Content files and screens used in digital signage networks have their aspect ratio and resolutions set to a fixed format. Broadsign Control Products can manage content in order to use the maximum screen size available without stretching or distorting the images on the screen.
Pictures and video files come in a variety of formats and aspect ratios. The screens that play these media files also come in various aspect ratios. To make informed decisions on the aspect ratio of content to be used, a review of common standards is a useful step.
With proper display and content management, you can avoid stretching the content and ensure you have the content to match your screen layout without adding black bars on the top or bottom of the screen. The presence of black bars is called the "pillar boxing" or "letterboxing effect". See Adjusting Content Size.
The following table presents a list of common dimensions can be seen (the ratio represents width-to-height ratio of the image, video, or screen):
|640 × 480||4: 3||VGA|
|720 × 480||3:2||DV NTSC/VGA|
|768 × 576||4:3||PAL|
|800 × 600||4:3||SVGA|
|854 × 480||16:9||XGA|
|1024 × 576||16:9||XGA|
|1024 × 768||4:3||XGA|
|1152 × 864||4:3||Wide Aspect PC screen|
|1280 × 720||16:9||720p HDTV|
|1280 × 960||4:3||SXGA|
|1366 × 768||16:9||Wide XGA|
|1920 × 1080||16:9||1080p HDTV|
Broadsign Control will re-size an ad copy without modifying its aspect ratio in order to achieve the best fit within the frame. For example, when 4:3 content is played on 16:9 screens there will be two black bars that appear on either side (pillar boxing), conversely when 16:9 content plays on 4:3 screens Broadsign Control Player will add two bars on the top and bottom of the screen (letter boxing).
This ensures that your ad copies are never distorted or stretched as the following image depicts:
If you are still experiencing problems, ensure you are using the maximum screen size available.
In order to display at the correct setting, the following resources must be properly configured:
- Frame within Display Unit/Day Part – Ensure that your targeted frame is set up as full-screen so that the entire physical screen is used. This will allow you to rule out frame sizes while you’re debugging any screen parameters related to display incidents. In your desired frame/day part ensure that only 1 frame is created and it uses 100% width and height with the “In Pixels” option unchecked.
- Ad Copy size – The ad copy’s actual size needs to be verified that it is actually the expected dimensions (W x H) by using any image editing software.
- Player PC – Ensure that the PC’s video card can actually display the expected resolution (W x H).
- Monitor Resolution – In the Monitor settings, ensure that the resolution is correctly configured. When 4:3 content is played on 16:9 screens there will be two black bars that appear on either side (pillar boxing). Its not enough for the physical size of the monitor to be W x H, the monitor's settings must also match this W x H value. Another possibility is that the video card cannot send a W x H signal that is compatible with the display. You can verify this by looking at the Windows desktop and seeing if it is being truncated in the same way as the image in the player.