Import a tab-delimited file


          This menu item allows importing all kinds of tab-delimited text files. All you have to do is “tell” X-Pert Playout what the different columns of the imported file contain. The dialog to the right appears upon selecting this menu item. The OK button will not be active until you fill in all the strings.

The Import Tab Delimited Playlist operates by using playlist structure templates, previously created by you.

Use the button to the right of the Folder string to specify the location for saving your templates. You can check Always remember last used.

The Template preset drop-down list contains all of the templates, saved in this folder. When you open it for the first time, there will be no templates to load and [None] will appear in the string. You will have to create them first (see next page).

The Default delimiter is used to select how the columns are separated in the file to be imported (tabs, semi-colons, etc.).

The Start time tolerance spin box is designated for usage when the playlist for import contains fixed start time entries. This means that if there are some conflicting start times that are out of the allowable tolerance, then no fixed start time events will be created during the playlist import. This value is valid both for earlier, and for later start tolerances.

For example, if you enter 10 seconds here, this will be interpreted as 10 seconds.

The Frames drop-down list allows you to select the number of frames per second in the files to be imported.

In the Action drop-down list select whether to Load, Insert, or Append a playlist.

If you check the  Save daily playlists box, the dialog will become extended, so that you can specify a folder and Playlists start time.

In the File to Import field select the file you wish to import via the Browse button next to it.

          You can save the imported playlist as a default template by pressing the Save as Default Template button.

          Push the More button in the Templates field to create/modify your playlist template. The following dialog will open:

          In the Template field, enter the template name. Use the Sample File button to select an example of the text file that will be imported with this template.

In the Number of lines to be skipped cell, enter the relevant figure (for example, -1). The skipped lines will be colored in red.

Comment – fill in a symbol to appear in the beginning of a row to be skipped from the playlist.

          Go to the uppermost cell of each column, click once on it and “tell” the Template Builder what it contains (select from the drop-down list). Use [BULK] for the fields to be skipped (such as duration, etc.) to comply with the X-Pert Playout playlist structure.

When you are ready, press Save.

Pick - press it to use the current template for the file you are going to import.

If you already have some templates and you select one of them from the drop-down list, push the Load button to load it (its settings will be displayed in the grid).

Validation – press it, if you to ensure that your template is compatible with the file you are going to import (a browse dialog will open for you to print to that file).

                    If you need to use another sample file, push the Clear Sample button and then load the new sample. If you do not clear the old sample first, the new file will be appended to the end of the old one.

          The third uppermost row of this dialog is dedicated to the daily playlists. There you can see the date and time format for such represented lists. In case you have to import playlists that are longer than 12 hours, use the Filter button to split them. Upon pressing it, the following dialog opens:

          Here you can indicate some values of the clip, which will be used as a split point (for example, [House ID], [In] and [OutTC], [Category], [Title], etc.). Use the Add button to add these values as filtering conditions for splitting the playlists, and the Apply and Remove buttons respectively to confirm the usage of the created conditions, or to remove them.

          Back in the first dialog, select a template preset from the drop-down list (now you should have at least one, built in the Template builder). Press the Browse button to point to the File to Import and click OK.

          You can set the currently selected Templates folder and Template preset as default, by pressing the Save as Default Template button.