Creating Script Templates in Rundown Creator for Each CG Template


Next, we're going to create script templates in Rundown Creator for each CG template on your character generator. This'll make it easier to insert the code for CGs into your scripts.

1. In Rundown Creator, click on the link that says "Settings."

The Settings link in Rundown Creator

2. Click on the link that says "Script Templates."

The Script Templates link on the Settings page in Rundown Creator

3. Click on the button that says "+ create a new script template" under the "CGs" section.

Creating a new script template for a CG in Rundown Creator

4. Enter a descriptive name, like what kind of CG template this is, in the "Name" field.

Creating a new script template for a CG in Rundown Creator

5. Copy and paste the code below into the "Content" field, customizing it as needed (see the instructions below).

<cg id="" template="">

template="?"

If you're using a Chyron character generator, the value of the "template" attribute would be "lowerthird" if you saved your CG template using a descriptive filename like "lowerthird.lyr," or "5" if you saved your CG template using a numeric filename like "000000005.lyr."

If you're using a Compix character generator, the value of the "template" attribute would be the name that appears below the CG template in AutoCast, without the space before the semi-colon. For example, if your CG template shows up as "News :1" in AutoCast (note the space), the value of "template" would be "News:1" (note the space is gone).

If you're using a Ross Video XPression character generator, please refer to the XPression user manual provided by Ross Video for what the value of "template" should be.

Fields for placeholders

After the "template" attribute, add fields for each placeholder in your CG template. For example:

<cg id="" template="lowerthird" line1="" line2="">

The field names themselves aren't important. They can be whatever you want, so long they're only made up of letters and numbers, and aren't "id," "template," "channel," or "duration."

The order that the fields appear in the CG code is important though. It actually determines what text or graphic will go where in your CG template when it's played out using the Character Generator Controller. The text or graphic in the first field in your CG code will be matched up with the first placeholder in your CG template. The text or graphic in the second field in your CG code will be matched up with the second placeholder in your CG template. And so on and so on.

So, how do you figure out the order of the placeholders in your CG template?

If you're using a Chyron character generator, the order usually goes like this: graphics first (in the order that they appear in the Scene Graph, from top to bottom), then text (in the order that they appear in the "Template Update" window, which you can bring up by going to the "Tools" menu in Lyric and selecting "Template Update").

If you're using a Compix character generator, click on your CG template in AutoCast and the order will be listed in the "Play Item Edit Window" section of the screen.

If you're using a Ross Video XPression character generator, please refer to the XPression user manual provided by Ross Video.

6. Click the "go" button to save the script template.

Saving a script template in Rundown Creator

7. Repeat steps 3-6 for each CG template on your character generator.

When you're all finished, you should be able to insert CGs into your scripts in Rundown Creator, and play them out using the Character Generator Controller!