There are two ways to create a softmatrix:
We highly recommend to use this option if you want to display high resolution videos and images. This solution will preform the best and the devices can display the contents easily.
In this example, we will be using a 4K video on 4 screens but you can use as many screens as you want.
1. After you select the 4K Video crop it into 4 sections by using a video cropping software.
We recommend to crop smaller sections than 1920x1080 in order to leave some space for the screen bezels.
2. Upload the video sections to the editor.
3. Create 4 simple loops or contents. Name them Top-Left, Bottom-right, etc to designate which content will be displayed on each screen.
4. Add the video sections to the loops or contents. Be careful to put the correct section in the correct loop/content. For example do not put the Top-Left video section in the Bottom-right content.
5. Create a duplicate of the page and add it to the playlist to have a page switch. This will prevent desynchronization.If you have more pages you do not need to duplicate the default page.
6. Turn on the synchronize loop/content function.
7. Make sure that every content has the same page length. If one page is longer by even 1 second the synchronization will not work.
8. Assign the loops or contents to the correct screens.
First we need to define what the 'Parent/Master' content and 'Child' content are.
The 'Parent/Master' content is the main content that you are sectioning off to display on multiple screens.
'Child' contents are the sectioned parts that will be assigned to the individual screens.
The border is the screen bezel. Without adding the border the content will look odd.
You are not limited to four screens like in this example. For more or less screens you need to create the contents for each screen, and multiply the resolution by the number of screens.
1. Create the 'Parent/Master' content that will be split.
2. Set the resolution of the content to 3840x2160 plus the border size. (In my case 3940x2260)
3. Create the design of the content and turn on 'Synchronize content' function.
4. Create the child contents and name them Top-Right, Bottom-Right, etc. to know which screen will display the content. Set their resolution to 1920x1080.
5. Add a Content widget to each of the 'Child' contents. Use the 'Parent/Master' content as the source.
6. Set the Query params of the Content widgets. These params will shows to the displayer which part of the master content it should display.
Left=0, top=0, width=1920, height=1080 : The displayer will show 1920x1080 resolution piece, and the Top-Left corner point will be [0;0].
Left=2020, top=0, width=1920, height=1080 : The displayer will show 1920x1080 resolution piece, and the Top-Left corner point will be [2020;0].
Left=0, top=1180, width=1920, height=1080 : The displayer will show 1920x1080 resolution piece, and the Top-Left corner point will be [0;1180].
Left=2020, top=1180, width=1920, height=1080 : The displayer will show 1920x1080 resolution piece, and the Top-Left corner point will be [2020;1180].
(Left=2020, because I added the width of the border to the base resolution, and top=1180 because i added the height of the border to the base resolution)
7. Turn on 'Synchronize content' in every child content.
8. Assign the child contents to the correct screens.
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