What ways are there to improve the graphical performance?
The graphics performance depends on various factors, mainly of course on the PC hardware that is used. If you plan to display CPU-demanding content like HD videos or 3D animations and use underpowered hardware components, you might get a stuttering or slowed down graphics output.
Here is a list of possible configuration options that may help you to optimize the overall performance for your digital signage or kiosk system:
- If you are using a system with an integrated Intel HD/Iris graphics card, you should only use iCore processors of the 6th generation or higher (with DDR4 memory). In most cases an i3 processor is totally sufficient but 6th gen and later in combination with DDR4 RAM have a much better graphics performance!
- Try to eliminate CPU-demanding background processes such as automatic software updates or aggressive anti-virus software
- Make sure to set the power profile of Windows to “High Performance” (this setting can also be applied using the FrontFace Lockdown Tool!)
- When using Windows 7: Make sure the AERO theme is enabled (for details see here)
Make sure that you have installed the latest driver for your graphics adapter
- If the graphics adapter comes with its own configuration tool (e.g. intel cards do have this), ensure that you activate the “maximum performance” mode and that 3D acceleration is set to “optimized for performance” as well
- Download and install the LAV Filters Codec Pack. These have a much better performance compared to the Windows Media Foundation that is used by default to play videos on Windows systems.
When using two or more screens on a single PC with FrontFace for Public Displays:
- You will definitively need powerful PC hardware (especially if you want to control multiple full HD screens)!
- If you plan to show the same content (playlist) on both screen, set the screen mode to “Clone” instead of “Extended Desktop” in the Windows settings and only address one screen (see user manual, section 10.3)
- Activate the (by default deactivated) hardware acceleration for the secondary screen using the setting “DisableHwAccelerationOnSecScreens” in the file “FrontFace Player.exe.config” as described in the user manual, section 10.5