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Open Source automation solution for 24/7 playout

Postby balte » 24 Feb 2017, 15:13

This is a forum thread for a little controller I built called FolderPlayout for the local public broadcaster Alkmaar Centraal in the Netherlands. The source code for FolderPlayout is hosted on https://github.com/baltedewit/folderplayout

FolderPlayout runs as a windows service against CasparCG 2.0.7 and plays the contents of the folder Playlist every hour. Additionally it can play folders at specific hours defined in timetable.json. When there is no content playing, the input of DECKLINK 1 will be shown.

Requirements:
- CasparCG 2.0.7 stable
- NodeJS
- A decklink input card (and probably output as well)

Installation:
- clone the repository in the same folder where your Server folder lives
- run npm install and accept the installation of the service
- run the service "playout controller"
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Re: Open Source automation solution for 24/7 playout

Postby Jesper Stærkær » 24 Feb 2017, 16:01

Really cool balte!
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Re: Open Source automation solution for 24/7 playout

Postby Rolands » 09 Mar 2017, 12:50

I was trying to install the Folder Playout client, but received following error:
"Make sure you have the latest version of node.js and npm installed.
109 error If you do, this is most likely a problem with the playout-controller package,
109 error not with npm itself."

What could be the reason for this error?
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Re: Open Source automation solution for 24/7 playout

Postby Rolands » 09 Mar 2017, 12:53

And regarding the Folder Playout client itself:

For example I have a playlist of several files running in loop, but at certain time(s) it is necessary to switch to another video for some predefined time and then switch back to previous playlist. Would it be possible with this client?
If not, could you please suggest any other client for this task?
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Re: Open Source automation solution for 24/7 playout

Postby balte » 09 Mar 2017, 21:43

Rolands wrote:And regarding the Folder Playout client itself:

For example I have a playlist of several files running in loop, but at certain time(s) it is necessary to switch to another video for some predefined time and then switch back to previous playlist. Would it be possible with this client?
If not, could you please suggest any other client for this task?


No, folderplayout does not support looping playlists.
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Re: Open Source automation solution for 24/7 playout

Postby zeeshanhasan » 18 Mar 2017, 07:05

I suggest that you look at https://github.com/CasparPlay/CGScheduler for complex scheduling needs.
We use it to play from a list, exit to live news and then return to the playout list after news is over.
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