The Navaho MediaCAT Digital Signage player uses the latest web technologies to provide a fast, intuitive and easy to use web interface that can be accessed by any PC, Mac or Linux workstation on your network, without the need for installing client-side software or any browser plugins.
MediaCAT Digital Signage has been used in such a wide variety of applications that it now has inbuilt support for any number of networking and hardware integration mechanisms. It can also interface with virtually any back end database or information server and present the information in an eye-catching graphical format that is easily understood by the viewer.
MediaCAT uses the latest web technologies to provide a fast, intuitive and easy to use web interface that can be accessed by any PC, Mac or Linux workstation on your network, without the need for installing client-side software or any browser plugins.
The MediaCAT web interface provides complete control and management of your player, from changing network settings to uploading content, setting up a media playlist, creating a new scene layout, or editing a web page.
Our recent edition, MediaCAT 4 and with over 5 years of customer feedback, we feel we have created our latest version of MediaCAT one of the easiest Digital Signage systems to use without compromising functionality or flexibility.
The standard MediaCAT functionality can be expanded with a number of plugins for different applications. We currently have plugins for Hotel Wayfinding/Conference Bookings, Call Center Statistics, Flight Information Systems and Advertising Campaign Management as well as many more. If you have a requirement that is not covered by our standard interface we may be able to write a plugin specifically for you!
MediaCAT also provides a simple on-screen menu that can be accessed via a keyboard or an optional remote control plugged into the player. The On-Screen Menu not only allows access to essential system configuration (eg. network settings), but also allows playlists or media to be selected and played from a file browser.
For presentations, the hot keys on a remote control can be assigned to specific playlists, whilst the standard pause/skip buttons allow you to control the player whilst you make your presentation.
MediaCAT is not only a content player, but via its fast and easy to use web interface, it provides a comprehensive suite of content creation and management tools.
Transferring images, video and web pages onto your digital signage player is critical, and MediaCAT provides three methods of uploading content; web, FTP and windows file sharing.
Once content is on the MediaCAT, the web interface provides a tree based file viewer which enables to you view file information, copy, rename, move, delete and play files on the display. Certain file types, such as text and HTML, can be edited in situ from your web browser.
The export tool allows you to export the entire media folder or just a selection of files to your PC, an attached USB key, or to another MediaCAT. See the section on Content Distribution for details on how media can be automatically transferred between MediaCATs.
Playlists are used to control all content playout on the MediaCAT display. A playlist is quite literally that, a list of items to play, however the flexibility within the MediaCAT allows complex and eye-catching sequences to assembled.
Images, Videos, and local web pages can be quickly added to the playlist by browsing the media resources and selecting them. Other Playlists, Scenes, TV channels, Video Inputs, Slide shows, or Web Sites can easily be added by selecting options from drop down menus.
Once added, you can control how long items in the playlist are played for, how many times they are shown and control volume levels and display settings on a per item basis.
Playlists themselves can be configured to only be shown at certain times of day, or between certain dates. Playlists can also be mapped to hot keys on a remote control or an external device, so that they are only run when a button is pressed or a sensor is activated.
Managing playlists is easy too; to change the order in which items are played, you simply drag and drop the item to the required position in the list.
Whilst playlists provide a very quick and easy way to schedule simple playout of content, many users want to enhance their digital signage displays by mixing several types of content on the screen at once. The MediaCAT Scenes editor provides an easy way to build a layout and select how and where your content is displayed.
After creating a new scene in the editor, you simply click and drag with your mouse to draw an area within the scene – the editor then lets you choose from Video, Image, Slide show, Web Site/Page, Scrolling Text/RSS Feed or TV/Video input.
Once the scene areas has been created you can move it around, re-size it and move it in front/behind other layers to build up your perfect layout. The preview option allows you to quickly see what your layout would look like with a sample of the content you have selected directly in your web browser.
Scenes can be allocated their own user name and password, which can be used to login to the MediaCAT web interface to edit that scene only. You can lock the position and content for individual areas within the scene allowing you to fix most of a scenes look and feel, but still allow users to edit a certain area within it. This is ideal for schools and businesses where you may wish to produce a fixed style for a scene, but will allow certain staff within a department to edit some text on the scene for example.
Once a scene has been created, it can be selected and added to a Playlist and scheduled to display amongst other video, images and web content.
MediaCAT includes a powerful, in-line web page editing tool that allows users to create simple pages comprised of text, images, and tables directly from their web browser.
Combined with the Scene user login, this allows users to edit text within a scene and alter colouring, font, size and layout of the page themselves using a simple intuitive interface. Ideal for letting reception staff update a message of the day or important notices.