can check
the Include subfolders in the main folder check-box to include images within subfolders. In general the
correct folder is already preset for you.
Note: The Slideshow feature supports .JPEG, or .JPG files. You can have an unlimited number of pictures in
your Slideshow, and more pictures can be added to your images folder at any time. When more pictures
are added, click on the Apply button to refresh the folder and include the added images to your Slideshow.
You can also push the Apply button in the AMS Toolbox. More on that shortly.
random play
To play your Slideshow images in a random order, select Random in the Billboard/Slideshow mode
drop-down box.
ordered play
If you prefer to see your slides in the same order as they are listed in the selected folder, choose Ordered
in the drop-down box. If you want to display your slides in a specific order, rename each picture file,
placing a number at the beginning of the filename.
For example...
time between slides
To change the time a slide will show for, enter a number (in seconds) in the Number of seconds a slide
will show for box.
Click on Apply to apply your settings and close the Slideshow Configuration window.
designing your images
Creating images can easily be done on your AMS system by you, a staff member or by a graphic designer.
Below are the details of the requirements needed for images to play on your AMS system.
First of all some background information. Most LCD and Plasma screens are widescreen and their aspect
ratio is 16x9. Most older TV’s and the monitor you are probably reading this on (supplied with your AMS
system) will be 4x3 aspect ratio. If you have a mix of screens then design your images for 16x9. See
images below
The guidelines. Your images can be any size or aspect ratio however we all want them to look good. If you
are using 16x9 ratio your images should be at least 1600 wide x 900 pixels high (next size up 3200x1800
etc) – You MAXIMUM size is 4000 pixels in any direction ie height or width. For 4x3 create images at least
800 wide x 600 high (next size up 1600x1200 etc).
ams toolbox & designing images
To Get the AMS Toolbox click on the green spanner image, seen below, in the AMS Music Player, down by
the start button or on the ‘Desktop’ on the AMS Machine
ams toolbox & designing images cont.
Quality is important (so don’t stretch pictures too much). There are a huge number of applications you can
use to make your images. Paint (which comes free with Windows 98 onwards), Photoshop or Fireworks are
a few.
One of the best, and free, applications is is already pre-installed on your AMS Music
System. You can download a copy for your PC at Once downloaded you will also need
to download for it to work. The installation will prompt you to do so and show you where to
get it from.
We are also happy to advise or help create initial images. In the ‘Slideshow Templates’ folder in the AMS
Toolbox you will find an extensive range of images from the Breweries and a huge range of pre-made
We can also install the AMS Remote Toolbox on your PC to allow you to access these images and transfer
them direct to your AMS Music System. Call us and we’ll show you where to find this software.
Finished making your images? Using the AMS Toolbox and a USB stick inserted or AMS Remote Toolbox
simply drag and drop them from the folder they are in to the ‘S:/Slideshow’. Once you have finished
transferring the images simply hit the apply or Update button will save the changes
Tip: Making templates can make it easy to reuse artwork. Simply create a background image, save it and
then add the content. You could use a template for daily specials, regular events where the main
background remains the same just the content changes.
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