Interactive video on two screens

3 Nov 2006 - 3:12pm
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joann287 at com...
2006

Hi All,
I just joined this list and am not sure if I'm in the right area, but...here's my question.
I'm a web designer and I just got a new job at a major university. The first thing my boss wants me to do is ... okay, let me try to explain:

There is a big screen monitor with a smaller touchscreen below it in the lobby of one of the buildings. Right now the big montior shows a powerpoint slide show and the touchscreen does nothing. He wants me to make buttons on the touchscreen that will play a short movie on the big screen when you press the button (or actually your choice of small movies according to the buttons). So, my problem is:

1) What software should I use? Flash? Plain HTML? Director? Pressing a button and getting a small movie to play should be somewhat simple (I think) but

2) how do you get it to play on a different monitor? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

This is in a windows environment.
I've never done something like this and he knows it, but he wants to see how I do with this "challenge." Great :(

JoAnn

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4 Nov 2006 - 4:05am
maglez@btintern...
2006

Two immediate solutions come to my mind, one complex but probably more flexible and robust and the
second much more simple but inflexible...

1.- The system will be comprised for two visual applications plus a Controller software running in
the background. The two visual applications could be Flash, Director, Web or any other high level
application. The Controller should be something done in C++, C# or any other low level language.
The controller starts the system by launching both visual applications. The bottom application
will launch movies on the top application by making a call to the Controller through Webservices
or any other way of communication.

This is too complex and require different professionals, so let go to solution 2.

2.- On a Windows system, the two monitors are seem as a single desktop, I have three monitors and
if I make a screen capture, windows captures the sum of the three monitors giving me a total
desktop of 5248*1440 pixels. I have disposed my monitors horizontally as the attached GIF, the
monitor on the left is a 15", in the middle 24" and on the right 22". See the black area on top of
the 15" monitor? This has to be with my second solution. You should go to Windows' Control Panel
and dispose your monitors as the big one being on the top and the small one being on the bottom,
then you should have a desktop where the small monitor will have a black area at either side.
Then, using your favorite technology, Flash, Director, Web, build up just one application with two
areas, the top for the movies and the bottom area with buttons that control the content of the top
one. Because its just one application, everything gets much more simplified.

Let me know if you want me to give you more details on this.

Good luck.

Maglez.

--- joann287 at comcast.net wrote:

> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>
> Hi All,
> I just joined this list and am not sure if I'm in the right area, but...here's my question.
> I'm a web designer and I just got a new job at a major university. The first thing my boss wants
> me to do is ... okay, let me try to explain:
>
> There is a big screen monitor with a smaller touchscreen below it in the lobby of one of the
> buildings. Right now the big montior shows a powerpoint slide show and the touchscreen does
> nothing. He wants me to make buttons on the touchscreen that will play a short movie on the big
> screen when you press the button (or actually your choice of small movies according to the
> buttons). So, my problem is:
>
> 1) What software should I use? Flash? Plain HTML? Director? Pressing a button and getting a
> small movie to play should be somewhat simple (I think) but
>
> 2) how do you get it to play on a different monitor? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>
> This is in a windows environment.
> I've never done something like this and he knows it, but he wants to see how I do with this
> "challenge." Great :(
>
> JoAnn
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