Airtime 2 for Broadcasters

Manage media folders

Airtime has a media storage archive, which by default is in the /srv/airtime/stor/ folder on your server. In Manage media folders on the Configure menu, you can change this default location, or add extra folders to be watched by Airtime.

You should not specify a network drive as a media folder, because if that network becomes disconnected for any reason, Airtime's media monitor will remove the missing files from its database. If those missing files are scheduled for a future show, the broadcast output for that show would be silenced.

For the same reason, if a removable drive (such as a USB memory stick or MP3 player) is specified as a watched folder, that drive has to be present and powered on at all times. If your station staff use removable drives to store media files, it is much safer to use the Add media page of the Airtime administration interface or the airtime-import copy command to copy the files to the main storage server. See the chapters Add media and Using the airtime-import script for more details.

Any new media files you add to the /srv/airtime/stor/organize folder or a watched folder will be automatically imported into the Airtime database. The organize or watched folders can be exported to computers on the local network, to enable dragging and dropping of media uploads using the file managers on the desktop computers at your studio.

A file dropped into the organize folder will appear to vanish as the metadata is read, and the file is moved to the correct location in the storage hierarchy, according to its creator and title. The directory structure and file names in the storage archive are human-readable. This means you can find files for download and editing using a file browser on your server, as well as through the Search tab in the Playlist Builder. This could be under a filesystem path such as /srv/airtime/stor/imported/Beck/Midnite Vultures/ in the screenshot below.

Files in watched folders are not moved into the main Airtime storage folder, but any files deleted from a watched folder will be automatically removed from the Airtime database.

Changing the storage folder

To change Airtime's storage folder, click the upper choose folder button. In the pop-up window that opens, double-click on the folder names to select the folder that you require. Then click the Open button to open that folder.

 

Back on the Manage Media Folders page, click the Set button to change the storage folder. Airtime will ask if you are sure about this action. Click the OK button to confirm your choice.

The Manage Media Folders page will now display the new storage location.

The storage folder cannot be changed while a file import is in progress. If you attempt to do this, an error message will be displayed.


Watching a folder

Under Watched Folders, click the lower choose folder button, open the folder you require, and then click the Add button. You can add as many watched folders as you require.

To remove a watched folder, click the small x on the right side of its row in the list. Again, you will be asked to confirm if you are sure about the action.

Edits to your stored and watched media files are automatically noticed by Airtime. If you edit any file in the archive, such as trimming the duration of a track, Airtime will automatically adjust the playlist and show lengths for that particular file.