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.

 

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Four Individual element (3 – Video & 1 – PNG) spanned across two 1080p outputs. Click to learn how to add layers.

Three in sync layers spanned across four 1080p outputs. Click to learn how to span 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) Dual Mode Playlist: From this robust control window 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.

    If you prefer not to have to work in a list, you can click a button and instead of a list you can view and access all playlist elements by way of large easy to see thumbnails. While in this view you still have access to all of the media elements properties and settings including any added layers.

    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 for 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 opt to view running countdown times between each marker. You can even right click on each of them and add note text which will automatically pop up 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.)

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

    5) Key: Trigger color can be adjusted using the red, green and blue adjustment controls and tolerance to fine tune the cut.

    6) 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 to recall them later and apply them to other media elements.

  • 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 title of the current clip. 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 monitor’s location and size are 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.

 

 

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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 commands from 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 as well as 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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2 weeks ago

AV-Playback

Important new update for all international users.

Version 2.1.7.2

I recently had a user in Germany complain that AV-Playback V2 was working very poorly on his computer. He assured me that the system met our minimum standards but AVP would still take forever to completely perform a fade in or out, that’s if he could ever get the clip to actually stop on command, most times the app would just crash.

Needless to say, I was very concerned and definitely wanted to get to the bottom of the issue.

It was then that it dawned on me that if the cultural region set within Windows was German, Windows would then automatically change how numbers, dates and time are handled. Case in point, the German language does not use a period to designate the decimal point in a floating integer. It instead uses a comma. The problem is AV-Playback uses commas extensively as a way to delimit the parsing of command character strings. So when the string would contain a typed version of a floating number the fact that it now has another comma in it would mean that when the combined string was parsed there would be more separated groups then what the receiving function is expecting hence the making of a major catastrophe ending in a possible crash.

This update prevents Windows from changing the string culture within AV-Playback ensuring that it always thinks it is on an English speaking computer.
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Important new update for all international users.

Version 2.1.7.2

I recently had a user in Germany complain that AV-Playback V2 was working very poorly on his computer. He assured me that the system met our minimum standards but AVP would still take forever to completely perform a fade in or out, that’s if he could ever get the clip to actually stop on command, most times the app would just crash.

Needless to say, I was very concerned and definitely wanted to get to the bottom of the issue.

It was then that it dawned on me that if the cultural region set within Windows was German, Windows would then automatically change how numbers, dates and time are handled. Case in point, the German language does not use a period to designate the decimal point in a floating integer. It instead uses a comma. The problem is AV-Playback uses commas extensively as a way to delimit the parsing of command character strings.  So when the string would contain a typed version of a floating number the fact that it now has another comma in it would mean that when the combined string was parsed there would be more separated groups then what the receiving function is expecting hence the making of a major catastrophe ending in a possible crash. 

This update prevents Windows from changing the string culture within AV-Playback ensuring that it always thinks it is on an English speaking computer.

2 weeks ago

AV-Playback

How to use Nvidia’s “Run with graphics processor” feature with AV-Playback:

If you are currently running AV-Playback on a laptop that includes a discrete NVIDIA GPU to supplement the motherboards embedded GPU solution, you may have seen “Run with graphics processor” in the popup menu when right clicking on a program executable or shortcut. Since the use of the NVIDIA GPU can quickly lower your laptop’s battery life, most manufacturers will opt to use the embedded Intel GPU as a default. This is why NVIDIA created Optimus. Its job is to determine which app would be better served if run through the high-performance GPU instead. The problem is it doesn’t always get it right especially if the laptop bios overrides its decisions because you are not plugged into AC power.

AV-Playback V2 is very GPU intensive and in most cases, performance will suffer if rendering is not handled by the discrete processor. It is also very important to understand that AV-Playback is made up of three separate executable programs (Main GUI interface, program video engine, and the preview video engine.) It’s the video engines that perform all file streaming and rendering and it is those that need the extra GPU support. If you try to just select “Run with graphics processor” when launching AVP the only thing that will be given a boost is AVP’s desktop GUI and playlist control window. This will do nothing to improve video playback performance.

Here is what you need to do to ensure that the video engines use the high-performance GPU every time:

1) Launch the Nvidia control panel. The easiest way is to right-click anywhere on the Windows desktop and select “NVIDIA Control Panel”.

2) Once it is launched select “Manage 3D Settings” link in the left-hand column.

3) Select the “Program Settings” tab.

4) Now you are going to need to click on the add button and search the list to find “AVPProgramEngine” and “AVPPreviewEngine”. You will need to add each one separately, so first select the program engine and then click “Add Selected Program”.

5) Select “High-performance NVIDIA processor” in the Preferred graphics processor list.

6) Now you can go back and do the same steps for the preview engine. Once both are done simply click “Apply” and then close the control panel.

From this point every time AV-Playback is launched, the NVIDIA GPU will be utilized and you should notice a major improvement with your computer's ability to play the larger files.
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How to use Nvidia’s “Run with graphics processor” feature with AV-Playback:

If you are currently running AV-Playback on a laptop that includes a discrete NVIDIA GPU to supplement the motherboards embedded GPU solution, you may have seen “Run with graphics processor” in the popup menu when right clicking on a program executable or shortcut.  Since the use of the NVIDIA GPU can quickly lower your laptop’s battery life, most manufacturers will opt to use the embedded Intel GPU as a default. This is why NVIDIA created Optimus. Its job is to determine which app would be better served if run through the high-performance GPU instead. The problem is it doesn’t always get it right especially if the laptop bios overrides its decisions because you are not plugged into AC power.

AV-Playback V2 is very GPU intensive and in most cases, performance will suffer if rendering is not handled by the discrete processor. It is also very important to understand that AV-Playback is made up of three separate executable programs (Main GUI interface, program video engine, and the preview video engine.) It’s the video engines that perform all file streaming and rendering and it is those that need the extra GPU support. If you try to just select “Run with graphics processor” when launching AVP the only thing that will be given a boost is AVP’s desktop GUI and playlist control window. This will do nothing to improve video playback performance.  

Here is what you need to do to ensure that the video engines use the high-performance GPU every time:

1)  Launch the Nvidia control panel. The easiest way is to right-click anywhere on the Windows desktop and select “NVIDIA Control Panel”.

2)  Once it is launched select “Manage 3D Settings” link in the left-hand column. 
 
3)  Select the “Program Settings” tab.

4)  Now you are going to need to click on the add button and search the list to find “AVPProgramEngine” and “AVPPreviewEngine”. You will need to add each one separately, so first select the program engine and then click “Add Selected Program”.

5)  Select “High-performance NVIDIA processor” in the Preferred graphics processor list.

6)  Now you can go back and do the same steps for the preview engine. Once  both are done simply click “Apply” and then close the control panel.

From this point every time AV-Playback is launched, the NVIDIA GPU will be utilized and you should notice a major improvement with your computers ability to play the larger files.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Thank you Gregory Meisel

1 month ago

AV-Playback

This is it…a completed version!This is it…a completed version!

Version 2.1.6.2

I say completed because now that the help file system is fully built I am finally able to check off the last item on the original to do list.

Well what’s next then?

Aside from the inevitable bug patch here and there I do have a new list of to-dos’ I want to start working on…One is the integration of the new MCS6 control surface. This controller is so sweet! You are especially going to love its clean and ergonomic design and supper nice jog and true shuttle wheel.

Add full character text generation with ticker tape scroll ability.

Improve the warping capability. I want to take it from 8 points to a design where you can create an infinite number of points anywhere within the frame that can move in any direction.

Improve the chroma key pixel shader and add a luminance key to better deal with dithers and fades.

Add alternative transition effects.

Further down the road I will give the timeline its own clock and more tracks which will include separate audio tracks.

All in all, it’s only going up from here!
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This is it…a completed version!

1 month ago

AV-Playback

This is it…a completed version!

Version 2.1.6.2

I say completed because now that the help file system is fully built I am finally able to check off the last item on the original to do list.

Well what’s next then?

Aside from the inevitable bug patch here and there I do have a new list of to-dos’ I want to start working on…One is the integration of the new MCS6 control surface. This controller is so sweet! You are especially going to love its clean and ergonomic design and supper nice jog and true shuttle wheel.

Add full character text generation with ticker tape scroll ability.

Improve the warping capability. I want to take it from 8 points to a design where you can create an infinite number of points anywhere within the frame that can move in any direction.

Improve the chroma key pixel shader and add a luminance key to better deal with dithers and fades.

Add alternative transition effects.

Further down the road I will give the timeline its own clock and more tracks which will include separate audio tracks.

All in all, it’s only going up from here!
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This is it…a completed version!

Version 2.1.6.2

I say completed because now that the help file system is fully built I am finally able to check off the last item on the original to do list.

Well what’s next then?

Aside from the inevitable bug patch here and there I do have a new list of to-dos’ I want to start working on…One is the integration of the new MCS6 control surface. This controller is so sweet! You are especially going to love its clean and ergonomic design and supper nice jog and true shuttle wheel.

Add full character text generation with ticker tape scroll ability.

Improve the warping capability. I want to take it from 8 points to a design where you can create an infinite number of points anywhere within the frame that can move in any direction.

Improve the chroma key pixel shader and add a luminance key to better deal with dithers and fades.

Add alternative transition effects.  

Further down the road I will give the timeline its own clock and more tracks which will include separate audio tracks.

All in all, it’s only going up from here!

 

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Right on👍🏻👍🏻

1 month ago

AV-Playback

Just posted an important update!

Version 2.1.6.0

As I write tutorials I will occasionally retry the steps using the current version. Well while doing steps related to explaining how to add layers I discovered a few concerns. mostly with the adding of a layer file then deleting it and the then turning around and re-adding it again. Regrettably this had unforeseen consequences. I thought to myself where there is one I'm sure others will follow. Low and behold I found them! This update corrects them plus a few others I already had on my hit list. The corrections are especially helpful to individuals who are hunting and pecking around aimlessly clicking on buttons in the attempt to figuring out how to use the app.

Speaking of learning how to use it... There are some more tutorials that have been added to the already robust help system installed in version 1.1.5.8 & 9 I still have one more that I will be working on tomorrow. I guess if things aren't that critical with your AVP usage right away, perhaps you can wait until the next release, That release will signify my getting of all the remaining things off my list. Fingers crossed, it should also be the last update for quite some time. At least for a couple of weeks that is. haha!
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1 month ago

AV-Playback

Just Posted Version 2.1.5.9

Aside from a few minor patches this release now contains a revised version of the help file system. The help system is only 80% done but still provides a wealth of information regarding all functions and control found in the new AV-Playback V2. I will be continuing to fully complete the help file by later this week. This release will at least get you started on the right track and get you closer to becoming fully versed in all of the V2's features.
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Just Posted Version 2.1.5.9

Aside from a few minor patches this release now contains a revised version of the help file system. The help system is only 80% done but still provides a wealth of information regarding all functions and control found in the new AV-Playback V2. I will be continuing to fully complete the help file by later this week. This release will at least get you started on the right track and get you closer to becoming fully versed in all of the V2s features.

 

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How can I download this software and is it free?

Thank you Gregory Meisel amazing and very robust can’t wait to run AV Playback on the new slim, powerful servers you built.

You can go to www.ifelseware.com. The home page starts with AV-Playback. The page contains a link for you to download. You can download for free but to remove the water marks from its output screen you will need to purchase a use license.

2 months ago

AV-Playback

AV-Playback V2 Now Emulates HyperDeck!

Version 2.1.5.2

Back when V2 was released it was hinted that it would soon be able to connect to a BMD ATEM and it would behave as if it were a HyperDeck... Well, now it’s a reality.

When you attach an AVP workstation to the same network the ATEM and you enable “HyperDeck Emulation” under the “Settings||Enable External Device Control”, (NOTE: You must first ensure "Settings||Allow Local Remote Connections" is checked before this link is made available.) you can than go into the switcher’s HyperDeck control panel, assign AVP’s IP address and the ATEM will see it as if it were another available HyperDeck.

I’m sure you ATEM users can see the enormous potential of having a robust play-out solution like AV-Playback integrate directly with an ATEM switcher.

Now you can take advantage of the switcher’s auto play feature This feature automatically instructs AVP to play anytime the assigned input is selected. On top of that, last minute file additions can be added to an event playlist with so much more ease. No more worrying about whether the file is the correct resolution or frame rate, since output is a computer display, the feed into the switcher’s HDMI port will always remain the same. All the current transport controls in the ATEM are enabled including the jog and shuttle. The ATEM will even be able to update automatically when clips are either added or removed from the AVP playlist.

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AV-Playback V2 Now Emulates HyperDeck!

Version 2.1.5.2

Back when V2 was released it was hinted that it would soon be able to connect to a BMD ATEM and it would behave as if it were a HyperDeck... Well, now it’s a reality.

When you attach an AVP workstation to the same network the ATEM and you enable “HyperDeck Emulation” under the “Settings||Enable External Device Control”, (NOTE: You must first ensure Settings||Allow Local Remote Connections is checked before this link is made available.)  you can than go into the switcher’s HyperDeck control panel, assign AVP’s IP address and the ATEM will see it as if it were another available HyperDeck. 

I’m sure you ATEM users can see the enormous potential of having a robust play-out solution like AV-Playback integrate directly with an ATEM switcher. 

Now you can take advantage of the switcher’s auto play feature This feature automatically instructs AVP to play anytime the assigned input is selected. On top of that, last minute file additions can be added to an event playlist with so much more ease.  No more worrying about whether the file is the correct resolution or frame rate, since output is a computer display, the feed into the switcher’s HDMI port will always remain the same. All the current transport controls in the ATEM are enabled including the jog and shuttle. The ATEM will even be able to update automatically when clips are either added or removed from the AVP playlist.

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Sebastian Sattler

This is huge!!! Many thanks for that!!

Grant Villiers

This takes AVP to a whole new level

I tried this with the demo version and I get the error, " only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted. Am I doing something wrong?

There you are! I saw the report but you didn't leave an email address for me to get back with you on.

The error is because something else on your computer is already attached to port 9993. Either that or AV-Playback never closed completely after the crash.

Try a complete reboot of your computer and then only have AV-Playback running when you try again.

Ok let me try a reboot and then see if anything else is on that port. Thanks

rsync.exe is using this port. Is that part of AV playback?

No not that I am aware of? Let me do some research. Do you perhaps have some other utility app on your computer that can also talk to a HyperDeck, other then the BMD HyperDeck setup app?

David: check out this link and tell me if you have this program on that computer www.file.net/process/rsync.exe.html

Clean OS install and now I'm up and running. So far so good. I really like this integration

I'm so glad to hear that!

You now know where to find me if you need any tutelage on the program. Just so you know I am about 70% done with rewriting it's help file system.

Do you use the SDK or the reverse engineered UDP?

No the ATEM SDK does not really give you anything that can be used in this situation. It only provides you with a way to access a HyperDeck via the ATEM connection to it. In our case it is the exact opposite so yes I had to reverse engineer the relationship between the ATEM and a HyperDeck. The published protocol outline for the HyperDeck was helpful but I will say that there are some combination of that protocol the ATEM employs that is not talked about in the outline.

Do you know that Blackmagic is not amused about using the reverse engineered protocol? I won’t tell them, but I heard from some software developers that Blackmagic told them to stop using it and that they could take legal actions...

If you know a workaround please let us know, because we also like to use the reverse stuff...

Well it really isn't that far off of what they have already published. My discovery was that they have extended the hyperdeck protocol a little but have yet to update their outline of it in the users manual. And the other tricky aspect was determining the timing used by the ATEM in polling the deck for current status. I may be wrong in my assumptions but I always thought their policy was to encourage third party interaction with their products. I would also like to think that they are mature enough to realize that in some circumstances any one of their products may not fully fit a users needs and if another 3rd party solution that simply integrates with their product does, and it doese not threaten to push the use of their product out entirely, then it is still a win for them.

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2 months ago

AV-Playback

I hate to have to say this but yes there is a new update!

Version 2.1.4.5

Release Note: Added additional safeguards to protect from potential system locks that may occur on a severely out of sync backup workstation that is still receiving linked commands from the primary all the while manipulating and playing elements within the primary.

Normally I wouldn't write about a minor change, but I was conducting some flagrant worse use scenarios involving bad user interactions between a primary and a backup workstation. The test that rose an alarm was one when the backup playlist was way out of sync, e.g. element list order way off and element count between them is not the same. Things like doing minor edits to an element on the primary were getting misplaced on the backup because again indexing was way off. Same held true for trying to play a clip on the primary when it doesn’t yet exist on the backup.

These things individually already had safeguards, but when they happen around the same time it created a perfect storm which ended up generating a separate unguarded error on the backup unit. This in turn caused it to become unresponsive to any further commands.

I feel strongly that everyone should update their copy’s especially if you are still new to working with a synced backup and just hunt and pecking around figuring out how to use it.
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2 months ago

AV-Playback

AV-Playback V2 Revised Short Keys & Remote Protocol Strings

Version 2.1.4.4

I have been working as fast as I can to complete the help file system, but it has been a challenge lately considering I keep getting so many good ideas from users and me of course wanting to include some of those into the product right away. So instead of having to be constantly rewriting it I have been delaying until things settled. This latest version now marks a point where I do not plan on adding any further major changes and now I am focusing on completing the documentation.

In advance of a complete help file, and knowing users are already starting to program Octopus and other devices to control AVP, I thought I would at least share the revised keyboard shortcuts as well as ethernet protocol strings.

If you would prefer I send you a PDF version, please IM me with your email address and I will be happy to send it to you:
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AV-Playback V2 Revised Short Keys & Remote Protocol Strings

Version 2.1.4.4

I have been working as fast as I can to complete the help file system, but it has been a challenge lately considering I keep getting so many good ideas from users and me of course wanting to include some of those into the product right away. So instead of having to be constantly rewriting it I have been delaying until things settled. This latest version now marks a point where I do not plan on adding any further major changes and now I am focusing on completing the documentation.

In advance of a complete help file, and knowing users are already starting to program Octopus and other devices to control AVP, I thought I would at least share the revised keyboard shortcuts as well as ethernet protocol strings.

If you would prefer I send you a PDF version, please IM me with your email address and I will be happy to send it to you:Image attachmentImage attachment

2 months ago

AV-Playback

V 2.1.4.3 Includes New Enhancements to Backup Functionality.

Expanded synced backup functionality to include on the fly updating of certain properties without needing to initiate a full refresh. Refresh will now only be needed when adding or removing of playlist elements, rearranging of element list order and any changes to a clip’s detailed properties such as it’s geometry. All other aspect like punch in/out, link, loop, etc. will now update automatically.

Updated backup file transfer utility to ensure inclusion of any layered media.

Expanded the AVP control protocol as well as keyboard shortcuts to now include fast forward, rewind, next/previous tag and preview play/pause/stop.

Corrected issue preventing temp loop from activating correctly on the linked backup unit.

Fixed assorted minor issues effecting control surface communications.
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2 months ago

AV-Playback

Important revision as just been released. Please update your copies!

Version 2.1.3.1

The other day I discovered a major enough issue that I was forced to stop any new downloads or updates until I had a chance to correct the issue. If any of you it a 404 error when trying to download I do apologize for the inconvenience.

The primary problem was two-fold and yes it had to do with side effects that were caused by previous updates.

1) Corrected issue that was preventing the fade in animation from being triggered correctly.

2) Made further Improvements to how program handles memory usage and ensuring that when media elements are removed any memory they reserved is being thoroughly disposed.

On the bright side… While I was in there I did also greatly improve the cloning function (ALT + Drag-Drop) for both base and layer elements. This in turn mitigated some adverse side effects felt in the new Thumbnail Grid View.

I also had some user feedback that I felt was a great idea. They wanted to be able to keep track of just how many loop iterations has occurred. This makes it easier to follow especially when a max count has been set and you need a head’s up as to when you’re on the last iteration. To make this possible I modified the play unit’s main timecode display to now include a transport status indicator icon that shows Play, Pause, Stop and now Loop. This loop icon also contains digits showing the number of iterations that have occurred since it was taken to program.
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Important revision as just been released. Please update your copies!

Version 2.1.3.1

The other day I discovered a major enough issue that I was forced to stop any new downloads or updates until I had a chance to correct the issue. If any of you it a 404 error when trying to download I do apologize for the inconvenience.

The primary problem was two-fold and yes it had to do with side effects that were caused by previous updates.

1) Corrected issue that was preventing the fade in animation from being triggered correctly.

2) Made further Improvements to how program handles memory usage and ensuring that when media elements are removed any memory they reserved is being thoroughly disposed.   

On the bright side… While I was in there I did also greatly improve the cloning function (ALT + Drag-Drop) for both base and layer elements. This in turn mitigated some adverse side effects felt in the new Thumbnail Grid View. 

I also had some user feedback that I felt was a great idea. They wanted to be able to keep track of just how many loop iterations has occurred. This makes it easier to follow especially when a max count has been set and you need a head’s up as to when you’re on the last iteration.  To make this possible I modified the play unit’s main timecode display to now include a transport status indicator icon that shows Play, Pause, Stop and now Loop. This loop icon also contains digits showing the number of iterations that have occurred since it was taken to program.

 

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Fantastic

I was trying to check out V2 I had the original beta and saw promising things in this but I have Windows 7pro on my machine and it seemed to not want to install correctly. You give me a solid pc based playback at a good price that can handle what we need show wise. And may be able to shift gear company wide on a standard playback solution. If I can do playback for a 100’ wide screen using a pc laptop and send a 16:9 version off 1 pc laptop I’m a happy camper

2 months 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?

2 months 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

2 months 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?

2 months 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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2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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!

3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago

AV-Playback

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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3 months ago

AV-Playback

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.
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