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Re: Regional Containers in M3U
« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2008, 20:26:25 »
Hi Torben,
The EXE file is still the previous build, althought the MAP and Readme files are current...
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Re: Regional Containers in M3U
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2008, 20:36:20 »
Ooops. Try again please.

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Re: Regional Containers in M3U
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2008, 21:18:05 »
Yes this seems to work - I notice that I can alternate between FLAT and CONTAINER by placing that directly above each M3U reference file.  Quite handy.

The only thing missing is being able to include a REGION CONTAINER without using a #mAirList prefix - For instance, with Creator, you can use M3U files as a Spot Group that can sequence or randomize, so ideal for creating local/regional advert break placeholders but you cannot randomize items that need a #mAirList prefix :(  That means it's no good for scheduling random regional idents.  The only way is to include them in the main Clock/Rotation (see my earlier example), and that's quite "messy" as it involves a lot of Break Note entries and fills up the window.

This would solve a problem for those who may wish to schedule many regional IDs during an hour - They could make them in mAirList (or schedule them in Creator alongside the Adverts) and simply allow the scheduler to rotate them in a Spot Group.  At present, you have to use #mAirList INCLUDE xxx to reference a Regional Container - meaning that unless it's a DateTimeFormat file, you have to use static filenames.
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Re: Regional Containers in M3U
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2008, 21:28:15 »
Actually, there should be no difference between using #mAirList INCLUDE and referencing the file name directly now (in case it is recognized as a playlist, i.e., it has a .m3u, .mlp etc. extension).

I think I still don't understand the problem. Does Creator write one M3U per region? Or is it one M3U with one file per region? Can you given an example of what the files look like?

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Re: Regional Containers in M3U
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2008, 22:07:40 »
Creator can output whatever you configure it to... Generally, it's a simple M3U file with the c:\path\filename.mp3 format and "Break Notes" (for BREAK, COMMAND, DUMMY items etc) can be inserted too.  Within an hourly template, you can specify %tokens such as DateTime ddd hh letters - so at the top of each hour, you could specify #mAirList DUMMY 0 START OF HOUR %h and %h would translate into 00:00:00 for midnight.  You can also set a size for that field, eg: #mAirList DUMMY 0 START OF HOUR %2h:27 would translate to 00:27 if you follow my meaning...

It's 1 file per break... A pre-made Regional M3U via Creator or mAirList can look like this:

#mAirList BEGINREGIONCONTAINER SPLIT : News Jingle
#mAirList BEGINCONTAINER Container
C:\JINGLES\Region 1 - News Jingle.mp3
#mAirList ENDCONTAINER
#mAirList BEGINCONTAINER Container
C:\JINGLES\Region 2 - News Jingle.mp3
#mAirList ENDCONTAINER
#mAirList ENDREGIONCONTAINER


Creator can create 1 "playlist" per hour or day - named however you wish, so there could be 24 of these.

I'm going to continue testing and see if I can "bend the rules" with what you've already enabled/added for us :)
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Re: Regional Containers in M3U
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2008, 13:15:02 »
OK, I've got it working...

I can put #mAirList MODE FLAT at the top of my Playlist (as a global Playlist Header setting in Creator so that every M3U file is treated this way, or define it on a "per-hour" basis at the top of each clock/rotation should I wish to use MODE CONTAINER somewhere) and then simply include the M3U as a Break Note ie: Z:\mAirList Files\Split - News 1 Drone.m3u or place the M3U Spot Group into the Rotation, ie:

SONG (category, mp3)
PROMO (spot group, mp3)
SPLIT NEWS IDENTS (spot group, m3u)
SPLIT NEWS IDENTS (spot group, m3u)
SPLIT NEWS IDENTS (spot group, m3u)
JINGLE OUT (spot group, mp3)
SONG (category, mp3)


In this example, I would have 3 M3U files within the "Split News Idents" group:

Z:\mAirList Files\Split - News 1 Drone.m3u
Z:\mAirList Files\Split - News 2 Bed.m3u
Z:\mAirList Files\Split - News 3 Outro.m3u

Therefore, each time that Spot Group appears, the next M3U within that group is picked hence the 1,2,3 filenames.  If you set the group to random, you can then have a group of M3U ad breaks that are picked randomly...etc

Hopefully I'm not confusing you Torben with Break Notes and M3U explanations!  When using the basic M3U format in Creator, whatever you put as a Break Note is output in the final M3U playlist - so your #mAirList commands are done in this way as are defining explicit files (or further playlists).  Now that I've grasped this, I'll write up a slightly easier to understand walk-through for the Wiki ;)

Note to Creator users: M3U is not enabled as a valid extension by default - you'll need to highlight it from the list of file types in "Advanced Options".
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Re: Regional Containers in M3U
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2008, 14:16:03 »
Well done :)

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Re: Regional Containers in M3U
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2008, 16:31:37 »
Creator can output whatever you configure it to... Generally, it's a simple M3U file with the c:\path\filename.mp3 format and "Break Notes" (for BREAK, COMMAND, DUMMY items etc) can be inserted too.  Within an hourly template, you can specify %tokens such as DateTime ddd hh letters - so at the top of each hour, you could specify #mAirList DUMMY 0 START OF HOUR %h and %h would translate into 00:00:00 for midnight.  You can also set a size for that field, eg: #mAirList DUMMY 0 START OF HOUR %2h:27 would translate to 00:27 if you follow my meaning...

It's 1 file per break... A pre-made Regional M3U via Creator or mAirList can look like this:

#mAirList BEGINREGIONCONTAINER SPLIT : News Jingle
#mAirList BEGINCONTAINER Container
C:\JINGLES\Region 1 - News Jingle.mp3
#mAirList ENDCONTAINER
#mAirList BEGINCONTAINER Container
C:\JINGLES\Region 2 - News Jingle.mp3
#mAirList ENDCONTAINER
#mAirList ENDREGIONCONTAINER


Creator can create 1 "playlist" per hour or day - named however you wish, so there could be 24 of these.

I'm going to continue testing and see if I can "bend the rules" with what you've already enabled/added for us :)

Still got problems here :(
 
I've set the regional devices etc in the config - put the break notes in and I get the regional container up in mairlist but when it plays, it just skips it and then goes onto the next thing? When I go on container properties and click regional containers I see two tabs with my regions but nothing is in them :(

EDIT: my mistake, sorted it however still no audio? Is that still a bug?
« Last Edit: May 07, 2008, 16:55:34 by Libra28 »
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