MediaCP Manual
    1. Getting Started
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    1. Introduction
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        3. Flussonic Media Server
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      1. WHMCS Integration Guide
      2. Clientexec Integration Guide
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    1. Introduction
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    13. API
    1. Introduction
    2. Audio Operation Manual
      1. Basics 101
      2. Station Overview
      3. Media Library
      4. Playlists
        1. General Rotation
        2. Jingles & Advertising
        3. Scheduling
        4. Repeat Protection
      5. Live DJ Connections
      6. Live Stream Recording
      7. DJ Manager
      8. Country Blocking
      9. Stream Proxy
      10. Public Page
      11. HTML5 Player
      12. Stream Authentication
      13. Widgets & Links
      14. Reporting
    3. Video Operation Manual
      1. Basics 101
      2. Service Overview
      3. Scheduling
      4. File Manager
      5. Stream Targets
      6. Streaming to Your Service
      7. GeoIP Country Locking
      8. Public Page
      9. Widgets & Links
      10. Reporting
    4. Reseller Operations Manual
      1. Reseller Dashboard
      2. Customers
      3. Media Services
    1. API Documentation
    2. Custom Domain Names
    3. Shoutcast 2 Admin Guide
    4. Wowza and Flussonic on same system
    5. Submit a feature request
    6. Wowza Custom Properties
    1. Shoutcast 2 Live Broadcasting
    2. DJ Priorities
    3. HTML5 Audio Player
    4. Broadcasting with AutoDJ
    5. Shoutcast 2 Premium
    6. Mount Points
    7. Managing Media Using FTP
    1. Getting started with video streaming
    2. Live Streaming Overview
    3. TV Station Overview
    4. Ondemand Video Streaming
    5. VAST Advertising
    6. Relay & IP Camera
    7. Stream Recording
    8. GeoIP Country Locking
    9. Connecting your encoder
    10. Preparing Your Media Files
    11. Managing Media Using FTP
    12. Understanding Video Playlists
    13. Embedding player on your website
    14. Smooth Streaming and Content Transition
    15. Video Transcoding (Adaptive Bitrate Streaming)
    16. Image Logo or Watermark Overlay on Video Stream
    17. DVR Rewind
    18. Statistics
    19. Facebook Live Streaming
    20. Youtube Stream Publishing
    21. Twitch Stream Publishing
    22. Shoutcast 2 Stream Publishing
    23. Icecast Stream Publishing
    24. RTMP Stream Publishing
    1. Cloud Video Overview
    2. Admin Manual - Cloud Video
      1. Login to your cloud platform
      2. Dashboard - A First Look
      3. Team & Staff Members
      4. Plans & Customers
      5. WHMCS Billing Provisioning Module
      6. Branding your platform
      7. Activating VOD on Customer Plan
    3. User Manual - Cloud Video
      1. Login to your video platform
      2. First Look
      3. Creating a Channel
      4. Channel Overview
      5. Broadcasting
      6. Media Content
      7. Recording
      8. Fallback Video
      9. TV Channels - 24x7 UGC
      10. Video on Demand
      11. VOD Playlists
      12. Publishing
      13. Viewing Analytics
      14. Publish Zoom Meetings
      15. Advertising
      16. Restreaming IP Cameras
    4. Video Guide Series
    5. Streaming Best Practices
    6. Feature Comparison
    7. Roadmap & Release Notes
Basics 101

Last updated 3 months ago

An audio station or channel is typically powered by an audio streaming engine such as SHOUTcast or Icecast which is responsible for receiving and delivering audio content from a broadcaster to the listener.

Auto DJ

AutoDJ is additional software that operates in front of the Icecast or SHOUTcast service to provide further capabilities to the audio station, typically used to create a gapless 24×7 broadcast however it can also be used to:

  • Deliver the broadcast across multiple streaming formats
  • Provide encoders with individual DJ logins
  • Play Jingles & Advertising at regular intervals

. It also provides several capabilities including separate DJ Login

If your station is enhanced by AutoDJ then live/dj encoder connections will connect directly to the AutoDJ service on an alternate port instead of the SHOUTcast or Icecast service directly.

Before AutoDJ can be started, you must first upload at least one track and assign it to a General Rotation Playlist.

Crossfading

Crossfading is handled by the AutoDJ provider which by default, and by our recommendation is Liquidsoap. Four options are provided with Liquidsoap AutoDJ being Fade-in, Fade-out and Minimum Threshold.

Smart Crossfade will automatically attempt to calculate the volume between tracks to produce an optimal transition. For example, should Track A include a soft fade at the end and Track B a loud start, Smart Crossfade would not fade-out and only fade-in. Read more about Smart Crossfade. Often tracks may already include a fade-out built into the media file, and in this case Smart Crossfade will be useful to avoid double ups in the crossfading transition.

When not using Smart Crossfade, tracks will in sequence Fade-Out and then Fade-In without any blend or mixing.

The Minimum Threshold checks the upcoming track and if the next track duration is less than the threshold, crossfading will be applied between the current and next track. The crossfade would not apply to the end of the track, unless the next track was also short. 

Media Library

The Media Library is available only when AutoDJ is enabled and is used to manage audio files that can be played out from automatically.

Content is shared between other audio channels under the same account along with Storage allowances per service Read more at the Media Library documentation. If it is desired to separate audio content between other stations then we recommend maintaining each Radio Station in it’s own Customer account.

Playlists

Playlists can be created from the media library and used to play as General Rotation and/or be scheduled to play at a designated time using the Schedule Calendar. 

General Rotation playlists are played out automatically when there are no scheduled playlist events. Better yet, rotations can be configured with a Playback weight which determines how frequently items are selected for playback. It is also possible to configure what hours a General Rotation playlist should operate in.

The Schedule Calendar is used to define blocks of time that specific Playlists should play out

Jingle playlists are typically used for Station announcements, program announcements or advertising. These playlists are highly configurable to play tracks from a playlist after every x songs play, every x minutes, or hourly on a specific minute. They can also be configured to interrupt existing content, or play between content.

Repeat Protection

Repeat Protection ensures that the same track, or a track from the same album or artist does not play within the defined period, or within a certain number of track plays.

By default Repeat Protection is set to 10 minutes for Track, Album and Artist ensuring that no similar content plays within 10 minutes.

Be alert to these settings, as it is the common reason for scheduled content to not play, as the repeat protection settings will restrict similar content; even if scheduled. For this reason it is important to understand these settings and manage them on a Per Scheduled Event as well as a per General Rotation Playlist.

Repeat Protection settings are available on General Rotation playlists, Jingle Playlists, and Scheduled Events.

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