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Virtual Audio Elements and Placeholders

Virtual elements and placeholders are used whenever you need to reserve a slot in the rundown, but don't have the final content yet. They can be used to prepare transitions in advance and be filled with audio later.

Creating Virtual Audio Elements

  • Start Database Manager (DBM)
  • Select "New virtual entry" and define a duration in the Transfer tab.
  • Drag the entry to the show in DigAIRange.

Creating Placeholder Elements

  • Create new entry in DigAIRange.

  • Make sure the MediaType is Audio and the duration is greater than zero. This can be done in DigAIRange's entry mask.

OTM is designed to skip placeholders with duration=0.

Virtual Audio Elements in OTM

The feature in OTM is dependent on the option: "Allow editing of elements without file". This can be activated in DigAIRange's Settings at the OTM tab.

You can see virtual elements in two places in OTM

  • In the overview track at the bottom of the OTM virtual elements are displayed with a dotted border.
  • In the timeline displayed with a dummy waveform.

Virtual Elements Have the Following Restrictions:

  • A default waveform is shown for the elements.
  • Fade curve handling and markers are disabled.
  • Voice tracking of any type is disabled if a virtual element is loaded in the timeline.
  • Gain is disabled for virtual elements.
  • Inserting a virtual audio entry to OTM via Drag/Drop is not supported - virtual element needs to be added to DigAIRange's rundown.

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