2.2 Tab Planning

This tab enables you to carry out various scheduling processes for the respectively selected event in the plan, as for example set the start time of an event or resolve conflicts.

Notice:

Most of these functions can also be done in the right-mouse options. 

In this tab you can press the following buttons:

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Save

Saves the current program plan. Please make sure to save your broadcasting plan regularly.

Notice:

Planner message on saving the plan Do you want to save your changes?: This message appears whenever there are unsaved changes in the background of the broadcast plan. Here it makes sense to firstly call the function Track changes before saving the plan. This message can be activated/deactivated in the options of the Planner (Admin > Options > Broadcast date > Flag Apply modification log automatically).


Fix start time

If you wish to define the start or end time of an event, thus setting it fix, you can do this with this button or the right-mouse option Set start time. Select this option to modify the time frame-precise. Depending on your changes the start or end time will change, if the other time is fix. Click OK to save the new time of the event, and to fix it in the plan.

Notice:

Changing the start or end times could lead to overlaps or remaining times. 

In addition to this, you can modify the start time of an event directly in the column Broadcast start. Click into the field to mark the time and make the changes.

You can not move an event more than 6 hours. Please use the dialog Edit Event for this.

Please regard the scheduling behavior at broadcast day borders: In case you wish to move an event UPWARDS before the start of the broadcast day you cannot do this directly (the event would be moved DOWNWARDS within the same broadcast day automatically).

 Please set start times in the event dialog. Here you can also set the time to +/- one hour before or after the broadcast day start or end.

Unfix start time

This button allows you to unfix or fix a selected event in the plan. By unfixing an event it automatically moves upwards to the end of the next previous event. Remaining times will be moved downwards. You can either fix/unfix an event with this option in the menu or in the right-mouse dialog, or by setting/removing the flag in the plan.

 

Unfix all sub-events

You can also chose the option Unfix start time for all sub-events. In this case the entire block will be unfixed and moves upwards to the end of the next previous event.

Set duration

You can also set the duration of an event. This can be done for all events with a variable duration or with a duration that can be changed per default.
Events with a defined (fixed) duration CANNOT be modified.

Adapt length for gaps

With the help of this function all remaining times that still exist between the position of the selected event until the next fix event will be added up to extend or shorten the event duration of the selected event by this remaining time.

Correct event length

In case a scheduled event displays a length error - which can be seen in the column Status of the broadcast plan after activating the respective error in the header Tests and coloring all errors in the color options - you may correct the length of the event in the menu of the right mouse. This option is available in the following cases:

  • The length of a scheduled version has been modified due to its activated material. The version receives a length error as the broadcast plan still contains the „old“ version length. A click on the option Correct event length will resolve this error by updating the version length.
  • The length of a scheduled version without any material was changed due to a replacing of the version by another. This version receives a length error, too, which you may resolve by using this option.

Resolve conflict by shortening

If overlappings are produced during the scheduling process they are displayed as time errors in the plan (Error (Time) in the column Status of the plan).

Notice:

To visualize errors right away during the scheduling process please activate the option Show all errors or the respective errors you wish to see in the header Tests   of the Planner. The errors should be highlighted by a certain color. The color can be changed in Admin > Options > Color.

Under the precondition that in the range of the time error is at least one element with a variable length (e. g. a design element or a count-down-board) you may resolve the error automatically by selecting the option Resolve conflict by shortening.

Select this option for a variable element and enter the duration that is necessary to resolve the overlap. The time error will be resolved.

Resolve conflict by lengthening

If overlappings are produced during the scheduling process they are displayed as time errors in the plan (Error (Time) in the column Status of the plan).

 

Notice:

To visualize errors right away during the scheduling process please activate the option Show all errors or the respective errors you wish to see in the header Tests   of the Planner. The errors should be highlighted by a certain color. The color can be changed in Admin > Options > Color .

If you cannot fill a remaining time you have the possibility to elongate a variable element with the option Resolve conflict by lengthening. The length of the element will be changed automatically to the necessary length. 

Recalc Secondary Events

This function enables you to recalculate the secondary events in your broadcast plan: In case some events were rescheduled you can simply select this option to recalculate the correct position/time of the secondary events.

Ad break index number Opens the ad break index number menu, which is described in the following three entries.

Assign new index numbers to all ad breaks See 2.1 Assign Ad Break Index Numbers.

Assign missing index numbers Just like the button Assign new index numbers to all ad breaks. But please select this button, if you have added ad breaks additionally. In this case the index numbers will be generated only for the new ad breaks.

Check ad break index numbers for duplicates

At each coding process it makes sense to check the slot template for duplicates. A duplicate is generated if there are two identical combinations of the coding positions 1 & 2, 3 & 4 and 7 & 8 within one GFK day (03.00 to 03.00). Example:

01 14 12 01 and 01 14 17 01 = Dupliate coding

Select the option Check ad break index numbers for duplicates in the header.

Flags

You can set various flags for the selected events in the broadcast plan. A once-click on the flag activates the flag. You may set the following flags for events:

  • Press: SI-Information is delivered to the press/media.
  • Clear: Event is sent without PIN-lock. The respective exports define whether the events are sent clear or locked.
  • Live: The event is a live event (e. g. sports / concert).
  • Logo: Channel-logo is delivered with the event.
  • Blocked: The event is right protected (e.g. on imported events).
  • Highlighted (marked): The event is highlighted in the broadcast plan.

Notice:

Flags can also be set or removed per multiple selection:

  • An activated flag is displayed If all selected events have the same status (e. g. all logos are set).
  • No flag is displayed if no flag is set.
  • A grey flag is displayed in case that only some of the selected events carry the flag.

Option in the menu: The flag of all events is set if none is set, the flag of all events is removed in case all are set. ALL flags are set in case only some of the selected events carry the flag.

Insert ad break

Ad breaks can be inserted manually into slots and programs in the Planner. The dialog Edit ad break  appears.

Remove all ad breaks

This function removes all ad breaks in the current broadcast plan.

Join two segments

Joins two split events into one. Please select both halves of the event by selecting them with held [CTRL] key. Ad breaks between both halves will be removed.

Split segment in two

Splits the selected event into two segments.

Insert EPG event for gap

This is a customer-specific function for long remaining times of a day or more:

Here you may schedule and save certain design elements to the database which inform about the following program.

Add logos

This option adds a logo to the selected element in the broadcast plan which is indicated by an activated flag Logo. You may set logos for program versions, trailers, design elements and ad sales. To remove the logo you just need to deactivate the flag Logo in the broadcast plan or in the event dialog.

Show scheduling status For every event in the Programmer, you can see the scheduling status. In order to do this, please select an event and click this button or the option Show scheduling status in the the context menu of the right mouse. The Programmer shows the scheduling status of the event in the tab Scheduling status of the data sources.