Live Wheel

A live wheel is an automated version of a playlist. Visitors manually run a playlist; in contrast, a live wheel starts automatically at a configured time. The live wheel runs sequentially and continuously in a loop. When a configured time is reached, the live wheel restarts from the beginning.

For example, a live wheel is configured to start at 12:00 P.M. every day, and the sequence of media files repeats every 35 minutes. The following events occur:

  • A visitor who opens the live wheel at 12:14 P.M. sees the content at 14 minutes into the live wheel—not the first frame of the first media file.
  • The 42nd playback of the live wheel starts at 11:55 A.M. Brightspot interrupts that playback after five minutes, and starts the live wheel from the beginning position.

Live wheels can belong to a section or a package.

Configuring Live Wheel

Administrators perform this task.

  • If you want to allow visitors to leave comments to a live wheel, add Live Wheel to the list of commentable types; for details, see Configuring Commenting. (If you don’t see Live Wheel as one of the commentable types, ask your Brightspot developer to install the Live Wheel plugin.)

Creating a Live Wheel

Editors perform this task.

  1. Using the Quick Start widget or the Search Panel, create a live wheel.
  2. In the Title field, enter a title.
  3. From Playlist, select one of the available list types.
    • Basic—Builds a live wheel from individual video or audio files.
    • Advanced—Builds a live wheel from individual video or audio files and associated companion content.
    • Dynamic—Builds a live wheel using selection criteria. For more information, see Dynamic lists.
  4. Add items to the live wheel.
  5. In the Livewheel Start field, set a time for the live wheel to start playback. You can set any date; Brightspot ignores the date and starts the live wheel at the first occurrence of the specified time.
  6. Click Publish.

Referring to the following example:

  • The live wheel contains four videos with a total running time of 27:09.
  • The first video starts—and subsequently restarts—at 3:00 P.M. every day.

The following image is a published version of the previous live wheel.