4.4. Automating Recordings

Automated recordings are configured by means of the Edit Recording dialog (see The Edit Recording Dialog), which can be accessed either by clicking the Recording button in the Add Event dialog to create a new record event or by touching the Edit button to modify an existing event.

4.4.1. The 'Start Parameters' Section

The start parameters of each recording are configured in the 'Start Parameters' section. A recording can be programmed to start on the basis of the wall clock time, referred to the hard start time, or upon reception of a general-purpose input, or GPI event originated by a satellite receiver, tone decoder or other external device. Programming a hard start time is merely a matter of entering the desired start time, in 24 hour 'military' format. Programming a GPI start involves, in addition to entry of the GPI parameters themselves (matrix and GPI line numbers) that Window Start and Windows End times be entered, that define the 'window' during which reception of the appropriate GPI event will be 'recognized' by RDCatch. It is also optionally possible to specify a Start Delay between reception of the GPI event and the actual start of the recording.

The Edit Recording Dialog

4.4.2. The 'End Parameters' Section

The end parameters of each recording are configured in the 'End Parameters' section. A recording can be programmed to end on the basis of a hard time, its absolute length or in response to a GPI event. Programming of the Hard Time and Length parameters should be fairly self-explanatory, while the parameters needed to program a GPI event are similar to those used for the start parameters, with the exception of the Max Record Length setting, which limits the maximum length of the recording in the event that the expected GPI event is never received.

4.4.3. Programming Multiple Recordings in a Single Event

If a record event is configured to use GPI for its start and Length or GPI for its end parameter, then it is possible to configure the event to make repeated, multiple recordings within a single event by checking the Allow Multiple Recordings Within This Window box in the 'Start Parameters' section. This can significantly reduce the amount of required record events when capturing material with high on-air turnover, such as newscasts or traffic reports.

4.4.4. Selecting a Record Source

If the selected record deck (chosen in the Location drop-down menu at the top of the dialog) as been configured to operate with an audio switcher device, the appropriate audio input can be chosen from the Source drop-down menu.

4.4.5. Selecting a Record Destination

Each programmed recording must have a 'destination', a designated Cart/Cut which will hold the audio. The currently programmed destination is shown in the Destination field, and can be changed by clicking the Select button.

4.4.6. Setting the Active Days for a Recording

A check should be placed next to each day of the week for which a recording should be made in the Active Days box. If no days are checked, then no recordings at all will be made.

4.4.7. Record List Management with Event Active and Make OneShot

The record event will be actually executed only if Event Active check box (in the upper left corner of the dialog box) is ticked. By clearing this box, it's possible to 'bank' a record event without actually having it run, useful for events that are only used sporadically.

For events that need to be executed only once, the Make OneShot box can be ticked. Such an event will execute just once, and then automatically delete itself from the event list.