Control Center: Mapping

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(Updated 2017.02.23)


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Introduction

Userful's Control Center lets adminstrators "map" displays and video walls via an intuitive drag-and-drop interface to "roles" or "content sources". This document provides a brief overview of Userful's Mapping functionality. For more details on a given source type, please refer to the specific source guide (see below).

Mapping Screen

In the example shown to the right:

  • Displays 1, 14, 15, 16 (the onboard station) are mapped to the default "Welcome Screen"
  • Displays 2-5 are configured as a video wall setup playing 1080p media content under Zone-1
  • Displays 6-9 are mapped to Web Browser source
  • Displays 10-13 are configured as a video wall setup playing Signage content under Zone-2

Note: Name of the video wall zone is visible on the top of the video wall icon

Access this functionality by opening the Control Center > Mapping.
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Configuring Sources

Creating new Source

By default, all displays including the Userful host are mapped to source group (i.e. "Welcome Screen"). User can launch any source from the available list by simply clicking the source name.
"Welcome Screen" displays list of available sources and system / zero-client device information, including Station ID, MAC Address and IP Address. However, to create a new source:

  • Click on New Source button
  • Give a name, and then use the drop-down menu to select amongst the various source types available (click the link for the specific source guide):



Drag & Drop Displays

Drag and Drop functionality

Once created, displays can be "mapped" or assigned by dragging-and-dropping the display icons to the desired source. All mapped displays will have yellow background, until changes are applied.
In other words, changes will not take effect until the "Apply" button is clicked.


Mirror Group Configuration

Mirror Group feature allows users to run same content on multiple displays. Following are the key advantages:

  • Optimal CPU utilization (processing content only once when outputting identical content to multiple displays including a video wall)
  • Perfect content synchronization
  • Reduced complexity (managing a single station per group)

To create "Mirror Group":

  • Click Mirror Group.png icon available on the right side of the "Welcome Screen" to open "Mirror Group Configuration" window
  • Click "On" and select "Control Display" from the drop-down (control display is the display designated for mirroring i.e. all the displays in the group, render the same content as per the control display)
  • Click "OK" to complete the process

Once created, all the displays and video walls mapped to the source will play content in perfect synchronization.

Changes will not take effect until the "Apply" button is clicked.

Please Note: You can not create mirror group for the default "Welcome Screen" and the default scaling options for all sources (except Network Streamer and Signage Player) in a mirror group is "Zoom full-screen".

Save Preset

Save Preset feature allows users to create and save a variety of preset settings (i.e display mapping configuration) and launch those settings using a single click. To create various presets:

Save Preset
  • Open Mapping tab and configure the settings of displays and video walls as per requirement.
  • Click on the arrow next to the Apply button, and then click on "Save as Preset" to open the "Save Preset" dialog window as shown in the image to the right.
  • Enter the Preset Name to save the current configuration and click "OK" to complete the process.
  • Repeat the above-mentioned steps to save a variety of preset settings


Saved Presets
  • Once completed, click on the arrow next to Apply button, and then click on # Saved (# represents the number of saved presets), to open the "Saved Presets" dialog window, to view the list of saved presets.
  • Click on the preset name or play icon to launch the selected preset settings on the associated displays and video walls.
  • You can also click on the trash icon to delete the saved preset.


Display Settings


Control Center > Mapping provides an easy access to display-level settings. This feature allows user to change display ID, display resolution and view information including connected devices, location and IP Address.

To access Display Settings; single-click an assigned display to open "Display Settings" dialog window, edit settings and click "OK".

Display Status

Besides different roles, Mapping page also provides status of each and every display, as described below:

Unassigned station.png Unassigned Display
  • Unassigned displays (status offline) have black display icon with an option to remove.
Online station.png Online Display
  • Assigned displays have blue display icon with display id.
Unmapped Station.png Unmapped Display
  • Assigned displays that are not mapped to any source have black display icon with display id.


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