Auto-fill

In the Auto-fill options dialog you can specify a default auto-fill clip, and create your own auto-fill categories, containing certain clips. These settings are necessary for the automatic filling of gaps that may appear in your playlist when using Fixed-time events.

On the top of this window you can see the Default auto-fill clip string.

Browse for it by pressing the Browse  button to the right.

The Auto-fill categories field is situated below. The drop-down list contains all previously prepared categories (hence, it will be empty when you open it for the first time). To create a new category, press the Add new category  button to the right, and enter the name of the new Category. Click OK. You can rename your categories later by pressing the Rename Category  button. If you want to remove the entire category, press the delete category  button.

 

You can add clips (media files) and live events to each custom category. To add a predefined live input to the category, select it from the Defined lives drop-down list. Use the Randomize clips in this category   button to output the clips in a random order.

 

To define a new live input, click the Insert Live button below. An empty entry will be added to the category list. Select that entry and click the Edit Live button. The Live Inputs Editor dialog will open. Refer to the Live Inputs Editor section of this document for additional information on live input settings.

 

Now you have to add clips to your category. Press the tape Insert File button to open a browse dialog to locate the clip.

Let us have a look at the clips’ description below. The first three columns need no explanation, but the last one is very important. The Truncate column contains info on whether the respective clip can be truncated, or not (you can change [YES]/[NO] by double-clicking in the relevant cell). This is important because if you have a 2 minutes gap for example, and all of the clips in the auto-fill category are longer than 2 minutes and cannot be truncated, there will be a conflict. As a result, none of the clips will be played out and the default auto-fill will be executed instead.

NOTE: When playing auto-fill categories, X-Pert Playout will first look for clips that can be played out as a whole, then for clips that can be truncated. Thus, if you have a two-minute gap and the auto-fill category contains the following:

Clip#1 with Duration 3:00, Truncate=[YES]

Clip#2 with Duration 2:05, Truncate=[NO]

Clip#3 with Duration 1:50, Truncate=[YES]/[NO],

X-Pert Playout will playout Clip#3 first (since it can be played out to its end), and then Clip#1 (since it can be truncated). This comes to illustrate that the order of the clips in the category can be changed automatically, depending on the gap size.

To delete a clip from the current category, select it and press the Remove button. If you want to remove the entire category, press the Delete category  button.

NOTE: If the user does NOT define any auto-fill clip, X-Pert Playout will use its own default auto-fill clip, which is simply an empty video, showing a black screen.