Bookmark

                

This is a special virtual item that can be used as a target point for incoming triggers (GPI input or DTMF input) or by itself. It will cause X-Pert Playout to Jump to the following item in the playlist, according to several additional conditions as described below.

The bookmark properties dialog contains a Name string and a Time zone area. When inserting bookmarks, you must enter a Name, and you can optionally enter a Time zone as well, depending on your needs.

The time zone represents a validity period of the relevant bookmark. It can act as a target for GPI or DTMF input (when [Jump to bookmark in time range] is selected as a command in the relevant setup dialog).

When Force jump on time is checked, the bookmark will act as a fixed time event and X-Pert Playout will jump to it when its time is through. This can happen in two cases: if the expected trigger does not arrive until the time specified in the To string, or when you are using bookmarks alone in the playlist.

For example, a jump operation will be executed to the bookmark in the screenshot at 16:36:32 o’clock, if the expected trigger has not arrived by that time.

WARNING! Please, note that the To string will force X-Pert Playout to jump and execute the following items in the playlist. This might interrupt the playback order, so be careful when checking Force jump on time in bookmarks!

There are several possible scenarios when using bookmarks and DTMF/GPI triggers combined:

When the bookmark Name is used as a reference, i.e. the DTMF/GPI command is Jump to bookmark:

If there is a Time range, specified in the bookmark’s properties and the trigger comes within this time range – X-Pert Playout will jump to this bookmark.

If there is a Time range, specified in the bookmark’s properties and the trigger comes outside this time range – X-Pert Playout will ignore the command.

If there is no Time range, specified in the bookmark’s properties, X-Pert Playout will jump to that bookmark unconditionally upon receiving the trigger tone/pulse.

When the Time zone is used as a reference, i.e. the DTMF/GPI command is Jump to bookmark in time range:

If the trigger comes within the time range – X-Pert Playout will jump to this bookmark

If the trigger comes outside the time range – X-Pert Playout will jump to the nearest following bookmark, according to the system clock.

WARNING! Please, make sure to set the Time zones correctly, since late arrival of the DTMF tone will cause X-Pert Playout to jump to the next bookmark, thus possibly skipping some of the items that are situated between the two bookmarks, as in the following example:

If a bookmark’s Time zone is set From 15:36:32 To 16:36:32 and the DTMF tone does not arrive, X-Pert Playout could jump to the following item in the playlist at 16:36:32. If the DTMF tone arrives at 17:00:00, X-Pert Playout will jump to the next bookmark in the playlist that has a later Time zone, thus skipping some of the clips that are between the two bookmarks.

WARNING! DO NOT use fixed time events within a bookmark’s time range!