Have more questions, concerns, freak-outs? Please read the other Automagica documents, and if you don't have an answer, then contact VJ. But please read the documents first.
Q: My listeners can't download my Public Affairs audio -- what gives?
A: This is a bug. We hope to have this fixed in the next three weeks.
Q: I've noticed on my programs page that the audio is switching over to the new format with the added two minutes etc. but I also notice that most of the past shows now show no audio at all. What gives?
A: You'll notice now that the default tab on your program pages is Episode Archive -- that has the new stylee audio. Next to that tab is Audio, which has your old style audio. And next to that is Comments, which has your comments.
Q: I see that audio option but what I'm confused about is, when I click on an old show of mine to view it as a separate link I don't see the audio there. If I've shared this link on facebook, to friends etc. it doesn't look like they will see any audio there any more.
A: There are two different file types: Schedule Episode (which recently got super-powers) and Audio. Schedule Episodes from before August will not auto-magically have the audio attached, but you have several options. You can edit the schedule episode to upload audio. Or you can edit the schedule episode and add a link to the audio page.
The good news is, going forward, you can publicize the Schedule Episode URL, and not have to worry about also publicizing the Audio URL.
Q: why not have it so that when you are on the main page of a show you see the audio of every episode as a default so that you don't have to find that audio button?
A: Hopefully, that will be something that we can do in the future. But for the time being, Schedule Episodes will appear under the Episode Archive tab, and old-style audio will appear under the Audio tab.
Q: I just checked out the schedule page for the last public affairs show I did and listened to the audio. It really sounds funky.
A: If you listen to show audio, you'll hear Jenka's welcome, and then it immediately cuts to one minute before your show (because we record for the length of show plus a padding minute before and a padding minute after), which is what it should sound like.
Now you can download the show, edit it, and re-upload it if you want it to sound perfect (and we applaud you if you do!)
Q: Also how does this affect the audio page for our programs? Does the automagic audio archives also get uploaded to the audio page or will the audio page become obsolete now that audio is embedded into the schedule page?
A: That's a great question, and one I don't have a good answer for yet. Hopefully, at some point soon, the automagic audio and the old audio will blend -- but right now, we have a separate but equal system -- the default Episode Archives tab, and the secondary Audio tab.
Q: One the system is up and running, will there be no more archival audio pages? If so, does that mean that I will have to go back and re-edit all the programs I have archived? Also, the copy on the audio page for each show is sometimes updated from the schedule page, so if the old audio pages disappear that will mean that I will need advance warning to update all the text as well. Which means a lot of work. So I'm hoping there is a way to keep the archival audio pages on the website when the new system goes online.
A: The archival (old) audio pages will remain. You don't need to do anything about them.
Q: How will PA programmers edit and upload their audio?
Q: How do I download my audio?
A: While logged in and from the regular view of the Schedule Episode (not the Edit view), right-click on the download link and select Save Link As / Save Target As.
You can also download in the Edit view of the Schedule Episode.
Q: How do we run this past the live bands? Will we have new release forms? What about a band that may not want to release their material? I guess I should point this out when I ask them to come on?
A: We just deal with this like we have. If you have a live band on as part of a program, then it's a 5 hour/14 day thingee, and if we have the release, then the live portion can be edited into a separate audio that's permanent. If the band doesn't sign the release, it's just live for the 14 days.
The Automagic Archiving process automates several things, and thus, somethings happen sooner, and others later...
The Schedule Episode is auto-created between 5-9 hours in advance of the program time. So if you want to create a Schedule Episode for your show, make sure that you do that more than 12 hours in advance of showtime.
The recording is auto-created and attaches to the schedule episode usually within 15 minutes of the end of the show for Public Affairs, News, and Spoken Word programming.
For Music programming, the recording auto-attaches about 5 hours and 15 minutes after the beginning of your program.
The Schedule Episode shows up on your Program page around 7 hours after the end of your show.
Got more questions about automagic archiving? Just ask VJ - firstname.lastname@example.org