General tab contains general functionality options:
Use Clip Trimmer – if checked, X-Pert Playout will open the Clip Trimmer upon double clicking over a clip. If this flag is not checked, the Clip Properties dialog will open instead.
Disable trimming while playing - restricts changes in the currently playing list.
Enable IP Remote Control – enables or disables X-Pert Playout LAN remote control (using IP address and the Multi X-Pert Playout Manager).
Transmit actual file timecode – X-Pert Playout transmits the actual file timecode, embedded in the clip file. This timecode can be used by external applications, such as SubTitlePlus (www.subtitleplus.com).
Remove old media items on append – removes the already played files from the old playlist when appending a new one
Broadcast timecode over IP/port – If this one is checked, X-Pert Playout will broadcast the playlist time code, the current clip timecode, and the relative timecode (from the beginning of the playout session) over the network (via UDP). Enter the IP and port number, which you need.
Auto save playlist– saves the playlist automatically at predefined intervals.
Auto update duration of marked files – check it to enable automatic updating of clips’ duration in case of file change. If not checked, X-Pert Playout will “remember” the duration of the original file, and if you change this file with a longer one, it will be truncated. After you have checked this box, go to the playlist, and highlight the files you would like to update (you can use multi-selection). Right-click and choose Auto update. Thus, all “auto update” files will be checked in accordance to the set interval, and their durations will be updated accordingly.
Restart playback after – resets the hardware counter, which is displayed at the Master (green) counter. This option is necessary due to various platform and format limitations.
NOTE: Decoder restarting may cause a few black frames in playback.
Cue delay – this option concerns the Cue function (freeze at a first clip frame). It defines the delay (in milliseconds) before pausing on the first frame, since different decoders behave differently in regards to the first clip frame. This function is both decoder- and computer-dependent. You will have to find the most suitable one for your setup via testing.
NOTE: This affects only some old Playout plug-ins.
Audio Streams –depending on the hardware platform used, X-Pert Playout can playout more than one audio stream.
Default Offset – this is a general offset (measured in milliseconds) that will apply to all newly-inserted external events. The positive values mean later execution of the events and the negative values mean earlier execution. This offset will appear in the Notes column in the playlist upon inserting an external event.
Pre-roll event time – The command reaction times for external events is different, depending on the devices. Still, if you find out an acceptable compromise value that will serve your needs, you can set a general offset value to be applied in run-time to each external event you add in the playlist. Thus, you will not have to enter the same values each time you create an event. This offset will not appear in the playlist!
NOTE: Do not forget to account for the pre-roll event time when you set additional offsets in the events’ properties dialogs. The offsets and the pre-roll event time are summed up in runtime.
The next field, Network Files Restrictions, is designed to specify the procedure upon insertion of files that are not saved locally in the X-Pert Playout machine. This is a precaution option: The playback could stop upon network failure if your whole content is remote, or the playlist could end earlier – if some of your files are stored locally and the network fails, X-Pert Playout will label all remote files as missing, skip them, and hence, the end time of the playlist will be reduced by the duration of all missing files.
When Warn is selected, the rows of all network-stored files in the playlist will become dark-green. A note [Remote file] will appear in the Type column.
When Allow is selected, you will not be notified whether your files are stored remotely or locally. Thus, you will take the chance to trust your network.
If Reject is selected, the rows of all network-stored files in the playlist will become red (brown when selected). A note Rejected remote file [Remote file] will appear in the Type column. These files are considered missing and will be skipped during playback. If you have left the Show duration of missing files flag unchecked, the playlist time will be recalculated accordingly (see the Missing files section below).
Channel ID – enter the ID of the output Channel here
Default code page – select the default text encoding