Does this work with Google Chromecast and a LCD TV?

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I do IT for small non-profits and this seems like a great option. Sorry for the newb question, but wanted to confirm compatability before proceeding too far. Thanks!
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Hi Greg,

I haven't heard of anyone using a Chromecast with Rise Vision.

If anybody is using a Chromecast, we'd love to hear about it.

Thanks.
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I don't have a lot of experience with RV yet but based on the way a Chromecast device works I don't believe this will work. I am not sure what the advantage would be to using the Chromecast as it requires something (ie computer or Android device) to push the content to it. If its an economical solution that your looking for then I think some of the ChromeOS devices would be your best bet.
With a chromecast dongle, you can cast any web page to your display using a $2 android app called Web2cast.  The question becomes, does RV create a webpage that I can cast? Or does RV give me the html that I can use to create a webpage to cast?  
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Every Presentation is an HTML page, so theoretically it should work, however we have never tested this functionality. The easiest test would be to create a Presentation, preview in Chrome, and try to cast to the Chromecast with Web2Cast.

Let us know how you make out!
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Does anybody have more information on this? Specifically if it will play videos, and other content
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I too would like to know if this would work on a Chromecast. My two concerns at this point are B) being able to play video from the vimeo widget and A) having the little eyeball preview bar showing up on the tv screen.
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The Preview bar can be removed/hidden by adding &showui=false to the end of the URL.  From what I've read, it looks like the Chromecast will do Flash (which is how the Vimeo Gadget is shown), but I haven't tried using a Chromecast with a Presentation.

If anybody has used Vimeo Gadget with the Chromecast, please let us know!

Thanks.
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I just tried this approach with success using a presentation including a youtube video. I haven't tried Vimeo, but I can verify that video is possible and that hiding the preview bar works as described in the post above.
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I was considering this solution too but I'm told that there are potential security concerns using Chromecast.  We're setting this up in a high school so you just KNOW kids would try to mess with the displays.  Does anyone know if there are any potential security concerns with projecting the content out with Google Chromecast?
Happens all the time in my classroom. Have to lockdown the wifi password away from other staff members in order to keep it from happening.
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I don't see why there would be. You have to be on the same wireless network as the Chromecast to use it, or have guest mode turned on. If the students aren't connected to the wireless network I don't see the problem, unless the displays are mounted low enough for the students to swipe the Chromecast.
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That's the problem though. Kids are on the same wifi network. From what I've been reading online it sounds like the issue is if the power is shut off that when chromecast comes back on that the connection id code shows up on the screen so anyone with wifi access could punch the code in on their device and then take over that Chromecast device.

High school kids are crafty but worse yet is they love to do techie pranks like this. I know no system is 100% secure but at the same time I don't want to make it any easier for our rookie hacker types either....

So my principal has asked me to take on this project of creating/installing digital signage through the building. We'll be starting with 4 display locations within the building. I like the options that RiseVision gives me. So if I'm understanding everything on the Risevision website, it looks like i need a NUC for each display? Or are there other options that could work equally well? I can go with wifi or ethernet for the network connection. I assume ethernet would be the best route to go if a network drop is close enough to where the display will be?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Scott,

Chromecast is actually not supported by Rise Vision. A NUC with Ubuntu or Windows on it would be a good bet, or a Chromebox! Windows, Ubuntu, ChromeOS, and OS X are all supported OSes for the Rise Vision Player.

Ethernet is definitely the best route, however we do have many users that have successful digital signage with WiFi.
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I recommend the asus chrome boxes. They work very well and can do 2x 1080p natively ~$150
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Thanks, the CHROMEBOX-M004U is like 159, I think it is one of the slower ones, and your saying it should play (2) 1080 videos at the same time? I guess I am a little gun shy after seeing the the stuttering on the videos when played on the PI 2, even though it is only running the cpu at 20 %
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The core i3 Linux NUC on our store would be the least expensive NUC that we would recommend for Video intensive presentations.
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can you expand on the meaning of "video intensive" I just want to play a single video in a loop, with maybe the weather. Thank you
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Bill,

If you are looking for something to play large, HD video, the i3 Linux NUC is the minimum media player that I would recommend.
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Blake, Is there an email address that I can use to contact you directly with a few questions?
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Hi Scott,

Sure, you can email me directly at btf@risevision.com.