Interviews 1-5 are added on the first day and are aired that day, but stay in the folder.
Interviews 6-10 are added the next weekend to the same folder.
Now the folder contains ten tracks of which only five are new.
You only want to play the new ones,.
Right so far?
This is very close, but with a little bit more frequency. Let's say interview 1 is recorded and uploaded, then an hour later interviews 2 and 3 are uploaded, then two hours later interview 4 is uploaded. Basically, as interview opportunities come along, we record then upload them over the course of, say a 3-day festival.
In the past I have remoted into SAM to manually import files to the "Interviews" category as they are uploaded, setting them to "Play once, then delete the file" to keep them from repeating. Then once per hour the clockwheel would play one of the interviews from the category.
In this new scenario I'm proposing, SAM would check the folder, say, once per hour just ahead of the time an interview is scheduled to air and import any new files found there into the Interview category. In place of the "play once and delete" option, we could just use the "enforce rules" option when the clockwheel picks from the category, as our track-repeat-rule is set out to 8 hours. An interview repeating in a different daypart wouldn't be too bad, really, and I could go in and manually remove files at the end of each day's coverage if I had to.
My main concern is that with a blanket "add directory to category" command that files added on the previous run would be added again on the second run and increase the potential of a repeat of the same material from hour to hour.
John Dutton, Operations Director
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