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P132, P232 and P332 RDS Encoders / Re: DPS Timeout/Duration?
« Last post by Jan on September 10, 2019, 05:02:37 pm »
Such feature and much more is already implemented in the P132 family encoders. See the X-Command specification for more details:

https://pira.cz/rds/xcmd.pdf

Here's an example of the text entry which results in RT & RT+ with the timeout of 2:56:

Code: [Select]
XCMD=<rds><item><dest>3</dest><text>Now Playing: <artist>Julia Michaels</artist> - <title>Issues</title></text><tmo>2:56</tmo></item></rds>
For RT only the entry can be simplified:

Code: [Select]
XCMD=<rds><item><dest>1</dest><text>Now Playing: Julia Michaels - Issues</text><tmo>2:56</tmo></item></rds>

If you like Dynamic PS for any reason, there's a function 'Equal Text' which keeps the same text in both the RT and DPS:

Code: [Select]
EQTEXT1=1
The <dest> parameter in the XCMD must be set to 5:

Code: [Select]
XCMD=<rds><item><dest>5</dest><text>Now Playing: Julia Michaels - Issues</text><tmo>2:56</tmo></item></rds>

Notes to the Dynamic PS use:

The Dynamic PS is deprecated and expressly forbidden by the RDS standard. The RDS Forum association recommends using only static PS. The RT and RT+ should be used instead.

Regardless of these facts, the Pira.cz encoders also implement another independent timeout function which is not driven by time elapsed but by number of repeatings of the text loop. This is useful in some situations because the behavior is well predictable although the text length varies.
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P132, P232 and P332 RDS Encoders / DPS Timeout/Duration?
« Last post by chrisandrews on September 10, 2019, 04:52:03 pm »
One of the neatest features in another company's RBDS encoder is the "duration" entry.  If, for example, I have a song that is 3:32, the automation system sends that information to the RBDS encoder along with the artist and title information.  After 3:32 the RBDS encoder returns to a default message unless it receives new data (and a new duration).  This is particularly handy if/when the automation stops (entering syndication, a long commercial break, etc), preventing the song that was last played from showing on the display until the next item.

Is that possible in this system?
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Control Software / Re: MagicRDS + MediaTouch
« Last post by tboneonair on September 08, 2019, 11:20:05 pm »
Also make sure if anyone else uses this to not have remove explicit brackets turned on. It'll remove the [CAT] and [ALB] brackets.  8)

Seems to be working. I'll continue to monitor and give any feedback I can after some production use.
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Control Software / Re: MagicRDS + MediaTouch
« Last post by tboneonair on September 08, 2019, 10:57:24 pm »
Disregard my last post. Appears to have been an issue on my system. I cleared my registry and it started working. :-D

You're awesome. Thank you for adding this functionality to your software.
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Control Software / Re: MagicRDS + MediaTouch
« Last post by Jan on September 08, 2019, 10:31:34 pm »
Is there a way to have it output a generic text when that happens instead of having it just show only: " - " or " by ".

Your question contains the answer because any unwanted string can be replaced by another string.

Check all fields, it's working well on my side.
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Control Software / Re: MagicRDS + MediaTouch
« Last post by tboneonair on September 08, 2019, 10:21:59 pm »
Happy to help!

[CATVTC] - %CLEAR%%SOURCE2TEXT%%END%
[CATCMU] - %TERMINATE%%END%
%REGEXP%\[CATCOM\]\[ALB.+\] - %CLEAR%%4%%END"
%REGEXP%\[CAT.*\] - %CLEAR%Type default message here%END%


Doesn't appear to be working. When COM + Album comes up it's still continuing to show it as Artist - Title instead of replacing it with Album info only. Also, the VTC category is displaying the Artist - Title information as well which in MediaTouch displays as VOICE TRACK by VOICE TRACK. It should be showing anything in Source 2 which in my case is the Weather file. Any ideas?

I've made sure to update which each new version. I'm on 3.8e

Another idea is when a TALK BREAK or FEED is playing in MediaTouch the XML is blank with only the <PlayList></PlayList> brackets. Is there a way to have it output a generic text when that happens instead of having it just show only: " - " or " by ".

Thanks for nice ideas. Please download latest version at https://pira.cz/rds/MagicRDS_Setup.exe

Now you can access directly the XML elements %1% to %4% in the "TO" column. See the screenshot.

Some pieces of the new code were not tested yet in real operation so any feedback is welcome.
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Control Software / Re: MagicRDS + MediaTouch
« Last post by Jan on September 08, 2019, 05:10:51 pm »
Thanks for nice ideas. Please download latest version at https://pira.cz/rds/MagicRDS_Setup.exe

Now you can access directly the XML elements %1% to %4% in the "TO" column. See the screenshot.

Some pieces of the new code were not tested yet in real operation so any feedback is welcome.
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Control Software / Re: MagicRDS + MediaTouch
« Last post by tboneonair on September 08, 2019, 02:57:02 pm »
I figured out one way to get it.

I'm parsing the XML again as Source 3, with %1% set as Album.
%2% %3% %4% all blank
When COM comes up with Album information.

%REGEXP%\[CATCOM\]\[ALB.+\] to %CLEAR%%SOURCE3TEXT%%END%

Unfortunately when I tried the same setup with our rock station using VTR as Voice Track and RMU as music category, the text replacement quit working. :(
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Control Software / Re: MagicRDS + MediaTouch
« Last post by tboneonair on September 08, 2019, 02:38:00 pm »
This is absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for this.

One last thing, when it detects COM with Album information, I need it to send that Album info only to DPS1 and RT1, don't include Artist or Title. How would I do that?
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Control Software / Re: MagicRDS + MediaTouch
« Last post by Jan on September 08, 2019, 01:24:23 pm »
Important lines are the Output Template in Source 1 and all the Text Replacing lines.

You can copy the Output Template from here:
Now Playing: %1% by %2%[CAT%3%][ALB%4%]

The Text Replacing rules can be imported using File - Restore - Text Replacing. The file is attached.

There are some new features which were originally written for the upcoming version 4 of the Magic RDS. This will be a completely new control software for all PIRA encoders and some other brand encoders but its release is scheduled to end of the year. So you don't need to wait. Please report any issues.
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