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File renamer for automated import to Playout System

posted on Tuesday 11th September 2012 at 09:52

Hi All,

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

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Ricki Lee
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Hey Matt,

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.

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Matt Wade
posted

Hi Ricki,

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

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Phil Edmonds
posted

Not withstanding that something custom will be able to handle the ‘exact requirements’ of the task in hand, but a quick search reveals this free utility

Which sounds like it will do what is wanted.

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Dave Hedley
posted

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.

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James Hamilton
posted

Matt,

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!).

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Matt Wade
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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….

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James Harrison
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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.

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Matt Wade
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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.

M

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James Martin
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I’m pretty sure Myriad can do this. Give the guys at P Squared a call.

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James Martin
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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?

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