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File Menu

New Playlist:
Use this to create a new blank playlist. It will open browser window enabling you to name the new file and select where it will be saved. As with ‘Open’, if the control already has playlist open, this action will close that file first before loading the new one.
 
Open Playlist:
Browse and load an existing playlist file. If the control already has playlist open, this action will close that file first before loading the selected one.
 
Add Media File:
Once a playlist is opened this button will be enabled. Use it to choose the desired media clip and add it to the list.
 
Quit:
Shuts down the entire program.

Settings Menu

Pre-Buffer All Media:
The app offers two different ways to handle performance variables and computer resources. By default, L1 pre-loads all playlist media elements into memory. This is preferred because it ensures a much more responsive control and there will be no jitter visible in a clip currently playing out to program while another is being loaded into preview. However, this method does require your computer to have enough memory to safely accommodate the gigabytes of space high-resolution video files require.
 
If you are having to work on a weaker computer but only need to playout clips once in while during to course of an event you can uncheck this  Now what happens is each time you select a clip only that clip will be loaded into memory greatly minimizing that amount of memory used.
 
Workstation Mode:
One of AV-Playback’s key features is its ability to establish a node based a network hierarchy with multiple workstations containing the AV-Playback program.  
 
As in any hierarchy, there are multiple roles that members are given. In our case, there are three keys roles a given workstation can have.
Primary:
If a backup workstation is currently linked to the primary then anytime media is added to the primary’s playlist and if those files do not currently exist in the backup’s default file folder, the primary will automatically copy through the network those files directly to the backup unit’s default event folder.
 

Backup:

A workstation designated as a backup will support the primary in that it will remain in sync both with media elements and their properties, as well as with following along automatically with the primary’s current play status. This means if in the event the primary crashes and shuts down the backup will continue unimpeded.
 
Neutral :
When neither Primary or Backup is checked, the workstation effectively does not belong to any hierarchy, instead, it operates somewhat independently but can still link to the hub to receive transport commands from the Primary.

NOTE: This mode is the systems default.

 
 
Unit Index:
Each workstation must also have a unique index number and never be used more than once on the same network. Use this control to select an appropriate index number.
 
Start Delay:
If designated as a backup unit and receiving transport commands from the primary, you can choose to delay activation of the play command.  This can be handy when you prefer to stager play times between a primary and its backup. The default is 0.
 
Show Tool Tips:
When enabled each individual control will produce a helpful popup describing its purpose. Due to it sometimes interfering with mouse clicks, it is recommended that this feature be disabled once you feel comfortable with all aspects of the program.
 
Default Clip Storage Path:
Establishing a default file store path is mandatory, hence why the very first-time AV-Playback is started from a new install, a folder browser appears. A default folder should be selected before trying to open or create a playlist. Once one has been established you are still free to deposit and retrieve files from any other location.  However, anytime a file browser is opened it will always use the default folder as its starting point. The default folder is especially necessary when setting up a backup or remote node infrastructure. Each will employ automated functions such a media file transfer as well as depositing playlists where the app can find them.
 
Select Video Display Output:
Clicking will bring up the ‘Display Selection Panel’.Use it to select the desired display output.
 
Select Default Video Renderer:
Use to select the desired video render that will be used for all video clips contained in the playlist.
 
NOTE: If currentlly set to pre-buffer all media, changing this value after a playlist is allready loaded will require an entire rebuffering of the playlist.
 
Use Deeper Color:
When selected an additional filter will be applied to the display out that slightly increases black levels and richens overall color.
 
NOTE: If currentlly set to pre-buffer all media, changing this value after a playlist is allready loaded will require an entire rebuffering of the playlist.
 
Select (Program/Preview) Audio Output:
Clicking will reveal a list of installed audio playback devices found on the local computer.  Select the one AVP will choose everytime a new media element is added to the playlist.
 

NOTE:

If the last time your workstation was used, it employed an outboard audio device such as a USB to audio out or HDMI monitor audio out, and those devices are not being employed presently, there may no longer be a Windows default audio device and this list may appear blank. It is important that you always ensure you have a device selected before starting a new playlist or even loading a current one, especially if you plan to add any media to the playlist. If this is left blank all newly added media elements will not have an audio device assigned and when played any audio tracks will be mute.
 
Enable Timecode Broadcast:
For the standalone AVP Timecode Display program to receive position data, this menu item needs to be checked (enabled).
 
Enable External Device Control:
Clicking will reveal a submenu with two options one is to start our exclusive HyperDeck Emulation the other provides additional network protocol options enabling you to open a listener for AVP’s own External Device Command strings.

Utilities Menu

Launch AVP Timecode Display:
Click this to launch an instance of the AVP Timecode Display program
 
Test Patterns:
Here you can select to output a test pattern by selecting one from the sub menu. Simply click the same sub menu item to remove the test pattern.
 
NOTE: Any test patterns will be remove as soon as any media is taken to program.

Help Menu

About AV-Playback:
Should be self explanitory.
 
View Help:
Your allready here.
 
Check For Updates:
Click this to query our servers for any updated versions. If found, you will be given the option to install it.
 
NOTE: Must be connected to the internet in order to perform this function.
 
Transfer License:
Transfer utility allows the user to deactivate and then reactivate it on a different computer.
 
Plese refer to How to transfer license to another computer for step by step instructions.
 
Remake License:
The Remake utility is useful for resolving problems related to the license for the protected application. For example, the user may upgrade hardware to the machine without deactivating the license properly. This can affect the Key system and give the error messages such as “Error loading Key device!” or “Invalid Key device!”. The user can run the Remake utility to remake the license, and activate it again.
 
NOTE: The Activation Key you received upon ordering is necessary for performing any action to the embedded machine license.

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