Loop Snapshot Report
The loop snapshot report makes it possible to see the resulting loop that will be generated and used by Broadsign Control Players assigned to a display unit broken down by loop iteration of each frame.
To generate the loop snapshot report, use one of the following methods:
Go to the Schedules ribbon, and then select the Loop Snapshot icon.
From the resource tabs on the left, select Display Units or Players. Then right-click anywhere in the list panel. From the contextual menu, select Loop Snapshot Report.
Next, input information into the following pages:
Date and Time: Specify the date and time for which you want to generate the report.
Loop Iteration Settings: Specify the number of loop iterations to display, and whether you want to display the trigger playlist or the preempted playlist.
Loop Snapshot Report Column Options: Modify the information that will display in the report.
Conditions: Add conditions to see how they would affect the playback.
Events do not appear in the Loop Snapshot Report. Although you can generate Loop Snapshot reports for a specific time, you are unable to generate the report events. You can, however, track events in the Campaign Calendar Report for the associated display unit.
When the Loop Snapshot report is generated, the content duration accurately reflects any fixed slot durations, if so configured on the Loop Policy. See Duration Tab.
Loop Snapshot reports take into account campaigns that have been booked with Broadsign Direct.
Note: All hyperlinks in the report point to their corresponding resource in Broadsign Control Administrator.
At the top of the report, you will find basic information about the loop:
- Display Unit ID: The unique ID# of your display unit.
- Display Unit Name: The name of the display unit.
- Snapshot of Content Scheduled for: Date and time of snapshot.
- Number of Loop Iterations Requested
- Report Generated On: Date and time on which report was generated.
Following this information, Broadsign Control Administrator breaks down the report first by frames, then by loop iteration.
If you click Adjust Loop, the Loop Editor opens which lets you manually adjust your loop.
- Frame ID: Located at the top of the section, with a hyperlink pointing to the display unit which contains the frame.
- Frame Name: The name of the frame.
- Loop Policy ID: The unique ID# of the loop policy.
- Loop Policy Name: The name of the loop policy.
- Loop Policy Duration: The length of the loop policy (HH:MM:SS).
- Total Duration of all Campaigns: The total duration of all campaigns assigned to the frame for the period of the snapshot (HH:MM:SS).
- Maximum unique ad copies when adding filler: The number of unique ad copies that Broadsign Control Administrator can use as filler, as configured in loop policy properties. See Fillers Tab.
- Player ID for Creator slots: The unique ID# of the player assigned to play Broadsign Creator content.
Provides information for each loop iteration within the current frame.
- Filler slots available: The number slots that would fit in a completely empty loop.
- Filler slots used: The number of slots actually used by Broadsign Control Player in the loop iteration. Note: If the loop policy is without schedules assigned to it, this number will be "0".
- Expected Duration: An estimate of the total value of the loop. Note: This number is not necessarily absolute for various reasons, e.g., ad copies being shorter than the slots to which they are scheduled or bundles using the slot duration override.
- Slot No. The slot's position within the loop.
- Estimated Offset
- Ad Copy Id The unique ID# of the slot's ad copy.
- Ad Copy Name The name of the slot's ad copy.
- Campaign Id The unique ID# of the slot's campaign.
- Campaign Name The name of the slot's campaign.
- Slot Type The slot type:
- Reserved: If the bundle is in the playlist due to a campaign schedule.
- Filler: If the bundle is in the playlist due to a loop policy schedule.
- Expected Duration An estimate for the expected duration of the bundle.
The Customer Name column of the report can be "(None)". This column shows the customer that is tied to the bundle (not the ad copy) that is scheduled. If the customer name is "(None)", this indicates that the bundle is not associated with any customer in particular, as is the case with filler content.
Note: In the event that the loop contains any content from Broadsign Publish the message name will be shown in the loop snap shot report along with the duration configured within Broadsign Publish.
To generate the batch loop snapshot report, go to the Schedules ribbon, select the small arrow in the lower-right of the Loop Snapshot icon, and then select Batch Loop Snapshot.
Next, input information into the following pages:
- Display Units: Select the display units you want in your report. Select as many as you want.
- Date and Time: Specify the date and time for which the you want to generate the report.
- Loop Iteration Settings: Specify the number of loop iterations to display, and whether you want to display the trigger playlist or the preempted playlist.
- Loop Snapshot Report Column Options: Modify the information that will display in the report.
- Conditions: Add conditions to see how they would affect the playback.
Export settings: Specify the output settings for your report. You can output the report in CSV or HTML formats; select one report/display unit or merge them together; and specify the output location.
A progress bar appears:
When finished, your OS's File Explorer will open, listing all reports included in the batch: