Logging

X-Pert Playout generates two types of log files: System logs and an As-Run log. A Logs directory is created upon X-Pert Playout installation. It contains a System subfolder by default. Errors, System events, Events, and Event type are logged in the System log, regardless of your preferences.

In the Log Options dialog box you can select what playlist entry information will be included in the logs, if they should be created on a Daily basis or not, and you can create log-management settings.

If Enable logging is checked, an As-Run log file will be created. Otherwise, X-Pert Playout will not generate As-Run logs. When you first check this box, browse for a folder, in which to save your As-Run logs. If you do not select a folder, a subfolder As-Run will be created in the X-Pert Playout\Logs directory. Your As-Run log files will be saved there.

Delete system logs older than  days – this option will help you manage your system log files by deleting the ones older than the number of days set in the spin-box. You can choose between 14 and 100 days.

Delete as-run logs older than  days – this option acts in the same way as the one above but for the As-Run logs.

You can add info fields in the log by checking the relevant check-boxes in the list. Use the red arrows to change the position of the currently selected item in the Log file.

Some third-party applications require an exact number and content of the columns in the log file. Therefore, we have created several empty fields that can be inserted in the log to comply with such specific requirements.

Below the list of info fields, there are several selectable options:

 Time code – displays time in the format HH:MM:SS:FF, where H stands for hours, M for minutes, S for seconds, and F for frames.

 

Time – displays time in the format HH:MM:SS.MsMsMs

 

Time with miliseconds – displays the time in miliseconds only

 

Time with floating points seconds - displays the time in seconds only

 

 As-run log per playlist – checking this box will create a separate as-run log each time a new playlist is loaded in X-Pert Playout.

Enable events in As-Run - check it if you need to have logging details on the events used in the playlist. You may specify, which events to persist in the As-Run logs: Logo, Return Event, Fill event, Automation or Wait/Stop event.

You can add new columns to the log by pressing the Plus  sign button. This allows for logging certain Metadata fields from the clip properties. All you have to do is specify the name of the Metadata you want to log (as it appears in the first column of the Metadata tab).

If you want to remove a columns from the log, pres the Minus  sign button.

You can also set the periodicity of log files – Daily log or aggregated files.

If  Daily log is selected, a new As-Run Log file will be created each day. The System logs are always daily, despite this setting. The Day start at field determines when to start the new log. This setting is necessary, in case you wish to log 24-hour periods that start at your wish (for example, at 02:00:00 o’clock, instead of 00:00:00)

If Log items ID's is checked, information regarding the ID will be visible in the LogView, i.e. if you add a clip, the id will persist as a row in the LogView.

The Log file is generated in simple Tab-delimited text format. It can be imported to various applications, text editors, etc.

TIP (!) You can easily export the logs to MS Excel format from File menu  Export logs in XLS files….

NOTE: Regardless of the above settings, X-Pert Playout will generate System logs that are saved in the program directory. The minimum period for keeping the system logs is 14 days (see above).