Portrait screen orientation

Last Updated: October 9, 2015

BrightAuthor versions 4.3.0.x and later support portrait-mode presentations. To create a portrait-mode presentation, change the Monitor orientation to Portrait in the New Project window when creating a new presentation. 

NoteBrightAuthor supports 90 degree clockwise rotation only. If you need to use different rotation options (for example, if you mounted a monitor upside down and need to rotate content 270 degrees), use the Rotate and Seek plugin.

Portrait mode is supported on 4Kx42, XDx32, XDx30, and HDx22 models only. It is not supported on LSx22 and HDx20 models; see the Portrait Content for LSx22 and HDx20 Players section below to learn more about creating portrait-mode presentations for these players.

A portrait mode presentation will correctly rotate the following content:

  • Videos: Fully supported, including local files and Live/Streaming Video states.
  • Images: Attempting to overlay multiple graphics on top of each other will cause images to render incorrectly or not at all. Also, images in Live Text states will not be rotated, though the text will be.
  • Clock Zones
  • Ticker Zones
  • HTML: See this FAQ to learn more about using portrait-oriented HTML pages with BrightAuthor presentations.

Portrait Content for LSx22 and HDx20 Players

For LSx22 and HDx20 players, setting the Monitor Orientation to Portrait in BrightAuthor does not automatically rotate landscape images and video to portrait orientation. Portrait mode in BrightAuthor allows you to preview screen layout in portrait view; it also automatically rotates any text fields, and Clock zones--but it does not rotate video or image content. 

Image and video files have to be already rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise to display properly on a portrait screen, so, for widest compatibility, create your content in portrait mode using your authoring application (e.g. Photoshop, After Effects, etc). It will then present content right-side up when the display is oriented as a portrait.

The attached images show how portrait-oriented image/video content should look on your computer before it is published to an LSx22 or HDx20. These images will display normally on a rotated screen. Note that the resolution remains in landscape mode (e.g. 1280x720 or 1920x1080), so it will look like it's on its side when its on your computer.

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    Phil Banks

    Will the Bright Author Preview properly rotate the image and video files in a Portrait mode presentation for an HDx22 model or does the rotation only take place at the player level? 

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    Brandon (BrightSign Support)

    Sorry, looks like we missed your question.

    For models that support rotation, images and videos will be displayed right-side-up (as long as the rotation is set properly).

    For full-screen zones displayed in a portrait presentation on a portrait display, if you have

    • a portrait image/video, it will appear correctly
    • a landscape it have bars at the top/bottom (letterboxed), stretched vertically, or zoomed, depending on the settings in the Zone Properties

    For non-full-screen zones, how the image/video will be displayed depends on whether the aspect ratio of the zone matches the aspect ratio of the image.

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    Andrea Chimilar

    Hi Brightsign - I have just ordered an XD-233. Does it support portrait orientation? 

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    Lyndon (BrightSign Support)


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