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Asset Level Activation

This page describes asset level activation for the assets used in Channels.
The following topics are covered in this section:
  • Overview
  • Activation Window
  • Single Event Playback
  • Handling Recurrence in Assets
    • Day Parting
    • Week Parting
    • Month Parting
    • Combination of Partings
  • Multi-asset Activation
This AEM Screens functionality is only available, if you have installed AEM 6.3 Feature Pack 3 or AEM 6.4 Screens Feature Pack 1.
To get access to this Feature Pack, you must contact Adobe Support and request access. Once you have permissions you can download it from Package Share.

Overview

Asset Level Activation , allows you to activate a specific asset in a channel for a scheduled time frame in the player's local timezone. This is available for images, videos, transitions, pages, and embedded channels (dynamic or static).
For example , you want a special promotion to be displayed only during happy hour (2PM to 5PM) on Mondays and Wednesdays.
With this feature, not only can you specify start and end date and time but also a recurrence pattern.

Activation Window

Asset Level Activation is done by configuring the Activation tab while accessing properties of an asset.
Follow the steps below to perform asset level scheduling:
  1. Select any channel and click Edit from the action bar to add or edit content in your channel.
    To learn in detail on how to
  2. Click Edit to open the channel editor and select an asset you want to apply the scheduling to.
  3. Select the asset and click on top left Configure (wrench icon) to open the properties of the image.
    Click the Activation tab.
  4. You can specify the date from the date picker using Active from and Active until fields.
    If you select the Active from and Active until date and time, the asset will display and loop only between that start date/time and end date/time respectively.

Handling Recurrence in Assets

You can schedule assets to recur at certain intervals on daily, weekly, or monthly basis too as per your requirement.
Suppose you want to display an image only on Fridays from 1:00 pm until 10:00 pm. You can use the Activation tab to set the desired recurring interval for your asset.

Day Parting

  1. Select the asset and click on Configure (wrench icon) to open the properties dialog box.
  2. After entering the start date/time and end/date time, you can use an expression or a natural text version to specify your recurrence schedule.
    You can skip or include the Active from and Active Until fields and add the expression to the Schedules field, as per your requirement.
  3. Enter the expression into the Schedule and your asset will display for the particular interval of day and time.

Example Expressions for Day Parting

The following table summarizes few example expressions that you can add to the schedule while assigning channel to a display.
Expression
Interpretation
before 8:00 am
the asset in the channel plays before 8:00 am everyday
after 2:00 pm
the asset in the channel plays after 2:00 pm everyday
after 12:15 and before 12:45
the asset in the channel plays after 12:15 pm everyday for 30 minutes
before 12:15 also after 12:45
the asset in the channel plays before 12:15 pm everyday and then also after 12:45 pm
You can also use military time notation (that is, 14:00) instead of am/pm notation (that is, 2:00 pm).

Week Parting

  1. Select the asset and click on Configure (wrench icon) to open the properties dialog box.
  2. After entering the start date/time and end/date time, you can use an expression or a natural text version to specify your recurrence schedule.
    You can skip or include the Active from and Active Until fields and add the expression to the Schedules field, as per your requirement.
  3. Enter the expression into the Schedule and your asset will display for the particular interval of day and time.

Example Expressions for Week Parting

The following table summarizes few example expressions that you can add to the schedule while assigning channel to a display.
Expression
Interpretation
Mon,Wed,Fri
the asset plays in the channel from on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Mon-Thu
the asset plays in the channel from on Mondays to Thursdays
You can also use full notation (that is, Monday,Wednesday,Friday) instead of short-hand notation (that is, Mon,Wed,Fri).

Month Parting

  1. Select the asset and click on Configure (wrench icon) to open the properties dialog box.
  2. After entering the start date/time and end/date time, you can use an expression or a natural text version to specify your recurrence schedule.
    You can skip or include the Active from and Active Until fields and add the expression to the Schedules field, as per your requirement.
  3. Enter the expression into the Schedule and your asset will display for the particular interval of day and time.

Example Expressions for Month Parting

The following table summarizes few example expressions that you can add to the schedule while assigning channel to a display.
Expression
Interpretation
of February,May,August,November
the asset plays in the channel in February, May, August and November
of February-July
the asset plays in the channel from February all the way until end of July
When defining days of the week and months, you can both use the short hand and full-name notations, such as, Mon/Monday and Jan/January.

Combination of Partings

  1. Select the asset and click on Configure (wrench icon) to open the properties dialog box.
  2. After entering the start date/time and end/date time, you can use an expression or a natural text version to specify your recurrence schedule.
    You can skip or include the Active from and Active Until fields and add the expression to the Schedules field, as per your requirement.
  3. Enter the expression into the Schedule and your asset will display for the particular interval of day and time.

Example Expressions for Combination of Partings

The following table summarizes few example expressions that you can add to the schedule while assigning channel to a display.
Expression
Interpretation
after 6:00 and before 18:00 on Mon,Wed of Jan-Mar
the asset plays in the channel between 6am and 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays from January to end of March
on the 1st day of January after 2:00 pm also on the 2nd day of January also on the 3rd day of January before 3:00 am
the asset in the channel starts playing after 2:00 pm on January 1st, continues playing for the whole day on January 2nd all the way until 3:00 am on January 3rd
on the 1-2 day of January after 2:00 pm also on the 2-3 day of January before 3:00 am
the asset in the channel starts player after 2:00 pm on January 1st, continues playing until 3:00 am on January 2nd, then it starts again on January 2nd at 2:00 pm and continues playing until 3:00 am on January 3rd
When defining days of the week and months, you can both use the short hand and full-name notations, such as, Mon/Monday and Jan/January. Additionally, you can also use military time notation (that is, 14:00) instead of am/pm notation (that is, 2:00 pm).

Multi-asset Activation

The Multi-asset Activation feature is only available, if you have installed AEM 6.3 Feature Pack 5 or AEM 6.4 Feature Pack 3.
Multi-asset Activation allows the user to select multiple assets and apply a playback schedule to all selected assets.

Prerequisites

To use multi-asset level activation for your assets, create an AEM Screens project with a sequence channel. For example, the following use case showcases the implementation of the feature:
  • Create an AEM Screens project titled as MultiAssetDemo
  • Create a channel titled as MultiAssetChannel and add content to the channel, as shown in the figure below
Follow the steps below to select multiple assets and schedule their display in an AEM Screens project:
  1. Select MultiAssetChannel and click Edit from the action bar to open the editor.
  2. Select multiple assets from the editor and click Edit Activation (top left icon).
  3. Select the date and time in Active from and Active until from the Component Activation dialog box. Click the check mark icon when you are done selecting the schedules.
  4. Click refresh to check the assets to which multi-asset schedule is applied.
    The schedule icon is visible on the top right corner to those assets that have muti-asset activation.