What is Centova Cast Auto DJ and How Do I Set it Up?

Auto dj is an option available to you on your control panel.  Auto dj empowers you to upload media to, then stream it automatically from, our server.  Included in your package is 1gig (=1000MB) of space for free.  Additional space is available at $5/month in increments of 5gig (=5000MB).

 

Activating Auto DJ from the Control Panel

To set up and use auto dj, first log in to your control panel.  Under "MANAGEMENT" to the left, click on "* Configure Server".  Then click on the "AutoDJ" tab that appears to the right.   Set "AutoDJ status" to "Permitted and enabled" if not already set to that.  If your stream is running, and you need to change the setting, stop the stream.  (Press * Stop Server under "SERVER MANAGEMENT".)  Then click update.  Start the stream.  (Press* Start Server under "SERVER MANAGEMENT".)

 

Uploading Media Content From Your Computer to the Server

Now,  you are ready to upload media content.  You will use an ftp.  If you don't already have an ftp, we suggest downloading free and easy to use filezilla from  http://filezilla-project.org/download.ph

When filezilla is downloaded and opened, fill in fields at the top.  Click "* Quick Links" from your control panel.  Your server hostname IP address goes in "Host".  Fill in your username and password.  For "port" use 21It is very important you use 21 rather than your port number address.

Next, click "Quickconnect" in filezilla.  When connected, you are ready to upload from your computer to our server.

On the left side of filezilla, your computer files are listed.  On the right, our server and your auto dj files are listed.  On the right, click on the yellow folder under "Remote site" if needed to cause the "media" file to appear.   Click on the media files on your computer and drag them into the media file under "Remote site".  The files will be copied and uploaded from your computer to our server.



Updating Media Library and Organizing PlayList

After the files are uploaded, go into your control panel.  Under "MANAGEMENT" to the left, click on * Media Library.  Click on * Update media library at the bottom left of the page.  Click the return button.  Then click on * Media Library again. 

Now load music from your Media Library into your playlist by clicking and dragging items into the desired rotation play folder(s).  One song must be in a General Rotation Playlist (Light, Standard and/or Heavy Rotation Playlist files) to start the radio stream.  (Click* Start Server to start the radio stream.)

You can organize your playlist by using existing Playlist files.  You can create new custom Playlist files, set the order in which songs play within Playlist files, and set the time intervals that different songs/folders play.

You will find simple instructions for managing your media library and organizing your playlist in the Users Guide at View User's Guide  PDF on pages 21-31.  Additional auto dj instructions on pages 8-9.



Interrupting Auto DJ to Switch to Live Broadcast

  • For Icecast, you can leave your auto dj running 24/7 and do a live feed connecting to the /live mount.  The auto dj will run in the background and pick up when the live source drops.  There will be no dead air. 
  • For Shoutcast, to go to a live stream just click "* Deactivate Source" on the left of the control panel under "SERVER CONTROL".  This will deactivate auto dj.  Begin streaming live.  When you are done streaming live,  just click "* Activate Source" at the same location on the control panel to turn auto dj back on.
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