Scala Content Manager

Keep you in control of your network

With Scala’s Content Manager, management of your network is both improved and simplified, reducing the resources required to control and maintain your network. Template support, plan based content distribution, schedules and playlists let you run your digital signage network from wherever you are in the world, from any internet connected computer.

 

  • Easy to Use Interface – Navigate quickly and easily with an intuitive and friendly web based user interface
  • Templates – User driven content templates make it easy to rapidly create great looking displays by simply adding your own pictures and text. Your design team can create templates using variable data fields that authorised users can later populate and preview through the Content Manager interface
  • Media Management – Organise your content by file type, categories and metadata so everything is easy to find
  • Playlists – Create playlists using Scala scripts, messages, videos or static images
  • Sub-Playlists – Playlists can be added into a master playlist which, when added, then become sub-playlists, e.g. corporate news, employee information, product descriptions, special offers etc. You can also specify the number of media items which will be played when each sub-playlist is called so if you have multiple pieces of content in each sub-playlist you only play the number you want during each loop
  • Schedules – Define and edit playlist time slots with a simple graphical view. With variable recurrence patterns and start/end dates, scheduling your content couldn’t be easier
  • Emergency Messages – Messages can be set to override the display at specific times or when external events occur such as emergencies
  • Smart Playlists – Content Manager can auto populate playlists based on various conditions. For instance, a smart playlist can be programmed to automatically add content to itself without human intervention
  • Approvals – Approve content before media can be played. Selected users will receive an email when an approval is required
  • Smart Content Distribution – Content is delivered automatically with each player intelligently picking only the files that are new or have changed
  • Multiple Independent Frames – Easily create multiple frames within a display with each frame playing independent content
  • Multi Channel Support – Run two entirely separate channels from a single player, immediately reducing your hardware, licensing and administration costs
  • Audio Control – Create audio only channels or play background music that can be automatically turned down when video with its own audio plays
  • Reliable and Scalable – Easy to start small and scale up. Field proven reliability with networks installed all over the world
  • Communicate Your Way – LAN or WAN and both terrestrial & satellite (multicast) IP based communication carriers are supported
  • Better Compatibility – Compatible with proxies and can deliver content over HTTP/HTTPS via IPv4 or IPv6 to meet most IT security requirements
  • Database – Choose the server and database that works best in your environment. Supported databases include Microsoft SQL Server and PostgreSQL
  • Player Options – Choose the playback devices that best suit your needs, from a full featured PC to Android media appliance or digital signboard
  • Player Management – Group players by criteria, e.g. geography, demographics etc to set playback options and select content to play
  • Network Monitoring – Check the status of your network with player health monitoring
  • Maintenance Scheduling – Conduct remote maintenance tasks such as reboot, send and retrieve files or install Scala updates. Tasks can be scheduled to execute at specific times with minimal disruption to your digital signage network
  • Web Services – Access to underlying software engines and APIs for anyone who wants to develop their own customised and branded front end to control content delivery or access. Content Manager is also useful for integration into many other processes and applications
  • Workgroups – Manage access to content for different departments so each group only sees the content they're supposed to
  • Permission Based User Roles – Users can be assigned different access rights for improved security and workflow
  • Publish Location – Content Manager can automatically retrieve media content from external FTP locations or network shared folders
  • Conditional Playback – You have a master playlist that is played by all your players, all day long. Inside that playlist, you can specify conditions for each media item e.g. media item “video A” to play only on Monday or media item “Image B” to play only if Player.Location = Auckland. This sort of functionality makes it very useful to create complex scheduling, yet in a very simple way
  • Player Metadata – You can specify metadata for your players, e.g. player “Store A” has location = Auckland, and player “store B” has location = Christchurch
  • Time Trigger – Ask the player to play specific content at a specific time, with a specific repeat period in its own frame or full screen
  • Event Trigger – Ask the player to play specific content based on external events e.g. emergency evacuation alert, weather conditions, the gender of people looking at the screen