ScreenCloud 101: Getting Your First Content Up on the Screen

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by Santino Scibelli
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Hello and welcome to ScreenCloud!

Here's a handy step-by-step guide to getting you up and running with our service.

Table of Contents:

1. Upload your content

2. Create playlists

3. Create schedules

4. Add screens

You can click here to watch a product demo on YouTube.

1. Upload your content

Let's get started with using ScreenCloud. 

1.1. Start by uploading your content. In the right-hand sidebar, you'll see the content tab.  repository. Head over there, then hit upload:

You can upload files from your computer, or connect with Facebook, Dropbox, Google Drive, Flickr, or any number of other services. 

1.2. After you upload your content, it may be helpful to give the content a human-friendly name, so you can easily find the content you need. To change the name on content, simply click on the name, and enter the new name.

Select your webpages

You can show dynamic web content - for example, a YouTube video, a website, a dashboard, or anything else you'd like. 

  • To add a web URL, press the "Add Site" button: 

  • Then fill in the URL for the site/page you want to show on your screens. In this case, I want to show the ScreenCloud homepage:

 

1.3. Add the ScreenCloud player on your screen

To display content from the cloud, you need a ScreenCloud player. You can download this from your devices app store or from https://www.release.screen.cloud for additional players for your operating system. You can also visit https://www.screen.cloud/devices to check out our supported hardware. 

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1.4. Make a note of the pairing code that's appearing on your screen; you'll need that a little bit later on.  

 

2. Create playlists

Next, you can create a playlist to add pieces of content too.

2.1. In the left-hand menu, press 'Create new playlist', or start editing a playlist that's already there:

 

2.2. Next, give your playlist a name by clicking on the name, and typing in a name:

You can also choose the color of your playlist if you want, by pressing the 'playlist color' button. You can use different colors to help organize your playlists, or just add some personality to your playlists:

Populate the playlist

2.3. Drag and drop the content from the right-hand content list to the playlist. 

2.4. If you want to re-order the things in your playlist, simply grab it and drag it up or down. 

You have successfully created your playlist. 

  

3. Create schedules

You have the option to also create a schedule to set specific days/times that you want your playlists to run. The schedules will only run from Monday - Sunday for the current week. There is not a way to schedule beyond a week, but you can create multiple schedules to use in advance for weeks that are upcoming.

3.1. Hit the Create New Schedule button, and then click on the name above the schedule to give it a name:

3.2. To create a schedule block offtime, click and hold the mouse button on the schedule, where you want the scheduled playlist to start, say 8 am on Monday. Drag the mouse until the end point of your schedule, let's say 4 pm:

3.3. Now hit the little + button, and you'll be able to pick the playlist you want to assign to this schedule block:

3.4. Here, you'll also be able to fine-adjust the playlist that's playing. Hit save, and you'll see that your playlist has been scheduled in:

Please Note: The schedules you create will automatically run on a re-occurring basis. For example, if you create a schedule for Monday's, this schedule will run every Monday moving forward if set to a screen. Though, you can interchange or update the content in a playlist on anytime that is set to run on a schedule, or change the timing of your schedules created as well.

 

 

4. Add screens

The final step is to add a screen where you want your content to be shown. We support a lot of different types of players. If you already have a player, pick your favorite; if you haven't yet, don't let that stop you as you can use your Android phone or iOS device to test it out, or you can run a Chrome player in your Google Chrome browser

4.1. Follow the instructions for your player to get the player up and running, then add it to ScreenCloud by clicking on Screens:

4.2. Once you're inside, hit the Add Screen button:

4.3. And then enter the screen pairing code, along with a name for your screen:

4.4. You'll see your new screen turn up in the list of screens:

4.5. Now we just need to choose which schedule you want to show for your screens. Hit the Set Schedule button, and choose the schedule you want to show on this screen:

4.6. Hit save and your playlist will start showing on your screen within seconds:

 

Watch a product demo below on YouTube

  

If you have any additional questions or concerns on our ScreenCloud walkthrough, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.io or give us a call at +1-415-449-5426, then follow the prompts to connect with support. 

 

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