2. Imports

Content imported into a PHOTON Project will be distributed to all servers in the Server Group. This behavior reflects the structure of the PHOTON Network (see Section 1.1 PHOTON Network in Chapter 2 Setting Up a Show), which uses a ring topology to ensure that content is distributed through all of the servers without relying on a central node. When an Import command has been issued from a Controller Server or a Display Master Server, the system will maintain the integrity of media files as they are being distributed to all devices. The use of a network ring makes PHOTON resilient to potential connectivity failures and facilitates the creation of live back-ups.

Servers operating under Albion System Mode {Settings > Photon} will only receive 3D object files and will be discarded from the network ring when media files are transferred.

2.1 Importing 3D Objects

  1. Click on the Import button located in the top left corner of the File Manager window.

  2. A Windows dialog box will pop up, allowing you to search for and select the file you want to import into your PHOTON Project.

  3. To filter out other items — unneeded video, image or audio files — select 3D Files from the dropdown menu located on the right.

  4. Use the folder tree structure to locate your files. You can select and import multiple files at the same time. Select the files you want to import by clicking on them.

  5. Once all of your files are highlighted, click on the [Open] button.

2.2 Importing Media

  1. Click on the Refresh button located in the top left corner of the File Manager window.

  2. A Windows dialog box will pop up, allowing you to search for and select the file you want to import into your PHOTON Project.

  3. To filter out other items — unneeded video, image or audio files — select Video Files, Image Files or Audio Files from the dropdown menu located on the right to.

  4. Use the folder tree structure to locate your files. You can select and import multiple files at the same time. Select the files you want to import by clicking on them.

  5. Once all of your files are highlighted, click on the [Open] button.

2.3 Import Folder

You can access the Import Folder by using the VYV custom file dialog. Select a root folder and press the [Import Folder] button. PHOTON will automatically scan all of the child folders selected and import all relevant files contained in this folder structure.

2.4 Import Order Management

When importing a large number of files, you might be asked to display one or more files on the Screens before displaying others. While the Media Task list displays all of the files waiting to be imported, it is possible to prioritize the import of files in the list by right-clicking on a file’s name and selecting {Move On Top}. This action will change the order of priority for importing and converting files.

2.5 Pause/Resume/Cancel Imports

The Task list located in the lower right part of the File Manager window facilitates the management of ongoing imports.

Imports can be:

  • paused by clicking on the Pause button;

  • resumed by clicking on the Resume button;

  • cancelled by clicking on the Cancel button.

These actions will impact the entire Task list. Other actions, such as “re-prioritize” or “cancel a single task,” can be achieved by using the contextual menu, which can be opened by right-clicking on a task.