API: Play Video on External Screen

Trigger and control full-screen video playback on an external screen or projector.

Requirements

Kiosk Pro Enterprise

  • Integration of our JavaScript API into your webpage
    • Sample code to run within the app and download for integration into your own project is available here.
    • Best practices for working with the JavaScript API are available here.
  • App Settings
    • Content > JavaScript API > Access JavaScript API = By Import
    • Screensaver > External Monitor Mode = Interactive or Standard Mirroring
  • Physical Hardware
    • External screen or projector connected via HDMI to the iPad through a Digital AV Adapter or hub or to a connected Apple TV for wireless Airplay.


Triggers via API Functions

Check Current Fade

This function triggers a callback returning the current fade duration and the background color or image shown when video starts, completes playback, or is stopped through kp_ExternalScreen_stopVideoWithFading();.

Format
kp_ExternalScreen_getPlayVideoParams(callback);
		
Parameters
  • callback - [string] the name of the callback to be triggered after the function has been executed
  • Callback format
    callback(fadeDuration, fadeBgColor);
    		
    Callback return values
    • fadeDuration - [string] the duration in seconds to fade in and out the video being shown on the external display. Note that the fade overlaps video playback so if you are using extended fade times, you may want to take that into account when formatting your video files
    • fadeBgColor - [string] the background color or image to be shown during fade animation or if the video file does not fill the external screen. Can be set as:
      • R,G,B - [string] the background color set in R,G,B format
      • image file - [string] the file path to the desired video file. If local, this path should be relative to the Kiosk Pro documents folder (rather than relative to the file calling the function). If remote, this should be the full URL


    Set New Fade

    This function sets fade duration and the background color or image shown when video starts, completes playback, or is stopped through kp_ExternalScreen_stopVideoWithFading();. This background color or image is also shown if the video file is not proportioned to fit the screen dimensions.

    Format
    kp_ExternalScreen_setPlayVideoParams(fadeDuration, fadeBgColor, callback);
    		
    Parameters
    • fadeDuration - [string] the duration in seconds to fade in and out the video being shown on the external display. Note that the fade overlaps video playback so if you are using extended fade times, you may want to take that into account when formatting your video files
    • fadeBgColor - [string] the background color or image to be shown during fade animation or if the video file does not fill the external screen
      • R,G,B - [string] the background color, set in R,G,B format
      • image file - [string] the file path to the desired video file. If local, this path should be relative to the Kiosk Pro documents folder (rather than relative to the file calling the function). If remote, this should be the full URL
    • callback - [string] the name of the callback to be triggered after the function has been executed
    Callback format
    callback(success);
    		
    Callback return values
    • success - [integer] indicating whether fade options were successfully updated. Possible values are:
      • 0 - fade option update failed
      • 1 - new fade options set


    Play Video

    This function plays the video file specified by the 'filePath' parameter on the external display. Kiosk Pro supports the following video formats:

    • .mp4 - recommended
    • .mov (encoded with H264 codec only)
    • .mpv
    • .3gp

    If referencing a locally stored file, the file path is relative to the Kiosk Pro documents folder. If referencing a remotely stored file, use the full URL. If the app cannot find the file at the specified path, then the method will fail.

    Using the 'repeat' parameter, your code can tell Kiosk Pro whether to just play the video once or to repeat in an infinite loop until a new request is made. If your code makes another primary request (for example, calling kp_ExternalScreen_playVideo again), that request will be honored and the video currently playing will be immediately stopped.

    Format
    kp_ExternalScreen_playVideo(filePath, repeat, —Āallback);
    		
    Parameters
    • filePath - [string] the file path to the desired video file. If local, this path should be relative to the Kiosk Pro documents folder (rather than relative to the file calling the function). If remote, this should be the full URL
    • repeat - [integer] indicating whether the video should be looped. Possible values are:
      • 0 - video will be played one time
      • 1 - video will repeat in a loop until a new request is made
    • callback - [string] the name of the callback to be triggered after the function has been executed
    Callback format
    callback(isPlayingJobWasAccepted);
    		
    Callback return values
    • isPlayingJobWasAccepted - [integer] indicating whether an external display is linked and returned no errors when playback was requested. Possible values are:
      • 0 - video playback failed
      • 1 - external display is linked and returned no errors when playback was requested
    Triggers Nothing directly, but the change in playback state will trigger kp_ExternalScreen_videoPlaybackStateDidChange


    Stop Video Immediately

    This function immediately stops the video currently being displayed on the external screen. No fade is shown when ending a video with this function and playback cannot be resumed.

    Format
    kp_ExternalScreen_stopVideo();
    		
    Triggers Nothing directly, but the change in playback state will trigger kp_ExternalScreen_videoPlaybackStateDidChange


    Stop Video With Fade

    This function stops the video currently being displayed on the external screen and transitions with the fade currently configured.

    Format
    kp_ExternalScreen_stopVideoWithFading();
    		
    Triggers Nothing directly, but the change in playback state will trigger kp_ExternalScreen_videoPlaybackStateDidChange


    Pause Video

    This function pauses the video currently being displayed on the external screen. Paused video can be resumed using the kp_ExternalScreen_resumeVideo(); call.

    Format
    kp_ExternalScreen_pauseVideo();
    		
    Triggers Nothing directly, but the change in playback state will trigger kp_ExternalScreen_videoPlaybackStateDidChange


    Resume Video

    This function resumes a video currently being paused on the external screen.

    Format
    kp_ExternalScreen_resumeVideo();
    		
    Triggers Nothing directly, but the change in playback state will trigger kp_ExternalScreen_videoPlaybackStateDidChange


    Skip to Timestamp

    This function moves the playhead of the video currently being displayed to a position x number of seconds from the start of the video.

    Format
    kp_ExternalScreen_changeCurrentTimeOfVideo(timestamp);
    		
    Parameters timestamp - [string] the number of seconds from the start of the video to move the playhead


    Check Current Playback State

    This function returns the current state of any video being displayed on the external screen, including playback state, file path, current time, duration, and whether the video is set to continuously loop.

    Format
    kp_ExternalScreen_getCurrentVideoPlaybackState(callback);
    		
    Parameters callback - [string] the name of the callback to be triggered after the function has been executed
    Callback format
    callback(playbackState, filePath, currentTime, duration, isLooped);
    		
    Callback return values
    • playbackState - [integer] indicating the state of playback. Possible values of:
      • -1 - video is loading (added in version 7.3)
      • 0 - video currently stopped
      • 1 - video currently playing
      • 2 - video currently paused
      • 3 - video currently interrupted
      • 4 - video currently seeking forward
      • 5 - video currently seeking backward
    • filePath - [string] the path and filename of the video file being shown
    • currentTime - [string] the current timestamp of the video file being shown
    • duration - [string] the total duration of the video file being shown
    • isLooped - [boolean integer] indicating whether the video is set to continuously loop. Possible values are:
      • 0 - video will only play once and will not loop
      • 1 - video will loop


    Notifications via API Callbacks

    When Video Playback State Changes

    This callback triggers each time the current video changes playback state.

    Format
    kp_ExternalScreen_videoPlaybackStateDidChange(state, startPlayingHeadPosition, duration, filePath, isLooped);
    		
    Return values
    • state - [integer] indicating the state of playback. Possible values of:
      • -1 - video is loading (added in version 7.3)
      • 0 - video currently stopped
      • 1 - video currently playing
      • 2 - video currently paused
      • 3 - video currently interrupted
      • 4 - video currently seeking forward
      • 5 - video currently seeking backward
    • startPlayingHeadPosition - [integer] representing the current position in the video playback head in seconds
    • duration - [string] the total duration of the video being shown
    • filepath - [string] the URL or filepath of the video being shown (added in version 9.4)
    • isLooped - [integer] indicating whether the video is set to continuously loop (added in version 9.4). Possible values are:
      • 0 - video will not loop
      • 1 - video will loop


    Sample Code

    • This sample code relies on the JavaScript APIs built into Kiosk Pro and will not run successfully in other browsers or within our in-app help interface.
    • To run sample code, set the app's homepage to kioskgroup.com/external-screen-api
    • To download a .zip of sample code, click here.

    Change Log

    • Added in version 5.3. Major revision of underlying code base in version 7.3. Ability to stop video with fade added in version 7.4

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