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Automatic Playlist from Folder

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:38 pm
by CaseyJScalf
I love how in the "Cue System" you can sort of automate the playback of movies. It is handy for setting up installations where you want to change the content yet just let it run.

What I would like to explore is how to do these 2 things that are related to the above:

1) Drag in a folder of videos? When I try this I get a folder in the "Image Folder" group but nothing plays. I tried clicking lots of things but to no luck. Is there a way to do this properly? Dragging in a folder would be much, much, much easier then individually running them through the "Cue System" especially once the video count is say over 20.

2) Automatically scan the folder for new videos? Imagine following the suit of #1. You could drag in a folder. Then, after every restart of MM it would scan the folder and update the list. Maybe I added a new video or renamed it to play in a new order? This is some gold level stuff. I asked the folks at Resolume and they understood the question but were unable to provide a solution for Avenue/Arena. In addition they were unable to provide any API, etc that would allow me to craft my own. Maybe some weird use of a "generator" in MM would allow for this?

Both of these would be huge for the ease of use. It might even mean I can just use MM and do away with Resolume for automated systems.

Also, maybe there is a way to get at some of these asks in a different way. I am open to ideas!

Thank you very much,

Re: Automatic Playlist from Folder

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:40 am
by Benoit
With MadMapper 4 you'll get these 2 features for pictures (pictures folder, watchdog behavior)

But I don't think its planned for videos yet...

Re: Automatic Playlist from Folder

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:44 am
by CaseyJScalf
Hello Benoit,

Thank you for the update! This is definitely something I would pay for.

Why not do this for videos in v4 too? Is there some technical reason?

Keep up the great work!

Re: Automatic Playlist from Folder

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:23 pm
by franz
that's an interesting option

Re: Automatic Playlist from Folder

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:43 pm
by CaseyJScalf
Just wanted to ping this and see if these features were implemented in MM 4?

Re: Automatic Playlist from Folder

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:31 pm
by franz
not implemented, totally forgot about it.
We've added it to our todo list, no ETA yet tho'

Re: Automatic Playlist from Folder

Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:42 am
by CaseyJScalf
It happens. Would be a great feature though!

I know it's tough trying to satisfy all the edge cases in a long tail but this would really seal the deal for some automated systems using MM for projectors, screens, and beyond. I mean some of the top dog pieces of broadcasting software don't even have this. You could totally do this!

Imagine the ease with which playlists could be built for each day, played alphabetically, so a librarian could just upload and let go, totally automated.

Thanks and keep it up!