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    Default HLS - When to use Library vs CSV

    HLS has two tools which allow you to exchange information between sequences.

    Recently I helped a user and found I had not clearly stated where and why Library or CSV should be used.

    THAT is the purpose of this post.

    I will explain the tools in an example of users that are converting from Vixen sequences to HLS since that will represent the majority of users.

    CSV is used when you want to change/update existing channel information.

    Library is used when you want to add new channels.

    Lets says you have multiple Vixen sequences that you want to run in HLS.

    #1. Import the Vixen sequence.

    #2. Convert existing three (red, green blue) Vixen channels into single RGB channel in HLS.

    After the conversion you will have a bunch of Vixen channel names that you might want to change to have them better fit with HLS.

    THAT is what the CSV export is for.

    Using the First Vixen sequence ... after steps 1 & 2 above --- acquire a CSV export. Take that export, open it in Excel, and modify the Right most name cell for each channel to be the name you want it to be in HLS. You can also modify Universe number and other information. If they are channels you no longer need --- assign a Universe Number or Preview Group number -- very large -- like 64000 --- something that can stand out against your wanted channels.

    Then, for ALL of your Vixen sequences, after steps 1 & 2 above, IMPORT the CSV file and ask to update the fields you want to change (channel name, Universe number, etc). HLS will make the changes bring all of your Vixen channels to the point you want then in HLS. Those channels that are no longer needed are easly sorted and grouped together --- then deleted.

    Library is used to ADD NEW information.

    So after you have changed all of your old Vixen sequences, you may be adding more channels this year OR you may be wanting to UPDATE all of your sequences to work with your new Preview.

    THAT is what the Libray is for --- adding and changing HLS channels.

    The Library will MATCH existing channel names and update OUTPUT and/or PREVIEW information and ADD any NEW channels to update your sequence.

    The intent of this post was not to do a full fledged training session but to point you in the right direction so you don't waste time using the wrong tool to accomplish a task.

    I hope this helps.

    Joe
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    Default Re: HLS - When to use Library vs CSV

    So once I have established all my channels, PP, segments, etc that I want to use for my show within a sequence and I want to build more sequences with the same channel setup, Library is the best way to do this?

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    Default Re: HLS - When to use Library vs CSV

    Create an image ( file/ create image without effects ) of your completed sequence , then select Start New sequence from saved image and follow the wizzard
    Last edited by angus40; 08-11-2014 at 09:13 PM.

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    Default Re: HLS - When to use Library vs CSV

    I believe I was the user Joe was helping on this one. I can't seem to figure out how to export the csv. I see the heading for import though.

    Tom

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    Default Re: HLS - When to use Library vs CSV

    manage raw/channel manager bottom of page = export csv

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    Thanks for the quick reply Angus. I feel like a moron, it was hidden under the task bar. Are there any tutorials on what I am monkeying with in that file?

    Tom

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    I have never had to used this feature . Joe would be the bestfor advice here .

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    Default Re: HLS - When to use Library vs CSV

    The CSV process was created to allow manipulation of channel data that was outside what the Library was created for.

    Example #1 ... you want to change the name of channels.

    Example #2 ... you want to change the Preview Group/channel number associated with a channel.

    Example #3 ... you want to change the Universe and Output channel order.

    These three example change data within a channel that is not addressed or is a function of the Library.

    You create a CSV file of your Layout.

    Open it in Excel and change the parameters that need to change ... the last column in the Excel grid is a flag that tells HLS to perform a change on that channel.

    When you import the CSV -- HLS matches the existing channel name to the name in the CSV record. When a match is made AND the "change flag" is 1 -- then HLS allows you to change various parameters in the channel based on the CSV record content and the import options you selected.

    Hope that helps.

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    Default Re: HLS - When to use Library vs CSV

    Thanks Joe. I am going to give it a try today. As you may remember, my sequences are a mess. They all work fine but the naming structure, add channel order is different in most of them. CSV file is the fix for that right? My plan is to pick one as a master and import that into the other sequences.

    Tom

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