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Technology will continue to get easier to use… Nimble
The year was 2000. I remember my goal was to visit all the major sites around the world that hosted amazing millennium celebrations; Paris, London, Cairo, Sydney… But instead, I made it to Key West, FL. At the time I was responsible for an email server running Microsoft’s latest and greatest version at the time; Microsoft Exchange 5.5. I was on the beach when I received the call:
“Email’s not working”
After spending a few minutes on the phone trying to understand what does that mean exactly. I knew that it was related to a simple issue; running out of disk space on the server. A quick solution was to delete some log files from the server. I ran back to the hotel because smart phones didn’t exist back then. I took my 15 pounds laptop out of the safe because tablets didn’t exist back then, and I hooked up the phone line to the laptop because there was no wifi in the hotels back then. I pressed the dial button on my favorite remote connect software (and possibly the only one available at the time); PCAnyWhere. The familiar lovely noises of the modem dialing out sounded better than Beethoven’s 5th symphony.
I was now connected to the network through one of the servers, from that server I connected to the mail server then I was able to delete the files. The only issue is, doing this work over a dial up connection took almost an hour!
In 2016, this fix could have been executed in less than 5 minutes directly from the beach. Yes, and possibly using a mobile device. Well, the good news is, this is not the typical type of problems you get to face nowadays.
The two major branches of technology have improved dramatically making it much easier to respond quickly to business needs. Those two branches are Hardware and Software. Digital Signage is no exception, well kind of.
Regardless of the brand of the hardware you are using for the players, that hardware continues to evolve having more RAM, processing speed and storage. Digital signage management applications continue to improve but at a slower pace than the hardware. However, generating media content that is suitable for your industry and brand will remain to be the hardest task in managing your digital signage deployment.
Designing content can be difficult. In this blog post series, we will share some of the creative ideas and tools that our community uses to generate content.
In this blog post, we will focus on Royalty free videos that can dramatically improve your content quality. Here’s a list of our favorite free sources:
http://www.coverr.co/ – My favorite source for stock videos. No Copyrights; You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission
http://mazwai.com/ – Videos available under Attribution license (must credit the author).
https://videos.pexels.com – All videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can edit or change the videos and use them free for personal and even for commercial projects. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required.
https://www.videezy.com/ – Some great 4K videos here. Attribution required.
https://vimeo.com/groups/freehd – Did you know Vimeo offers free HD stock footage?
What do you use? Where do you get your videos? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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