This raises the question, though: “When is a clip or still really ‘ready to go’?” Consider:
- We’ve discussed the Add button (and we will consider additional methods of adding items to the Export Bin in Section 18.4.3).
- And you know that you can assign Export presets you have prepared to individual items in the Bin either manually (Section 18.3.2) or automatically (Section 18.2.1).
- Further, you can modify the Title and add a unique Comment to accompany each upload (Section 18.3.1).
- And you can trim a clip, or convert it to a still image (Section 18.3.3).
This brings us to the concept of the Export Queue. The Queue can be thought of as the complete list, at any given moment, the subset of all items in the Bin that are fully configured – and, thus, ready to export.
For our purposes, there are really only two criteria to meet for an item to be in the Queue:
- There must be at least one check-marked entry in its Preset column menu.
- The Queue switch (at right, beside the Preset column) for the item must be checked.
This last item calls for a little further explanation.
The switch in the Queue column (Figure 212) for each item in the Bin serves as a local ‘go/no-go’ decision for the Export processor.
Thus, even when an item is otherwise fully configured and the Export switch is lit (meaning that the Export processor is hungrily looking for items it can consume), if the Queue switch for an item is not checked, the processor will bypass that item.
This provides you with a way to selectively postpone processing of certain items while freely publishing others. You can, of course, manually click the Queue switch to check or un-check it (and yes, multi-row selections are supported for this purpose).
Alternatively, though, you might prefer to take advantage of the Auto Queue feature, discussed next.
This takes us back to the Export menu, to consider the sole item in it that we have yet to discuss. When the mouse pointer is moved over the Auto Queue entry, a small sub-menu is shown (Figure 213). Here, you can checkmark either Clips, Stills, or both.
When you send a clip or still, respectively, to the Export Bin, a checkmark in this sub-menu causes its Queue switch to be enabled automatically. Assuming there is also at least one preset checked in the Export menu just above, any item you add is thus immediately qualified for export.
If the Export button is lit, that item will be processed in sequence without any further effort on your part. Otherwise (left un-checked), you can defer processing until a time of your choosing.
You might find it useful, for example, to defer processing of clips by leaving this item unchecked. While it’s possible to process video uploads even as recording is underway, if there’s a lot going in your production you may find it preferable to upload stills on the fly and handle larger uploads afterward.
Hint: DataLink keys entered in Record and Grab can provide meaningful titles and comments to describe your uploads, possibly allowing you to export them immediately without having to enter data manually.
18.4.3 Other ‘Add to’ Methods
Let’s handle the final details you need to become a social media maestro. It seems obvious that manually managing the minutiae of exporting could intrude into the already hectic life of a switcher operator. Live production already demands a lot of attention. Using Add in the Export Bin panel, entering comments, etc., would be quite a distraction. For this reason, TriCaster makes it as simple as possible to share your media.
Once you have configured your Export presets, check-marked one or more in the Export menu, and decided whether to add checks to Stills, Clips, or both in the Auto Queue menu, you have eliminated a good deal of the fuss. But we can do better yet – in two ways:
- First, TriCaster lets you flexibly add both stills and clips to the Export Bin with a single click, keystroke or button press. You can easily add items from the playlist of a Media Player, or directly from the Grab and Record features (see the headings File Operations in Section 11.2.1, and Action in Section 19.1.3).
- Second, you can even automate the matter of adding custom titles and comments. Grab, Record as well as the Media Players all support individual custom Names and Comments, which will supply the corresponding metadata for your Export Queue additions.
Better still, the Name and Comment fields in Grab and Record support DataLink (compare Section 11.3.3). This lets you automatically supply unique and meaningful information to social media sites along with your Export uploads. You can even mix DataLink keys with literal text, to produce comments that embed things like the current time, the current score of a game, or the name of the person on camera at the moment into coherent sentences (Figure 214).
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