Welcome to the forum.
Can you tell us about the requirements for that digital sign? Things like how the AV file will be played, the Frame Size, etc., will be very useful for helping define what is best. My guess is that the mfgr. has a site with the full specs. there. Can you link to that, especially the specs. page?
This project is a bit low tech to keep costs down at this stage. The content would be more of a slideshow with animation and a couple of Mpeg clips (16:9). The finished digital sign would be played on either a consumer DVD player or laptop to the centre's existing 42" LCD TV (screen format is the usual 16:9). It's a low cost effort because the plan is to get an idea of how well it is received by vistors over a few months and then maybe invest in a professional display player and monitor.
I'm always a bit hazy on the technical bits behind the scenes so any tips for this newbie on any Pr settings when setting up the project to make sure the playback is as sharp as possible would be very welcome.
I'm in PAL land here.
Is the TV going to be HD ?
If it is then you want to go HD but then you need an HD player.
>digital sign would be played on either a consumer DVD player or laptop to the centre's existing 42" LCD TV
DVD means SD video... laptop could be HD
For a DVD, you just create a "movie" as you normally would... editing in Premiere and authoring in Encore... and the project in Encore would have an end action to go back to the beginning (I think that is how it is done... I've never authored in Encore to create an infinite loop)
Put the DVD in the player... start it running (or have no menu so it starts by itself) and let it run
Thanks for that. There have been several recent posts where an actual "digital sign" was being used. Now we know how this will be accomplished.
Others have asked a few specific questions, and armed with the answers to those, someone should be able to give you all the tips necessary.