How can I display powerpoint on two flat panel tv/monitors over the network

Posted on 2009-04-22
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I am being presented with an idea of trying to have our schedule  placed on excel or powerpoint and then broadcast on 2 46" lcd monitors.

The powerpoint or excel file would be created daily then we would want it to be on the screen all day so people couyld view it or updates. Is this possible to run off our server then broadcast to the monitors. I have thought of a webserver but not sure if that would work. There is also a desire for mgmt to be able to click a shortcut on there desktop so they can view the currently displayed image.

My thoughts were to have 2 video cards with svideo and then run the two monitors as 2nd and 3rd monitors.

Can this even be doen, anyone ever set this up in the past?

Thank you all.

Question by:manelson05
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Vince Glisson earned 2000 total points
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Do you have a windows server?
This sounds like a job for sharepoint?
If you run a sharepoint calendar or an excel file to the monitors either 1 computer with 2 vid ports or 2 computers setup one for each screen, then users would be able to edit the calendars and the results would be reflected on the screen. Users would be able to get to SharePoint from just about anywhere inside your network and from outside.
Managers could just click the sharepoint link and view the current calendar / excel file...
Never ran across this question before but it sure sounds like a great web application and i think sharepoint would fill this need very nicely

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We are talking about actually setting up sharepoint down the road.
So basically I could take a computer and throw in 2 svideo video cards and run over a svideo cable to the monitors? We have a couple of servers, but at other side of the building. I can understand using 2 monitors as monitor 2 and 3 but how would that signal be used. Meaning the workstation driving graphics would just be a unit for driving the monitors and it would be on the lan. So the graphics workstation I will call it would need office onit to broadcast the powerpoint slides or excel. So how would sharepoint be used to link users to this image?
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by:Vince Glisson
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Possibility A:
If SharePoint is running on one of your servers then any computer on the network can bring up content in a web browser. If that computer has 2 monitors you can pipe that dynamic content to them. Since it is dynamic (not real time but close, as you can set up the refresh rate for sharepoint) then when changes are made to the content it is reflected on your "Big Screens"
Possibility B:
Create shared folder on the server, put the PP or Excel file to be displayed in it, on the computer with the 2 monitors open up the one you want to be displayed. You will need to make sure that the screensaver is off. (that could be a problem for you as you may burn up 2 monitors by displaying the same image all day long). Then create a shortcut to the PP and/or Excel for managers to view.

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Just need sharepoint svcs. . .

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