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Daily Automation - For Site usage

Hello.


This will be a simple guide on the Daily Automation setup found in the RosettaBridge TMS.

What is Daily Automation?

In short, it's an automation system that lets you run a set of commands through a playlist or automation program before the first, and after the last, show of the day in any screen.


Where to find this?

This depends on what version you have.
If you look in the lower right corner of your interface, we are after the first number of the line.
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If RB 4.
Click the settings icon, followed by the Automation tab
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If RB 5.
Enter the Service menu, click Macros and the Automation setting button
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What does the different tabs/settings do?

Though slightly different in layout, the V4 and V5 have the same choices for Day Start and Day End
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1: Time
This is how much before the first show this will place itself (will be explained more later)

2: Dropdown
This has three options
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-Fixed hour: In this case it will place itself at the specified time. The specified time will use the 'Time' in #1. The pictured example is 15min after midnight.
-Auditorium show offset: In this case it will happen x time before the first planned show in the screen. Using #1 it moves "that long before" the show start.
-Site Show Offset: In this case it will check for the first show site-wide and place it there. In this case if you have an early show in sc2, it will run in sc1 at the same time even though it might not have any shows for a few more hours.
--In the pictured example, it's using 00:15:00, and Auditorium Show Offset, this means that per screen it will schedule itself 15 min before the show-start of the first show.

3: Action Program:
This is only for sites with the Automation Module (Also known as 'Step-automation). 
This is what automation program to run at the given time.

4: Action Playlist 
This is for any sites not using the step-automation.
This is what playlist to use for the given time.

What does all this mean/How does this work?
The way this will work is that you will have an automation program or playlist that usually turns on the projector, setting the volume and perhaps audio channel, turns on lights, opens doors and other things that might be related to getting an auditorium ready for the first show. 
The exact nature of what this list will contain is site-specific, there is no answer to what this needs to contain.

Once you have made the playlist/program you need to find out when to run this. The most common method is to use Auditorium show offset (#2), as this will move the start in individual screens. This is especially important if the mentioned playlist contains a Lamp-on command, so you don't waste hours of lamp time on waiting. But some sites use a preset time in #2, letting the cleaning crew have access to all screens at the same time in the morning, for example.

Once the plan is made and the mode is chosen alongside the time in #1, the start of the day is ready.
The next thing is to do the same for Day End.

Day end does the same as Day start, but the playlist/program usually contains commands to turn off lamps, lights, closing doors and the like. It follows the same logic for all named tabs.
A common method is to have a playlist/program (#3 or #4) that shuts off the house lights (ceiling), turns on projector lamp in case that was forgotten, closing the doors and basically "closing" the auditorium for the night. 
Putting this on Auditorium show offset in #2 will make sure that this happens X time after the last playlist is done. That way you won't waste lamp-time, or time in general, if the last show is done at 23:00 one day, but 18:00 the next day.

 

How do I know this is working?

If you look on your schedule page, you will see some slim playlist scheduled.

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The time of day will depend on what time-mode you use (#2), though you won't be able to click them, as long as you see them there this is proof that the TMS is planning them accordingly.
To properly check out what they are doing, you need to just open/edit the playlist/program depending on what you planned in #3 or #4 respectively.

II have other questions.

If you have questions about something else, or this didn't explain it to you well enough, please contact Unique.

Thank you.

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