Prevent Playlist/Presentation From Running in Background?

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Is there a way to prevent a playlist/presentation from running in the background?  

For my testing of Rise Vision, I'm using a Google Presentation as well as a 5 minute countdown timer (countdown would be used at our high school at certain times).  For our new schedule next year, the goal would be to have announcements run during the classes/periods and then 5 minutes before the class/period ends, the 5 minute countdown timer would appear.  Once the countdown timer gets to 0, the Google Presentation would start again.

I can schedule when the Google Presentation starts/ends and when the 5 minute countdown timer starts/ends but the issue I'm running into is that it appears all of the items will play in the background when the entire Schedule begins to play.  So when the Google Presentation appears at the time it's supposed to, it's already at Slide 7.  And when the 5 minute countdown timer appears at the time it's supposed to, it's already -40 minutes in.

If you have suggestions on how I can accomplish this or a way to prevent the countdown timer from running in the background, I appreciate the feedback.

Thanks!
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You could likely embed these two presentations into a master presentation, then schedule each embedded presentation to only run are certain times.

Let me know if this works out for you.
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Hi Blake,

I have tried that as well but they still run in the background.  When the Countdown Timer runs/starts at the time it should, it's already at -40 minutes rather than just starting to countdown at 5 minutes.

The only other thing I've thought about doing is creating 8 different countdown clocks and each would have different countdown times.  The first countdown clock would be a 50 minute clock - the schedule starts with a 45 minute presentation/announcements and then it would transition to the countdown clock, and by this time, it would be at 5 minutes which would give us the "5 minute countdown clock"

Let me know if you have any other suggestions.  
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Instead of adding separate presentations to a schedule, why not try embedding several presentations into one master presentation, then scheduling that?

  1. Google Presentation (run for 55 minutes)
  2. Countdown Timer Presentation (run for 5 minutes)
  3. Google Presentation (run for 55 minutes)
  4. Countdown Timer Presentation (run for 5 minutes)
  5. and so on.
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Hi Blake,

I've tried that as well.  But I think I found a solution and that is using a .gif animation for the 5 minute countdown instead of the JavaScript I was using.  I'll be doing more testing with this animation and will post back my results in case other community members are interested in something similar.
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UPDATE:
I was still running into the similar issue using a .gif animation of a countdown timer.  I am now using Google Sign Builder and planning on using that moving forward since I'm able to get the announcements & countdown timer working as I want.  With the Google Sign Builder, I'm using the JavaScript clock I created earlier and uploaded that html file to our web server.