Daktronics Scoreboards

This article will explain how to show live field results and standings data on Daktronics displays using Venus 8000 players.

This feature is only available when you're using the Local Sync method of configuration for AthleticField. For the purposes of this tutorial, we're going to assume you've already completed the Local Sync tutorial and have fully configured all your field events in AthleticFIELD.

AthleticLIVE Local can provide up to eight outputs for field event data from AthleticLIVE Local to Daktronics displays, and can display both individual ("up now") data and standings data.

Download the Files

Visit our downloads page and download the Daktronics File Package. The files will need to be distributed to various computers on your Daktronics network and your AthleticLIVE Local computer.

Copy the Files to Daktronics Computers

For Venus 8000 players, you'll need to copy files to locations both on the Venus 8000 servers themselves, as well as saving one to the Show Control computer.

Access to the Venus 8000 servers is usually provided on the desktop of the Show Control computer. Look for a folder on the desktop labeled "UltraVNC Connections" or "Remote Desktop Connections." In most cases, there will be shortcuts in this folder for "DMP-8000-P" and "DMP-8000-B." This is short for Digital Media Player 8000-Primary and Backup. If you have multiple screens in the facility, you may see DMP-8000 primary and backup units for each screen. These shortcuts will open a remote desktop viewer allowing you to access each DMP server.

For each primary and backup connection, use the File Transfer Utility (look for the file folder icon on the toolbar) within UltraVNC to transfer the following files to the DMP-8000 computers:

  • AthleticFIELD.did must be copied to C:\ProgramData\Daktronics\DDS\DID on each DMP-8000 computer
  • The AthleticFIELD-DEV*.dsrc files (there are eight of these files, one for each data source) must be copied to C:\ProgramData\Daktronics\VNET4\Data on each DMP-8000 computer.

Once you've copied the files to the DMP-8000 servers, you'll also need to copy one file to the Show Control Computer itself.

  • Copy AthleticFIELD.did to C:\Program Files (x86)\Daktronics\Content Studio\StandardProfile

Configure the Profile Editor

The Profile Editor is a piece of software on your Show Control computer that associates data inputs and real-time-data fields so that AthleticFIELD real-time-data fields can be added to layouts in Content Studio.

  1. On the Show Control computer, open the Start Menu and access the Profile Editor software in the DaktronicsUtilities folder. The username and password will be automatically generated.
  2. Click the green  icon under Profile: at the top of the window. Enter AthleticFIELD and click OK.
  3. In the Manage DID Files section, click the green  icon, and then select AthleticFIELD.did from the list. Ensure that AthleticFIELD appears in the dropdown menu under Available DIDs.
  4. In the Manage Data Inputs, click the green  icon.
    1. In the Name field, enter AthleticFIELD1.
    2. Ignore the Number and Offset fields unless you're using a DMP-3000 or DMP-7000 unit. AthleticFIELD does support data input to DMP-7000s, but it is beyond the scope of this article. AthleticFIELD does not support DMP-3000s at this time.
    3. In the DSRC File Name field, enter AthleticFIELD-DEV1.dsrc. This must be entered exactly as it appears here.
  5. In the Pair section, click the green  icon. Select AthleticFIELD1 from the Input drop-down menu, and select AthleticFIELD from the DID drop-down menu. Click OK.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for up to 8 total inputs. For each subsequent input, increment the number by 1. For example, in step 4a you would enter AthleticFIELD2 , and in 4c you would enter AthleticFIELD-DEV2.dsrc. In Step 5, you would select AthleticFIELD2 from the drop-down menu.
AthleticFIELD supports a maximum of 8 total data feeds to a Daktronics scoreboard (AthleticFIELD1-AthleticFIELD8). Do not attempt to create more than 8 inputs without creating the requisite DSRC files.
  1. When you have created all your inputs, click Save Changes at the bottom of the Profile Editor window, and then close the program.

Setup AthleticLIVE Local

As stated at the beginning of this article, we're assuming here that you've already completed the setup for Local Sync and all your field events have been configured. If not, follow the instructions in the Local Sync article.

Start AthleticLIVE Local and go to the AthleticFIELD App section from the navigation menu on the left side of the screen. Under the Settings section, take note of the file location noted under LSS Directory. The Dak_AthleticFIELD.lss file that was included in the downloads package should be copied to this location.

Create Scoreboard Outputs

To create your first data feed from AthleticLIVE Local to Daktronics, click Create New at the top of the Scoreboards section.

On the next screen, you'll be prompted to enter data about the scoreboard feed.

  1. Active?: If this box is checked, the scoreboard will be activated and appear live upon completion of the form.
  2. Name: Name the scoreboard. As discussed earlier, this is not necessarily the name of a particular event, but rather perhaps of a physical or logical location of a scoreboard.
  3. Display Type: Configure what kind of data you'd like to send to the scoreboard:
    1. Individual: Allows you to show full data about each individual on the scoreboard as they step up for their attempt. As an athlete is selected in the AthleticFIELD app, their data will appear on the scoreboard.
    2. Standings: Displays the overall standings of the event, regardless of who is currently making an attempt. Standings are updated in real-time, and you have the option to page the display, showing a certain number of entries in the overall standings at once. See more on Standings below.
  4. LSS Files: Depending whether you select Individual or Standings above, you'll be presented with one or more locations to select an LSS file. For all drop-down menus requesting an LSS file, you need to use the Dak_AthleticFIELD.lss file you copied into the location in the previous section. If you don't see the file you're looking for after copying it into place, confirm the file location, and then refresh the page.
  5. Connection Type: For Daktronics scoreboards, always select UDP.
  6. Code Set: Select Single Byte.
  7. IP Address: Daktronics systems look for a UDP Universal Broadcast, so the IP address should always be
  8. Port: The port number depends upon which data source you're using in the Daktronics software:
    1. AthleticFIELD1: 23001
    2. AthleticFIELD2: 23002
    3. AthleticFIELD3: 23003
    4. AthleticFIELD4: 23004
    5. AthleticFIELD5: 23005
    6. AthleticFIELD6: 23006
    7. AthleticFIELD7: 23007
    8. AthleticFIELD8: 23008
  9. Name Format: Select the type of name formatting you'd like to have sent to the scoreboard.

If you selected Standings as your Display Type above, you'll also see the following options:

  • Enable Paging?: Checking this box will send on a certain subset of the overall standings data to the display at any one time, so that smaller displays can cycle through the whole results standings, page by page.
  • Paging Size: Enter the number of results rows you'd like to display at any one time. If your display is only large enough to show three rows of results at a time, enter 3. If your display can only show a single name, enter 1.
  • Paging Max: If you'd only like to show a certain portion of the standings, enter the lowest place you'd like displayed. For example, if you only want the standings to show the top ten results before cycling back to the beginning, enter 10. If you'd like to show all standings, leave this field blank.
  • Paging Time: Enter the time in seconds that you'd like each page to show.
If you have a large display that's capable of showing (for example) ten standings at the same time and you only would like to display the top ten, enter 10 in both Paging Size and Paging Max. Leave the Paging Time field blank.

Send Event Data to Daktronics

After you've configured your data sources in AthleticLIVE Local, you'll see a list similar to the following:

To send data for a particular event to Daktronics, use the drop-down menu in the appropriate row to select an event, then check the Active? box to start sending data.

For the Standings scoreboards, you have the option to either send a result list (i.e., the event standings), or a start list (the list of people in the flight, by throwing order). Sending a start list is useful if the field is being introduced over the PA system and you'd like to show their names on the screen. Simply click on the result_list button to toggle to start lists and back again.

Recommended Data Source Practices
AthleticFIELD supports up to 8 different data feeds from AthleticLIVE to a Daktronics scoreboard. Each of these can be of two types:
  • An Individual data feed (i.e., who's up right now and data about that person)
  • A Standings data feed (i.e., the standings of everyone in the event as it currently stands)
Our recommendation is that you pair these sources when displaying data. For example, if you're displaying data for Long Jump, you would send Long Jump Individual data to AthleticFIELD1 and Long Jump Standings data to AthleticFIELD2. You can then build a layout that incorporates both the real-time standings and the "up-now" data into one layout, by using data fields from AthleticFIELD1 for the "up-now" data, and data fields from AthleticFIELD2 for the live standings data.

As the day progresses, you can switch from event to event in the data outputs as some events end and others begin, always keeping a single event on a pair of data outputs. For example, once Long Jump ends, you can replace it with Shot Put on AthleticFIELD1 (up now) and AthleticFIELD2 (standings), and if Pole Vault is running at the same time, you can put Pole Vault on AthleticFIELD3 and AthleticFIELD4.

Create Display Layouts

Once you've configured your inputs, open Content Studio to start creating your layouts. You'll notice that under the Dynamic Data Library, you'll have a new entry in the Category drop-down menu, called AthleticFIELD. In this category, you'll have folders designated AthleticFIELD1-AthleticFIELD8. Each folder represents a separate data source, and contains data fields for display. Therefore, if you want to create a layout that will pay attention to the data source AthleticFIELD1 (i.e., UDP Port 23001), you'll drag data fields into your layout from the AthleticFIELD1 folder. If you wanted to create a hybrid layout that shows both who is up now as well as live standings for the same event, data fields for the "up now" portion of the display would be pulled from AthleticFIELD1, while data fields for the standings portion of the display would be pulled from AthleticFIELD2.

The following data fields are available for all AthleticFIELD data sources:

If you're building an Individual ("up now") layout, you should always use data fields that begin with Line 1. These are the only fields supported for Individual scoreboards.
  • Event Name: The name of the event (e.g., "Womens Long Jump")
  • Event Number
  • Round Number
  • Flight Number
  • Line 1; Place: The position in the standings of the athlete listed in the first row of the standings page currently being displayed, or the position in the standings of the athlete currently making an attempt.
  • Line 1; Attempt: The attempt number of the athlete currently making an attempt (displays 3 if the athlete is about to make their third jump, for example).
  • Line 1; ID: The bib number of the athlete.
  • Line 1; Name: The name of the athlete listed in the first row of the standings page currently being displayed, or the name of the athlete currently making an attempt. See the name formatting options under Create Scoreboard Outputs above.
  • Line 1; Affiliation: The team or other affiliation of the athlete listed in the first row of the standings page currently being displayed or that of the athlete currently making an attempt.
  • Line 1; Mark:
    • For standings scoreboards, the athlete's mark that's being used to determine their place in the standings.
    • For individual scoreboards, the result of the current attempt. Appears after the AthleticFIELD operator enters the mark and taps "save."
    In vertical events, this will display the athlete's best cleared height as well as the vertical components (e.g., 2.75 XXO). For other options, see below.
  • Line 1; Mark Converted: Same as above, but displays the measurement in the opposite units from those currently being used to measure (e.g., if the event is set up to measure in metric, then this field will display imperial units, and vice-versa).
  • Line 1; Wind: The wind reading for the current attempt.
  • Line 1: Mark (no vertical jumps): Displays the current mark without vertical components. Useful for showing the bar height in a vertical competition.
  • Line 1: Vertical Components: Displays the vertical attempts (e.g., XXO) for the athlete at the current height.
  • Line 1: Mark Converted (no vertical jumps): Displays the current mark in the opposite units from those currently being used to measure without vertical components. Useful for showing the bar height in a vertical competition.
  • Line 1: Best Mark: Displays the athlete's best mark in the competition so far.

Supported fields for Standings Scoreboards

Standings scoreboards only support a limited subset of the fields shown above:

  • Event Name
  • Line 1; Place
  • Line 1; ID
  • Line 1; Name
  • Line 1; Affiliation
  • Line 1; Mark
  • Line 1; Mark Converted

All fields shown may be used for Individual Scoreboards.

Example hybrid field layout

This example is for a horizontal event. It would require two outputs from AthleticLIVE Local, in this case we'll use AthleticFIELD1 (Individual/up-now) and AthleticFIELD2 (Standings). In this example, the AthleticFIELD2 output would be configured to have Paging enabled, and Paging Size set to 9.

Event Name
Line 1; Name
Line 1; Affiliation
Attempt: Line 1; Attempt
Place: Line 1; Place
Best: Line 1; Best Mark

Line 1; Place
Line 1; Name
Line 1; Affiliation
Line 1; Mark
Line 2; Place
Line 2; Name
Line 2; Affiliation
Line 2; Mark
Line 3; Place
Line 3; Name
Line 3; Affiliation
Line 3; Mark
Line 4; Place
Line 4; Name
Line 4; Affiliation
Line 4; Mark
Line 5; Place
Line 5; Name
Line 5; Affiliation
Line 5; Mark
Line 6; Place
Line 6; Name
Line 6; Affiliation
Line 6; Mark
Line 7; Place
Line 7; Name
Line 7; Affiliation
Line 7; Mark
Line 8; Place
Line 8; Name
Line 8; Affiliation
Line 8; Mark
Line 9; Place
Line 9; Name
Line 9; Affiliation
Line 9; Mark

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