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Entry type: FAQ Entry ID: 62101921, Entry date: 01/04/2019
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How can you play videos on the Comfort Panels and what settings do you have to make?

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The Media Player for Windows CE is installed by default on all SIMATIC HMI Comfort Panels. Using the Media Player you can play video sequences (Maintenance and Servicing of Your Plant, for example) or include them permanently in your configuration.

Description

There are 3 different ways of playing video sequences:

  • Using the "Media Player" control available in the WinCC (TIA Portal)
  • By starting the Media Player on the desktop (not in Runtime)
  • With the event "StartProgram" (program name,
    WinCC V13 onwards: "\flash\AddOn\ceplayer.exe "
    up to WinCC V12: "\windows\ceplayer.exe")

Video/audio formats and their settings
The following audio formats are supported:

  • Moving Picture Experts Group standard 1, Layer 1, 2, 3 (.mpa, .mp2, .mp3, mp4)
  • Windows Media Audio (.wma)
  • Waveform Audio (.wav)

The following video formats are supported:

  • Moving Picture Experts Group standard 1 (.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe)
  • Advanced Streaming Format (.asf)
  • Windows Media Video format (.wmv)
  • Audio Video Interleaved (.avi) (uncoded)

Note
The file names of the videos must not include special characters with the exception of "_".

Recommended setting for Comfort Panels
For the Comfort Panels we recommend the following settings as guidelines because of the different processors and display resolutions. Generally, it is not recommended to have full image reproduction on the Comfort Panels from 4" to 12". The 15" plus devices can be used for this application.
 

KTP400 Comfort, KP400 Comfort

Video

Picture format Windows Media Video format (.wmv)
Picture size 320 x 240 Pixel
Frame rate 12 fps
Data rate 277 kbit/s

Audio

Audio format Windows Media Audio (.wma)
Scanning frequency 44 kHz
Data rate 126 kbit/s
Table 01
 

TP/KP700 Comfort, TP/KP900 Comfort, TP/KP1200 Comfort

Video

Picture format Windows Media Video Format (.wmv)
Picture size 640 x 480 Pixel
Frame rate 12 fps
Data rate 534 kbit/s

Audio

Audio format Windows Media Audio (.wma)
Scanning frequency 44 kHz
Data rate 128 kbit/s
Table 02
 

TP/KP1500 Comfort, TP1900 Comfort, TP2200 Comfort

Video

Picture format Windows Media Video Format (.wmv)
Picture size 1280 x 720 Pixel
Frame rate 30 fps
Data rate 4970 kbit/s

Audio

Audio format Windows Media Audio (.wma)
Scanning frequency 44 kHz
Data rate 192 kbit/s
Table 03

SIMATIC HMI TP1500 COMFORT PRO V2 Redesign

Video

Picture formatWindows Media Video Format (.wmv)
Picture size1366 x 768 Pixel
Frame rate30 fps
Data rate4970 kbit/s

Audio

Audio formatWindows Media Audio (.wma)
Scanning frequency44 kHz
Data rate192 kbit/s

Table 04

SIMATIC HMI TP1900 COMFORT PRO V2 Redesign

Video

Picture formatWindows Media Video Format (.wmv)
Picture size1366 x 768 Pixel
Frame rate30 fps
Data rate4970 kbit/s

Audio

Audio formatWindows Media Audio (.wma)
Scanning frequency44 kHz
Data rate192 kbit/s

Table 05

SIMATIC HMI TP2200 COMFORT PRO V2 Redesign

Video

Picture formatWindows Media Video Format (.wmv)
Picture size1920 x 1080 Pixel
Frame rate30 fps
Data rate4970 kbit/s

Audio

Audio formatWindows Media Audio (.wma)
Scanning frequency44 kHz
Data rate192 kbit/s

Table 06

It is generally difficult to make recommendations or even precise statements about the properties of the video sequences to be played, because videos differ greatly. For example, fast or slow movements in a video sequence load the devices differently when played. 

If the playback quality needs to be optimized even more, you might consider changing the following parameters:

  • Frame rate
    The frame rate is a designation of the speed at which the single pictures of a video sequence are displayed. A high number of frames per second (fps) means that more single pictures are displayed per second. This in turn causes a higher load on the devices. You can use the above-mentioned values as guidelines for finding your optimum settings.
  • Data rate / data transfer rate
    The data transfer rate refers to the volume of digital data that can be transferred over the transmission channel in a specified period of time. A high data rate for a specific resolution means that the video sequence can be displayed more precisely. This in turn causes a higher load on the devices. You can use the above-mentioned values as guidelines for finding your optimum settings.

The following freeware tools are useful for processing:

  • FormatFactory
  • SUPER

Additional Keywords
Operator panels, Codec, Resolution