The Ots Item List format is best suited if you require portability between various OtsAV installations and file/folder layouts. The items referenced within the list are identified by their title, artist and a special signature, making the references more immune to broken links after you reorganize your files, change filenames and/or folder storage locations.
Note: If an item referenced within an OIL file is later changed in a significant way -- it's title or artist information is edited, or the audio data is altered -- the reference may no longer be valid, as the correct item can not reliably be determined. If this happens you will end up with a placeholder directive occupying the item's position in the list. Bear this in mind when making changes to files in Ots Studio.
Create your list. (The list can be created in the Playlist or Work Area.)
Right-click, Select -> All to highlight your list.
Right-click, select Export -> As Ots Item List (OIL).
Type in the file list name, for this example type "Test".
Click the Save button.
Ots Item List file icon
How to play an OIL file in OtsAV
Double-click on the Test.OIL icon. This will launch OtsAV and begin playing the first item in the list. If OtsAV is already playing it will elegantly fade out the current item and begin playing the first item in the new list.
Import the Test.OIL file directly into a playlist. See below for details.
Use the Load directive to load the Test.OIL file into a playlist. See How to set up a Load Directive
Right-click, select Import -> select one of the import options.
Navigate to the Test.OIL file.
Select the Test.OIL file and click on Open.
Saving and loading a list
Ots File List format
Plain Text File format