Most stations broadcast a routine schedule and format of newscasts, ranging from hourly newscasts with minimal format requirements, to 24-hour wheel formats with more complex requirements.
Burli’s template manager arranges the scripts and folders that define the standard broadcast day. The template scripts may be edited so that a standard rundown, or set of stories, appears when a user opens a script for the first time.
Template items can include introductions, sponsorship tags, timechecks, traffic or weather formats and much more.
Accessing the template manager
- Open Burli setup (Shift-F8), then click the Templates tab. The folder list appears on the left; the scripts associated with the currently selected folder appear on the right.
To add or remove template folders
- Burli organizes scripts by date, then by folder. This structure is visible in the Burli Script Explorer. A folder should represent a related set of scripts, such as those airing on a specific radio station. To create a new template folder, click the ‘Add folder…’ button, then provide the name (e.g. “WBRD-AM”). Add a new folder for each group of scripts. Click the ‘Remove folder…’ button to remove the currently selected folder. As a safeguard, a folder can be removed only when it does not contain any templates.
To add or remove template scripts
- Click the ‘Add templates…’ button to add template scripts to the currently selected folder. Type each template script’s name on a new line. The script name should be concise, such as “5am” or “noon”. To remove a template, click the ‘Delete template…’ button.
To rearrange the template scripts
- The template scripts should appear in chronological order, with the most recent script appearing at the top of the list. To re-position a template in the list, drag-and-drop it to the new position.
To edit the template scripts
- Close the Burli Setup screen by clicking the OK or Apply button. Click ‘Scripts’ in the top tab bar to access the Script Explorer. Scroll to the bottom of the list of dates to the tree branch named ‘Templates’. Click the plus (+) sign to display the template folders and scripts. To edit the contents of a specific template script, drag-and-drop its name to the work list in the bottom window. This is the same technique used to open a regular script. When you are finished editing a script template, Right-Click on the tab with the name of the template and Close.
Generating scripts from Templates
- To generate scripts based on the template structure, right-click the Scripts tab in the top tab bar, then choose the ‘Generate scripts’ menu option and confirm the operation. Burli generates folders and scripts under today’s date based on the previously created template structure. Using the Script Explorer, any networked user may then drag-and-drop scripts under today’s date into the work folder in the bottom window.
Generating scripts on specific days
Many operations need different script templates on different days and times in the week. You can tell Burli to automatically select folders depending on the day of the week.
For example, you may create one folder called Weekday Newscasts and another called Weekend Newscasts, each containing script templates specific to the schedule for those days of the week. With a single setting, Burli will automatically select the Weekday Scripts folder for generation on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday and the Weekend Newscasts folder only on Saturdays and Sundays.
You can select as many or few days as you like for each script, and you can manually differ from this schedule at any time; the setting simply selects which folders have check-marks beside them when the ‘Generate Scripts’ option is used.
To preset the days on which a folder is selected:
- Double-click on the folder name in the Templates screen in the Burli Setup area.
- A new text window appears with the following lines.[Days]
- On the DOW= line, add the number(s) of the day or days of the week you wish the script to be selected on. Monday=1, Sunday=7. Do not put commas between entries. So for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, for example, the entry would be DOW=347
- Save the file.
- Exit the text editor.
Note that without the setting Burli assumes the folder will be generated every day. And the setting applies to the day that the folder is being generated FOR. So while generating scripts for a Sunday, for example, check marks will appear beside any folder with a setting that includes 7 in the DOW= line. Even if you are actually generating the scripts on the previous Friday.