Mapping & Source Configuration

Introduction

Userful's Control Center lets admins "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).

To access this functionality open Control Center > Mapping.

Userful strongly recommends to use the onboard display only for system administrative tasks.

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Mapping Screen

Configuring Sources

By default, all displays including the onboard display are mapped to the Userful Desktop source group ( with "Welcome Screen" enabled). Users can launch any source from the available list by simply clicking the source name providing "Show Welcome Screen" is enabled. However, if it is disabled then first source in the welcome screen will launch automatically.

Mapping Screen
displays list of available sources and system/zero client device information, including Display ID, MAC Address and IP Address. However, to create a new source, click on the New Source button. Then, give your source a name and use the drop-down menu to select from the various source types available.


Please click on the following categories for specific source configuration guidelines:

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Create New Source

Third Party Sources

Beabloo, Display5, PADS4, Rise Vision, Shelf-Vision, SignageLive, TDM Signage, UIEvolution

Interactive Sources

Autologin, Cloud Desktop, Desktop Streamer (VNC), Remote Desktop Client, Linux Desktop, Web Browser

Blackmagic Decklink Capture

Autologin, Cloud Desktop, Desktop Streamer (VNC), Remote Desktop Client, Linux Desktop, Web Browser

Local Content Sources

DVD Player, Program Runner, Signage Player

Network and Video Streaming Sources

Network Streamer, RTP Streamer, RTSP Streamer

Sub-Divided Content Sources

Picture-In-Picture, Multi-Window

Drag & Drop Displays

Once created, displays can be "mapped" or assigned by dragging-and-dropping the display icons to the desired source. All mapped displays will have a yellow border/background until changes are applied.
The "Apply" button is in the bottom right corner on the mapping screen.

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Drag and Drop Functionality

Resource-based Access Control Source Groups

Access to source groups can be configured and limited through Role-based Access Control groups and users. Source groups carry names that can be updated in the Mapping section of UCC.

To rename a source group, click the edit icon next to the source group name.

Make sure to click the Apply button in the bottom right corner of the screen after changing the name of one or more source groups

Once source groups have been created, access to them can be controlled in the Users screen. Administrators can create new groups and decide through the "Resource Groups" tab which source groups to expose.

Users always have access to their own source groups they have created. An administrator can see this visually in the "Add Group" dialogue as the source groups will have their creator's name noted in brackets. Access to those groups can then be widened by enabling them for new or existing groups.

Mirror Group Configuration

Mirror Group feature allows users to run the 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 process per group)

To create a Mirror Group:

  • Click the Mirror Group.png icon available on the right corner of an existing source group
  • Select "On" and Enter a name of the Mirror Group
  • Select "Control Display" from the drop-down
Control Display is the display designated for mirroring i.e. all the displays in the group will render the same content as per the control display
  • Click "OK" to complete the process

Once mirror group is configured, all the displays and the video walls mapped to the corresponding source will play the content with perfect synchronization.

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

You can not create a mirror group for the default "Welcome Screen". The default scaling option for all sources (except Network Streamer and Signage Player) in a mirror group is "Zoom Full-Screen".

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Mirror Group Configuration

Save Preset

The 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:

  • 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
  • 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.
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Save Preset

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Saved Presets

Display Settings

Control Center > Mapping provides an easy access to individual display settings.

To edit or access display settings, single-click an assigned display to open Display Settings dialog box as shown in the image to the right. User can also:

  • Change Display ID and Resolution, also view information including Location, IP Address, MAC Address, Connected Devices etc.
  • Rotate individual display by selecting option available under Rotation drop-down.
  • Color calibrate individual displays to adjust it's color characteristics (i.e., RGB color scheme, Brightness, and Contrast). This effectively implies adjusting the color tolerance and intensity of displays to enhance the visual illusion.
For calibrating colors enter the values or use the mouse wheel to select values for the respective color scheme, brightness, or contrast.
Click Reset Color Calibration to reset color scheme to default values.
  • Stop the current session by clicking the Stop button.
  • Start a new session by selecting an available source from the drop-down.


Edit the desired settings and click OK to complete the process.

Please configure the display's resolution under Mapping > Display Settings if the content of the standalone display or video wall is not playing at expected resolution. In case of video wall; re-calibrate the video wall after changing the resolution.

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Display Settings

Display Status

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

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

Renumbering Displays

Mapping also allows users to easily renumber the displays, as described below:

  • Click on the "Show IDs" button; spin box Renumber Display.png will overlap the existing display icon that can be edited.
  • Renumber or reorder all the displays connected.
  • Click again on the "Show IDs" button to confirm the display numbers.