Digital signage media player provider BrightSign LLC announced it is demonstrating its first solid-state commercial 4K digital signage media player at ISE 2014 in Amsterdam. The company also will present new BrightAuthor features for the current range of XD and HD players.
BrightSign's booth will feature landscape and portrait 4K UHD Seiki Digital screens powered by the new BrightSign 4K players, meant to show visitors the superior picture quality available today from 4K screens and understand how investing in 4K will help future-proof digital signage installations.
Also at ISE, BrightSign is unveiling feature advances in the company's BrightAuthor content management software. These features are implemented in release 3.8 of BrightAuthor, and are free to download for existing users of BrightSign players.
BrightAuthor 3.8 software adds BrightWall, a new content creation tool for making video walls in any size and layout. Users can choose the number of displays and specify the configuration of their video wall, then drag the video into BrightAuthor. The new feature uses a common clock to achieve frame-accurate synchronization. BrightAuthor 3.8 also includes Sign Preview, which provides the ability to preview signage presentations so the author can see exactly how they will appear on-screen prior to publishing the presentation.
Also on the stand will be a live IP streaming demonstration, showing how 4.7-enabled XD players can now support full-HD video streaming including HLS, SHOUTcast, video streaming in HTML and playback from head-end real-time encoders. Also, an additional feature will be demonstrated: a BrightSign XD player acting as an IP streaming server, serving locally stored content files to other players or devices. Video-on-demand is the subject of one of the five daily presentation sessions held at the BrightSign booth.
The newly enhanced HTML5 support features of the BrightSign XD player range will be introduced at ISE, and will also be the subject of a daily presentation session. BrightSign XD players now offer hardware-accelerated HTML5 rendering, which the company said allows users to accomplish much more using HTML, without encountering the stuttering effect that is often seen on Android devices and PCs that rely on software-based HTML rendering. The new software and firmware releases enable HTML assets to exist on the BrightSign canvas as independent packages, allowing HTML5 to be integrated with other content. BrightSign's HTML5 support also offers the ability to easily rotate video on screen.
BrightSign will offer daily presentations on Smart Menu Board implementation, the BrightSign Network and social media and RSS integration. Demonstrations on swipe integration, touchscreen integration and video wall synchronization will also be on the stand, which will be BrightSign's largest ever at ISE.
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