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I am looking for a script/player which can display Images, Videos, output of a TV, and some sort of ticker (text going from left to right or right to left).

All this components should be displayed within one window.

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What is it you're trying to do? I kind of doubt there's a ready-made tool to do this, but there are a few frameworks that possibly enable you to create what you're looking for (with a little learning, a little work and hopefully some fun).

Depending on your preferences and prior knowledge, one or the other of these might be useful for you:

Processing, "an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions"; Java-like.

If you prefer C++, have a look at openFrameworks, "an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding" (which can embed Lua).

And there is Pure Data, "a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing", which with GEM also allows for graphical output (see this flossmanual part).

There's also Cinder, "a community-developed, free and open source library for professional-quality creative coding in C++", which doesn't seem to have Linux support, though (boo hoo)

There're a lot more projects like these (e.g. if Python's your thing, I doubt there hasn't been done something similar with Python), just have a look in this niche.


From your comment, I'd advise another way to tackle the problem: Use a stripped down X11 desktop, with a simple window manager (or none at all, using geometry settings) and tools for the various tasks, e.g.

  • VLC (or MPlayer, Xine, ...) to display the TV card output and/or videos
  • some image viewer to cycle (if that's what you want) trough your images
  • (something for the marquee... hmm... no idea, sorry)

And have a close look at Webconverger. If you've got money to spend, look at Webconverger's Neon. (There might be a lot more to say about digital signage solutions, but I only know of this one.)

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Thanks for your reply. I want to build a digital signage front end application which can render all the medias (images, videos, output of TV tuner card, and a scrolling text) on a single screen – Mehul Doshi Jan 10 '13 at 12:15
Thanks again for the prompt reply. The location of videos and images are not fixed. There will be a template coming from centralized server for the exact location of component, Any idea Which language(s) could be used for controlling the placement of this components? – Mehul Doshi Jan 10 '13 at 14:51
The Neon seems like a Product itself, we would need source code for customization.. – Mehul Doshi Jan 10 '13 at 14:52
There're probably many alternatives (I don't know about); a quick search brought up Xibo (Open Source) and this potentially interesting article ("Open Source hits the Digital Signage Market") – sr_ Jan 10 '13 at 15:43

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