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The streaming plugin listens to update messages from the Remote Player and updates a text log file.
The plugin reads the audio information from the “Stereo Mix” channel on a sound card, encodes to mp3 or ogg file to a specified directory. mp3 or ogg files are split by the hour of the day and stored in folders (one for each day).
Before you can automate or manually control any audio playback you need to introduce your media files (primarily audio files) to Broadcast Power. The media file type is very important in scheduling and automating. Songs, jingles, commercials and fillers are treated differently.
Two main methods exist
Drag audio files from file explorer and drop them on the Media Editor control.
This process will save the file location, extracting tags from the file if any.
Enter each audio file into Broadcast Power from the Media Editor control (press the “New” button, enter data including the file location, press the “Save” button)
How to think of your station format when programming with Broadcast Power
Every 15 mins we broadcast commercials. We call those “Commercial Spots” or “Commercial Breaks” in Broadcast Power.
Commercial breaks are between 3 and 14 minutes in duration.
First thing we need to do is schedule our “commercial breaks” and then we start with scheduling the commercials themselves.
Make sure that every commercial audio file has a “commercial category” when creating from the “Media Editor” screen. This category field is used to identify and separate “like commercials” within a spot (option set by user).
What happens if commercials in a spot are > or <180 seconds?
Since we are playing commercials in assisted mode and not scheduling anything before or after a commercial spot, nothing happens.
If we, however, have programs scheduled before and/or after a commercial spot, we end up with three main outcomes:
Previous program ends before scheduled start of commercial spot
BP2X plays random songs to fill the gap if commercials have the option of “play on time”.
BP2X plays the commercials before their scheduled start time, at the end time of the previous program, if “play on time” is set to false for the commercial spot. All subsequent scheduled programs will be time shifted, unless their “play on time” setting is true.
Create a customer for the commercial you want to schedule, if it does not exist (Commercial Editor Customers).
Go to (Commercial Editor Campaigns) and create
List commercials in campaign (you should have the commercial audio files and categories created before this step – see Media Import & Creation slide)
Go to (Commercial Editor Campaign Scheduler) and start scheduling commercial (read help file for more info on how this is done).
Use (Commercial Editor Spot Editor) to check and confirm the time and position of the scheduled commercial. You can update the content of the spot from this screen, altering its position and / or the commercials in it.