In the Menu Bar, click DatasetOpen (or you can click
the Open Shortcut if in Dataset Mode). Browse to a dataset folder of interest.
Select the dataset’s playlist.sos file and click Open.
The path to the dataset you just opened is displayed in the Status Bar on the
bottom left corner of the UI. The dataset imagery will open in the Preview, and
the Tabs and Track View will get populated with the dataset’s attributes. Use
the Playback View controls to animate through the dataset.
For global modifications to a dataset such as frames per second, dwell time,
etc., select the Animation Tab, modify the
desired attributes, and re-run the animation. When attributes are modified in
the other global tabs (About,
Global, and Description), the
Preview and Track View in the VPLE are not affected, even when you re-run the
animation, as they are not applicable in the flat-screen preview. However,
when the dataset is saved, changes made to attributes in these tabs will show
up appropriately in SOS and on the iPad SOS Remote app.
To modify an Element, click on an Element in the Preview or Track View. For
Layers and PIPs, a yellow corner appears in the bottom right corner of the
Element in the Preview to indicate that the Element can be rescaled by clicking
and dragging on the corner (note that the Element’s aspect ratio is maintained
when using the mouse to resize). You can also use the mouse to reposition an
Element in the Preview. Base Layers cannot be resized and cannot be
repositioned. Labels and Captions can only be resized in their height
dimension — their width is automatically computed.
When you select an Element, the Element tab is brought to the forefront and
shows all the attributes that can be modified for that Element. Changing
attributes such as the data file, size, position, opacity, etc. will
update it in the Preview either immediately or during playback.
In the Add View, click the desired Element type to add it to your dataset. For
Layers, a message prompt will first ask you if the media you want to add is a
File (ex. a single image or a movie) or a Directory (eg. a directory of
image frames). For PIPs, a message prompt will first ask you if the media you
want to add is a File, Directory, or Text (see the Creating Text PIP
Elements section for more info). For all
Elements, a file browser will pop up where you can navigate to your data of
Filters have been added to the file browser depending on the type of data you
are trying to open. So, for example, when adding Audio, you will only see audio
files (.mp4, .mp3, etc.) in the file browser; for Labels, you will only see
.txt files; and for Captions, you will only see .srt files. Once you select
Open, a new Element will be added to the Track View and
the Preview, and the Element tab will open up with the
new Element’s default attributes populated.
In the Menu Bar, click DatasetNew (or you can click
the New Shortcut if in Dataset Mode). Add Elements to your dataset as
described in the Add New Elements to a
Dataset section. Edit the About, Global,
Animation, and Description tabs as necessary to describe your dataset.
When creating a new dataset, at a minimum, a Name must be specified in the
About Tab and at least one Layer must exist.
Click the DatasetSave button in the Menu Bar (or you
can click the Save Shortcut if in Dataset Mode). If you have modified a
NOAA-managed dataset, a message prompt will pop-up explaining that this is a
NOAA-managed dataset and it cannot be modified, but it can be copied to another
folder. Follow the prompts to proceed. If you click the
Save button and you have modified an existing dataset
that is not NOAA-managed, the dataset will save all your changes to your
dataset’s playlist.sos file that you originally opened.
If you click DatasetSave As, select a folder in which
to save your dataset. By default, the file browser opens up into the
/shared/sos/media/site-custom/ folder, which is the folder where
all custom datasets should be saved. Custom datasets should only be saved here
so that the SOS database can be updated with your site’s custom datasets.
If you want to save a new dataset to a folder that does not exist, click
DatasetSave As, and then, in the file browser that pops
up, click the Create New Folder button in the top-right
hand side. Enter a folder name, press Enter, and then press
A Text PIP is a special kind of PIP that displays text only. A Text PIP has
all the same attribute specifications as a normal PIP, such as height, opacity,
and fadein time.
Rather than using an image editing program to create text and save it as an
image file for a PIP, you can enter text directly into the PIP Text Editor and
save the Text PIP to your SOS dataset. A Text PIP gets written to an html
file. You should only use the Text PIP Editor to create and edit Text PIP
files, and you should not create or edit it by hand.
By default, Text PIPs are optimized for SOS displays with 4 projectors where
each projector has a resolution of 1920x1200. If your SOS display has a
different configuration (i.e. fewer projectors or a different
resolution), please configure all fields in the Projectors section of the SOS
Configuration Manager to obtain the ideal text
resolution for your SOS display.
To add a Text PIP to your dataset, click the PIP button in the Add View, and
select the Text option when prompted. At the next message prompt, select the
File option if you are adding an existing Text PIP, or select the Create option
if you are creating a new one.
When a Text PIP is added, a new track lane called PIP (Text) is added to the
Track View, a placeholder image that says PIP Text (if creating a new one) or
the actual text (if adding an existing one) is added to the Preview, and the
PIP Text Editor pops up. You cannot set the width of a Text PIP as it is
automatically computed at the time of rendering onto SOS, but you can set the
height as you would any other PIP.
To edit a Text PIP, click the Text PIP in the Track View or in the Preview to
bring up the Element tab. Click on the Edit
PIP Text button on the bottom of the tab to bring up the PIP Text
First, select the language you are going to write your text in from the
Language drop down menu. (By default, each time the Text PIP Editor first pops
up automatically, it will auto-select the language currently set in the
Language menu of the VPLE’s Menu Bar.) Selecting a
language filters the Font drop down menu to show only those fonts on your
system that will support characters in that language.
The Font Size is used to indicate how big characters in the text are relative
to each other, and do not represent the actual size of the text that will be
shown on SOS. The final dimensions of a Text PIP, regardless if it is a
single line or contains multiple lines, and regardless of the font sizes in the
text, will have a height (in degrees latitude) equal to what you have specified
in the Height (degrees) field of the PIP
Element tab. In other words, the VPLE/SOS will
proportionally scale all of your text to fit the height of the Text PIP, and it
will dynamically compute the width of the Text PIP. As an example, if you are
trying to create single line Text PIPs to label all the continents on the
sphere, and you want the size of the text to look consistent across all the
Text PIPs, do not change the Font Size for any of the Text PIPs (just leave at
the default), and make the Height (degrees) of each of the Text PIPs the same.
You can set other attributes on the text like bold, italics, underline,
alignment, text color, and background color. By default, the alpha channel
(transparency) for the background color is set to 0 (fully transparent). The
Reset button will reset the Text PIP Editor to all its
If you want to write text in multiple languages in a single Text PIP, you must
first select a Language, then select a supported Font, and then type or paste
the characters into the Text PIP Editor. Alternatively, you can directly type
or paste text of different languages into the Text Editor first. After that,
for each set of text from a given language, you must select the language from
the Language drop down menu, highlight the text that
corresponds to that language, and then select the available font from the Font
drop down menu so the text will change to that font.
To change the color in a Color Dialog that pops up for the Text and Background
Color buttons, you can:
Select a predefined color from the Basic colors section
Type in a Red/Green/Blue/Alpha value (range for each channel is 0-255)
Type in an HTML value
Use the gradient box on the right-hand side to select a color. Note that
this gradient box works in conjunction with the vertical slider to the right
of the box
Click the Save button to save the Text PIP. If an html
file does not yet exist for this Text PIP, you will be prompted to enter a name
for your file. Once you save, the full path of your Text PIP is indicated in
the Status Bar at the the bottom of the Text PIP Editor. If you close the
editor without saving the the text to a file, the Track Lane for the Text PIP
will show the title unsaved_empty_text_file.html, which means no
file exists for this Text PIP.
If you want to use a font that is not shown in the Text PIP Editor, you can add
a font file to the following folder on your SOS computer:
/usr/local/share/fonts/. Only FreeType font formats are
supported, such as .ttf, .ttc, .otf ( complete list of supported font
format). Once you add a
font, restart the main SOS GUI application.
Each type of PIP can be given a simple path file that contains coordinate
locations that indicate how to automatically move the PIP on the sphere as the
dataset is animating. The path file is a simple comma separated value file
(.csv file format) that contains a list of increasing frame numbers, each with
a latitude and longitude value. As the dataset is animating, the PIP will be
moved to the location specified in the file that corresponds to the current
frame being displayed on SOS. Option to render a line path that follows the
moving PIP is provided and is turned ON by default. Use the Moving
PIP (add/edit) button to open the PIP Path Editor to
add/change/remove the path file as well as specify attributes for path line
For a full example on how to create a Moving PIP, including detailed
documentation for creating the csv path file, please see Creating a Moving
By default, when you add a new Label Element to your dataset, the color of the
label text will be white against a transparent background, and the text will be
rendered using the Free Sans font. To edit the format of your label, simply
click on the Label Element in the Track View to bring up the label’s
Element tab, and then click on the Edit
Label Format button. This will show the Label Editor, which
functions similarly to the Text PIP Editor. A couple of
things to note: The first line in the labels text file will be shown in the
Label Editor, and you cannot modify this text. The purpose of the text is to
get an idea of what the label will look like as you are formatting it. Also,
when pressing the Save button in the Label Editor
toolbar, the format gets saved automatically to the file
labelformat.html without the option to rename the file from the
By default, when you add a new Caption Element to your dataset, the color of
the caption text will be white against a semi-transparent background, and the
text will be rendered using the Free Sans font. To edit the format of your
caption, simply click on the Caption Element in the Track View to bring up the
caption’s Element tab, and then click on the
Edit Caption Format button. This will show the Caption
Editor, which functions similarly to the Text PIP Editor.
A couple of things to note: The first line in the captions text file will be
shown in the Caption Editor, and you cannot modify this text. The purpose of
the text is to get an idea of what the caption will look like as you are
formatting it. Also, when pressing the Save button in
the Caption Editor toolbar, the format gets saved automatically to the file
captionformat.html without the option to rename the file from the