2.5 Tab Wizards

In this tab you can press the following buttons:



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


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).

Replace program versionThis button opens the dialog Version replacement wizard.

Replace element

Similar to replacing program versions you may also replace other elements in the broadcast plan that are NOT program events. This way you can replace trailers, design elements or commercials.

  1. Mark the element in the broadcast schedule and select this option.
  2. Mark the desired new version in the wizard, either by activating Same element for versions of the same element (trailer/design element etc.) or by activating Search for selecting any desired version after entering a search item.
  3. Please select Replace.
    → The original element will be replaced by the marked one. You need to save and reload the schedule. 

Remove empty slots

Removes empty slots.

Interstitial leader wizard

This wizard plans design elements of a certain type, which separates ad breaks from programs. These design elements (interstitial leaders) have a certain length an can be planned automatically with this wizard. The wizard inserts the design elements between commercials and non-commercials like trailers or programs.

Please enter the period in which the design elements should be inserted and click OK.


 When no interstitial leaders are scheduled, please note the following:

  • If an ad break is empty, no design element is inserted.
  • If an ad break is of the type General, no design element is inserted. Interstitial leaders are only scheduled before ad breaks of the types Ad break interrupting the event, Ad break after an event or Ad break before the event.
  • Only design elements of the type Interstitial leader with the APPKEY WBT are scheduled. Please contact CreateCtrl, to change the APPKEY. Additionally, the design element has to have a valid period of usage for the right channel.

You can also schedule so called Idents (= Identifiers) with the interstitial leaders. Idents are design elements of the type Ident, which are linked with the interstitial leaders. You can associate interstitial leaders with idents in the dialog Edit design element > General > Connected design element.

Parental rating wizard
  1. To schedule design elements of the type Parental rating board automatically please select the option Parental rating wizard in the header Wizards.
  2. Enter either the period from/to or mark the option Entire broadcast day. Select the button OK.
    → The elements will be scheduled in front of all program events that have a parental rating of 16 or higher (=R-rated and higher).

The Parental rating wizard only works, if design elements of the type Parental rating board exists. These design elements also need a correct period of usage. Furthermore, the design elements need to be tagged with keywords, which can be linked to the parental rating boards in Admin > Edit parameter > Parental rating. For more information on how to configure the parental rating wizard, please click here.

Generic wizard

With the help of the generic wizard you have the option to schedule design elements, boards and trailer versions as desired. The elements are scheduled from folders that were created previously. It is necessary to activate these folders for using them for your service. Please proceed as follows:

  1. Select the source folder from the drop down list. Only those folder will be listed which are folders of the folder type design elements and trailer versions and which are released for the current service.
  2. Choose the desired position of the elements by setting the flags before/after the program. In addition you can choose whether the elements of the folder will be scheduled only for the first segment, for every segment, for the last one only or for the first and last segment.

  3. Following, please choose the time period within the broadcast plan where the elements should be scheduled:

    • only selected program events

    • a period from/to

    • for all program events

  4. Start the scheduling process by clicking OK.
    → The Planner will inform you on how many design elements or trailer versions were scheduled. 

Scheduling assistant

The scheduling assistant serves to schedule certain elements individually or from folders into your broadcast day. You can thereby choose the destination and the criteria for scheduling the elements.

You can schedule the following elements:

  • Commercials
  • Design elements
  • Secondary events (please note, that you may need to define a target time range (TargetTimerange) in the tab Layout of the secondary event)
  • Trailer versions
  1. Open the header Wizards and click on Scheduling assistant.
  2. Source: Choose the element type you wish to schedule via the drop-down list in the field Element type (e. g. trailer version).
  3. Activate one of the three radio buttons depending on your requirements:

    • Element: select one of the displayed elements in the drop-down list. If empty please enter the title of the element you wish to schedule. Designelements or Secondary Events are filtered by their valid periode of usage.

    • Folder: Select the respective folder from the drop-down list. On scheduling out of a folder you can determine whether all elements are to be scheduled into your plan and whether this should take place at random order or not. Activate the flags if necessary.

    • Type: Select a certain type you wish to schedule from the drop-down list. On scheduling a certain type you can determine whether all elements are to be scheduled into your plan and whether this should take place at random order or not. Activate the flags if necessary.

  4. Target location: Please determine the target location for the selected element(s) in the broadcast plan. This can be before or after programs, ad breaks or certain slot types. These locations can be further limited, for example by scheduling the element only in last segments, into ad breaks of a certain type, etc. If you are determining the target location of a trailer version, you can schedule it before, after or in (during) an ad break.
    The field Title prefix allows for an easy scheduling of series: You can enter the first part of the series title in this field which enables you to search for all programs with this prefix.

  5. Time period/Constraints: Finally you need to select the time period within your broadcast schedule for scheduling the elements. This can be the entire plan, or a certain section/time period within. The automatic scheduling can be carried out by keeping a certain minimum distance.

    With regard to trailer versions, commercial versions, commercials and DSG/secondary, the scheduling assistant checks if the start time of the movie to which the trailer, commercial or secondary is assigned lies within the time period of the utilization time.
  6. Please choose, whether all scheduled elements within the target location that match the source criteria should be deleted before scheduling or not!

  7. Start the scheduling process with OK.

If you have deactivated the option Close dialog after execution, the dialog will stay open after the elements have been scheduled and you can perform more automatic schedulings.

Logo wizard

Logos can be scheduled by means of the logo wizard. The logo wizard can be opened in the header Wizards > Logo wizard. It enables you to allocate a logo to selected program events, to a certain time period or to all program events. Furthermore, it enables you to delete logos that have already been scheduled by the wizard.

Edit trailer ad break standard allocation

This dialog enables users to create a standard allocation for trailers; the corresponding ad breaks in the Planner will be filled in automatically. You can create a new standard allocation by clicking on the button . After entering the name and the validity date, you can fill in the fields:

  • Ad break type: The type is always Trailer ad break.
  • Ad break tariff category: Select an ad break tariff category. These categories can be defined via the parameters in the Content Explorer.
  • Days: Select the days on which the trailer ad break will be broadcasted.
  • Time begin - Time end: Select the time period during which the trailer ad break will be broadcasted.

After that, you can enter the allocation. Clicking on the button  in the area Allocation opens a search window which allows you to search for trailer versions. You can include a version from the search result list by selecting the relevant version and clicking on Apply.

Back-Again scheduling

Back-agains are secondary events that indicate the title of the running program, for example after a commercial break. To schedule back-agains please do the following:

  1. Select this button.
    → The secondary event wizard opens.
  2. Activate one of the three options (scheduling back-agains for some selected events only, within a certain period or for all program events).

  3. Alternatively you may delete existing back-agains from the plan. Activate the respective flag and click OK.

  4. Select the design element which should be scheduled via the drop-down menu and click OK to schedule the back-again.


 After scheduling secondary events you may check in the tab Layout tab in the data bar whether the layouts were placed correctly. Here you can also correct the position of the events or check or modify the texts in the right-mouse-menu, see 1.3.6 Scheduling and Editing Layouts.

If all secondary events are scheduled please don‘t forget to save the plan. In case you need to reschedule the plan, select the option Planning > Recalc secondary events (2.2 Tab Planning). The secondaries are adjusted to the new events.

Squeeze-Back scheduling

Squeeze-backs are secondary events that are blended in as graphical elements within the end title credits of a movie. The picture is reduced to show a trailer or other element. To schedule a squeeze-back, please proceed as described in Back-Again scheduling.

Upper-Third-Next scheduling

Layouts of this type mostly are title inserts of the subsequent program that are placed in the last third of the current program. To schedule an upper-third next, please proceed as described in Back-Again scheduling.

Newsticker scheduling

A news ticker is a layout that serves to blend in the last news as a running text at the bottom of the screen. To schedule a news ticker, please proceed as described in Back-Again scheduling and enter the four start times for scheduling the news tickers. The Planner informs you about the times of the scheduled news tickers.

Generate Secondaries for Inserts

Inserts are for example lower thirds, crawl texts etc. whose position and duration is defined via additional insert time codes of the tape.

It is possible to import inserts automatically via an xml-import into the Planner (JobCtrl). The imported inserts are generated as additional time codes at the respective tapes via the tape positions.

Independent of generating inserts automatically after import or manually, the Planner enables to create secondary events automatically for all inserts.This is also carried out via the Secondary events wizard.

The Planner generates and schedules secondary events for all inserts of a certain type, provided that the Planner finds a secondary event of the same type. If the names/titles of the existing secondary events differ from those of the inserts, NO secondaries can be generated! The Planner informs you with a scheduling message about how many secondaries have been scheduled.

Secondary on Trailer

The wizard Secondary on Trailer automatically applies all secondary events of the type SECTRAILER to all trailer versions of the broadcasting schedule.

To use this wizard, please proceed as follows:

  1. If you only want to apply the secondary events to selected trailers, please select these trailers now.
  2. Go to Wizards > Secondary on Trailer in the header.

    → The dialog Secondary events wizard opens.
  3. Please select, if you want to apply the secondary events to selected trailers only or to all trailers.
  4. You can also activate the flag Delete existing secondary events already scheduled by the wizard. This will delete all secondary events, which have previously been created by the wizard for this broadcasting day.
  5. Select the secondary event you want to schedule in the field Layout element.
  6. Proceed with OK.
    → The selected secondary event is now applied to all (selected) trailers. The secondary event is scheduled according to the layout settings of the secondary event.