The Operation instructions assume you are already familiar with SoundMill or VideoMill.
RMM works with a Cuelist that is associated with a Sound List (SoundMill sound items) or Media List (VideoMill media items). Each Cue in the Cuelist targets a media item or a script (playlist of media items). SoundMill and VideoMill allow you to create the RMM CueList quickly by selecting a set of media items and/or scripts, then export it to a file. The CueList is then opened with RMM.
RMM uses IPC to communicate with SoundMill and VideoMill. This requires a one-time IPC setup to configure IP addresses and port numbers. Once IPC has been configured, you simply Start IPC, select a CueList and you are ready to go.
Start SoundMill or VideoMill and open a Sound List or Media List. Go to Tools > Automation > IPC > Create Cuelist for RMM. This will open the Cuelist Creator. When done creating the list, Export it to a file.
When you Open a Cuelist, Cues will fill the list box below the panel of play action buttons. Open a Cuelist by any of these methods:
SoundMill or VideoMill should be started on the remote computer. Then open the Sound List or Media List that is associated with the selected Cuelist.
Select the Target Remote Client (Soundmill or Videomill) Start via the IPC toolbar (below) or from Tools > IPC Inter-Process Comms > Select IPC Remote Client menu. All subsequent action commands will be sent to this Remote Client (Play, Stop, etc).
Assuming you have already configured the IPC Clients, this will open a Remote Media Manager connection between RMM and SoundMill or VideoMill. IPC must also be started in SoundMill or VideoMill for them to listen for commands from RMM. Start via the IPC toolbar (below) or from Tools > IPC Inter-Process Comms menu.
In Figure 3, select a cue in the Cues listbox in the RMM app window.
The Actions buttons operated on the current selected Cue.
After clicking the Play button, the progress bar will begin updating for the Cue playback time.
If RMM does not recieve a media started message from the remote app, a warning message will appear on the status bar. The Media Start Failed Warning Time-Out can be changed in the Options. Media items with a Pre-Delay time applied may cause this warning as well. You may get a false warning if the cue is slow to start for some reason. You can double check to see if an item is playing by clicking the Status of Selected Cue button on the Remote Tools toolbar.
Play Control Buttons: (Figure 2, left to right) Play, Stop, Pause, Resume, Stop All, Select Up, Select Down, Page Up, Page Down, Add Request (to Player).
The progress bar (Figure 4) shows the current playing Cue's Length and the Playback Position. If you mouse click on the time read-out text, it will toggle between Play Position Time and Time Remaining (hour glass next to the read-out indicates time remaining).
When Cue is a Script type, the progress bar will indicate the current playing Step within the script.
Selects items in the CueList.
When you are allowing an untrained user to operate the program user interface (UI) you need to lock it down so they cannot get at the admin features. Make the following setting to lock down the UI. Some of these settings are optional depending on what you may or may not trust to expose to the user.
Using these settings, the program will start up with the Locked User Interface (Figure 5) and be ready and initialized to send commands to the remote clients.
With these settings, if the user closes the program accidentally, when it is restarted it will still be in locked mode.