Webshots allow users to capture web content and then display this content as a page on your playlist. More specifically, the Webshot feature allows users to automate the login process to access secure, real-time web content. The capture process can be further customized by articulating the size of the capture window when viewing a live website.
TelemetryTV Webshots are a client-based solution where the TelemetryTV Desktop App is used to locally record more intricate and complex browser-based user flows. This allows events such as: scrolling, window resizing and various multi-step interactions to be captured. These recorded events are then automated and executed on through the TelemetryTV Desktop App and uploaded to our content servers as screenshots where they will then be streamed to your signage players at set time intervals. This allows for greater access to websites – such as those hosted on your intranet. This also means that you can store sensitive information on your local machine, rather than an external server, which is a more secure method and allows for greater data sovereignty.
☝️ Please note that you must have the TelemetryTV Desktop App running on a computer in order to push Webshots to your screens. We recommend using a dedicated computer to constantly run the Desktop App which will allow you to run the same secure Webshot(s) across all your signage screens.
How to Capture Webshots in TelemetryTVs
In order to capture Webshots and have them stored on our content servers, you will need first to execute a sequence of steps on the TelemetryTV Desktop App. This means that you need to leave your Desktop App running so that the image captures are updated periodically as desired.
This can be done by following the step-by-step guide below:
1. Login to your TelemetryTV Desktop App
2. Click on Webshots in the left Navigation Menu
3. Insert your URL in the field at the top of the app where it says “Enter URL of site to capture”.
4. Press Enter
Configuring your Webpage
5. Configure the Shape of the browser view that you would like to display
Note: The dimensions are noted on the top right (1440 x 766 in this example) and can also be configured by contracting and expanding your Webshots window
6. Select how frequently you want the app to update this screenshot on our servers (milliseconds)
7. Zoom in and Out of your webpage for capture by using the + and – symbols.
8. Click Save to record the sequence of events and send the picture to our servers
Adding the Webshot to your Playlist
9. Click on Playlists
10. Add a New Slide
11. Select Webshot
12. Select your Webshot from the gallery
13. Click ADD 1 ITEM
The Webshot will now be sent periodically from your Desktop App to your Media Players
Note: This is a simple use case of the use of the Webshots app. More complex examples may use Browser scrolling, Inputting form details (such as passwords etc) and website navigation and interaction events which should all be recorded. These events are stored locally on your Desktop App and executed when logged into your Desktop App.