This is the second blog entry about Xibo, in case you have missed the first you can read XIBO: An Open Source Digital Signage Server/Client to make yourself familiar with Xibo and learn how to install it in a Windows XP computer.
This mini-tutorial follows the instruction in Xibo’s training documentation and Xibo’s Introduction and Basic Operation
The video below shows how to create a layout with a background, different zones with videos, images, html pages and an RSS feed and schedule it for a specific Xibo player.
Here’s the resulting output in Xibo’s player. (The audio does not match. Since I had some problems during recording, I simply used a background music instead).
You can get obtain free backgrounds at the Layout exchange section of Xibo’s website.
We used Blue Boxes – 1920×1080 – for the background image of our tutorial.
The RSS Feed is http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/114751985.rss from CNXSoft twitter account.
Xibo only supports the following video containers: wmv, avi, mpg and mpeg. So if you download some youtube videos (mp4 format) you’ll need to convert them with tools such as WINFF to convert the video to a format supported by Xibo.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
Thanks for putting this up. It’s a really nice example so people can see a little of what Xibo can do without installing it first. Alex (Xibo Dev!)
Thanks for visiting my blog Alex, I’m really glad you noticed it.
This is a nice blog. Xibo makes Digital Signage easy for your users. Creating engaging displays is achieved in three simple steps: Layout, Content, Schedule. Thank you for providing this information.
thanks for this blog, helped me to understand the functionality of XIBO, at this moment I am testing the latest version and I have great expectations about the possibility of using multiple clients, I hope to contribute my experience to the evolution of XIBO.
First and foremost, thank you for the video. I am working an internship for the school district in my hometown and I’ve been charged with creating digital signage for the school, but have ZERO experience working with Xibo. The tutorial video got me further in six minutes than reading the Xibo manual did in a few hours. I do have one question: do you know if Xibo integrates well with Twitter? I’ve been working all day at trying to get a Twitter RSS feed to display on the client server, but so far it has been a giant failure. Again,… Read more »
Xibo is quite advanced so it should support embedded twitter code or twitter RSS.
I’m not sure how you want to present the data, but in another digital signage player I converted the twitter feed to text and display the resulting text as a scrolling text. Here’s how I’ve done it: http://www.cnx-software.com/2010/08/19/script-to-convert-twitter-rss-feeds-into-text/