Widgets allow you to add dynamic layers to your graphic templates. There are three types of widgets: Slideshow, Date/Time, and QR codes.
Slideshow allows you to create one graphic template that will automatically cycle through preset elements on your programming, so you don't have to manually click to advance. You can update the individual elements, or slides, at any time including on the fly.
When should you use slideshow?
Here are some ideas of where it's a great fit: if you're looking to use a lower third graphic on your programming, that automatically cycles through different headlines or titles. Or if you want to do an always-on, automated tombstone that flips through facts or stats. Another great option is if you want to have a sidebar that constantly cycles through content. Slideshow is a great way to create dynamic content, that is hands-off during live production!
Building your Slideshow
To get started, build your graphic template the same way you would build any other template. You can use text, image, or shape layers in a Slideshow. Once you've built your graphic template, insert a slideshow layer into your graphic template.
Next, decide which layers you want to be part of the automated slideshow. These are the slides that you will be able to automatically animate in your graphic. Drag and drop those layers to fall in the slideshow group.
In the example above, you would be able to add new "slides" to automatically cycle through new text & logo options together. The backplate and "Tagboard Facts" title are not part of the slideshow group, and would not animate or change while the graphic is live.
Click on the Slideshow layer to open customization options for the specific slideshow, in the right rail.
This controls how quickly the slides will automatically rotate through while the graphic is live. By default this is set to 5000ms, or 5 seconds.
You have the option to activate a progression indicator, so viewers know how many pieces of content there are in your slideshow. You can choose a "Stories" style, which mimics the experience often seen on social media stories, or a "Slide Progress Bar" which is a single, loading-style bar.
Both options allow you to customize size, placement, and color.
Producing your Slideshow
Now that you've built your template, it's time to add the slides or elements you want to automatically cycle through. You'll do this in Tagboard Producer.
Click on the Graphics tab in the content panel in the upper left quadrant to see all of your available Graphic Templates. Drag and drop the Graphic Template that includes your slideshow onto your Playlist.
To edit your graphic, click on the graphic on your playlist. This will open that specific graphic in the Layer Editor to the right, but it won't take the graphic live.
TIP: Whatever element in your Playlist is currently open in the Layer Editor will be outlined in blue on the Playlist.
In the Layer Editor, you will be able to add additional slides and update any of the editable layers within each one. Each slide can be given its own name to keep your graphic organized.
Click on the master Slideshow layer to edit the cycle speed or add/hide the progress indicator.
To display your graphics, simply click the camera ON-AIR icon on the left side of the Playlist. When the graphic is live, the camera icon will be red. When you take the graphic live, it will automatically start your slideshow. When the slideshow reaches the final slide, it will loop to the beginning. Click on the active camera icon to animate the graphic OFF-AIR.
Tip: the elements in your slideshow will animate according to the animation settings you customized for each individual layer in your graphics.
The Date/Time allows you to add a dynamic layer to your graphics, that will automatically update with custom-formatted date and time elements.
To get started, insert a Date/Time widget into your graphic. Click on the layer in your graphic to open all of the individual customization options.
On the right side of your screen you can customize the size and placement, font and style, text shadow, and animation. The customization options are primarily the same as any other text layer in your graphic (you can find a full breakdown of each customization option here); the big difference with Date/Time is the option to customize the display format.
You can choose from 11 built-in display options in the dropdown menu, or check the 'custom format' box if you need something more specific.
You can see all of the options available in this formatting documentation. Select the 'unit' you want to use, and enter the 'pattern' in the Tagboard graphics builder. If you have additional questions on building a custom date or time format, reach out to your dedicated client success manager.
The QR Code widget allows you to add an interactive QR code to any Tagboard graphics template. Never used a QR code before? Think of it like a two-dimensional barcode, that can be scanned by the majority of smartphones! Viewers just need to open the camera app and point their phone at the QR code, to pull up an instant link to virtually any website.
To get started, insert a QR Code widget into your graphic. Click on the layer in your graphic builder to open all of the individual customization options.
On the right side of your screen you can start by customizing the size and placement of your QR code.
Next, enter the URL you want the QR Code to take your users to when it's scanned. Need some creative inspiration? Your URL could take viewers to a second-screen livestream experience, to vote in a poll on your website, or to a sponsored activation! Tip: you can use a short link, such as Bitly, to create your QR code to help track performance.
Once you've created the URL destination of your QR code, you can stylize the QR Code, including the background color, dot color, and the option to add a logo to the center of the QR Code.
Before you're finished, we recommend pulling out your cell phone and testing the QR Code to ensure it works exactly the way you envisioned. If you're all set, click Save in the upper right corner.
Once you're done with your graphic template, you're ready to go live!