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#engage Studio - Automation Integration

This article is written for Program Directors Engineers

This article is part of a series on #engage Studio.

With the new #engage Studio app, you can record Facebook Live videos in advance from your mobile phone and then schedule them to go live later, either at a specific time or when triggered by your automation system.

The ability to activate a Facebook Live session from your automation system can be handy if you want to start streaming at a specific point in your log, rather than a fixed time (and if you want to make sure you're not streaming a "Live" video while a voicetrack from the same person is also on the air).

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Setting up the "Begin Facebook Live" command in your automation system

Below are notes on what you'll need to do to prep your automation system to be able to trigger Facebook Live videos that you've queued up in the #engage Studio app:

Automation System How to set up
NexGen No extra setup is required beyond the normal #engage/LDR NexGen integration.
SS32, Audiovault, Maestro You'll need to create an audio element with the title Begin Facebook Live in your automation system that lives in a music category, with a duration of at least 1 second before any EOM marker. If you create this as a rotator, all the cuts within that rotator also need to be labeled with the name Begin Facebook Live.
Zetta Under Configuration > Computers, create a GPO Output (under Zetta Crowd Interface) whose event text is Begin Facebook Live. Then, create an "Execute Command" Macro with the title Begin Facebook Live, with the Task Type of Gpio.TriggerGPO. Check with RCS Support if you need help creating this macro.
WideOrbit As long as you're running Echo 2.7.2 or higher, that's all you'll need to do.
OpX In Import/Merge, navigate to Edit > Settings and click the Import Format tab. Choose your station and click Replace Text under Music. Create an auto-start Macro with the "From Text" FUT14 and the description PADOUT PLAY, FUT14, BEGIN FACEBOOK LIVE, BEGIN FACEBOOK LIVE, AUDIO, Music

Playing a "Begin Facebook Live" command on the fly in the studio (or while voicetracking)

NOTE: Make sure you've checked the table above for your automation system to ensure that you're correctly configured to pass this new command to Futuri.

Automation System How to play on the fly
NexGen From the Log screen, right-click where you want to play the element and choose Add Other Log Events. Choose Export Comment and enter the text Begin Facebook Live.
SS32, Audiovault, Maestro Simply play the Begin Facebook Live audio element created in the table above.
Zetta Simply play the Begin Facebook Live macro created in the table above.
WideOrbit From Playlist Editor, right-click where you want to play the element and add a Memo with the Line 1 text Begin Facebook Live.
OpX Simply play the Begin Facebook Live macro created in the table above.

Adding a "Begin Facebook Live" command to your clocks

If you want to schedule one of the above elements in your clock (i.e. to trigger a Facebook Live video from #engage Studio every weekday at the same point in the clock), follow the instructions below.

NOTE: Make sure you've checked the table above for your automation system to ensure that you're correctly configured to pass this new command to Futuri.

Automation System Music Scheduler How to create
NexGen GSelector Can either be set up as a Breaknote (under "Clocks") or as a Link (under "Linker"). The text Begin Facebook Live goes in the title field, and the Media field should be 20. All other fields can be blank.
Selector V12 (DOS) Set up in Linker with the title text Begin Facebook Live and the Media field 20. Note the Link's ID number so you can add it to the clock later.
MusicMaster Set up as a Lognote with the following syntax: ^20^^Begin Facebook Live (Note - some MusicMaster stations may need three carats instead of two between the number and the title. Check with MusicMaster Support to be sure.)
SS32, Audiovault, Maestro Selector V12 (DOS) During your initial setup, you should have created an audio cart in your automation system called "Begin Facebook Live." You'll need to create that audio cart in Selector as well so that you can schedule it in a clock. Check your automation system for the cart number / cut ID. This can be added either as a song or a link in Selector.
MusicMaster During your initial setup, you should have created an audio cart in your automation system called "Begin Facebook Live." You'll need to create that audio cart in MusicMaster as well so that you can schedule it in a clock. Check your automation system for the cart number / cut ID. Once you have created the item in MusicMaster, you'll need to note its file number so that you can schedule it as a "Forced" element in your clock.
Stratus During your initial setup, you should have created an audio cart in your automation system called "Begin Facebook Live." You'll need to create a breaknote in Stratus as well so that you can schedule it in a clock. Check your automation system for the cart number / cut ID. The syntax (for the breaknote's "notes" field) is ,,607,DA9600,"Begin Facebook Live",,00:10,,,, (using your own category / cut ID).
Zetta GSelector After Zetta has been configured and you have synced your Macros with GSelector, the Control element called Macro (Begin Facebook Live) should automatically exist.
WideOrbit Selector V12 (DOS), MusicMaster Create a link (in Selector) or a lognote (in MusicMaster) with the following syntax: ,,,..,"Begin Facebook Live",,,,,,
Powergold In the Automation Command Editor (under Edit > Commands | Automation), create an element with the title Begin Facebook Live, and put two periods (..) in the Source field (to identify the element as a memo).
OpX Stratus Create a song element with the title Begin Facebook Live and the cut ID that you've set up in your OpX Import/Merge settings.
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