Dummy Clip

The Dummy Clip invokes a special dialog box for adding or inserting “virtual” clips in the playlist. You can use this option when you want to build your playlist prior to receiving a clip, whose properties are already known. X-Pert Playout will mark it as Missing, but when it becomes available, it could be used right away.

Use the Source tab to fill in the Location of the clip. You can read more about it in the Clip Properties dialog -> Source description.

In the General tab, fill-in the Title of the clip. The IN and OUT points, the Duration, and the Timecode are also editable. If you want you can write the Category, Star, and Notes. You can make the module remember each last string entry by checking the box next to its row. If you want, you can select the File type, or leave it as Auto. Read more about it in the Clip Properties dialog -> General description.

NOTE: If you do NOT know the Duration of the clip you would like to add as a Dummy Clip, you can put a random number in the Duration field. When the clip is present, X-Pert Playout will automatically update its duration, as long as the following conditions are satisfied:

1.The Auto update clip’s duration option is checked in Settings menu  General -> General tab.

2.Step 1 is done for each X-Pert Playout instance, for which you would like to use that option.

          If one or more of the above conditions are not fulfilled and the Duration, set for the Dummy Clip does not correspond to the actual duration of the clip, the clip will be trimmed accordingly.

          Use the Fixed-time tab if you would like the Dummy Clip to start at a specific point in time. Check the Clip Properties dialog ->Fixed-time description for details on fixed-time settings.

          Use the Transition tab to define transition settings for your dummy clip, if you wish. You can read more about it in the Clip Properties dialog -> Transition description.

          Add some more info about the file in the Metadata tab. You can use this info later, in the graphic rules functionality. Check the Clip Properties dialog -> Metadata description for details about Metadata description.