Rundown Timing
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Written by Alice DuBois
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Rundowns have a number of timing features that will help keep your live or live-to-tape show or event on track.

Duration and Cumulative Timing

Live-to-tape shows have a bit of variation in when they begin taping. These types of clients tend to prefer rundowns that have a duration column, where you can enter timing infor for individual elements or segments, as well as a cumulative column, which automatically sums all values in the duration column to show you the elapsed timing.

Durations can be populated manually though you can also set rundown import rules to populate duration column if you import rows from a script into a rundown.

Note that when you are manually populating cells in a duration column, Scripto expects a duration. 10, :19, 0:23, 1:05 and 97 are all valid durations. Hello is not.

A tip for entering duration values quickly is that you can simply type the number of seconds and Scripto will convert that into the standard "timing" syntax. For instance, if you type "10" into a timing cell, Scripto will display that as 0:10 If you type "92" into a timing cell, Scripto will display it as 1:32

Episode Length

You set the target episode lenth by clicking on the stopwatch icon on the bottom right side of the status bar and typing the target duration of your show into the form.

Once you've set an episode length, the timing info on the status bar will add up the values in the duration column to display the under / over time as well as the total run time.

Front and Back Timing

People putting on live shows and events may prefer to use front and back timing in their rundowns. Front timing tells you when each segment needs to begin. Back timing tells you when that segment needs to end for your show to finish on time.

Start and End Times

To support front and back timing, you enter the start time and end time for your show.

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