8.1 Importing A Playlist

just:play allows you to import plain text playlists in any standard "delimited" format such as comma separated values (CSV), tab, colon, semicolon or pipe ("|") separated values.

Importing a Plain Text Playlist

To import a playlist in just:play go to the menu "File » Import Text (CSV) Playlist".

Within the text file one or more "columns" of data may be defined and these columns can be mapped to "full path", "path only" and "file only" when importing:

  • Full Path: Only one column of data is required which contains the complete path and filename of the clip to play.
  • Path Only/File Only: Two columns of data are required where the first defines just the path and the second the filename of the clip. Together these define the full path of the clip to playout, such as "/Volumes/…/" and "Example.mov" to give the full path "/Volumes/…/Example.mov".


When importing a playlist the file must conform to one of these two options. In addition, an optional name/description field may be defined in the data. If specified, the text defined in this column is used as the label specified in just:play's workbench for each clip. In case the length of the movies is already available, a column with the duration of the movies can be added to the text file and selected here. Finally, there is also an option to ignore the first row of data which is often useful if the first row of data in the file specifies the names of the columns of data rather than actual data. If any of the clips in the playlist are not found during the import they are listed in the "warnings" table. 


There is also a function which allows you to optionally specify two or more columns in your data file that should be combined into the "title" that is displayed in just:play's workbench.

  • It is possible to select the text encoding that the file is encoded in. You may select from ASCII, Japanese EUC, UTF-8, ISO Latin 1 (ISO/IEC 8859-1), ISO Latin 2 (ISO/IEC 8859-2), Shift JIS, UFT-16 (Unicode), Windows Cyrillic, Windows Latin 1, Windows Latin 2, Windows Greek, Windows Turkish, ISO 2022 Japanese and Mac OS Roman encoding.
  • To import a just:out "As-Run Log" you must select "UTF-8" and not "ASCII" when importing the text file in just:play.
  • When using Apple's TextEdit to build the playlist, make sure the text file is saved in plain text (menu "Format » Make Plain Text").

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