File renamer for automated import to Playout SystemFollow @mediaukdiscuss
I have asked a company to produce some software which will monitor a variety of folders for audio files. When it finds some audio it appends the file (within a certain range) with a number which would be the cart number for Myriad Playout System. This would then be imported into the Playout System automatically.
I am trying to gauge the interest in this piece of software in order to be able to spread the development costs amongst those interested. It would potentially only be £10 each interested party to get the software written.
Please let me know if you are interested in this project or not.
ta – M
Are you sure there isn’t something on the market / even part of the playout system that does that?
I know for Master Control, the RCS guys have glue which does just that.
P Squared have the software which does it for their new version 4 software but not for v3.6 and there are no plans to make it available for v3.6 owners.
ta – M
You can also rename the files based on their tags in foobar2000 (for those unfamiliar with it, an excellent and free media player software). You could create a custom ‘cart’ tag, add the ID as the tag value, and then name the files via the algorithm $artist$ – $title$ ($cart$) or similar.
Thanks for the info that v4 of Myriad does this – I was almost going to say “yes!”, but if it’s available as part of that then it seems like a good feature at no additional cost (apart from the v4 licensing costs!).
Phil – thanks for your suggestion. I had a play with it last night and although fine it will only do one folder whereas I wish to monitor multiple folders and have different renaming rules on each folder.
Dave – will take a look at Foobar however it sounds complicated.
James – agreed however would like to have the ability for those sticking on v3.6 plus this could also be used for other systems.
ta so far for comments….
I actually ended up writing a bit of software to handle automated ingest of content into a Myriad 3.6 system. It’s called Iris – it will work for other playout systems, too, and I never got round to reimplementing the TCP/IP remote interface to Myriad for full automation (the station I wrote it for didn’t want it fully automated). It’s probably a bit more than what you need, but might be a good starting point if you really want to write something new.
Having spent a lot of time messing around trying to get Myriad to support any sort of functionality like this though, I’d strongly recommend moving away from Myriad if you’re not interested/can’t afford the 4.x upgrade cost/get frustrated trying to maintain a sizeable database in it. RIvendell is a free open-source playout system that supports this sort of thing through the dropbox import system and is practically feature-complete compared against Myriad.
James Harrison – thanks for this. I won’t be doing the writing but asking someone else to. I want it to interface with the Myriad Auto Importer but it requires the cart numbers added to the front of the file 1234-song.wav for example. It will then suck it in but ideally I want people to be able to drop files in a variety of folders and not have to worry about the number at the front. I currently do something using a batch file for when I know it will be one file into one folder with the same number but getting it to increase by one each time it imports would be good. We already have a system for this from the company planning on writing the software which does this with IRN news audio and resets every day.
I’m pretty sure Myriad can do this. Give the guys at P Squared a call.
Just having re-read this, are you suggesting that if someone drops in a cut called “Afternoon Headlines” it’ll stick it on Cart 4321?