Central Courtyard Superscreen

Central Courtyard Superscreen

Screen locations

The OneVision digital signage system consists of:

Central channels

Central channels are open to all content and include:

  • Central Courtyard screen
  • Campus Hub Building
  • Macquarie Theatre

Local channels

Local channels primarily broadcast information specific to their location and include:

  • The Library
  • Macquarie University Sport & Aquatic Centre
  • MUSE

Please note that not all screens seen across campus are part of the OneVision network.

Governance & Administration

Use of the system is restricted to recognised departments, units and organisations of Macquarie University, affiliated student groups and sporting clubs, and partner organisations at the discretion of the local content manager. Decisions regarding content on the centrally controlled channels remain the sole discretion of the Marketing Director. Decisions regarding content on locally controlled channels remain the sole discretion of the local content managers.

The Communications Team within the Marketing Unit, or local content managers, will manage screen content and format depending on the intended channel of broadcast.

Purpose

OneVision provides timely, entertaining and accurate information about the University and its community to students, staff and visitors. Appropriate messages are listed below.

Procedures for broadcast

Acceptable/unacceptable content

All content will be considered on a case-by-case basis, however a sample of messages that will be considered as appropriate are detailed below:

  • Official student group, club or society messages and events
  • academic and student administration notices
  • news stories (including significant student or faculty/staff achievements, awards or accomplishments)
  • practical information announcements i.e. road closures, transport updates, and general service disruptions
  • study, research, scholarship, employment and mentoring opportunities
  • student services notices (such as health and wellbeing service announcements)
  • promotion of University-run events

Messages considered to be inappropriate include:

  • classified adverts
  • personal messages (from one person to an individual or group)
  • political statements related to campus, local, state-wide or national elections
  • "invitation only" events
  • external advertising.

If you are unsure if your message is appropriate, please contact the Communications Team when planning your message.

Types of content and technical requirements

  • Video/animation
  • Static slides

It is important to remember that most viewers only see your screen content in passing for a few seconds, so keep it concise, with a clear call to action. To this end, we further recommend against multi-slide messages, or other animations that take more than 10 seconds to complete.

All content must be supplied to the technical requirements listed for each accepted format.

Where you are supplying content that is supporting an event or campaign that has other material produced for it (e.g. posters, brochures, web banners), please ensure that OneVision slides are included in the suite of collateral you brief in to your designers.

Photoshop and Powerpoint templates are also available for one-off content that is not following a campaign's look and feel, or for use where your content is not being briefed in to a designer.

Video/animation

Use of existing material, including externally produced content such as images from the web, YouTube videos and music must be accompanied with appropriate permission for usage. Original files must be sought for YouTube content, as videos extracted directly from YouTube do not meet the technical specifications of the OneVision system.

Technical requirements

  • Video and animation duration is 5-15 seconds, however longer videos will be considered based on relevance and context to the audience. Content should be created in 1080p to be compatible with the high definition screens, and exported as an .mp4, or a .mov (H.264, 2 pass 10MB/s).
  • All video and animation content should be created with the capability to be played without audio. Suitable subtitles or text should be used in a visual and creative manner to engage the audience. Audio will only be authorised on a case-by-case basis.
  • The deadline for video and animations is seven days from the intended broadcast date. Please note, if further work is required to produce your content, more time may be needed before broadcast.

Static slides

Static slides contain text and/or images with no animation, similar to a billboard.

Technical requirements
  • All slides must be created in Photoshop or PowerPoint.
  • All text must be contained within the 'safe text area' of the templates and be a minimum 72 point font. Please note that the official font of Macquarie University is Myriad Pro.
  • Images used in your slide must be high resolution in order to be compatible with the high definition screens. Approximately 1.5Mb or higher, or 300dpi is acceptable.
  • The deadline for General Slides is five days from the intended broadcast date.
Text-only slides

A text-only slide is for short messages with limited text and NO IMAGE. Character limits vary in length depending on design. For example:

  • Heading - 60 characters
    Paragraph 1 - 150 characters
    Paragraph 2 - 100 characters
  • If your text falls outside these guidelines, we reserve the right to edit.
  • The deadline for a template slide is three days from the intended broadcast date.

How to make a submission

Approval

To ensure the accuracy of content, please have your draft content approved by the relevant authority prior to submission.

Submitting your content

Staff: all content should be submitted via email to communications@mq.edu.au.

Student Groups: all content should be submitted via email to studentgroups@mq.edu.au

Scheduling

The Communications Team determines scheduling of content on the central channels, based on the University's strategic priorities. Scheduling of content on local channels is at the discretion of local content managers. Emergency broadcasts (where there is significant risk to life, safety or University property) will take priority on all channels and be broadcast immediately.

Broadcast times

Content will run for a maximum of 14 days, with a seven-day waiting period between broadcast cycles.

Messages are uploaded and reviewed on a daily basis. Expired messages will be removed from the system automatically.

Event streaming

The OneVision digital signage system can be used for live streaming of events where authorised by the Marketing Director. All technical support must be sought from Informatics following approval from the Marketing Director.

Contact

If you have any questions relating to OneVision please contact the Communications Team.

E: communications@mq.edu.au
T: (02) 9850 6766

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