This applies to BREAK items loaded in from a Playlist and BREAKs Inserted into the current Playlist.
Duration of BREAK items is sometimes the Backtiming, sometimes the sum of durations of the previous two or three items, etc., etc. I think it should always be zero, same as a COMMAND item (COMMAND item Durations are fine, it’s only BREAK items that are weird).
This is a feature, originally requested by Charlie IIRC. The break items display the duration since the last break, or since the top of the playlist.
Do you think this should be configurable?
If that is the intention, BREAK items do not always show the correct ‘duration.’ Sometimes it is correct, sometimes it is not: in particular, when the Playlist contains two items with an identical start time (e.g. two items where the first is a 0:06 jingle used as a sweeper, the second is a music track, and the jingle has a local Start Next point set at about 0:03), and the BREAK is after that in the Playlist. The BREAK ‘duration’ also sometimes goes wrong when the BREAK is dragged to a different place in the Playlist.
Is the Pope Catholic?!? (In other words: YES please!) I’m sure Charlie (if it was his request) has a good reason for it, but I do think it we should have the option to show a genuine (zero) Duration for a BREAK. Charlie’s way would definitely confuse some of our people!
This was one of mine, actually I think because it would be nice to know how big each segment in-between BREAKs were - and also as other timing info (such as Scheduled OnAir Time) is already displayed, and at the time, the BREAK duration was duplicating already available data…
Well, I dunno how you use BREAKs Charlie, but in my case I use them to ‘automate’ ad. break playout (two playlists: one for music, one for ads.) and not much else.
If a ‘gap time’ is useful to you, then fine; but in my case, I know that some people would look at a BREAK with a duration >0 and assume that that would be x minutes of dead air or ‘a fault.’ :
OK guys, this is a good one ;D.
The first (and ONLY the first) BREAK in a Playlist incorrectly shows the projected start time of day in its Duration; for example: 17:01:24 (one hell of a long break, right?).
All subsequent BREAK items in a Playlist correctly show the length of time since the previous BREAK item.
Should be easy enough for Auntie Torben to correct, I would think?
From v.42, you can switch of the duration display.