AV-PLAYBACK V2THE INDUSTRIES NEWEST MULTIMEDIA PLAY-OUT SOLUTION

Our new AV-Playback V2 far exceeds its comparably priced competition in capability, flexibility and in performance.


This cost effective Windows based media play-out application offers a full list of robust operational features any professional playback operator will find indispensable, and now with support for building multi-layered presentations on the fly, produces and directors will appreciate you for having it as well.

 

AV-Playback V2AT THE CORE

  • Multiple High-Performance Video Engines: AV-Playback incorporates the latest and most advanced video rendering technology capable of supporting up to 230 different file types.  Each media element in a playlist is given its own independent rendering graph, affording their own wide range of customizable settings and then places them into an infinitely layered pixel space. This architecture enables each to be played individually or in combination with other media elements simultaneously.

  • Custom Pixel Spaces: By default, the program pixel space conforms directly with the dimensions of the assigned output display, but you can also choose to extend that space and span across multiple displays. This is accomplished internally and does not require any other outboard devices. All you need to have is a multi-output graphics GPU as part of your computer.

  • Multiple Layers: Each base element (single entry in the playlist) can have up to four additional transparent layers overlaying it. These layers can be either a video clip, still graphic image or live image capture. Each layer can be easily resized and configured to appear anywhere within the overall pixel space and at any varying level of opacity. They also have all the same property settings as a base clip.

  • Isolated Threading: When AV-Playback is fully operating, dozens of individual operational threads are established. To ensure uninterrupted playout of video files all the while an operator is needing to interact with other program functions, AVP employs innovative techniques to effectively isolate each thread from one another and minimize the threat of any glitching.

 

4K Screen Capture

Four Individual element (3 – Video & 1 – PNG) spanned across two 1080p outputs.

Three in sync layers spanned across four 1080p outputs

 

AV-Playback V2THE INTERFACE

  • Playlist Unit: This is the primary point for control of all media files being played. We can break it down into three control groups –

    1) Media File Collection Grid: From this robust data grid you can organize and configure your entire playlist. All pertinent info regarding each media element is outlined and many can be directly edited by typing in values.

    Instruct clips to either link with one another and/ or have individual media loop on itself or repeat an entire cluster of linked media. You can even set a maximum number of repeats so when the limit is reached, the control will either stop and return home or pause at the punch out point.

    Adjust the clips audio gain as well as individually assign it to a separate audio output.

    Access the elements properties page.

    Leave individual user notes.

    Access a base element’s individual laying data grid. This where layer elements can be added and configured.

    2) Timeline: This provides you with an interactive graphical representation of the base element as well as its associated layer elements. Here you can easily make adjustments to an element’s punch in and out points, set the starting point for when a layer will appear on screen, and in the case of using a video clip as an additional layer, and you wish it to loop for a set amount of time, simply set the element to loop and then drag the right edge of the elements icon out to the time point in which you would like it to end. 

    This area also contains quick access to setting in and out points instantly jumping to either of those points, engaging rapid rewind and a speed adjustable fast forward, all with a simple click of a button.

    Another useful tool provided by the timeline are insertable Tag markers. You can insert as many as you like and can be easily dragged any point within the timeline. Once placed you can option to view running countdown times between each marker. You can even right click on each of them and add note text which will automatically popup when the hovering the cursor above them.

    3) Preview Transport Control: Here you control transport functions, audio gain and output assignments for any media that currently resides in the preview slot. You also have the option to override what is outlined in the timeline section, So let’s say you need to do some last minute tweaks to a clip before it is taken to program but you currently have media playing out to the house, When the override is enabled the timeline control will now reflect your preview material, allowing to make the necessary changes and once

    4) Program Control Section: The controls in this section provides everything you need to handle program activity.

  • Element Settings Window: This window provides a whole host of user-controlled adjustments for any base media or layer element. The settings are organized into five separate categories.

    1) Geometry: X & Y position, X & Y scale, Independent 4-sided clipping (which scales with the fill size), Convenient buttons to snap an element to different locations within the pixel space.

    2) Transform: 3D projection (X, Y & Z rotation), 2D Rotation (center point is adjustable), X & Y skewing

    3) Warp: 8-point warping (This is a work in progress and later will have further updates enabling unlimited point selection. Perfect for 3d mapping.)

    2) Proc: Opacity, Brightness, Contrast, Chroma, Hue, Gamma offset(all) and separate gamma levels for red, green and blue.

    2) Properties: Provides direct access to the individual property pages for each filter contained the clips render graph.

    You can also save settings as a treatment then recall it later to then paste onto another media element.

  • Confidence Monitor: Each playlist unit will feature its own confidence monitor array. The array is comprised of one preview and one program display. Each has its own set of on screen data points. At the top is displayed the current clips title These titles are in line with the media that is currently active in their respective slots. The same rule applies to the pair of position displays (Elapsed / Countdown) and current transport status icon at the bottom of each screen.

    To the left are the VU meter displays. The default is two channels but will automatically expand when more tracks are employed.

    As with the Playlist Unit the monitors location and size is automatically saved to its respective playlist file.

  • Convenient Launch Control:Every time AV-Playback begins, the first thing you will encounter is a convenient ‘Launch Control’ window. This gives you immediate access to important tools that will get you up and running quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Features

  • AV-Sync Hub: With this powerful relay tool you can us to synchronize additional networked workstations with broadcasted control commands from a designated primary workstation. To ensure synchronization is as tight as possible the hub performs two critical functions. One is, each workstation receives a parodic time stamps which it then in turn uses it to continually jam sync its own internal clock, and the other is to constantly measure for any network latency directly affecting an individual workstation. It then uses this data to carefully time the delivery of the respective command packet to that workstation.

    LTC Timecode Generator: The hub is also capable of generating its own LTC timecode signal that can easily be assigned to output on any available audio port. This makes it very easy to distribute it to other devices that need to sync with program media. Once enabled a constant stream is outputted but the actual time data being carried in the stream is determined by which workstation is assigned as the primary and the

    External Control: The hub can also be used to receive external command for our MCS5 control surface as well as strings from third party devices. Now you have a single access point were these external commands can be then distributed globally throughout the network.current position data of any clip that is being played out to program on that workstation.

  • AVP Timecode Display:  This convenient executable can be easily copied onto any computer, without the need for any invasive installation or license. The application, when active on a computer that is currently connected to the same AV-Playback network, will display position data from any enabled AVP node. This position data reflects the current running time of whatever is playing out to program. The individual viewer can select from any AVP workstation currently broadcasting as well as having a choice of seeing either elapsed running time or its countdown equivalent. You are also able to set it to calculate the time shown based on the clips total native duration or the trimmed duration between punch in or out points.

  • File Conversion Utility: Another key feature is the convenient file conversion utility. Using this control, you can easily convert any video or music file to a format that may better suites you need. New for V2: We added the ability to alter the converted elements resolution as well its frame rate..

 

 

 

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1 day ago

Wieso funktioniert die Software (Ver 2.1.1.2) nicht, wenn die Sprache meines Notebooks auf Deutsch steht?

Stelle ich die Sprache auf Englisch um, funktioniert alles einwandfrei.

Hoffe mir kann hier jemand helfen
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I'm sorry about that. I will see just how much it will take to have globalization extend through the entire app. It sounds like you say if your system is set to German the app will not start at all. Are you at least ok with having all control labels still in English?

3 days ago

AV-Playback

AV-Playback Now Supports Chroma Keying. (Ver 2.1.1.2)

I finally can check off one of the last things I had on my to-do list. Today I wrote a custom pixel shader to perform chroma keying of layers. It may seem trivial seeing that so many apps do it but until you must write one yourself you may have a little more respect for the amount that goes into making it happen.

At any rate you can access properties for the filter by calling up the settings control for the layered clip and selecting the “Keying” tab.

The color that is keyed out is based on separate red, green and blue adjustment. The values are a floating decimal that range from 0.0 (0) to 1.0 (255). The tolerance adjustment act like a threshold and that is what you can use to fine tune the cut.

As always have a great show!

To learn more about AV-Playback and download a trial copy go to www.ifelseware.com
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AV-Playback Now Supports Chroma Keying. (Ver 2.1.1.2)

I finally can check off one of the last things I had on my to-do list. Today I wrote a custom pixel shader to perform chroma keying of layers. It may seem trivial seeing that so many apps do it but until you must write one yourself you may have a little more respect for the amount that goes into making it happen.
 
At any rate you can access properties for the filter by calling up the settings control for the layered clip and selecting the “Keying” tab.

The color that is keyed out is based on separate red, green and blue adjustment. The values are a floating decimal that range from 0.0 (0) to 1.0 (255). The tolerance adjustment act like a threshold and that is what you can use to fine tune the cut. 
 
As always have a great show! 

To learn more about AV-Playback and download a trial copy go to https://www.ifelseware.com

 

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Next level stuff, amazing feature

4 days ago

AV-Playback

I just wanted to share a sneak peak of the first of our exclusive 1.5U rack mountable ruggedized turnkey AV-Playback play-out unit. (Excuse the amateur photos. Fancy advert photos will be released later.)

Here are the incredible specs:

Top of the line Gigabyte x299 Designare EX Motherboard w/ruggedized steel sub structure. (2 x Thunderbolt 3 (Used for additional display outputs), 7.1 audio support, 2 x 1GB LAN Ports, Built in WiFi & Bluetooth)

CPU: Liquid cooled Intel i9-7900X 10 core 3.3ghz (over clocked to 4ghz)

Memory: 48GB DDR4 2666

Drive: 1TB Samsung EVO M.2 SSD

Graphics: Nvidia Quadro P4000 8GB (4 X DP)

Power: 500w gold series server grade power supply

Windows 10 Pro 64bit OS

Pre-licensed with AV-Playback V2

Pre-Licensed with Dante Virtual Sound card.

Retail price $5160.00 ea.

2 Year priority service warranty .

If interested in placing orders of just to learn more, please contact me directly at greg@ifelseware.com
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Interesting

What’s the case and cooler?

5 days ago

AV-Playback

How to setup a backup workstation

With the advent of version 2.1’s new backup automation tools I thought I should outline the ground rules that need to be followed to successfully use a backup unit:

1) Both the primary and backup must be on the same PRIVATE network, no public domains. It is recommended that if you are not an expert with network setup you should employ a router with DHCP not just a switch and set each to obtain IP’s automatically.

2) To make things easier, both machines should have a common user ID. If not, then you need to know the login for each workstation. (In other words, you should be able to access each other’s shared drives in windows explorer.)

3) Setup exactly matching show folders on both machines. This means all sub folders as well as the drive letter should also the same. It is recommended that the folder be directly under the “C” drive. If you want to use something like the Desktop to house the folder then either be logged in to both computers with the exact same user ID and/or make sure that the appropriate permissions are set to share those user folders on the network.

4) On at least the primary, add the events media file that you already have.

5) Start AV-Playback on both computers and assign the show folder as the default storage folder. You can do this right from the “Launch Control”. While you are at it make sure that the default audio output is also set on each machine. Ensure that on the primary unit, the AV-Sync Hub is launched and standing by.

6) On the chosen primary, check “Is Primary” and “Auto Launch Hub” located in the AV-Sync group box. For the backup just check “Is Backup” and make sure that the “Auto Launch Hub” is not checked.

NOTE: Be sure to also set the "Index" for each workstation to an exclusive number. No units on the network can share the same index number.

7) Now on both machines create and launch a new empty playlist and go ahead and set it up to go to the appropriate display output for the computer. For proper operation, both primary and backup should be output to identical resolutions.

8) On the primary you will see the button at the bottom right of the playlist control either show glow purple and read "Backup Online" or glow amber and read “Refresh Backup” this is normal.

NOTE: After playlists are built and the units restarted, in the beginning neither know for sure if the other is in sync, so it is best to go head and click that button now and let the backup get updated now.

9) Add from the default show folder, Add your desired media files to the primary playlist. If you need to, go ahead and perform any necessary edits now.

10) Now you can go ahead and click on the “Refresh Backup” button. At this point AVP will transmit the playlist and the backup will respond back with the fact that it does not have some or all needed media files. The primary at this point will pop up a dialog showing the progress of its automatic coping any missing files onto the backup’s assigned default show folder.

11) Once complete all you must do is enable the other button just above the backup button, the one the reads “Link to Sync Hub” on both computers. If the sync hub was launched successfully they should now glow red.

12) You are now free to select and play clips on the primary which the backup will follow suit.

13) Now anytime you make changes on the primary the backup is notified and will respond back to the primary causing it to change the backup button to read “Refresh Backup”. Click it and it will repeat the playlist transfer. I think should now get the point, that any settings change on the primary will require a refresh of the backup to keep them both in sync.

This is just a rough overview and there are a number of other nuances and idiosyncrasies that I talk about in another post called "Understanding the AV-Sync Hub". Be sure to read it also.
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5 days ago

AV-Playback

New Features for Version 2.1

2.1.0.1 is a substantial update which includes some very important patches as well as the inclusion of some totally new features.

The most notable is the addition of automated support for a backup workstation. Now when you assign a separate networked computer to serve as a backup for the primary, new tools are now available to assist in keeping the backup unit in sync with all playlist edits. When all stations are connected to the AV-Sync Hub and one is set as a primary and another as a backup, you will be able to click one button on the primary to push all current playlist data over to the backup, this also includes the automatic transferring of any missing media files not already loaded onto the backup’s storage drive. Updating is an action you initiate periodically usually after new changes to the playlist is performed.

The other big change is there is now an alternate user interface for interacting with the playlist. You can now choose between either a list view like it has been or display clip elements as large thumbnails on a resizable layout panel. Refer to the picture to get a better understanding of this new layout.

On top of all that I Improved the program installer to ensure the correct C++ runtime driver is installed. This was the reason some computers were unable to load the “Enhanced Video Render” and/or LTC driver used in the AV-Sync Hub.

I also plugged a potentially large memory leak that formed when repeatedly performing functions that require a total rebuild of the program buffers. (e.g. Changing renderer types video and/or audio.)

Added utility to detect what operating system version running and use it to determine if a few functions will be available based on whether the OS version supports it or not.

Fixed several other more minor issues that were discovered along the way. All and all this is the most robust version yet.

To learn more about AV-Playback and download a trial copy go to www.ifelseware.com
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New Features for Version 2.1

2.1.0.1 is a substantial update which includes some very important patches as well as the inclusion of some totally new features.

The most notable is the addition of automated support for a backup workstation. Now when you assign a separate networked computer to serve as a backup for the primary, new tools are now available to assist in keeping the backup unit in sync with all playlist edits. When all stations are connected to the AV-Sync Hub and one is set as a primary and another as a backup, you will be able to click one button on the primary to push all current playlist data over to the backup, this also includes the automatic transferring of any missing media files not already loaded onto the backup’s storage drive. Updating is an action you initiate periodically usually after new changes to the playlist is performed. 

The other big change is there is now an alternate user interface for interacting with the playlist. You can now choose between either a list view like it has been or display clip elements as large thumbnails on a resizable layout panel. Refer to the picture to get a better understanding of this new layout. 

On top of all that I Improved the program installer to ensure the correct C++ runtime driver is installed. This was the reason some computers were unable to load the “Enhanced Video Render” and/or LTC driver used in the AV-Sync Hub.  

I also plugged a potentially large memory leak that formed when repeatedly performing functions that require a total rebuild of the program buffers. (e.g. Changing renderer types video and/or audio.)

Added utility to detect what operating system version running and use it to determine if a few functions will be available based on whether the OS version supports it or not. 

Fixed several other more minor issues that were discovered along the way. All and all this is the most robust version yet.

To learn more about AV-Playback and download a trial copy go to https://www.ifelseware.com

 

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I was just downloading this update now. Excited to see you added the Backup machine syncing!

Bobby Manning

Totally awesome,

2 weeks ago

AV-Playback

Release Notes for Version 2.0.8.1

In this release I performed several important corrections as well continued to expand the apps ability to handle on the fly editing. A major factor in ensuring proper operation, Is the addition of several new automated safeguards to ensure user edits remain within specific operational guidelines.

After performing several rigorous tests, even some that represented very obscure and rare circumstances, I am really starting to feel very good about AV-Playback’s overall stability. Although I sure one of you out there will try something none of us ever thought of, push the wrong button at the right time or the right button at the wrong time. Either way I have tried to consider as many possibilities I can but can never really know all of what off the wall thing people might try.

At any rate, if you find any further errors please let me know right away so that I can throw some bug spray on it.
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3 weeks ago

AV-Playback

Cumulative Release Notes 8/3/18

Ver 2.0.7.1

Improved the internal test pattern display control to now have a separate on/off control between program and preview.

Corrected issue that would cause one layer out of a set of synched looping layers to stop after only two cycles.

Corrected problem that when having some synched layers muted by the user, they continued to be heard when playing.

Added additional protection against a potential crash that could occur when starting the program in a non-admin user Windows environment or if running on Windows 7 even as admin.

Corrected issue that was causing an element fade onto screen and end up 100% visibility even if the elements opacity was set to a lower value.

Corrected issue causing the preview control to crash after a still image file was first displayed to program then was killed. During the action of reloading the preview buffer is when the error would occur.

Continued improving overall stability by further tweaking several other miscellaneous functions.
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Cumulative Release Notes 8/3/18

Ver 2.0.7.1

Improved the internal test pattern display control to now have a separate on/off control between program and preview.  

Corrected issue that would cause one layer out of a set of synched looping layers to stop after only two cycles.

Corrected problem that when having some synched layers muted by the user, they continued to be heard when playing.

Added additional protection against a potential crash that could occur when starting the program in a non-admin user Windows environment or if running on Windows 7 even as admin.

Corrected issue that was causing an element fade onto screen and end up 100% visibility even if the elements opacity was set to a lower value.

Corrected issue causing the preview control to crash after a still image file was first displayed to program then was killed. During the action of reloading the preview buffer is when the error would occur.

Continued improving overall stability by further tweaking several other miscellaneous functions.

3 weeks ago

AV-Playback

New Features Have Been Added! (Ver. 2.0.6.1)

I want to let you know that just because the other day I may had sounded like I was done building AV-Playback, that is the furthest from the truth! In fact, these kinds of programs need to constantly evolve with user’s needs. Case in point: I had a user reach out to me yesterday and wished he could call up a clip to preview by simply typing a few characters, but he doesn’t want to have to hold down the control key while doing it. I said OK give me a day.

You know me I just can’t stop there, so I also reworked a couple of other things that were bothering me as well! Sorry if I get long winded here but since the help file system is not done yet this will have to do as your instructions for now.

Here is what changed in version 2.0.6.1:

Added a new “ID” column. (The original line number option has been removed.) By default, when you add a new media element the system will insert a sequential index number. All single numbers will have a zero in front of them. Users however can enter any alphanumeric combination they like after the clip is in the playlist. There are some rules though. You can only use letters A to Z and number 0 to 9. No special characters or punctuation marks allowed, and there must always be at least two or more characters.

Now to select that clip for preview you can just type in this ID, without having to simultaneously hold down a control key, Since we are not using a control key to differentiate what we are typing, I needed something else. Therefore, there must be at least two characters. If not, let’s say you had the number “1” as an index for one clip the clip you want is labeled “10”. Well as soon typed “1” it would call that first element instead of the one indexed “10”.

Now also, when you drag and drop to rearrange the order of the playlist. A message box will popup asking if you want the ID’s re-sequenced to match where they are in the playlist. If you click yes then any ID fields that only contains a default number will areissued number. If there are any letters in the ID it skip it and not change it on you.

The AVP remote protocol has also been changed to now require the unique ID code to be used instead of just an index number.

I also added the ability for the user to rearrange the column order within the playlist grid, by clicking on the column header and dragging it to desired location. On top of that I added a separate dialog window from which users can set whether a column within the playlist grid is visible or not. This can be found in the main menu under “Settings” || “Configure Grid Columns”.

The other big change is you can now choose to have any added user notes be displayed all the time in its own column in the playlist grid. By default, it will come up just like it has with a button you press to edit and/or view. Now in the new “Configure Grid Columns” control window there is the option to view is as a text column instead.

Hope these new features makes your job easier.
Remember to go to www.ifelseware.com to learn more and to download an evaluation copy.
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New Features Have Been Added! (Ver. 2.0.6.1)

I want to let you know that just because the other day I may had sounded like I was done building AV-Playback, that is the furthest from the truth! In fact, these kinds of programs need to constantly evolve with user’s needs. Case in point: I had a user reach out to me yesterday and wished he could call up a clip to preview by simply typing a few characters, but he doesn’t want to have to hold down the control key while doing it. I said OK give me a day.

You know me I just can’t stop there, so I also reworked a couple of other things that were bothering me as well!  Sorry if I get long winded here but since the help file system is not done yet this will have to do as your instructions for now.

Here is what changed in version 2.0.6.1:

Added a new “ID” column. (The original line number option has been removed.) By default, when you add a new media element the system will insert a sequential index number. All single numbers will have a zero in front of them. Users however can enter any alphanumeric combination they like after the clip is in the playlist. There are some rules though.  You can only use letters A to Z and number 0 to 9. No special characters or punctuation marks allowed, and there must always be at least two or more characters.

Now to select that clip for preview you can just type in this ID, without having to simultaneously hold down a control key, Since we are not using a control key to differentiate what we are typing, I needed something else. Therefore, there must be at least two characters. If not, let’s say you had the number “1” as an index for one clip the clip you want is labeled “10”. Well as soon typed “1” it would call that first element instead of the one indexed “10”.   

Now also, when you drag and drop to rearrange the order of the playlist. A message box will popup asking if you want the ID’s re-sequenced to match where they are in the playlist. If you click yes then any ID fields that only contains a default number will areissued number. If there are any letters in the ID it skip it and not change it on you.
     
The AVP remote protocol has also been changed to now require the unique ID code to be used instead of just an index number.

I also added the ability for the user to rearrange the column order within the playlist grid, by clicking on the column header and dragging it to desired location. On top of that I added a separate dialog window from which users can set whether a column within the playlist grid is visible or not. This can be found in the main menu under “Settings” || “Configure Grid Columns”.  

The other big change is you can now choose to have any added user notes be displayed all the time in its own column in the playlist grid. By default, it will come up just like it has with a button you press to edit and/or view. Now in the new “Configure Grid Columns” control window there is the option to view is as a text column instead.  

Hope these new features makes your job easier.
Remember to go to https://www.ifelseware.com to learn more and to download an evaluation copy.

3 weeks ago

AV-Playback

AV-Playback Has Crossed A Major Milestone…

I am writing to announce the accumulated list of patches to have been released over the last couple of days and to talk about the fact that we are now down to writing patches for what can be considered relatively minor issues (none where show stoppers.) This now shows that we have crossed a major milestone. Thanks to all the rigid evaluations done by us and of course all the techs out there that have forwarded valuable reports, has paid off. We now strongly believe that version 2.0.5.6 marks the point where AV-Playback V2 has become stable enough to be used in real world situations.

Latest Release Notes:

Ver. 2.0.5.6

Corrected a function that had the potential of causing an error when manually typing in a value for either the Fade Rate, Link Delay or Play Speed.

Ver. 2.0.5-5

Added a way to prevent the mouse cursor from inadvertently appearing anywhere within the program pixel space.

Enabled it so any clips notes will automatically appear as a tool tip when hovering the cursor over the clip item in the playlist grid.

Ver. 2.0.5.4

Fixed issue that was preventing a live capture source from being loaded correctly and causing it to not become visible during playback.

Improved the GUI functions responsible for the display, sizing and positioning of the layer element grid within the main playlist grid.

Ver. 2.0.5.2

Improved detection of improper Windows display scaling. Now it scans across all attached displays and prompts you when any one of the displays are improperly set. (any value greater than 100%)

Go to ifelseware.com to learn more about this amazing product and to also download it for your own evaluation.
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AV-Playback Has Crossed A Major Milestone…

I am writing to announce the accumulated list of patches to have been released over the last couple of days and to talk about the fact that we are now down to writing patches for what can be considered relatively minor issues (none where show stoppers.) This now shows that we have crossed a major milestone. Thanks to all the rigid evaluations done by us and of course all the techs out there that have forwarded valuable reports, has paid off. We now strongly believe that version 2.0.5.6 marks the point where AV-Playback V2 has become stable enough to be used in real world situations.

Latest Release Notes:

Ver. 2.0.5.6

Corrected a function that had the potential of causing an error when manually typing in a value for either the Fade Rate, Link Delay or Play Speed.

Ver. 2.0.5-5

Added a way to prevent the mouse cursor from inadvertently appearing anywhere within the program pixel space.

Enabled it so any clips notes will automatically appear as a tool tip when hovering the cursor over the clip item in the playlist grid.

Ver. 2.0.5.4

Fixed issue that was preventing a live capture source from being loaded correctly and causing it to not become visible during playback. 

Improved the GUI functions responsible for the display, sizing and positioning of the layer element grid within the main playlist grid.

Ver. 2.0.5.2

Improved detection of improper Windows display scaling. Now it scans across all attached displays and prompts you when any one of the displays are improperly set. (any value greater than 100%)

Go to https://ifelseware.com to learn more about this amazing product and to also download it for your own evaluation.

 

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You are amazing!

4 weeks ago

AV-Playback

Important New Update: Ver. 2.0.5.1

Sorry about this guy but yes there is another update, although this one is very important.

Here are the release notes:

Corrected a missing DLL error in the AV-Sync Hub by recompiled it as a 64bit executable. This was necessary due to incompatibility issues with some of its required code components and was exasperated after the installer made certain adjustments to system registry.

Corrected issue that when loading multiple playlist units on the same computer, loading the second playlist unit it was inadvertently closing the program and preview engines of the first playlist unit.

Refined nomenclature within the clip settings window to lessen any further confusion with as to which button should be clicked when either saving current settings as a treatment or wanting to apply a saved treatment.

Added improved functionality within the treatment dialog window as well as adding safeguards to prevent a user from applying a non-existing treatment.
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1 month ago

AV-Playback

Hey guys guess what... Yes, another update!

(Ver. 2.0.4.3)

I just wanted to let you know that right after I posted the last update, a customer experienced an issue when loading audio only files. I ended receiving a crash report that said that it encountered a illegitimate IP address, that confused me so I started digging and found a totally separate issue. I think the error had caused a snowball effect which ended up with a network packet not being able to find its receiver because that module was locked up in the error. The culprit turned out to be an oversight on my part. Since I was primarily focusing on making video files work, I did overlook one aspect of a small subroutine that retrieves thumbnails from each file in a playlist and places them in a collection array. Well I was skipping the music only files. Coincidentally this was no real problem until I had done some very recent updates. Oh well, so when the user selected to display thumbs or if the file was selected for preview, functions that display the images in the playlist or in the preview display croaked when it hit on a file that was missing any sort of thumbnail image in the collection. It's amazing just how intertwined all of these functions get with one another!

There is now version 2.0.4.3 available for download. I also straightened out an issue in the installer that was preventing older installed from being automatically removed when installing a new update. Now you should be able to just go to AV-Playback_V2 in you Windows Start menu and click on the "Check For Updates" link.

Sorry about all the patches! I guess it better to discover them now and get it over with as quickly as possible.
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1 month ago

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Important New Release (Conflict between Dante’ and AV-Playback)

(ver. 2.0.4.2)

Sorry about having some additional growing pains but after doing some testing using Dante’ Virtual Soundcard with AV-Playback V2 I discovered that both apps were trying to use some of the same UDP port numbers. If you only have one NIC in your system, this is a big no-no! Only one app can secure a port number per IP at a time. In our case when AVP and Dante’ was running at the same time Dante’ couldn’t broadcast and AVP’s preview controls would not respond. I tell you all this just in case encounter a similar issue.

To alleviate any further conflicts, I have gone ahead reorganized the port assignments within AV-Playback V2. AV-Playback uses UDP packets extensively to communicate between most of its internal components.

NOTE: TO BE SURE THAT ALL OF THE CORRECT COMPONENT VERSIONS ARE INSTALLED PLEASE REMOVE ALL CURRENT COPIES OF AV-PLAYBACK BEFORE INSTALLING THIS PATCH.

To help you to avoid future conflicts here now is the updated list of all UDP ports being utilized and should be avoided by all other app’s you may have running at the same time on an AVP network:

1111 - Used by AV-Sync Hub to ping AV-Playback nodes.
2220 to 2240 - Assigned to each playlist unit.
2330 to 2350 - Assigned to each video program engine.
2440 to 2460 - Assigned to each video preview engine.
2555 - Used by AV-Sync Hub to receive packets from each playlist unit.
2666 - Used by the AVP Timecode Display app to receive time packets from an AV-Playback workstation.
7000 - This is the port number used by either the UDP or TCP external control device listeners.

To learn more about AV-Playback please visit www.ifelseware.com
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1 month ago

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AV-Playback V2 Minimum Requirements:

I just want to let you know that technically the AV-Playback page on our website is still under construction, but I have completed updates to most of the description copy screen shots as well. I have also added a separate minimum requirement page. To make it easier for you guys, below is a copy of it.

As you might imagine AV-Playback V2 place very large demands on the hosting computer and it is recommended that while AVP is operating, no other major application, in foreground or background, should be running at the same time.

Establishing what is a suitable minimum component standard can be difficult. The stresses a system under goes is in direct relationship to several different factors such as output resolution, file stream size, total number of elements being run simultaneously as well as the total number elements contained in a single playlist. This is before we even attempt to run multiple playlist at the same time. Another reason it is difficult to gauge, is simply because there is a considerable amount of differences between manufactures and their chosen architecture. This is painfully true in PC laptops. You could easily have two systems by two different manufactures, where both advertise the exact same internal components, but still have the potential of exhibiting much different performance results. Let’s not also forget the considerable changes that occur when any program is installed and/or even when some Windows subsystem configuration has been altered. These all can have unforeseen consequences down the road as many programs are expecting those subsystems to be set in a certain way. With all that said, we will at least try to give you a foundation to work from, that is based on what you expect to be average usage limits.

NOTE: ALL SYSTEMS MUST HAVE AT LEAST A 1920 X 1080 PRIMARY DESKTOP SCREEN FOR THE USER INTERFACE GUI.

IT IS NOT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO BE CONNECTED TO A NETWORK ROUTER BUT THE SYSTEM MUST HAVE A FULLY FUNCTIONING NETWORKING ADAPTOR.

ATTN: AVP IS A 64BIT PROGRAM AND WILL ONLY OPERATE PROPERLY ON 64BIT VERSIONS OF WINDOW 7 PROFESSIONAL OR ENTERPRISE AND WINDOWS 10 HOME OR PROFESSIONAL

Single playlist unit / Output resolutions up to 1080p / Total number clip elements (base & layer) per playlist is 20 and below:
- CPU: Intel i7 2.7Ghz / AMD A-Series Pro A10
- System Ram: 8GB
- Hard Drive: 500GB / SATA 3GB
- Graphics: (Integrated) Intel 530 + (Desecrate) Nvidia
GForce GTX 1060 6GB

Single playlist unit / Output resolution up to 2160p / Total number clip elements (base & layer) per playlist is 20 and below:
- CPU: Intel i7 3Ghz / AMD A-Series Pro A12
- System Ram: 16GB
- Hard Drive: 1TB / SATA 6GB SSD
- Graphics: (Integrated) Intel 530 + (Desecrate) Nvidia
GForce GTX 1070 8GB

Multiple playlist units / Multiple simultaneous output resolutions 4k + / Total number clip elements (base & layer) per playlist is 20 and above:

NOTE: It is recommended that laptops are not employed at all at this level. Many components are not even available in laptop form.

- CPU: Intel i9 or 8+ Core Xeon 3Ghz+ / AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
- System Ram: 32GB+
- Hard Drive: 1TB / SATA 6GB SSD M.2
- Graphics: (Desecrate) Nvidia Quadro 8GB+ / AMD FirePro

Please keep in mind that these are purely estimates. As noted above there are way too many variables associated with the playing of high resolution video material. However, I will say that you can never have enough computing power. So please consider when working in the very demanding A/V business, performance and reliability should greatly outweigh any sort of budgetary concerns.
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AV-Playback V2 Minimum Requirements:

I just want to let you know that technically the AV-Playback page on our website is still under construction, but I have completed updates to most of the description copy screen shots as well. I have also added a separate minimum requirement page. To make it easier for you guys, below is a copy of it.

As you might imagine AV-Playback V2 place very large demands on the hosting computer and it is recommended that while AVP is operating, no other major application, in foreground or background, should be running at the same time.
 
Establishing what is a suitable minimum component standard can be difficult. The stresses a system under goes is in direct relationship to several different factors such as output resolution, file stream size, total number of elements being run simultaneously as well as the total number elements contained in a single playlist. This is before we even attempt to run multiple playlist at the same time. Another reason it is difficult to gauge, is simply because there is a considerable amount of differences between manufactures and their chosen architecture. This is painfully true in PC laptops. You could easily have two systems by two different manufactures, where both advertise the exact same internal components, but still have the potential of exhibiting much different performance results. Let’s not also forget the considerable changes that occur when any program is installed and/or even when some Windows subsystem configuration has been altered. These all can have unforeseen consequences down the road as many programs are expecting those subsystems to be set in a certain way. With all that said, we will at least try to give you a foundation to work from, that is based on what you expect to be average usage limits. 

NOTE: ALL SYSTEMS MUST HAVE AT LEAST A 1920 X 1080 PRIMARY DESKTOP SCREEN FOR THE USER INTERFACE GUI. 

IT IS NOT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO BE CONNECTED TO A NETWORK ROUTER BUT THE SYSTEM MUST HAVE A FULLY FUNCTIONING NETWORKING ADAPTOR. 

ATTN: AVP IS A 64BIT PROGRAM AND WILL ONLY OPERATE PROPERLY ON 64BIT VERSIONS OF WINDOW 7 PROFESSIONAL OR ENTERPRISE AND WINDOWS 10 HOME OR PROFESSIONAL

Single playlist unit / Output resolutions up to 1080p / Total number clip elements (base & layer) per playlist is 20 and below:
 - CPU: Intel i7 2.7Ghz / AMD A-Series Pro A10
 - System Ram: 8GB
 - Hard Drive: 500GB / SATA 3GB 
 - Graphics: (Integrated) Intel 530 + (Desecrate) Nvidia 
                    GForce GTX 1060 6GB

Single playlist unit / Output resolution up to 2160p / Total number clip elements (base & layer) per playlist is 20 and below:
 - CPU: Intel i7 3Ghz / AMD A-Series Pro A12
 - System Ram: 16GB
 - Hard Drive: 1TB / SATA 6GB SSD 
 - Graphics: (Integrated) Intel 530 + (Desecrate) Nvidia 
                   GForce GTX 1070 8GB

Multiple playlist units / Multiple simultaneous output resolutions 4k + / Total number clip elements (base & layer) per playlist is 20 and above:

NOTE: It is recommended that laptops are not employed at all at this level. Many components are not even available in laptop form.

 - CPU: Intel i9 or 8+ Core Xeon 3Ghz+ / AMD Ryzen 
            Threadripper
 - System Ram: 32GB+
 - Hard Drive: 1TB / SATA 6GB SSD M.2
 - Graphics: (Desecrate) Nvidia Quadro 8GB+ / AMD FirePro

Please keep in mind that these are purely estimates. As noted above there are way too many variables associated with the playing of high resolution video material. However, I will say that you can never have enough computing power. So please consider when working in the very demanding A/V business, performance and reliability should greatly outweigh any sort of budgetary concerns.

1 month ago

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AV-Playback V2 Production Release (2.0.4.1)

We are now officially out of beta testing and this version marks the release of the office full release.

NOTE: IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A BETA VERSION INSTALLED ON YOUR COMPUTER, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU FIRST DOWNLOAD THE INSTALLER FROM OUR WEBSITE AND THEN COMPLETELY UNINSTALL ALL PREVIOUS COPIES OF AV-PLAYBACK BEFORE INSTALLING THIS PRODUCTION RELEASE. THERE IS A POTENTIAL THE APP MAY INADVERTENTLY TRY TO RUN ONE OF THE EARLIER VERSIONS OF THE PROGRAM ENGINE AND CAUSE A SYSTEM LOCK UP. FOR GOOD MEASURE ALSO UNINSTALL ANY COPIES OF FFDSHOW AS WELL AS THE K-LITE CODEC PACK.

By finally plugging up most of the holes that were still plaquing both the program and preview engines, I feel confident enough now to complete the final step of total thread isolation between the three major comments (Playlist Unit, Preview and Program Engine.) I needed to leave them somewhat connected during beta, so I could better track back where any errors occurred. By completing the isolation each component can now operate much more efficiently and it defiantly shows in overall program responsiveness.

Just so you know I was able to get this version to successfully run on my wife super weak Acer laptop (AMD A8 CPU, 4GB Ram and no discrete GPU.) I admit it didn’t run very peppy but it did fire up and run a 1080p clip without any errors. If it can run on that, then their is no excuse for it not to run on yours!

Before I got to that point, there were still several nagging issues that had to be dealt with. Here are the release notes:

Completed coding for enabling AVP to be run without any external monitor. Now if no external monitor is detected, the area where the usual confidence view of program resides is now replaced with a scalable version of the actual program pixel space. While in the mode the OSD in this program area will not be visible.

Added a safeguard routine against a potentially catastrophic failure if while operating, a display output cable is disconnected. Now if that happens, any open playlists will stop and then automatically rebuild itself to operate as if there were no external displays. Once the displays are reconnected you can now go back and reassign the monitor to the playlist and continue.

Corrected an oversight in the rewind and fast forward functions, that potentially could crash the system if either were pressed after a clip was loaded into preview but was never activated with either the pause or play functions.

Preformed additional performance tweaks to some miscellaneous subroutines, as well as included additional error traps.

Just in case the production release will not run properly on your system, I am leaving the last beta version up on our website. If necessary, you could reinstall it. Aside from that be sure to let me know if it doesn’t want to run.
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AV-Playback V2 Production Release (2.0.4.1)

We are now officially out of beta testing and this version marks the release of the office full release.

NOTE: IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A BETA VERSION INSTALLED ON YOUR COMPUTER, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU FIRST DOWNLOAD THE INSTALLER FROM OUR WEBSITE AND THEN COMPLETELY UNINSTALL ALL PREVIOUS COPIES OF AV-PLAYBACK BEFORE INSTALLING THIS PRODUCTION RELEASE. THERE IS A POTENTIAL THE APP MAY INADVERTENTLY TRY TO RUN ONE OF THE EARLIER VERSIONS OF THE PROGRAM ENGINE AND CAUSE A SYSTEM LOCK UP. FOR GOOD MEASURE ALSO UNINSTALL ANY COPIES OF FFDSHOW AS WELL AS THE K-LITE CODEC PACK. 

By finally plugging up most of the holes that were still plaquing both the program and preview engines, I feel confident enough now to complete the final step of total thread isolation between the three major comments (Playlist Unit, Preview and Program Engine.)  I needed to leave them somewhat connected during beta, so I could better track back where any errors occurred.  By completing the isolation each component can now operate much more efficiently and it defiantly shows in overall program responsiveness. 

Just so you know I was able to get this version to successfully run on my wife super weak Acer laptop (AMD A8 CPU, 4GB Ram and no discrete GPU.) I admit it didn’t run very peppy but it did fire up and run a 1080p clip without any errors. If it can run on that, then their is no excuse for it not to  run on yours!

Before I got to that point, there were still several nagging issues that had to be dealt with. Here are the release notes:

Completed coding for enabling AVP to be run without any external monitor. Now if no external monitor is detected, the area where the usual confidence view of program resides is now replaced with a scalable version of the actual program pixel space. While in the mode the OSD in this program area will not be visible. 

Added a safeguard routine against a potentially catastrophic failure if while operating, a display output cable is disconnected. Now if that happens, any open playlists will stop and then automatically rebuild itself to operate as if there were no external displays. Once the displays are reconnected you can now go back and reassign the monitor to the playlist and continue.   

Corrected an oversight in the rewind and fast forward functions, that potentially could crash the system if either were pressed after a clip was loaded into preview but was never activated with either the pause or play functions.

Preformed additional performance tweaks to some miscellaneous subroutines, as well as included additional error traps.

Just in case the production release will not run properly on your system, I am leaving the last beta version up on our website. If necessary, you could reinstall it. Aside from that be sure to let me know if it doesn’t want to run.

1 month ago

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I need your help please!

Beta Testers: When you forward a crash report, please include your contact info in with any notes you add.

Just so you know when you send the crash report it does it anonymously, there is no way for me to know who sent it. So if you would like to me offer any assistance I need an email address or something to reach you at.
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1 month ago

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To All Beta Testers, Thank You!

Thank you for forwarding all your crash reports to me. I take them very seriously and work to correct any issues as quickly as possible. With your help I can better ensure that we all have reliable playback solution that will carry us long into the future.

Here are today's release notes: (2.0.3.4)

Corrected issue that was preventing “Check for updates” function from properly detecting when a newer version is available. From now on you will be able to perform a complete update without having manually download a new copy from our website

Corrected issue found in the parsing of received external AVP protocol commands.

Improved error handling in the following functions:

1) Displaying test patterns:
(Invalid or null data collections.)

2) Receiving of various UDP communication packets:
(Added overall error catch bin.)
(Added stronger protection against corrupted or incomplete
packets.)
(Improved checking of parsed data type matching.)

3) Transmission of UDP packets to AV-Sync Hub:
(Added overall error catch bin.)
(Insure passed integer values fall within collection array
boundaries.)

4) Transmission of overall playlist item data:
(Ensuring that only valid IP addresses are being recorded
during app start up.)
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To All Beta Testers, Thank You!

Thank you for forwarding all your crash reports to me. I take them very seriously and work to correct any issues as quickly as possible. With your help I can better ensure that we all have reliable playback solution that will carry us long into the future. 

Here are todays release notes: (2.0.3.4)

Corrected issue that was preventing “Check for updates” function from properly detecting when a newer version is available. From now on you will be able to perform a complete update without having manually download a new copy from our website

Corrected issue found in the parsing of received external AVP protocol commands.

Improved error handling in the following functions:

1) Displaying test patterns:
    (Invalid or null data collections.)

2) Receiving of various UDP communication packets:
    (Added overall error catch bin.)
    (Added stronger protection against corrupted or incomplete
    packets.)
    (Improved checking of parsed data type matching.) 

3) Transmission of UDP packets to AV-Sync Hub:
    (Added overall error catch bin.)
    (Insure passed integer values fall within collection array 
    boundaries.)

4) Transmission of overall playlist item data:
    (Ensuring that only valid IP addresses are being recorded
    during app start up.)

1 month ago

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AV-Playback Ver. 2.0.3 Is available to download:

Release Notes:

Successfully improved overall stability with focus on the following functions:

1) The interchanging of playlist files within a single play unit control while program remained open.

2) The changing of render type and the complicated events that occurs while making the change over.

3) Saving and recalling of current positioning of play unit control windows.

4) The loading of multiple play unit control windows within a single workstation node as well as their associated playlist files and separate screen assignments.

Correct issue that prevented custom “Warp” settings from being properly recalled after playlist had been closed and then re-opened.

Improved handling of separate timecode position data within the AV-Sync Hub by insuring proper segregation of received node data and blocking all streams from workstations are not set as “Primary”
.
Added error trap with message box to functions responsible for displaying test patterns. In hopes of solving problems plaguing Windows 8 machines,

*********************************
NOTE: We cannot perform tests on any systems running the Win 8 OS. And since there are so many issue with Win 8 we do not support nor do we recommend operating AVP on any computer running with the Windows 8 operating system.

********************************

I also updated the installer to ensure that static test pattern image files where installed in programs the root folder.

I apologize for the inconvenience some of you had to deal with as a result of us having to move the download files to a different server and the links you got early on don't work anymore. Figgures the first morning of the release one of our server hosts ended getting flagged by google and so if you downloaded from the old server the browser insisted on you discarding the file due to possible malware threats. I assure it had nothing to do with our software. It was because the shared server host pick something and every site on that server bank had the same problem. I moved it to our primary site which has not been flagged
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1 month ago

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New beta update 2.0.2 is available.

Just wanted to let you know that I have trapped some new errors. Please stop testing version 2.0.1. Also the only way I can find out about these issues is when you test the app on a computer that is attached to the internet. I would also appreciate if when the crash report pops up that you could please add a not describing just what you were doing when it happened. Sometimes the error stack trace is a bit vague.

One other note: I am seeing a couple of crashes that I belive are a result of when adding a clip to the playlist, it is not automatically assigning a default audio output device. Make sure the app has a global default audio devices selected. and of course the computer you are testing on must have a working set of speakers or audio audio output. You can check to see if the clip has a device selected by right clicking on the speaker icon to the right of each clip in the playlist.

Thank you for helping me to make this beta phase go as quickly as possible.
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New beta update 2.0.2 is available.

Just wanted to let you know that I have trapped some new errors. Please stop testing version 2.0.1. Also the only way I can find out about these issues is when you test the app on a computer that is attached to the internet. I would also appreciate if when the crash report pops up that you could please add a not describing just what you were doing when it happened. Sometimes the error stack trace is a bit vague.

One other note: I am seeing a couple of crashes that I belive are a result of when adding a clip to the playlist, it is not automatically assigning a default audio output device. Make sure the app has a global default audio devices selected. and of course the computer you are testing on must have a working set of speakers or audio audio output. You can check to see if the clip has a device selected by right clicking on the speaker icon to the right of each clip in the playlist.

Thank you for helping me to make this beta phase go as quickly as possible.

 

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Same link as before? or new link required?

1 month ago

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AV-Playback V2 Is Available... Again!

If you haven’t already tried to download then you can skip to the end but for the ones who have, I’m so sorry for the inconvenience! I was broadsided yesterday by the discovery of a catastrophic issue that plagued the first beta release of V2 so I had to take it down. I must admit, today was not a pleasant one for me. Let me just first say, this error did not occur on any of my development computers. It instead waited to inflect on me the most embarrassment possible. The problem only occurred on virgin computers, e.g. Ones that don’t have the complier installed into it. Basically everyone else’s computer! It took me all day to narrow it down by having to use my wife’s painfully slow Acer laptop from Walmart. (I will be buying her a much faster one very soon!) Despite the pain I did solve it, so a revised and uploaded a new version, 2.0.1.
I also discover yesterday my hosting server that I was using for software downloads was apparently flagged by Google, so any links you might already have are no longer any good. I moved the downloads to our primary ifelseWare.com site. Sorry but you will need to resubmit your download request and get another email that contains the new links. Gee, when it rains it pours!
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AV-Playback V2 Is Available... Again!

If you haven’t already tried to download then you can skip to the end but for the ones who have, I’m so sorry for the inconvenience! I was broadsided yesterday by the discovery of a catastrophic issue that plagued the first beta release of V2 so I had to take it down. I must admit, today was not a pleasant one for me. Let me just first say, this error did not occur on any of my development computers. It instead waited to inflect on me the most embarrassment possible. The problem only occurred on virgin computers, e.g. Ones that don’t have the complier installed into it. Basically everyone else’s computer! It took me all day to narrow it down by having to use my wife’s painfully slow Acer laptop from Walmart. (I will be buying her a much faster one very soon!) Despite the pain I did solve it, so a revised and uploaded a new version, 2.0.1. 
I also discover yesterday my hosting server that I was using for software downloads was apparently flagged by Google, so any links you might already have are no longer any good. I moved the downloads to our primary ifelseWare.com site. Sorry but you will need to resubmit your download request and get another email that contains the new links. Gee, when it rains it pours!

 

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Keep getting "could not create EnhancedVideoRenderer" when attempting to add a clip.

1 month ago

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Sorry guys!

I have had to temporarily pull download of V2 from our website. There is a critical file missing in the installer which makes the app unusable. I am narrow it down to find out which file it is. I will post again once I have solved the issue.
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I was wondering if it was my hardware. Thanks for the update.

Thanks for all the help today. Glad you could narrow it down!!

1 month ago

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1 month ago

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AV-Playback V2 is now available!

OK, here’s the deal… I have just posted a pre-release beta of version 2. You are welcome to download it from our website using the exact same method as before. In the reply email you will see a new link for V2. Since this is a beta the enclosed help file is still for version one. So, if you feel intrepid and still want to explore you need to make sure Tool Tips are enabled. That way you can refer to them as you move along. I believe they will provide you with enough clues to best navigate through all the new features.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be working on an updated help file system and quick start guide, as well as redoing our online website. We also will be producing a series of YouTube video tutorials to get you up to speed faster.

I want to thank you all for being so patient with me, I know I said in the beginning it would only be a couple weeks, when in reality, it ended up taking 12 + hour days, seven days a week for over five months. Man am I fried!!

Well, this should prove to you that V2 is a totally, from the ground up, redesign. Many of the compatibility issues some of you were having with version 1 should now disappear. I will admit however, version 2 does require a lot more computer power and I will be posting a revised minimum requirement document to our website soon. Sorry but this is the price for having all the features you need, and many you just wanted.

Speaking of features, here is a recap of all the changes:

To start with the video engine was totally rebuilt from the ground up. The most significant change is that the engine is now truly multi-layered. This means you will finally have true crossfades, as well as the ability to overlay either still image graphics or live image capture, via either DeckLink or any other recognized capture device. You will also be able to combine other elements in the playlist (video / audio clips, image capture and still image files) together and play them as one.

Each clip’s audio track can now be individually assigned to playout to different audio outputs and controlled with its own level control.

You can also create spanned pixel spaces across multiple outputs without the need for a data path. In this space you can combine multiple clips and sync play them together.

To support the manipulation of each of these layers there is a robust array of geometry and proc adjustments:

(Geometry)
1) X & Y position, X & Y scale
2) Independent 4-sided clipping (which scales with the fill size.)
3) 3D projection (X, Y & Z rotation)
4) 2D Rotation (center point is adjustable)
5) X & Y skewing
6) 8-point warping (This is a work in progress and later will have further updates enabling unlimited point selection. Perfect for 3d mapping.)

There are also convenient buttons to snap an element to different locations within the pixel space.

(Proc Adjustments)
1) Opacity
2) Brightness
3) Contrast
4) Chroma
5) Hue
6) Gamma offset(all) and separate gamma levels for red, green and blue.

Save adjusted clip properties as selectable treatments. Making it easy to paste those treatments to other media elements within the playlist.

Fully interactive previewing control located directly within the playlist window. This now means the preview display in the confidence window will now support full motion playback of any clip currently in standby. You will also be able to use the timeline punch markers to set in and out points even while another clip is being played out to program. On top of that, you can also assign a separate audio output to the preview bus and listen with a backstage monitor or earbuds, without disturbing the program’s audio output.

OSD for both program and preview confidence monitor displays. Showing clip title, elapsed time, countdown time, current transport status and audio VU levels.

Built in test patterns as well as a generated vector alignment grid.

Time Tags: With these markers you can more easily keep track of specific time points within the playing of a clip. When the time display is in tag mode, it will provide countdowns to each one. This way the operator can call out countdowns during playback for any needed stage hand cues.

Easy to use separate set punch in and punch out buttons. Enabling quick setting of those points.

Quick Go-To in and out point buttons.

Improved tracking of scrub movements.

Choice of either displaying thumbnails for each clip all the time or simplify the playlist grid and show thumbnails only when right clicking on the clip’s playlist row.

Support for X-Key type Playback-Pro remote controls.

In addition, there is now a new network sync module call AV-Sync Hub. This unit operates much the same way as SimpleSync does but can go so much further. From it you can now output a liner timecode signal that can be assigned to any available audio output and plugged directly into the lighting desk or any other device that would like to sync to a currently playing clip. The signal is purely generated in the app and does not require a video clip to have a separate embedded timecode track. The hub also can serve as the access point for our MCS5 control surface making it easy to control multiple workstations with just one controller and without having to move the USB connector from machine to machine. In the future AV-Playback will be able to sync to external clocks as well.

There is also a sperate timecode display app called “AV-Timecode Display”. This app requires no license and can easily be copied onto other network connected computers. When running they pickup on UDP packets being broadcasted from any enabled AV-Playback units. The user can select to display either the elapsed or countdown time of any currently playing clip. You can have as many as you need on a single network. Just think now everyone can now have their own clock and not require constant countdowns from the operator.

Please try to remember that this is a beta and I do expect that some of you will find something that will break it. Just please, when it does, be sure to write me with a brief description of what happened and what you were doing when it did.

Go to ifelseware.com to download/purchase or just to learn more about our other offerings.

I should also let you know that the retail price will be going up soon but as with all current owners, any new license sold before the price increase will be automatically grand fathered in at no additional charge.
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AV-Playback V2 is now available!

OK, here’s the deal… I have just posted a pre-release beta of version 2. You are welcome to download it from our website using the exact same method as before. In the reply email you will see a new link for V2. Since this is a beta the enclosed help file is still for version one. So, if you feel intrepid and still want to explore you need to make sure Tool Tips are enabled. That way you can refer to them as you move along. I believe they will provide you with enough clues to best navigate through all the new features.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be working on an updated help file system and quick start guide, as well as redoing our online website. We also will be producing a series of YouTube video tutorials to get you up to speed faster.

I want to thank you all for being so patient with me, I know I said in the beginning it would only be a couple weeks, when in reality, it ended up taking 12 + hour days, seven days a week for over five months. Man am I fried!!

Well, this should prove to you that V2 is a totally, from the ground up, redesign. Many of the compatibility issues some of you were having with version 1 should now disappear. I will admit however, version 2 does require a lot more computer power and I will be posting a revised minimum requirement document to our website soon. Sorry but this is the price for having all the features you need, and many you just wanted. 
    
Speaking of features, here is a recap of all the changes:

To start with the video engine was totally rebuilt from the ground up. The most significant change is that the engine is now truly multi-layered. This means you will finally have true crossfades, as well as the ability to overlay either still image graphics or live image capture, via either DeckLink or any other recognized capture device. You will also be able to combine other elements in the playlist (video / audio clips, image capture and still image files) together and play them as one.

Each clip’s audio track can now be individually assigned to playout to different audio outputs and controlled with its own level control. 

You can also create spanned pixel spaces across multiple outputs without the need for a data path. In this space you can combine multiple clips and sync play them together.

To support the manipulation of each of these layers there is a robust array of geometry and proc adjustments:

(Geometry) 
1) X & Y position, X & Y scale
2) Independent 4-sided clipping (which scales with the fill size.)
3) 3D projection (X, Y & Z rotation)
4) 2D Rotation (center point is adjustable)
5) X & Y skewing
6) 8-point warping (This is a work in progress and later will have further updates enabling unlimited point selection. Perfect for 3d mapping.)

There are also convenient buttons to snap an element to different locations within the pixel space.

(Proc Adjustments) 
1) Opacity
2) Brightness
3) Contrast
4) Chroma
5) Hue
6) Gamma offset(all) and separate gamma levels for red, green and blue.

Save adjusted clip properties as selectable treatments. Making it easy to paste those treatments to other media elements within the playlist.

Fully interactive previewing control located directly within the playlist window. This now means the preview display in the confidence window will now support full motion playback of any clip currently in standby. You will also be able to use the timeline punch markers to set in and out points even while another clip is being played out to program. On top of that, you can also assign a separate audio output to the preview bus and listen with a backstage monitor or earbuds, without disturbing the program’s audio output.

OSD for both program and preview confidence monitor displays. Showing clip title, elapsed time, countdown time, current transport status and audio VU levels.

Built in test patterns as well as a generated vector alignment grid.

Time Tags: With these markers you can more easily keep track of specific time points within the playing of a clip. When the time display is in tag mode, it will provide countdowns to each one. This way the operator can call out countdowns during playback for any needed stage hand cues.

Easy to use separate set punch in and punch out buttons. Enabling quick setting of those points.

Quick Go-To in and out point buttons.

Improved tracking of scrub movements.

Choice of either displaying thumbnails for each clip all the time or simplify the playlist grid and show thumbnails only when right clicking on the clip’s playlist row.

Support for X-Key type Playback-Pro remote controls. 

In addition, there is now a new network sync module call AV-Sync Hub. This unit operates much the same way as SimpleSync does but can go so much further. From it you can now output a liner timecode signal that can be assigned to any available audio output and plugged directly into the lighting desk or any other device that would like to sync to a currently playing clip. The signal is purely generated in the app and does not require a video clip to have a separate embedded timecode track. The hub also can serve as the access point for our MCS5 control surface making it easy to control multiple workstations with just one controller and without having to move the USB connector from machine to machine. In the future AV-Playback will be able to sync to external clocks as well.

There is also a sperate timecode display app called “AV-Timecode Display”. This app requires no license and can easily be copied onto other network connected computers. When running they pickup on UDP packets being broadcasted from any enabled AV-Playback units. The user can select to display either the elapsed or countdown time of any currently playing clip. You can have as many as you need on a single network. Just think now everyone can now have their own clock and not require constant countdowns from the operator. 

Please try to remember that this is a beta and I do expect that some of you will find something that will break it. Just please, when it does, be sure to write me with a brief description of what happened and what you were doing when it did.

Go to https://ifelseware.com to download/purchase or just to learn more about our other offerings.

I should also let you know that the retail price will be going up soon but as with all current owners, any new license sold before the price increase will be automatically grand fathered in at no additional charge.

 

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